– Click on the image to hear this message of Sulha by Cyndy Lavoie –
Sure, figure out what to put on your body, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter.
Spend your money on those great shoes, just remember, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter.
Make your face what you want it to be, but don’t forget, it doesn’t really matter.
You are so much more than your clothes, your shoes, or your face.
It was many years ago now that I came to the end of myself. I’d been pushing through and making do and trying to be saviour of a situation in my life and finally, one day, I came to the end of myself.
I breathed out to God, “I just can’t do this anymore.” and God breathed back to me, “Finally, now this is something I can work with.”
This was the day that hope began for me. I stopped carrying the whole load, I confessed my frailty, and God stepped in.
It was such a great week this last week. I’m still trying to put words to it all. Years back as the Lord was telling me of the work to come I would think ‘pray for many people’ and be completely overwhelmed. And even on my previous ministry trips I’ve had a love / hate relationship with prayer. I’m called to pray, but I don’t want to be the only one praying, others can pray, on and on and on the thoughts rattled in my head and heart.
“You can enter God’s kingdom only through the narrow gate. The [road that leads to destruction]ESV* is broad, and it’s gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 NLT *[highway to hell] NLT
I have become convinced that the wide and the narrow roads that Jesus talks about are not in regards to sin per se, but about our response to sin. The Wide Road experiences sin in shame and condemnation and out of that experience works to rid itself of sin. The Wide Road is where we put in good works and our own efforts to try and make ourselves right with God.
I’ve been involved in revival for a long time although for many of those years I missed naming it for what it was. You see, I once believed that revival is marked by a loud, exuberant, ra-ra, experience in the Lord, yet I’ve come to find that revival is a deep, quiet work of the Lord way down inside us. Often times this deep revival results in a move of the Spirit over us that brings in greater silence; we are simply in awe before our Lord, humbled and quiet in Him.
In cultures and settings where loud and exuberant is the norm, when the Lord moves people to silence I know that revival is happening. When prayer clients are brought to sober reality and silence before the Lord I know revival is happening.
It is most difficult to bring Christians to the cross of Christ. We are familiar with the sinner’s prayer and from long years past have come to great comfort with solid understanding and knowledge; paradigms are established and lenses are polished to a sheen.
We’ve drawn near to God in comfortable distance and see no need to tamper with this. Our boundaries are secure, “Yes, this near, but no closer please.” We think that the amount of the Holy Spirit that we have right now is good enough, “No more Lord. I’m good.”