And I continually long to know the wonders of Jesus more fully and to experience the overflowing power of His resurrection working in me. Philippians 3:10 TPT
This is where I stop too many times. I read of God’s wondrous works, His miracles and His intimate interactions with real flesh and blood people like me and I want it. I want it all! The idea of my Maker, Father, but more the Creator of all things would stoop so low as to look into my face astounds me to the core of my being. Yet I want it.
I read these words of Paul from long, long ago and feel like we must be kin. If not flesh and blood we are definitely kindred spirits. My heart today echoes his words from all those years ago, “I continually long to know the wonders of Jesus more fully and to experience the overflowing power of His resurrection working in me.”
I feel the words beating out a rhythm of desire in my own heartbeat. Yes, I want to know Your wonders, Jesus; intimately know, see, feel, hear and taste the power of Your presence in my massively broken lifetime. I want to know that You are still here.
Yes, I know Your word says You will never leave me or forsake me. I know THAT and believe it. Not only do I simply accept this on faith, Your presence is evident with me.
Yet, I do want to know that You haven’t withdrawn Your Mighty Hand or Your Power from effectively changing the atmosphere where I live and breathe. Lots of days I wonder if I am the only one looking for evidence You, Jesus, have not shaken the dust from Your Holy feet and left town with tears in Your eyes because of the lack of faith in this town.
Wouldn’t it be the most heart-wrenching discovery to find out that God came to our town full of compassion, knowing our need for healing and wholeness and unity and found His people lacking faith as tiny as a mustard seed? What if He walked up our street and saw a sign in the yard - “No Trespassing - Violators will be Prosecuted”?
What if He wanted to come specifically to meet with us and encountered the video doorbell scrutinizing His presence on our doorstep? What if He heard us say, “No thanks! I can handle this on my own."?
If you’re still reading you might be wondering what happened to the title. You might wonder, “Where’s the rejoicing in this?”
It’s here. The rejoicing is in the next step… getting up, washing my face and choosing to rejoice anyway. Choosing to read the next part of the verse and the next verse and the one after that.
The rejoicing is here…
And I continually long to know the wonders of Jesus more fully and to experience the overflowing power of his resurrection working in me. I will be one with him in his sufferings and I will be one with him in his death. Philippians 3:10 TPT
The rejoicing is in the unity with Christ in the thick of whatever. To be one with Him in the suffering and in the death.
To long to know the wonders of Jesus more fully and to experience the overflowing power of His resurrection working in me requires that I suffer with Him and die to self. My answer is still a resounding “YES, Lord” I want this, but the rejoicing comes in going the next step to embrace the fact that resurrection does not happen to the living.
Resurrection comes to the dead.
So, in this season of experiencing so much death, I choose to rejoice… get up & go again… rejoice in God’s power to resurrect my life, dreams, hope, JOY and purpose - all for His GLORY.
I say it again. REJOICE!
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For a number of years I’ve pondered the scripture - Isaiah 58:11-12 - and it’s relevance to my personal life as well as the streets in which I dwell. I’ve been asking Father God if He would allow me to be called a repairer/restorer as He describes here in His Word.
I will always show you where to go. I'll give you a full life in the emptiest of places - firm muscles, strong bones. You'll be like a well-watered garden, a gurgling spring that never runs dry. You'll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You'll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again. Isaiah 58:11-12
I invite you to join me in the repairing restoring work our Father wants to do - not just on the streets in which I dwell or the homes within my town, but yours as well.