Jake has felt that the Lord has given him the following words over the last week or so. There is a definite theme to them, which fits in well with what I believe God is saying to us at Wildwood and to the wider Church.
The best, or nothing
The Mercedes slogan is “the best, or nothing.” God wants us to think in these terms for ourselves: let’s be the best, which of course we can only do as we yield to His Spirit. Jeremiah 29 11 says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (This is the New King James version. NIV says “the plans I have for you…”)
A note from Bob: God’s thoughts towards us for our future in Christ are nothing less than perfection. We all love to quote Jeremiah 29 vs 11, but we would do well to keep verse 11 in the context of what the Lord goes on to say in vs, 12-13 “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” If we want to walk in the fulfilment of God’s perfect plans for us, we need to seek Him with all our hearts.
White Hot Metal
In Rev 3: 15-16 Jesus says to the church at Laodicea “”I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Jesus wants a church He can work with, writes Jake. He is spurring us on to be “white hot for Him”. White hot metal is pliable and can be purged of impurities. When we are white hot the Holy Spirit can shape us and mould us to reflect His image, the way He originally intended.
The Old Wireless Set
Jake writes: “I have a picture of an old fashioned wireless set, that you have to tune into each station. I feel God saying, ‘How clearly do you want to hear my voice? Are you satisfied with background noise, or even huge amounts of interference so that you have to strain to hear what I am saying? Or are you focused on hearing me? Do you want clarity enough to be prepared to spend time fine tuning into me? I have given every one of you interests: I will use your interests to link with what I am saying to you. Are you prepared to fine tune in to what I am saying?'”