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Topic: ENTERTAIN (04/27/17)
- TITLE: A Change in Uniform
By Marilyn Klunder
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From the very beginning, God has had His hand on my destiny. From the moment His presence was revealed to me, a change occurred. In the beginning it was a total Daddy/daughter relationship. I was encased in His sweet, perfect love as He gently poured me out and meticulously filled me back up. I was consumed by His presence and could see creation through His ethereal eyes. This precious time was a kiss from heaven and it is the foundation of my belief in His existence and it is my sole desire to return to that presence.
While He made it clear I was His, He also made it clear being His was not for mine or His entertainment. I had a purpose to be in this world and as almost as immediate as He loved me, He immediately placed a uniform on me. Here is a towel. Be a servant and go teach the children, I heard Him say. And so I did.
After many years in this uniform I found myself tired, not just from the relentless attacks of Satan on the children I served, but also on my personal life. â€œIâ€™m tired Lord; feeling a bit battle weary.â€ This cry from my heart brought forth yet another image to my mind of me dressed in a spotless white robe standing in the middle of a fierce raging battle. There was fighting going on all around me, but it wasnâ€™t the fighting that caught my attention or question, it was the white robe. How could He put me in a spotless robe? An immediate mixture of sorrow and joy filled my heart. Here, find my peace and rest in my robe. All you have to do is stand because the battle is mine, I heard Him say. And so I did.
My time of rest in His white robe has lasted about three years. During this time He sent me to a new church not to be entertained by Christian rhetoric, but to observe their living mission of healing, training and sending. My healing came through powerful and fully surrendered worship and his relentless pursuit of me and the mental images He gave me. The training was actually a retraining of love and prayer. I have spent most of my Christian life not fully understanding Godâ€™s two key gifts, love and power. I now understand that love is multi-dimensional and not just based on the warm fuzzy love that so many sermons are preached on. The other dimensions of love revealed to me include truth and sacrifice, neither of which are easy nor gives the warm fuzzy feeling we so much identify with love. I also learned of the power we possess in prayer. Our power in prayer doesnâ€™t just come through our approach to the throne and the things we ask for, but also in proclaiming the power of Jesus and standing firm against Satan and his demons.
Now it is time for the sending. The image of me in full armor is not going away. Sometimes I can even hear the clanging of metal as I walk. Sometimes I see myself running full throttle into the battle with my sword drawn. Thereâ€™s been another change of uniform. Now go, I heard Him say, and so with my sword drawn, I will.
â€œI pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saintsâ€¦â€ Ephesians 3:16-18
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