Monday, December 19, 2016

For Unto Us A Child Is Born

Good morning all! I came across these great thoughts during this morning's devotion time. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

"For unto us a Child is born..."
Isaiah 9:6(KJV) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
How many times have we seen this scripture stitched on red velvet, bordered with holly and displayed on a mantel in December? This verse has become warm and cozy. Comfortable. Reassuring words on a Christmas mug. Yet the intention of scripture was never intended to be "Cozy, Cozy, Cozy" but "Holy! Holy! Holy!" This prophetic promise signified something earth-shattering to the people of ancient Israel. It blazed like lightning through the lives of those who longed for its fulfillment.
Have we become too comfortable with these thunderous words of Isaiah? When we lift our voices in December, we are actually forerunners of the voices in heaven who will soon be shouting "...the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" (Revelation ‪11:15)
Christmas carols are not just songs of celebration; they are ancient songs of revolution. When we sing these scriptures, we are proclaiming the holy promises of God. The angels rejoice and the demons tremble when they hear these words rising up from our homes, our neighborhoods and our places of worship.
The "gentle Jesus meek and mild" was born to roar, and He's calling His people to roar with Him. As we witness the groaning of nations, the clashing of cultures and the crashing of governments, we will fear not, because this Child has been born to us.
We will fear not...because the Government will rest upon His shoulders. 
We will fear not...because the gates of hell will not prevail against Him.
We will fear not...because He has overcome the world. 

The Lamb has come, but the Lion is coming.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Lion Chaser’s Manifesto

"The Lion Chaser’s Manifesto"

from Mark Batterson's book In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Don’t let fear dictate your decisions. Take a flying leap of faith. Chase the lion!