The Freedom of Forgiveness

“Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.” Matthew 6:12 MSG

Forgiveness sets you free to live the adventure that God has for you.

And it allows you to be free from how others impact you.

Forgiveness is a relationship word that begins with our relationship with God and then with our relationships with others.

And at its heart, forgiveness means to let go.

It is daily to keep us right with God and right with others.

Taking stock, taking responsibility.

Receiving grace, giving grace.

Living forgiven, living forgiving.

Everyday.

Jesus lived like this and then said, “follow me.”

What do you need to ask for forgiveness for?

Who do you need to forgive today?

Glorious Riches

The glorious riches of God have not been used up.

His resources have not been depleted.

His kingdom does not work the way the earth’s kingdom does.

It does not go bankrupt, it does not come with sanctions.

God’s measure of giving doesn’t mirror man’s way of giving.

He does not give according to your goodness but according to His own.

All of it is accessed through Jesus Christ.

He is the bridge between you and God.

He is the payment for your sin.

He is the redeemer of what has been stolen.

He is the restorer of what has been lost.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”‭‭ Philippians‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭NIV

God is able to meet your need today.

What do you need?

Jesus is able. 

Too Much To Do?

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:41‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The amazing thing about grace is that it immediately lifts the burden of “everything that should be done” and replaces it with the “one thing that needs to be done.” 

What is that “one thing”? 

It is sitting at the feet of Jesus? 

Begin there.

Drop your to-do list, close your eyes and take some time to sit with Jesus today.

When you sit at the feet of Jesus, time stops and eternity enters.

Let eternity in. 

Then tackle your lists.

What To Do With Heavy Burdens

“I pray to GOD —my life a prayer— and wait for what he’ll say and do.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭130:5-6‬ ‭MSG‬‬

What does it mean to pray with open hands?

It means that instead of trying to hold on to what you are afraid of letting go of, you trust God with it.

Present your most urgent request, heaviest heartache, overwhelming fear and most recent hurt to God and then let Him do what only He can do – the impossible.

Then release your expectations of how you want Him to answer it while at the same time knowing that He will. 

Go ahead – unclinch your fists and give your heaviest burden to God right now.

It is not too heavy for Him.

Ask

Life may be rough for you right now.

Your reality may not be matching up with your expectations. 

Jesus knows where you are and what you are dealing with. He is not surprised.

When Moses asked who was sending him back to Egypt at the burning bush in Exodus, God said, tell them “I Am” is sending you.

When Jesus was standing before the Pharisees in the temple, He said: “before Abraham was, I Am.” That phrase is the Greek equivalent to the name given to the voice from the burning bush.

This Holy, powerful name of Almighty God embodies who He is:
1.  Always Existing
2. Independently Existing
3. The “Becoming One”

Jesus will meet you right in the middle of your chaos and equip you to navigate through it.  

He is the “becoming” one.

He said:

When you are hungry:
“I am the bread of life.”
John 6:48 NIV

When you are in darkness:
“I am the light of the world.” John 9:5 NIV

When you are lost and defenseless:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11 NIV

When you are exhausted:
“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”  Psalm 118:14 NIV

What do you need today?

Ask the Great I AM.

Draw from His consistent, ever-present power. 

He hears, answers and will give to you out of His all encompassing LOVE.

The Greatest Source of Power in Your Life

“From inside the fish, Jonah prayed to the Lord his God.”    Jonah 2:1 NIV

When is the best time to pray?

– when you are running from God.

– when you have been disobedient and rebellious.

– when you have done your own thing, your way and find yourself in the center of a devastating storm.

– when you realize that God is BIGGER than your fear and STRONGER than the storm.

– when you are in the very center of something that is far bigger than you and you have no power to get out of it.

– when you are ready to let go of your preconceived ideas of what God is calling you to and willing to serve wherever you are, with whatever God has given you, right now. 

When is the best time to pray?

NOW… whatever your “now” looks like.

You’re In

“You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything. 

Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you’re already in—insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin.” 

Colossians 2:9-15 MSG

My prayer for you today is that you will lay down the lies that haunt you at the foot of the Cross and allow yourself to be wrapped in the embrace of God’s grace.

I am praying that the brand of “broken and worthless” will be destroyed by the enormity of His love for you.

I am praying that today you would know you are valued not because you are good but because you are chosen by Jesus for a life of love.

I am praying that this minute you will know that you are forgiven not because you deserve it but because you ask for it.

I am praying that you will live cherished not because you love Him well, but because He loves you eternally.

How To Embrace the God-life.

That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything.” 

Mark 11:24 MSG

Jesus said that we can and should pray for absolutely anything and everything, big or small. 

He came so that nothing would hinder a “with God” life because God wants to be with you.

He wants to join you in your day, no matter what your day looks like. Whether it is busy or boring. Whether you must deal with big things or small things. God wants to be a part of it all. 

Take Jesus at His word today and invite God into absolutely anything and everything, big or small. 

He has come to be with you and brings all of heaven with Him. 

Take a Day

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.”

Hebrews 4:9-10 NIV

The observance of taking a day off of work was established from the beginning.

And God was the first one to rest.

He created the world and all that was in it.

The air we breath, the bodies we inhabit, the wonder of the natural world.

Then He took a day.

He rested and celebrated.

He appreciated and enjoyed.

He called it Sabbath and told humans to do it once a week with Him.

It is still available and actually indispensable to your health.

Take a day, once a week to rest, celebrate, appreciate and enjoy this beautiful life with God.

You will be surprised at how much you need it.

You need it.

Take a day and let it revive your soul.

In His Sight

Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭MSG

Jesus entered brokenness, was broken in it and then rose again to offer hope and wholeness to the world.

He didn’t lose sight of God’s future, He focused on it. He focused on you.

When you are overwhelmed with the difficulty before you – fix your eyes on Jesus.

He went through the unimaginable so that He could get you through the impossible.