Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double. I have bent Judah as my bow; I have made Ephraim its arrow. I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and wield you like a warrior's sword. (Zech. 9:12-13)
As followers of Jesus we have experienced a miraculous second birth from above that has changed the very core of our nature. Embedded in this new operating system is a energy tank that is designed to run on the fuel of hope that is provided by the Holy Spirit Himself. If our tank of hope runs dry, we get stuck and are unable to truly advance in our highest purpose for being on the earth. In our immaturity and panic, we often try to refill our tank with the inferior fuel of our self-strength. As a result, we become moved and motivated by lesser things, sometimes without even being aware that we have constructed another kind of prison for ourselves. We are unable to be true to ourselves and we feel obligated to put on a false persona...a characturization of who we really are meant to be. Divine hope is not irrational, but it is trans-rational. Our Hebrew heart is built for and able to contain this hope. The Greek mind stumbles over it and the vulnerability that is required to embrace and consistently walk in it. Bob Hartley has taught me that God graciously "turns our prisons into classrooms", but ultimately, the only way we can fulfill our God-given destiny and calling is to return to the only prison in which we can thrive...the prison of hope...trusting God to make the inaudible, audible; the incredible, credible; the invisible, visible; the intangible, tangible and the impossible, possible.
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