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And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Good morning Zebras,

For a week I have been watching the last of the leaves on the tree across the street.  I noticed them last Monday and every day I look at them and wonder how they are holding on.  We’ve had some crazy wind and yet every morning they are still there, hanging on refusing to let go.  Just like the love of God.

I have to admit the love of God was not the first thing I thought of as I watched those leaves.  Originally, I thought they might be an encouragement to hang on till the end, to continue to follow Christ even when others start to turn away.

Revelation 2:26: “To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— “

Then I thought it might be a reminder that there’s always a remnant of people who are passionate about God.  God’s encouragement to Elijah when he thought he was all alone:

1 Kings 19:18: “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.”

Then I thought it was an encouragement to not give up hope.  A reminder that the things I’ve been praying, although seemingly impossible, are not impossible to God.

Mark 10:27: Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

But none of them seemed right because I kept thinking about those leaves.   

This morning the first thing I did was check to see if those crazy little leaves were still clinging to the tree and as I watched them fluttering in the wind the phrase “love never fails” popped into my mind.

1 Corinthians 13:8: “Love never fails.  But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”

At the end of the day, the only thing that is strong enough to overcome all the evil in the world, is the love of God and that is what we are celebrating at Christmas.

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

I love you Zebras, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season loving on others as you have been loved.  Expecting nothing, giving everything and living in a way that looks miraculous. 

Love,

Jill

Friday, December 15, 2017

Good morning Zebras,

Thank you to everyone who said a prayer for my health, I woke up this morning and my throat and ears are back to normal.  From raw meat to regular overnight feels miraculous, so I know someone prayed. 

Luke 8:45–46 And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.”

And if you read the post and didn’t say a prayer, don’t feel bad.  One thing God has taught me about prayer over the last few years is it works best when He is the one who tells us what to pray.

Oswald’s thoughts on intercessory prayer:

“People describe intercession by saying ‘It is putting yourself in someone’s else’s place.’  That is not true! Intercession is putting yourself in God’s place; it is having His mind and His perspective…Our work is to be in such close contact with God that we may have His mind about everything, but we shirk that responsibility by substituting doing for interceding. And yet intercession is the only thing that has no drawbacks, because it keeps our relationship completely open with God.”

After years of doing ministry, of fussing and fighting about things that really didn’t matter, I finally got to the end of myself, and realized the best thing I could do for the kingdom of God was pray. 

Ephesians 6:16–18 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints

I love you Zebras, do not let the enemy distract you with the “rulers” and people of this world. If you look past them you will see the real battle is a spiritual one, between the power of darkness and light.

And although we don’t all have to be praying and "doing" the exact same things, we should all be praying and "doing" exactly as God leads.

Love,

Jill

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Good morning Zebras,

I’ve been battling a virus since Sunday. It came with a killer sore throat, the kind that hurts so bad you can feel it in your ears.  So, for the last few days I have been overly aware of my ears and spoken only when necessary.

My head feels like an object lesson reminding me to “be quick to hear, slow to speak.”

James 1:19a: Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak

One of the things I learned when Katherine went to Moody was this verse is not talking about how we should interact with one another, but how we should interact with God.  Logos lists Ecclesiastes 5:1-2 as supporting verses for James.

Ecclesiastes 5:1–2 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil.  Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth.  Therefore, let your words be few.

Sometimes I find it difficult to hear God through all the hubbub of the season, but my sore ears are serving as a reminder to keep searching for the still small voice of God.     

Love,

Jill

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Good morning Zebras,

Gary and I wanted an outside storage box to store birdseed, garden tools, etc., so I went on Amazon and picked out three that would work.  But Gary didn’t like any of them, so I kept looking.  I finally found one at Home Depot that was attractive and the right size, so I ordered it.

But when it came I realized immediately it wasn’t water proof.

We had gotten sidetracked from the original objective and ended up with something that was really attractive, but wouldn’t work.

People do the same thing.  God’s primary objective:

Matthew 22:37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. “

That should be the reason for everything we do. We do what we do because we love God and we want to honor Him with our lives. 

We slip into dangerous territory when we start worrying about how we look to others. 

Matthew 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.

I love you Zebras.  One of the things that you need to get rid of if you want to live a life totally devoted to God, is your concern over how others view you. 

If you have a clear conscious before God, if you are doing everything He asks of you, if you love Him with every fiber of your being, He is pleased with you. (1Cor 10:5) And at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

Love,

Jill

Monday, December 11, 2017

Good morning Zebras,

As suggested I purchased something to make my artificial tree smell “real.”  It didn’t work. Maybe if you had never smelled a real tree, it would fool you, but if you know what a real tree smells like, this thing smells like a cheap imitation. 

The same is true of the Spirit of God, if you have never experienced the power and presence of the Holy Spirit you can be satisfied with something less.  But once you have talked to God “face to face” as a man speaks to his friend, nothing else will do.

Tozer's thoughts on the same subject:

“The average Christians’ progress today is not sufficient to satisfy the longings of the seeker after God. They want something better than that.  The average Christian today does not make much spiritual progress at all.  He is converted, joins the Church, and five years later he is right back where he started…That is not satisfactory to those who seek and thirst and hunger after God.

Such seekers after God are impatient with the substitutes being offered today.  When you do not have anything real inside of you, you try to get something on the outside that suggests something real.  It is a well-known fact that when the fire goes out in the furnace, they paint the outside to make it look as it the

fire was still there.

Unfortunately, the Church is the same.  And this even includes evangelical and so-called gospel churches.  Something from its heart has been lost, so bangles and dangles are used on the outside to pretend there is something real on the inside.  But you cannot fool seekers after God with kind of thing.  They know better.”

I love you Zebras, and I love God’s Church and I pray for the day when the men of God take the pulpit and preach with such power that the entire congregation falls to their knees and exclaims with one voice: “The LORD He is God! The LORD-He is God! (1 Kings 18:39)

Love,

Jill

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Good morning Zebras,

A Tozer thought for a Sunday morning:

“Some people might say, ‘Pastor, I would be a better Christian if I had a better pastor.’ I wish it could be so. But you know that would not be the case, because the better pastor you had, the more you would become a spiritual parasite and lean on him. Often the most spiritual people attend churches where the pastor cannot preach his way out of a wet paper bag. The reason is because they have no help from the pulpit, so they have to learn to lean on God. If you get too much help from the pulpit, you tend to become a parasite and lean on your pastor. I believe in the priesthood of believers.”

We can’t blame our pastors or our church for our own lack of spiritual growth because God has given each one of us everything we need for life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3-12) It is our responsibility to put it to use.

Love,

Jill

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Good morning Zebras,

I woke up this morning after a night of no nightmares, grateful to be alive, confident God is in charge and ready to live another day in a way that honors Him.  I hope you did too.

I am really enjoying Tozer’s book, because it’s great confirmation that I’m not off track.

Living a crucified life which Tozer defines as “a life wholly given over to the Lord in absolute humility and obedience; a sacrifice pleasing to the Lord”, is lonely business, at the end of the day it comes down to just us and God. 

We must decide, in the loneliness of our own heart, if we want to follow God completely, holding nothing back but giving everything to Him or not.  No one can help us make that decision because it isn’t an intellectual decision it’s a yielding of the spirit.

A paragraph to ponder:

“The teacher can teach a student to read, but that is really as far as she can go.  What that student reads is really up to him.  The teacher can help him so far; then he is on his own.  This is true throughout life.  There are some things in life that must be done by ourselves. 

Nobody can help us.  Nobody can assist us along the way.  That is why there is a breakdown in evangelical circles today.  We want to rely on each other.  We want to exercise the ‘ministry of helps.’  We are nothing unless we have a crowd around us, not realizing that to penetrate into the very presence of God is a very lonely journey.”

Lonely, but never alone because on this journey the presence of God becomes your constant companion.

Love,

Jill