A HOPE-FILLED YEAR....
For many of us that means New Year's Resolutions. However, our desire to change often involves an enormous amount of self-effort & stress. Many times we don't manage to stick the course, and the latest failure adds to an overall sense of missing the mark. Our plans for improvement once again hit the dust.
Perhaps there is a better way?
Jesus had one rule for life:
because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all He does.
I do nothing on My own but speak just what the Father has taught Me.....
whatever I say is just what the Father has told Me to say.
But that leads to the Big Question: how do we see & hear what the Father is doing?
In the videos below, Mark Virkler talks about his own quest to see & hear the Lord, and shares the insights gained on the way. Check it out - it might just change your life!
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A brightly painted rowing boat is slipping gracefully through the reeds,
& comes to rest at the lakeside. The figure sitting in it is Jesus.
I am standing on the bank with an armful of heavy, gift-wrapped parcels.
I can hardly see over them.
Jesus beckons me into the boat, I shake my head & indicate the parcels.
'Put them down,' He says.
'I can't,' I answer, 'I've got to do something with them, & they will get dirty & spoiled.'
He repeats His instruction.
I put them down - it's a struggle,
then I reach for His outstretched hand, & step into the boat.
Jesus grins, and starts to pull away from the bank.
'What about the parcels?' I look anxiously back.
'Relax,' He says, 'I've got it covered.'
I watch His strong arms pull at the oars.
The boat noses out of the reeds & glides smoothly onto the lake.
I can see the beautiful landscape of our destination behind Him,
but His face is framed large in the picture.
I am aware of the sturdy boat, His powerful muscles, and the intensity of His gaze.
I remember the parcels and look back.
He gently calls my attention back to His face.
'Trust me,' He says,
'We'll deal with them together.'
and then to partner with Him?
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