No-one special

No-one special

Before the start of the summer I prayed and asked God to open up the gospels afresh and anew to my heart.  I wanted a fresh encounter with Him.

I’m glad that you could join me as I write down my thoughts borne out of that prayer.  These are my ponderings and musings on the story about a “certain” man, Zachariah.

“In the days when Herod was king of Judea there was a certain priest whose name was Zachariah, of the daily service of Abia; and his wife was also a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.”  Luke 1:5-6 (Amplified)

Quite a few versions use the word “certain” priest.  He was a normal, “run-of-the-mill” kind of man who just happened to be a priest by birth. 

One reference mentioned that there were around 30,000 priests at this time.  They were divided into 24 divisions. each division served in the temple two weeks out of every year.  The rest of the time they ministered in their own home town.

Zachariah was one priest out of 30,000.  In the eyes of the community he really was no-one special.

Sometimes we think that God only uses those who “stand out”, who are gifted, talented.

But He uses everyday, ordinary folk.

Acts 4:13-14 (Amplified Bible)

Now when they saw the boldness and unfettered eloquence of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and untrained in the schools [common men with no educational advantages], they marveled; and they recognized that they had been with Jesus.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (New Living Translation)

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.  God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.

God can use wise,wealthy, powerful individuals and God can use “certain” folk, like you and I. 

What God looks for are the traits that Zachariah had:

  • Righteous (not in his own sight but believing God)
  • Faithful
  • Obedient

Zachariah was simply obedient to the call that God had on his life.  Even in the midst of his own heartache (having no child) he served God and ministered to God’s people.

Do you feel like a nobody? 

Do you wonder how God can use you because you may be poor?

Do you feel like no-one special?

Maybe you have thought that only “important people” are used by God?

Do you compare yourself to others?

This is not how God sees us.  Ordinary, common-folk, sure we are but putting on His righteousness, being faithful and obedient.  These qualities are what is important in God’s kingdom.

Did you know Zachariah stepped into that holy place in spite of his fear?

More about that in the next post.

Declaring His Word over your situation

There is comfort and encouragement in His word.  But there is also power, authority and anointing especially in speaking and “declaring” His word slowly and out loud.  The word of God is also referred to as the sword of the Spirit. 

Feel free to print them out for your own use.

Jeremiah 31

I will be the God of your family. 

You have found grace in the wilderness and I will give to you rest. 

Yes, I love you with an everlasting love and even now I draw you with My lovingkindness. 

I will build you.  

You WILL be rebuilt. 

There will dancing and rejoicing.

Sing and give praise, shout for I will cause the remnant to return.

I will make the way straight, you will not stumble. 

The path will be by rivers of waters. 

Hear My word and declare it! 

You and your family are redeemed and ransomed from the strongman that had held you captive. 

Your soul will be like a well-watered garden and sorrow will be washed away. 

Mourning will turn to joy as I bring comfort to you. 

You will be satisfied with My goodness. 

I have heard the weeping for your children.  

I have seen the bitter tears.  

But weep no more for they shall come back from the land of the enemy.  He has no more authority to hold them.  

I have spoken. There is a future hope. For your children.  

They shall come back. 

Set up signposts.  Make landmarks.  THIS is the way to walk and to remember what I have already done for you. 

I will satiate the weary soul.   

I will replenish the soul full of sorrow. 

There has been a plucking down 
      A breaking down 
          Destruction and affliction 

But I watch over your house and it will be built; a planting by My hand. 

NO MORE shall it be said, “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.”

My covenant with you destroys any and all generational curses.  

For this is why My Son died, cursed upon that tree.  

His blood covers the lintels of your heart, your life and your family. 

I will put My law in your mind and your children’s mind.

I will write it on your heart and your children’s heart.

I will be Your God and the God of your children. 

You will not be plucked up nor will you be thrown down.

You are My people and I am Your God.

The Greatest Gift: Prayer

The Greatest Gift: Prayer

My soul waits in silence for God only  Psalm 62:1
Whirring winds of rushing thought
Are silenced
As in quiet stillness
I pause
In this moment
As I wait for You only
In unwavering trust
Though I don’t understand
All the time
Tangible tokens
From treasured friends
I hold
As I sit before Your Grace
Begging prayers
Of desperate pleas
That thrums with the beat
Of an aching heart
Tears falling like hard rain
He has to hear
Their sound as they drop
Onto His sandaled feet
As I reach for His compassion
To touch the hurt so deep
Within the reeling world
Of treasured friends
Unwavering faith
Trembles on lips
That have tasted grace
So I pray
For His balm for the bleeding
The hurt and those who have lost their way
Christ take it
And bear it
 I often hold “tangible” items from treasured friends as I pray for them.  A bracelet made as a gift; a painted shell; a sand dollar, a stone, a card, an image captured, a rock…

A gathering of “Sista’s” that I pray for.

Sharing the silence

“When we make room for silence we make room for ourselves … Silence invites the unknown, the untamed, the wild, the shy, the unfathomable – that which rarely has a chance to surface within us.”
Gunilla Norris, Sharing Silence

When I’m feeling anxious, my instinct is to retreat alone. At times that is good and needful.  But it is so easy to become insulated and isolated.  Sometimes I need to make a commitment towards community. To reach out deliberately making time for others.
Time has a way of slipping through our fingers like sand silently dropping  in the hour glass  marking the passing of each day.
We need to still  the hands and close our eyes in order to feel.  To feel the truth that we have nothing to offer alone.
We need Him.
We need each other.
It is in the quietness of our spirit that our lives begin to realign once again with conviction, intention, purpose and focus.
Once received we then go out from the silence knowing that He is simply with us in love and from there we step out touching others with our heart, and His.