Respect…

I don’t believe I’ve blogged on this before, strange that…

The thoughts have been crystallizing in my mind…

We must respect others, yes, I’ve been aware of this…

We must respect what others tell us as being the truth and be willing and ready to let people go when they tell us that that is what they want us to do…

We can’t hold on to someone, anyone, no matter who they are, against what they tell us they want us to do…

On the other hand, respect is like a two-sided coin, as we must also respect ourselves…

We are to love others as we love ourselves which means that self-respect is something we need to master also, I’ve seen this clearly this week with something I’ve been going through…

We can respect others decisions not to have anything further to do with us but in so doing we must also respect ourselves and realize that someone who genuinely wants nothing further to do with us is someone that we don’t need to ‘pine for’ or feel ‘bad’ about in terms of having nothing further to do with them…

After all, it was their choice to want to have nothing further to do with us…

We still love them and want the best for them, but what more can we do, and in respecting ourselves and honouring their wishes we are free to get on with our lives without ‘a care in the world’ about the decision which they have made, because that is their freedom before God…

The Lord has told me that certain people are meant to have something to do with me over my journey to date and sometimes those certain people have not been willing to do so…

I have waited and there has been faith and believing in me to wait forever for them to be willing to partner with me in the work which the Lord has shown me for my life but there have been cases where at a certain point after this absolute willingness to wait has been established in me that the Lord has told me that they are unwilling to come and that that plan which He had is no longer going to take place…

There is a deep sadness which follows this statement from the Lord, deep sadness but after this is over I have been able to ‘get up off the floor’ so to speak and forgive them and move on, trusting that the Lord works everything out for my good and refusing to let my heart become embittered because what He told me would happen and what I believed from Him did not occur…

And in my self-respect for myself, I have decided that at the end of the day it is wrong for me to continue to reach out to them when they have made it abundantly clear that they don’t want me to do so, i.e. if someone doesn’t desire to journey with me then I don’t want to journey with someone who doesn’t want to journey with me…

And so we let people go but we continue to hold to the vision which the Lord has given us and that vision never changes…

The people who the Lord brings across our path to potentially journey with in pursuit of that vision may change but the vision never changes and as long as we remain with the Lord, then we have a majority in any situation we may face…

If someone who we have walked with and gotten to know is rude to us (not just once but in a decisive, direction-heading-away-from-us manner), we must forgive them but we no longer need to relate to them as we previously did in that place of openness, vulnerability, and trust as they have chosen not to abide with us and to head in their own direction…

We must remain with the Lord in the direction He is giving us a peace to pursue, that is our safety and whoever He brings alongside us to journey with us in this place, will be a relationship of peace and tranquility where there is agreement and blessing…

Love,

Andrew

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To the Lord belongs escapes from death…

God is to us a God of deliverances; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death. (Psalm 68:20 NASB)

I am happy at this point of today… 🙂

I’ve been going through some pretty ‘dark’ times over the last few days…

Some of that ‘storm’ and it has been a really challenging time for me on the ‘inside’…

Waking up this morning and seeking the Lord and He has provided some clarity on the situation…

Waiting on the Lord means getting used to not ‘pulling any strings’ to orchestrate what He has said He will do…

Letting go of that innate desire to ‘assist’ God in bringing to pass what He has said…

I am glad that I’ve gone through these past few ‘dark’ days…

When I go through these times He seems to remind me of things I’ve blogged previously and I go back and again go, “Ahhaa…” and remember that I already knew this but have somehow seemed to practically forget it in the intervening time… 🙂

Shows there’s more deliverance to come…

Torment…

Think about your life and think about whether there are certain strands of it which torment you, things which go over and over and over in your mind…

These are the things which we haven’t surrendered to the Lord…

My latest ‘dark’ experiences clearly showed me this…

Torment is not from the Lord but from the enemy of our souls, the devil…

King Saul was tormented by an evil spirit after he refused to submit to the Lord’s word…

The Lord uses these experiences, for those of us who know Him, to bring out in us our new self which just ‘knows’ (after a while) – it just senses or perceives – that these patterns are not life-giving – they are actually death-giving…

This was the giveaway for me in this latest episode – the Lord sort of said, “Hold on a minute, this isn’t healthy”, through my new self and then I saw it…

Anything which we do to try and make anything happen, even if it is God’s will, is control…

Anything we try and do to manipulate or coerce someone into doing something, even if it is God’s will, is witchcraft…

Anything which the Lord has told us which we’ve believed but there’s been a part of our ‘sin which is within me’ which has also agreed with it because it just happens to look like that will benefit ‘sin which is within me’ also and then ‘sin which is within me’ goes about to try and make it happen for itself – keeping it on the ‘down low’ so our new self doesn’t notice – eventually we see it surfacing during one of these ‘dark’ times when everything seems to be falling apart and it is ‘exposed’ for what it is really trying to do…

The hardest thing in the world is to have heard from God that He is going to do something through you and someone else together, i.e. use you together to achieve something for His Glory, and then stand by powerlessly watching as this other person remains unwilling to participate in this activity, being unable to ‘touch’ them to try and ‘enlighten’ them…

The reason it’s hard is because there’s still a selfish motive in there for ‘sin which is within me’…

Once that selfish motive is removed and this is a pure submission thing where we trust the Lord explicitly that everything He puts us through is in love and for our good – then truly we are ‘all good’ and see that His timing is perfect and that He is enabling us to wait but that in our waiting He is preparing us to be ready to play our part in this partnership and He frees us from the delusion that we’re already ‘perfectly’ ready but the other party is not… 🙂

No matter what happens God still loves us, He is using everything to bring us into His likeness…

We must surrender to His truth because in aligning with His truth we practically experience His peace and are protected by His power to have our youth renewed and to live more and more and more escaping from death and experiencing His abundant life as we know Him on this earth – which is the greatest testimony to His Glory which we can give…

As we are enabled by the Holy Spirit let’s glorify the Lord by trusting Him with every sadness and anger, every disappointment and betrayal, every heartbreak and unfulfilled longing, let’s trust Him with all our ‘unknowables’ and let’s let His truth set us free on the inside… 🙂

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28 NASB)

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Standing Tall on God’s Word…

The Lord doesn’t make it easy for those who believe in Him…

Why is this?

He is bringing us closer to Himself…

He wants us to go through the disappointments of not getting what we thought He’d told us so that we can understand the lesson behind what He was using that conversation to teach us…

God is more interested in understanding than knowledge…

God can tell us facts but sometimes when God tells us facts it is actually only to challenge our mindset and help us to see something deeper about ourselves…

When God told Hezekiah that he should put his house in order for he would surely die Hezekiah could have taken this as a fact and said, “Amen!” and he would have missed the lesson which the Lord was trying to teach him to pour out his heart before the Lord…

Hezekiah learnt from that experience that deep down in his heart he wasn’t ready to go home yet, he had more to do on earth…

Sure, he made some mistakes with his extra 15 years but I believe he was still better for it – he had an encounter with God where God very personally ministered to him as an individual and I am sure that his life and experience with the Lord was all the richer for it…

Abraham heard facts from the Lord, that he was to go to a certain mountain and offer his only son up as a sacrifice to the Lord and did take this as fact and went about doing it but the Lord didn’t speak it as fact – although He did – but He actually spoke it to teach Abraham about what Jesus would do for us all those years later so that Abraham could see ahead the sacrifice of Jesus and believe…

So we see that not everything which the Lord tells us – as those who believe in Him – as facts actually are facts – they are actually the beginning of a conversation which helps us to deepen our understanding of who the Lord is…

The Lord wants to know us…

He isn’t interested in our performance…

He has already accepted us in Jesus…

The Lord wants us to know Him…

He wants a relationship with us…

He wants to walk through life together with us where we know Him intimately in every aspect of our lives…

Where we know Him so well that we surrender – outright – to whatever He says to do and trust Him implicitly even if in so doing we look stupid or He changes His Mind or what He said doesn’t happen because He was actually telling us that to start a conversation with us about what we – deep down – still believe, to endeavour to change what we believe – to deepen what we believe – so it is reflective of what He believes – so we can know what makes Him tick…

Nothing is a test to break us, everything is a test to strengthen us and draw us closer to Himself  – remember that for all of us who know Him, we are already His children, we are already His Bride, He already loves us and just wants to deepen that relationship with us by removing our preconceived ideas about who He is…

He will smash down our preconceived ideas so that all we have left is childlike faith…

Childlike trust…

Childlike dependence…

This is what He wants…

And He is unscrupulous to get it…

Why?

Because He loves us…

This is what discipline looks like…

It’s not, struggle and try harder…

It’s not, punish yourself when you fail or fall short…

It’s the discipline of having your security blankets ripped out from underneath you and being left very exposed and very aware that you are standing in a place where you have no physical or practical means of support – where all the natural props are removed and you realise that God is your only support and that there is no other way than the way He said, the way He promised, that the thing which He has been telling you can come to pass…

And in this place, which you have been prepared for by all these preceding experiences or journeys or relationships with the Lord, you are able to stand tall on His Word – His Word to you and His Word about His Purpose for His Earth…

His Purpose for all who live in His Universe…

Even for those who have traveled to space and are not presently living on planet earth – He has a purpose for all – for every single human being to whom He has given the breath of life…

So embrace your sorrowful circumstances, your continued unanswered questions, the things which bring you pain in your heart, your quandaries and uncertainties and things which just don’t make any sense to you – give them all to the Lord and watch Him give you in return a deeper knowledge of and surrender to Him as Your Sovereign Father…

For He is our Sovereign Father – He has a Sovereign will – He makes ultimate decisions for each of our lives – and these decisions – these ultimate decisions – which He makes, cannot be changed…

We can talk to Him about them over and over and over but if He has made one of these ultimate decisions then we can rest assured that He will accomplish it and that the accomplishing of it is for our good – in fact that there is nothing better than Him accomplishing this decision because He is our Sovereign Father and everything He does for us is calculated to bring us closer to Him and the closer to Him we are the happier and freer we are and the more liberated we are and the closer we are to His image and likeness, the more we experience His Eternal, stress free approach to life…

Basically, as David said, who knew this journey,

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works. (Psalm 73:28 NASB)

Love,

Andrew

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When I look into Your Holiness…

My new fav at the moment… 😊

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Draw Me Close to You – Michael W Smith…

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For as truly as I live…

This song came into my head today while I was doing the dishes…

It’s based on a scripture,

But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. (Numbers 14:21 KJV)

I was on my long hill run yesterday and the Lord said something to me,

“The Holy Spirit is My Glory, When you seek My Glory you seek My Holy Spirit to live through you so that the world can see My Glory, for He is My Glory”…

And just now as I read that scripture above, it clicked,

“It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. (Joel 2:28 NASB)

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14 KJV)

“… He will glorify Me…” (John 16:5-15 NASB)

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“Look after those who no one else will look after and I will be with you forever”…

I was just at the supermarket buying some groceries and as I got back into my car the Lord told me the above in the context of the new business which I’ve recently started…

I’ve never been into competition in the workplace, i.e. trying to outdo others and ‘shine’ because it goes against my ‘nice’ nature…

I’ve seen in the industry that I’m in that there’s a lot of striving and to strive means that you have to overexert yourself and keep up that image…

It’s a treadmill of epic proportions…

You naturally end up serving the rich, those with money and completing work which doesn’t really benefit the majority…

I told our team (at the previous company I was with) at a planning day we had late last year that I’d had enough of this and wanted to do something different…

A vision has been formulating as to what that might be…

This word from the Lord is the confirmation for that vision…

I am very excited…

It is the Lord who gives us our ‘place’ in any industry in which we are involved…

He will give the company I’ve started its place…

It’s a counter-intuitive place as we will be serving those who aren’t the rich but He will be with us…

🙂

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