Be Fruitful and Multiply

Today I want to start by asking you what has been on my mind for the last few days. What is the most important thing on your heart today? What do you know you HAVE TO do before you leave this earth? It is always good to assess these kinds of things so that we can make the necessary changes or allow realignment in our course to our destination.

Let me share with you what triggered these questions. A couple of weeks ago, I begun thinking about what the Bible says in Genesis 1:27-28,27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.””

The phrase, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ caught my attention. Now, all of us know what that means, especially people who are in their first or second year of marriage. They have been at the receiving end of jokes, awkward inquisitions, extempore sermons and even obscure financial planning advice as well. But coming back to the scripture, verse 27 tells us that man had just been created so we know that he had not yet sinned. In fact it tells us that man embodied the very nature of God, his Maker. And it is to this backdrop that he was commanded by God to be fruitful and multiply.

God’s desire for His kingdom to be on earth as it is in heaven didn’t begin when Jesus prayed it to teach the disciples how to pray. It was on His heart right from the day He created man. He desired for the earth to be filled with Him and His glory! So I believe that when the Father told man to be fruitful and multiply, He was in fact saying, “Go, and fill the earth with more of me. Fill the earth with people who bear my image and likeness and know no sin! Let earth look just like heaven where my glory fills the place.”

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In today’s world where earth bears almost no resemblance to God’s original plan and sin abounds everywhere we look, you may wonder how that would be possible now that man sinned right in the beginning. We have found hope in the cross that has washed us clean from all our sin and made us whiter than snow. We can approach His throne boldly because His scarlet blood has made us righteous. And the commandment still remains, “Be fruitful and multiply”. And God is still looking for a people who will not only reproduce but also bring forth the His nature on earth. We are not called to only have good offspring (biological/spiritual), but to produce a godly generation! (Click to Tweet)

I am suddenly reminded of this incident from about a few years ago when I was busy doing some chores around the house and talking to Jesus at the same. And I asked Him, “Why didn’t You ever answer a question with just the answer but instead go on to answer some unasked questions and even thrown a parable in the mix?” He replied saying, “I had just three and a half years on earth, there was so much I wanted to share and do. If you had as much time as I did, I’m sure you would do the same!”

So to answer my question at the top of this post, I want to use my life to do whatever it takes so that I can to make Jesus known. I have a lot more than 3 and a half years but I want to make it count. I want to be part of that generation that lives and exists to see His heavenly Kingdom on earth. I want to be fruitful and multiply and fill this earth with people who bear His image and likeness.

Let’s encourage each other. Share what is your heart’s desire in the comments section below. God bless!       

The Big Break-up!

He was so proud of His creation. All of heaven echoed with the voice of an extremely happy Father. With a beaming smile, He would proudly speak of him.

“This is my creation. My son! I formed him with my own two hands.”

“Have you heard him speak? He says the smartest things.”

“He thinks just like me! The other day, I asked him to name the animals and he called them exactly what I would have wanted to name them.”    

“My daughter is such a stunning beauty! There is no other suitable enough for her but my son”

“I see in them a love that bubbles inside of me. They finally get me. I am Love.”

“O, I can’t wait till I go back to see them again. We have the best time just walking in the garden.”

Every day they walked together with Him. They shared their heart with each other. There was no obstacle or veil between them. There was an unadulterated transparency and dependence on Him. They had everything that they needed in that garden for their sustenance. Moreover, they had the One who created them so lovingly and provided all they needed to live.

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Death to My Writer’s Block

It has taken two years and 9 months to bring myself to sit down in front of my laptop and write again. The last time I wrote was in April of 2011. Call it writer’s block or getting too caught up in this new phase of my life (now that I am married); something sure had changed.

Writers block

To be honest, there were a few incidents that occurred along the way that had rattled my confidence. Harsh words, constant comparison to others, self-criticism at its worst which finally resulted in fear like I had never experienced before. The one thing that I thought I was good at was snatched away from me by these unwanted thoughts that began to fill in my head. Instead of being inspired by what I saw and heard, I began to cower away from the possibility of creating anything at all because I was so afraid of being wrong or not good enough. I continued to work as an editor and proof reader for projects by other people but I was unable to write anything that I could call my own.

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Dancing Through the Wilderness

As I was reading through the pages of Dancing with Destiny by Jill Austin, while I travelled back home today, God reminded me of a lesson learned a few years ago. A lesson that had caused my heart to love Him in a way I had never before.

He stretched out His hand in front of me asking me to dance with Him. With my eyes still closed, I saw myself reach out and fall into His strong arms. He steadied me and we stood still for a while. Then, He with the gentle nudging of His hand, He tenderly moved me to the rhythm of music I could not hear.

It was so effortless. I was captured by His gaze that moving along the dance floor seemed so easy. Without any conflict. I learned that to dance with Him was to trust Him. To be led by Him. To be captured by Him. My heart was awakened to love!

That was that day and this is now.

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He is real!

21When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 22And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22

1Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into[a] the wilderness, Luke 4:1

14Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region Luke 4:14

 

Notice these things in the above verses:

  • Holy Spirit descends on Jesus anointing Him
  • Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit led into the wilderness
  • He returns in the power of the Holy Spirit

Everything that Jesus did was a result of His communication, in other words prayer life, with the Holy Spirit because we know that the Spirit will speak only what is on the Father’s heart.

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There was a fire

There was a fire
that once burned in my soul.
It consumed me entirely
but I never felt more whole.

Every word I spoke
preceded from a place on high.
No more was I called by my name,
No longer was I living a lie.

he tried to end
what was so beautiful, sent from above.
Little does he know that
he has already been defeated by God’s Great Love.

So now I’m free
to live, dance and sing
that the fire burns brighter
and magnificent and glorious within.

There IS a fire
that burns in my soul.
It consumes me entirely
and I feel complete and whole.

(Another old post)

Dance with me

Sway with me,

Step by Step.

Don’t let go.


I want you

to know me.

More than ever before.


My loverly,

Dance with Me, my darling. As I draw you into my arms, let go of every other thought, every worry and every anxiety. I will lead you on in this dance of love. This is our song. No dance form can define My steps. Just hold on to My hand and stay close. Follow My lead. Make a choice to be led by Me and let go of all inhibition. It is me, your Jesus. I am yours and you are Mine.

I made you for a time like this. Not any earlier but for ‘now’. I love you and every little thing about you. Things that even you do not know about you. You are My pride and joy.

Hugs,

Lover of your Soul

P.S.: I really do love you!


(This is an extremely old post I had written on another almost forgotten blog. Just thought I should put  it here.)

The day I died…

Like any other night, I sat down on my bed by the window to pray. I love reading my Bible. Every single time I turn the pages of this beautiful book, my heart quickens in anticipation to see what He will reveal to me today. After I had done that, I leaned back against the wall and closed my eyes to pray.

Suddenly, my eyes opened to find myself in a really crowded room with some people regretting, some rejoicing and some just silently contemplative. I could not understand how I got to be there. I was at my home till a few minutes ago. Nothing seemed to make sense. At the back of my head, there came a nagging thought, ‘I must have died in my sleep. I should have known that blocked nose would get the better of me.’ I felt so undone; there were so many things I had left to do; so many things that I wanted to say.

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What was He thinking?

“Every nerve, muscle, tendon, ligament and bone in my body wants to give up on what I have to do. I asked Him thrice to take this cup away from me but I know that it is His will that I am here to perform so let it be done His way.

That log of wood placed on my naked back digging into my spine, bears thorns and splinters. Although, that crown placed on my head is sheer delight than what is on my shoulders. Parts of my flesh hang from me as though they want to run away from this ordeal I am putting it through.

I think I managed to move a step or two. I can barely remember. My brain is focused on so many parts of my body that is hurting so much, I almost forgot to walk. I fall. My head hits the ground and for a moment, a thought crosses my mind. I think about how easy it would have been for my Father to end this right now, this very instant. But the reason I was here for is far more important than my pain in this moment. I have to go on. I need to go on. I must go on. I push myself up off the ground and continue that uphill climb.”

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i see me

I stepped out on to the water
With my head hung low
Because even though
It seemed where I had to be
I could not lift my head
To see The One who loves me
Eternally, calling out to me.

All I saw mirrored on the water
A tired and worn someone
Who once knew what it was
To be at peace, to be strong
Even before I had seen the waves
I saw the familiar reflection
Of broken dreams, shattered hope.

Snapped out of my trance
By the waves crashing in on me
I lost my footing on a liquid ground
And found myself drawn
To the deep unknown
Till I heard the voice
Of The One who loves me.

My hand held firm in His
Drawn out of a watery grave
I look up and into His eyes
An image of what He saw
Gave me strength to stand again
Glimpses of Himself in me
Untouched by the waves of the sea

It could be a while before
I look just like He does
But for now, this will do
To keep me afloat and going on
Reaching on to the other side
Every storm and wave I will face
Someday to be caught in His eternal embrace.