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In the midst of all of the loud music, bright lights, and excitement of yesterday’s worship service and evening concert with The City Harmonic, one testimony brought the entire day’s activities into perspective.

A young man caught me after the concert and said, “Pastor Eric, this was a breakthrough day for me.”  He then went on to describe the freedom he experienced to lift his hands and celebrate as a worshipper.

“This was a breakthrough day for me.”  Amen. Amen. Amen!

Those are the words a minister lives to hear.  All of the planning, all of the prayer, all of the work is focused toward this one beautiful goal — spiritual breakthrough and growth in the lives of the ones we love.

I believe this young man’s personal observations were an accurate assessment of what we experienced as a church body yesterday.  It was a day of breakthrough as we were stretched in many areas.  From attendance, to sound quality, to lighting effects (I didn’t know our lights could do the things they did!), to the teamwork it took to make it all come together, we were stretched to reach out to new levels of breakthrough.

As pastor of Emmanuel Fellowship Church, I am blessed and overjoyed by where God has brought us as a congregation, and days like yesterday invite me to dream of where God is taking us as we continue to follow Him in this grand adventure.

As I laid my happy/sleepy head down on my pillow last night, I found myself in agreement with the words of my friend, “This was a breakthrough day for me.”

I pray it was for you as well.

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I’m not who I once was.  I’m not yet who I will be.

These two sentences reflect both the beautiful redemption and the work in progress of a follower of Jesus Christ.  As believers, our salvation is complete, and yet the process of becoming like Jesus and walking into the destinies God has called us to can be challenging—especially if we forget to give ourselves grace.  Grace to grow.  Grace to fail.  Grace to try again.  Grace to overcome.  Grace to succeed.

The good news is that God does not ask us to do anything that He does not also equip us to accomplish.  So, when He says, “Come,” He is already extending the measure of grace that will be needed for us to follow.

In Hebrew, the letter H is illustrated by an open window that signifies “grace.”

God’s very name, YAHWEH, contains two measures of grace—He has more than you need to get the job done.

What has God called you to do?  Everything you need is streaming in through the open window before you.  Don’t let fear make you pull the blinds.  Let His grace in, let it change you, and let it fill you with the courage to trust and obey.

 

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