Monday, 5 August 2013

Something I learnt from Ephesus!

Recently, we were blessed to have been able to walk around the ruins of the metropolis that was Ephesus.  Wow!  Really, it was awesome.  Now I did not have any huge emotional or spiritual awakening because of being there.  I was curious though, to be walking the same streets that Paul walked in, and to see the Amphitheatre that he preached in.

Amphitheatre Paul preached in

I took tons of pictures.  I love structures and architecture and interesting buildings.  I am embarrassed (not really) to say that I did not listen to the aunty leading our tour group.  I was too busy clicking away at every interesting nook and cranny.

Round about the time I got home and started putting all my pictures on my computer, I read a devotional that had scriptures about walls.  Walls that had been torn down!  Walls that God helped the people rebuild.  But the scripture that touched me the most was in Isaiah 58 v 12:  Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to Dwell in.



When I read this scripture, every broken down ruined building I saw in Ephesus came to my mind.  It was like the Lord gave me a visual of what someone who is centred on Him, wanting to please Him, would have to work with and with faith and His grace, that person would be able to help another start the restoration process in their lives.  Help them to gain strength in the Lord, help them to overcome their battles in the Lord.

  • Imagine being called the repairer of the breach?  It brings to mind helping to bring healing in relationships
  • Imagine being called Restorer of the streets to dwell in?  Brings to mind helping another to be able to walk with confidence in the Lord.

So, my encouragement to you today is no matter how weak or broken you feel, when you lay all you are at His feet, He restores you, so you in turn can help bring restoration in others.

God bless and be encouraged
Tracy

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31 comments:

  1. Hi Tracy! I have been to Ephesus too...so inspiring to be in the amphitheater where St. Paul taught. How blessed you are!

    You are a restorer in your blog! Helping us all to see God in the everyday, and that is so important and such a gift. Thank you for that!

    Happy Monday!
    Ceil

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    1. Hi Ceil, thank you, your words melt my heart. I appreciate them very much. God bless

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  2. Many years ago that passage from Isaiah really became illuminated for me. Even with brokenness all around, He has given us the ability to restore. Oh how awesome that is. Blessings to you Tracy.

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    1. Hi Wanda, I am finding so many treasures in Isaiah that I have not found before. Loving the word.
      God bless
      Tracy

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  3. I really needed this encouragement today. Thank you. Only the Lord can make something out of my brokenness. He has done it over and over again.

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Hi Sharon, I know, its true and what humbles me is that He loves us broken, just the way we are and because He loves us, He restores us
      God bless
      Tracy

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  4. Wonderful post Tracey...an encouragement I needed today

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    1. Hi Maryann, thank you. I'm glad that something you read here blessed you
      God bless
      Tracy

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  5. Dear Tracy
    What a great adventure! As I was reading your words, I was thinking of our Lord revelation to John about the church in Ephesus who left their first love and a few other atrocities and how He said that He was going to remove His presence.
    Hugs XX
    Mia

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    1. Hi Mia, I know what you mean, as I was walking around I had a sense of God not being there, does that make sense? I am so grateful today for His Holy Spirit
      God bless
      Tracy

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  6. I can imagine how exciting it must be there. :) This post encouraged me... I am imagining all of those walls that need to come down, and those that are being restored and rebuilt.

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    1. Hi Anna, it is amazing how one's imagination gets involved in those buildings and what was and what could be. Thanks for commenting
      God bless
      Tracy

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  7. I loved seeing your pictures! More so, I have loved the portion of Scripture you shared for many years. Thank you for reminding me today that there is much that is gained when we lay it all down before Him! I was your neighbor at Tell Me A Story & am so glad that I was!
    Blessings,
    Joanne

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    1. Hi Joan, thank you for your generous comment. I truly appreciate it. God bless
      Tracy

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  8. It is a big job, a courageous job to build up the old waste places, raisue up the foundations, be the repairer of the breach and restorer of the streets - it is not a popular job- and we might not see the results when we most want to see them but He gives us the strength - and restores us when we step up to that job:) Wonderful post - and so glad you got to visit, to walk the streets where great men walked - and I like how you end your post - when we are courageous enough to let Him restore us - we are then able to help others find restoration!!! Pass it on!

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    1. Hi sweet lady, such a wonderful comment with such wisdom and grace. Blessings my friend
      God bless
      Tracy

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  9. I wish I could be there too. SO lovely place to experience and get revelation from God. Dropping by from TMATS. My entry is" Away from home" from: joysnotepad.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Joy, it truly was an experience. I will go over to see your post shortly
      God bless
      Tracy

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  10. My heart beats for this restoration you speak of -- it's the name of the SDG retreat this year. Praying restoration abounds in our lives.

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    1. Hi Jen, restoration is a big part of my thinking these days. I pray your retreat is a venue of much restoration in the Lord
      God bless
      Tracy

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  11. I love that when I feel weak and downtrodden, God ALWAYS restores me! Each time I learn something that not only helps me, but allows me to help someone else. I am so thankful for His gift of love and grace!

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    1. Hi Joan, that is so true! God always restores when we lie at His feet broken
      God bless
      Tracy

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  12. Tracy,

    I just found your blog.

    It's a beautiful place to visit.

    Blessings!

    Sue

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    1. Hi Sue, thank you! I will be visiting over at you shortly'
      God bless
      Tracy

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  13. Thank you for sharing at "Tell Me a Story" about your visit to the Holy Land. How exciting and wonderful. I do hope Auntie was telling the group something profound, anyway you have some lovely photos to remind you of your visit. Then Isaish reminded you of the broken walls that need restoring. That is what we do as we encourage others to begin anew to pull down the old and build new strong walls to protect. A solid foundation is where we begin making sure if there is old stuff that we once thought was true, is cast aside and only now we build on God's holy word.

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    1. Hi Hazel, I always love when you comment because you have so much wisdom to add. God bless
      Tracy

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  14. Wow! What an awesome opportunity! And what you shared about the walls was great!

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    1. Hi Esther Joy, thank you sweet lady
      God bless
      Tracy

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  15. Thank you for sharing Ephesus with us! Have a blessed week!

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    1. Hi Victory, you too
      God bless
      Tracy

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  16. These pictures of your trip are awesome!! Thanks for linking up with Wholehearted Wednesdays.

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