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Topic: Outbreak (04/07/11)
TITLE: A Time of Refreshing
By Karen McCabe
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“And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord;
It shall rejoice in His salvation.” Ps. 35:9 NKJV
How can I thank You enough for my salvation? How can I praise You enough for what You have done for me? Thank You for choosing me to be Your child. I am so unworthy and yet, You chose me.
Words cannot adequately express my thanks, my praise, my joy in Your salvation. My spirit within me longs to burst out of its earthly vessel and explode into worship like never before.
Thank You for allowing me the awesome privilege of spending eternity in Your Presence. Thank You that forever I can experience fullness of joy in You! My joy comes from knowing You – seeking Your face and worshipping in Your Presence.
My soul – my mind, will and emotions – soars above all issues, problems and trials of the day and knows where my help comes from. What have I to fear when the Lord is My God?
Words fail me. I move beyond the flesh and into the spirit. I am completely open and transparent. My flesh falls to the side and my spirit rises so big inside me that I feel my expressions of praise and worship should fill all heaven and earth.
You in me and me in You – the sweetest communion possible. The exchange of love between us is inexpressible – indescribable – incomprehensible – ecstatic. I worship You so completely and so fully that, at this very moment, I sense that I am invincible because I feel so at one with You; so apart from – me – so full of You, “A body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself.” (Eph. 3: 19b Amp.) So free of self and so full of God!
I am being filled with Your glory (thank You for choosing me for this) and partaking of Your divine nature (2 Peter 1:4 NKJV). I must be experiencing a fragment of the worship going on in heaven – it is so pure, so holy, so unhuman.
Surely my spirit must be lighting up the entire world! No other god could accomplish what You are doing in me right now. Nothing – no one – on earth can fill a being with such joy, such cleansing, such freedom from humanity. It is simply a God-thing. Why would anyone want to serve a lesser god when they can have You and this - absolute communion with the one true, holy, living God?
In the midst of heartbreak, trials and tribulations that seem almost unbearable, I can go on because I am refreshed and renewed and strengthened by Who You are. You are Love, Life, Peace and Joy – things not often seen among humanity but experienced fully in Your Presence. “In Your Presence is fullness of joy" (Ps 16:11 NKJV).
At this moment, when I am so wrapped up in Who and What You are, nothing can touch me. I believe there is no better way into Your heart than by extravagant, selfless, pure worship in spirit and in truth. I am sharing in the exchange of love that takes place within the Trinity; a privilege desired for all His children by the Father, purchased by the Son and sealed by the Holy Spirit. The expression of love – the infusion of peace -
the outbreak of joy.
And total bliss.
I am refreshed to the full. I will go on…in You.
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