PILGRIM PASSING THROUGH

"For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country" (Hebrews 11:13-16)

Just a short though regarding the following verse that I read the other day.

Matthew 11:5
The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

Read more: Wealth and God's economy

I stumbled across the following while reading a link on my wife's Facebook page: http://www.thebereancall.org/node/2745. Having read Jim Elliot's (while to be more correct, his wife's plublication of his) diary and other happenings; "Through Gates of Splendor" two or three times, I have always had the same feelings about the movie, "End of the Spear". The greater tradgy was not the death of the missionaries but the fact that only fifty or so years later that we could produce a movie that misses the very point of what it was all about.  Not only must it grieve our Lord but truely it does a disservice to those "of whom the world was not worthy (Hebrews 11:38).

Just some quick thoughts that challenged me Psalm 81.
 
If we insist in doing things our way, then God will "give us over to our own desires" and we will lose out in the end. The fact is that He wants to "give us His finest".
 
At the end of the day I suppose it boils down to the following:
  1. Am I actively pursuing a relationship with my God?
  2. Am I submitting to Him and allowing Him to speak into my life?
  3. Do I have a heart for Him?
  4. Am I someone after God's own heart? (Acts 13:22)
Read more: Seeking after God

Psalm 1 starts "Blessed is the man who ...." When I think about blessing, what comes to mind; wealth, health, popularity, safety, food, relationships, etc? As you think on the words "Blessing" or "Blessed" you may begin to realise that in fact, outside of a church service, that these words are not used much nowadays. And as I think about it further, I am inclined to conclude that the desire for "blessings"  (or being "Blessed") has generally been surplanted by the pursuit of "Happiness". 

Read more: Blessed or Happy?