43 “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, seeking rest but finding none. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to the person I came from.’ So it returns and finds its former home empty, swept, and in order. 45 Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before. That will be the experience of this evil generation.”
Matthew chapter 12, verses 43 thru 45; from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Don’t you dare leave the United Methodist Church! You heard me right! Don’t you dare leave the United Methodist Church! Did I just upset some of you? Are you thinking: “This Preacherman has either gone bonkers or he’s been drinking the Kool-Aid of the Bishops!”Neither of these are true. My ESPN just kicked in and at least one of you are thinking: “But Preacherman! Aren’t YOU leaving? Then why tell me not to leave??? I’m confused!” Put your hackles down and hear me out. OK? Thank you!
With the slovenliness that is permeating our leadership, it is easy to want to get the heck out of Dodge. And who can blame us Traditionalist/Orthodox Folks for hurrying to abandon this thing that looks more like the Titanic than John Wesley’s vision for the Body of Christ. But then…there’s this parable of Jesus. It’s about a man who got rid of one demon, cleaned up his house, got it in order–but that’s all he did. That demon knew this, so he went back to check things out. Sure enough! It was all clean and in order–but that’s all. So he goes and gets 7 of his friends (who are also demons; I mean, who would be a friend to a demon but another demon, right?) and moves right back in. And that’s when things got a lot worse for that man. Comprende, my friends?
Sure we could just leave the United Methodist Institution and believe—wrongly believe, I might add—that we are finally free from this detritus and onerous thing. We might think we will be better off. But take into your considerations this thought: Where Will You Go? Oh, one more consideration: What are you going to do once you get there? If your only desire is to get away from the United Methodist Institution, you can achieve that desire. But what’s next? If you just leave without knowing the what’snextyou are leaving the door open for even worse of the same-ol’-same-ol’. Remember this guy in Jesus’ story. He got out of one mess only to end up in an even bigger mess.
My fellow Wesleyans, this season of discernment is another one of God’s blessings to us. We have the opportunity to do more than just leave, we are being gifted by God’s Grace to become a part of renewal and revival across our land. To use an old term: Another Great Awakening! Whether you choose to become part of the Free Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist, Global Methodist, or become independent–do so with the faith, hope, and conviction that it’s because God’s Kingdom is on the move and YOU get to be a part of this mighty movement! And please understand that it may require you to let go of a lot of ideas, opinions, and other stuff–so that you can step into what God is doing right now.
Friends, not every generation and age has had this rare and beautiful moment of stepping out of the old and into this fresh movement of the Holy Spirit. But we do! Step away from what was–AND step into what God is doing right now! Don’t dream about leaving! Please don’t! Instead, dream about what God is doing and where He is leading us. I am applying to transfer my credentials to the Global Methodist Church–not because I’m sick and tired of the United Methodist Institution; even though I AM sick and tired of it. No, my friends. I stepping into a fresh and new movement of the Holy Spirit! I have been doing more than just discerning about leaving the United Methodist Institution! I’ve been discerning what God is wanting from and for me and where that is going to happen! I’m getting in on the ground level and am excited to be a small part of seeing this movement form and grow! You can just leave, or you can step into another Great Awakening!Your choice!
New Year’s offers for many the opportunity for more than a different life, but stirs in us the longing for a better life. The human heart is made for something that is better—and that something better is Contentment. So we make resolutions that we hope will make life better by improving the quality of our experiences. I thought it would be interesting to see what the top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for 2020 are. I surfed the web and here is what I found:
Learn a new skill or hobby
Live life to the fullest
Save more money / spend less money
Spend more time with family and friends
Here’s what else I found: It was pretty much the same for 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and you get the point. Now we can download apps that promise ways to help you keep your resolutions. And we would all agree that it’s easier to make resolutions than to keep them. Wouldn’t it be great if we could slip on a pair of shoes, take a supplement, join a gym and at the end of the year discover that we kept all our resolutions? I believe that New Year Resolutions are The Cry Of The Heart For Deep, Abiding Contentment. When it comes to the issue of contentment, there are 3 things about people and our culture that are true:
Most People are not content with their lives. In spite of all the promises of hope from the latest trends, advertisements and self-help gurus, most people realize that something is still missing in their life.
Most people feel powerless when it comes to developing lasting and significant change in their lives. According to a couple of surveys, only 40-45% of Americans even take the effort to make one or more New Year’s Resolutions. This is down from last century’s high mark of 80%.
Every human heart longs for contentment. Even among that 55-60% who make no Resolutions, and among those who say they have given up hope, The Longing Of The Heart For Contentment Never Goes Away.
But what if there was a way to bring that Deep, Abiding Contentment to your life? And what if there was a way that you could model contentment in a way that would inspire those closest to you to experience that same Sense Of Contentment in their life? Does that sound good to you? But wait! There’s more.
What if I could show you that to achieve this life that is more than different, more than better, but fills anyone with Contentment, can be achieved with One Resolution, would you be interested? Not 10, not 5, no, not 3 resolutions, there is only One Resolution that all of us need to make. Want to know what it is? Let’s look at Paul’s letter to the Philippians in Philippians 1:27-30
27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. 28 Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself. 29 For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. 30 We are in this struggle together. You have seen my struggle in the past, and you know that I am still in the midst of it.
According to Paul, the 1 Resolution is this: Live A Life Worthy Of The Gospel! “Oh, is that all it is preacher? Why didn’t you tell me to paint the Golden Gate Bridge; or—Find the cure for cancer; or—Get every nation to sign a peace accord and end all wars; or—Put an end to world hunger; or—Get Democrats and Republicans to put the American citizen first and forget party politics? I could do that long before my life is worthy of the Gospel! Thanks for nothing!”
And if the Gospel was about what we could do and accomplish, then that’s the way we all ought to feel. We try to do our very best, but then we lose our temper, we lust, we envy, feel jealousy, say a dirty word, become greedy, act harshly, become resentful and are unforgiving. And we realize that is just not worthy of the Gospel. But The Gospel Is Not About What We Can Do.
The Gospel is all about what God has done, is doing and will continue to do for us because of His heart for us. It’s Not The “Gospel Of Our Best Efforts” But The Gospel Of God’s Best Effort For Us. It’s all about God’s Grace; it’s not left up to our best efforts to honor Christ. We Are To Honor Christ By Allowing Him To Live In And Through Us With The Power Of Resurrection! We often lock in on that word found in the KJV Conduct. But remember Paul didn’t write in English. He wrote in Greek and in Greek, the NLT gives us the best understanding of that word: Live As Citizens of Heaven.
This means we live according to God’s ways, plans and purposes that are rooted in His Grace. And at the heart of Grace is that we allow Him into our hearts and We Rely On His Strength Rather Than Our Own Strength. And Paul’s letter to the Philippians doesn’t end with that verse. For the rest of this letter, Paul shows us how to live a life worthy of the gospel by allowing Christ to live in us and through us! Contentment Is Found By Surrendering Moment By Moment To The Process Of Grace, And Not Giving Up On That Process, Especially When We Mess Up.
And this process is found in ONE: One Spirit, One Mind, One Purpose, One Goal, One Hope And One Secret. And this process is what we will begin looking at in this New Year. So, how can we live this Life Worthy Of The Gospel By Allowing Christ To Live In And Thru Us?
It comes by making 6 Conscious Choices every day. The Process Begins By Living In One Spirit. And here’s The1 Thing you need to remember from today’s message: Contentment Begins When We Think, Speak, Act, React And Make Decisions Based On One Spirit.
Paul is not talking about the Holy Spirit here, but our spirit. What Is Your Spirit? The first response is to say, “That’s the part of me that lives on after death.” And it is, but I want you to go deeper. Think Of Your Spirit As That Part Of You That Makes You Think, Speak, Act, React And Helps In Your Decision Making Process. And this is the real problem. Without a deep and committed relationship to Christ, we live with A Divided Spirit. Living life with One Spirit does not happen automatically nor is it easily attained. Allow me to define for you what I mean by One Spirit: One Spirit means living each day with an Undivided Heart! So think of One Spirit as that heart that gives its loyalty to God.
And to help us live with One Spirit, God offers us transformation—A New Spirit—A New Way To Think, Speak, Act, React And Make Decisions. He offers to help us live with One Spirit that is worthy of the Gospel Of Grace through The Desire To Have That Undivided Spirit. Here is how to develop this One Spirit.
1. Have That Unbridled Desire For God’s Grace
Remember that this Process of One, this resolution to Live A Life Worthy Of The Gospel does not depend on your abilities; just God’s grace! And is there anything better or more reliable that God’s Grace? Jesus uses 2 powerful human experiences to describe what it means to desire God’s grace: hungering and thirsting. Jesus said in Matthew 5:6—Blessed Are Those Who Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness, For They Will Be Filled.
It’s About An Unquenchable Appetite For God. It’s not about a Sam’s Club sample taste, or a small Hors d’oeuvre tray. It is about all that God offers. And trust that God will provide His grace. When you get up in the morning have that unquenchable appetite for God. When you go to bed at night have that unquenchable appetite for God. And every moment between getting up and going to sleep, have that unquenchable appetite for God.
2. Give Him Your Unrestrained Devotion
Use the word “Devotion” and many think about The Upper Room, Guideposts, Daily Bread or some other devotional material. Reading these devotional materials are great acts that we need to engage in daily. But that’s not Devotion. The Dictionary Defines Devotion As: Profound Dedication. It is moving your life in the direction of God. This movement in the direction of God is best described in Philippians 3:13-14—I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Whatever it is that you talk the most about, that is your greatest passion, and that is what you are giving your devotion to. Your Greatest Passion Reveals Your Devotion. If your greatest passion is football, then your devotion is to football. If your greatest passion is to be recognized and praised by others, then your devotion is to self. Devotion to God is choosing to focus on God’s presence. It means we look for and find God’s presence every day and everywhere. Make God your greatest passion.
3. Live With Total Determination
It’s easy to give up on dreams when life gets tight. It’s easy to turn around when life gets tough. Our world, your culture, is filled with those who would rather quit than fight on—surrender rather than overcome. To Live In One Spirit Requires Resolve And Determination Because It Is On The Other Side Of The Struggle And Conflict That We Understand What The Life In Grace Is All About.
It is by going through the tight, tough and difficult places that we really discover just how much God does for us. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:8-10—We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
Without Grace, without the Christ of the Cross, our own spirit becomes divided and it’s all because of the problem of sin. But Jesus has defeated the sin-problem for us by carrying our sins to the Cross. Contentment begins when we take our relationship with God seriously—By Making This Relationship The MOST Important Priority In Our Life. Jesus lived with One Spirit—to honor God by allowing God’s heart, the Father’s Presence to live in Him and through Him.
Remember: You Can’t Follow Jesus And Stay Where You Are. So here’s your Next Steps:
Do something to show your hunger for God’s Grace
Join a Bible study group, maybe 2 groups
Begin to read the Bible, just the Bible. Begin with Philippians
Get directly involved helping people know that God loves them
We are continuing to look at The Boldest Statements
Jesus Ever Made. We are looking at some
of those times when Jesus said: “I
am.” Last week we looked at the Story of
the Woman at the Well. But remember that
Jesus never said “I Am” because He didn’t speak English. He would have spoken Hebrew and the word he
would have used was Yahweh.
Yahweh is the name God revealed to Moses.
It is God’s eternal name, His name for all
generations to remember. It was illegal
to use that word in public, yet Jesus used that Name when He revealed himself
to that woman. Claiming to be Yahweh, He backs up that claim with another
moment when Jesus uses His Eternal Name.
It’s found in John 6:32-51 (The
32-33 Jesus responded, “The real significance of that Scripture is not that
Moses gave you bread from heaven but that my Father is right now offering you
bread from heaven, the real bread. The Bread of God came down out of heaven and
is giving life to the world.”
34 They jumped at that: “Master,
give us this bread, now and forever!” 35-38 Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more
and thirsts no more, ever. I have told
you this explicitly because even though you have seen me in action, you don’t
really believe me. Every person the
Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that person is with me, I hold on and
don’t let go. I came down from heaven
not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent me.
39-40 “This, in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by the
Father be completed—not a single detail missed—and at the wrap-up of time I
have everything and everyone put together, upright and whole. This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts who he
is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter real life, eternal life.
My part is to put them on their feet
alive and whole at the completion of time.”
41-42 At this, because he said, “I am the Bread that came down from heaven,”
the Jews started arguing over him: “Isn’t
this the son of Joseph? Don’t we know
his father? Don’t we know his mother? How can he now say, ‘I came down out of
heaven’ and expect anyone to believe him?”
43-46 Jesus said, “Don’t bicker among yourselves over me. You’re not in charge here. The Father who sent me is in charge. He draws people to me—that’s the only way
you’ll ever come. Only then do I do my
work, putting people together, setting them on their feet, ready for the End. This is what the prophets meant when they
wrote, ‘And then they will all be personally taught by God.’
Anyone who has spent any time at all listening to the Father, really
listening and therefore learning, comes to me to be taught personally—to see it
with his own eyes, hear it with his own ears, from me, since I have it
firsthand from the Father. No one has
seen the Father except the One who has his Being alongside the Father—and you
can see me.
47-51 “I’m telling you the most solemn and sober truth now: Whoever believes in me has real life, eternal
Am The Bread Of Life. Your ancestors ate the manna bread in the desert
and died. But now here is Bread that
truly comes down out of heaven. Anyone
eating this Bread will not die, ever. I Am The Bread—Living Bread!—who came
down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this
Bread will live—and forever! The Bread
that I present to the world so that it can eat and live is myself, this
Have you ever thought about how images of bread are
used in our ordinary day to day life?
“That’s the best thing since sliced bread. He’s rolling in the dough. Hey Dad, I need some bread, (meaning money). Their bread isn’t buttered on both sides
(meaning they lack common sense). Man, he’s
toast.” In Middle Eastern culture, and
Mediterranean culture, eating bread together is a sign of friendship and
connection. Bread is a symbol for life.
When it comes to people’s spiritual lives, they
will be living eitherthe
Manna Life or the Living Bread Life.
There is a sharp distinction between the two. There is no confusion about which life we are
choosing the live. And make no mistake
about it; it is our choice whether we live the Manna Life or the Living Bread Life.
Let’s find something we can
all agree on: We have no control over some
things that come our way in life. There
are some things that happen to us that are absolutely beyond our control. Does everyone agree with this? I didn’t say we liked it; just that it
happens. Now, my next point is something
that you may dislike even more, but it’s the truth: We Do Have Control Over How We React To Those
Times. How We Live Each Day And Our Reactions
To Life As It Happens Come Out Of The Life That Is In Each Of Us. If
you can remember only one thing today, then remember this:
Your Heart, Life, And Mind Is Being Fed By Either
The Manna Life Or Living Bread Life.
One life never satisfies and the other will always satisfy
and see us through anything that life throws our way. Let’s see the difference by setting up
today’s passage. The day before Jesus
had fed a large group of people with a young boy’s sack lunch of 5 barley
loaves of bread and 2 fish. Now Jesus
and the 12 are on the other side of the lake, and the people have come to Jesus
again. This time they are seeking a
sign. They wanted a sign from Jesus
before they would accept Him as Messiah.
They pointed out the Moses had given them Manna as a sign that God was
with them. Now they want Jesus to give a
sign that God was with Him.
OK, excuse me, but He has
turned dirty water into the most extraordinary wine, healed every disease put
before Him, cast out demons, opened eyes and ears, and gave voice to those who
could not talk. And added to all that,
He taught the Kingdom principles with authority, like no one else ever
had. And NOW, they want a sign? Jesus doesn’t waste His time or their
time. More than a sign, Jesus talks
about life through the images ofManna Life and Living Bread Life. Think about the differences.
Does The Manna Life Look Like?
What does this life feel like? Well go back to the time when God gave them
Manna. It appeared every morning on the
ground. Each family could pick up enough
for just 1 day, and no more—except on Friday.
Then they could pick up enough for 2 days. It never lasted longer than that. Any thing left over would be ruined the next
morning, so they would have to go out and pick up more.
Every meal was the same. The husband or kids never asked “What’s for
supper?” It would be manna casserole,
manna pot pie, manna sandwiches, manna stew, manna soup—and for dessert it was
always manna cake. I mean, there was not
a whole lot of variety to their meals. And
they had to do nothing to do to get it.
They didn’t have to trade or buy or barter for it. Every morning, day after day after day, there
it was. And every morning, whatever was
left in the jar was ruined. And here was
where the problems started. It produces
the same problems today:
They Believed They Were Entitled To It. They did not have to buy it
and it was always there every morning. They
begin to feel like they were entitled to it.
Few things are worse than living every day with a sense of
entitlement—that life owes you something simply because you are breathing and
alive. Living With That Evil Spirit Of
Entitlement Will Remove From Your Heart Any Sense Of Gratitude. Oh, for sure, at first they were
grateful. But after only a few weeks of
it, things changed. First, they always
expected it to be there,
They Got Tired of it. But can you blame them? The same meal day after day after day is
enough to make them want something else.
This is what the Manna Life is like. It’s waking up every morning to the same
There Is No Sense Of
Excitement In The Manna Life.
There Are No Adventures To
Explore in the Manna Life.
There Is No Anticipation For Anything Different To Happen in the Manna
It’s The Dull Life. Nothing to inspire the mind or stir up the heart.
It’s The Life That Is Afraid To Get Out Of That
Comfort Zone. Comfort is more important than Purpose.
It’s The Life That Is Unwilling To Take The
Risk. Playing it safe is the key to survival for
It’s The Life Spent In Waiting And Then
Wondering Why They Never Experience The Great Victories In Life. Now mind you, they haven’t sought great
victories, they’ve never engaged in the battle—but they expect great victories
and are disappointed.
And For Church People, It’s
The Life Sitting In The Pew Sunday After Sunday, Who At Best Think It Is
Enough, And At Worst Think This Is All There Is To It. They never get to experience the surprises of
God’s presence, God’s grace, and God’s activities. And sadly, they never experience the joyful
surprise of being used by God to touch another life and watch God change that
routine life, and nothing is more boring, nothing is more unfulfilling, and few
things make a life more ungrateful, than the Manna Life. These people around Jesus thought they wanted
the Manna Life. But Jesus did not come
to bring the Manna Life, but something so much better. He came to bring them and us the Living
Bread Life. Jesus is much
more than a free lunch—more than a vending machine dispensing what we want.
Exactly Is The Living Bread Life?
What does it feel like? Look like?
Allow me to sum it up for you.
It Is The Life That Is Deeply And Intimately
Connected To Our Heavenly Father Through Christ Living In Us. It is living your life with the assurance and
confidence that Jesus actually lives in your heart—lives in you so that you can
grow to become all God sees in you!
It’s A Life That Is Abundant In Power, Love And
Grace. There is more than enough of Jesus living in
the heart of every believer to accomplish anything that God wants. It’s not just enough for today. It’s enough for tomorrow, and the next day
and the next, all the way to eternity.
There is enough grace, enough mercy, and enough love to lead us right up
to the very throne of God.
It’s The Life Of Adventure. When the Hebrews would wake up each morning
in the wilderness, they didn’t have to look far to find the manna—just go
outside and pick it up. But Living Bread
Life calls us into an adventure where we trust in Him to provide what we Cannot
See Or Even Imagine. God
wants to take you on an adventure in life where nothing is bland or dull. It’s the life of excitement knowing that
Jesus lives in you, and that He is going to use you in ways you never
It’s The Life Of Exploration. It’s going down different paths, trying new
ways. The only thing we know about the
future of this life in grace is that one day, we will end in His eternal
presence. So every day offers us the
opportunity to find that God is always doing something new. It’s exciting to be a part of what God wants
done. God is anything but predictable
when it comes to how He works in this world.
It Is The Life Of Contentment. Let me tell you something about real
life. There will be times of abundance
in our life. And there will be times of
scarcity. There will be times when all
of our ducks are in a perfect row and all marching to the same beat. And there will be times when the ducks will
scatter in all directions. There will be
times when the sailing is smooth as silk.
And there will be times when it will feel like we are on a monster
roller coaster. But the one thing about
Bread Life is that in every condition and situation, we will learn
to be content—that we are at peace with God, self and the world.
The only source of life for all of this—comes
through the only thing—rather the only ONE—who will be present in both extremes
and every point between them. I’m
talking about Jesus living in your heart.
You know He is the one who blesses us far more than we deserve. And you know He is the ONLY one who will
stand with us to strengthen us and guide through the rough waters and over the
We can choose to accept the Manna Life with all its
hollowness. Or we can choose to accept The
Living Bread Life with all its Hallowedness—by inviting Jesus, The
Living Bread, into our hearts.
For someone here today, this may be the very first time for you to
invite Jesus into your heart. For the
rest of us, it’s our time to renew our decision by inviting Jesus to go deeper
into our hearts. Just bread on the table
will leave us hungry again. But the ONE
who dares to call Himself Yahweh! Living
Bread, can and will satisfy our deepest hunger and
Come Up With An Idea Of A Way We, As A Church, Can Get To Know People Around Us.
Come Up With An Idea Of How We Can Connect Other Churches Around Us In Order To Do More For The Kingdom Of God!
Who remembers that song by Carly Simon? Guess I’m revealing my age; actually I don’t have to reveal my age–it shows naturally. But early this morning, I’m awake and filled with great anticipation, like a child on the way to Disney World. What is the cause of my great anticipation? I am leaving for Brentwood, Tennessee for another New Room Conference. This will be my third consecutive time. I don’t know how long this event has been happening. If I did, I’d probably kick myself in the butt for missing the earlier ones.
What is it? I’m so glad you asked me that question. It’s a time of inspired worship, spirit-filled preaching and teaching, and a time for Spiritual Renewal. Not all “conferences” I have attended over these past 44 years have filled me with anticipation. OK, OK, it’s closer to 99% of those conferences never filled me with anticipation. But this is different. I looked up synonyms for “anticipation” and there was a single word that leaped out at me from that list. It’s a word you seldom hear used unless you’re singing that great old hymn, Blessed Assurance,FORETASTE!
We don’t use that old word much anymore, but maybe we should. It means “a slight and partial experience, knowledge, or taste of something to come in the future”. You get that small taste, and you know, “Wow! This is just a sample, I can’t wait to get the full course!” This foretaste has been given a name at New Room–AWAKENING! I confess that my hope for the church in the U.S. before New Room was at an all time low; I mean the bottom of the cellar, ocean bottom low. But here….I was Elisha’s servant who had his eyes opened to the presence of Heaven’s Army!
We worship together, learn together and we have these things called “breakout sessions”. From a list of subjects we choose where we want to go. Last year was an especially powerful Epiphany for me. I can’t even remember which breakout session I had signed up for, but something (actually someONE) drew me into a different one on Travailing Prayer. I was like a puppy being drawn towards that treat.
I was taking notes right and left. At the end, now there was another Epiphany. The speaker asked that anyone who needed prayer to come and offer themselves to God. This preacher never hesitated. I went forward and stretched myself out on the floor. As I was praying I became aware of another presence. Someone was standing over me, and he was praying for me. He was praying in tongues FOR me (a new experience for me), but I wasn’t freaked out by it. In fact, I felt a calmness come over me. From time to time, he touched my shoulder as he prayed in tongues and I felt the most amazing coolness where he touched me and a profound calmness in my heart. Somehow, I sensed it was a prayer for preparation for what was ahead for me.
In the time that followed, I tried to figure out what God was trying to prepare me for. There were some moments that I thought I figured it out–but I was wrong. And now? I am still assured it was and IS a prayer for preparation–not just where I thought it would me. Through a tumultuous April, a time when I allowed hurt to consume me, I have finally learned that this prayer of preparation was for where I am right now.
I still don’t know all the details of what God is preparing me for here–but I know He’s Got This, and I am OK with that. Actually, better than OK. I am filled with anticipation! Unlike the anticipation of Carly Simon that was keeping her waiting–this anticipation is keeping me moving forward. I don’t know where it’s leading me, but I DO know that HE is both with me, and waiting for me as He reveals more and more of what He has for someone like me. Now here’s a testimony of grace and mercy.
Truthfully, I never anticipated that at 62 years old that God would have so much more for me–but HE anticipated it. And that moment of being prayed for in a language I could not understand has given me more confidence in God than I ever had before. Well, excuse me but my “foretaste” is beckoning me. Need to pack up and head out to God knows where–and I’m perfectly good with that.
Love God with all your heart. Love others the way Jesus loves you. And make sure all the glory goes to Him. OH, and don’t miss the “foretaste” He has for you….