Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Digging Deeper 2017

I find that I have become very unimpressed, or disappointed with my own level of understanding of the Word and with my inability to "feel" closer to the Lord.  Now firstly, I think the word 'feel' is problematic because living one's faith out is not about feelings (thank goodness for me!  Mine are usually all over the place).  Secondly, unless you are willing to pay bucket loads of money, bible schools are not an option.  Truly, I would like to do something that is on line, that I can delve into in my own time etc.

My own church does much for the new Christian, and that is good but I want more meat!  I want more!  More of God, more understanding and wisdom, from God.  My daughters heard me talking about this and gave me an awesome book for my birthday.  Its called "Unlocking the Bible" and I believe the author has many youtube videos out there also, which I want to look into.  His name is David Pawson and he breaks down the books of the bible and fills them out with their history, their authorship, to whom its meant etc, but more so than each book's intro in your bible.  He expounds more on what the different scholars have to say about the book and its meaning etc.  So far, I am enjoying it.


Other books I am adding to my usual daily devotional are those written by AW Tozer.  "The Pursuit of God" is amazing.  It makes me realise how much more serious I need to be about seeking out the Lord.  It makes me realise how much of God's power I have access to, and I don't even know it.  He shows how shallow we are as Christians.   He is especially concerned for us as church-goers, because church sometimes has become about entertaining us, and focusing on feeding us only the easy to accept stuff and not the real tough nitty-gritty stuff.  (No specific church or group being discussed here, so no finger-pointing going on here by me 😋)


 In the times we live in, I think it is so important for us to get real about our faith.  Its not about denominations, its not about how you or I interpret this verse or that.  Its about unity.  Its about standing together as one for God.  They say that the Christian army is the only army that shoots its own soldiers.  Ain't that the truth.  We serve the same God.  And His word even instructs us not to get caught up in legalese and conspiracies.

So, on my journey to digging deeper I am adding to my reading lists books by those men of God who have dug deeper before me.  No more surface scratching for me.  Dig deeper or go home Tracy!

What books or courses or other resources are you using to dig deeper?

God bless
Tracy

Monday, 6 March 2017

Like Elijah - You Too Can Pray

Right now our country, South Africa, is going through a make or break stage.  The ruling party is losing favour and their years and years of corruption is being exposed and people are saying enough is enough.  They are at that stage where they need to up their game before the next elections in 2019.  However, how will they do that?  Through ethical and people focused means?  Or through continued skulduggery?  Sadly, I think it will be the latter.

I love my country.  It is getting to a critical point where weekly murders of farmers in the norm and the press hide it in the back pages somewhere.  Nothing is being done about these things.  Hatred and renewed violence and racism (the normal kind and the reversed kind) is growing exponentially.


Those that can leave the country, do!  Those that can't, stay!  And then there are those, like us, who choose to stay. We love our country.  We love the people.  We KNOW that we can all live in harmony.  We can overcome hate and hurt.  We know, and choose to believe that God has a good plan for us in this country.  But its really hard when it seems evil is winning....

On top of that, our province is having the worst drought in something like 100 yrs.  They say we have 2 months water left and then we are done!  Water is becoming another point over which to fight and debate and hate.  Instead of solutions being sought!

And so back to the purpose of this post....

I was having a quiet time and wondering if I can find out if there are any prayer groups out there, praying for our country, and praying for rain.  I asked around, I wondered if maybe I should start something, and ask anyone to join me in praying for our country, and the rain we so desperately need.

And then I read this:  James 5 vs 17-18:  (17)  Elijah was a man with nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain;  and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.  (18) And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

It was a light bulb moment for me.  Elijah was just a normal person like you and I.  He was no more "special" or different.  He had the faith to pray earnestly and believed.  I felt like the Lord was telling me, "you too can pray for rain, and trust Me for it, extend your faith, go for it and pray, earnestly!"  I don't need to join any prayer group.  Although if I find one I will because I do believe that where two or more are gathered in Jesus' name, there He is in the midst of us (Matt 18v20).   But I don't need to wait for people to get together!  I can pray, right here, right now!

In my bible after the end of James 5, there is a large open space.  I wrote down my prayer for rain for our province.  I believe that God WILL fill our dams and He WILL do it before the water comes to an end.


I do believe that we as Christians are called to come together and seek God's forgiveness, humble ourselves and pray, and He will come heal our land, with water, and with good governance.  God's word says so.  If His word says so, then so it is!  2 Chron 7 v 14:  If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Would you mind, if South Africa comes to mind, that you would lift us up in prayer?  Would you pray for the violence to end, for the corruption to be exposed and to come to an end and for righteous people in power to stand up and make a stand for Godly ways and Godly principles.  Thank you friends.

God bless
Tracy

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