Stones, Bones. Mountains, Thrones.


When you’re in the valley
Anticipating the climb
Repeating the line
“God, we got this”

Then.

The rocks.
They fall.
They crumble.
Out of no where.

The mountain.
The climb.
So high.
So high.

You stop.
You breathe.
You pray.

Wait.
Wait.

You realise.
“I ain’t got this”
“I ain’t got anything”

You pause.
You praise.

“God, YOU got this”

“I can’t do this”
BUT
“YOU can do this”


So here I am.
Raising my Ebenezer
My stone of Help
(1 Samuel 7:12)

This heart of stone
Turned to heart of flesh
(Ezekiel 36:26)

Trusting this mess
Is just a test

Walking, walking
Trusting, trusting

Until.

Hello World

Voices.
That condemn

Lies.
Brokenness.

Hush

“Lord I don’t want to rush”
“Lord help me to trust”


Falling
Free falling

On the knees
At  the Saviour’s feet


THE ONE
Who bore your sin
Who bore your shame
Who bore your pain

Who knows

Who knows what it’s like, to be in the world
Who showed what it’s like, to be in the world but not of the world
(John 17:15-9)

He chose the cross
I choose it too

 “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” – Jesus
(Matthew 16:24)

“And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” – Jesus
(Matthew 10:38)

Now I gotta carry this cross
I gotta keep looking to him, watching how he did it
Because I can’t do it

The cross is heavy

His glory is heavy

There is weight to his word

There is weight to this world


I cast the weight of the world on him, and I take up the weight of his word


I bite into the bullet, the pain, and allow his grace to wash away the pain

Death has no sting
Victory is in him

He conquered the grave and he conquers this day
He conquers this situation

He has claimed my heart
He has claimed this day

He saves
He redeems
He rescues

He is not safe
But he makes a way

His cross is hard
But.
He helps us
He carries us
As.
We carry his word
We carry a sword

His Spirit

This battle
Worth fighting for
Worth living for
Worth dying for

Mountains

What has spurred this post today?

Do you know those seasons, when you think you’re in a good place, when you think everything is looking ok. When you’re waiting on some things, but you’re just sitting there, happy trusting.

Then. A good thing turns to a scary thing. A daunting thing.

So the Ebenezer comes out, and there you are – waving, waving! – holding up the stone of help. Lifting up songs of praise, declaring in the dark what was spoken in the light. Not letting the seen dictate what you know, but letting what you know dictate how you see.

“What we KNOW must dictate what we see. Otherwise what we SEE will violate what we know.” – Lysa TerKeurst

See;
IN CHRIST
I AM UNDAUNTED

I don’t have to be afraid.

I’m not going to let my circumstance, my situation, the unexpected, the uncertainty, change how my faith frames. For faith claims. Faith claims truth in the place where doubt lies. Faith claims truth in the place where fears hide. Faith claims the heart, the mind, the life. Christ was not crucified so that I might believe in lies and hide. No. Christ died and rose so that I might believe and see who holds the throne. His grace dethrones all lies. His grace dethrones all fear. 

Satan tempts me to despair.
But I’m not going anywhere.


“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
– Hebrews 12:1-2

But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.  When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.  For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
– 1 Peter 2:20b-25


Soundtrack:

  • Faithfulness – Hillsong Worship
  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing – Sufjan Stevens

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