Buried treasure?

Recently during a break in Donegal, my eye was drawn to an unusual shaped jug in the room where I was writing. I sensed the Holy Spirit’s nudge to invite Him to fill me just like this jug.

He reminded me the purpose of a jug is to contain what is being poured in, but it is also designed to pour out what it has been filled with.

An expanse of water without inlet or outlet soon becomes stagnant.

I’ve blocked outlets in my life because I’ve allowed the opinions of others to be more of a concern than obedience to my Father.

What is the Holy Spirit pouring into you to pour out to others?

Have you allowed anything to block the outlet?

Today I read a devotional by Alan Scott entitled ‘Permission to Dream‘. At first as I read, I was tempted to feel not only dream-less but job-less, aim-less, even worth-less.

I don’t know what ‘LESS’ words come to your mind or are entrenched in your heart but I do know this – no matter how we feel, NOTHING can make Him love us less. This precious and powerful love makes us MORE. “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

This love gives us permission to dream again.

You are God’s idea, and He longs to see the treasure that is in your heart. As we learn to dream with God we become co-labourers with Him.” (Bill Johnson)

He longs to see the treasure that is in your heart” because He deposited it there in the first place. He hasn’t given us dreams, desires, talents, gifts, uniqueness for it all to remain buried treasure. When we use and reveal this treasure it brings him pleasure and that is increased when this treasure brings us pleasure too!

Eric Liddell famously said in Chariots of Fire “when I run, I feel His pleasure“.

His pleasure is made complete when we give away what we’ve been given, when we share His treasure.

Have you hidden this treasure on the shelf or buried because it doesn’t look like anyone else’s and you’ve no idea where to start with it? Are you blocking outlets because you feel inadequate or insecure?

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

He is the one who has planted those desires and that treasure right there in you.

What is the treasure in your heart? What is your dream?

REMEMBER He longs to see it and RECEIVE His permission to dream again.

Advertisements

SHARE YOUR STORY (Day 21)

imageDay 21! We made it!

Today we round off this final week of RECOVER

ALL
You have a right to recover what the enemy has stolen from you because it’s rightfully yours (Day 15)

LIFE
Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.” (Day 16)

HOPE
Don’t stay stuck on the hope-less page. God’s hope has your name on it. (Day 17)

DREAMS
Dare to dream again! ‘I have heard the prayer you no longer pray‘. (Day 18)

PEACE
When we pursue His presence it opens up the way to the presence of His peace in our lives. (Day 19)

WONDER
May we never lose the wonder of WHOSE we are. (Day 20)

Thank you for joining me over the past 21 days as we journeyed together to PURSUE, OVERTAKE and RECOVER all.

Let’s look again at the words that started it:

When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive.”

“David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.”

“and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”

David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives.

and furthermore “the plunder of the Lord’s enemies.
1 Samuel 30:3, 6, 8, 18, 26 NIV

David “recovered everything” that had been stolen from him AND he also took “the plunder of the Lord’s enemies” – what the enemy had stolen from others.

HE PLUNDERED THE PLUNDERER.

You can do the same!!

How?

Every time you share the story of your journey, you invite others to join the journey too and steal back what has been stolen from them!!

PURSUE. OVERTAKE. RECOVER ALL. Now PLUNDER!!

Share your story.

It’s just the beginning!

 

Recover wonder (Day 20)

imageMay we never lose our wonder”

These lyrics from Bethel music have been playing in my head.

In times of doubt, confusion, instability, insecurity, it’s easy to forget WHOSE we are.

We can be so blinkered by our circumstances and concerns, it’s hard to see beyond the immediate.

The sun has a diameter more than 100 times that of the earth yet you can block it completely out of view with something as small as a coin!

We can allow our penny’s worth to block out the immensity of our God.

The Creator of Heaven and Earth.

The Lord of All.

The King of Kings.

Omnipotent.

Omniscient.

Omnipresent.

El Shaddai.

Wonderful Counsellor.

Mighty God.

Everlasting Father.

Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.” Isaiah 9:7 NIV

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?” Isaiah 40:12 NIV

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Psalm 33:11 NIV

to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:4 NIV

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” Job 5:9 NIV

Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.” Psalm 40:5 NIV

May we never lose our wonder“.

Look to the Son.

Recover peace (Day 19)

imageRecover peace.

Little did I know how topical this would be for today.

Today marks a historic moment as the Brexit campaign resulted in 52% making the decision for the UK to leave the EU.

This blog is not a political one but no matter whether you voted REMAIN or LEAVE there is no doubt that today has been one when the media has used words like fear, turmoil, shock, upset, uncertainty, worry again and again.

Maybe these words have been making headlines in your life too, long before today.

They denote an absence of peace.

But when we pursue His presence it opens up the way to the presence of His peace in our lives regardless of circumstances and situations.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3 NIV

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10 NIV

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

We don’t have to find this peace within ourselves. We find it in HIM.

The Lord of peace

My peace I give you

My covenant of peace

Experience God’s peace

Perfect peace

“It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 MSG

Recover the perfect peace that the Lord of peace has covenanted to you.

Allow the presence of HIS peace to displace fear, turmoil, shock, upset and worry in your life.

Make a big decision to say YES to His peace and NO to fear.

Recover your dreams (Day 18)

imageRecover your dreams …

The dream that has felt stolen time after time. The one you no longer dare to dream. The dream you’ve put on the shelf and tried to forget about.

But He hasn’t forgotten and He has been reminding you about it again. Time to take it down from the shelf, time to dust it off, time to dare to dream again ….

In Luke 1 we read of Zechariah and Elizabeth who “were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.” Luke 1:7 NIV

But an angel appeared to Zechariah and “said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.” Luke 1:13 NIV

Your prayer has been heard.

Bill Johnson explains that a more accurate translation of this verse is ‘I have heard the prayer you no longer pray’.

What’s the prayer you no longer pray? The one that seems totally impossible. The dream that has never gone away. The one that you’ve longed for but felt you’ve endured disappointment after disappointment.

YOUR PRAYER HAS BEEN HEARD.

God has not forgotten the desires of your heart. He planted those desires. But He does not want those very dreams to become a nightmare so He knows the development of your heart is essential.

Remember Joseph’s dream. His circumstances seemed to take him further and further away but they were actually moving him closer. Those prison times were preparation times.

Sometimes you face difficulties in life, not because you are doing something wrong, but because you are doing something right.” #BIOY

Don’t give up.

Pursue. Overtake. Recover.

Dare to dream again.

YOUR PRAYER HAS BEEN HEARD.

God’s hope has your name on it (Day 17)

imageCan you guess what the theme for today is?

I wrote this page in my journal a few months ago at a time when to be totally honest I felt much more hope-less than hope-full.

My fatigue levels had increased and I was struggling to cope with the lack of energy, emotionally and mentally as well as physically.

Some days I found it difficult to read or journal or pray and lying in bed felt very frustrating, so I decided to experiment with some lettering (thank you Pinterest) and to write out verses or quotes that inspired me or I felt God was highlighting to me.

By writing the words on the page, it helped me to focus on the truth of God’s hope rather than the hopeless circumstances.

It was a way of writing His words on my heart and in my mind and speaking them over my life.

As I imagined filling a page with HOPE written in different verses and different letters, I felt the Lord whisper:

The page of your life is NOT blank. It is FILLED with HOPE. Don’t stay stuck on the hope-less page.

Maybe you’ve felt robbed of hope. Life feels blank or frustrating. It’s been a hard season.

Don’t stay stuck on the hope-less page.

Pursue. Overtake. Recover.

Choose to fill the pages of your heart and mind with HIS HOPE.

Allow Him to rekindle the hope in your heart.

God’s hope has your name on it. 

image

Recover your life (Day 16)

imageAre you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

The word recover means to reclaim, to retrieve, to recapture, to regain.

To regain your rightful possessions and also to regain health: emotional, physical, spiritual and mental.

To RECOVER YOUR LIFE.

As we read yesterday in John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

LIFE to the FULL.

We live in a culture which often views rest as a sign of weakness but it is very much a signal of strength.

I love the New Living Translation of Psalm 23:2 “He LETS me rest in green meadows” – He gives me His total permission to rest when I struggle to let myself.

Rest is as unique as we are. To some it can mean a walk on the beach, for others a talk on the phone; for some it can be a lie down, for others it can be a catch up with friends; for some it means staying in with a good book or movie, for others it can be a work out at the gym.

REST is whatever “renews my strength” Psalms 23:3 NLT and “refreshes my soul” Psalms 23:3 NIV

But here Jesus says “I’ll show you how to take a real rest.

HOW?

Walk with me”

“Work with me”

“Watch how I do it”

“Keep company with me”

RESULT: “you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

We find real rest when we pursue His presence in everything we do.

In Mark 6:31 Jesus says to His disciples “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.

This invitation still applies to us.

To Moses, “The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”” Exodus 33:14 NIV

David writes, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5

Whatever way He restores, refills or renews you, give yourself permission to make space for that in the midst of busyness.

Respond to His invitation to “Come to me” and “Get away with me“.

Recover your life with real rest in His presence.

LET’S LEARN THE UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF HIS AMAZING GRACE.