We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness(from the Declaration of Independence).
When these words were originally written, they were not a physical reality to the people who wrote them. In addition, the scope of their vision was small; they were talking only about themselves and they had no idea the lengths and the depths that these words could and would reach. The beauty of these words is that they contained truth and because they contained truth the words have endured the test of time and have reached farther and wider than was imagined and brought about changes that not only remained in the realm of the mind, but emerged into physical reality.
The last several months the LORD has captured my heart with the Relentlessness of WHO He IS. I have listened to a sermon by Todd Hunter called Relentless God (8/29/10) at least 4 times now. It isn't that the sermon is full of overwhelming points but it is the essence of the message that has captured my heart; God is up to something, He is on a mission and we can choose to join in with His mission or not. But whether or not you choose to join in with these TRUTHS and allow them to be a reality in your life or not does not make the truths - untrue.
As I entered the Christmas season and since then I have been caught up in Isaiah 9:6&7
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
The words of the prophet Isaiah have captured me. This is Who Jesus proclaims to be in our lives:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, Everlasting Father
Are these just words on a page, words for our theoretical minds? Or are these the words of Almighty God, declaring Who HE is, and they are meant to be a reality for our lives? Should we follow the example of our Founding Fathers and realize that sometimes TRUTH supersedes "reality" and that it needs to be declared, lived out and if necessary fought for?
Isaiah continues, "there will be no end to the increase of His government." God is on the move, in an ever-increasing manner, and I have been caught up in the journey of knowing Him in ever increasing measuring and allowing the increase of His government (kingdom) to rule and reign in my life and in the lives of those around me.
These beautiful words are TRUTHS, which unfortunately too many of us are missing as reality in our lives.
As I walk into this new year the LORD has encouraged my heart to declare, walk in and live in the realities of these truths. He is my Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace. These words are going to be the forerunners of my life in this next season.
I am excited about this upcoming year and pray you will continue to walk along with me in the journey. The LORD continues to overwhelm my heart with the height, length, beauty and depth of His Living Word. As I've entered in, it truly has been refreshing, living water to my soul.
My prayer for each one of you is that the LORD would capture your heart with His truth and that He would place in you a hunger and thirst for Him that cannot be quenched yet propels you forward in strength, faith and hope as you follow after Him into the things He has for you in this season.