Counting Down The days Until…34

Posted: November 26, 2012 in Counting Down The Days Until...
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Until… 2012 ends and 2013 begins. Unlike past years i would be very excited to have just made it through another year, and almost dreadfully anticipating yet another year. Not this time! i am sharing my personal journal of “Counting Down The Days Until… which is based on the book “The Dream Giver.

A choice must now be made. If i turn right i continue the journey and eventually face whatever lies ahead. But, i can go left and enter Sanctuary. As i read the chapter about Sanctuary it reminded me of a story about Jesus, the wilderness, and a place that must have been like sanctuary.

Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil. And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are God’s Son, command these stones to be made [loaves of] bread. But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Then the devil took Him into the holy city and placed Him on a turret (pinnacle, gable) of the temple sanctuary. And he said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone. Jesus said to him, On the other hand, it is written also, You shall not tempt, test thoroughly, or try exceedingly the Lord your God. Again, the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory (the splendor, magnificence, preeminence, and excellence) of them. And he said to Him, These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me. Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve. Then the devil departed from Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

Several points in this story. First Wilderness is not optional, everyone must and will go through Wilderness. But it is for a purpose, in fact a specific purpose and for my own good as per the plan and purpose that God has for me. At 61 i am accepting that more and more, but on the other hand i am asking, “if not now, when? And what.” At 61, how much more time is there? Non the less, i am dealing with wilderness much better than in the past. Perhaps Jesus is rubbing off on me and  i’m dealing with the enemy more like Him?

my main purpose for sharing Jesus journey was to see what i can expect in my journey, so here it is! “And behold, angels came and ministered to Him.” Sanctuary is where the angels come and minister to ed… if, if i choose to go to that place. Sanctuary is optional and will require time, my time.

Sanctuary: a sacred or holy place. Silence and solitude, listening to God and meditation all take time………….. time i am not always willing to give.

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  2. The sun beat down HOT on the desert wilderness. Jesus had listened when the Spirit of God spoke to Him. Far into the country He had walked, leaving His friends and His family behind. After a few days, He saw no travelers. Jesus was ALL ALONE in the wilderness. He prayed and listened to His Father God.

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