Treasure in Jars of Clay

picture030Hello everyone,

Sorry for such a long unintended break folks. I have been to a conference in Bethel, Redding, California. After recovering from jet lag I then sustained an injury. I am  fine now but I lost blogging momentum. 🙂

Whilst I prepare my next few blogs I thought I would share with you this picture I painted a few months ago. It is based on the verse from 2 Corinthians 4:7.

We have the treasure of the kingdom of heaven in these jars of clay, these frail bodies. In our human frame we host the Holy Spirit. In our lives we hold the fullness of Jesus’ restorative power. In our hearts we receive the fullness of the Father’s love. If we hide our weaknesses and failures we plaster over the cracks of our brokenness. What if God has chosen to  make us out of clay so we do break. Our cracks show his heavenly glory through them, they are part of his plan. We spend so  much time covering our faults over where perhaps it is time to uncover them, face them and let the glory of heaven stream through our flaws.

But this beautiful treasure is contained in us—cracked pots made of earth and clay—so that the transcendent character of this power will be clearly seen as coming from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 The Voice

This means that we have to allow others to reveal their imperfections to us. We need to make it safe enough to do so. To fill the whole atmosphere around us with grace and love so that everyone feels secure enough to be honest, however weak they feel.

We sing about seeing the glory of God coming down, but what if this glory can only be revealed alongside mankind’s weaknesses. His power released through the cracks of the clay.

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Elephants don’t forget

I am not suggesting we should all become like elephants – but they never forget!!

English: The eye of an asian elephant at Eleph...

English: The eye of an asian elephant at Elephant Nature Park, Thailand Deutsch: Das Auge eines indischen Elefanten im Elephant Nature Park, Thailand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the moment you read this I will be on an adventure to the Philippines. I am going to keep on writing to catch up with all that God has placed on my heart to share. I want you to continue the journey as I am on mine 🙂

If I can I will add extra blogs into the ones I have written for each day. You will have to excuse any typos or communication bumbles as I have had to write them up in advance.

We have already seen that Psalms 78 is a poetical version of the children of Israel’s adventure. Psalms 78:42-55 is all about the lack of the people of God to remember all God had done for them.  Asaph lists of things God had done and that  the people had forgotten. They forgot about their freedom from slavery, the plagues, the crossing the red sea and all the mighty miracles God performed.

I have been challenged recently by God  to write down all the healings I have seen. I was shocked as I started to write  how many I had forgotton about and how many I could recall. I am excited that I God is moving so powerfully in our generation that healings are becoming more and more common. I have now been challenged to write all the people I have seen change, all the times God has provided what I needed and all the outstanding prophecies that I have heard. This is still a job in process.

I would like to share one from last year. On my first trip to the Philippines. The leader of the church had a large gall stone and the hospital was loosing hope that it would move. A friend on mine had just ‘passed’ a small one and told me of the excruciating pain it caused him for days. He promptly showed it me in a glass bottle (LOL). Anyway back to the story. My Philipino friend, a mighty man of God, knew that it was going to cost over ÂŁ500 for the lazer treatment the hospital were now advising him to have. I laid hands on him and prayed and on his next trip to the specialist the week later they were surprised as they couldn’t find anything. He was surprised as he hadn’t felt anything. They insisted on checking him again to make sure!!

Self made rainbow, made in home garden.

The other story I love from the Philippines is the word from God the group were given before we left. We were told that ” As you sing a rainbow will appear over your heads. As people walk through the rainbow their heaviness will go and their lives will be full of colour.” On the first Sunday the group sang together in front of the congregation and one of the older men came up to me afterwards to speak to me. He told me that as we were singing he saw a rainbow appear over the whole group. He knew nothing of the word given to us back in England.

God is good. He is faithful

Today: List all the times God has been faithful to you. All the times you have seen a miracle, provision or fulfilment of a word. These are your stories that will be a springboard of faith to greater things.