Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Get ready for what God has in store...


As we move into a new year, I feel a renewed sense of the presence of God. I'm ready for all that God has in store.

2020 is moving fast and I'm getting on board!

I'm ready to be used by God to make a difference in the world. I'm ready to stand tall and partner with others, to transform our local communities.

Just like Joshua, after he took over the leadership from Moses (as recorded in Joshua chapter 1), God said to Joshua, 'Get ready...' Get ready to enter the Promised Land. Get ready for a new adventure. Brace yourself for a journey that will take you where you've never been before! Joshua then calls the Israelites to get ready and pack their supplies, because they're about to cross the river Jordan.

Pause for a moment. I want to say sorry. I haven't blogged at petebrookshaw.com for quite a while. I've been busy serving my local Salvation Army Corps in Craigieburn, VIC, Australia. Though, I feel God is saying, 'Get ready to speak into the lives of others a little more this year.' So I thought it's time to break the drought. I have been writing articles regularly at christiantoday.com.au, but I'm back at my site where I've been writing thoughts and articles since 2006.

Get ready.

Join with me this year, and let's go to another level; another level in our prayers, in our commitment, in our giving, in our serving and in our loving of others.

It's like God is staring at you right now, and saying, 'Are you ready?'

Are you ready for what I have in store? But firstly, are you ready to experience the love of Christ, like you never have before?

Have you experienced the love of Christ?

Have a read of this testimony: Samuel Logan Brengle once wrote these words:

Just as I got out of bed, and was reading some of the words of Jesus, He gave me such a blessing as I never had dreamed a man could have this side of Heaven. It was a Heaven of love that came into my heart. In that hour, I knew Jesus and I loved Him until it seemed my heart would break with love. I loved the sparrows, I loved the dogs, I loved the horses, I loved the little urchins on the street, I loved the strangers who hurried past me, I loved the heathen, I loved the whole world.
You want to know what Holiness is? It is pure love. You want to know what the baptism of the Holy Ghost is? It is not a mere sentiment. It is not a happy sensation that passes away in the night. It is a baptism of love that brings every thought into captivity to the Lord Jesus, that casts out all fear, that burns up doubt and unbelief as fire burns coal, that makes one meek, and lowly in heart.

How about that? You have an encounter with God, and you just walk down the street and you 'love everything!' I want to live like that, especially when the driver in front of me is 20 clicks  below the speed limit.
Brengle isn't the only one that has had that encounter with the love of Christ. Many have over the years: Mother Theresa, Wesley, that person in your church that smiles a lot... 

Open you heart to what God has in store. Get ready. And get ready to transform your world one life at a time with the love of Jesus.

Feel free to make a quick comment and let's encourage each other in the year ahead.
Get ready for what God has in store.
God bless.

Pete.

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