Half Way There

In just a few more weeks, Christmas Day will be upon us.

It is so easy it is to get overwhelmed with all the things to do and prepare for.

When you’re overwhelmed, the best thing to do is to take a minute and remind yourself what Christmas means and why we celebrate it.

Christmas is a holiday that celebrates the gift of God’s love and presence through Jesus Christ.

To restore you.

To reconcile you.

To renew you.

Jesus was born for you.

He who was from the beginning became flesh so you would know God.

Christmas is a reminder and a celebration of this truth:

“But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.” John 1:12 MSG

Wherever you are in your preparations for Christmas, my prayer is that your heart would be filled with the wonder of living loved as a child of God through the gift of Jesus today and every day after will be a celebration of it!

With You

God IS with you.

Present tense.

He does not reside in the past although He will heal it.

He is not waiting to show up for you tomorrow. 

He is here with you now.

Right where you are.

“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). MATTHEW 1:23 NIV

Jesus is the gift of God with us and the miracle of the present Presence.

God is with you and He desires to have a conversation with you all day long.

May you be filled with the presence of the present God through Jesus today.

Beyond Measure

God loves you beyond measure.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”‭‭ ROMANS‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

You Are Loved.

You are loved today, tomorrow and will be loved every day until your death and then beyond into eternity.

Nothing can separate you from God’s love. 

Not fear.

Not shame.

Not worry.

Not finances.

Not circumstances.

Not the rules of men.

Because of Jesus you can live in the glorious freedom of being a cherished child of God.

Are you?

On Being Grateful

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”    

Romans‬ ‭1‬:‭21‬ NIV

There are two things that will keep your thinking clear and your hearts filled with God’s divine love today giving God glory and giving God thanks.

You can know God and still get stuck in a mental tornado of worry and fear.

When you make gratitude and worship your daily bread and fortifying your spiritual life with His Word, He becomes the calm in the midst of the storm and the eye of the tornado.

He becomes the safe place you can run to and rest untouched by the winds of trial whipping around you.

Jesus defeated all sin and rose from the grave unleashing His power for you. His triumph secures your freedom from all fear.

It is the difference between enduring and embracing your life. In the middle of trials and stress, it is choosing to be present and aware of God’s goodness.

It is focusing on what you have instead of dwelling on what you are afraid of losing.

What are you grateful for today?

I am thankful for you.

Not Sorry

“Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us.”    

Matthew 6:12 CJB

Did you know that you can forgive someone even if they are not sorry?

They don’t have to be sorry in order for you to forgive them. 

They don’t even have to know that you have forgiven them.

Forgiveness is about you, not them.

It is about acknowleging and releasing the pain, the fear and the hurt to God.

Forgiveness is not about restoring trust in them either, it is about trusting God with your heart and asking Him to heal it.

At your darkest

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 NIV

If you are feeling like the worst of sinners right now, run to Jesus.

He came for you.

His arms are wide open.

He has more patience for you than you have for yourself.

He has forgiveness in His grasp and is ready to graciously pour it out to you.

He does not expect you to be perfect. 

He expects you to let His love heal you when you are at your darkest.

All Encompassing

“Now we’re no longer living like slaves under the law, but we enjoy being God’s very own sons and daughters! And because we’re his, we can access everything our Father has—for we are heirs because of what God has done!” 

Galatians 4:4-7, The Passion Translation

The wonder of God’s all encompassing love.

He made the way.

Through Jesus.

Through death.

To break sin.

To redeem us to Himself.

To live as sons and daughters of the house, not slaves to it.

Free to say yes. 

Free to say no.

Free to let Him love us and show us how to live as sons and daughters.

To have full access to all He is and all He has.

How can we possibly comprehend this?

How do we learn to live in the truth of it?

One step at a time.

One day at a time.

Let Him love you as much as you can stand.

Let Him lead you into freedom as far as you can go.

Rest in His grace as much as possible.

And try to remember that you are forgiven for all the missteps on the way.

You are His child.

He will not give up on you.

Faith Over Fear

“The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that.”

Proverbs 29:25 MSG

Mankind’s definition of surviving is:

  • Do whatever it takes. 
  • Grab whatever you can. 
  • Serve yourself first.
  • Learn from others’ mistakes.

God’s definition of surviving is:

  • Trust Him.
  • Give whatever you can.
  • Serve others first.
  • Learn from others’ success.

My prayer for you today is that you choose God’s way of surviving instead of yours.

The Freedom of Forgiveness

“Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.” Matthew 6:12 MSG

Forgiveness sets you free to live the adventure that God has for you.

And it allows you to be free from how others impact you.

Forgiveness is a relationship word that begins with our relationship with God and then with our relationships with others.

And at its heart, forgiveness means to let go.

It is daily to keep us right with God and right with others.

Taking stock, taking responsibility.

Receiving grace, giving grace.

Living forgiven, living forgiving.

Everyday.

Jesus lived like this and then said, “follow me.”

What do you need to ask for forgiveness for?

Who do you need to forgive today?

A Life of Freedom

“So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.”  John 8:36 (AMP)

God’s love is real and He gives you His power to live in freedom.

Freedom is a journey and changing how we live our lives takes time.

You have already been well trained by life’s enslaving lies.  Your flesh, old nature and false self is steeped deep in old habits, temptations, and thought patterns that are set in it through years of experience and practice.

Knowing Jesus means that you are learning from Him how to live in a new way, to love in a new way, to think in a new way.

A way of life that you are made for and He died for.

Don’t give up.

Keep following Jesus and take it one day at a time.