Envy

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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.

Right In Front of You

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One of my favorite moments documented in Jesus’ life is in Mark 10:22.

”Jesus looked at him and loved him.”

Jesus saw the man who was right in front of him and loved him Before the man obeyed or disobeyed – Jesus loved him for who he was right at that moment regardless of the outcome of their relationship.

That is how God loves.

Jesus loves you that way and He wants to love others that way.

My friend, you are not where you are by mistake.

You are loved by the God who created you and wrapped you in His amazing embrace.

There are things that only you can do.

There are people in your life that only you can love and touch today.

The circle of your influence begins at your fingertips – those within your grasp today.

You are where you are for a reason that has more to do with who you are here to love than what you are here to accomplish.

Who has God put right in front of you today?

How are you going to love them?

Pause the Panic

This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply.
Matthew‬ ‭6:7 MSG

Panic is defined as sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety. When you experience it, it makes you want to do something to solve whatever it is that is causing the panic. Very rarely is that action wise or right (unless it is getting you away from a dangerous physical situation and it gets you out of there).

All kinds of things can cause panic to rise within you and when it does, I am going to ask you to wait.

To pause.

To breathe.

To pray.

To go to God first instead of trying to immediately fix it.

When you go to God with your panic, he knows what to do and what needs to be done.

He knows how to calm your heartbeat and clear your mind.

Why?

Because he is your Father and he knows you. He knows why it is happening and why you are responding to it that way.

He also knows how to lead you down the right path, not just the first one that presents itself.

He knows if there is a higher way, a better way or a healthier way to deal with it.

Pause the panic and pray.

It doesn’t have to be a long prayer to be a powerful one. Your Father in heaven loves you and knows what even a one word prayer like “help” means.

Prayer trumps panic every time.

What is causing you to panic right now?


What does pausing the panic and praying instead of reacting look like to you?

Press On


Don’t stop going after all God has for you just because you are not where you want to be. 

Sometimes the journey seems short when you look at all Jesus has already done in you. 

Sometimes the journey seems long when you see how far you still have to go.

Even Paul the apostle felt this way, so don’t be so hard on yourself when you do:

“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. 

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 towards what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:12-14‬ ‭NIV

Keep going. Keep pursuing. Press on. 

God has a hold of you for a reason you haven’t even begun to know yet. 

That reason has nothing to do with who you think you are or who you think you are not but it has everything to do with who HE is.

Go after Jesus and let Him do the work He wants to do in you. He is working the past out of you so that you can embrace the future He has for you. 

Don’t give up. 

Hold onto God even as He is holding onto you. 

Press on. 

What has God already done in you? 

Has He given you a glimpse of the work He still wants to do? What does that look like?

How does knowing that God is holding onto to you give you strength to keep holding onto Him? 

Unquestionably 


Don’t let anyone or anything tie you into believing you are a slave again.

Don’t beleive the enemies lies that you have no choice or power to say NO to old habits, old thought patterns, old temptations, or old addictions. That you have no hope of changing, growing, transforming. 

When the Son sets you free, you are free. You are free from the power of sin and it is not your master anymore. 

So then why does it take so long to learn how to live in this freedom? Why the struggle? 

It is because while your spirit has been released from the contract of sin and is legally free, your flesh has been well trained by it’s former slavery. The flesh has the old habits, temptations, and thought patterns grooved into it thru experience and years of practice. 

It takes time, experience and perseverance to create the new grooves of freedom. 

Just as a bird is made to fly, a child of God is made to live in freedom. 

However, it is up to you to claim your freedom and learn to walk in it.

It is up to you to learn how to fly with the wings of freedom God has already given you.

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

What old lies are sapping your strength?

What old habits need to be left behind?

What new freedom do you long to live in?

Today is a good day to start (or restart) learning to live in freedom…unquestionably.

May your mind be clear, your heart encouraged and your determination to live in the freedom that has been bought for you by the blood of Jesus be fierce in you today.

Awareness

If you are aware of anything today – be aware of God.

If you are afraid of anything – be afraid of getting so busy making a living that you miss making a life.

If you have to make a do to list – put living in the joy of the Lord #1.

“But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭13:11 MSG‬‬

Take care of what you need to take care of today but make room for God to interrupt, intervene and weave His perspective into each thing you must do. 

Are you so busy that you are missing God?

Are you working for God or working with God?

How will being aware of God’s presence impact you today?

May the awareness of God supercede all else and may you be filled with the peace that passes understanding lead by a Savior who loves you unconditionally and completely.

Home Sweet Home

  

What is a home? 

A home is a place of protection from the outside elements.

It is a place preparation that you come from every day. 

It is the place of provision you go to and find rest in every night. 

Jesus described His Father’s love as His home:

“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. 

If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. 

That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:9-10‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Making yourself home in the love of Jesus is harder than it sounds because the love you are most at home in isn’t God’s.

The love you are most at home in is shaped by the love you know from your family, from your past relationships and from the world you live in today. The love you are most at home in has come from broken people in a broken world. 

The love you may know from the past is dysfunctional.

The love you may know from the world is distorted. 

The love you may know from yourself is destructive. 

The world says “love yourself”, “find the the love you need inside” and “you have all you need inside yourself”. But if what you have is dysfunctional, distorted and destructive?

The love you know is the love you give. It is the home you build and the life you lead. It is the love you are at home in. 

Jesus came to show us what it looks like to be at home in God’s perfect love. He came to make a way for you to experience being at home in wholeness of God’s expansive love. To live in it and love from it. 

A love that is is a place of protection from the outside elements.

A love that is a place preparation that you come from every day. 

A love that is place of provision you go to and find rest in every night. 

Jesus opens wide his arms and says,“Come on in! My commands are the walls and roof that protect you, my compassion prepares you to love those around you and my provision is your place of rest to be recharged and refreshed in. Come on in and make yourself at home”. 

Jesus came to heal the love you know and transform how you love others. 

Begin to make His love your home today and everyday after!