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|Posted on September 24, 2016 at 10:24 PM||comments (23)|
The Big Picture:
I am looking over my yard. At the moment it is dry and only beginning to come back to life after the abundance of summer sun. I can see spurts of green and the promise of a lush, green yard again. However, at the moment, what I see is a yard that is dry and brittle, it looks like straw to me; no life and no promise. I feel that this is like our lives sometimes; dry and seemingly without promise. It is hard to maintain the faith of good things to come when all we feel is being surrounded with dryness and no sign of life. It is hard to hold onto promises given and the hope that they will come true, manifesting in our lives. The transition from death and dryness to life and promise is a tedious one, one that takes persistence and patience. I am looking over my yard and trying to envision what I am hoping for, what I am expecting it to be. I have a concept, I have a dream, I have a vision within my spirit. I also realize that I must be proactive in the initiation of this vision, this expectation. What must I do? I must water the grass, pray for rain, weed and cultivate, plant, trim my trees and bushes for the promise of new growth and beautiful fruit to come. I must DO.
I think so much of the time we, as Christians, beg and pled with the Lord to bring about something He has already done. We must believe and appropriate and do our part. We must have faith that what we currently 'see' is not what will always 'be'. We see narrowly. We only see what is in front of us, what is tangible, what is in the natural. We do not use our spiritual eyes to see The Big Picture as the Lord does! He looks down and sees all the affairs of men and sees the outcome if we persevere, and if we do not persevere. I am purposing to see The Big Picture and to believe and appropriate the promises of God into my life.
We stand at the threshold of a new year, new beginnings, new changes, new opportunities, new promises. Let's take time to determine what our promises are concerning the cares of our hearts; let's determine what we must participate in to initiate the kind of change we desire; let's determine to lay down old heavy baggage; let's determine to be blessed and receive favor. Let's determine what we want as new growth and new fruit to come.
Our Lord has done all He can do for us on the Cross. It is up to us to appropriate and use the tools He has provided. Do not be fearful of changes to come, they are necessary if we want any growth in our lives. The Lord has a wonderful plan for each of us; let us embrace this plan in faith and expectation. Let us not be people of fear and hesitancy!
DETERMINE TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE.
- Pastor Sandi
Psalms 33:12-14 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. The Lord looks down from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; from His dwelling place He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth,…
Job 34:21 For his eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his ways
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
Revelation 21:5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."