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Going to church, reading the bible, listening to Christian music will not advance your spiritual life. These activities may give you more understanding but until you are ready to lay down your life and take up your cross this leads nowhere.

What I am talking about is the sacrifice of self to advance the cause of Jesus Christ in the world. There is a destiny that God had for each of us that only we can personally discover. We can discover it only by detaching from the world and making ourselves available for the Holy Spirit. By detaching from the world--now you have time--the commodity that most Christians are not willing to give.

Jesus said, "Self-help is not help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, to finding yourself, your true self. (Matthew 16:25)

"God has planted eternity in the human heart." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

"Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62)

"The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me." (Acts 20:24)

"We have been sent to speak for Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)

Albert Finch
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January 1, 2024 – Exhortation

Posted 01-01-2024 at 12:41 PM by Albert Finch

You may think of fall and winter as seasons to let go and let things die. Much of the world can look barren after the trees have shed and the world gets cold and dark. But a season of shedding for one person can be a season of blossoming for another.

You may have watched those around you bloom and flourish, while you remained hidden and buried. However, it wasn't your season; it was theirs. You may feel like you've missed your moment, like you've been forgotten, or been left behind. But God can produce blooms in any season, and if you haven't seen the fruit that remains that you were hoping for in your Christ calling -- it's because it hasn't been your season. Your season to bloom and flourish is coming—don't lose heart! Winter blooms aren't late, they're simply operating on a different timeline than spring blooms.

God is bringing you into your season of blooming; it simply looks different than those around you. If you feel like you've missed your moment or are behind in life, it's time to start celebrating! You haven't missed it! God's timing is perfect and it's time to celebrate the beauty of God's timing in your life. Praise Him when you don't understand. Allow yourself to flourish, even if it seems in opposition to others around you. His timing with you is perfect.

Get ready for God to move you out of the confines and limitations of what you have experienced in the past as you consecrate yourself to and embrace with expectation your new season.

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