Not Earned

Clothed with humanity, God’s Son gave his body to be the sin-offering so that God could once and for all condemn the guilt and power of sin.  So now every righteous requirement of the law can be fulfilled through the Anointed One living his life in us. And we are free to live, not according to our flesh, but by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit!

– Romans 8:3-4 The Passion Translation

Because of Jesus, we are free to live.

Free to live loved.

Free to know love.

Free to love.

Not because we work really hard to deserve it.

Not because we are strong enough to do everything perfectly.

But because He gave Himself for us.

We are free to live, not according to the strength of our flesh, but according to the strength of God’s love.

All that God requires of us has been satisfied in Jesus.

And Jesus is satisfied to live with us, love through us, forgive us, and empower us to live in the full freedom of His finished work.

May the dynamic power of the Spirit of God within you fill you with overflowing joy and an uncompromising desire to celebrate this truth all day long.

Case Is Closed

So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One. For the “law” of the Spirit of life flowing through the anointing of Jesus has liberated us from the “law” of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2, The Passion Translation

The gavel has been pounded.

The Judge has made the final decree.

The evidence of love’s sacrifice entered in.

The testimony of death and sin stricken.

It’s power dismantled on the cross.

The accused has been acquitted.

The case is closed.

Your life in union with the Son, empowered by the Spirit and embraced by the Father.

The Son has set you free.

Be free.

Let nothing hold you back.

Set Free

“You have been set free from sin” Romans 6:22 NIV

It is Jesus clothed in the white garments of resurrection, bearing the fresh scars of the crucifixion declaring to the universe that the power of sin is broken.

The good news is that all who come to Him are set free.

Free from sin.
Free from it’s power and control.
Free from its endless demands, requirements, small print and a false sense of control. 

The power of sin in your life can feel like a noose that the enemy gently lays upon your neck. Then slowly, surely, he begins to tighten it until you feel trapped, choked and bound. 

It is a lie. You do not have to live in bondage anymore.

Jesus took that noose upon His own neck for you. He took the penalty it demanded, death. Then He conquered death in a blaze of glory and hold freedom in His hands.

Wherever shame lurks and condemnation whispers, wherever fear and anxiety chokes, wherever lies and rejection linger – Jesus comes.

He comes with His love, His power, His mercy and His forgiveness.

He washes away the stains of the past and brings to you new hope for the future.  

He sets you free to live a new kind of life.

One saturated in His love and filled with His power.

The power of sin has been broken.

How will you live the truth of it today?

Unquestionably Free

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“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.

Strong in Grace

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“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The grace of Jesus means that you are loved recklessly just as you are. It means that you already have God’s approval. It means that you are completely forgiven and free.

It means that you no longer have to walk a road chosen for you by sin and brokenness. The strong and stubborn grace that is in Jesus means that you are free to journey down a new road, an unknown road, the road made clear by the cross. A road that comes with the companion of a Savior who is all about restoring that which was lost and getting you where He originally meant for you to be.

The grace that is in Christ Jesus drove Him from heaven to walk on earth for the sake of love. It drove Him to restore, heal, reach out to the “down and outs” and anger the religious powers that be.  It drove Him to become the perfect sacrifice to satisfy the justice of a Holy God to restore precious sons and daughters who would have no hope of restoring themselves to a good, good Heavenly Father.

Get busy receiving God’s amazing love today.  Give Jesus the condemnation that is bearing down on your head and let Him wrap His arms of compassion, dripping with grace, around your soul.

You may perceive weakness as a failure but God perceives it as reality.  A reality that when acknowledged allows you to fully receive God’s strength. Jesus does not ask you to make your resolve stronger, He asks you to make your dependence on Him deeper.

How are you going to be strong in the grace of Christ Jesus today?

Impossibility

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In Exodus 14 the Israelites were stuck between the sea before them and their former slave masters coming to recapture them. It was an impossible situation.

“But Moses told the people,

‘Don’t be afraid.

Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today.

The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.

The LORD himself will fight for you.

Just stay calm.”’

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Hemmed in by the mountains on both sides,  they had no way out and no way forward. Their new found freedom seemed fleetingly short and ultimately doomed.

They knew that God had delivered them from slavery but little more. They had not been free long enough to learn how powerful He is. They didn’t know that He would fight for them, split the sea before them and rescue them from an impossible situation.

They did not know God…yet.

When you don’t want to go back but don’t know how you are going to go forward, trust God and:

1. Don’t be afraid (don’t let fear dictate your decisions).

2. Stand still and watch the LORD rescue you (stop trying to fix the situation yourself. Let God work).

The LORD Himself will fight for you. 

When going forward looks like an impossibility, God is not punishing you, He is teaching you more about Himself. 

Trust Him and watch what He is about to do.

You Belong to Christ

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:24-25‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Don’t let the enemy deceive you into believing are still a slave to your flesh and subject to it’s every whim.

You are not a slave to your flesh, you are child of God.

You are chosen, loved, provided for and empowered to live your life in and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You belong to Christ, you have permission to live like it.

Free

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Know the truth and the truth will set you free.

The truth is a person, not an idea or a statement.

Jesus is the truth.

All truth comes from Him, dwells in Him, exists because of Him.

Have a relationship with The Truth and He changes your life, one decision at a time.

Ask Jesus to give you wisdom and He does.

Ask Him to give you strength and a way out of temptation and He will.

Jesus speaks to you through His word and you listen. His Spirit moves in your heart and you obey.

It is a two way relationship and it will indeed, set you free.

” Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31, 32 NIV)

Focus on your relationship with Jesus instead of your ability to “be free”.

He came to set you free and didn’t give you a list of things to do.

He gives Himself to you.

Know the truth and
the truth will set you free.

Letting Go

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“let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Hebrews 12:1b NIV

Can you imagine what it might be like to run with faith unhindered and un-entangled?

To not trip on THAT one sin that always pulls you down?

To go to God for what you need instead of _____________ (fill in the blank).

To serve Him freely and be able to focus completely on what He has set before you without the vines of habitual sin entangling around your ankles or the hinderance of what is always holding you back.

If our forefathers and foremothers could sit you and down give you a word of advice, they would say this: “Get rid of it. Your life is precious and short. The sooner you throw off what hinders you from walking in full obedience the better.”

What is the thing that hinders you from full obedience to God?

What is the sin that so easily entangled and trips you up?

Both things have been broken by the power of the Cross. Jesus has already taken the punishment so that you could run without them- so that you could run free.

Let go, throw it off and learn how to run free in Christ.

How is Your Serve?

Sometimes you hold back from giving yourself completely and really putting your heart into it because you are afraid of getting hurt. Maybe your gift was misinterpreted in the past or wasn’t received the way you hoped it would.

So you hold back.
You don’t put your heart into it.
You just do the bare minimum.
You justify not serving because you think, “well, they won’t even appreciate it anyway”.

But you are not made to live half- hearted. You are not given gifts to only give them halfway or with conditions.

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, (Ephesians 6:7 NIV)

You have been created to live wholehearted and to serve wholehearted.

How? By knowing that you are really serving The Lord, not people.

That EVERYTIME you are putting your heart out there in service it is for God, not for a thank you from someone.

How is your serve?

Is it half hearted?
Be brave.

Know who you are really serving, then let go of your fear and go for it!

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