“Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:4-5
Many Aboriginal tribal groups in Australia have a fear of heights. A fear that has been handed down for thousands of years. It comes from the belief that the evil spirits have complete dominion over high places. So climbing a mountain to see the distant horizon has always been something to be feared. It is discouraged. It fascinates me that in this modern day the telecommunication companies always look for the highest place to construct their signal towers. The higher you are the further you reach it seems. As in the days of old our mountains are littered with modern Asherah poles to the pagan God’s of mammon and power.
As followers of Jesus… we need not fear the evil spirit’s that attempt to oppress our lives. He has become our high place. He alone is worthy to be worshipped and honoured. His blood shed on the Cross has given us victory over every evil spirit that attempts to take the high ground of our journey. Our hope is secure in Christ and Christ alone.
For this is what the high and exalted One says he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15
I would appreciate your prayers over this coming week as a small team and I serve small churches in remote Aboriginal communities in the Western Desert. There is no mobile phone communication out there but I look forward to bringing back a good report of what God is doing in people’s lives.
Until next week.
Pictured: The Western Desert
Jesus was a wanted man in Judea. A law breaker. He would risk his life to go back there at this time and yet he did. When news came that his precious friend Lazarus was in a critical condition and near death he longed to return knowing the danger. Even his disciples were full of fear. But they new there was a deep love between Jesus and this family.
Communication traveled extremely slow in those days so by the time Jesus and his team arrived… they were four days late for the funeral. The days of mourning were almost done.
Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. John 11:38-44
There are some seasons in life when it seems we lose everything… financial loss, physical sickness or family breakdown…. the affect is like an uncontrollable bushfire raging through the outback wilderness. All that remains when the smoke has cleared is black ashes and lifeless devastation. But miraculously, God the creator has built into all He has made the gift of resurrection. The gift of new life and hope for a new season. Even you and I have been created for resurrection, for life after death. Through faith in Christ we are redeemed to flourish again like the beauty of a wild flower on a scorched desert oak tree. God brings beauty from ashes because of the completed work of the Cross and the resurrection power of His Holy Spirit!! Amazing!
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” John 11:25-27
Don’t ever give up when it seems like all has been lost. The Lord is faithful to redeem and restore all that has been lost in the past. He brings life from death, for Jesus sake.
Thanks for your prayers and support.
Pictured: Beauty from Ashes. The season following bush fires in the Kimberley. The beauty of a blossoming flower.
These African Mahogany trees were planted on the same day a few years ago. They were identical sizes on that day, but over time something has changed.
One tree is full of life and flourishing… the other, although slightly taller has never developed as it was created to. The reason: Lack of water.
For some unseen reason the roots of the tree on the left was able to access water beneath the surface… while the tree on the right could only rely on rain from the sky, which in the Kimberley only happens for a few months each year.
A constant supply of water from beneath is far more effective than a drenching on rare occasions. How true this is for our spiritual lives. We were created to receive the living water of God’s presence and His word in our lives on a daily basis. As we drink in His promises and walk in His ways we are destined to flourish like a well watered tree.
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1: 1- 3.
Don’t ever look to the pursuit of money or influence or striving to ‘make it’ in the world’s eyes. Be refreshed every day in the truth and knowledge of God’s word. Be inspired by the amazing stories of mistakes and miracles! Of God’s amazing grace and redeeming love for us.. despite who we are at times. Sink the roots of your faith into the living waters of the Gospel!! Thirst after the Holy Spirit’s presence in your every day.
Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-5
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Pictured: Two trees in a field with different stories. Ord River Valley, Western Australia.