Not Earned

Clothed with humanity, God’s Son gave his body to be the sin-offering so that God could once and for all condemn the guilt and power of sin.  So now every righteous requirement of the law can be fulfilled through the Anointed One living his life in us. And we are free to live, not according to our flesh, but by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit!

– Romans 8:3-4 The Passion Translation

Because of Jesus, we are free to live.

Free to live loved.

Free to know love.

Free to love.

Not because we work really hard to deserve it.

Not because we are strong enough to do everything perfectly.

But because He gave Himself for us.

We are free to live, not according to the strength of our flesh, but according to the strength of God’s love.

All that God requires of us has been satisfied in Jesus.

And Jesus is satisfied to live with us, love through us, forgive us, and empower us to live in the full freedom of His finished work.

May the dynamic power of the Spirit of God within you fill you with overflowing joy and an uncompromising desire to celebrate this truth all day long.

Case Is Closed

So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One. For the “law” of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Jesus has liberated us from the “law” of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2, The Passion Translation

The gavel has been pounded.

The Judge has made the final decree.

The evidence of love’s sacrifice entered in.

The testimony of death and sin stricken.

It’s power dismantled on the cross.

The accused has been acquitted.

The case is closed.

Your life in union with the Son, empowered by the Spirit and embraced by the Father.

The Son has set you free.

Be free.

Let nothing hold you back.

How to Deal with Difficulty

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”‭‭ Romans‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬   

How can you deal with difficulty?

Don’t give up.

The word “affliction” in the scripture above essentially means “pressure”.  

The pressure in your life is no joke. 

It is intense right now. 

How do can you deal with it? 

  1. Spend your energy pursuing hope. 

2. Don’t quit when things get hard.  

3.  Spend more time in the presence of God than the presence of fear.

If you must work on something my friend, work on keeping your heart filled with the wonder and expanse of God’s love for you.

Then lean on Jesus and let Him bear the pressure of the day.

Don’t give up.

Drenched

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,”

Ephesians 1:18 NIV

Jesus opened wide the door for you to walk with Him every day and draw from His unquenchable love to pour into every area of your life.

My prayer for you today is that you would be so drenched in the love of Jesus that it drips off you and onto everything you touch.

Overwhelmed

“Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Jesus Christ. Keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.” Phillpians 4:6-8 The Message Version

How do you survive in a world that is pulling on you in all directions?

There is so much to know, too much to know.

Knowing everything that is going on in the world is overwhelming and undermining at the same time.

It is overwhelming because we are finite beings who are limited to one place at one time.

It is undermining because it erodes hope and breeds fear giving birth to an epidemic of anxiety.

How do we survive?

We choose to withdraw in the grace filled arms of God before we look into the lens of world.

We step into a shower of worship and allow God to saturate us with His presence before we step onto the sidewalk of humanity.

We go to Him without fear of judgement or censure.

We speak to Him about what is really going on in our hearts and hold nothing back.

We aim our thoughts on the target of that which is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind.

Not to ignore what is happening in the world around us but to be free to see it through the perspective of something bigger, someone bigger, someone who spoke it into existence, walked among it, died for it and is redeeming it one life at a time.

Someone who is a Savior and the only One who can save it.

God is still doing glorious work in you and in me.

I am overwhelmed by it.

Which is so much better than being overwhelmed by everything else.

Down to the Details

“Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” Colossians 3:17, The Message Version

It’s the small things.

The little moments of mundaneness.

Little packages of wonder filled with gratefulness that come to us through what Jesus has done for us.

He brought the good news of heaven into lives of all who live on earth: you are loved, precious, valuable and through His sacrifice for you, reconciled to God.

That means that you can do a cannonball into the ocean of God’s love for you every day, in every way, down to the details of your life.

Dive in deep into His all encompassing love for you and allow this great love to drench what you say, what you do and overflow onto others.

The Shalom of Messiah

“Let the shalom of Messiah rule in your hearts—to this shalom you were surely called in one body. Also be thankful.” Colossians 3:15, Tree of Life Translation

Shalom is a beautiful word that means a special kind of peace.

It is a peace born from struggle and hardship.

It is the peace of being put back together after being shattered.

The shalom of the Messiah is a peace that walked through the darkness and didn’t stop walking.

It is a peace forged in the throws of death and triumphed over it.

It is a peace that has faced the worst of mankind’s darkness and overcame it.

It is the peace of the One who conquered the unconquerable and rose blazing in light and life.

Shalom is a peace that come from the heart of God, delivered to us through the heart of Jesus and binds us together through the confidence that no matter what we face, the promise of eternal peace is ours.

Hardwon and secure in love.

Shalom.

Real Rest

 “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty”.

Psalms 91:1 NIV

You were made for rest and rest is God’s gift to recharge you.

Truly resting is the commitment to honor God and honor the body He gave you.

Real rest is a lifestyle of accepting God’s love, care, provision and salvation.

Real rest is having a daily relationship with the Most High God and letting Him bear your burdens.

Real rest is leaning of His strength when you don’t have any.

It is not a waste of time but a way to make the most of it.

It is not about being lazy but about being wise.

Rest is not a frivolous excuse to get out of something, it is the conscious choice to trust Someone so much that you can close your eyes and sleep.

This is real rest and this is what Jesus bought for you.

Rest Is

“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”

Isaiah 30:15 NIV

Rest is spiritual and powerful.

It is an indispensable weapon of warfare.

It is when you turn from fear and launch yourself into God’s arms.

It is to pause the relentless cycle of thoughts fueled by fear or the need to control everything and everyone.

It is choosing to trust God with your world.

It is getting out and enjoying God’s creation.

It is laughing with your friends.

It is playing your favorite game with people you love.

It is one of the most powerful things you can do.

Rest is essential and as you rest, God’s power flows.

Stressed?

“So then we must be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.” Hebrews 4:11 TPT

Are you stressed?

Of course you are, so am I.

There is a lot to be stressed about.

That is why you need to rest.

That is why you need to take a break from fear.

Take a holiday from doubt.

Take a permanent vacation from unbelief.

Forget it all and make space to remember who you are in God and who God is in you.

You are God’s child redeemed by the blood of Jesus, embraced within the Father’s heart and filled with the Spirit of love, power and a sound mind for all that you will face.

Break away from stress today and take as much time as you need to rest in the truth of this.