Daily Text | Seedbed

Awakening cannot be reduced to mere spiritual renewal. It happens when Word and Spirit come together to make gloriously visible the will of God in the working of human beings.

We have an infinitely high capacity for the life of the Holy Spirit in us and yet we have a desperately low reality of the Spirit’s presence and power in our lives.

Before we can become the agents of awakening, we must first hear the awakening word ourselves. We must prophesy to the bones that are ourselves and one another, “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!”

Sometimes God delivers us in dramatic, immediate ways. Other times, God’s work unfolds slowly over time, and only in looking back can we fully capture the slow work of God in our lives.

We must resist our incessant impulse to answer with optimism. We must release our expectations, renounce any entitlement, and respond with, “Sovereign Lord, only you know.”

The only way to resist the temptation is to invite the searching light of the Holy Spirit to survey the valley of our own souls.

The mysterious miracle of awakening happens not so much on the mountain tops, but in the low places of loss, the rough places of brokenness, and in the dark places of desperate need.

Awakening begins in the land of impossible. It winds along the way of the cross. It ends in the country of eternal possibility—nothing short of resurrection life.

Kairos times and seasons are priceless eras when God opens a new door into a new day where he purposes to do new things.

May it be said of us years hence, “They heard the call. They put their hand to the plow. And they never looked back.”

As David longed for the day when a temple would stand in Jerusalem and God’s presence would fill the holy of holies, so we long for the day when we will be in the full presence of God.

if Jesus is pursuing every person, we can only know what He’s up to by entering into another person’s story through holy love.

As we come to the close of the Christmas season, God’s people must be able to tell why the story of Jesus’ birth is good news. And we must tell it well, beyond the season.

Satan lied because he’s been after Jesus since the beginning, and humanity is the enemy’s collateral damage.

Jesus is political, but not in the ways we think, practice, or post on Twitter.

Instead of a list of goals for the year, how about a prayer?

This season between the two comings of Jesus is the time for vibrant mission.

God’s plan for our Christmas heroes was Jesus. And that’s the real gift of good news for us.

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