Unlimited Riches of Glory

And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power.”

-Ephesians 3:16, The Passion Translation

Don’t you just love a big unveiling?

A new car, a new product, a new vision that will change life as you know it.

Today there is to be a great unveiling with you.

It is the unveiling of the unlimited riches of glory that God has already given you through Jesus.

It is the lavish outpouring of God’s favor upon your life.

It is the glory and favor of God’s limitless love continually filling your soul to the brim until you can’t contain it any longer.

This is the life you and I are called to in Christ.

It is a life of living in unlimited divine love that fills you with supernatural strength and power.

It is yours through Jesus.

All yours.

To live in today.

In Awe

“So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth.”

-Ephesians 3:14-15, The Passion Translation

When you realize how much He loves you.

When you receive the truth that He knows you, loves you and has chosen you.

When you know that nothing separates you from Him, not even your own sin.

When you enter into His arms and allow Him to embrace you.

You can’t help but fall to your knees in awe.

Who is God?

The perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on earth.

Who are you?

His beloved child, invited into an eternal relationship with Him beginning now.

Stay With It

But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:32-39‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Following Jesus means that you are being called upon to be a pioneer. He is calling you to be the first in your family to break the cycle of unhealthy habits or to break the cycle of emotional or physical abuse.

It will take courage.

You will have to persevere.

You will have to be stubborn to keep going against the odds and swim against the current.

God is asking you to be a change-maker and to be stubborn about it.

Be stubborn about your goals but flexible about your methods. 

Jesus never did the same miracle twice. 

Each one was different and unique.

Be creative, use what God has given you and fight for change. 

Change worth having is worth fighting for.

Go ahead – be stubborn and courageous today.

Feel It

Jesus allowed himself to feel emotions, all of them. 

He mourned.

He loved.

He was angry.

He was thankful.

He knew that feelings are a gift and a part of being human.

He knew that feeling emotions is a part of being alive.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 says,

“There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,”‭‭ Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:4‬ ‭NIV

‬‬As you give your emotions space to exist, you give permission for it to move through you instead of getting stuck in you. 

You have to feel it, to heal it. 

Don’t stuff it down, bring it to Jesus.

Grief

“Then Jesus wept.” John 11:35 NLT

Following Jesus doesn’t mean that you don’t deal with loss, it means don’t deal with it alone.

It means that you have a Savior who goes with you into the depths of grief.

One who walks with you through the fear, the anger and heartbreak of it all.

He will hold you when you collapse under the weight of it and strengthen you as you deal with reality.

With Him you can courageously face the pain of loss as you hold onto the hope of heaven. 

That You May Know Him

” in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” 

Colossians 2:2-3 NIV

May you experience Jesus today as your

loving Savior, 

close friend, 

trusted counselor, 

reliable guide, 

powerful redeemer, 

hope giver, 

grace maker, and sovereign Lord.

Amen. 

Be Kind

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
‭‭Ephesians 4:32 ‭NIV‬‬

Someone needs you to be kind today.

To preach without words.

To listen without judgment.

To speak the truth in love.

To serve without complaining.

To be brave.

To be real.

To be available.

Be available for God to use you anywhere, anytime with anyone and He will.

Always Loved

“You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others.” Colossians 3:12, The Passion translation

Apparently, it is hard for humans to believe that we are always and dearly loved by God.

The New Testament repeats this sentiment over and over again – you are loved by God.

Always.

Now live like it.

Live from it.

Make God’s love your wardrobe.

Wear all it’s styles – mercy, kindness, gentleness, unoffendable love.

If God is not offended by your brokenness and humanness, how can you be offended with others?

Wear His love like a warm coat in the winter.

Wrap it around you.

Make it the decision maker of your day.

Make it be what people first notice about you.

May the always-there-love-of-God direct you to immerse yourself in the power of kindness, mercy, goodness and faithfulness as you go about your day.

Same Love

“I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts.” John 15:9, The Passion Translation

Jesus spoke these words to his friends right before He laid down His life for them.

Can you imagine how God the Father loves God the Son?

It must be amazing to be that secure in how God feels about you.

Jesus experienced the love of God every moment of every day with nothing hindering it.

That didn’t mean His life was without pain or trial.

On the contrary, the life of Jesus was full of pain, fear, anger and loss.

He wept. He yelled. He made people angry -so angry, in fact, that they plotted to kill Him (and did).

Yet, He lived loved.

Without reserve.

He fully offered all He had and all He knew.

It’s the same love.

The same love God has for Jesus, He has for us.

Generous, strong, real, glorious love.

Jesus offers this same unrelenting love as the nourishment we are meant to draw from as we live each moment of our lives. The good and the bad times, the amazing and the heartbreaking times, the sweet and the bitter times.

Every single one.

God’s love doesn’t change towards us according to what is happening to us. It is the fuel that gets us through it all.

May this same love be a balm to your soul today as you face whatever realities life is bringing to you.

Love Never Gives Up

“Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.” 1 Corinthians 13:7, The Passion Translation

The sentence above is the closing sentence of a paragraph about love.

We read the words and long for the truth of them to be real in our lives.

We long for more.

We are made for more of this kind of love.

We try to love like this and fail miserably because we are human.

Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others.

But we stop believing the best. We give up. We get tired.

But God does not.

He does not give up.

He does not let go.

His love is a safe place of shelter for all who need it.

And we all need it.

If you have given up believing the best for yourself, your loved-ones or your circumstances, cling to the truth of this passage.

This isn’t about you trying harder to love better, it is about you burrowing into God’s strong love for you and letting Him believe the best is yet to come.

We take failure as defeat.

God takes failure and forms it into hope.

That is how He loves.

May the love of God hold you when you are tired, give you hope when you feel lost and enough light for the next step you need to take today.