Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
Your name isn’t Zion nor are you God’s City but…
“Though Zion is in ruins, the Lord will bring comfort, and the city will be as lovely as the Garden of Eden that he provided. Then Zion will celebrate; it will be thankful and sing joyful songs.” (Isaiah 51:3, CEV)
I’ll bet you already knew your name wasn’t Zion nor are you the City of God but that doesn’t stop God from loving you and blessing you as his very own! I don’t know if your life is in partial ruins, full blown ruins, or somewhere in between but I do know God is an expert at providing comfort in the face of ruin (voice of experience). Take Jesus for instance. He stood up to the powerful Roman occupation, he stood up to the powerful accusing fingers of the religious leaders, he was tried, convicted and sentenced then facing his fellow countrymen with his life seemingly in ruins died on a cross.
His name was Jesus not Zion, he was human like you, and like me not God’s City yet three days after his life seemingly lie in ruins God breathed into his lifeless, seemingly in ruins body back to life, but not just any life a divine life. And here’s the best news ever God’s resurrection power from the instant Jesus stepped from his tomb spread like a runaway wildfire throughout the ages even igniting the consuming/re-growing power of the Holy Spirit in your heart, and my heart. Like a giant black hole the Holy Spirit consumes our fears, our brokenness, our doubts, our weaknesses, our addictions, our hopelessness, our conflicts, our prejudices, our anger and in their place plants, grows, and nurtures the seeds God’s greatest blessings and we become new persons.
“Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, CEV)
Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 LEB)
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Scriptures marked CEV, “Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version © 1991, 1992, 1995 by American Bible Society, Used by Permission.”