Thursday, 5 December 2019

Lying awake at night

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"How terrible it will be for you to lie awake at night, thinking up evil plans." - Micah 2:1

I am sure there are many of us who can relate to lying awake at night not able to sleep. It is funny how all our problems seem a whole lot worse when we think of them in the dark!

In Micah's day there were many evil people who used their sleepless nights to do harm instead of planning to do good. I believe his challenge to us is rather use those bleak times, in the middle of the night, to make Godly plans and not selfish plans that will harm others.

Galatians 5:4-6 (Message)
"I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love."

God's plan was always to bring hope and peace to our broken world, although I am sure there were moments when God could have chosen to forget us as the world was such a mess.


Living in Grace
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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

The Reason behind it all

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"All this is because of Jacob's transgression, because of the sins of the house of Israel." - Micah 2:5

When Micah prophesies that the Lord will come in all his power and might, he tells the people the reason for his coming. It is because of the sins of the people. As much as God warned the people of what was to come, they still chose to ignore him. As a result of this, they would reap what they had sown.

Paul wrote about a similar thing when he wrote to the church in Rome:

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 6:23

The greatest gift we are given this Advent is the gift of Jesus, God's precious son. God's knows of each one of our sins, but he extends his love to all who would believe and receive him.

Living in Grace
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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Look!

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Look!
Look over there!
Look at that car - person - house - bird!

We use the word 'Look' to draw attention to something significant and today's reading is no different. Micah wants to draw our attention to the fact that God is coming to be with us. The Lord is leaving his throne and will be living amongst us.

"Look! The Lord is coming!
    He leaves his throne in heaven
    and tramples the heights of the earth." - Micah 1:3

This same sentiment is shared in Matthew's gospel.

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” - Matthew 1:23

What is the spirit inviting you to Look at right now?

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Monday, 2 December 2019

Attention

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"Attention! Let all the people of the world listen!    Let the earth and everything in it hear." - Micah 1:2a

The call to Attention is probably most commonly associated with soldiers being called to get in line and prepare themselves for action. Just one loud shout of the word Attention is enough to have everyone ready to receive their next instructions. 

When Micah uses the same word he is calling everyone to a similar place of readiness. He is wanting us to gather our minds, bodies and spirits to listen to the instructions from God. God has something important to say and Micah wants people to hear it!

There are other definitions of Attention that may be helpful for us in this season of Advent. They all speak into the noise of our world and call for us to listen.

'the act of applying the mind'
'condition of readiness'
'sympathetic consideration of the needs of others' (Miriam-Webster Dictionary)

As we move deeper into Advent let us be conscious of God's invitation for us to pay Attention. God wants to speak to us - we just need to place ourselves in a condition of readiness.

Living in Grace
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Sunday, 1 December 2019

What's in a name

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What is in a name?
In the opening verse of Micah's prophecy he mentions that he comes from a town called Moresheth. For most of us this doesn't mean much, but I think it is profound in light of our own journey through Advent. Moresheth means 'Possession' in Hebrew and this reminds us that ultimately we belong to the Lord.

The reason for Micah's stern words in his prophecy is because people have turned away from God and so he calls them to repentance. It is interesting that we often see God's calling us to repent as an angry gesture, but what if we changed that perspective to one of Care. God's calls us back home because we are 'His' and God loves us. He doesn't want to see his 'pride and joy' living unfilled lives.

Micah 1:1 - "The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah..."

As you begin this season of Advent remember that the Lord loves you and we belong to him. He loves us more than anything.

Mark 9:41 - Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.

Living in Grace
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