This devotional has been born a few hours ago after a counseling session with a friend. May the Lord use it to encourage you in the hurdles of life, that you may learn to jump to the heights of Christ.

Hebrews 12:14 “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”

It is one thing to say we are living in the last days. It is another to see the evidence of it and how many are departing from the faith. It is still another to realize that we must watch and pray lest we enter into temptation. It is yet another, to act out our part in bringing to reality the Truth of this Advent to perishing souls in the highways and byways, and to realize the depth of God’s love for each soul. IMG_1555 We need to weep for the sins of our own hearts and of the hearts of our brothers and sisters with the tears of God; that our individual sins be exposed in the depths of our own hearts and the wretchedness that is eating us be starved to death as all these filthy scenes are found in stark contrast to the purity of our Lord and Savior, and that the power and efficacy of His cleansing be applied upon us, as the Balm of Gilead heals our wounds and restores us unto His image and likeness; opening our eyes to His compassionate love as it flows to every boy and girl, every man, woman and child, and that we let Him pluck us out of the fiery furnace of sin’s damnation with the zeal and passion of the deep love of His son Jesus Christ, to a perfect restoration within His divine plan, – making out of us heirs of the Kingdom. The Lord has a work to do in all of us. It will do my soul no good to hear of all the things you have done that remain unpleasant to our Beloved Lord. God sees the depravity in all of our hearts, and as we come close to Him, He begins to grant us a sneak preview of our own lives. This becomes a loathsome episode of the chapters of our lives and our eyes desire not upon this filth to render homage. Hence we bow down and cry, “Father, forgive.” How beautiful to know that He not only forgives but grants the fruit of repentance and enables His own to live a holy life! Hence, when I must face a brother or a sister with regard to visible sin, I must realize my own vulnerability and rely on the Source of Wisdom. Yes, we must confront sin, but in so doing, let this be done prayerfully, for in sin’s vulnerability has the whole web of humanity been caught. Thus I need Holy boldness. I need holy boldness from the One and Only Pure One- that in confronting the sins of my heart and the visible ones in the lives of those I see, I will confront in the stream of the Power that knows how to forgive, without damaging the person.

Do you hope to be in heaven? Does the dawning of each day make your hopes brighter? Do you hope to see me in heaven? Does the thought of it make you gladsome and happier? Let it be that we learn to live at peace with one another right here below before the final ascent upward.

Hebrews 12:14 says, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Let us know that “Hurt people hurt people.” We have all been hurt, but we must now find Christ’s heart where there is perfect healing of all sores. Think beyond the hurt to the heart of Jesus’ love. He was wounded because of the contents of our hearts ( Isaiah 53). If He chose to have nothing to do with us, death would have had all of us. We broke His heart. We still do. I am humbled that He chooses me with all my faults, but I must employ the power of His grace that enables me upon His feet to fall. He will choose any willing soul. God heals wounded hearts, and then He sends them to speak His healing to other wounded hurts! We can’t move forward by looking over our shoulders. We can only move forward by looking ahead to Jesus. We are more than conquerors through Christ who has loved us. Peace. ~Beryl Nyamwange