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Big Jesus wins award for the 'best community entry' in the parade.
We had a unique perspective on Jesus, His fame and renown. If the crowds were silenced even the stones would have cried out to Him. This must be what it was like for Jesus to enter Jerusalem, re-enacted for the benefit of his LGBT people... What does this say for us and for Him?
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Extracts from Jim’s Preach ‘Giants’
Extract from Hebrews 11:
There isn’t enough time to tell you of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah , also of David and Samuel and the prophets:
Who through faith subdued kingdoms, did works of righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.
Still others had the trial of being mocked and whipped, and of chains and imprisonment.
They were tested, they were stoned, even slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted and tormented, people of whom the world was not worthy.
Scripture tells us God’s people crossed the Red Sea in faith. Unfortunately there is no record of their faith after this event.
Two years later when they reached the border of the Promised Land they seemingly had not deepened their relationship with the Lord. They seemed to know about Him but did not actually KNOW Him enough to trust Him. They had forgotten his promise to give them this land.
I have some sympathy for them. There is a saying that ‘you can’t get owt for nowt’ but when you are in a relationship with the Lord that saying just doesn’t hold. The Lord gives unconditionally.
When Israel got to the border of the Promised Land they sent 12 spies to spy out the land.
All the spies reported the land was amazing, bunches of grapes as big as you head... pomegranates ripe for the picking and figs bursting with juice.
Then 10 said ‘There’s is no way we can go in because the cities are like fortresses. The locals are built like Swartznegger in ‘Terminator’ and there’s men even bigger than them - giants!’ But 2 spies thought the opposite and one called Caleb said ‘Hang on there’s nowt to fear, the Lord said He’d give it to us. All we have to do is walk in and see what he does!’
Scripture records that Caleb was of a different spirit. He knew the Lord enough to trust in Him and Caleb had confidence the Lord could overcome any giant.
We all have different giants in our lives that we struggle to defeat. But the Lord is always by our side and when we rely on Him He faces the giants with us. Sometimes He defeats the giant. Other times He teaches us by allowing us to face it and encouraging us along the way.
Scriptures lists giants of faith like the ones listed in Hebrews 11. But we can make our own lists.
My list would start with two people I knew in Blackburn, retired from life as missionaries in India. In the 1930’s Margaret and Lawrence Livesey were mill workers who felt the Lord called them to be missionaries in India. The call came with a promise. The promise that they would have more spiritual children than they could count.
They sold everything to finance themselves and set off. With very little money and no financial support from home, they moved to the region they felt the Lord wanted them in. There they lived in slum conditions with the lowest caste of society known as ‘the untouchables’. All they had to rely on was their faith in the one who had sent them to the depths of poverty.
But the Livesey’s told me that the Lord cared for them. Despite contaminated water and food, open sewers and no vaccines they never became ill. They survived on a near starvation diet. They responded to the needs of people around them with their limited first aid and prayer.
8½ years after receiving their promise of spiritual children the first local man came to know Jesus. At last they had their first spiritual child! His name was Gnana Prakasam. Gnana was gifted with the ability to communicate his faith in a way that enabled others to encounter Jesus for themselves. Many, many people came to know Jesus and in time they numbered them in tens, then hundreds then thousands, then tens of thousands.
I was fortunate enough to meet Margaret and Lawrence and get to know them. I soaked up their stories of the Lord’s faithfulness to them and how they always clung to the promises He had given them no matter what the circumstances were like.
His promise was fulfilled. Their spiritual children were beyond counting.
Lawrence loved Margaret deeply. He wrote in Margaret’s 80th birthday card ‘My love for you is deeper than the ocean and there’s a kiss on every wave’.
They were 2 ordinary people with a different spirit, called by the Lord to do extraordinary things.
Physically they both stood less than 5 foot tall but to me they were spiritual giants. Materially they were poor but spiritually they were incredibly rich. They knew Jesus enough to trust Him to go where he led them and they discovered He is always, always faithful.
We all face fears like giants in our lives in different ways at different times. And we all have choices.
We can either turn tail and fear or we can look to Jesus and dare to trust Him and his leading in our circumstances. It’s when we rely on Him and discover for ourselves how faithfully he leads us that our relationship deepens and we are built up spiritually.
No matter what is happening in our lives we all have the option of looking to the Lord and asking Him to lead us. We all have the potential to become spiritual giants. Spiritual giants who trust the Lord no matter what the difficulties and crises are in life. And there are no greater riches in life than the richness of a deeper relationship with Him.
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