“around the throne was a rainbow’… is that where our tears end up?

 

Many years ago I saw this picture in the Spirit… a connection between two scriptures. It has continued to encourage myself and others many times since then.

“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.3And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne…” Rev 4:2-3

and “You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your records? ” Psalm 56: 8

 

promise Inekaprohetic artwork by Ineke Hopgood

 

I saw Papa God surrounded by the records of all our heart-aches, sorrows and burdens because He had gathered every tear that fell from every eye and collected them in prisms of His love and was shining His light through them,  clothing  Himself with the promises He made…no more tears, no more heart-ache, no more death…instead joy unspeakable and full of glory and a new body that can bear the weight of His presence.

 

We launch ourselves into Your promises,
rainbows flashing the glow of emerald coals
that burn and flame in us
as we lay ourselves down as living stones in Your new Jerusalem
and we become clothed in the living rainbows of You
as Your glory and goodness shine through us
to colour our world with the hope of You…
a pledge and a promise
that on that One Day,
You will become clothed in the living rainbows of us.

 

God loves your presence

i loved you at your darkest

We often say that Papa God is the best thing thing that happened to us and we tell everyone who will listen that we love Him to bits. We put the cart before the horse so often… we love Him because He first loved us, we love our families because He first loved us, we love His presence because He loves ours. Speak to yourself and surround yourself with this truth. Papa God loves your presence. And don’t worry about all the things you don’t want anyone else to know.They are the very things that qualify you to receive the grace of God. You have been forgiven.

Read this scripture until it is engraved in your mind like a carving into a rock, not words written with your finger at ocean’s edge.

The depths of us will be broken open……

 

VG middle earth

The heavens were opened and the fountains of the great deep were broken up once before in the history of this earth. An ending and a beginning. Before each of us see Him, face to face, breath to breath…we have the opportunity to share in covering the earth with the glory of the Lord.

Sometimes it feels like the  rivers of living water that flow from our innermost beings are intermittent, inconsistent and unpredictable, disappearing when we need them most when faced with the insoluble difficulties of life. Yet our hope is in Christ. His “the Voice to the voice of the waters of your fountains” (Psalm 42:7 Aramaic Bible.) The fountains in our depths that can be broken open “by His knowledge” (Proverbs 3:20) Whatever the hindrances may be, and we can all fill in the blanks here, nothing can withstand the power of the Holy Spirit if we allow Him to have His way. Steve Furtick from Elevator Church in North Carolina said something while at Hillsong Australia this year that, though not new, has lodged itself in my heart. “God won’t do the work for us until He has done the work in us.” When we surrender and embrace the ending of ourselves, we can look forward the our new beginnings in the power of His Spirit.

The depths of us will be broken open by the power of the Spirit as the heavens pour down upon us love, grace, mercy, and power and out of our innermost beings will flow rivers of Life and the whole earth will be filled with His glory.

Consider it pure joy…

 

 

joyful girl

“Consider, (look attentively at, contemplate, observe, regard, survey, view, scrutinize, scan, examine, inspect) it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds….” James 1:2(NIV)

I cannot speak for you but this is one of those scriptures that makes me squirm at my lack of an enthusiastic response. I usually do not consider trials to be anything other than a bothersome interlude that are interrupting my momentum .

Wow, I heard this immediately after I typed my last full stop. You can depend upon the timing of Papa God to be  right on time. “When the headwinds come against you for holding up the name of Jesus, the pneuma, the Breath, the wind of the Spirit comes behind you and propels you through” Louie Giglio , live streaming from Hillsong.

Persecution for making a stand for righteousness, the values of the Kingdom of God and that Jesus is the only name under heaven, is one kind of trial. If this is you be encouraged, for “blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great..”Matt 5:11-12.

Next time you are experiencing a trial of any kind,  scrutinize it, contemplate it, inspect it from all angles….look at what the Spirit is showing you, ask the Father to give you His thinking on it and have a ‘selah’ moment, own anything you need to own and praise God in the circumstance so that “the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” James 1:3-4

Perseverance, now there’s another word we all love and cherish…..this was in that liminal* moment between desert and overflow.

“the mountains are still here…ever higher
the oceans are still here…ever wider
the depths are still here…ever deeper
You are still here…ever nearer,
revealing freshness with flashes of lightning,
sound-bursts of Glory with rolls of thunder,
building us into Zion
the everlasting resting place of Your desire…the pure in heart,
and we will see God
and sing aloud for joy.
I will keep going for You  feed me on the lembas bread of what You have done in me.”

* my new favourite word thanks to A Pilgrim in Narnia.