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Final countdown… September 22, 2011

Posted by Hope 2 Tanzania in Devotional.

Isaiah 43:19 – See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I can’t even begin to tell you the process that God has taken us (but I will speak for me – Kelli) through over the last several months. When people say that iron sharpens iron, they really aren’t kidding!

The “Iron Sharpening Iron” process was carried out in a few steps.

  1. First was the pounding out of the sword with the iron hammer. They would flatten it around the edges like sheet metal.
  2. Second, they would use an iron file or and iron-ore stone to take create a razor-edge.
  3. Thirdly, they would use another piece of iron to rub and lift that edge. This would have to be done whenever the edge would become dull.

Pounding, filing, rubbing against another. Ouch! But…then you look at the outcome. The beautifully etched sword.

God is doing great and mighty things in the body of Christ, but more specifically in the body of people going to serve Tanzania. Many of us have been through testing waters, riding waves of fear, anxiety, attacks of the enemy. But, using any and all circumstances for His glory, our (faithful) Daddy is lengthening, deepening and widening our capacity for the Spirit to indwell us. He has trained us up in patience, perseverence, reverence of the Spirit. He is promising a life-altering experience – if we are willing to embrace it. I’m not talking “life as usual”. I am talking the big time. Many of us are believing for signs and wonders – healing, raising from the dead, deliverance. Many of us are contending for more of Him – intimacy, unwavering faith, the oil of joy. We have had pictures of the oil running down Aaron’s beard. We have had visions of the dead being raised. We have dreamed dreams of a transformation so great that our old selves will be hardly recognizable at our return. We are believing that He is tearing out the “old man” inside of us and replacing it with the “new man” (new wine skins) – the one we were destined/created to be. He is strengthening us in confidence, in the authority of the Spirit, in faith. Fine-tuning the fruits and gifts of the Spirit within each of us. None of us want to come back the same as we went…

Please partner along side of us as we contend before, during and after our trip for an encounter with the King!

Tethering ourselves to truth…


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