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A Place For Me

I am turning 70 today.  During this past year, I have observed my heart turning toward home.  I feel like a boat whose moorings have been let loose.  I feel like Reepicheep (from The Voyage of The Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis) in his little boat in the big waves, confidently and eagerly heading toward Aslan’s Land.  In the midst of this sweet shift, I hear my Jesus whispering, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there TO PREPARE A PLACE for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”  ( John 14; 1-3)

I have a history with The God who goes before to prepare places for His people.  During a season of asking for a new dream, I was led to a cottage I wasn’t even looking for.  The moment my husband and I walked up to the stone faced cottage in the big woods, we knew we had come home.  There was this awesome conviction that God had designed and made this home specifically for us; some of the proof having been that our name is Stone and we love being surrounded by trees.

Many years ago, a good friend and her husband, who were hunting for a lake property, visited a cabin and wondered whether they should buy it.  As my friend prayed, she heard the Lord say to her, “I have something better for you.”  Shortly after that, they found a place that was indeed “better” and purchased it. They have made years of happy memories there with their children and grandchildren.

As I anticipate the eternal place the Lord has prepared for me,  I feel certain that it will feel like home – that it will have a design made specifically for me – and that it will be better than anything I could imagine or dream.

As my focus turns towards this forever home, I also sense that God is PREPARING ME FOR HIS PLACE.  “For this is what the high and lofty One says – he who lives forever, whose name is holy: I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite…”  Isaiah 57:15

Only humble, contrite spirits live in The Father’s house of many rooms – in the house of His Son who did not consider equality with God something to be grasped but who humbled Himself and came to earth to die to purify and justify me.  So all the losses and disappointments, the mistakes and the failures, and the challenges and pain of old age in my life are just the final push to make me able to breath the air of heaven.

God is preparing a place for me, and He is preparing me for that place.  That is good news, and it’s true for all those who have believed in His Son!

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Blessed

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“Oh LORD ALMIGHTY, blessed is the man who trusts in you.”  Psalm 84:12

” “The Hebrew word for “ALMIGHTY” is Shaddai. Wrapped up in that word are the characteristics of strength, nourishment, satisfier of needs, and all sufficiency.   Some scholars believe the name is rooted in a word that means mountain and refers to .”THE ONE OF THE MOUNTAINS ”   Janet Kobobel Grant from Trusting That God Will Provide,  A Study on Ruth

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”  Psalm 121:1-2

“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion which cannot be shaken but endures forever.”  Psalm 125:1

How BLESSED I am for my trust is in THE LORD ALMIGHTY, THE ONE OF THE MOUNTAINS.

How BLESSED I am because my help comes from THE LORD, THE MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.

How BLESSED I am because THE ALMIGHTY gives me everlasting life through HIS SON who died to cover my sins with His shed blood.  Like Mount Zion, I cannot be shaken.  I will endure forever, not by any merit of my own, but by His great mercy and everlasting love.

How BLESSED I am because THE ALMIGHTY  gives me strength and nourishment.  He satisfies my needs and is MY ALL SUFFICIENT ONE.

THE LORD ALMIGHTY longs to bless you.  He loves you.  COME.  TASTE AND SEE.  THE LORD IS GOOD!

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An Exchanged Life

One of my dear friends, who has long been in Christian ministry, told me that she and her husband have changed the way they present the gospel.  Their daughter had believed in Jesus as a child and had long called him Savior, but she has dated her salvation to the day when, as an adult, she surrendered the Lordship of her life to Jesus.

What is salvation?  Is it not forgiveness and the way into an everlasting relationship with the Lord of Heaven, the Savior God, through the redemptive work of his son, the Lord Jesus Christ?  What is it we need forgiveness for?  Is it not the breaking of the first commandment – you shall have no other Gods before me?  Do we not break that law every time, as rebellious children, we say to God, I am the boss of me?  Is that attitude not evidence self is God?

I am currently reading Watchman Nee’s book, The Normal Christian Life.  In it he writes, “How good it is to have the consciousness that we belong to the Lord and are not our own! There is nothing more precious in the world. It is that which brings the awareness of his continual presence, and the reason is obvious. I must first have the sense of God’s possession of me before I can have the sense of his presence with me. When once his ownership is established, then I dare do nothing in my own interests, for I am his exclusive property…The trouble with many Christians today is that they have an insufficient idea of what God is asking of them…Do you not know that God is asking of you your very life? …Not until we take the place of a servant can he take his place as Lord.”

Jesus said that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son so that whosoever believed in him might have everlasting life.  (John 3;16)

Are we too familiar with the word believe?  Do we use it glibly?    If God is God, then I am not my own Lord. I can say I believe Jesus Christ is God, but I deny my own espoused belief every time I choose my way, instead of his.  I think the result of genuine belief is death, my own life nailed to the cross with Jesus, as I yield all rights to the One who gave his life for my salvation.

When Jesus said we must be born again to see the kingdom of God (John 3:3), didn’t he mean this glorious exchange – my death for his resurrected life in me – my life for his?

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Calling The Thirsty

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“Because he was very thirsty, he cried out to the Lord…Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it.  When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived.  So the spring was called En Hakkore, and it is still there in Lehi.”  Judges 15: 18-19

En Hakkore means the caller’s spring or spring of the caller.

“Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:17

There is One who is calling you, calling you home to the Land of Living Waters. He longs to strengthen you and revive you, to give you everlasting life.  His name is Jesus. Listen.  Do you hear Him calling your name?  He knows you by name.  He is waiting for you to cry out to Him for living water.  When you do, you will become En Hakkore.  You will be The Caller’s Spring.

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