Published October 4, 2009
Yes! We are moving and changing the Hislife website and Blog to www.hislife.co.uk/blog/ This will take a little time but we hope to make a smooth transition with as little disruption as possible.
Please stay with us and be trusting Father that this platform will be a vehicle of encouragement to many. We will keep you posted.
Published September 9, 2009
With the pace of life increasingly ‘speeding up’ and tiredness, anxiety and the ‘no-time for the important syndrome’ ever being heard around us I found this quote very refreshing and challenging.
This is a quote from a book called, “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“As far as the search for silence and solitude is concerned, we live in a negative atmosphere, as invisible, as all-pervasive and as enervating as high humidity in an August afternoon. The world does not understand today, in either man or woman, the need to be alone.
How inexplicable it seems! Anything else will be accepted as a better excuse. If one sets aside time for a business appointment, a trip to the hair dresser, a social engagement, or a shopping expedition, that time will be accepted as inviolable. But if one says, ‘I cannot come because it is my hour to be alone,’ one is considered rude, egotistical, or strange. What a commentary on our civilization, when being alone is considered suspect; when one has to apologise for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices solitude – like a secret vice.”
Let us take time to steep ourselves in God-reality by drawing aside with Him!
Published September 8, 2009
I know that we have written about this author before and the book which has been a blessing beyond words, which has taken many believers beyond the borders of their own experience. It continues to be such a tool! And for this we are grateful to the One who builds His Church so well. Here is another video with a couple of familiar faces involved in the conversation.
May our hearts be thrilled that Jesus IS building His Church, in His way! Enjoy the clip…
Published September 5, 2009
If ever there was a time to be cultivating an awareness of the Lord with us – it is now!
If ever there was a time to be alert to His desire and responsive to His ‘still small voice’ – it is now!
“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts!”
How easily we can be distracted by well meaning things, activities and pursuits which fill our lives day after day and yet leave us feeling empty and drifting. Jesus desires first place in our lives and longs to hear from you.
If I wanted to get to know someone better I would spend more “attentive” time with them. Relationship with God needs to be cultivated. Our marriage would be in trouble if Jenny and I spent time with everyone else but neglected each other! Yet, Christians ignore the Lord apart from a few glib, shallow requests and then wonder why they do not sense His presence with them.
He is with you right now and longs to be in a ‘first priority love relationship’ today.
Remember Peter, who was called by Jesus with his brother Andrew while they were fishing. He was later adamant that he would never disown the Lord. Oops! He failed that test! As we do so often. But, Jesus was not finished with Peter.
Peter went back to ‘what he knew’ as we all do when things aren’t right! Over breakfast Jesus asked Peter a simple but life changing question.
His longing and deep desire for you and me to walk in intimacy together day by day requires us to answer the same question – “Do you love Me?”
Published September 4, 2009
As we take time to reflect on all that God has done for us in Jesus we will grow in our appreciation of His affection. Let me emphasize this point, ‘Take time to reflect!’
“Behold what exotic [foreign to the human heart] love the Father has permanently bestowed upon us, to the end that we may be named children of God.” [Wuest]
As we then delight ourselves in His depth of affection we begin to grow in the knowledge of who He is! And – we are called to this – “an experiential knowledge of the only genuine God.” This work of grace that takes place in our lives is a pure gift from God.
Jesus our Pattern, our Strength-Giver, and Satisfier reveals to us His relationship with Father.
“And the manner of His outward expression was changed before them, that expression coming from and being representative of His inner being.” [Wuest]
This mountain-top experience gives us insight into the reality of the ‘heavenly realms’ – flooded with kingdom glory! We long to experience more of this dimension.
His purpose in all of this is revealed in Paul’s writings to the Christians at Corinth.
“My jealousy over you is the right sort of jealousy, for in my eyes you are like a fresh unspoiled girl whom I am presenting as fiance to your true husband, Christ Himself!”
Published August 17, 2009
We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. The things we see here and now are here today and gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going.
Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God.
In other words, everything we need to live this life as Christians has been given to us. This is God-reality! God is so gracious in calling us to Himself. In purchasing our freedom He went for the jugular by sending His Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant.
In Jesus, He personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all.
He was supreme in the beginning and – leading the resurrection parade – He is supreme in the end.
Published August 16, 2009
This statement found in The Message has been with me for some weeks now and has served to constantly remind me that no matter where I find myself, He is ever present! This has increased my awareness of Him. “Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions…”
I had a look in the Collins Thesaurus and looked up the word ‘immerse’ and found ‘preoccupation’ and ‘baptism’ also included within the list of synonyms. I liked the thought of being immersed in God-reality!
The word ‘immerse’ best describes for me what it means to be in union with Jesus. I am in Him and He is in me. These synonyms help to further understand God’s nature and my relationship with Him. Our baptism signifies death, burial and resurrection living with Christ day by day! His grace draws us into this reality. Baptized into God-reality!
Our old life is dead. Yes. The reality is that as we see things from His perspective, all things become new and our perspective dies!
AW Tozer said, “We are called to an everlasting preoccupation with God.” How profoundly challenging and yet living in God’s reality makes this all possible for us. Brother Lawrence wrote about Practising The Presence of Jesus with heart and mind wide open to the Living God even in the ordinariness of life.
This is our calling as believers to be drawn into seeing life from His perspective and experience the presence of a Higher Affection.