Thursday, May 15, 2014

SEASON OF HOPE

     In parts of Ontario snow fell again this week, but in this corner the grass is green and tiny leaves are opening. We're wakening to robins chirping and cardinals whistling. It's a season of positive change, time to come out of winter in nature and in spirit. In both spheres much of what comes alive in spring lies dormant in winter.

     Two verses in the first chapter of Deuteronomy jumped out at me recently. "You have dwelt long enough at this mountain." (vs.6b) "The Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and possess it...; do not fear or be discouraged." (vs.21 NKJV)

     Mountains stand before all of us. Problems and difficult circumstances rise up. For a time we live with them. I'm glad Father God chose a mountain, something that is too great for human effort to overcome, formidable and unmoving. Yet, even with the very real obstacle confronting His child, He urges each one to focus on the land, the promise of what is rightfully ours.

     When we only consider our abilities, the trouble looks too big. When we tap into the resources of almighty God we remember that, "Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low." (Luke 3:5 NKJV)  We overcome the rock-solid thing that withstands us by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11) The solution was provided by the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus and it manifests as we claim and declare what He accomplished.

     Winter is past. It's time to move beyond the thing that withstands our progress. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for." (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV) Father God wants us to enjoy the life the Lord Jesus died for us to have. In His strength we can take possession of what is just over that mountain.

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