Christ, the brightness of His glory

‘God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,’

(Hebrews 1:1-3)

He bowed the heavens also, and came down with darkness under His feet. He rode upon a cherub, and flew; And He was seen upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness canopies around Him, dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. From the brightness before Him coals of fire were kindled. “The Lord thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered His voice.

(2 Samuel 22:10-14)

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The Blossoms reveal God’s mercy and grace

Isaiah 35:1-4

‘The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them,

And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;

It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice,

Even with joy and singing.

The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,

The excellence of Carmel and Sharon.

They shall see the glory of the Lord,

The excellency of our God.

Strengthen the weak hands,

And make firm the feeble knees.

Say to those who are fearful-hearted,

“Be strong, do not fear!

Behold, your God will come with vengeance,

With the recompense of God;

He will come and save you.”’

Isaiah 51:3

‘For the Lord will comfort Zion,

He will comfort all her waste places;

He will make her wilderness like Eden,

And her desert like the garden of the Lord;

Joy and gladness will be found in it,

Thanksgiving and the voice of melody.’

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The heavens declare God’s glory

Psalms 19:1 (The Perfect Revelation of the Lord)

The heavens declare the glory of God;

And the firmament shows His handiwork.

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Please Keep Praying for Indonesia

Earthquake: 7.3 – Indonesia, 102 km NNE of Laiwui on Sun., 14/7/19, 7:10 pm AEST. (via QuakeWatch)

As a seismic pulse seems to continue north past Australia, revealing itself off its coast, it emerges again in Indonesia. Please let us continue to intercede for this nation and others further north.

See previous post on this topic.

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Light Shines in the Darkness

Isaiah 42:5-9

Thus says God the Lord,

Who created the heavens and stretched them out,

Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it,

Who gives breath to the people on it,

And spirit to those who walk on it:

“I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness,

And will hold Your hand;

I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,

As a light to the Gentiles,

To open blind eyes,

To bring out prisoners from the prison,

Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.

I am the Lord, that is My name;

And My glory I will not give to another,

Nor My praise to carved images.

Behold, the former things have come to pass,

And new things I declare;

Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

The Bible reveals our blessing as followers of Christ, to be His lighthouses wherever we are placed. As we receive Christ within, we receive the Light, and we become His house of light. This brightness the very essence of heaven, and a light beyond our understanding. We reveal this light in word, deed, prayer, and presence. The image of the lighthouse seems so appropriate.

For we see the lighthouse beaming forward, revealing guiding hope amongst the darkness, and intentionally contrasting. This light bringing a deep sense of being not alone, a welcoming presence causing loneliness to flee. At the same time this light warns of danger, and calls to us to stay away from the perils around, while guiding our way to a safe passage. As the carriers of light, we shine much more brightly, with the very glory of God revealed through us as we follow Jesus Christ, and become more like Him.

So we need to remember the nature of the light that He will shine through for us. One of grace and truth, mercy and justice, eternal, and not about us, rather for Christ and life.

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Please intercede for Indonesia and The Phillipines

Earthquake: 5.8 – Indonesia, 121 km WSW of Kota Ternate on Tue., 9/7/19, 4:52 am AEST. (via QuakeWatch)

Earthquakes are intensifying in this area over the last few days, and major one is on its way….

BUT ‘if My people would humble themselves and pray…’, the Lord has us as His answer. Let the sounds of our prayers silence the quake, and see a people turn to our Lord Jesus.

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Surprising wisdom

‘There are four things which are little on the earth,

But they are exceedingly wise:

The ants are a people not strong,

Yet they prepare their food in the summer;

The rock badgers are a feeble folk,

Yet they make their homes in the crags;

The locusts have no king,

Yet they all advance in ranks;

The spider skillfully grasps with its hands,

And it is in kings’ palaces.’

(Proverbs 30:24-28)

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