I would like to dedicate this post to my friend Brandon whom the Lord placed in my path over a year ago. We lost touch and by God’s grace and providence we have now re-established communication. I know 2009 has been an awful year for you Brandon, as it has been for me too, and I sense 2010 may not be all that much better by the world’s standards, but in the midst of all the shaking off of those things which entangle us and deviate us from the path to freedom and Christ-likeness, one thing remains for you and I and all those who have put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and that is His love and direction in our lives, and the knowledge that no matter what gets thrown our way, as the fire of affliction increases, so does the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, the spiritual insight and revelation which gives us a glimpse of what lies beyond, an unwavering sense that no pain and hurt in this life can compare to the joy that we will experience when we finally witness the true glory of our Lord.
You have been in my heart often over these last few days and today as I am back home from a holiday in my homeland of Spain where I have spent the last two weeks with my parents, brothers and sisters and rest of the family, I realise nothing matters more to me than the people with whom I share the revelation of what is yet to come, and the hope that lies within us. My blood ties somehow have lost the power and the influence they used to exert over my life. There is a deeper calling that draws me now, a quiet inner voice that draws me to a secret peaceful place where no one, nothing can touch me. And so it is that though the world around me is falling apart in so many different ways, and my future and that of my family is hanging in the balance, I am putting my trust in someone so much bigger than any of it, someone so much more powerful and lasting than any of this. I am keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus and the way he drew strength from the father until His very last breath.
Brandon and all those who are reading this now and feel it is hard to keep the faith when so many around us live as if pleasure, fame, money and personal gain is all that there is to look forward to whilst we live on this earth, please listen to the song below and be inspired. Let the power of the Spirit rekindle the flame that was once ignited by God’s grace. It is my belief that as the temperature rises up, our love for the Lord will not grow cold, but will burn all the brighter and more intense. It is my belief that as the pain of affliction and rejection is inflicted on us; as the arrows of the enemy continue to come thick and fast, we will be equipped with an even greater strength and inner peace and security which will astound those around us. It will be that inexplicable walk in victory before the battle is over that will make the enemy and his allies doubt their own power and fate and as their self-confidence shakes, the light of Jesus Christ in us will shine all the more brighter, and those who do not have Jesus in their life will be so blinded and disoriented by such brightness that in their despair will surrender to the will of The One who breathed us all into existence. They will finally recognise that there is no one greater, because He is Holy. It is my prayer and wish for 2010 that those who are walking in blindness, will by God’s grace, have the veil removed from their eyes and finally see the world around them with spiritual eyes, with a heaven perspective. It is my prayer that they will accept and welcome Jesus Christ into their lives, because He is the only One that, when all is said and done, WILL STILL REMAIN AND REIGN.