I Will Pour Out My Spirit…

joel-2-28r-iicon“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions…”

So spoke the prophet Joel at Joel 2:28.

This outpouring of the spirit, currently very much in focus as part of the End Times prophecy, is regarded as part of ‘The Day of the Lord’…

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…and the Day of the Lord and His subsequent millennium reign on earth is also described in a beautiful passage from Isaiah:

“…Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.

“Then judgment shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness remain in the fruitful field.

“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.”   (Isaiah 32:15-17)

Imagine the opportunity to pursue the things you love without limitation, in the company of the mighty creative power of the universe.     What more could anyone want?

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Patricia

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Where Were You

job-38-iiconThis was not, of course, a question – it was at most a rhetorical question.  A reminder of who we are and Who the Almighty God is.  A call to sanity, if you like.

We know the trials Job went through – and they were huge.  Almost more than any human being should be asked to bear.  The loss of everything – wife, family, possessions, home, business.  Ill health, reduced to dust and ashes.  And if that wasn’t enough, three of his friends who came along to ‘commiserate’ and, as can be the way with friends and enemies alike, ended up dumping their own prejudices and making the whole thing so much worse.

But, reduced as he was to nothing, Job stood strong on what really is the most important thing in this short earthly life – faith in his God.  Throughout all the many trials, physical and mental, his faith did not waver.

And one would think that having proved his faith in these ultimate tests, he would have been entitled to an answer to the one question so many ask, so often:

“Why?”

He didn’t get his answer.  That answer is not available to us in this earthly life.  And there is no reason why it should be.  Instead, Job got reminded of his place in the scheme of things vis-a-vis the One he was questioning:

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“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?”   (Job 38: 4-7)

With all our intellectual achievements, we forget that our knowledge and understanding are not those of The Creator.  A good look at the sky on a clear, starry night, and a very small appreciation of the intricacies of balance that set the universe in motion and keep it moving in its age-old pattern are enough to remind us of far greater forces than we have at our disposal.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  (Isaiah 55:8-9)   …

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The Father, like human fathers at times, does not answer all questions.  And while that can be hard on His children, life is not intended to be a bed of roses.  We cannot be forever fed on milk.  If we respond correctly to those trials that come across our path, we will come to realise that the hard knocks bring us closer to the true heart of the Father – which is LOVE.

And while the hard knocks of this life are but for a season, the Father’s love is for eternity

Patricia

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Identity Crisis

i-am-iconThis piece was given to me by a friend, who wanted an illustration for it.

After I did that, he decided he didn’t want it after all.

Which was a bit sad.

Ah well, guess I knew it would come into its own somewhere…  And I am grateful for the verse.

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While praying one day a woman asked “Who are You, Lord?

And He replied “I AM”

“But who is I AM?”

And He replied, “I am Love, I am Peace, I am Grace, I am Joy, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, I am the Comforter, I am Strength, I am Safety, I am Shelter, I am Power, I am The Creator, I am the Beginning and the End.

I am the Most High.”

The girl with tears in her eyes looked towards Heaven  and said, “Now I understand, Lord, But who am I?”

Then God tenderly wiped away the tears from her eyes and whispered,

“YOU ARE MINE.”

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Patricia

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I Am The Way

the-way-iconJesus spoke these words to His disciples at the Last Supper in answer to a question put by Thomas:

“Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’

Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.'”    (John 14: 5-7)

One can picture Jesus, knowing full well what was ahead of Him, trying to explain to His disciples so that after the event they would have some understanding and comfort, but not wishing to go into details “for the prince of this world is coming.”  (John 14:30)  He had to keep His focus on the Father for the events ahead.  Nevertheless, His  loving, servant nature shines forth in these last, sad hours, from the washing of His disciples’ feet to His final prayer of stewardship in the Garden of Gethsemene.

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Artwork and design by Patricia Howitt.  Click on the images or view artworks and products at my Damascus Road Gallery.

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Patricia

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