Thursday, July 26, 2007
Personal review II
Led by incredible faith, David Wilkerson made a seemingly bizarre step from his home and country pulpit in 1958 to the streets of New York City. The Cross and the Switchblade is the amazing true story of how, prompted by the Holy Spirit, he began an out-reach to teenagers ensnared by drugs and violent gangs ruled by warlords, drug pushers and pimps.
In was into this world that David Wilkerson stepped into armed with only the simple message of God’s Love.
The entire book, documents David Wilkerson’s journey of faith. Each step of the way…miracle to miracle. From the very first time he was arrested for wanting to meet the boys who were on trial for murder – an arrested which led to the gangs trusting him enough to show him where they lived…what they did…and how they did it all.
It was this very faith that allowed him to begin a home that could continue to support these teenagers after they had decided to leave the streets. To date, the home remains the only place in the world where final stage heroin addicts have hope of survival.
A book I would highly recommend to all, especially to those keen to serve more than the norm but find themselves holding back….
This book definitely showed me that no call is too great. If God has planted that seed of desire to serve His people…He will show how it is to be done. All that is needed is faith and obedience.
Dave, thank you. This is just one of the many amazing books that you introduced to me. Well, now you know what i'm going to be asking for this Christmas! :)
Monday, July 23, 2007
A Personal review
This book is a beautiful allegory dramatizing the yearning of God's children to be led to new heights of love, joy, and victory.
The allegory depicts the life of an orphan named “Much-Afraid” and how she escapes from her “Fearing” relatives in the Valley of Humiliation. She soon finds solace with the Chief Shepherd in the High Places where "perfect love casteth out all fear."
Throughout this spectacular allegory, you will be journeying with Much Afraid who has crooked feet, a crooked mouth and is a member of the Fearings Family. All this hinder her work for the Chief Shepherd and causes her much secret distress as well as shame.
Fortunately, Much-Afraid is not alone on her journey to the High Places; she is joined by two companions , specially chosen by the Chief Shepherd for her - Sorrow and Suffering. They guide her and teach her several valued lessons that she would have never learnt otherwise.
The book continues to depict Much-Afraid’s journey; the challenges & struggles (physical & emotional) are much like those that we experience during a spiritual journey.
But just like Much Afraid who was determined to reach the High Places not just to receive hind’s feet but a new name as well [ And thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name." (Isaiah 6:2)], we too need to continuously fix our eyes upon Him and keep to the paths which he has laid for us.
Much-Afraid finally reaches the High Places where she loses her humiliating disfigurement and is made beautiful and receives the seed of love and a new name Much-Afraid then returns to her valley of service upon being transformed by her union with the loving Shepherd.
A book I would highly recommend to anyone looking to deepen their relationship with our loving Shepherd. Hinds Feet on High Places clearly shows us exactly how special and intimate our relationship with our Shepherd can truly be.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
From the movie Red Earth
Chantilas: [Suppose] we just finished poisoning the earth and everyone was dead in a hundred years. Then what was the point of anything?
Art, beauty—all gone—the Greeks, the Constitution, people dying for freedom, ideas. None of it meant anything?
What about religion? Do we give up on God too?
Gallagher: You didn’t just give up being a scientist one day, did you?
Chantilas: I realized science couldn’t answer any of the really interesting questions. So, I turned to philosophy. I’ve been searching for God ever since.
Who knows, I may pick up a rock and it’ll say underneath,
“Made by God.”
The universe is full of surprises.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I read something several weeks ago that fitted perfectly into everything that was happening around me that week.
Although I knew, that God had placed me exactly where I am today, I was bursting with questions.
Why not me !? Why is it not happening yet !? How much longer !?
Why here when it just does not seem to be happening !?
All those questions fueled by the fact that I simply was not seeing my desires materialize. I did not see my ambitions achieved within the time frames that I had decided that they must be achieved. Progress was simply not happening the way I decided I ought to be happening.
But, one thing had slipped my mind and it took a very dear friend to remind me. The reason I am where I am. My Father God.
Against all odds, He had placed me here. It was His plan. (And truly it could not have been any more amazing) But all the sudden, I turned things around to how I wanted it to be..leaving His plans and desires out of the picture.
How silly of me!
I read something that very evening whilst still bursting with questions that showed me how extremely silly I had been to cling onto all those dreams and desires the way I did.
I realized that I was never going to achieved any of it that way, and even if by some strange way I did – its sweetness would barely be an ounce. It could never fulfill me.
Because the most fulfilling of dreams are achieved the way God has designed for them to be achieved.
Below, is an adaptation of what I read that night by Stormie Omaritan
“God puts dreams into our hearts to give us vision and inspiration and to guide us to the right path.
That’s why we have to make sure the dreams we have are not from our own flesh.
The only way to be sure is to lay all of our dreams at His feet and let them die. And we must also die to them.
The ones that are not from Him will be buried forever.
The ones that are from Him will be given new life.
We do not want to be wishful thinkers.
We want to live with confidence that our hopes, dreams and expectations are based on God given certainty that He is behind them.
We want the hope that comes from God alone and is built on a foundation of His promises to us and His revealed purposes in us.
This kind of hope is an anchor to the soul.”
Today, my dreams and desires have a new meaning altogether.