“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.”Psalms 17:8 NIV
in the morning when I rise, give me Jesus
TODAY IS A GREAT DAY! Instead of shout-preaching from the church 3 blocks away, or the call to prayer from the mosque behind our house, or the clamour of traffic, I woke up in a different city, at 04:30 (my usual wake-time) with the chirping of birds and a cool breeze coming through the window.
This may not seem like much to you, reading this, but here’s the confession:
I’ve had to work on my attitude. And my posture.
This week we’re in the city. “Ministry” looks different this week, and I’ll be honest — at first I didn’t have a good attitude about it.
Sometimes we’re in physical circumstances that aren’t ideal, even when they’re by no means uncomfortable, and if you’re like me (a very opinionated 8w7), it’ll take some effort to bin the attitude and honour those who lead you because that’s part of team, and it’s part of ministry, and frankly — it’s part of life.
This past Sunday we listened to a podcast sermon by Eric Gilmour — oh, boy! What a conviction!
Ministry and life begins with LOOKING AT THE LAMB.
The more you look to Him, the more you become like Him.
If you’re unhappy with your life, your relationships, or your physical circumstances, it’s probably because, at some point, Jesus was replaced (or added to), and our problems become amplified by losing sight of Him!
He is the Name above all names.
He is the Name above all things.
He is the Name above all Nations.
He is the Name above all sickness and disease.
He is the Name above all sin.
He is the Name above all ministries and peoples and opinions.
“After this I looked, and behold, right in front of me I saw a vast multitude of people — an enormous multitude so huge that no one could count — made up of victorious ones from every nation, tribe, people group, and language. They were all in glistening white robes, standing before the throne and before the Lamb with palm branches in their hands.”Revelation 7:9 TPT
If you show up and there’s no one to minister to, MINISTER TO HIM! Is that not what we’re called to do as Priests?! There is no higher ministry than going low before God. He is the uncontested Pinnacle.
So, this week, I’m not out in the Bush for ministry. I’m in the city. And “ministry” is different from what I expected it to be. I’m on the other side of a bumpy, lengthy bus ride (motion sickness to boot) for the fourth time in two weeks. But we’re staying in a very comfortable guest house in the city, surrounded by trees and chirping birds and I’m working on my attitude — and more importantly, my posture before Him.
If Faith is LOOKING TO JESUS, we cannot afford to be swayed by the bumps in the road of life.
The Holy Spirit enables us to see Jesus.
Jesus reveals the Father.
This life is only lived if we fix our gaze on Him.
digging a well
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”Psalm 16:11
I want to encourage you — don’t allow the enemy to steal your joy!
Happiness depends on circumstance, but joy is a constant state of wellbeing drawn from His presence.
The enemy will always try to disturb your peace ’cause it leads to a loss of joy that shifts your focus from the Kingdom to everything that does not seem to go well. Dig a well and drink deep from the joy of His presence!