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Ever Feel Like A Snail?

I sometimes fall into thinking I am the king of my own little world. I’m doing ok. Then, I hear a still small voice calling me by name. I want to run away; but dragging my own little world behind me makes slow progress. So, ok I will come; and with that acceptance I find myself before Your holy throne, Lord. 

Almost feel like a snail half out of my shell dragging it into Your presence Lord. My little world, my shell, has been my protection, my hiding place. You are calling me to leave my little universe and come out into Your vast kingdom. But its so big, and I’m so small. I glance out and see only nothingness, like a sea of fog. But I know there are giants out there hiding in the mist. Fear.

However: Reality is that I’m not a snail and my own little world of concealment, where I think I’m doing ok (if I don’t look too closely), is in fact a jail with bars of fear. I may as well be a snail in a fish tank. 

But I have a choice.  For I have received an invitation from the Creator of the Universe to come meet His Son Jesus and learn of Him. The invite is scented with glory and draws me despite my fear. . . Who am I to go into the Presence of an Almighty God? Me, a sinner, an imperfect, messed up, soiled child; why would He be calling me? 

I will go and see. Turning, I find myself floating through the mist until I see an incredible light glowing ahead. Brilliant warm colors seemed to welcome me; then my eyes open wide as I feel a love stream of joy. I draw back. 

Father, I am not worthy to come into Your house. 

My child. My beloved child do you not know that I gave my dearest Son so that you might be saved from the chains of the enemy? That you can now be welcomed into my house? Come meet My beloved Son, Jesus, who paid your sin debt or you. 

Through my mind rushed pictures of Jesus’ scourging and cruel death on the cross. His agony crushed my soul. He did this for me. 

Oh Jesus, thank You for suffering in my place so I did not have to; You took my punishment, and now my sin is gone, my soul is free to be with You and become all You created me to be. Jesus, I want You to live in my heart and guide my life. I choose to live here in the splendor of Your kingdom where You can teach me and help me grow into the one You already see me to be. 

Indeed Jesus paid the price for all of us; He paid off the sin debt. Now we can all choose to accept His gift, invite HIM to be King of our hearts. We can come out of the darkness of devil hatred and into the light of Jesus’ love. With that acceptance my  life has taken a paradigm shift in thinking; everything is different; my soul is lighter lifting up in joy and hope and expectation. Affirmation also brought the fulfillment of God's offer to send the Holy Spirit to indwell me and be a guide, a help, a comforter, a mentor.
John 14:26  (AMPC)
But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

Believe me, my friends, accepting Jesus as Lord of your life will bring you to the epitome of who you desire to be; for your desire will be His will for your life. God holds you as His own precious child and wants the absolute very best for you. Trust Him! Come! Choose Jesus!

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