Dare I sayÖyes! My personal experience has taught me that on more occasions than not, especially in the last ten years, I have been made to wait. Wait in line, wait on a need, wait on a want, lol, wait, wait, wait. Why Iíll lament sometimes do I have to wait? Why canít I just have my way, is it seriously that big of a deal?! From then which the Lord will speak tenderly to my heart, do you want it now? I can give it to you now, everything is mine to give, but if I do, you will be missing out on the bigger, grander scheme of things. Do you want to take the short cut? I can make this all go away, just ask, Rachel, ask of me anything according to my Word, and truly it is yours! To which, I groan inwardly, and look at Jesus as intently as I know how, No, Lord, no, your will be done, instead of mine.
Do you know how many years it has taken me to sincerely be able to say that to God! Oh, sweet Jesus, I scarcely want to say! Oh, well, anything for you Lord, at least ten! I am a stubborn fool people, Iím telling you. Imagine a wild, bucking stallion, hair flowing wildly, nostrils flaring, eyes ready to pop out of its head while hooves blaze tearing up anything, anyone in its path. That was me. Ten years ago, you wouldnít recognize me. Ask my old friends. Ask my family! Iím telling you, when God says he will make us a BRAND NEW CREATION, he isnít kidding, and for me, lol, thank God heís not! Why is it so hard for us to get a grip on this ďrestĒ thing? Why is it so hard for us to believe that there is, truly, a God in heaven who loves us more than we even know how to receive that unfathomable love? I dunno, but I am convinced it is difficult.
I have met many, many people over the years. I have talked to it feels like equally as many in depth. So many people are hurting, so many people donít have a clue where they are going, who they are, what they should be doing next. It is just this pointless, vague almost annihilating feeling I get, like doom is their covering and there is absolutely nothing to look forward to, this person feels like I might as well just get up, keep going through the motions, and maybe if Iím lucky Iíll hit something in life. Iíll get a break eventually, Iíll get some joy, some peace, and some satisfaction someday, but today Iím just going to do my very best and hope for the best. This person rarely ever experiences Godís best so it is just so absolutely saddening to me.
I like what my pastor said today, ďAsk me how I know this?Ē Lol, I say the same to you. Itís a very, very long story, lol, filled with all said things. The point is although I certainly do recognize these patterns and attitudes, I am convinced God died for that. He wants his people free, liberated from disease, sickness of all kinds, including mental and spiritual, he wants us singing, dancing, loving fully on account of the overflow of love flowing through us! Our God is so powerful, so able, so willing to rescue us and set us free, wonít we seek his face? Wonít we humble ourselves and allow him into those deep places in our heart? He knows about all of our failures and weaknesses anyway, why not? Yes, it may be painful, yes, it may cause you to cry so hard, you will need a big mug of hot tea to get your sinuses back under control (ask me how I know), but I promise, I promise he is CLOSE, so close to the broken hearted. And the minute you release that junk to him, he is there with his promises, his love, his holy spirit bandages to make us new, to heal our hearts, so that as the word says, the affliction will never come upon us a second time. Nahum 1:9 Family of God! NEVER! Donít let the devil lie to you. Heís really not that scary. Sure he has a mean growl, Iíll give him that, but beloved, mark my words, he. has. no. teeth. GLORY! Nope, Jesus ripped them from his growly face over 2,000 years ago!
So many times, we want to stare at the cross and say yup, thatís my Jesus. Heís torn and battered for me, look at him hanging there, broken, hurting, alone, sad. Yes, friends, of course, he endured all that, but let me share a little secret with you. He did that so that you and I could be free to experience the part that came next! The resurrection and the abundant, joyous, peaceful, amazing life found in Christ alone. Now, Iím not talking about financial prosperity here, or having so much stuff or recognition from others or I donít know you fill in the blank with what you think will truly make you happy. No, no, no, lol.
I am talking about making this Man God so real to you that even if you didnít have a pot to piss in, youíd be so stinkiní happy, the devilís in hell would run around bashing into each other pleading with one another and GOD that you would shut up about how happy and full of hope and life you are for one minute so that THEY could get some peace! GLORY! Church, our Godís not dead, heís surely alive! Let me pray for us.
Father, I love you. Oh God, I love you. I love you because you first loved me. Help us to see how very much you love us. Help us to recognize and grow in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, you are amazing and there is none like you. No one is your equal yet, Father, yet, lol, you call us friends! Youíve called us next to you and said, yes, Iíll take you, and you, and YOU! Oh, it is your great pleasure to give us the kingdom. Help us to be joyous and full of peace regardless of our circumstances. Give us great understanding into the mysteries of your precious Word. Grant us wisdom and grace because the day is truly evil. Jesus, mighty Jesus, we love you. We thank you. Be glorified in us and through us Holy Master for all of our days. In Jesus name. So be it.
I love you guys! You know I do! Happy Motherís Day :D
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