Hem Me In

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Hem me in your love, O God.

“You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭139:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You may feel like you are on your own to deal with life.

That you are on your own to deal with stress.

On your own to make it happen, whatever “it” is, but you are not on your own, you are God’s beloved child.

His love goes before you and his grace follows behind you.

You are cherished and provided for, guided and anointed to walk confidently in God’s love.

God goes before you to make a way where there seems to be no way, He sets up divine appointments for you to walk in and he brings people across your path that need you.

He blesses you with what you need to do what He has called you to do.

His hand of blessing is on your head. He has hemmed you in His love.

That means in ALL that you do, big or small, his hand of blessing is on it- because his hand of blessing is on you.

My prayer for you is that you will begin to see yourself in the light of God’s passionate love for you:

He has chosen you.
Rescued you.
Provided for you.
Forgiven you.
Equipped you.
Goes before you.
Follows up after you.

God’s love is not like man’s love. He is not controlling you, He is surrounding you with Himself and there is more freedom in his presence than anywhere else in the world.

“For in him we live and move and have our being.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭17:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In Jesus, you have permission to live fully in God’s grace and walk confidently with His hand of blessing on you.

You are beloved and surrounded by Him. Set your fear aside and walk confidently in His love today.

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Worth It

God doesn’t say, “it will be easy” nor does He say ” there will be no battles”.

He says:

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭33:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

No matter what is happening around you, you are not alone and you have God’s presence within you.

Rest in His love, power, grace, peace, knowledge, goodness and faithfulness.

Your journey to freedom is not going to be easy but it is going to be worth it.

Irrational Love

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. 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.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The grace of God is the sacrifice of Jesus to restore you to the very heart of God by relationship to intimately know the character of God.

Next to it, you and I are unceasingly pursued and continually washed. It brings us quickly to the realization that we are, because of Jesus, embraced by God.

The law is the standard of holiness and the very heart and character of God.

Next to it you and I are miserably weak and continually guilty. It brings us quickly to the realization that we can’t, no matter how hard we try, be good enough for God.

When ever you “try” to be good, you are living in the law.

Whenever you “die” to trying and surrender completely to God you are living in grace.

It is being crucified with Christ so you can live to God.

To stop obsessing about yourself and all your faults and how to “do better” tomorrow but instead to fill up on God’s grace today.

To fix your mind on Him and fill your soul to overflowing with a divine irrational love that is unearned, undeserved and offered in Christ.

He has chosen you.

He has paid for you.

He will empower you.

May the undeserved, unearned favor of God so fill you to overflowing that you pour it out on others and allow God to use you any way He chooses. May you be more grace-obsessed than self-obsessed and come to know what it is to truly live.

Happy Thursday!

Room Enough

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God’s love is so expansive that there is room enough for you and room enough for every person you know. The cross does not have a limited space available sign on it. Jesus stretched out His arms for all. God has embraced you and placed you within the unearned luxury of His love.

“But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am.

And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste.”
1 Corinthians 15:10 MSG

Don’t let God’s grace go to waste.

Don’t let your insecurities dictate your obedience.

Don’t let fear hold you back from living and giving God’s love.

God has placed you where you are for such a time as this. Embrace it in grace. Engage in it with grace. Generously receive it and generously give it.

When you find yourself embraced in the center of God’a grace, you can’t help but reach out to those who don’t know that there is enough room in God’s love for them too.

Don’t waste a second.

Someone out there desperately needs to know it.

One Stone

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David believed that God could use a small stone placed in the hand of a young boy to change the momentum of a critical battle. He had faith that God could use a small thing to conquer a big enemy.

“Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.” 1 Samuel 17:49 NIV

It is not the size of what is in your hand but the size of the God in your heart.

God has chosen you.
He walks with you.

You can fearlessly face the giant before you because God is in you.

You already have what you need, step out and use it.

Don’t place your faith in what you have, place your faith in God.

He will use the small thing in your hand to do the big thing you have been praying for.

What small thing has God placed in your hand?

What is God asking you to do with it?

 

REAL LIFE

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The world likes a tidy image to categorize us in but God has no such desire. In fact, he is much more interested in authenticity vs image and reality vs the picture in your head of who you think you are supposed to be.

Jesus does not expect you to create a perfect picture of a good life.

Instead, he invites you to live your real life with him involved in it every day.

“So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you”. 1 Peter 5:6, 7 MSG

Let go of the image of you think you need to be and embrace who you are. God does.

Start enjoying the reality of your life instead of being discontent that it doesn’t fit the image of what you think it should look like.

In fact, the more you let go of that image, the more you are able to thrive in the life God has given you. Stop spending all your energy trying to shine it up and make your life look perfect, instead simply enjoy who you are and what you have.

Are you miserable because you are trying to live up to an unauthentic image?

What would happen if you let go of it and asked God to help you love who you are, where you are and what you have?

Rejoice is a Choice

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4 NIV)

Rejoicing is the theme of the book of Philippians, even though the circumstances with which it was written hold no reason for such a sentiment. Paul is under house arrest in Rome waiting to go before Caesar. He is cut off from his friends and chained to a guard 24 hours a day. He is not comfortable and does not know what the future will hold.

And that is the point.

We don’t rejoice because life is good, we rejoice because God is good.

We don’t rejoice only when good things happen – God works through all things.

We don’t wait to rejoice until we have all the answers, we rejoice knowing that Jesus does. And he loves you and will be with you whatever comes.

Set your heart to rejoice in Jesus today. Who he is, what he has done and that your eternal future is secured by his sacrifice. Your present circumstances are provided for by the strength of his grace no matter what they look like. We like to rejoice when we get our way but sometimes the harder way is what we actually need to grow in. Set your mind to delight in a security of his love and the mercy of his grace.

Rejoicing when there is nothing to rejoice about is a divine gift that will transform you.

And if you ask Jesus to open your eyes to see what you have right now to rejoice in, he will.

Take the gift and throw a party.