February 26, 2015

Rising from the Ashes

There came a time when I had to *DECIDE* that it was TIME TO GET UP OUT OF THE ASHES.  I don't know what those ashes are for you.  What circumstances you have found yourself in.  But the key to moving forward is no longer thinking of yourself as a victim but laying hold of ALL of those things which Christ has already obtained FOR YOU!  
Eventually the ashes are a comfortable place.

The guilt.
The grief.
The pain.
The loneliness.
Somehow it all becomes COMFORTABLE.  SAFE.  
But if we're going to reach "FORWARD" it DOES require effort.  It requires us getting UP.  Looking FORWARD and stepping in that direction.  
He paid such a high price so that you could exchange your despair for praise.  An opportunity to leave the grief behind you and step forward into all of the things He planned for you LONG AGO.  
But you have to decide that wearing MOURNING CLOTHES IS NOT AN OPTION FOR YOU.  It is not a look fitting for a daughter of the KING.  You have to decide to get UP and stop sitting among the ashes.  The key to moving with God....FORGETTING and REACHING.
This one thing I do.  Forgetting what is behind me and reaching forward that I might lay hold of that which Christ has already obtained FOR ME.  Phil. 3:13
It was a devastating blow but it was not the end of ME.  
I still had a HOPE and a FUTURE laid up for ME.
and if I was to embrace it it was going to require my leaving something else behind.......

2 Corinthians 4: 8-10 We've been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we're not demoralized; we're not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do: we've been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn't left our side; we've been thrown down, but we haven't broken.

Jesus CAME to heal the brokenhearted. To give strength to the weary. To give us a GARMENT of praise instead of a spirit of despair. 
Don't carry the burdens of yesterday into tomorrow.
It hasn't been the end of you. God has promises stored up for YOU. A HOPE and a FUTURE. He's got something in MIND for YOU.....We are not innocent bystanders and victims of circumstance watching life happen to us .... we belong to the MOST HIGH GOD. And HE...IS... is Sovereign. He is and always has been bringing all things together for His glory and for your good! He will not quit working on your behalf or lift his hand until he is finished and has accomplished all that he has set forth to accomplish in your life! 

So *GET UP!* and expect greater things. He's doing a NEW thing and what's behind you is done and over. His mercies are new EVERY morning. 
He makes *ALL* things NEW.
This is the beauty of God's grace. Even the messes we create with our own HANDS....He can turn those ashes into something beautiful. It's an *Amazing GRACE.*

Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]!  Isaiah 60:1

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