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Monday, 27 October 2014

Authentically me

Lord, please give me the grace to look beyond what I wish I had and celebrate what somebody else has.
In Jesus Name I pray

Monday, 20 October 2014

Ons roeping

Sonder twyfel moet ons Jesus se lig en sout wees, dag en nag. Hy het ons as sy dissipels aangestel om goeie getuienis af te lê van sy goedheid en redding. Ons is die aroma van Christus in die wêreld. Ons versprei sy lieflike geur op elke plek waar ons kom, soos wat Paulus in 2 Korintiërs 2 skryf. Medelye, liefde en lewe — dit is ons soort taal, nie oordeel en dood nie.

“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation” — So skryf Henry Ward Beecher. Inderdaad! Om mense te veroordeel, is om hulle af te skryf. Dis nie ons roeping nie. Ons is nie God se arrestasie-beamptes nie. Of godsdienstige vonnis-uitdelers en wetstoepassers nie. Ek weet party godsdienstiges blink goed uit hierin, maar dit is nie die roete wat Christus vir ons bestem het nie. Hy roep ons op tot medelye en empatie. Beteken dit ons is blind en doof vir ander se sondes? Nee, gladnie, maar ons stap saam met mense ’n pad van genade en herstel voor God. Ons stap en leef hulle in die Here se lig in, nie nog dieper in skuldgevoelens en verwyte in nie. Dit is in elk geval die Gees van God se werk om mense te oortuig van sonde en geregtigheid en oordeel, nie ons s’n nie. Ons roeping is om maar net Jesus se lig te laat skyn.

Monday, 6 October 2014

a Perfect sacrifice

It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people. By that single offering, He did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process.

~ Hebrews 10:12

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Connected to the Vine

I want to get to the place

Where I can meet with my Saviour

face to face

I need to connect with my Source

Who will aid me to withstand all evil force

that’s keeping me from entering the bridal chamber

It is in Him that a find peace in the midst of all the danger

He delivers me from all evil

Surrounds me with a legion of angels

Blesses me with His presence

Anoints me with His oil

and aligns me with His truth

He is the Great I Am!

Mutual Indwelling

God is creating Real Presence, which is probably why the images of an intimate bride and bridegroom are used throughout the Bible. Mutual presence, even intimacy, is clearly the ultimate goal. Presence is the naked language of union, of being lost and found in the face of the other, or in Jesus, the very breath of the Other (John 20:22).

If that is the core meaning of eternal life, then why wouldn’t we practice it now, enjoy it now, choose it now?

Why has so much of Christian history settled for a courtroom instead of a bridal chamber?

You don’t have to figure it all out or get it all right ahead of time. You just have to stay on the journey. All you can do is stay connected to the Source, which connects you to everything else. We don’t know how to be perfect, but we can stay in union. “If you remain in me and I remain in you,” says Jesus, “you can ask for whatever you want and you’re going to get it” (see John 15:7). When you’re connected, there are no coincidences or accidents anymore.

Union realigns you with everything, and synchronicities, coincidences, and “providences” just keep happening. Science now calls this “quantum entanglement,” and it is even provable! I myself cannot explain the physics of it all. All I know from my side is that “the branch cut off from the vine is useless” (John 15:5), and connected to the vine it bears much fruit (15:5, 7).
The False Self is fragile, needy, and insecure; the True Self is endlessly generative, in touch with its Source, and inside the Big Flow.

~ Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation

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