As you read ‘The Lord’s Orchard’ it will become apparent that God wants to take all His children through a process of Reformation. He wants their lives to come more fully into line with His will. What He wants for them personally, He desires for His church corporately, that every congregation of His people will demonstrate the lifestyle of His Kingdom.
We have to face how far we fail to fulfil God’s expectations if we are to take His will seriously. In doing this it is important that there is no element of judgement or condemnation, only a desire to face honestly and realistically what needs to be reformed.
Before writing the book, I received a commission from God to write what He called a ‘Charter for Reformation’, that would state lovingly but without compromise what His will is for His people. I have spent many months listening to what is on God’s heart and in seeking to convey His purposes as simply as possible in a way that can motivate believers to respond to what He wants to work in and among them by His Spirit ... Read more
You are God’s beloved child. He does not love you with a fragile human love, but with His divine love, and so seeks your highest good at all times. He has demonstrated this love in all that He has given you. He has shown you His mercy and forgiveness, His grace and power in giving you the gift of His salvation. He has placed you in Christ Jesus so that all the blessings of His life now belong to you. You have become a co-heir with Christ and have received the fullness of His life. His Spirit of love and power is given to you as one who believes in Him.
In response to all this you received a high calling: to be a disciple of Jesus, His Spirit will work within you to transform you increasingly into His likeness from one degree of glory to another. You will become more like Him in both character and action, living to please Him and to be a faithful witness both to others who know their Lord and to those who know nothing of Him.
Such a high calling is very different from si ... Read more
Christmas is a miraculous time! It is a time to celebrate the amazing miracle of the One who created the universe becoming part of the creation He had brought into being. He humbled Himself to such an extent that He shared our humanity by being born as a baby. He began His life on earth in the same way that each one of us did.
That He should be prepared to do this shows not only His humility but also the wonderful extent of His love for us. God had created man in His own image to be like Him. When men chose to sin that image was marred and fellowship with God was destroyed. But He had His plan to restore that fellowship and make it possible for us to be transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory! Only through the execution of His plan could we again be made one with God in the way that He desired.
Jesus’ birth was only the first part of this plan. He had to live in perfect unity and fellowship with His Father throughout His time on earth so that then He could offer ... Read more