What Is Stopping You?

“So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There is nothing in it, nothing at all. The best thing to is to give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons.” 

Romans 8:12-15 (MSG)

What “should haves” are holding you back from being fully present in the beautiful life Jesus has for you?

When God sends you a vision of your future, it is to get you moving in the right direction. When He lays a burden on your heart it is to pull you towards His purpose for you. He will not lift the call but He will refine it. He will not lift the burden to be His change agent in the world but He will redefine it constantly.

And God will never ask you to “do-it-yourself,” His visions always come with a “you-can-only-accomplish-this-with-God” clause.

We can all easily slip into a habit of tending the graves of “what ifs” and “should have dones” but that only hinders us from living in the power of the resurrection life of Jesus.

Life in Christ is meant to be a moment by moment adventure with God.

Give your “should haves” a decent burial and get on with it.

What regret have you been grave tending?

New Creation

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

What does God do in you through Christ? 

He creates “new” in you.

New identity to live from.

New power to live with.

New hope to live for.

New relationship to grow in.

Jesus makes you brand new.

God is presently re-creating you.

Old things have lost their power and new things are rising up.

May you live fully in God’s love for you today and discover the wonder of the new things He is doing in you. 

Things God Can Resurrect

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

John‬ ‭11‬:‭43-44‬ NIV

Lazarus was dead.

His body wrapped tightly in grave clothes and laid to rest.

The world had already moved on, the end of the story already written. It was over.

But the story was not over for God.

Just when Mary and Martha thought it was too late, Jesus came and did the most unexpected thing: He raised Lazarus from the dead. He had someone roll away the stone and then called him out.

In one of the most remarkable passages of Scripture, Jesus speaks to death and it is defeated. It is powerless before the commanding Word of the Son of God.

You may think that your story has already been written.

That it is over.

That where you are right now is where you will always be. 

That your usefulness, your marriage, your ministry, your job, your purpose, your hopes lay dead and lifeless at your feet.

Jesus still defies death. You may think the story is over but God doesn’t.

He will call life from death and unbind the grave clothes that cling.

He will call your name, remind you who you are and whose you are.

He will change the ending. 

He will resurrect relationships, restore callings, redefine life as you know it and move you into the light.

The story of Lazarus is more than an example of a miracle, it is a proclamation of the power of Jesus to raise the dead things in us and a reminder to us today that all death means nothing in the light of His love.

When fear rises up to tell you that your story is already over, begin to loudly proclaim that in Christ your story has only just begun.

Out With the Old


We all have old habits that we want to get rid of and we have had those habits for so long that they are so ingrained and we do it without even thinking.

However, there is a particular old habit that Jesus is more concerned about than the one you are thinking of.

It is a habit that belongs to your old nature: you desire to get your way in everything and work to make sure that it happens. It IS human nature but you have a new nature in Christ. You have been recreated in Him – The old has gone, the new has come.

“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:1-2‬ ‭MSG‬‬

But old habits die hard.

When we struggle, we think it is because God doesn’t love us. In reality, it might be that He loves you so much that He will use the stressful opportunity at hand to break an old nature habit. Those habits are sabotaging your freedom to live in your new nature.

When you feel insecure make a new habit of seeking God and asking Him to show you how to think like Him in it.

“Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”

Out with the old, in the with new.

May you be free in Christ today to pursue all God has for you!

Present Power

God has called you to live your life not perform it.

He created you to be present and active in it. Get tired, frustrated, give, take, learn, fail and grow.

Embrace reality.

Be empowered to be present.

No, it is not perfect. It’s broken and challenging and difficult. It’s different than you thought it would be and Jesus is doing a new beautiful thing right in the middle of all it.

Jesus doing a new beautiful thing in the middle of you.

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out!

Isaiah 43:18 MSG

May you be free from the narrative of the past to live fully in the newness of God’s present work in you.

May you be empowered to face the reality of your life as you walk in His unique, personal, powerful expression of grace and purpose today.

Show Me How

There is nothing more amazing than the moment you “see” the life God has called you to live.

Things that have blinded you before are gone and the chains that have bound you to repeat the past are broken by the power of Jesus Christ.

You see it.

But you don’t know to live it.

“Show me how you work, GOD;
School me in your ways.
Take me by the hand;
Lead me down the path of truth”. (‭Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭4-5‬ MSG)

God wants more than for you to just “see” the vision He has for you- He wants to live it. But God also knows that you don’t know how to.

He is not asking you to do it alone, He is asking you to do it with Him.

He wants to take you by the hand and gently show you how He works and how to work out in reality what He has shown you.

You are in a relationship with a living, powerful, amazing God whose ways are higher than yours and He lovingly, longingly desires to teach them to you.

When you first see clearly the life God wants you to live, don’t get overwhelmed by the vision of it, dig down deep into the relationship He wants to have with you to it.

He will never ask you to take more than one step at a time. He will never require you to live more than one day at a time.

See it clearly, then take your focus off the vision and focus on the nailed scarred hand offered to you.

Lean on Him, learn from Him, obey the small nudges and follow through on the little things He asks you do.

There is nothing more amazing than the moment you “see” the life God has called you live, expect for the relationship you get to have with the amazing God who has called you.

Focus on the relationship and He will bring the rest into your reality.

The Door


Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. (‭Matthew‬ ‭3‬:‭8‬ NIV)

Repentance is an old word for a life transforming experience.

It is the moment that you see and understand that you CAN NOT keep going the way you have been going.

You see for the first time that there is a different way to take and that a new road that is possible for you.

You can’t take one more step on the road you have been walking on.

You must change and you know you can’t change without God.

But with God, you can.
Because of Christ, you can.
Because of His Grace, you can.

Repentance is not meant to be one time event in your life.

It is meant to be the everyday way of your new life in Christ.

Repentance is not taking one step in a new direction, it is taking every step after that in it.

What do you need to repent of today?

What old thing MUST cease and what new thing MUST begin?