And he said to them, For this reason every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house, who gives out from his store things new and old.Mat 13:52
At the end of a year, it is always interesting to see what you as my readers were interested in.
Let me give you the five articles most viewed in 2015.
The first one evolves around the cry of most people, at least the ones that have not given up and given in: “There must be more!” I guess that the title did its part in attracting people to the read:
On these two rules all the law and the prophets are based. Mat 22:40
Our natural world is defined by law, mainly the laws of physics. In our reality we have gravity, therefore mass. We have massiv, fluid, and gas. We have matter and waves. We know the consequences if we try to defy these laws. We hit a wall if we run against it – even though there is more open space between the atoms than there are atoms. We fall to the ground if we step of a roof.
It is the same in the spiritual. If we defy spiritual laws, we experience the consequences.
The next one tells us what associations faith triggers in us:
Connotations? Think of this as all the words you would note with (co) the words faith and believe if you were ask to tell us what you think when you hear those words.
It is easy to give faith the connotation of a relationship. I do not say that I will define faith as a relationship, because it is more than that—just think of Hebrews 11:1. But it certainly involves and entails relationship. A relationship between me and God and others. A trust relationship.
Let’s go on. Next we see an unusual place to look for the new testament principle of the fivefold ministry:
David taking five stones is not a picture of him being afraid to need more than one. It is a picture that all five are needed. All five giftings are necessary. And even during that time of concealment they keep on polishing each other.
Next, we go into fathering, one of the big themes on this blog. Why is it so rare?
Sons, grab a hold of the mantles of your fathers as they grow into new authority and anointing. Tear your past anointing. Primarily not to kill the past, tear down the bridges. But to multiply. Become a father and distribute your anointing.
And last but not least, it is part of the priestly garment that interested people:
Why is it called the curious girdle? The word in Hebrew means girdle or ingenious work, and is taken from a root meaning to think, plan, esteem, calculate, invent, make a judgment, imagine, count. God thought out, planed, imagined this girdle and gave wisdom to the artist that made it.
This is the outward girdle, the one seen by the people, in opposition to the girdle on the first layer that is not seen. The first girdle we learned means inner strength, and this one, given by God, means outer strength. Strength coming from a sending, a calling, an appointment from God. As the garments were given for ministry, it is an apostolic ministry.
I encourage you to reread those articles or read them for the first time. There are so many facets to God we have not yet discovered. Share your thoughts, please, as this will help us all to put our pieces together.
We see and know in part. But your part and mine together are bigger.
Looking forward to hear from you!