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Moving Day

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We close on the farm this coming Monday. Whew! We’re filled with excitement and, at the same time, a bit of trepidation. God called Sue and I a year and a half ago to move. Where? A farm? But were not farmers. I’ll provide. A year and a half later God is good on His calling and His promise.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been impressed (when I’ve had time) of how, kind of, disconnected things have seemed. We had to change realtors. Though they are good friends, they didn’t have what it took to get this home sold. We’ve been trying to sell “our home”, with all our stuff, everything that defines us. I mean, we DO have to live here, ya know. Apparently not. We’ve had to pack away books, pictures, artifacts, dishes, offload junk. Clear the walls, make the house bigger and add to the WOW factors. The house echos, it’s a house now, not our home. It’s ready for someone to walk in and dream about THEIR stuff in there. We don’t live there anymore, we just occupy space. But soon we move on to the promise.

And that’s where my thoughts went these few weeks. We have the promise of the farm on our horizon, but we can’t occupy it yet. Yet we feel like strangers in our own house. Then it dawned on me, the spiritual significance of that realization.

In Christ we are no longer citizens of this world, we are sojourners in a strange land. We have the promise, given in John 14, that we have a future home:

John 14

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

We are no longer looking to this world as our home, we anticipate Jesus coming to take us. We can’t go there on our own, it’s a promise that we can’t take possession of until it’s time. We’ve gotten rid of all the things that tie us to this world, all of the entanglements. So we’re here, temporarily, residing in a place that we no longer have any link to. A place whose surroundings are uncomfortable, waiting for the call to come home, for the time when our joy will be complete.

But wait, that sounds pretty uncomfortable. That would leave nothing but an empty shell of me.

BINGO! Then God can work.

Whoa, you can’t touch that, it’s the very thing that defines ME.

Is it sin?

No.

Is it questionable? Did you just have to think twice about it?

Wellllllllll, um…..

Then lose it.

Sue and I have learned so much over the last six months of throwing stuff away, “valuable” stuff. We’re going from 3300 square feet down to 1900 square feet. Is it important? Do we need it, can we take it to Heaven? In the process we’ve unloaded and dumped so much, many, many things that actually were attached to and fed burdens and unforgiveness of the past. Files from offenses that we might try to fight sometime in the future, letters and notes from offenders. We burned them, and such a fire it was, and such a release. We can never pursue that offense anymore without evidence. The freedom is invigorating because there is never a return. Every move, we moved those boxes and files, only to be reminded over and over. It’s gone, as far as the east is from the west.

So it is with your sins. Christ died on the cross to pay the price, there is no need to keep carrying around the reminders. Do you have habits? Do you carry around reminders of offenses? Lose them, quit wearing yourself down with them. Jesus wants your arms and shoulders free to carry on His work, you can’t do that if you’re carrying around sin, carrying on in sin is not an option on the road to Heaven. And He provides the way. Are you struggling with sin. Are you feeling that you can’t seem to get close enough to Him to hear Him?  You need to clean house, offload the junk that keeps you away. Accept His free gift and His new life, the freedom is priceless.

Soon we’ll be on the farm, but even better soon we’ll be with Christ.

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Author: godsfingers

I'm a musician and worship leader, intent on following wherever God leads and directs me, with His leading's in the Spirit and others bonking me on the head ( hopefully not much of the latter). My life experiences are in blue collar and white collar (engineering) employment, political office, lay ministries, national competition in track and cross country and most importantly marriage and raising a family. God has given me a unique set of skills and character to serve Him and a passion for doing it.

3 thoughts on “Moving Day

  1. Amen! HE asked me last October when I was in prayer “Will you give it all up for ME?” I said “YES!” How ..how do you want me to unload all my things ( I am an interior designer..had beautiful furniture and accessories..HE showed me a few weeks later step by step how to let things go…HE told me what I could keep!
    I ended up moving in with my best friend..and ended up sharing JESUS and the WORD with them, a few months later they moved to PHX and now the kids call and ask me about scripture and to pray with them! They came to JESUS and are getting to know HIM!!!
    What HE instructed me to keep fit perfectly in the small master bedroom I have been living in for the past 8 months in my BF’s home.Much of my burden was lifted from the “STUFF” I was carrying around that was just stuff!!
    I have been more content here than anywhere I have been! HE is so AWESOME. ALL because HE put me here with them..It was a win, win, win situation! I now live in the house rent free caretaking..still connected to them and praying with the kids and my BF on the phone. They now have a relationship with HIM and are now going to bible studies there… WHAT A blessing! ALL GLORY TO THE MOST HIGH YHWH!!! Because I listened I know HE used me to bring 4 people to the KINGDOM of HEAVEN!!! HALLELUYAH!!! ALL PRAISE & GLORY TO YHWH! JESUS IS MY KING..THE KING OF KINGS.. ABOVE ALL THINGS.
    Much love and blessings to you and Sue…your move will be BLESSED!!! It will be an amazing adventure to watch it unfold before your eyes!

  2. I am happy for you brother. May the will of YHVH be done always!

  3. I am so happy for you and Sue….thank you so much for sharing…this is so exciting….like it’s part of our blessings too…on Christmas morning when each open their presents I enjoy the faces of the one opening the paper, the way they open the wrapping…the bows..the others yelling….be-careful don’t rip the paper..others ‘would you just open the blasted thing…all voices so eager to see and share also with them….and thus with you and Sue…on your Farm…(smile)…’be-careful you don’t drive on the grass, ….would cha just put the pedal to the medal and get there already huh???? (God bless you both…love from your family The Household of Faith!

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