When do you feel like you are in a dark or fearful place? Maybe it’s an alleyway in the middle of the night- or maybe it’s your house... You might be so afraid of what can happen to you that you are paralyzed by anxiety and doubt. Feeling safe and loved isn’t an option in those places... Or so you think.
Now, imagine yourself in the brightest place you know. For some of you, this place can be a friends house, church or maybe even your own house. This place feels like home even if you are all alone. You can sense love radiating off of the walls and you can almost smell and taste acceptance. This place is the place where it is easy for you to see God. It is easy to feel safe and protected - because you know that you are.
Having our identity fully in Christ means that when we step into those dark, fearful places; we feel protected, safe and loved because our Papa God says that we are. We do not even think if our God will forsake us in those places, because we know he hasn't and he never will. We have confidence that He is right beside us, cheering us on and fighting for our victory. He never puts guilt or condemnation on us when we step into these shame-ridden places.
Jesus has given us a passport. This passport holds the key to doors that could possibly lead to some Godless places. With this passport we have authority to bring hope, peace, security and surrender into these areas. Grab hold of your passport because Papa God is going to take you out of your comfort zone and into your amazing purpose.
It’s been a long road and a long time coming. I’ve gone through so much and walked many roads. Some seem to never end as they twist and turn. Some roads have been nice, I have to say, with beautiful views and easy walking paths.
But this one has been hard. The road is rocky. The path is covered with vines, making this path hard to see. How many times have I thought “Am I doing the right thing?”
But deep down inside I know that I know, you have called me to this road. Called me to walk out into this jungle. To make a way where there seems to be no way.
Because you have called me, I know I’m never alone! So I never have to fear because you are always with me. In the dark valleys I know that nothing will harm me. Nothing can scare me!
As I walk up this mountain that seems so high. Step by step I'm getting higher. It’s not easy but I know it’s worthwhile to build my strength, and to see the view.
Now I finally hit the top of this mountain and I get to see, the long road that it’s been for me. But wow... it’s been worth it to be able to do what I do now. To feel free and strengthen in this like I feel now. And be able to see what I see now.
From this view I see this truth:
That You are victory! And that You live inside me.
I have victory living in me!
I now know I walk each road knowing I will be victorious!
Each step I take your victory bursts out of me.
I can never fail because I am one with you!
Now at the end I can finally see,
I always have the victory.
The Refiner's Fire
This year is your year. This is a season being molded and transformed. The old you is going to be burnt out and chiseled away. The time of worry and struggle is over. It is time to celebrate and rejoice! Papa God desires to make you new, beautiful, refined and delivered from everything that has held you back.
Those painful wounds you thought would never heal, He working not only to heal it but also to make them whole. He knows that pain and wants to walk along side you through them. He sees every tear and He catches them in the palm of His hand. He knows what you are going through. But trust me, He is working this pain, this hopeless situation, to be victorious.
You are a conqueror. You are strong and powerful. God wants to gently pick out the lies that you have believed and replace them with His truth.
The enemy wants to have you believe that you are ugly, or unworthy, or quilty. That was never in your makeup when Papa God created you. The purpose of creating you was so you can believe that you are: fearless, bold, lovable and irreplaceable. He created you so you can believe His truth and share that same love with others around you. The lies of the enemy have no place in a heart and mind made for love. You were created to love and to be loved.
Down in the depths my hearts asleep. Lying dormant ready for the day that I might awake. I’m at the bottom of the ocean with the tons of weight about me so I can’t get to the surface. Trust me I’ve tried.
But wait. I feel my heart starting to feel something. It’s like a sensation that I have felt once or twice before. It’s like being drawn to magnet, the other times I’ve felt it I did nothing and ignored it but this time it’s different. I look into the direction in which I feeling drawn and I see this figure coming my way. No one has come this far down into this ocean of loneliness. Then I see him coming with something in his hand. He comes up to my heart and brushed away the dark debris on long forgotten dreams. OW. He plunged what he had in his hand into my heart. What was that? A Key.
Now my heart begins to beat again. Now the dry and crusted lies that surrounded my heart are now being burned away as my heart begins to warm. As the light in my heart gets brighter he takes out the key, then I finally see his face. At first I don’t recognize him but then he begins looks familiar.
Then all at once my heart recognizes him. He was the one from the beginning. He was the one that formed my heart! He was the one who formed my key whole into me. Now the dark debris of forgotten dreams are now turning light and begin floating upward. They are coming alive just as I have.
Now the deep-sea diver picks up my once lonely heart, holds me close and brings me to the surface. To a world I thought I would never know. Now I can call this world my home!
“And while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”
What you are going through, wherever you are at, there is no distance our great deep-sea diver will not go. He already went to the darkest depth to rescue your heart. His love can never be stopped.
When you feel your heart has stopped, just call for the locksmith to come and unlock your heart.