See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals hon-or me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the waste-land, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. Isaiah 43:1921
AS JESUS DIED, the sun grew dark, the earth quaked, the wind blew, and the veil in the temple was torn apart. This veil separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies, so it separated everyone except the high priest from personal contact with God. The tearing of the veil signified that now every man, woman, boy, and girl has personal access to God.
Jonathan, one of my online students said, Real dignity comes from the reality that God sacrificed Jesus his Son for you. At times, we forget that we are worth dying for. Knowing this motivates us to fulfill Jonathans next words: As a redeemed believer, I want to follow Christ and carry out his purpose and mission for my future! This enables us to become transformational servant-leaders who allow God to fulfill his purpose and mission for our future. Hes right, yet this fact often goes right over our heads. God says each of us is a per-son of exceptional worth and extravagant value to him. He describes us as my chosen, the people I formed for myself that you may proclaim my praise (Isa 43:21 NIV).
God has placed within you the ability to fulfill your highest potential: to dream great dreams and see them become realities. In order to reach this awesome goal, pray this life-purpose power prayer: Empower me, Lord, by your Son, to become all you created me to be. Energize me, Lord, by your Spirit, to accomplish all you call me to do. Then work through me to transform the lives of those I love and lead. Amen.
– Dr. Sam Bruce, Sam & Sandie Bruce Ministries, Florence, Mississippi