Are we willing to follow Jesus into the unknown?

follow JesusThe Israelites were cloud-led by day, fire-led by night. The Presence was the priority. Are we fully open to Jesus as a master leader … a master teacher? Or do we merely worship inductive Bible study? Or liturgy?

Jesus says things like “Learn from me”  and “I will make you free”  when we first encounter him.  But the primary thing we hear is “Follow me.”

We quickly discover he is unpredictable to our ways …

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Heaven can breathe anything into your world

soil, breath of life

He specializes in mixing dust with breath… He can breathe anything into your world.

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. — Genesis 2:7 NKJV

This is the life-essence of our origin as humans—the mixing of dust with heaven’s breath.

Can we not believe, then, that He can breathe anything into our personal world? This is where it begins. The personal world. Then, with lives overflowing, He renews and continues to create in the world-at-large through us.

You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth. — Psalm 104:30 NKJV

Is there dust in your personal world? Does something need to come into existence ex nihilo—out of nothing? Or is there dust because something has decayed and needs to be restored?

And then, where is it in the larger world that you long to see His breath fill the earth through you?

Be inspired. He specializes in mixing dust with His breath… He can breathe anything into your world.

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Take your stand!

Stand up! Take your stand in the standing of Christ.

take your stand

I was reading Psalm 26 this afternoon. Examine me, O Lord, and try me; Test my mind and my heart … I shall wash my hands in innocence … 

And then from the last verse … my foot stands on a level place. Something about taking a stand was highlighted for me.

Then I went to Ephesians 6. I knew there was a statement which spoke of taking a stand. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

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Morning again — living in the promise of a fresh day

I love sensing the promise of a fresh morning. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to come to a place in our journey where everyday life felt like morning again?

morning again

It’s morning again. Live consistently in the promise of a new day.

A lot of our life may feel like a mid-afternoon slump when the floor seems to drop out beneath us. Or the exhaustion of a late midnight hour.

Life is more than just our physical state though. Our real life force flows from the inner man into our life experience. Can we get “morning” deep within ourselves?

Meditate on these truths which highlight the promise of continually living in the hope of a fresh morning. Release a fresh mindset and attitude throughout your personal world.

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Is there not a cause for which we can live?

Ravi Zacharias, is there not a cause

It’s not too much to say that we live in a world which is burdened … fraying at the seams. Is there something we can do? The Creator is active even now and will restore all things. He distributes slivers of His heart of concern to each of us who are receptive. Ravi Zacharias challenges us to partner with God. Is there not a cause we can live for?

Stellar, thought-provoking presentation!

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