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Rotten wood, and how to transform it

November 28th, 2011 Categories: eating..., reporting... 6 comments

Well somehow I ended up missing most of the meetings of the University Conference that took place last weekend, but I still very much enjoyed all the saints coming and especially having the sisters in my home.

I received a little overview of what was shared during our fellowship times in the evening, and I’ll be looking out for the mp3s of the messages so I can catch up! The encouraging stats and a few pictures are below, but first here is a little titbit that I did enjoy:

Our natural humanity is like rotten wood. A house built with rotten wood, even if it is overlaid with gold, will collapse.

Can you imagine how foolish it would be to build with rotten wood? That reminds me of the bookshop – and yes a post on that is coming! There is no way that any builder who is interested in the longevity of a property would build with rotten wood. That is just asking for trouble.

And yet sometimes, that is what we do. Our natural humanity is rotten. We may try to tidy it up, make it pretty, even overlay it with gold (think good behaviour, nice clothes, and How-To books). But fundamentally what we need is a change in our constitution.

(I found a new blog earlier today and read this post which is along the same lines: Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye).

So, we need the humanity of Jesus!

He was such a genuine and balanced man, not going to any extremes. He had neither a superiority complex nor an inferiority complex. Me? I probably oscillate between the two from time to time.

He was so diligent, so orderly, so humble. Full of mercy, compassion and forbearance. Touched with the feeling of our weaknesses, yet perfect in every way (Hebrews 4:15). Without sin.

We need this, right? But how do we experience this?

It is by eating the Lord…

Eating is not something magical or spectacular. If we eat consistently, we may not notice the difference from day to day, but if we look back after a number of years, we will see – we have grown!

Remember when those children around you were babies? When the teenagers were toddlers? They didn’t grow by their parents sitting them down and charging them, “Grow!” … No, they grew because their parents fed them and becaues they ate!

I really liked this matter of eating consistently. Imagine eating all your meals at one time, and then not eating for a week. That doesn’t make for a healthy (or long) life! Yet sometimes we do this with God’s Word. We read the whole Gospel of Matthew in one sitting, and then we don’t read the Bible again for weeks, or months.

We will become like the Lord if we eat the Lord. But the question is, are we eating? And what are we eating? (Read the truth question What Are You Eating?) Eat God in His Word! We will become what we eat!

…by Letting His Word get into us

So I know I’ve mentioned this website before, but I’ve been really helped by LetTheWord.com. Every day we post what we have been reading from the Word, at least one chapter, and it tracks our consistency over the previous days.

It may sound gimmicky, but I for sure have found it to be really helpful, as well as encouraging. Seeing all the saints posting the chapters they read each day – praise the Lord! And doing it together with a group of sisters to encourage me – wonderful!

So, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend joining the website, and if you are here in Europe don’t forget to tag your group with “Uni Challenge” and we’ll keep encouraging one another to keep reading until we meet again at the Spring 2012 University Conference in Wales.

The numbers and the pictures

It was really a wonderful blending time! There were 17 saints who came from Spain! Seventeen! Amazing! So good to have them! In total there were more than 40 saints who came from overseas, and they from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA. Among those who were baptised at the end of the conference were two brothers from Rome. Hallelujah!

In total there were 280 at the conference, the largest yet I believe, 171 were students (the rest were FTTL, working saints or serving saints), and of those 80 were there for the first time.

And to round off… here are a few pictures from the conference :)

Thank you for your prayers, saints. Please continue to pray for the training of the students to be the corporate gospel seed on their campuses and serve in a coordinated way, that many local European students would seek and find Christ and the church, that families who are willing to open their homes would migrate near to major campuses in London, UK, and throughout Europe, and for the release of properties and the establishing of corporate brothers and sisters houses around the university campuses.

We have another All-London Students Meeting coming up this Friday, so pray that many could be gathered together for the enjoyment and increase of Christ!

Hallelujah, praise the Lord!

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  1. Rebekah
    November 28th, 2011 at 17:25 | #1

    Awesome post, I’ve just signed up to lettheword as well! It’s great cos u don’t all have to be reading the same thing at the same time! Keep eating Jesus, and see you soon xxx

    • semyl
      November 28th, 2011 at 17:41 | #2

      Thanks for the comment Rebekah :) Look forward to seeing you soon too!

      Hallelujah, eating Jesus is the way!

  2. mavis
    November 28th, 2011 at 18:15 | #3

    ptl. enjoyed the read. yes, eating is the way & we need to eat consistently to enjoy the Lord & grow in Him. this was God’s original plan for us in the garden. alas, man ate the wrong tree. see the consequences are still with us today. ptl for Jesus who opened the way for us to be recovered. so, don’t remain in poverty. there’s plenty of food in this ministry. Lord recover us to eat You as the tree of life, living bread; drink You as the living water, breathe You as the life-giving Spirit. You just fit into us, we’re God-shaped, like a hand for the glove. why should we starve or be hindered from partaking of His unsearchable riches? we have the birthright. come, jump right in, tuck in, come & eat & drink & enjoy! recover the matter of eating/drinking, olj. amen.

    • semyl
      November 28th, 2011 at 18:30 | #4

      Let’s keep eating, and eating consistently!

  3. December 9th, 2011 at 04:00 | #5

    Paul knew rotten wood. That’s why he wrote Phil 3:3, “we serve by the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh.” Naturally we are flesh – not just evil, but that which is born of the flesh (our whole old man) is flesh. No spirit exercised, all is rotten. Filled in spirit, much rejoicing and singing in and about Christ. Praise Him.

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