Freedom

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“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.”

Galatians 5:1 MSG

Don’t let the enemy deceive you into believing are still a slave to your flesh and subject to it’s every whim.

You are not a slave to your flesh, you are a child of God.

You are chosen, loved, provided for and empowered to live your life in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You belong to Christ and you have permission to live like it.

What is keeping you in bondage?

What does freedom from that look like today?

Nothing is stronger than God’s love for you.

Live loved.

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Repeat It

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“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5 NIV‬‬

You can’t see it in the English Translation but in the original language it reads more like this:

“for He, God, Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down or relax My hold on you! Assuredly not!” ‬ ‭(Amphlified Version)

It is worth repeating because it is a truth worth believing.

And one you can easily forget.

When you are facing financial stress and can’t see how you are going to make it, go back to this promise. When you are feeling like you don’t have enough, go back to this promise. When you are feeling that you are not enough, go back to this promise – Jesus will not fail you, give you up or leave you without support. He will not leave you helpless. He will not forsake you. He will not relax His hold on you. No never, no never, no never.

Your peace does not lie in enough but in Jesus.

Circumstances will come and go but Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Repeat it and believe it. 

Being Brave

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You don’t have to be brave unless you are facing something that requires it.

Being brave means that you are facing something that requires more than a step of faith, it requires a walk of faith.

It means not living by sight, not making your choices and decisions based on what is but on what can be. 

Being brave means getting up every morning and keeping your word when you don’t want to. Stating your boundaries and holding to them even when you don’t feel like it. Choosing to believe new truths instead of old lies every day.

That is being brave. 

Being brave is choosing to take the leap and then getting to work when your feet hit the ground.

Keep going.
Keep believing.
Keep hoping and trusting God.

“I’ll be with you. I won’t give up on you; I won’t leave you. Strength! Courage!”

Joshua 1:9 MSG

Don’t lean on your understanding because it can only be based on your past experience. Jesus wants to help you create a new future not help you relive the past.

Trust him.
Look to him for guidance.
Ask him for strength. 

Listen for God’s voice in everything you do and everywhere you go, he will keep you on track.

He will help you to keep going forward as you are being brave. 

Satisfied

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Well-spoken words bring satisfaction; well-done work has its own reward.
‭Proverbs‬ ‭12‬:‭14‬ MSG

Don’t let a situation dictate your reaction.

You choose your words.

You choose how you work.

You can’t always choose what you do but you can always choose how you act doing it.

Before your day even begins, get with God and choose together how you will react to the wide world you live in.

Grasping

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“A grasping person stirs up trouble, but trust in GOD brings a sense of well- being.”‭‭ Proverbs‬ ‭28:25‬ ‭MSG‬‬

It is exhausting to live your life grasping for security but not ever really holding on to it.

It can be triggered by envy, fear or sometimes a sense of personal failure. It is always triggered by focusing on “me, myself and I “.

It is based on the belief that you don’t have what you need or enough of what you need to be secure, so you keep grasping for it in relationships, personal accomplishments, financial security and so on.

The original Hebrew word used for “trust” in the verse above means “secure”.

You can live your life from a place of security instead of insecurity.

That security is found in the love of God.

Put down the worry and fear that is plaguing your life and lift your hands in worship.

Spend some time in the presence of Jesus. You will find more peace in worshipping God than you ever will by focusing on yourself and what you lack.

You do not need more of you (or a better you, a better relationship or more stuff) to be more secure- you need more of God.

You are His precious child. That doesn’t mean life’s journey will be easy, it means that He will supply you with what you need to live it.

You can stop trying to feel secure in who you are and embrace the reality of whose you are.

Your identity comes from Jesus, not your family or lack thereof, not from your accomplishments or shortcomings, not from your success or failures but from Him.

My prayer for you today is that you unfurl the grasping grip of insecurity and lift them up in worship to God. May you worship Him for who He is and be reminded whose you are.

Not a Spectator​

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God will give you what you need today to thrive, not just survive.

God’s plan is that you would be an active participator in your life, not just a passive spectator to it.

No matter how tired you are, God will give you what you need to take part in, to enjoy and to discover everything bright and beautiful that He has planned for you today.

You may say, “there is nothing bright or beautiful about today”. You may not see it, but God does, not because the day has it within itself but because God has it within Himself.

God has inlaid gifts of joy and moments of wonder even in the most mundane of days. 

His presence alone can bring glory to the most ordinary tasks and an awareness of the beauty of life into the dullest of days.

Whatever tasks lay before you today, ask Jesus to show you the gifts He has placed in them and ask the Father to give you the strength to participate in them.

“It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭MSG‬‬

May you be filled with moments of surprising beauty and unique joy as you invite Jesus into every moment.

Uncomfortable

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God will keep you accountable to live according to your full potential.

Not as a punishment but as a part of a thriving relationship of love.

Because Jesus loves you, He will challenge you.

He will challenge your status quo.

He will challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and live out there.

And when you’re uncomfortable zone becomes comfortable- He will call you out …again.

“You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.
1 Peter‬ ‭1‬:‭17‬ MSG

God loves you just as you are but that same love won’t let you stay that way.

Sloppy living isn’t about appearance or how your life looks to others, it is about how your life looks to God.

Sloppy living is when you have stopped risking and reaching but have shrunk back and self-protected.

Sloppy living is settling when you are called to soar.

Sloppy living is when you have delegated the Great Commission to others instead of doing it yourself.

You are not called to live a comfortable life, you have been called to abundant life in Christ.

You have been called to go.

You have been called to grow.

If you think that God is calling you out of your comfort zone- HE IS.

It’s time to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and live the life God has created you to live.

What comfort zone is Jesus calling you out of today?