Shabbat Shalom and Happy Pentecost!
The old hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” has been in my spirit for several days now, and I wanted to use the song for a garden video. The Lord has really been speaking to me out of Hebrews 12, and in the line from the song – “… and the things of earth will grow strangely dim”. Fear, anxiety, and depression are things I struggled greatly with the past (and have received great healing and freedom from!), and when you meditate on this line and think about all of those things you used to care and worry so much about falling away as you focus on Jesus, it just leaves you speechless and verklempt – at least it does me! As we enter in to Pentecost, it is so important that we let the old things fall and pass away so we are open and ready to receive the new outpouring of revelation and His Spirit. Please watch and enjoy this video, and let it stir your spirit and hear what the Lord is saying to you out of it. That is the beautiful thing about His scriptures and ministering words – they can speak and apply to very different things to each person. Thank God that His Word and Spirit are a “one size fits all”! I hope you all are able to join us for Pentecost – either in person or on the web – beginning tonight at 7pm!
Hebrews 12:1-2, 14-15, 22-29
12 So since we stand surrounded by all those who have gone before, an enormous cloud of witnesses, let us drop every extra weight, every sin that clings to us and slackens our pace, and let us run with endurance the long race set before us.
2 Now stay focused on Jesus, who designed and perfected our faith. He endured the cross and ignored the shame of that death because He focused on the joy that was set before Him; and now He is seated beside God on the throne, a place of honor.
14 Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, since no one will see God without it.15 Watch carefully that no one falls short of God’s favor, that no well of bitterness springs up to trouble you and throw many others off the path.
22 No, instead you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, to the heavenly Jerusalem, to heavenly messengers unnumbered, to a joyful feast, 23 to the assembly of the firstborn registered as heaven’s citizens, to God the righteous Judge of all, and to the spirits of all the righteous who have been perfected. 24 You have come to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant between God and humanity, and to His sprinkled blood, which speaks a greater word than the blood of Abel crying out from the earth.
25 See that you don’t turn away from the One who is speaking; for if the ones who heard and refused the One who spoke on earth faced punishment, then how much more will we suffer if we turn away from the One speaking from heaven— 26 the One whose voice in earlier times shook the earth now makes another promise: “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heavens”? 27 The phrase, “Yet once more,” means that those things that can be shaken will be removed and taken away, namely, the first creation. As a result, those things that remain cannot be shaken. 28 Therefore, let us all be thankful that we are a part of an unshakable Kingdom and offer to God worship that pleases Him and reflects the awe and reverence we have toward Him, 29 for He is like a fierce fire that consumes everything.