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Misteltoe

The mistletoe bears it's fruit at the time of the Winter solstice, the birth of the new year. Like life springing from death. Today is the Jewish New Year.

Moving from being helped to being perfected

And Azariah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and Jotham his son reigned in his place.
2 Kings 15:7

Azariah means, "Jehovah has helped", and Jotham means, "Jehovah is perfect".

The Biblical idea of perfection is a bit different than our Western idea of perfection. A perfect score, a perfect job, marriage, game, meal, etc. The Biblical idea of perfection is wholeness. A moral person who is content is perfect. A person who's joy comes from the inside is perfect.

Just getting help is like getting money of food or having a need met. We all have needed help and help is good. But, a better thing is to be one who has so much that you give help. It's a great testimony to have received help from God, but it's even better to be one through whom God helps others who may later become one's who help others.

Shifting supply lines

Arise, go to Zarephath which belongs to Sidon and dwell there. Behold, I have commanded a widow to feed you.
1Kings 17:3

Previously, Elijah had been commanded to go to the brook Cherith where he got water and the Ravens fed him. But, a time came when that provision ended and God directed him to a new one.
The brook drying up and the Ravens no longer bringing food, focused Elijah back onto trust in God, rather than reliance on God's gifts. Elijah is drained of self reliance.

Zarephath is the third place Elijah has been moved to in this season.
Zarephath is a Gentile city, in the region that Jezebel is from.
The word Zarephath means refinery.

God took Elijah from the brook in Israel to a Gentile widow. Jesus references this story in Luke 4:25-6.

God sovereignly chooses people, unexpected people, people out of left field; who will be key people God has chosen to help us. God chooses someone whom He will have to do a miracle through to bring provision. He chooses someone who will all…

God's building

Unless the Lord builds the house, the workers labor in vain.
Psalm 127:1a

At first glance, this word might be taken to mean that God's got to be at the center of something, inspiring it and empowering it, blessing it; for it to be real or valid or authentic. While that is true, it is the secondary meaning. The primary meaning is revealed by looking at the original words that were chosen. The words for build and house have the same root as son and daughter, as well as each other. So, "builds the house", is not primarily talking about building a place of worship or a community thereof, nor is it primarily talking about building a business. It is primarily talking about God building families. Then, if you want to talk about God building the church for instance, you have to go back to this fact that God is a family man. When God builds something, he builds it through fathers and mothers and sons and daughters. Fathers and mothers have children and they also adopt child…

That'll be the day

Buddy Holly-That'll Be the Day


Well, that'll be the day, when you say goodbye
Yes, that'll be the day, when you make me cry
You say you're gonna leave, you know it's a lie
'Cause that'll be the day when I die

Well, you give me all your lovin' and your turtle dovin'
All your hugs and kisses and your money too
Well, you know you love me baby
Until you tell me, maybe
That some day, well I'll be through

Well, that'll be the day, when you say goodbye
Yes, that'll be the day, when you make me cry
You say you're gonna leave, you know it's a lie
'Cause that'll be the day when I die

[Instrumental Interlude]

Well, that'll be the day, when you say goodbye
Yes, that'll be the day, when you make me cry
You say you're gonna leave, you know it's a lie
'Cause that'll be the day when I die

Well, when Cupid shot his dart
He shot it at your heart
So if we ever part and I leave you
You sit and hold me and you tell me …

Takes your breath away

"...it all took her breath away."

2 Chronicles 9:4

You can be so "wowed" that your breath is taken away. You pause, you are in awe. The Queen of Sheba had her breath taken away by Solomon. God wants to do this for all of us.

Confusion driven out

Isaiah 47 The Fall of Babylon 1 "Go down, sit in the dust,
Virgin Daughter of Babylon;
sit on the ground without a throne,
Daughter of the Babylonians.
No more will you be called
tender or delicate.

Babylon means confusion. Babylon rose and fell in Bible times, but Babylon also rises and falls on the prophetic book of Revelation. Babylon is falling again today and it may rise and fall again in various places before it's all over because Babylon is a spirit.

One of the enemy's tactics is to confuse you: father of lies, and one of the things God likes to do is bring clarity: the Spirit of Truth.

I like this song by Rick Cole:

Part the waters that surround me
Make the wind and waves be still
Pierce the soul of my confusion
Clear the mist and rend the veil

See the longing in my spirit
Know that I choose to be Yours
Lord, I’m hungry and I’m thirsting
To be filled and to be used

You’re the Holy Lord Almighty
And I come to seek Your face
You’re my Light, my Hope, my Mercy
And Jesus…

Torrential

In the above picture from England, it was said that they got two months rain in two days! You might feel dry and parched, but what if rain is on the way? Are you ready for it? What if God's rain storm of blessing is on the way to you? What if your prayers are about to be answered? Will you be able to receive it?.

the invitation

“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”

Proverbs 9:4a

Are you simple or complex? Are you simple or sophisticated? Are done learning or ready to learn?
Are you resistant to advice or open to counsel? Are you hungry for wisdom or full of your self?

Father

Listen son, to the instruction of a father and give attention that you may gain understanding.

Proverbs 4:1

Fathers teach their children through word and deed. We learn from our dad's and we catch life from them. I think that our examples are powerful. I probably heard millions of words from my dad, but his example stays with me as much as the words. Words are powerful and I could not have done without those, but example is just another dimension that is as important too.