Love and Faithfulness

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This morning, I want to remind you to be faithful to what God has asked you to do.

I want to remind you that faithfulness and love can be your top priority.

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

What if your behavior was driven by kindness and completed by uncomplicated faithfulness every day?

Not out of legalism but out of love.

Not to earn anything but to embrace everything God has already given you.

It is better to be faithful in a few things than unfaithful in many.

What would your life look like if you finished what you started?

What are your “few” things you are working on?

Uncomplicated Faithfulness

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This morning, I want to remind you to be faithful to what God has asked you to do.

I want to remind you that faithfulness and love can be your top priority.

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

What if your behavior was driven by kindness and completed by uncomplicated faithfulness every day?

Not out of legalism but out of love.

Not to earn anything but to embrace everything God has already given you.

It is better to be faithful in a few things than unfaithful in many.

What would your life look like if you finished what you started?

What are your “few” things you are working on?

Be Present

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God has called you to live your life not perform it.

Your life is not about you being perfect, it is about letting Jesus work in you as you are fully present in your real life.

He created you to be alive and active, to get tired, frustrated, give, take, learn, fail and grow.

Your real life is filled with broken people, challenging circumstances and difficult decisions. It’s different than you thought it would be and guess what,  Jesus is doing a new beautiful thing in you right in the middle of all it.

Jesus does not ask you to deny reality, He asks you to embrace it as He embraces you.

Because in the middle of all of it, Jesus is doing a new beautiful thing in the middle of you.

 “Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.”

1 Peter 4: 12-13 MSG

May you be free from the narrative of  “perfect” to live fully in God’s present work in you and be empowered to face the reality of  your life as you walk in His unique, personal, powerful expression of grace and purpose today.

Regrets

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“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. (‭Psalm‬ ‭139‬:‭1‬ NIV)

God knows you and loves you.

He knows your strengths and weaknesses. He knows every regret you have ever had and why you have it.

More than that, God knows how you can grow from it.

God can change your regret into a gift.

God can turn a memory of disappointment into a moment of discovery, a revelation of wisdom, a catalyst for change.

You don’t have to repeat the past. You don’t have to live with regret.

In Christ, you are a new creation and have His power within you to change, to transform, to grow.

Useless regrets are the ones you don’t learn from.

May there be NO useless regrets in your life.

May you learn from every one.

May God use every one of them to set you free to be who He has created you to be.

What regret can God transform into a gift today?

Next Level

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Jesus came so that you can do more than just do the best you can to make a good life. He saved you, healed you and wants to empower you to live an adventure with God.
“But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise!
A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way!
Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death.
But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.”
Romans‬ ‭6‬:‭22-23‬ MSG
May your day be interrupted by divine appointments and your heart filled with the delight of a new adventure with God.
May you be ready and willing for Him to use you to make a difference in someone’s life today.
Move on from focusing on what you don’t want to do and be set free to embrace the adventure of living in what God has for you to do.
May the adventure begin!

Welcoming God In 


Welcoming God to walk with you is different than working hard to walk with God.

Deep trusting is a different than incessant trying.

Receiving new mercies every morning is different than stagnantly reliving regulations to achieve right living.

“Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead.

That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation.

With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Jesus radically altered the whole basis of “right living” before God. Instead of working every day to live right before him, you receive grace everyday to walk with him and trust Him to shape right living in you. It’s an on going conversation and intimate relationship. It’s a receiving and giving, trusting and obeying.

Jesus is asking you for a relationship of trust, in the small things as well as the really big things. He is persistent in pursuing you and everyday is a new day to begin again.

Begin again today by welcoming Jesus in and allowing him to lead you, to love you and to work His grace deep within you.

Happy Monday, my friend.

Real Life


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 our head” of what and who we think we 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 everyday.

“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. Let go of the picture of where you are supposed to be and embrace where you are. God is there with you.

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. Since you are not spending all your time and energy trying to “shine it up” and make life “look right”, simply enjoy who you are and what you have.

Are you miserable because you are trying to live up 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 got?