You Are Not A Tree

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“and then a total life-change through the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed in his name to all nations”

Luke 24:47 MSG

I have come to treasure the gift of repentance, a word that simply means to turn around. To change. To move from where you are and head in a new direction.

There is no freedom without repentance.  The freedom that comes from recognizing your sin and being able to lay it down before God. There is no greater sense of peace than the one that comes the moment after receiving God’s forgiveness.

There is no greater sense of purpose than accepting God’s power to make a 180-degree turn and change.

This doesn’t just happen once. It isn’t reserved only for “the first time” you recognize you are a sinner in need of salvation but is a privileged right of every child of God, no matter how long (or how little) you have walked with God. It is the ONE thing that keeps your relationship with God thriving and alive.

Get before God and lay down what is holding you back.

Every day.
Once a week.
Once a month.
Once a year.
Whatever it takes.

The more the better. One of the reasons I need to go away by myself is that I need the time and space to squirm, to be real before God, to mourn my own weaknesses, own my mistakes and get neglected areas of my heart right with God.

And that takes courage because after repentance comes life change.
God gives you the power but you have to apply it to your life.

Be brave.

I want God’s prosperity in my life. In my mind, my heart, my health, my relationships and my ministry. But that means some things must change. I love the quote that says “if you don’t like where you are at, change it. You are not a tree”.

No, you are not a tree, you are a child of God.

What things do you need to be brave about?

When was the last time you found freedom through repentance?

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Hope Full

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Where you place your hope is important.

If you put your hope in yourself, you will be disappointed – you are human.

If you place your hope in another person, you will be disappointed – they are human.

If you place your hope in hope itself, it is a powerless, empty idea – like a wish. 

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭5‬ NIV

Put your hope in God.

Jesus is real, bigger than your situation and does more than just offer you hope, he offers you the truth to walk in.  He teaches you how to walk in it.

He empowers you to be brave, to see his vision for your life and rest in his loving arms while you wait.

My prayer for you today is that you would be filled with the Holy Spirit and walk in his truth.  I believe that your questions will be answered and the path will open up before you when the time is right.

May your hope quotient be full and heart secure in Jesus as you tackle the daily tasks of living and bring glory to Him in everything that you do today.

 

Faith walk

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That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud.” ‭‭Numbers‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Why did the people of Israel weep?

Because 10 of the 12 spies that Moses sent into the promised land came back saying it was impossible. And the people believed them instead of believing God.

They mourned as if they were already defeated when in truth, they had not even begun.

Be careful how you use your imagination. You can feed your worst fears or you can feed God’s best hopes for your life.

This nation of former slaves looked at the promised land in fear because it was going to be difficult.

They wanted the promise but only if God was going to make it easy for them.

Stepping into your promised land isn’t going to be easy.

You are going to have to fight for it.

Fight fear, the lies of the enemy, your own ingrown old slave mentality.

Getting there is going to be one step of faith after another.

It will always be a faith walk.

You are going to have to trust God to give you what you will need, when you will need it, to do what He has called you to do.

What daunting task has God put before you?

What impossible thing are you facing?

Who are you putting your faith in- yourself or God?

Wipe your tears, lace up your shoes and start walking toward your promised land.

I will join you. 

Goals

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The important thing about goals is not just having one, but having the right ones.

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭14‬ NIV

Don’t waste your life going after goals to make yourself more comfortable.

Go after Jesus– his love, his agenda, his goals for your life (which has more to do with who you are than what you look like and giving more than getting).

Life following Jesus is not comfortable or easy. It is unique, unexpected and adventurous.

At the end of your life, you may or may not have human praise and awards. What you will have is rich relationships, miraculous moments and the most important thing you can have with you as you step into eternity – Jesus.

The prize.

Keep this goal in your soul and all the other goals will quickly fall into their proper perspective.

Go after Jesus and make your relationship with him the main goal of your life. With Jesus at the top, the other goals fall in their right place or fall off the grid completely. 

May you clearly hear his voice, boldly follow his guidance and passionately pursue his heart in all things today. 

Happy Friday, my friend! 

God Is There

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“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Psalm 139:7-10 NIV

No matter where you are – God is there.

He is there in the light and joyous seasons as well as the heavy and dark ones.

He is there when everything falls apart and there when everything comes together.

He is there when everything suddenly changes with a fresh word of encouragement, strength, direction, peace and joy drawn from the unchangeable depths of wisdom and knowledge that you will never be able to exhaust.

Be all in where you are. Don’t waste your thoughts on “could haves and should haves” when the Lord has good things for you to do and to have where you are.

Your job today is to listen and absorb, appreciate and yes, enjoy where you are right now.

What season are you in?

What is important about it?

What is God telling you to do in it?

What is he asking you to let go of?

What is he telling you to hold onto?

Fear Less, Less Fear

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Everytime you obey God, you drain fear of its power in your life.

Fearless obedience is not about waiting until you have no fear to obey, it is about obeying Jesus no matter how you feel.

It starts with terrified obedience,
then moves to afraid obedience,
becomes nervous obedience,
evolves into determined obedience and somewhere down the line,
joyous obedience will overtake your heart.

To go after all God has for you, talent is optional but obedience is indispensable.

Every time you use whatever faith you have whether it be little or large to step out in obedience you are trusting a loving God to walk with you every step of the way.

“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Whatever Jesus is asking of you today,  he brings all his power with him to help you do it.

Less fear.
More faith.
Abundant life.

What is Jesus asking of you today?

What does it look like to trust him in this?

What is the most important truth you need to hold on to as you step out in faith?

All That Hinders

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“let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.”

Hebrews 12:1b NIV

There is a sense of joy heard in the invitation to throw off all that hinders and run. Like a child running in the field or the dog escaping out of the gate. To run free with faith unhindered and feet untangled in the mission God has created you for.

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews paints the faces and hearts of those who served God with great passion and unflinching faithfulness. Those who suffered, risked, obeyed and followed through in faith.

They are seated in the heavenly grandstands, cheering you on.

Telling you to throw off everything that hinders and run the race God has called you to run.

To hold nothing back.

To let go of fear and embrace the call of God on your life, trusting him to empower you to do it.

Running fast and free is not accomplished by focusing on what is holding you back but by focusing on where you are going.

Turn your face to the finish line and run free.

What is holding you back from running free?

What can you do today to drop it?