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Eat This Scroll

“Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.’ So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. And He said to me, ‘Son of man, feed your stomach, and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.’ Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.”
(Ezekiel 3:1-3)

What a great picture of what we’re supposed to do with God’s Word. God recently showed me a vision of this, intensifying this message on my heart. This morning I searched for the passages in the Bible that speak of this, and already I’ve discovered deeper meaning that I did not possess before.

These verses brought great encouragement, confirmation and inspiration to me today. I pray that myself and all of you grow in hunger for God and His Word.

I pray that we do not gloss over our reading of God’s Word. Let us chew on it and devour it, letting it roll over and over in our minds throughout the day, giving us true strength and joy in living as the nutrients of God’s Word nourish every part of us! This is how meditation on the Word is defined.

The other part of this passage regards Ezekiel being told, “go, speak to the house of Israel.” Lord, let us devour Your words in such a way that we can make them known to others as You put it on our hearts to do so.

God, help me to feast on Your Word more and more. Help all of us do this for both our benefit and the benefit of others. Equip us to do so. Teach us Your truths and open our eyes to the wonderful things in Your Word (Psalm 119:18). Bring it to our minds continually throughout each day. Amen!

God’s Rest in the Here and Now

The other day I asked God for an acronym for “rest” (that is, trust and rest in Him), and this is what I felt He spoke to me:

REST = Reserve Established by the Spirit of Truth

I shared this with a friend, and he shared with me an acronym using the word “busy” – which actually describes the counterfeit of true rest in God:

BUSY = Being Under Satan’s Yoke

If we are resting in God, we’ll have a reserve of energy in every way at all times! His Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, will do just as Jesus said – Guide us into all truth and reveals to us the things and words of God (John 16:13), comfort us, counsel us, help us. He will point our eyes to Christ in all things (John 15:26).

God fills every part of us with His Spirit: “they were all filled (diffused throughout their souls) with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4)– our “souls” mean “our minds, will and emotions,” every part of us as well as the Spirit of God living inside of us! He will remind us of who we are as believers–children of the Living God saved by grace. He will teach us continually about who God is and who we are in Christ!

We’ve no reason to worry, fret, doubt or have any concern! God carries all our burdens if we let Him and renew our minds with His truth. He–the Uncreated One who created all things–holds everything together, and takes care of it all! Let us have holy UNconcern! (I heard this at a conference this weekend.)

Some other “R-words” come to mind as well:

  • Righteousness
  • Rest/Restoration
  • Reliance (dependence on God)
  • Rooted (in Christ)
  • Right Response (because rest and trust in God are just that!)
  • Reality (of living in complete trust with God)
  • Renewal/Renewed, Refreshing/Refreshed, Revival/Revived
  • Relaxed (we can be because God has everything under control!)
  • Redemption/Redeemed
  • River (as in “Rivers of Living Water”) – John 7:38

“He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”
(John 7:38 Amplified)

“[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him, by having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints…”
(Ephesians 1:17-18 Amplified)

Can you think of any more “R-words” or related things to add to what has already been shared? Feel free to respond!

Reflecting After Emmaus

I wrote the following a while ago, but haven’t been able to share it yet. God used my Walk to Emmaus to teach me & remind me of things already taught, things I struggle with living the relationship with Him moment-to-moment. Just a few days after the retreat, I read Jan’s blog post here which brought even more to my mind. I hope that if others out there have struggled similarly, or are struggling, that they will feel free to comment as well!

I found out over the Emmaus weekend that I anticipate God & life too often, instead of living in the moment, trusting God with everything & just relaxing in Him. As Psalm 46:10 commands, Cease striving & know that I am God or in another translation, Be still, & know that I am God.

I strive far too much, & it’s something I am still struggling with. I worry, I doubt, I anticipate. Some of it is mixed with good things — hope, desire to know & experience God more, & to improve as a Christian — but I need to trust God more, & that these will come with that trust & faith in Him, not in over-thinking & over-wanting to grow or experience things that He may not have planned for me or not right now.

In that, I need to focus on GOD ALONE, not the extras that come along with that relationship. This is something I discovered before going to Emmaus, seemingly by accident, though I know it was God rescuing me & teaching me not to trust just any teaching, person or ministry.

Now my desire is to make it about Him & His Word, growing in Him & in discernment & trusting Him with the rest. And that it is about agape love, the unconditional love He has for me, & that I am learning to have for Him.

My relationship with God is such a roller coaster, but that roller coaster is because of my fears, my worries, my condemnation of myself – not something He’s doing! (This realization actually came two weeks after Emmaus.) All in all, I’m tired of the jagged ride of not trusting & resting in God. I need just trust in Him, even when I fear I’m not doing my best in spending time with Him or in His Word. If I keep letting my fears & condemnation get in the way, I’ll never get through the motion sickness of this Christian ride!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Heaven’s Music: What Will It Be Like?

Have you ever wondered what music will be like in Heaven?

Think about all the facets of music now — technologies, different types of scales of both usual & unusual forms, the different instruments & different timbres of both these & our own voices & even the voices of animals of all kinds.

We can’t begin to imagine such things on an infinite scale! The instruments used to express in musical form God’s glory in Heaven; the timbres arising from the voices of both ourselves, the angels, & the living creatures all worshiping God. The sounds of creation itself worshiping, the sound of the trees, the rocks, the cosmos, all worshiping in their very own God-ordained ways.

I can imagine pitches that will exist that our human ears have never heard or imagined. Our spirits will hear things our flesh kept us from hearing in all its beauty or from hearing them at all.

Our vocal ranges & instrumental abilities will be infinite & we will be able to praise God in any way by the music God births in our spirits with which to exalt Him. & as one voice we will lift up new songs to Him with all the creatures of Heaven in worship of our glorious King in Heaven!

Can you imagine it? I can’t! Even what I’ve described in this blog entry is so incredibly finite compared to God’s infinite creativity, but this was what God seemed to bring to my mind this morning, taking me away from the worries that attempt to bother me. What a most wonderful height to take my imagination away from the burdens of this life!

Don’t Settle for Mere Religious Ritual

Today in some morning reflection & reading, I was impacted by Blackaby’s Experiencing God Day by Day for today, titled “Ritual or Relationship?” — especially as this affects so many of our churches & their members today, & has become (very recently) a topic of conversation & prayer in my own life.

God designed worship for us to see Him in His glory and to respond appropriately; for many it has degenerated into “religion,” one more meeting to attend out of habit. …God gave us prayer so we could have conversation with Him, but we often distort this by “saying prayers” and hurrying off without ever listening to what is on our Father’s heart. God instituted His commandments as a protection for those He loves, but the commandments can become a pathway to legalism rather than an avenue for a relationship with our Father in which He protects us from harm.

I hope this speaks to you today as much as it spoke to me.

If we do nothing else, let us do this: Keep our focus on our relationship with God, not religion or ritual.

Let us also challenge ourselves to pray continually against a spirit of religion & ritual in our churches & in the entire Body of Christ! Let’s see the change happen & see believers who are on fire for God & seeking Him & His Kingdom, first & foremost!