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“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, but sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;”  Hebrews 6:19

Well, one more year is gone, and we are standing at the starting gate looking down a new road.  What lies waiting down there for us?

Our gaze is always clouded by Time, and we can only see our next few steps clearly.  There are indications and sign posts that hint of the places we are heading to, but they lead in so many different ways that it is hard to know which path we’ll be led down.  But we have to start walking anyway.

There are a lot of paths that I would like to travel down this new year.  One of them would be to have is a place to gather young people so I could show them all the cool things I have learned in the Word of God over the years.  Yeah, I like that one, but that signpost is faded, and I’m not sure to which direction, if any, it is pointing.

I see some bright and flashy billboards advertising all the different directions to go to promote my business and make money, but they all have that garish Coney Island veneer to them and have somehow lost their appeal.

Some signs point one way and some point another; others are bright and clear but don’t point in any direction at all.

Then there is that one sign that doesn’t point at all, but beckons me to come and follow.  The writing on it is blurred and hazy, and I can’t see what is written, but it calls to me that this is the way to come.

What lies down that road, and where will it take me?  Is there something exciting waiting for me down there?  Are there some great open doors that will open to me? Or perhaps it will be just a continued walk of patience and faith through tribulation and hard times?

Wherever the path leads, am I willing to accept what He has in store for me, even if it is not what I wanted?

If there is anything that I would like to do, it would be to expose what lies beyond the veil to a world that only sees with their eyes.  The reality of Eternity lies just beyond our grasp when we look at the evidence around us, but fail to see the source.  Hearts are not changed by facts or fair speeches, by what we know or hope for, or by adherence to traditions.

Only when we pierce through that veil by faith and touch the heart of God will we be able to see the reality of Life clearly.

It is only then that the writing on that signpost can be seen clearly.

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I’m sitting here in the cold early morning of the day after Christmas. Everyone is still sleeping; it’s quiet, dark and cold. The sugar plums have all been eaten, so I hope there is something pleasant dancing in their dreams. But I am here alone and wanted to send out this belated greeting to everyone.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. Christmas is always magical for children and sometimes tiring for us old folks, but it has always been a special time set apart to honor the Savior. Now, I know that Jesus was not born on Christmas. He was born on the Feast of Tabernacles. (I wrote In_A_Stable last year ). Nevertheless, this is the season we have chosen for Christmas and all its trappings, and regardless how you feel about celebrating Christmas on Dec. 25th, I hope it has been good for you.

And I really do hope this New Year will be something momentous in your life.

I don’t subscribe to the false prophets who run around proclaiming to you that this will be “your year of victory”, or blessings, or prosperity, or deliverance, or whatever nonsense they think will get a rise out of you. Your year will be what you make it – either in the Lord or in the flesh. I don’t believe that God is running a lottery for those who do not seek His face. It is not a matter of luck, misdirected hope, cheap grace, or empty faith. The Lord will direct and open paths and opportunities to those who seek Him and choose to bury themselves in His Word and in prayer. You reap what you sow.

On that note, I hope you sow as much as you can this year. If it is true that we are fast approaching a culmination of things for this old world, then we need to consider a New Year’s resolution that spurs us to do things this year that we have been only thinking about up until now. Whether that means something for your family or breaking the constraining bonds of inaction to go out and do something for the Lord, this year may your best and possibly only chance. If not now, when?

“Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.” (Ecclesiastes 11:2)

I’m heading back out as soon as I can – not sure where, but I am going. And I could really use your support, but better yet, why don’t you come along? You say you can’t do it, but I’m telling you, yes, you can. You just have to make that first step. New Year’s resolutions only work when you actually act on them.

Do something different this year, something outrageous, something so far out of the box that it breaks all the restraints that are holding you back. Do something dangerous! Do something that requires you to bury yourself in God for your absolute safety and support. Cut everything that is holding you back into the dark folds of mediocrity.

If you don’t step off the ledge, you will never learn how to fly.

Brother Dale

 

BTW – if you are looking for a place to give a year-end tax-deductible donation, why not sponsor one of the orphans that came out of the Ladies of Hope?
Go to http://www.RevivalFire.org/Orphans.htm or Support Us.

 

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