f you have been around me for any time at all you have noticed that I love to see words embedded within words. My favorite is the word LIVE within the word beLIeVE . We will live out who we believe we are in a given moment, meaning that we are who God says we are. Yes, at times the voice in our head and world says quite the contrary, yet as Paul states beautifully in his letter to the Corinthians
“We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT
I just love that image of rebellious thoughts being captured and led to Christ.. the thought of unworthy melts in his site as Jesus laughs it away with “Are you kiddin’? This is a child full of me and resurrection power. I defeated your claim when I came blastin’ from the earth handed him/her my victory …away from us now!”
This next word I have been hanging on to for a while and seeking his face as to when and how to share. In essence, I have just been listening. On December 31 while exercising at our lake home, He tapped me with the it’s time, and yes, it makes total sense on why now.
The new year brings about a sensation of new, starting over, and we look inside and outside to see what we need to leave behind.
We know the background of the Israelites (God’s chosen people) being led by Moses out of Egypt. You know the plagues that God would continue to deliver to the land Pharaoh controlled. The Nile River turned to blood, gnats, flies, boils, death to livestock, frogs, locusts, hail, darkness and then death to the first born sons. This is where we see God through his messenger Moses communicate a way, a foreshadowing of the WAY, to show a world they beLIeVED.
Exo 12:13 NLT 13 But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Pharaoh, seeing his son lie in the promised death, had experienced enough and ordered moses to take his people and Leave….. and leave they did. Following the instruction of God through Moses, and I’m sure also in the haste of getting to leave, the folks followed through with their preparing of the bread without the rising agent of yeast.
UnLEAVEned bread is a bread that is void of the rising agent of yeast. Moses and the gang followed the directive of God by LEAVING this out of their bread. For many, the yeast is a symbol of the whatevers in our life that have risen up in our life that is not beneficial.
Moses and the gang didn’t quite hit perfection in their following, which is somewhat of an example for us that when we choose our way, or decide to leave God out of it, the outcomes are somewhat more chaotic, but man oh man, we see this forgiving, unrelenting love of God provide way after way after way until the way shows up in Jesus Christ for our daily and eternal freedom.
The image I love is that there is nothing we need to add to the bread of life, Jesus.
Jhn 6:35 NLT 35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
What is our thirst, what is our hunger? What has risen up in our life that we need to LEAVE out of our life in 2019. What are the “whatevers” that we beLIeVE are feeding our hearts, only to go back more and more for the false feeding?
In this new season, if you have sense of starting over in 2019, join with me in trusting the power of the resurrected bread of life within jesUS to take the place of the “whatever that is hindering” (including our thought life)
Jesus is the only RISING agent needed in our life. beLIeVE he has been added through our faith in who HE says HE is!
Have a wonderful 2019. Will chat soon