Heaven is here

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – heaven is here

So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of God is near.
When I read and reflect on these words it appears to me that when Jesus talks about heaven being here, close or at hand, He is referring to how we are being in complete union with Him. Signs like flowers blooming, trees bearing fruit or the signs of spring in the air illustrate how nature is in perfect union with God, perhaps we as humans can use this as encouragement for ourselves. How we see the world, how we are in the presence of Jesus determines just how much of Heaven being here right now.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

What I see and where my attention goes determines what I experience. So in effect I am in control of how much heaven I can be in. Today is such a great opportunity for me to see the beauty of God’s creation in everything and everyone. Keep an out for it, for all of what God has beautifully crafted in people and nature is my goal today. I will be a Kingdom of God practitioner.

Prayer:

Lord,
open my eyes so that I can see and be in this heaven on earth.
Amen

Luke 21:29-33

Jesus told his disciples a parable: ‘Think of the fig tree and indeed every tree. As soon as you see them bud, you know that summer is now near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of God is near. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.’

A loss is a win

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – A loss is a win

Jesus talks about death a lot, in different ways with multiple stories and examples. Sometimes it is about a egoic death and others it is a physical death but the underlying truth and message that Jesus is imploring us to get is that there is more, we are more and it doesn’t end. So why hang on to somethings so desperately when in fact it losing attachment to it can lead to freedom.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

I am challenging myself to let something go and my mind is putting up a big fight to sabotage this message that this loss is win for me and Jesus. It feels like death or dying and I have to have a sense of love as the decisions made were made in love but it was never going to be easy. Every time I feel a doubt, defeated or negative I will stop and use my prayer app for I need to see that any perceived loss is a win for love.

Luke 21:12-19

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and bring you before kings and governors because of my name – and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Keep this carefully in mind: you are not to prepare your defence, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. You will be hated by all men on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your endurance will win you your lives.’

Not at death but now

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Not at death but now

Into your hands, O Lord, I entrust my spirit.

Entrusting our spirit is synonymous with the last words of Christ and of handing over to God when we die. The Psalm say that we can and probably should do it not at death but now. Is this surrendering, presenting a great gift back to God in giving our spirit to Him or a part of us dying in to Christ or maybe its all of the above. What ever it is, the message of trusting in God is clear, we trust him with everything including our eternal spirit.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

This makes me feel that all my worries and stresses are small fry compared to handing my spirit over to God. I have acted upon a prompting of the spirit and it is incredibly uncomfortable and I am somewhat fearful of the results. It has been received as a loving act which is great but I am left with a mind that is running wild with negative outcomes. All my fears of abandonment are rising and today I need to hand it, and my spirit over to God. I don’t think that I am going to have it done in one day but I don’t feel that there is another choice – sort of good in a way!

Prayer:

Lord,
I hand over everyone and everything to you.
I lay all my fears on the alter for you.
Lead me in love and trust in all my thinking and actions.
Amen

Psalm 30(31):3-4,6,8,16-17

Into your hands, O Lord, I entrust my spirit.
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a mighty stronghold to save me,
for you are my rock, my stronghold.
For your name’s sake, lead me and guide me.
Into your hands, O Lord, I entrust my spirit.
Into your hands I commend my spirit.
It is you who will redeem me, Lord.
As for me, I trust in the Lord:
let me be glad and rejoice in your love.
Into your hands, O Lord, I entrust my spirit.
My life is in your hands, deliver me
from the hands of those who hate me.
Let your face shine on your servant.
Save me in your love.

The right heart of mercy

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – The right heart of mercy

this poor widow has put in more than any of them
This goes way beyond giving money! It goes to reveal what is in someone’s heart and the heart of Jesus is revealed in this short passage as well. The poor woman gives out of care and compassion for others and Jesus acclaims and affirms this gesture that also comes from a heart of mercy and compassion. Although it appears a significant gesture of sacrifice it confirms to me that Jesus is more concerned with our hearts and intentions.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

It is painfully revealed to me today that I have been misguided even lying to myself that my service is merciful and compassionate when in fact it is just sacrifice. This is not what Jesus wants from me and he says it clearly in the gospels. Today I will reflect on my this as it is a deeply provocative message, uncomfortable at the least and very important. I suspect that I have been offered a very big lesson today.

Prayer:

Lord,
I accept the lesson, teach me O wisdom.
May I go deeper into mercy and compassion and leave all sacrifice alone.
Amen

Luke 21:1-4

As Jesus looked up, he saw rich people putting their offerings into the treasury; then he happened to notice a poverty-stricken widow putting in two small coins, and he said, ‘I tell you truly, this poor widow has put in more than any of them; for these have all contributed money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in all she had to live on.’

Enough is enough

What is Jesus saying personally to me today – Enough is enough

Jesus went into the Temple and began driving out those who were selling
He taught in the Temple every day.

I wonder how long or how many times Jesus walked passed the money changers and pedlars before he took out the whip and drove them out? Perhaps Jesus would see them and pray for them hoping that they would have some type of realisation or awakening. How ever long he tolerated, watched or prayed for them for it came to a point where enough was enough and a different course of action was required. I wonder if we are called to have the same approach with our inner and outer journeys when we say enough is enough and we in union with God do something about it.

Thank you for speaking to me Jesus

How do I respond to what Jesus is saying personally to me today?

Enough is enough, no more tolerating bad behaviour within. A day of fasting and prayer.
Come Holy Spirit

Luke 19:45-48

Jesus went into the Temple and began driving out those who were selling. ‘According to scripture,’ he said ‘my house will be a house of prayer. But you have turned it into a robbers’ den.’
He taught in the Temple every day. The chief priests and the scribes, with the support of the leading citizens, tried to do away with him, but they did not see how they could carry this out because the people as a whole hung on his words.