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September 2017

Are You Listening?

“Let me see your face; let my hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your face is lovely. ” Song of songs 2:14

The desire God has placed within us is wild in its longing to pursue the one who is unknown.

It is a desire that only finds it’s fulfillment with communion with him.

It is a desire that rages inside that causes us to search towards the mystery.

He speaks and we hear his voice.

He reaches out to us and invites us into his embrace.

This embrace is found in his unconditional reconciliation through the death and resurrection of his son. A reconciliation universal, eternal and complete. Offered in sacrifice and given in love. But this reconciliation has to be received and has to be accepted.

For God who has done all things to bring you into a new abundant life wants you. He has provided everything and has demolished everything that stood in the way of giving you his all. All you have to do is receive the favour of God and live in its beauty.

Today God is whispering to you, to come and receive. Are you listening?

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Goodness, Desire and Delight.

“My dove is hiding behind the rocks, behind an outcrop on the cliff. ” Song of songs 2:14

Our heart has the power to draw us to God or take us captive. It has the power to bring us into freedom or make us hide away in shame.

God with all his goodness, desire and delight draws us but our hearts choose our lovers.

The vastness of God’s love for us is found in Jesus. His life was a living sacrifice of God’s open display of his glory. For Jesus was the physical declaration of God’s goodness, mercy and compassion to a people seduced by religious fanaticism and lost in self righteous indulgences.

For it is in these indulgences that control is pursued at the price of freedom.

We hide from the one true God but God finds us.

Jesus found us and declared to us that he was bringing us into a new day of God’s favour. That he was here to set free the captive, to heal the brokenhearted, to turn our hearts back God.

Jesus leaves us free to love and wooes us with his passionate love and overflowing desire.

Jesus is not hiding from you and you never have to hide from him. Come out from behind your rock of your own security and embrace the grace of God.

God’s Freedom is Free

“The fig trees are forming young fruit, and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming.” Song Of songs 2:13

If we want isolation, despair and the right to be on our own god, God graciously grants us our wish.

God’s freedom is so free it allows us to live in the freedom we choose. His love is so relentless and so all encompassing that if we want nothing to do with hope, grace, peace and light he gives us the freedom to live in our own reality.

Regardless of our decisions and actions God’s goodness and grace reaches out to us and invites us to come and eat and know that He is good.

The ripe fruit of grace invites us to taste and know for ourselves that God is a faithful provider.

For grace is God’s exceeding, abundant life above all we could ask or think alive and working within us.

His season inside our hearts is the new ripe day of his abundance.

Yes God gives us the freedom that love demands. We can have whatever destiny we desire. We can have whatever future we want.

But Christ invites us to come and eat the ripe fruit of grace and let the love of God blossom in our hearts. For In Christ all things work together for your good, as he works and lives inside you.

The Winter is Past

“Look the winter is past and the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come and the cooing of turtle doves fill the air.” Song Of songs 2: 11-12.

Winter heralds the birth of spring.

Winter declares that there is a new day. A new day of resurrection, of new life, of a new name.

For without winter there cannot be spring.

And here is the truth of life that new life comes from death. It was out of darkness that light was created. It was out of nothing that the cosmos was created. It was out of the sparkling dust that we were created and it was out of the death of Christ that we were created as new creations.

The cross is the declaration of God that the old has passed and the new has arrived.

The promise of God is that from Christ’s death every promise he made has now been given to us. And we receive all the blessings of God because we have died with Christ and have been raised with him to live his abundant life.

It is now Christ life living and inspiring us to enter into a life that is sourced, strengthen and assured with the power of the Resurrection.

Come Away With Me.

“My lover said to me, “Rise up my darling! Come away with me, my fair one.” Song Of songs 2:10

We are invited to come away with God.

We are invited to come and experience his love.

We are invited into the embrace of God, into the loving arms of grace.

God has created an embrace of endless joy. It is an embrace that tells us he is the one true God of the cosmos. It is about embrace of passionate participation, that cries out for us to engage.

For God’s invitation is to come and experience abundant life. To know joy and overflow with peace. To never be alone again.

For loneliness is lost in the invitation to come and be loved forever.

For God loves you with an everlasting love. He welcomes you.

You are his fair one the focus of his devotion. You are the one he wants to come away with. You are the one he is calling out of everything that would captivate your heart.

The search in your heart, the longing for love, the restlesnes inside, the questions that perplex your mind are all whispers that God is calling you to come away with him.

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