Photo credit to Nancy Merkling
As the lights and cameras are weeks from turning on the very humble beginnings of IF and a portion of my soul ships around the world in days, I tucked myself away to pray and find my God who has lately felt distant. I honestly wondered this time- if my dark soul was curable… a little disillusioned from suffering and running hard in the name of things I can’t see.
And in God’s kindness He gently led me to begin this year in the most painful and freeing place that I didn’t expect.
I’ve lived driven more than I’ve lived called.
I‘ve wanted to not fail more than I’ve wanted God to save souls.
I’ve wanted a god I could predict and control more than a rush of His uncontrollable Spirit.
I’ve tried to prove myself at the expense of loving well.
I’ve wanted to be seen more than to see.
I’ve doubted God more than believed Him.
I’ve studied your words online more than God’s words.
I’ve wished for an easier life more than a surrendered life.
I’ve chased wind instead of Jesus and my soul is sick from the very things I preach against.
I repent. And God hovers so close, pouncing on me like the prodigal son with the very best of everything.
This was my day full of tears and prayer and then at 7:00 my dearest friends are joining me and this will be the mercy of my night.
We don’t confess so that God will forgive, we confess to remember and enjoy that we are forgiven. Jesus has handled this problem fully and completely and replaced my sin with his goodness. Jesus’ words again and again here were to REPENT and BELIEVE.
Because our enemy is after us.
And he wants us to believe the lie that these dark places define us, that we are frauds for speaking of godliness when we have sin in our souls.
He wants us to doubt our freedom and doubt our God. REPENT and BELIEVE.
So let’s call his bluff.
Yep- I sin. But I BELIEVE my Jesus came for sinners, not the righteous. I find myself among the people Jesus came for… not as a fancy teacher in my day or a religious leader who never sees my need for God.
Is your heart hard? Does God feel distant?
This is the road back. Repent and believe.
And now, lest we get stuck here. That is that. Confess… believe in His grace and let that be it.
On with loving well and freedom and selfless callings that actually fill our souls and joy simply at the nearness to our God.
I want a No-Fear New Year- I stand with my sisters Ann and Lisa-Jo and Beth as we beat our drum. I think this is a year that chains will collectively fall and God will unleash an army of His people in greater ways for His Name. So let’s deal with this and get on our way… there is work to be done.
We are a generation rising. But we begin on our knees.
Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith… Hebrews 12:1-2
What are you leaving behind and what are you moving toward in 2014. Go!