7 Jump-Starting questions for you, as you prepare for 2012.
1. What do you want?
2. How do you plan to get it?
3. How do you plan to maintain it?
4. What’s your course of action?
5. What daily-disciplines need to be instituted & implemented?
6. Which “habits” need to be “deep-sixed”?
7. 2012 is right around the corner. How is this new season really going to be different for you? Make it count!
(*Copy and paste these to a word document, and then write down some of those things that pop into your mind.)
As I was reading the scriptures this morning, the Lord gave me a poem.
As you read the first part of Ezekiel 44, the Lord brings Ezekiel towards the Temple, and shows him the east gate, and says, “This gate shall be shut… and no man shall enter it…” (v. 2). I thought how that so often we perceive our reality this way in God. Discouragement sets in, and we feel like we somehow aren’t spiritual, “Yeah, I figured I wasn’t going to experience the presence of God in my prayer time. That’s why I don’t really like to pray – the heavens are brass, and the door is always shut.” But we’ve all heard the saying, “God doesn’t close one door without opening another.” If we persevere in prayer, the Lord will show us another door.
“Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord: and I fell upon my face.” [Ezekiel 44:4]
The Second Door
It’s time to pray
I hear the Lord to me say
And yet I feel so dumb
Will it be worth it if I come?
I know this gate is my fate
This door will be closed like before.
See? He says it’s shut
It’s just my luck
My doubts have locked the door
Could it be?
I see a light
In the second gate?
O this second door is worth waiting for!
O the treasure that’s in store – for me!
Then the glory flowed
My face did glow
My Friend was found
My heart is sound
I’m as happy as can be
So don’t hesitate
From past mistakes
Or feel that prayer’s a chore
The sign you need
Is the invitation He brings
Faith unlocks the door.
RJG © 2011