Saturday, 25 July 2015

Firstfruits - Sunday

For the last couple of years (okay, okay, maybe longer) I have battled to go to church.

I have tons of excuses:
  • I don't agree with something they say, 
  • Our girls don't like the church we want to go to
  • There is someone there who annoys me
  • Not close enough
  • Not far enough
  • Not how I would like it to be
  • The parking is a problem,
  • Too early
  • Too late
  • Not how it used to be...

You name it, I have the excuse!  My husband and I had sort of decided where we wanted to go but we just had not gotten around to it.  Lazy, tired, busy, another time, etc etc.

We have just been away for 3 weeks and in that time we both read the book "The Blessed Life" by Robert Morris.  What an amazing book!  Such a blessing to read.  Slowly but surely, I will blog about the things in this book that have impacted me.  But for starters, let me deal with Sunday mornings.

I have trained myself to think of Sunday as the last day of the week.  My last opportunity to de-stress before Monday.  My last weekly opportunity to do, well, as little as possible.

This book has reminded me that Sunday is actually the first day of the week, and by going to church on Sunday I am offering up to the Lord, the firstfruits of my week.  God says that He wants our firstfruits, of our earnings, of our time, of us really, and He will bless the rest.  

Rom 11v16:  For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy;  and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

Surely if I want my week to be blessed then to offer up the firstfruits of my week is the least I can do.  

Now I don't want to do this, offer up my firstfruits of my week, in order to get the rest blessed!  But the way God works, that is exactly what will happen.  I am also not saying that from hereon out, if I go to church on Sunday, the rest of my week will be awesome always.  But I do know that I can know with confidence that God is with me whatever the week holds and therein lies the blessing for me.  

I want to give the firstfruit of my week to the Lord because I want to honour Him, thank Him, show Him I love Him, show Him how grateful I am for all He has done, and is doing in my life.

You have no idea how excited I am to go to church this Sunday.  There has been a total mind-shift in my head that Sunday is the FIRST day of my week.  And I want to have the most blessed life I can, despite myself (lol) so I WANT to give God my firstfruits!  

So join me in giving God the firstfruits of our week, every week, and lets trust His word that the balance will be blessed!

God bless
Tracy

#wisdom  - What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I believe that the Lord is going to show me the value in the firstfruits, in our lives and in relationship with Him.  How many times do we read words in scripture and it all sounds good but we don't get down to the nitty gritty!  Well, it is nitty-gritty time!  Time to tackle firstfruits and reap the rewards of understanding God's word better.



Friday, 3 July 2015

God has got you Covered!


I am busy reading through Ezekiel in my quest to read the bible through cover to cover.  I read some pretty amazing stuff there.  I'm not one of those people who focuses too much on the end times because I find it depressing and lets face it, downright scary, right?!  Am I alone?

But I have just read something in Ezekiel that brought a leap in my spirit!

This is the scenario:
The Holy Spirit lifts Ezekiel up into a vision and takes him over Jerusalem.  He shows Ezekiel all the evil religious practices going on to show why the Lord is bringing judgement.  He then calls near those in charge over the city as executioners and they come forward, all carrying their battle-axes, except one.  He is clothed in linen with ink at his side....

And the Lord calls to the man with the ink and says:  Ezekiel 9 v 4: ... Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in the midst of it.

Isn't that amazing?  Isn't that wonderful?  Isn't that awesome?  God, in Ezekiel's vision, is showing him that He is going to protect those who are not for all the evil that is going on in Jerusalem!!!

As I read this I could only think of how our world and its leaders are making things that are wrong, as if they were not wrong!  I could only think of how so much is being done to hurt others!  And what the religious are doing to try to convince the world that God is not GOD!  And the laws that are being put in place, to normalize sin.  It is frightening, and I am sure I am not the only one when I say how incredibly sad all this makes me feel, and dare I say it, a little (seriously, a lot) scared!


But the scripture above gives me hope and confidence that although all this is going on, and God's judgement WILL stand, and HE will show His majesty and ownership of all, I have confidence that God WILL also protect those who love Him and His word and His way!

That scripture goes on to say that God sends the executioners out after the man with the ink, to execute judgement on young and old (Ezekiel 7 v 5-6) but God states clearly, "do not touch OR GO NEAR anyone on whom is the mark." [capitalization mine]  

Is that not truly amazing and peace giving?! 

I know that I have a smidgen more peace about being a Christian today in this world we live in.

Be encouraged, Our God reigns!

God bless
Tracy

#wisdom What is the Lord teaching me here about wisdom?

I believe the Lord is showing me that I need not fear, especially when I hear people speak about all that is going wrong in the world and end time terrors, etc!  Because God has got us covered, literally!  He will protect His own.  I have to and will believe that, and therein lies the wisdom, believe God's word, end of story!

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