New Narrative

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What narrative plays in the background of your life that fuels your choices and drives your focus?

Is it an old story or your new one in Christ?

Jesus came to change your story.

God has called you to live a different story than the one handed down to you from your parents or the world.

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

It’s a new way of living, of thinking, of being.

It is a new story with a new ending.

Sometimes you may revert to your old ways, old why’s, the old dialogue, the old labels, old mode of operation but every day is a new day to learn how to live with a new narrative- God’s.

In Christ, you have everything you need to live a new one.

This is not a once-in-a-lifetime change, it is an every-day-opportunity-to-do-it-differently, and learn-to-live-by-the-grace-of-Jesus change.

Take a moment…take a deep breath, and remember you have a new story to live today.

Leave the old one at the cross and embrace the new one with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Whose story are you living?

A Story of Grace

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Just like a pencil in the hand of an artist or writer, it is a tool to tell a powerful story.  Your life, in the hands of God, is a story of grace waiting to be written.

You have been carefully chosen,  gently held, are directed and purposed in the Hand of God to be used by Him, where you are.

“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 ‭139:9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The most powerful thing you can do today is to surrender completely, restfully and trust Him to guide you to be an instrument of hope, love, encouragement, and strength to those around you. God knows where you are.

“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” – Mother Teresa

You are a pencil in the hand of a writing God…what story of grace will He tell through your life today?

Look Past It

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For the joy.

For the restoration of mankind to God.

For the intimate relationship with you.

That is why Jesus went to the cross.

“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

He sat down at the right hand of the throne of God, as an advocate and as the authority.

He didn’t lose sight of the future, he focused on it.

It is easy to be overwhelmed when you are in pain and let the difficulty before you fill your vision. You begin to anticipate the pain of the situation bleeding into your tomorrows but that is the exact moment that you need to see beyond it and refocus on the future.

Remind yourself of what is important. Face it with integrity, intention and invest your energy in the future past the trial.

Jesus knew that going to the cross would restore mankind to a right relationship with God.

He is your Advocate, He sees your future and has the authority to give you what you need to get to it.

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Last weekend, I was reminded that I am like a pencil in the hand of God that He will use me for His purposes during this season of my life and I want to pass that reminder onto you:

You are chosen, held, directed and purposed in the Hand of God to be used by Him anyway He sees fit, where you are right now.

“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 ‭139:9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The most powerful thing you can do is to surrender completely, rest fully and trust Him to guide you to be an instrument of hope, love, encouragment, and strength to those around you. God knows where you are and how He wants to use you.

“I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” – Mother Teresa

You are a pencil in the hand of a writing God…what story will He tell through you today?

Prelude to a Miracle

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It was a simple sentence uttered at a complicated time.

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

But the story was not over for God.

“So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.” (‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭41‬ NIV)

Thanks giving was the prelude to this miracle.

“Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”

“The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭43-44‬ NIV)

You may think that the story has already been written. You may have closed the book and rolled the stone over that part of your life.

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

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

What area does God wanting to breath life into you today?

Be free. Have faith. Grab onto new life and step out of the old grave clothes that belong to the past.

Walk in your new life in Christ.

And when you come to a place where fear rises up to tell you that the story is already over, begin to give thanks that in Christ your story has just begun.