Hope Now

Friday

What are you hoping for today?

“Wait, Israel, for GOD. Wait with hope. Hope now; hope always!”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭131:3‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Hope now.

Right now.

While you wait.

While you are stuck.

Open wide your heart and let hope flood in.

Let it wash over your mind and fill your spirit to the brim.

There is no better day than today.

There is no a better time than right now.

No matter what is going on around you, hope is available to you.

Jesus died on the cross, took the punishment of sin, and rose again to eternal life.

He is alive.  He is working.  He is saving.  He is holding out eternal hope to you.

Don’t procrastinate hope, you have permission to hope now – no matter what.

 

Even There

Thursday
Do you have something in your life that you don’t think God can change?
I call those things, my “even there” places.

You know, the places that you don’t think God can reach.

That thing you think God can’t change or that place that you don’t believe God can help.

Psalm 139:9-10 says,

“If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.”
(NIV)

No matter how difficult or dark your situation, Jesus can guide you out. He will give you the support you need. Because of Jesus, God’s power flows unhindered to you. His healing love can wash over you. His help is available to you.

There is no place that God can’t reach, heal, and restore even there.

The Next Level

Wednesday

Want to go to the next level in your faith journey?

The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 2:20,

“The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”‭‭‬ (‭NIV)

It is a good thing to live your life through Christ, it is going to the next level of your faith to let Jesus live His life through you.

His agenda, your body.

His purposes, your gifts.

His love, your hands.

The “next level” of following Jesus is not a stage of life to achieve, it is a vision-driven, mission-obsessed passion to let Jesus fully have His way in every area of your life.

And you don’t have to wait until you feel ready, you just have to give God persmission to begin.

 

 

Faith or Fear?

Tuesday-DW

Are you living today in faith or in fear?

This faith journey with Jesus is just that, a faith journey.

It is not a fear journey.

Faith and fear are both ways to walk into the unknown and I have a secret to tell you – every new day is unknown. You don’t know what will happen. It could go as planned or go completely different. Sometimes better different, sometimes not so much.

Fear holds you back, faith releases you forward.

I’m not suggesting that you ignore your fear or be in denial of it. I’m encouraging you to not let fear decide what you do or don’t do.

Give Jesus all your unknowns and allow Him full access to the places in your heart that are ruled by fear.

Let His love flood in and wash away the fears that are holding you back today.

 

I Dare You

Monday

“He has given us a new life because we are united with Christ Jesus. He saved us so that now we can do good things in our lives. Those are good things that he has already prepared for us to do“.

Ephesians 2:10 (EASY Version)

Instead of assuming your life is already set in motion, what if you ask God to show you how to live His agenda instead?

Instead of looking for the reasons why things did or didn’t happen yesterday, you asked God what is possible with Him today?

God’s agenda for your life is dripping in love and mercy. You are redeemed to live a new life in Christ. This new life comes with new things to do and new people to love. Things that He has already prepared for you to do and people He has already put in your path.

Living God’s agenda in your life doesn’t mean that nothing gets done, it means that your to-do list doesn’t determine your impact, your trust in God does.  If you dare to take God at His Word and trust that He has already prepared it for you, new life in Christ becomes a reality instead of just a good idea.

Surrender your to-do list and ask God to lead you to the “good things he has already prepared” for you do today.

I dare you.

 

Give Should-Haves a Decent Burial.

Friday

“So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There is nothing in it, nothing at all. The best thing to is to give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons.

Romans 8:12-15 MSG

What “should haves” are holding you back from being fully present in the beautiful life Jesus has for you?

When God sends you a vision of your future, it is to get you moving in the right direction. When He lays a burden on your heart it is to pull you towards His purpose for you.

He will not lift the call but He will refine it.  He will not lift the burden to be His change agent in the world but He will redefine it constantly.

And God will never ask you to “do-it-yourself’, His visions always come with a “you-can-only-accomplish-this-with-God” clause.

We can all easily slip into a habit of tending the graves of  “what if’s” and “should have done’s” but that only hinders us from living in the power of the resurrection life of Jesus.

Life in Christ is meant to be a moment by moment adventure with God.

Give your “should have’s” a decent burial and get on with it.

What regret have you been grave tending?

Unquestionably Free

Thursday
“So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free”.  
John 8:36 AMP
Are you discouraged today because it seems like real change is impossible?
Don’t let anyone or anything con you into believing you are still a slave to sin.  Don’t believe the enemy’s lies that you have no power to break old habits, thought patterns, temptations, or addictions.
When Jesus sets you free, you are free. 
So then why does it take so long to learn how to live in this freedom?
It is because while Jesus has broken the spiritual contract of sin over your life and you are  “legally” free, your flesh has been well trained by its former slave masters.
Your flesh or old nature, has old habits, temptations, and thought patterns that are deeply set in it through years of experience and practice.
Real change takes time. Don’t give up.

What Jesus did on the cross for you means that you have the hope of real change, exponential growth, and truly transforming your life.

Jesus doesn’t just give you hope, He comes alongside you every day to do it.

Don’t Miss It

Wednesday

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him”.

Philippians‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭NLT

At the end of your life, you may or may not have human praise but if you have gone after a real relationship with Jesus, you will have so much more than that.

You will have rich relationships, miraculous moments, great faith adventures as well as the single most important thing you can have with you as you step into eternity – Jesus Himself.

Don’t waste your life by pursuing goals to make yourself more comfortable, more secure or safer.

Live the life you were created for by pursuing the one goal of knowing Jesus.

Not just to know about Him but to know Him in every area of your life.

Not just to work for Him but to work with Him.

Keep this goal as the top priority and all the other goals will quickly fall into their proper perspective.

Envy

Tuesday

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”

Proverbs 14:30 NIV

Is envy sabotaging your joy?

Envy is a sneaky thief and the lie at the heart of all comparison.

It whispers with an incessant voice:

“you are not enough”,
“you don’t have enough”,
“you could be enough if only….”

When you believe the whispers of envy, you are trading an abundant life for an abundant lie.

In Jesus, you are enough. He is not lacking in any area and He has made all God’s resources available to you. In Him, you are embraced, loved, cherished, equipped, empowered, and complete.

God’s plan for your life is not to be consumed by envy.

Confess it, take it to the cross, leave it there.

It is time to take hold of the fullness of who you are in Christ and leave the emptiness of envy at the cross today.

Don’t waste another second on it.

The Peace of His Presence

Monday

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”      

2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV

Is worry ruling your life?

There are a lot of things to worry about right now.

Some of them are things you worry about all the time.

Some of them are things that are brand new.

Either way, you can collect worry like it’s your job or you can build a tower of God’s peace around your soul.

You have peace with God through Jesus Christ and because of that, you can receive peace from God in and for every situation.

Out of all the decisions you have to make today, the most important one will be if you choose to hold on to God’s peace or your worry.

May His presence calm your heart and fill you with His peace today.