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leave it behind

Bring faith. Bring confidence. Bring Jesus. Expect adventure. Leave the rest behind.

sketch by contemporary abstract artist s kemnitz

“Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road.” Luke 10:4

Faith is having confidence in His promises. It “is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 It can’t be earned. It is a choice. You simply bring it. Really. Bring faith. It is earth, so sometimes you need to brush off the “Why didn’t…” and read the verse again.

Jesus didn’t hesitate. When He thanked the Father for the five loaves and two fish, how many people were fed? Without portion control. When Jesus stretched out His hand to heal, what happened? When Jesus looked Legion in the eyes, and told the demons to leave. They not only left, they jumped over the cliff and were dashed on the rocks below.

That is what we are to be about. Confidently doing the when part. Bring confidence.

We had an amazing testimony the last evening of class (visit NDSSM). Heidi was prompted by the Lord to give a $1,000 check to a specific person. She mumbled and whined a bit (sounds just like me!), but did finally do it. It was puzzling to the person she gave it to. No immediate need there. He was in the final stages of writing a book and had submitted it to Thomas Nelson Publishers. (I hope I have that right. I think I do.) Within two weeks, the publisher contacted her friend and said, “if you can invest $1,000 in your book, we will publish and publicize it.” That is huge! Wow! That’s our God at work! Bring adventure.

I had a dream a while back and when I put my hand, filled with the power of Jesus, on a powerful Godly man’s chest, he was filled with even more of the power of God. Only in a dream would I have approached a man of this stature and laid hands on him. When we pray, the power of Jesus flows through us. Take a bit of time to study your hands today. Do you see Jesus in them? See the scars that empower us to continue His work? Bring Jesus.

Forget the extra pair of flip-flops, the purse with lip gloss, and your credit cards. Keep your shoulders open for Holy Spirit to travel on you. And don’t get distracted by friends, even well-meaning friends, along the way! Bring the important stuff, faith, confidence, and Jesus. Expect adventure.

What could distract you today?

(This is a continuation of Luke 10:1-20 that we talked about on Sunday. Did you miss Luke 10:1? Click here…)

Only believe.
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sketch by contemporary abstract artist s kemnitz

This sketch is a commission for an unborn child. I’m not sure this is the finished product – but fun to give you a glimpse, my faithful followers. The name is Crowned with Love. How delightful is this—what an honor!





I woke up Sunday morning at 4:44. As I usually do when I wake up early in the “late” morning (too early to get up and too late to get back to sleep), I let scripture float through my mind, tell Jesus how much I love Him, and pray. Not everyone would like this early-late-morning time, but I love it. I could stay there all day, to tell you the truth. A while later, I thought of getting up and looked at the clock. It was 5:55. Now I’m not really a number person, but this was pretty darn cool.

I decided to check out some scripture once I did get up and here’s what I found in Ezekial 4:44. “Then He brought me by way of the North Gate to the front of the house, and I looked, and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord and I fell on my face.” Is that a marvelous verse? Yes! Indeed!

Just the evening before, I learned that the North Gate can refer to an entrance to the unknown of the God. An entrance where man can go back and forth, between here and There. A divine portal. So this is a prayer of mine, starting now. Lord – bring us to the place where we can look and see you and your ways and behold Your Glory. A Glory like none other. In Your house. Or mine.

Sign me up. Beam me up. Raise me up. For Your purposes. Thank you, Jesus!

I hope you see me soon with a scraped up nose… I’ll have a big smile on! Ü

May God bless you, too, with a glimpse of His Glory!
Only Believe!