I’m doing the debriefing necessary as I unpack my ministry time in India. Every trip that I take I come away with new wisdoms and greater clarity for going forward. My time in India is bringing these same gifts my way.
“I am stronger than I was before. I am not responding the way I once did. My reactions are more tempered and I am not triggered as I once was. It is a soft kind of change, not dramatic but constant and there each day.”
This is the kind of testimony from those with whom I walk alongside as prayer minister. It is something I’ve been doing for many years now and blessing and being blessed the same as ever.
I’ve found prayer to be a way of being rather than something I do.
Requests that flood in I carry in my being and as I sit before the Lord so too do these requests naturally and fluidly.
Leading others in healing prayers are the most amazing thing of all. To witness change and freedom from the inner core of a person, and to hear and see that change translate into practical freedoms in every day life, well, there is just nothing quite like it.
Each one of us has a journey. Each one of us has parts of our journey’s that we would rather leave behind, with pain and shame and regret woven through. How do we overcome these things? Can we move forward and on what basis?
Do you know the value of your journey?
Have you found the gift of your journey?
We all have disqualifications we’ve been holding up between ourselves and our futures.
For some they are the lies of the past that still overshadow the present and rob from what might be.
For others they are failures and regrets and guilt that just can’t be shaken.
For a few they are the torches of hate we’ve taken on and directed at ourselves.
I’ve watched numerous biographical movies and read many biographical books of those arrested under communist regimes. There is always one point that remains the same from story to story. It doesn’t matter which continent or country in every story the one under arrest must agree to their guilt by signing a paper indicating, ‘Yes this charge against me is true.’
Of course, the charge is never true. And much, the entirety in fact, of the person’s time in prison is spent by the prison authorities working to obtain this agreement of their guilt. All of the tortures and atrocities are meant to break a person whereby they end up saying, ‘Yes what you say about me is true.’
It is as though the regime, the authorities, have no clear way of determining punishment until the agreement is made.
But isn’t this the same in all our lives?
Isn’t this but an extreme example of the same battle each and every day where we must choose to stand up for who we are, truly are, or give way to the barrage of lies about us.
We give the second witness that determines our future. We either agree to the lies or we stand in the truth.
There is no two ways about it. It truly is one or the other.
Which are you agreeing to today?
Peace is a powerful thing. Rather than a passive, as some would think it, lack of action peace requires intention and application.
Peace renders chaos and terror null and void. Peace removes authority unto destruction. Peace calms the storms and our hearts.
I’ve lived in places that contain a spirit of fear, peace removes this.
I’ve known relationships intent on chaos, peace calms this.
Dissatisfaction is one of the best gifts we have ever been given. Nothing else can move us to change and renewal of our lives quite like dissatisfaction.
So this year, as you head into 2014, take hold of your dissatisfactions and harness them toward the way you truly want to be in the world and the kind of life you want to be living.
Don’t push away your dissatisfaction, don’t brush it off as though its meaningless, rather take it in hand and allow it to guide you and compel you to make the changes in your life that suit you best.