A Beautiful Freedom

A Beautiful Freedom

Now one of the Pharisees was requesting Him to dine with him, and He entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.  And there was a woman in the city who was a sinner; and when she learned that He was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster vial of perfume, and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.  Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet He would know who and what sort of person this woman is who is touching Him, that she is a sinner.”  And Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” And he replied, “Say it, Teacher.” “A moneylender had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.  When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?”  Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”  And He said to him, “You have judged correctly.”  Turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.  You gave Me no kiss; but she, since the time I came in, has not ceased to kiss My feet.  You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.  For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many,...
A Man Pursuing God

A Man Pursuing God

It’s raining and the dog’s looking for a walk.  And you know, he won’t settle down until he gets his walk. I put my coat and hat on, get the lead and the wife insists the dog needs his coat on too.  Fifteen minutes later and I’m on my way with the dog and he’s so excited, he’s nearly pulling me off my feet. A walk along the river.  A narrow path.  The dog’s off the lead and doing what dogs do.  Rain drops falling on the river, winter has finally knocked all the leaves off the trees and they are laying dead and wet, and I’m getting wet too by the minute.  Most people will say, “That’s one miserable day Davy.”  But actually I wasn’t feeling that way.  After twenty minutes into the walk I wondered why. I wasn’t alone.  Yes I know the dog was with me and I wasn’t on my own, but what I mean is, I was walking with my Father and He was talking to me about my heart.  He reminded me of what He has been doing about my heart and the places in there that have been hidden from the world and even long forgotten by me. But I had given Him permission two years ago to go anywhere in my heart and oh boy, He’s opened up what looks like a whole can of worms.  His reasons for doing so was not in anyway to condemn me but to heal my broken heart and to set me free from the bondage of the past.  I am in no way completely free...
Let Christ Invade Our Hearts

Let Christ Invade Our Hearts

I was having a think about what the next blog post would be and then today’s Daily Reading from the Ransomed Heart team appeared in my inbox.  And it was too good not to share!  This is a tiny excerpt from Stasi Eldredge’s book Becoming Myself. Most of us are probably still laboring under the impression that freedom comes first in our circumstances, and then we can experience love, joy, peace, patience, and all the other wonderful fruits of the Spirit. Not so. God usually begins first with the transformation of our attitudes; then he can change our circumstances. Did you know that you have been set free from sin? Did you know that you now have a good heart? It’s true. It happened through the coming of Jesus Christ for you: “Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the Cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! … From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did.… A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.” (Rom. 6:6, 11; 8:2...