HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS

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“Let the wilderness and the arid land rejoice, the desert be glad and blossom…Have courage, do not fear.  See your God comes demanding justice…Then will the lame leap and the tongue of the dumb sing and shout.  For water will break forth from the desert.  The thirsty ground will become a pool, the arid land springs of water.  There will be a highway which will be called The Way of Holiness.”  –Isaiah 35:1-8

This Scripture passage speaks of the return of the exiles.  Prophet Robin Bullock spoke of this passage yesterday placing  it in my heart to paraphrase here, the conversation God had with Robin.

“The wind is blowing again, said the Lord.

As Robin journeyed through the Spirit he asked:  “Who is in the wind?”

God replied:  “World leaders, self-centered politicians with pinions who bow low; the Church is silent afraid of losing its donors and the Holy Spirit is stifled to revive dead souls.

“Find the right side of the wind; hold on tight, the wind is blowing strong again,” said God and left off talking…

Robin continued:  “Let the glory of God rise up from your inners because we are soldiers of God…things that you have never seen nor never heard will be manifested.”

May this Word of God comfort and encourage everyone to forge with expectancy and joy to welcome the Kingdom Age that is fast approaching…the enemy is already defeated.  Praise be the Lord of all souls.

WORK HAS VALOR

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“Every moment of our life has a purpose that every action of ours, no matter how dull or routine or trivial it may seem in itself, has a dignity and worth beyond human understanding.”

“For it means that no moment can be wasted, no opportunity missed, since each has a purpose in life; each has a purpose in God’s plan.”

“Think of your day today or yesterday.  Think of the work you did, the people you met moment by moment.  What did it mean to you — and might it have meant for God?  Is the question too simple to answer or are we just afraid to ask it for fear of the answer we must give?”  —Walter J. Ciszek

We have much to ponder about on this Labor Day.  There are many, many new jobs, yet people are afraid again to go back to work because of the vaccine and mask mandates.

If we are children of God, we should not be gripped with fear.

“Be valiant and strong, do not fear or tremble before the enemy for Yahweh your God is with you; he will not leave you or abandon you.”  –Deuteronomy 31:6

Let the glory of God that is within each of us rise up from our inner because we are Christ’s soldiers.  May each one find meaningful work that will change our country and the world for the better.  The next generation will thank us.

“I am the searcher of hearts and minds, and I will give each of you what your works deserve.”  –Revelation 2:23

BATTLE OF THE HEART

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“He who believes in Me, from his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”  –John 7:38

The battle of the heart stems from the friction between God’s precepts and human tradition.

“Hear me, all of you, and understand.  Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”  -Mark 7:15

Jesus will defend us, with our prayers and goodness.  With living water, we will be prepared daily to win the raging battle of the heart.

A SPIRITUAL LEGACY

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Have you ever thought about the spiritual legacy your family has given you?

My grandmother’s purple rosary activates my spiritual legacy.  As I pray each bead, I recall the history of everyone who made it possible for me to hold their memories.  They each loved and served the Lord in their unique calling, and following their legacy continues to inspire me.

“Whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”

–Proverbs 1:33

TO LIVE IN LIGHT

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This weekend I attended a retreat entitled, “What Kind of Temple am I?”  The presenter then posed this question:  “Does black represent evil?”  I don’t think so;  why?  Because evil is not created by God.  The Scriptures mention the word ‘black’ 23 times, while the word ‘darkness’ is referenced 162 times.  That seems significant and defines darkness as the absence of light.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

–1 Corinthians 16

I wonder, if the Israelites thought of themselves as temples of God wandering through the desert to reach the Promised Land.  Did they know to seek His presence amidst their trials?  That their hearts were His tabernacles?

To guard one’s heart from darkness is hard to do, isn’t it?  I seek God each day though I fail often.  How marvelous to think that we each are beautiful tabernacles for the Lord; temples adorned with jeweled gifts.  And so, black does not represent evil.  Our hearts are made to hold light; it behooves us to restrain whatever darkness keeps us away from God.

Jesus saying, I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

–John 8:12

Let us “…Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth.”

–Ephesians 5:8

So encouraged by this retreat, I will be more attentive to contemplate the nature of my temple.

Know that your tabernacle is precious to God, to me, and everyone around you.