Take the Plunge

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“He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭MSG

There comes a point in life that your faith becomes stronger by facing the facts.  The facts being that human effort can not achieve the fulfillment of God’s promise. 

That thing that God has called you to? You can’t make it happen. You never could.

Once you really grasp this your faith is set free to rest in God alone.

To be who Jesus has created you to be you are going to have to let go of  “doing your best” and embrace “depending on God”.

This sets you free to shift your focus from yourself and your works to God and His works.

It shifts from giving yourself the glory of “today, I did a good job” or depression of ”I totally missed it” to giving God all the glory for all He has done and will do, instead.

God chose you. 

God chose you to be a partner in the promise but the lion’s share of strength, inspiration, motivation, and miracle is all God’s.

Your part is to receive, rest, wait, and give glory to God.

Your part is to live fully persuaded that God is able to do above and beyond all you can ask or imagine. 

My friend, don’t tiptoe around God’s promises today, dive into them.  Take the plunge and live fully persuaded. 

Take Possession​

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“See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.”  ‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

God keeps His promises.

It may take longer than you expect and look vastly different than you imagine but nonetheless, God keeps His promises.

God said, “See, I have given you this land.” Past Tense. Already Yours. Deed signed over.

This is your land. He gave it to the children of Isreal but He didn’t clear it of giants and opposition. He didn’t flatten the mountains or clear the forests.

Talk about a fixer-upper.

God didn’t remove the obstacles but He empowered His children to overcome them.

Sometimes we want the Lord to lead us to the promised land like we want to be chosen for “Dream Home” TV Show. We want God to come in, get a vision, tell us to take a vacation for a week and then come back and move into a brand new life.

We want Him to do all the work and give us the keys.

Jesus will lead you to your promised land. He will show it to you and give you a glimpse of what it could be.

He will tell you the truth- that it’s already yours, he paid for it on the cross.

But you are going to have to do the work, fight the battles and clear the land.

He will walk with you, renovate with you, fight with you, clear the land with you.

Jesus will empower you to do what you need to do when you need to do it.

Don’t hold back.
God keeps his promises.

New

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I like New Years. I like a day set aside to mark the ending of a time and the beginning of a another one. I am not as revved up by it as I usually am though and to tell the truth, I’m not sure why. I’m not going to make any New Years resolutions, or even unresolutions (things I want to stop doing). I am just going to keep on keeping on. Instead of adding new things to my list, I’m going to try to continue to finish the ones already there. I don’t want to add new things to my list, but that doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a few He wants to add.

In fact, when I think about how God set up this world, I realize that He likes new things. He likes to create new things, inspire new things partner in new things, do new things. Just look around at the bare branches of the trees. The old is gone, the new will come in about four months. The winter vines of the vineyards that flank the freeways here are another reminder. They are bare, pruned and resting now. Soon new life will begin to grow. Grapes that never existed before will be brought into the world. On New Years Day , I went to visit a good friend of mine who just had a new baby. He is one month old and when I held him, I marveled in the miracle of a new life.

God has some new things he wants to do in me and through me this year. God has some new things He wants to do in you and through you too.

But don’t worry, it doesn’t start with a new thing to do. It starts with a new thing to receive. God’s mercy. God is faithful. He is your portion and the most important thing you need to do this year (before you do anything) is wait on Him (which looks a lot like resting in Him). Receive from God. Drink in His mercies, His compassion, His faithfulness like you drink your coffee (or tea) in the morning.

“Because of the Lord ’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are NEW every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24 NIV)

How are you feeling about this new year?