Friday, January 7, 2011

A New Year's revelation.

What if we could know exactly what this year holds for us?  Would anything change?  What if we believed Jesus when he warns, "I'm sending you out like sheep among wolves.  You'll be persecuted, mocked, hated, and devoured.  But here's your chance, bear witness to my name!  Endure and you'll be saved!"?  Would it still be worth it?  What if we believed God when he says, "I know the plans I have for you.  A future and a hope.  Look for me with all your heart.  I will be found by you!"?  Would that be enough to make a difference?  Imagine...

Total abandon of self.  Freedom in trust.  Boldness through faith.  Courage to witness.  Wisdom from the Spirit.  Joy in persecution.  Sold out.  Poured out.  Crying out.

Finding rest in His promises.  Alive with the Message.  Breathing the air of Truth.  Feasting on the Word.  Quenched by Living Water.  Overwhelmed by Love.  Overflowing with compassion.

A strong will.  A unified spirit.  A barbaric heart.  Facing sorrow.  Embracing pain.  Challenging death.  Unafraid.  Unashamed.  Unshaken.

Refined by fire.  Cleansed with blood.  Redeemed.  Renewed.  Reborn.

A new Creation.

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