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“Now we’re no longer living like slaves under the law, but we enjoy being God’s very own sons and daughters! And because we’re his, we can access everything our Father has—for we are heirs because of what God has done!”

Galatians 4:4-7, The Passion Translation

The wonder of God’s all encompassing love.

He made the way.

Through death.

To break sin.

To redeem us to Himself.

To live as sons and daughters of the house, not slaves to it.

Free to say yes.

Free to say no.

Free to let Him love us and show us how to live as sons and daughters.

To have full access to all He is and all He has.

How can we possibly comprehend this?

How do we learn to live in the truth of it?

One step at a time.

One day at a time.

Let Him love you as much as you can stand.

Let Him lead you into freedom as far as you can go.

Rest in His grace as much as possible.

And try to remember that you are forgiven for all the missteps on the way.

You are His child.

He will not give up on you.

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.

Down to the Details

“Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.” Colossians 3:17, The Message Version

It’s the small things.

The little moments of mundaneness.

Little packages of wonder filled with gratefulness that come to us through what Jesus has done for us.

He brought the good news of heaven into lives of all who live on earth: you are loved, precious, valuable and through His sacrifice for you, reconciled to God.

That means that you can do a cannonball into the ocean of God’s love for you every day, in every way, down to the details of your life.

Dive in deep into His all encompassing love for you and allow this great love to drench what you say, what you do and overflow onto others.

Chosen and Crafted

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians  2:10 NIV

My friend, you have been chosen by God and your life is being crafted into a masterpiece.

No matter what stage of preparation you are at (and no matter how many times you go back into the workshop), God knows what He is preparing you for.

Trust His vision and His heart.

You are His.

In Awe

“So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth.”

-Ephesians 3:14-15, The Passion Translation

When you realize how much He loves you.

When you receive the truth that He knows you, loves you and has chosen you.

When you know that nothing separates you from Him, not even your own sin.

When you enter into His arms and allow Him to embrace you.

You can’t help but fall to your knees in awe.

Who is God?

The perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on earth.

Who are you?

His beloved child, invited into an eternal relationship with Him beginning now.

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.

This Is Love

This is love: He loved us long before we loved him. It was his love, not ours. He proved it by sending his Son to be the pleasing sacrificial offering to take away our sins. Delightfully loved ones, if he loved us with such tremendous love, then ‘loving one another’ should be our way of life!”  1 John 4:10-11 The Passion Translation

We are loved long before we love God.

However, it seems to me that the majority of the time, we are trying to grow our love for God instead of living in the expanse of God’s proven love for us.

We work hard to do the right things instead of simply resting in the righteousness of Jesus, the rightness of Jesus.

He was right with God, He sacrificed Himself so we could be right with God. It’s done.

That is it.

That is love.

When we stop striving to be good enough for God to love and simply receive the unearnable love of God, it feels like a gift.

Because it is.

Are you living loved or striving for it today?

You are accepted right this minute. You are forgiven right this minute. You are delightfully loved right this minute.

Receive the gift of being ridiculously loved right this minute.

Then love someone else in the same way God is loving you: ridiculously, completely and luxuriously.

May the luxurious love of God for you transform the way you see yourself and treat yourself today. Then may it spill over onto everyone else.

Directed Into Love

“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” Thessalonians 3:4-6 NIV

Jesus loves you so much that just a glimpse of it is powerful enough to start an avalanche of transformation in your life.

He came to direct you straight into God’s arms and into His love.

What do you find when you are surrounded by God’s love?

Hope, courage, perseverance, acceptance, purpose.

You are created to be immersed in the love of God.

Take a moment and say this, “Jesus, fill me with the truth of Your overwhelming love for me. Surround me with it and draw me into the center of Your love right now.”

Grab your glimpse and let it fill your soul.

Find and Hold

Feeling lost is a terrible feeling. 

Years ago on our way out of Disneyland our youngest son, Kyle, was intently looking at his new stuffed animal and got lost in the surging crowd. One moment he was there and next he wasn’t. I immediately stopped, told my husband and began the search. We went back to the last spot we saw him and began calling his name. Within a few minutes, we found him. Kyle was shaken up. Big tears welled up in his eyes and he said, “I couldn’t see you, I couldn’t find you.” I gave him a big hug and I heard Bobby say, “You did the right thing- you stopped right where you were. We will always find you, always come back and get you.” Kyle stuck close to me for a while after that and didn’t let go of my hand. I wanted my child close and I didn’t let go of his hand either.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”    Luke 19:10

Jesus said that he came to seek and save the lost. 

He came for the ones that got distracted, swallowed up by the crowd and blinded by those around them. For the ones who panic and don’t know who or where they are.

Jesus came to:

Seek and save.

Find and hold.

Reclaim and restore.  

Many things can cause that terrible “I’m lost” feeling. It’s a scary feeling.

Stop wherever you are and let Jesus find you. He loves you and has crossed the boundary of heaven and earth to embrace you with His love.  Let Him guide you through the crushing crowd of fears and failures. He can see more than you can, is stronger than you are and knows how to direct you out of it.

Hold on and let Him hold onto you today.

Envy

“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” 

Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)

Is envy sabotaging your joy?

Envy is a sneaky thief and the lie at the heart of all comparison.

It whispers with an incessant voice:

“you are not enough”,
“you don’t have enough”,
“you could be enough if only….”

When you believe the whispers of envy, you are trading an abundant life for an abundant lie.

In Jesus, you are enough. He is not lacking in any area and He has made all God’s resources available to you. In Him, you are embraced, loved, cherished, equipped, empowered, and complete. 

God’s plan for your life is not to be consumed by envy. 

Confess it, take it to the cross, leave it there.

It is time 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.