“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:19 NIV
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
Philippians 3:12 NIV
Let go of trying to earn God’s love.
Hold on tightly to God’s grace.
Let go of your fear of failure.
Hold onto your faith in Jesus.
Let go of perfectionism.
Hold onto the vision Jesus has for your life.
Let go of habits that sabotage your growth.
Hold onto the hope of transformation.
Let go of trying to control everything.
Hold onto trusting Jesus with it all.
Jesus doesn’t give up or let up and loves you so much that he will continually press you to press on.
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.”
Philippians 3:12 MSG
Yesterday is gone, press on today to take hold of that which Christ Jesus has taken hold of you.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
Envy is the lie at the heart of comparison.
It whispers with an incessant voice:
“you are not enough”,
“you don’t have enough”,
“you could be enough if only….”
Envy robs you of enjoying what you do have and who God has created you to be.
When you believe the lie of envy, you immediately trade abundant life for an abundant lie.
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.”
Colossians 2:9-10 NIV
God does not envy. He has everything, He is everything. He is not lacking in any area and He has made all His resources available to you in Christ.
In Christ, you are enough.
You are embraced, loved, cherished, equipped, empowered and complete.
You have been given access to all that is in God in Jesus.
God’s plan for your life is not to be consumed by envy.
Confess it, take it to the cross, leave it there.
Begin to take hold of the fullness of who you are in Christ and leave the emptiness of envy at the cross today.
Don’t waste another second on it.
“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.”Psalm 25:15 NIV
Here is the thing:The one who hurt you, can’t heal you.
“Let us dare to read, think, speak and write”
– John Adams
For this and so much more, I am celebrating America today.
Not because we are perfect but because we are tenacious.
Not because we have it all together but because we are willing to try and keep trying to get it together.
Not because life is easy but because life has always been hard, will not get easier but we are willing to work hard for life.
I celebrate today because I can write, think, speak and pray out loud as an American.
Tonight as I watch the fireworks being lit and fired, I will be thankful that I am alive today in this country at this time.
I will pray that this year I will read ferociously, speak fearlessly, think authentically and write faithfully because I have the freedom to do so.
“I’m thanking you, GOD, from a full heart, I’m writing the book on your wonders. I’m whistling, laughing, and jumping for joy; I’m singing your song, High God.” Psalm 9:1, 2 MSG
What are you going to do with your freedom this year?
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-15 NIV
What does it mean to live by faith and not by sight? It means making decisions on how to live based on where God has called you to go, not where you have been before.
It’s faith because you haven’t seen it yet.
It’s faith because you are hoping for something different than you have had before.
It’s faith because you are becoming someone new in Christ that you haven’t been before.
The direction where you are looking makes a difference in the direction you are going…and it takes the same energy.
You can stay stuck in self- pity or look to Jesus for self-confidence.
Look back and make yourself miserable or look forward in faith. Either way, it takes the same energy. It’s a daily habit, it’s the intention, it’s the determination to keep your eyes on Jesus and what He has for you.
My friend, spend your energy today believing God for impossible things you can’t see yet and leave the past with all its mistakes behind.
Are you looking at your future through eyes of experience or eyes of faith?
What are you trusting God with today?
P.S. God will heal the wounds of your past while giving you His vision for your future.
What narrative plays in the background of your life that fuels your choices and drives your focus?
Is it an old story or your new one in Christ?
Jesus came to change your story.
God has called you to live a different story than the one handed down to you from your parents or the world.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
It’s a new way of living, of thinking, of being.
It is a new story with a new ending.
Sometimes you may revert to your old ways, old why’s, the old dialogue, the old labels, old mode of operation but every day is a new day to learn how to live with a new narrative- God’s.
In Christ, you have everything you need to live a new one.
This is not a once-in-a-lifetime change, it is an every-day-opportunity-to-do-it-differently, and learn-to-live-by-the-grace-of-Jesus change.
Take a moment…take a deep breath, and remember you have a new story to live today.
Leave the old one at the cross and embrace the new one with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Whose story are you living?
“Desperate, I throw myself on you: you are my God! Hour by hour I place my days in your hand, safe from the hands out to get me.”Psalm 31:14, 15 MSG
“…for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down(relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]”Hebrews 13:5 AMP
God will use today’s challenges to give you the skills you need for tomorrow’s assignment.
Look to Jesus to guide you through it and help you navigate all the way to the other side of it. Don’t give up halfway through. Storms do not last forever but the lessons you could learn from them will.
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
James 1:2-4 MSG
It doesn’t matter where it’s coming from, God will use It to get you going in the right direction.
God will use whatever opposition is coming at you as an opportunity to grow your faith and character.
What is God using your current challenge to develop in you?