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I am currently home with my family for the holidays; It’s been a glorious exchange of love, laughter, gifts, food, drink, and friendship. I am a blessed woman!
But this morning, with a little time to myself, my thoughts have turned toward the coming end and inevitable beginning that we will all be collectively facing this weekend: New Year’s. Isn’t it remarkable? Just think – our entire global community, collectively as one, experiencing the same dramatic transition together. Faced with the same call to reflection, and given the same gift of hope that is: a brand new day.
And so, I’ve left some of my thoughts on the pages of this blog. I would love to hear from you – what is going through your mind this time of year? What types of reflections are gracing the pages of your heart, and what signs of hope are snow-flaking on your skin?
We have entered the final stretch of 2011, can you believe it? And like it or not, a brand new season of time is upon us. Just think: we are headed into a year that has never before existed… a day that has never before dawned! You are privileged to experience something that no other generatoin has experienced: 2012. And we are doing it together. This event is not befalling an individual alone. It’s not occurring for a single nation. It’s not creeping up in the hearts of a single race or ethnicity. We are in this thing together. As one. Our collective global community: Humanity.
These next few days are going to do something powerful… They are going to send an entire year into the past. And in that mysterious working of time, the passing of these days are also going to give you the most precious gift available: the gift of another year.
My wish for you is that you would become so filled with destiny, so absolutely convinced of the power of Jesus in you to change your world, so confident in the Holy Spirit’s desire to co-labor with you, that HOPE would explode in your soul! That you would see the life around you from the perspective of Heaven and your unbroken fellowship with your good God, and you would enter into a prosperity of soul that would cause every area of your life to prosper!
It doesn’t matter what “season” you are in, where you’ve been, or where you’re currently at… You have been created for greatness! And the Holy Spirit in you is relentless in His desire to be seen and expressed through you, to reveal Emmanuel to the world around you! You have been marked by God and you have something of great value to give away!
Now, don’t hold back! Square your shoulders, plant your feet, make eye contact, and face 2012 with all the gusto, zest, and pizazz that you can muster! And above all, LAUGH! For there is no life where there is no laughter.
It’s another beautiful day on this wild ride called Life! What a joy it is to be alive.
I have Good News for you today, friend. You are the proud owner of a big, beautiful, brand new heart! The promise of the coming Messiah was that He would remove the old heart of stone, and give us a new, undivided heart of flesh. A heart that is soft and bendable and constantly pulling us in the direction of our good God and in the direction of a unique, creative expression of Him! (Ezekiel 11:19 & 36:26)
And the really Good News? The Messiah has come! He came! And He is still present among us!
We are no longer waiting for the manifestation of a distant promise.
We are living in the eternal celebration of the finished work that Jesus has done!
Do you know that means? That means your heart is not a scary place!
It’s not something to run from, distrust, or fear!
You’ve been given a brand new heart. That loves God, loves what is good, and is pulling you
in the direction of your original design.
Trust it! Listen to it! Celebrate it!
The desires and the dreams in your heart are signposts along the journey of your individual expression – follow them!
Do not let the lie of distance or separation from God, or from what is good, cause you to fear
what God has called new and improved (2 Cor. 5:17).
Don’t allow the temptation of religion cause you to call unclean what God has called clean (Acts 10:15).
Celebrate the wonder of what Christ has done – He has separated you forever from the old, sinful nature (Col. 2:9-12) that perverted the blueprint of who you really are, and has brought you into unbroken fellowship with Himself (Rom. 6:11 AMP)!
Romans 12:1 says, “He desires to find visible individual expression in your person.”
Point to yourself and say, “God is desiring, right this moment, to find expression in me!
The invisible God desires to make Himself visible, and He has chosen me, His body, to do it!”
Oh friends, the news is simply too good to be true! That’s what makes it the best news on the planet!
Tip back your head, open wide your big beautiful heart, and
believe the same truth that God is believing about you today!