2013 was a year of challenge personally. I had tragic personal loss, almost lost my life in a near fatal car accident. Then had many personal and spiritual challenges. However, in the midst of it all my Lord kept on expressing His Love. Giving me hope in the midst of the darkest nights. His Love, His Grace, His ever embracing arms taking me in. Oh, I felt alone at times and wondered what I was going to do. Yet, God's Love, His church, His mercy ruled throughout the year. Satan the enemy of my soul had me on the ropes a couple of times. Pounding at me as I doubted self and God's gifts, anointing and grace. Nevertheless, when it came to going down to the canvas, I would hear the Good Shepherd's voice encouraging me on.
God never has let me forget His love for me, or toward me. Despite the personal difficulties of life and the hurts caused by friend and or foe. His love has never failed, and His Holy Spirit has been the difference in taking this little bit of humanity. Then anointing it to reflect God's love and word to a needy world. A world we all live in, that needs the body of Christ to reflect the true nature of God's character to a world in crisis. A crisis of hope in the eroding culture of our society. Which has forgotten what God's Spirit can do inside the heart of man. When His Holy Spirit imparts that part of God's essence that can regenerate a man or woman's life. Setting them free from the selfishness of this world, and producing the character of His Spirit to touch the lives of so many people, in need of God's presence in their lives in some way, fashion or form.
We have been talking in our devotions about the " let us " series from the book of Hebrews. Where we seem to always be drawn to the throne of Grace. Where God reaches out to us in more ways than we have ever thought of before. It is that throne of Grace we cannot ignore, that we must embrace. For it is the place where we meet with God on a daily basis. Where our lives can be refilled and empowered to service. It is at that place not dissimilar to Gethsemane, that we die out that the will of God can be accomplished in our lives each and every day.
Remember it is at the altar we came to know Him. It is at the altar we will find the Grace to abide in Him.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
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Reverend Patrick Vossen,