Tuesday, December 25, 2012

That's why He came...

Fear. It's our greatest enemy.

It's chains bind us to death - the very thing we fear the most.  And although self is often thought of as the greatest of our foes, could it be that fear plays the major role in keeping self alive? It's a scary thing to die...

Yes, fear holds us, death binds us... but faith will continue to set captives free, pound chains into armor and turn fearing into loving... and that's exactly why He came. Or, that's exactly why Love came...

Because only Love has the power to awaken faith...

"That He would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our lives." Luke 1:74, 75

Thank you Jesus... thank you.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Go feed my people

He told them to feed the people and they looked at their small loaves and said - "we can't". But He said "bring them to me, let me bless them, and now - feed the people." And they did. All five thousand of them - and then some.

And now He turns and tells me to feed the people... but my heart says "I can't..." And even though I know His power can breath out a million stars and that He can make lame men walk and blind men see... and even though I know that He turned five loaves and two fish into a feast that fed five thousand - yet still my tired heart wants to scream "I can't!"... and it does... and I sit ashamed because I know better.

Or do I?

And this time His voice is even more tender - "your right. You can't feed the people. But bring your loaves to me, let me bless them for you - and then, go feed my people." 

And so He takes my feebleness, my worthlessness, my depravity - and He turns it into food. Life-giving, energizing food.

I don't know how He does it... but that's not what really matters. What matters is that I have an enemy of slothfulness and self complacency that is bent on keeping me from giving my loaves to the only One who can bless them.

It mustn't be so... no...

If there ever was a time to place every last crumb of life on His alter - that time is now. Only He can bless the crumbs that will feed a parched and dying world.

And make no mistake friends... this world is dying for food.
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