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.

The Shalom of Messiah

“Let the shalom of Messiah rule in your hearts—to this shalom you were surely called in one body. Also be thankful.” Colossians 3:15, Tree of Life Translation

Shalom is a beautiful word that means a special kind of peace.

It is a peace born from struggle and hardship.

It is the peace of being put back together after being shattered.

The shalom of the Messiah is a peace that walked through the darkness and didn’t stop walking.

It is a peace forged in the throws of death and triumphed over it.

It is a peace that has faced the worst of mankind’s darkness and overcame it.

It is the peace of the One who conquered the unconquerable and rose blazing in light and life.

Shalom is a peace that come from the heart of God, delivered to us through the heart of Jesus and binds us together through the confidence that no matter what we face, the promise of eternal peace is ours.

Hardwon and secure in love.

Shalom.

Stressed?

“So then we must be eager to experience this faith-rest life, so that no one falls short by following the same pattern of doubt and unbelief.” Hebrews 4:11 TPT

Are you stressed?

Of course you are, so am I.

There is a lot to be stressed about.

That is why you need to rest.

That is why you need to take a break from fear.

Take a holiday from doubt.

Take a permanent vacation from unbelief.

Forget it all and make space to remember who you are in God and who God is in you.

You are God’s child redeemed by the blood of Jesus, embraced within the Father’s heart and filled with the Spirit of love, power and a sound mind for all that you will face.

Break away from stress today and take as much time as you need to rest in the truth of this.

Take a Day

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.”

Hebrews 4:9-10 NIV

The observance of taking a day off of work was established from the beginning.

And God was the first one to rest.

He created the world and all that was in it.

The air we breath, the bodies we inhabit, the wonder of the natural world.

Then He took a day.

He rested and celebrated.

He appreciated and enjoyed.

He called it Sabbath and told humans to do it once a week with Him.

It is still available and actually indispensable to your health.

Take a day, once a week to rest, celebrate, appreciate and enjoy this beautiful life with God.

You will be surprised at how much you need it.

You need it.

Take a day and let it revive your soul.

Sustained

Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.” Psalm 119:116 NIV

I remember a time a few years ago when I was discouraged and heartbroken.

We were living in Las Vegas and my neighborhood edged the desert by the Red Rock. One morning I got up early and took a walk. With worship music loaded on my iPod, I set out to pray and breathe in the presence of God.

As I turned the corner out of my neighborhood and onto the desert road behind it the song “Great is Thy Faithfulness” began. The sun was just rising over Red Rock Canyon and it was so beautiful that I almost dropped to my knees.  I heard God’s whisper in my heart, “Hold on. Your hopes are not lost. I am faithful to complete what I have started in you. I will sustain you through this and strengthen you in it. My faithfulness knows no end.”

It was a turning point for me. I carried that promise through a time that got harder long before it got better.

Hold on, my friend, your hopes are not lost. 

Jesus is faithful to complete what He started in you. 

He will sustain you and strengthen you in it. 

God’s faithfulness knows no end.

Never Doubt

Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.

-Ephesians 3:20 The Passion Translation

To doubt is to be human.

We don’t trust each other and we don’t trust God.

We have been hurt and we have been let down.

We are not sure of so many things in life and doubt gives us a chance to step back and look again before making a decision.

But one thing you never have to doubt is the power of God’s love.

You don’t have to think twice that God can do the impossible in you.

That He can accomplish in you what you can not accomplish in yourself.

When you turn yourself over into His open hands, into His powerful love – He gets to work.

His love transforms, energizes, heals and forgives.

His love recreates, redeems and restores.

His love inspires, empowers and enables you to become who He created you to be.

And in the process you get to see Him do in you and through you more than you could ask or imagine.

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.

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. 

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.