Staying close to the source

There have been some wonderful and inspiring things I have seen this weekend away in the Derbyshire Dales. I love how the beauty of nature reminds me of God. You see His hand in creation. The wildlife and scenery.

Some man made things have also inspired me- like these old drinking troughs which were built to collect the fresh spring water for the nearby village. The men and women would collect it daily and even sell it for a penny a bucket.

The spring feeding these troughs has never been known to run dry
Even the dog knew which trough was the best water

The first 2 troughs which collected the spring water were clear but the furthest ones were filled with weeds.

It reminded me how we keep pure and fresh by staying close to our saviour, Jesus and staying in and being obedient to God’s Word. The more we stray the weeds in our lives start to choke out Godly purity.

The last trough filled with weeds

Deep Clean

So following on from my last post Purity and Preparation my friend Heather (who has guest posted here) told me this story which is a great encouragement.

Heather had decided to give her kitchen floor a scrub on her hands and knees with a scrubbing brush. Her floor didn’t look dirty because she mops it regularly but she felt prompted to get right down close and scrub it.

To her surprise the water in her bucket was soon black and dirty and she couldn’t believe how much ingrained dirt came out which the mop had missed.

She felt the Lord say that this can be the same for us. On the surface everything can look nice and clean but the Lord wants to get down deeper into some of those areas we just give a lick to and give us a deep clean. A deep, deep clean. Some of those bad habits and bad attitudes need to be submitted to God and broken in our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit and Cleansed by Jesus’ blood.

Lord you know which parts of our lives, our hearts and our attitudes need a deep clean. Come by your Holy Spirit Lord and show us where you want us to go deeper with you and what needs to change. Cleanse us Lord we pray and lead us deeper with you.

Have a blessed day my friends.

It’s just like me cleaning every day 😂 and sing,sing,sing

Purity and Preparation

There’s a beautiful worship song written by Brian Doerksen and I have been reminded of the lyrics today.

“Purify my heart, let me be as gold and silver, purify my heart, let me be as gold pure gold, Refiners fire, my heart’s one desire is to be holy, set apart for you Lord. I choose to be holy, set apart for you my Master, Ready to do your will”. Purify my heart, cleanse me from within, and make me holy, purify my heart, cleanse me from my sin deep within.”

The Lord is still talking to me currently about being prepared. This could be a word just be for me but I believe it’s wider and for others in this season.

I think one of the ways the Lord wants His believers to prepare is pursuing purity. He wants us, His followers, to be pure in heart in our service to Him and in preparation for service.

The Lord is calling us to be ready to respond to His call and I discern that the work for some reading this will be great. The Lord will use you to do more than at this stage you could even imagine or contemplate.

All God’s people are to be ready to serve in whatever ways the Lord asks. The Lord calls us and will use us to meet the challenges ahead and to be used of Him to do great and mighty things for His glory and the advancement of His kingdom.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
James 4:7-10

If you would like to read my other posts on preparation the I have linked them all in this recent post called Preparation and perseverance in the race – prize athletes. I hadn’t realised until I read this post from July again today that the first line of the word the Lord had given me was a call to purify hearts.

Have a blessed day in Jesus name.

The refining fire

As I was fasting and praying, I believe I heard in the spirit, the Lord, Jesus saying the following;

 The day is coming when My fire, My breath will blow across this land. 

Great swathes of the land will catch fire and the fire will spread.  

Those who submit themselves to the fire of my holiness and glory will be refined.  They will shine like the stars of heaven. 

They will go out like a mighty army of people to serve me with whole hearts and faithfulness.  

The process of refining will be quick now. 

It will be a time to jump into the fire of God to be refined. 

All the muck and chaff to come off and away and what is left to be pure and reflect My glory.  

For I am a Holy God and I desire a holy people. 

Totally committed to me and with faith in Me. 

For this time is coming soon and the bride must prepare herself. 

Those who will not get into the fire will have no place in the ministry to come.  

They must be pure in Me, cleansed in Me, redeemed in Me. 

I have come to bring fire down from heaven. 

All glory and praise and honour to My name.   

He who has ears let him listen and understand what the Spirit is saying.    

The things which are not of Me are required to be burnt up like dross. 

They are required to be burnt and destroyed so that new life can come.  

Those things which are dead need to be put on the fire. 

I will breathe new life into you.”

Amen 🙏 blessings to you in Jesus name.