As we are about to enter into a time period where we “re-live” the death, burial and Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…I want to move away from “religious” traditions. Even without a name, the 47 days before Easter Sunday are a time for self reflection, prayer, repentance, fasting, reliving the final days of Jesus and moving closer to God.
So, my plan is to clean myself up, to let God peel away all of my coverings so that He can get to the fruit; which is going to be the “me” at my best with my renewed mind.
I love the Book of Joshua…most especially Chapter One where God seems to be encouraging Joshua. He seems to be saying: “Don’t sweat it! I will back you. I will establish you.” And then guess what? He does just that! (Read Joshua Chapters 1-6)
God’s Commission to Joshua
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, it came to pass that the Lord spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: 2 “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. 3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory. 5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
So is this my hope? Well, yes…but that’s not all. I’m here for a purpose…and I want to be the best fruit that I can be because there is work to be done, assignments to be completed, souls to be won, prayers to be prayed…and lots that I don’t know.
So…I am about to embark on a journey and it starts on Ash Wednesday…I’m not Catholic and I do not have any plans to be…we celebrated Lent in the Lutheran church…but I’m not there anymore…and have no plans for that…but my plans are to take a “non-religious” journey with Jesus and to come out unpeeled.
I’m going to think outside the box on this.
You know faith is based on our confidence in a God who can deliver, heal and do a plethora of things. The main thing is that He is a God who loves. To prove His love, He has designed a specific plan that is custom made at any given time for each of us. Please understand that there really are people who pray and take time to listen as God speaks back to their hearts and gives them the plan of action. There are lots of other people who read the bible and let God lead them in their heart…maybe they do not hear a voice or maybe they do and they don’t know it’s God…but somehow they just get a determination that things must be done a certain way.
This post is meant to encourage you. If God has put something on your heart…then do not be stubborn by putting it off or doing something else. If God has spoken to you about implementing a plan of action for something you know you are supposed to do…do not drag your feet…do not talk yourself out of it…don’t do things your way. Do them God’s way for guaranteed success!!!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.(NLT)
New King James Version (NKJV)
6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
- Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given (calvinistview.com)
I love the song: “Who Would Imagine A King?” Most especially the version sung by the Late Whitney Houston. It has brought tears to my eyes so many times over the years…imagine…how much God loves us to create and implement our eternal salvation…just imagine…as you read these lyrics…would you in your wildest dreams have imagined such? Well it’s real and Jesus said: “Blessed are those who believe and have not seen.”
If that’s you….you are Blessed…
Mommies and daddies always believe
That their little angels are special indeed
And you could grow up to be anything
But who would imagine a king?
A shepherd or teacher is what you could be
Or maybe a fisherman out on the sea
Or maybe a carpenter building things
But who would imagine a king?
It was so clear when the wise men arrived
And the angels were singing your name
That the world would be different ’cause you were alive
That’s why heaven stood still to proclaim
One day an angel said quietly
That soon he would bring something special to me
And of all of the wonderful gifts he could bring
Who would imagine?
Who could imagine?
Who would imagine a king?
Merry Christmas to you and yours from Cafe Sozo!
I said:”No. Times are different and I have a greater understanding of what it means.”
He responded with “I just like the candy.” He did not ask me to elaborate…so I did not and I will not…
My response: “Someone has to hold up the hedge of protection.”
DID HE GET WHAT I WAS SAYING? I DOUBT IT. BUT THAT DOES NOT CHANGE MY MISSION.