In the wilderness nothing is man-made. All that is needed for survival must be provided by God. In His wilderness journey Jesus would have sheltered in caves or one of the many rocky recesses to be found in the cliff faces. He would have refreshed Himself at the small springs of water that occasionally break … Continue reading Lessons From the Wilderness: Part Four
When Jesus was led into the wilderness after His baptism at the Jordan, He was full of the Spirit of God (Lk 4:1). Many days later He returned from the wilderness to Galilee, this time in the power of the Spirit (Lk 4:14). Something happened in the wilderness that empowered Jesus more deeply to hear, … Continue reading Lessons From the Wilderness: Part Three
Imagine, after a long period of relative obscurity, you suddenly become a spiritual celebrity. The greatest prophet in the nation publicly affirms your calling to ministry, the Heavens open and it seems God’s highest favour rests on you, while the anointing of the Holy Spirit is poured out on you mightily. In the church or conference where … Continue reading Lessons from the Wilderness Part Two
Wilderness….you’ve either been there, are there right now, or don’t want to go there….. ever! I remember being taught the only safe place for a Christian was ‘in the fellowship of other Christians’, meaning a thriving church scene surrounded by people who dressed in the same clothes, spoke the same language, sang the same songs … Continue reading Lessons from the Wilderness, Part One
During the month of April, to mark Bread for the Bride's first anniversary, I am reblogging some posts from the last twelve months. This is from September, 2012: The Bride now emerging from the wilderness is learning one thing above all others: what it means to lean on the Bridegroom. To “lean on” means to … Continue reading The Embrace of God (reblog)
God’s purpose has always been to complete what He starts. In nothing is He half-hearted or uncommitted. In leading Israel out of Egypt and through the wilderness His intention was always to bring them in to the Promised Land. Far too many didn’t make it. They believed He could deliver them from Egypt, but they … Continue reading Today if you hear His voice…
The Bride now emerging from the wilderness is learning one thing above all others: what it means to lean on the Bridegroom. To “lean on” means to shift our weight entirely to something else, wholly trusting that specific ‘something else’ to hold or carry us safely and securely. We do this every time we sit … Continue reading The Embrace of God
Recently I did a Google image search on ‘bride of Christ’. The results were interesting. With a few thought-provoking exceptions, the majority of images portrayed a Western bride dressed in long white gown and veil, with flawless fair skinned complexion and a radiant smile. Sometimes she is shown holding a sword, or depicted from the back … Continue reading And the Bride Wore…Scars?