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Sunset on the Savannah

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Love, Cindy

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Life From the Hand of God

Life From the Hand of God

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Love, Cindy

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Jesus was doing more than solving the dilemma of how to get to his disciples in the middle of the Sea of Galilee when he set off walking across the waves to catch up to them. I always thought this was a straight-forward bible story meaning little more than “Wow! Jesus is really cool!” This story, turns out is deeper than I could possibly have imagined.

To read the story in Matthew, Mark, and John, as well as some truly astounding (to me, at least) related biblical prophesies and a couple of loosely related passages, click here. To read my last blog on this subject two days ago, click here. They’re neither of them long, but you’ll get more out of what follows if you’ve read them, and especially the first one.

I prayed: “Lord, it’s amazing all the references about you walking, riding on the sea in the Old Testament. I didn’t realize. And I never even thought about Your ascension answering to the clouds being Your chariot. (Ps 104:2-3, Acts 1:9) Amazing! It must have been a wonderful, terrifying experience to see You ascend and return to Your glory as God.”

And He said:

You see now how I brought My disciples along gradually to see the truth? This is a model for you also to follow in discipling new believers. They don’t yet know Me very well. They may think they know, but not as they need to know Me. You, too, have come to know Me a tiny bit at a time–here a little, there a little, line upon line, precept on precept. So do I impart not only light, but life to My people I am not interested in you acquiring vast stores of knowledge until you know Me. The knowledge points to Me and comes from Me, but if you acquire it apart from Me, it only brings death.

You know in your own experience this is true. I have many who seek after knowledge and wisdom, but who never seek after Me. They want to learn all about Me, but here I am, offering Myself to you, and you will not come to Me that you might have life.

I AM He who comes to you walking on the water.
I AM He who comes to you through the stormy sea.
Nature is My handmaiden. All her moods speak of Me.
You are Mine, and I will make you masters of the sea.

In the times of Moses I wrote upon the tablets.
Those who walked with him the way had such a stony heart.
Not a one save Joshua, and Caleb, My beloved
Managed to cross over into the promised land.

And here I am in you today calling you to slip away
From the frantic pace of life to spend some time with Me.

Do not let the pounding waves divert your eyes from Me, My child.
Come to me, My little ones and place your hand in Mine.
I AM He who doth provide a haven safe above the tide.
No one else can touch you there, My sacred, holy bride.

I love it when Jesus gives me a poem. They’re always such a blessing to me. There’s something about art that seems to bridge the gap between the mind and the spirit. I’ll have more scheduled to post in a couple of days, so be sure to check back.

Love in Him, Cindy

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In my last post, I shared some scripture related to this story, which appears in three gospels: Matthew, Mark, and John. You should check it out if you haven’t already read it. Having read these things, I asked Jesus: “Lord, what would You say to me about this sign? What is it pointing to? This is what I believe I heard from Him:

This was a sure sign of My deity, and it was for My disciples alone, since no one else saw it. They knew God healed through the hands of the prophets, and they knew He made the oil flow and not cease (2 Kings 4:1-7) and prolonged the stores of the widow of Zarephath. (1 Kings 17:9-16) They knew He healed the poisonous waters through Moses (Ex 15:23-25) and the poisoned stew through Elisha. (2 Kings 4:38-41) Therefore, changing the water to wine meant I was a prophet; healing the nobleman’s son at a distance meant I was a great prophet. Healing the cripple at the Pool of Bethesda started things on the way to being deeper than expected. Feeding the 5000 showed me as king, father, provider–but walking on the water provoked a different response, didn’t it? (The disciples worshiped Him when they saw Him do this.)

Walking on the water didn’t fit the profile of the temporal king they thought I had come to be. Walking on the water proved I was more than they expected. In that moment, they knew I was God. Yes, afterward the filters kicked back in and they wavered, but this was a milepost–the dawning of holy fear and reverence.

I’ll post more in a couple of days.

Blessings, Cindy

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We looked at the fifth sign in the book of John this week in our Ekklesia. I’ll share more in a couple of days, but I thought this verse list was interesting and enlightening. I put it together with E-sword and the Treasury of Christian Knowledge, which is mostly a list of cross-references. I thought Job 9:8 particularly interesting. I hope you’ll enjoy looking through this and perhaps asking God to speak to you through these portions of the word.

Matthew’s Account
Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. But the boat was already over a mile from land, battered by the waves, because the wind was against them.

Around three in the morning, He came toward them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and cried out in fear. Immediately Jesus spoke to them. “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s You,” Peter answered Him, “command me to come to You on the water.”

“Come!” He said.

And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid. And beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those in the boat worshiped Him and said, “Truly You are the Son of God!” Once they crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. (Mat 14:22-34 HCSB)

Mark’s Account
When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. He saw them being battered as they rowed, because the wind was against them. Around three in the morning He came toward them walking on the sea and wanted to pass by them. When they saw Him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw Him and were terrified. Immediately He spoke with them and said, “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. They were completely astounded, because they had not understood about the loaves. Instead, their hearts were hardened. When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and beached the boat. (Mar 6:47-53 HCSB)

John’s Account
When evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. Darkness had already set in, but Jesus had not yet come to them. Then a high wind arose, and the sea began to churn. After they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea. He was coming near the boat, and they were afraid. But He said to them, “It is I. Don’t be afraid!” Then they were willing to take Him on board, and at once the boat was at the shore where they were heading. (Joh 6:16-21 HCSB)

(Job 9:8 HCSB) He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.

(Job 9:11 HCSB) If He passes by me, I wouldn’t see Him; if He goes right by, I wouldn’t recognize Him.

(Psa 77:19 HCSB) Your way went through the sea, and Your path through the great waters, but Your footprints were unseen.

(Psa 93:3-4 HCSB) The floods have lifted up, LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their pounding waves. Greater than the roar of many waters–the mighty breakers of the sea–the LORD on high is majestic.

(Hab 3:8 HCSB) Are You angry at the rivers, LORD? Is Your wrath against the rivers? Or is Your rage against the sea when You ride on Your horses, Your victorious chariot?

(Hab 3:15 HCSB) You tread the sea with Your horses, stirring up the great waters.

(Luk 24:28 HCSB) They came near the village where they were going, and He gave the impression that He was going farther.

(Rev 10:2 HCSB) and he had a little scroll opened in his hand. He put his right foot on the sea, his left on the land,

(Joh 14:18 HCSB) I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.

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A couple days ago I posted part 1, and if you haven’t read that yet, it’d be good to go back and check it out. This will make more sense if you do.

I asked: “Lord, why did You heal only this one man? Everyone was sick.

My guess: This guy had given up on ever getting into the pool and so he was ready to look to Jesus (or anything else) as a possible solution to his problem. “Is this right, Lord?”

No, not exactly. My righteousness, My holiness was what he needed. But I gave him what he wanted. In this symbolic act I restored him physically, but I was able to do so much more for him (and you). This is why I said to him later, “Sin no more lest a worse thing befall you.” This man, paralyzed by sin is you all–My body–when you are still enslaved by sin. I would restore you, but are you willing to surrender all to Me? Do you want to get well?

“How do we do this, Lord? How do we stop sinning? It seems impossible.”

Lay down your life, take up your cross (your death, which is your friend) and follow Me.

“How, Lord? I don’t know how to do that. I want to, but I can’t. I can’t get to the pool.”

I will not help you get to the pool. Instead, I will be the life–the moving waters–in you. You must submit to Me. You must cry out to Me, “Help, Lord!” This man was crying out in his heart and I came to him. He did nothing but acknowledge his need and his desperation. Cry out to Me, My children, and I will save you from your sins.

Your sins paralyze you so that you cannot come on your own–even to drink–even to bathe and be restored. I will not carry you to the pool–I will be the pool–the fountain–the rivers of living water in you. Open yourselves up to Me. Be a part of our oneness. Live by our life. We offer this to you. . Become what you were meant to be. Join in the divine fellowship. Partake of divine life. You cannot get to the pool however hard you may try. I AM your living water–live by Me.

And then he gave me a song–well, He gave me most of it and we worked on the rest together. There’s a tune, too, and I think it’s probably a take off from something I’ve heard somewhere. It sounds kind of Beatles-ish to me. Anyway, here are the lyrics:

I AM all around you,
A vast and never-ending
Sea of Life and loving
Of Light and Life for living.
And yet you suffer, thirsting
While Life is here for drinking;
Life and Light for healing;
Light and Love for living
To all who will call on My name;
To all who will call on My name.

So come to Me, Beloved;
Drink of Me, My Church.
I AM all you ever need,
But you must feed on Me.
Why, Love, should you hunger
When life is here for eating.
Yet you thirst and suffer
And hunger drains your life.
And all for want of feeding on Me;
And all for want of feeding on Me.

I AM He who feeds the sheep.
I feed them on Myself.
Come and nurse from Me, My flock
And I will make you one.
Without My life, you cannot live,
And you’ll not reach the Promised Land.
Rest in Me; I’ll take you there,
And we’ll rejoice forever more
And joy in one another’s love;
And joy in one another’s love.

We work so hard to get our children to eat the right kinds of food. How much more should we feed on God’s life when He so freely offers it to us. And we have no life of our own except this small and limited physical body which is running down from the moment we receive it. We need His life if we are to live, let alone live as subjects of His Kingdom and sons and heirs of His Father.

Grace and peace, Cindy

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