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Lilacs in Bloom

October 25, 2008

my old xanga account had this title “lilacs in bloom, the sweetness of knowing HIM”… when i had switched to blogger i had “fading embers glimmer beneath”… both of which i like. however, i think that lilacs in bloom contains more life. fading embers that still glimmer remind me of someone who is holding on to whatever hope and faith they can muster up. we are a people called to live by faith, and faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see (heb. 11:1). i prefer to be a lilac in bloom that is radiating the sweetness of my Jesus. Those in Christ should be blooming with love. we love because he first loved us (1 john 4:19). i pray to be that lilac and not a fading ember.

however, i do know where i come from and i know that i was an ember that had faded to almost nothing. when Jesus rescued me i was an ember on the brink of going out and not being revived. Jesus loves. Jesus rescues. Jesus saves.

when we are a fading ember we must fix our eyes on Jesus because he is the author and perfector of our faith. He is the one who will redeem. He is the only one who can breath life back into you. His Word and very breath gives you life and kindles the fire. He’s the one who keeps your lamp burning at night. when i first tasted of Jesus, life began to come back in my bones immediately; life bagan to consume me and my hunger for truth, God, and love could not be satiated, save through my resting in HIM.

when you realize how broken you are and turn to HIM, he meets with you.

are you a fading ember? have you sought out the healing power of Jesus? have you come to the cross with your sin and burdens? praise be the Lord, to God our savior who daily bears our burdens! ps. 68:19 have you wrestled with the Lord through your questions and your pain?

we are made for eternity and we will experience an eternal death outside of the blood of Jesus. if you reject God now, you reject Him for eternity. because those who reject Jesus also reject the Father. we never know when our last breath will be. God is the author of history. he has ordained the beginning from the end.

we must get right with God. He has a destiny for you.

your submission to Him will ultimately bring you freedom.

fire will be restored in your heart and you will be a lilac in bloom. Lord, may we never stray from you. May we never let the embers die, but may the fire be tended to and the embers turned into flames. May our desire for you be a passion that cannot be shut up in our bones. May we radiate your frangrance of life and love, grace and mercy. Thank you for this season of grace, Lord. We should be more grateful. We are so undeserving and yet you still loved us. Selah.

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