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Faith Imagined

Alisa Hope Wagner: Christian Writer

April 4, 2010

Sanctified Together Publication

Jumping In

I imagined myself standing next to Jesus, looking out at the world and watching the events of history unfold. I can't wait to jump into my life and shine the glory of God during my short years on earth. Jesus reminds me that I must stand strong in the world -- the roots of the Enemy are everywhere. He explains that I will learn all about faith and that I will no longer be completely surrounded by God's glory. However, I will feel His glory deep within my soul. It is a gift that God planted within me, but that gift is merely a seed. I wll have to cultivate it.

I don't under why Jesus is so emphatic. I won't forget! How could I forget? God is the Creator of the Universe! Jesus introduced us! How could I ever forget the millions of angels singing His praises or how the mountains and the skies cry out His glory or how I have knelt at His throne worshipping Him and filling myself with His love, peace and majesty? How could I forget heaven? Heaven is life; earth is merely a test, a sport, a challenge -- created to teach, strengthen and develop me. I'm playing to win. I want to come back to eterinity a champion!

Jesus gives me a smile. He sees my determination but knows that I have much to learn. He tells me that He will give me three things to help me win on earth and shine the glory of God. He gives me the Holy Spirit. I receive this when I accept Jesus as savior of my earthly and eternal life. The Holy Spirit will be the power of God in me, guiding me through the Enemy's weeds. He gives me the Bible. I must read this Book over and over again because my human heart is naturally sinful and eager to stray. The more I read the Scriptures, the more God's promises fill my heart and take root. And He gives me other people. Jesus said that I will be able to see Him through the lives of other Christians who are walking by faith. They will encourage, motivate and edify me. They will help me win my race, and I will help them win theirs; however, we must live in harmony.

Yes, I know, Jesus! I know! I'm ready to go. I want to be Your hands and feet. I want to show the whole world what they are missing when they reject God. I will be a leader of the Gospel! I will shine Your glory in every crevice of darkness I see!

Jesus' face becomes serious. He stares in my eyes and waits a second before giving me His last words of advice. He tells me that He will have to break me. He will have to beat down every aspect of my flesh, because only then will His glory shine through. He says this process hurts, and it continues until the day I see Him again in heaven. But, if I learn to seperate my spirit from my flesh, I will find great joy. Only when my flesh dies, will my spirit radiate the glory of God.

But I don't have flesh, yet. I do not understand pain, heartache or loss. I've never been without God, so I've never experienced sin. All I've ever known is love, joy and beauty. I start to feel a little homesick, and Jesus wraps His arms around me and strokes my face. He doesn't say these words out loud, but I feel them in my heart.

"When the pain becomes unbearable, and you have lost your way, just look to Me, dear daughter. I allowed my flesh to be dominated by the world, so that God's glory could pour forth. You must fill your life with that glory and shine it brightly. Draw close to me, and I will draw close to you."

Jesus tells me that it is time for me to go. The family, nation, culture and time He has chosen for me is ready for my arrival. I look at Jesus face to face one last time, and I can't help but say these words:

"I promise You, Jesus. I will return to You broken, tired and used up; but I will come back victorious. I will shine Your glory."

John 17.1-5 NIV:

"After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: 'Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.'"

You can also read this article on the Sanctified Together Publication page: here.

The Sanctified Together Publication April Issue - Life as a Vapor is hot off the online presses! I hope you join me in reading all the wonderful writings!

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Blogger Kristen Torres-Toro said...


Happy Easter, Alissa!

8:53 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Blessings and prayers,

9:36 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Wishing you a blessed Easter.

9:57 PM  
Blogger K.M. Weiland said...

Easter blessings! I love that pic. Crazy sheep...

9:41 AM  
Blogger Randi Troxell said...

this is wonderful..

hope your Easter is fabulous!

10:06 AM  
Blogger Bernadine said...

Beautifully written, felt as if I was there in that moment.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Awesome post...and I love the picture....

8:50 PM  
Blogger Braley Mama said...

I read this and though of the words to one of my favorite praise songs......"might be today I look in to your eyes, might be today I see your face; might be today i feel your wounded hands on my tear stained face."
That you!!! You are such a blessing on my walk:O)

9:55 PM  
Blogger Lloyd said...

Thank you for this inspiring and uplifting message Alisa. It is so wonderful to read blog posts that are filled with the Spirit of God. May our Lord contine to be with you. God bless, Lloyd

7:10 AM  
Blogger May said...

Very inspiring post...thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Goose Hill Farm said...

Wonderful post!


3:41 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

That was very moving, Alisa. So much of my flesh still needs to be beaten down.

This whole issue was incredibly convicting and thought-provoking.

Thank you for all the hard work that was put into it for the glory of Christ!

6:29 PM  
Blogger Warren Baldwin said...

Good post.

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