Seek and Surrender

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness..   Matt 6:33

I love this verse. A simple yet profound statement. And one which always needs revisiting. Seeking God. Knowing Him.

My God, The Great I Am, loves us with an everlasting love. Passionately. And Faithfully. How well do we know Him? What aspects of His nature do you have a revelation of?  Or even a glimpse of? I encourage you to seek Him. To pursue Him. As he reveals more of Himself to us, not only do we become closer to Him, but our hearts begin to reflect more of His heart, to the world around us.

And Surrender.

I have been crucified with Christ and no longer live, but Christ lives in me.. Gal 2:20

I desire to live a life in Christ. And surrendered to Him. Surrendering is trusting. Laying down ourselves, our weaknesses, our strengths, our dreams, futures, our hearts, our loved ones, into the hand of the one who created us. Who saved us.

The journey of surrender is painful, yet it is one of beauty. We feel the heat of God. His purifying fire. It’s not an easy walk – it takes the narrow path, but He meets us with His grace.

And it’s this place of seeking and surrendering that I choose to live.

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To hear my full audio message preached :

Seek and Surrender Oct 2011   

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Rest

Ahhh. Rest.  I like how God created rest. In fact under the old covenant (prior to Jesus’s death and resurrection),  it was part of the law. One was ordered to rest on the 7th day. Obviously abused over time, Jesus challenged the thinking of the day when He healed on the Sabbath.

We live in a 24 hour/ 7 days a week society. Having the traditional Sunday off as a rest day is no longer practical for many. But the heart of rest remains. Time out from the business of life. Time just to be. To be led to the still waters, to be refreshed and healed.

As I write this, I am holidaying in Raglan. Sitting looking out at the harbour, volcanic mountain, and bush. It is a physical place of rest for me. A place where I can stop and listen to the Holy Spirit.  Soak in His presence.  Be refreshed. Dream.

Rest is something to be scheduled into our lives. It’s not selfish. Not a waste of our time.  – It’s vital. So go ahead and plan. Take time out to be with our God. To encounter His refreshing, healing waters. Take time out to be.

Psalm 92:12 – 15

There has been a verse that I haven’t been able to shake for over a week now.

The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall bear fruit in their old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him’ Psalm 92:12-15

There is something about the word ‘flourishing’ that sounds so good!  So healthy and full of life.

And how beautiful the verse ‘ they shall bear fruit in their old age’.  I had been dwelling on these words, and was excited to  see God leading the seniors at the church I attend, to be honoured and prayed for on Sunday. There is much to honour and to gain from those that are seniors amongst us. And if you are in this group, be encouraged .. there is still much work for you, and much fruit to come!

Fathers and mothers of faith,  you who have depths of experiences, have walked in your callings, have used your giftings, have been on your knees, have faced and struggled with afflictions, have seen the faithfulness of God… we need you!

There is a generation now, where many do not know faithfulness. Have never experienced faithfulness in family, in workplace, or friendship. A generation that needs an awakening to this very character of God. (In fact we need an awakening that brings revelation of all aspects of God’s Name – but that’s a blog for another time…)

So to the seniors..We value you. Your praying. Your wisdom. We value your testimonies and stories. The anointing you carry.

And so, I pray for all those that are ‘planted in the house of the Lord’, that you will experience a freshness and a flourishing.  That there will be the sound of declarations of our God,…. and may you bear fruit in your old age!!