Your Love Life

“Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. Give yourselves to the gifts God gives you. Most of all, try to proclaim his truth.”

1 Corinthians‬ ‭14‬:‭1 MSG

My friend, go after a life of love.

Having more money, more stuff or more accomplishments will mean nothing if your life is void of love.

Life with Jesus is a lifestyle of loving God and loving people.

As Jesus teaches you how to receive His love everyday, He will teach you how to love others.

That is it. 

It really is that simple.

Who are you going to love today?

Not Earned

Clothed with humanity, God’s Son gave his body to be the sin-offering so that God could once and for all condemn the guilt and power of sin.  So now every righteous requirement of the law can be fulfilled through the Anointed One living his life in us. And we are free to live, not according to our flesh, but by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit!

– Romans 8:3-4 The Passion Translation

Because of Jesus, we are free to live.

Free to live loved.

Free to know love.

Free to love.

Not because we work really hard to deserve it.

Not because we are strong enough to do everything perfectly.

But because He gave Himself for us.

We are free to live, not according to the strength of our flesh, but according to the strength of God’s love.

All that God requires of us has been satisfied in Jesus.

And Jesus is satisfied to live with us, love through us, forgive us, and empower us to live in the full freedom of His finished work.

May the dynamic power of the Spirit of God within you fill you with overflowing joy and an uncompromising desire to celebrate this truth all day long.

Drenched

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,”

Ephesians 1:18 NIV

Jesus opened wide the door for you to walk with Him every day and draw from His unquenchable love to pour into every area of your life.

My prayer for you today is that you would be so drenched in the love of Jesus that it drips off you and onto everything you touch.

When Going Forward Looks Impossible

The Israelites were stuck between the sea and their former slave masters coming to recapture them. Hemmed in by the mountains on both sides, they had no way out and no way forward. Their newfound freedom seemed fleetingly short and ultimately doomed.

It was an impossible situation.

They knew that God had delivered them from slavery but little more. They had not been free long enough to learn how powerful He is. They didn’t know that He would fight for them, split the sea before them and rescue them from an impossible situation.

But Moses told the people, ‘Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today.The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

They did not know God…yet. When you don’t want to go back but don’t know how you are going to go forward, stand still. When going forward looks like an impossibility, stay calm.

He goes before you.

He goes behind you.

He stands next to you.

Don’t let fear dictate your decisions. 

The LORD Himself will fight for you. 

You get to know about God as you trust Him to be God.

Trust Him and watch what He is about to do.

Don’t Wait For Someday

“I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.”‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Today you don’t have to strive to take care of “number one”, you are in the care of Jesus.

Today you don’t have to stress to win the approval of others, you are accepted by Jesus.

Today you are called by the God who loves you to come near.

You don’t have to wait until tomorrow. 

You don’t have to wait until someday when you are good enough or until you get your life altogether or until you “get better” at whatever you are trying to get better at.

Don’t wait, live in the truth of God’s love for you today.

Wherever You Are

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Psalm 139:7-10 NIV

Wherever you are, God is with you.

He is there in the light and joyous seasons as well as the heavy and dark ones.

He is there when everything falls apart and there when everything comes together.

He is there when everything suddenly changes and He will bring encouragement, strength, direction, and peace drawn from the unchangeable depths of grace that you will never be able to exhaust.

Wherever you are, God is with you today.

Let Your Light Shine

“If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!”  

Matthew 5:16 MSG

Your opportunity to shine the light of Jesus’ love into people’s lives often happens when you least expect it to.

It happens when your plans change and you have an opportunity to respond grace-full-y.

It happens when there has been a miscommunication you have an opportunity to lead with an apology.

It happens when someone lashes out and hurts you and instead of lashing out back, you bring them a bandaid of mercy.

Moments like these are when Jesus shines through you.

So shine bright, my friend, this dark world needs you.

What Drives Out Fear?

Tuesday

What drives out fear? Love does.

Don’t believe me? Think back to a time when you were in love with somebody. How bold were you? How much hope did you have for the future? Did you do any crazy things with them because you were in love with them?

Right this minute, you are loved with a perfect love from a sinless Savior who sacrificed Himself so that you could live unhindered by fear.

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The word perfect here doesn’t mean flawless, it means complete. It means complete love.  Not a temporary infatuation but a deep developed love that stands the test of time and eternity.

His was a love that bleeds when the lash tore open His back and the splintered wood of the cross dug into it. A love that persevered through the unendurable physical and spiritual pain of the cross until He could utter the truth, “it is finished”.

When fear rises up to dismantle your faith or weave it’s tentacles around your feet to trip you up, you must remember this fact: You have nothing to fear. You are in love. 

Christ took your punishment completely so that you could be immersed in His love and be made whole.

Jesus walked the earth, spoke truth to all who would listen, healed broken bodies and restored broken souls to God. It was His love that breathed life into the first lungs of man and His word that drove the darkness and chaos back before that and it is His love that sets you free to love as freely and completely as you are loved.

What drives fear out?
Love.

The love of Jesus.

Hang your hat on it and get down to the business of loving others with the confident abandon that comes with it.

Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow

Friday
“I am writing to all who have been called by God the Father, who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ.”
‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬
You don’t have to strive to take care of “number one” or stress to win the approval of others.
You are called by God.
You are loved by your Heavenly Father.
You are cared for by Jesus.
You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to live loved. 
You don’t have to wait until you get your life altogether or until you “get better” at whatever you are trying to get better at.
Because of what Jesus did, you have the right to live as a cherished and loved child of God every day, including this one.
And as you do, you will not walk alone, Jesus will walk with you.
He will be your companion and guide you.
He will remind you that you are chosen by God to make a difference today in the world you live in.
He will remind you that your value doesn’t depend on what others think of you but it is anchored on what God thinks of you.
He thinks you are His amazing kid and loves you when you are a mess and loves you when you are all cleaned up and in every moment in between.
It is time to start living your life in solid truth of God’s call, love, and care for you.
Don’t wait until tomorrow, start living in it today.

Invest in Rest

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28 NIV

The Greek word for “rest” in Matthew 11:28 means:

1) to cause or permit one to cease from any movement or labor in order to recover and collect his strength

2) to give rest, refresh, to give one’s self rest, take rest

3) to keep quiet, of calm and patient expectation

It is an invitation from Jesus to stop your work and invest in rest.

Make time to stop producing, stop creating and simply breathe.

Take a minute or an hour to do something that fills your soul.

Close your eyes so you can really see what is going on inside of you.

Open your eyes to love the people who are around you.

It is not a one-time invitation, it is a spiritual investment for a lifestyle of trust.

Jesus is saying “come to me” whenever you need to rest and as often as you need to rest.

Are you soul tired today?

Come to Jesus, His arms are open for you.