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Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

So many are drowning in fear, including Christians. Apprehension and anxiety are their daily companions. Negative what ifs tucking them into bed nightly. 

Wrapped in a blanket of hopelessness. Many have raised the white flag of surrender. Calling the darkness friend.

STOP IT!

Are not two little sparrows sold for a copper coin? And yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered for the Father is sovereign and has complete knowledge. So do not fear. You are more valuable than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31

Unconditionally trust Papa when He promises. “No weapon that is formed against you will succeed. Every tongue that rises against you in judgment you will condemn. This peace, righteousness, security and triumph over opposition is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from Me,” says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

Raise up your head beloved. Fight the good fight of the faith in the conflict with evil. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called. 1 Timothy 6:12

NEVER FORGET!

Jesus won the war. This victory insures your victory if Jesus is your commander and chief.

Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? If any of you is embarrassed with me and the way I’m leading you, know that the Son of Man will be far more embarrassed with you when he arrives in all his splendor in company with the Father and the holy angels. Luke 9:23-26

Many play it safe by being invisible— an anonymous face in the crowd. Never questioning what others or the culture has declared as acceptable and life sustaining.

Therein lies the problem.

When man’s wisdom and truth, not Papa’s, is your compass for navigating life. You will inevitably get lost.

Allegiance to Papa’s truth isn’t for the faint hearted or the spineless. As the preeminent nonconformist, you can’t embrace the culture’s definition of reality. Values, priorities and dreams that contradict Papa’s truth must always be rejected. 

INSTEAD

Embrace…

Not coloring inside the lines. Choose to create an original work of art, not a reproduction. Become the person Papa envisioned before time began.

Swim upstream against the current of ordinary. Determined to become the image of Christ– no matter the cost.

Think outside the box. Break free of the narrow mindedness of political correctness and religious dogma.

Yes, people will be offended. You’ll be ridiculed and persecuted for rejecting man’s truth.

BUT  

You were created to be an unique individual with an unique destiny. A son or daughter of Almighty God who will…

Positively impact the world regardless the personal cost.

Dream the impossible dream.

Travel the road less traveled because it’s the only road that leads to the unique destiny that is yours alone.

Challenge the status quo so that love, justice and honor are exalted.

Dance to a different drummer. Even when the music has stopped playing.

Make Papa proud. Refuse to assimilate into the sea of anonymity. 

However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not God’s people, but now you are. Once you were not shown mercy, but now you have been shown mercy.

1 Peter 2:9-10

GOD’S WORD Translation

The deafening sound of silence 

Screams from the corners of my loneliness 

Adrift in a sea of despair

Sorrow drowns my desolate heart

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Tears soaking my pillow each night

Reminders there’s no one near to dry them

Monsters stalking, laughing, taunting

You are alone, not worthy to be loved

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Day after day darkness deepens

Chains of hopelessness suffocate my soul

Strangling desires, optimism

Dreams, hope for a happier tomorrow

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BUT THAT IS NOT THE END OF MY STORY

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Before time existed on earth

Papa marvelously set me apart

Lovingly sculpting my being

Because I am the apple of His eye

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Flag of surrender won’t be raised

Death’s prey snatched from evil’s wicked clutches

Grace flows over my dying soul

Strength, endurance, courage to forge ahead

*****

I do not answer to victim 

Papa’s beloved my heavenly name

New creation, transformed, set free

The daughter of Almighty God

©2021 Rita Poynor

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