By the Grace of God

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Good morning.

I wanted to remind you that you are saved by grace so that you can:

Love by grace,
Forgive by grace,
Grow by grace,
Give by grace,
Work by grace,
Eat by grace,
LIVE BY GRACE

“And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NIV‬

Grace, as in – God’s work for you vs. my work in me.

We begin to start working on “being better” and “doing better”.  We begin to work on being a good Christian. But it doesn’t work, does it?

How easy it is to slip into the “flesh work” after we accept Christ’s gift of salvation. Sometimes it takes minutes not days.

“Self -improvement is no more God’s plan than self-salvation. God’s plan is not just for us to be saved by grace -it is for us to live by grace. God’s plan is for my daily life to be given, guided, guarded and energized by the grace of a God.”

– John Ortberg,
The Me I Want to Be, pg 39.

God hasn’t redeemed you so that you can be a “good Christian”, He has redeemed you to love you and empower you to love others.

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

May you be so drenched in His love that is drips off you and onto everything you touch.

Take a Look

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Look at what you have in your hands.

Look at the vision in your heart.

Gaze intently, not at your own reflection, but at the One you have been created to reflect.

God’s original plan was that you be His image bearer.

The representation of His loving hands, compassionate heart, and powerful words in the world.

You are made to be a vessel that brings heaven to earth, interrupts the downward spiral of anxiety with the upward flow of faith, and intervenes in lost lives to help them find the way home.

This was the original plan sideswiped by sin, waylaid by fear, tempted to deny by the whisperer of destructive lies.

You are created to be an image bearer.  Jesus died for you to restore you to it.

With Christ, you are restored, redeemed, repurposed, and recreated in His love to walk free in God’s original plan for your life.

“He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Look closer at what you have in your hands.

Look deeper at the vision in your heart.

The world needs to see Jesus uniquely expressed through you.

 

Dripping with God’s Grace

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Good morning.

I wanted to remind you that you are saved by grace so that you can:

Love by grace,
Forgive by grace,
Grow by grace,
Give by grace,
Work by grace,
Eat by grace,
LIVE BY GRACE

“And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NIV‬

Grace, as in – God’s work for you vs. my work in me.

We begin to start working on “being better” and “doing better”.  We begin to work on being a good Christian. But it doesn’t work, does it?

How easy it is to slip into the “flesh work” after we accept Christ’s gift of salvation. Sometimes it takes minutes not days.

“Self -improvement is no more God’s plan than self-salvation. God’s plan is not just for us to be saved by grace -it is for us to live by grace. God’s plan is for my daily life to be given, guided, guarded and energized by the grace of a God.”

– John Ortberg,
The Me I Want to Be, pg 39.

God hasn’t redeemed you so that you can be a “good Christian”, He has redeemed you to love you and empower you to love others.

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

May you be so drenched in His love that is drips off you and onto everything you touch.

 

Do Not Fear

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As you begin this year, I know you have lots of questions. The road before you may look different than you expected and you are not sure where it will lead.

But God does.

He knows what lies before you and He has promised that no matter what happens, He will be with you:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

Isaiah 43:1-2 NIV

God is not suggesting it. He is not asking you to consider it, He is not giving it to you as an option… it is a command: Do not fear.

Fear will never cease to have power over you until it is replaced by a greater power – the love of Jesus.

You are a chosen, treasured child of God, redeemed by the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross for you. God has called you out of the place you have been and planted you in a new place.

A new place that has new possibilities, new problems, new opposition to face and new victories to experience. Not one of these things is meant to be handled by yourself. You are not alone, God is with you. You are His and He is good at taking care of His own.

Step into the New Year with a heart determined to trust Jesus.

Walk every day with the knowledge that you are His and He has called you to this place.

Rest every day in His grace and mercy, He has an endless supply for you to use.

Happy No Fear New Years Day!

Make Yourself at 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

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

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

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

Jesus told his disciples, his friends, to make themselves at home in his love, just as he made himself at home in God’s love.

I think making yourself home in the love of Jesus is harder than it sounds because the love we are most at home in isn’t God’s.

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

The love you may know from the past is probably dysfunctional.

The love you may know from the world is definitely distorted.

The world says “love yourself”, “find the the love you need inside” and “you have all you need inside yourself”. But that love is usually destructive rather than protective.

What if all the love you know 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 this healthy, all encompassing, forgiving, restoring, amazing love.

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

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

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

Jesus opens wide his arms, points at his heart and essentially says,

“Come on in! My commands are the walls and roof that protect you, my compassion will prepare you to love those around you and my grace is the place of deep soul rest for you to be recharged and refreshed in. Come on in and make yourself at home here”.

Jesus came to heal the love you know and transform the love you give. He came to be your home.

It IS good to be home.

You Are

  
You are an overcomer.

You question the hard times.

You wonder why.

God sees the hard times before they arrive, when the happen, as well as the aftermath of them.

Why has God made you an overcomer?

…because He knew you would have to be.

He knew that broken people, in a broken world would hurt each other.

He came to redeem a broken world.

“for everyone born of God overcomes the world.

This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

Who is it that overcomes the world?

Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” (‭1 John‬ ‭5‬:‭4-5‬ NIV)

You are an overcomer.

You are because HE IS.

God made you an overcomer but how will you ever know it until you have something to overcome?