Try

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Being in a relationship with God has challenged me to do things I thought I never would do. It has expanded the borders of what I thought was possible in my life. It also has taught me to not hold on too tightly to my plans and to hold them all gently before Him.

Some ventures have worked, some have not.

My journey with Jesus has emboldened me to try and trust and risk.

I have also failed and fallen flat on my face.

But here is the thing –  God has used each one to do a deep work in me through each one of them.

The wonderful thing about being in a relationship with God is that while our plans don’t always work out, God always works His purpose through them no matter the outcome.

This life is not about doing all the right things, it is about letting Jesus grow the right things in you. God’s purpose is to have a relationship with you and grow you into who He created you to be.

“We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but GOD ’s purpose prevails.” ‭Proverbs‬ ‭19‬:‭21‬ MSG

My friend, go ahead and take the risk, bite off more than you can chew and dream big all the while knowing that you are safe in the hands of Jesus as He works His purpose in you through it all whether in success or failure.

Have a fear-free, try and fail or succeed day in Christ.

 

 

 

What the World Won’t Tell You

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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, (‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭3‬ NIV)

The world won’t tell you to do nothing out of of selfish ambition, in fact it will tell you the opposite in dressed up terms like, “dream big and work hard“, and “believe in yourself“.

It won’t say that the way to get ahead is to step aside and help someone else.

It won’t tell you that to way to true success is to look at your motives more than your actions.

It won’t tell you those things but God will.

God is more interested in who you are than what you do.

He cares more about the quality of your soul than height of your success.

You will not take your worldly success or status into eternity. No title other than “saved by the grace of God” will matter there.

“Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. (‭Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭1-4‬ MSG)

Crowned

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“You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.”
(‭Psalm‬ ‭8‬:‭5 NIV)

All mankind chases after that which is has been lost. The void of God’s bestowed glory and endowed honor to mankind causes all to chase the shadow of what once was to be ours.

It was given by grace -Adam and Eve did nothing to deserve it. It was lost when they exchanged the truth for a lie. Honor usurped by shame and a knowledge of glory replaced by the fear of nakedness.

We know it still: imbedded shame instead of endowed honor, naked insecurity instead of received glory.

We run from it but get nowhere.

We run from shame and insecurity and try, try, try to find and possess honor and glory. We try man’s version- fame, validation, identity, self esteem. We cover up our naked awareness of not being enough with continual pursuit of achievement in art, career, relationships.

We crave honor and demand it from each other: respect me, love me, tell me that I am special, look what I can do, see what I have done, recognize who I am- a mother, a father, a spouse, a girlfriend, a boyfriend, a son, a daughter.

We know the emptiness of the pursuit. Temporary satisfaction only leads to empty depression when you’ve done all you can and still feel ashamed and insecure. Hopelessness runs rampant as the undercurrent of our lives and we settle into believing this is a a good as it gets.

But it is NOT.

Christ has redeemed that which was lost.

He made himself a little lower than the angles so he could become the sacrifice the black hole of sin required.

He consumed the hopelessness, shame, insecurity, the relentless fruitless pursuit of self satisfaction along with evil released through it when He laid himself down on wood planks of the cross. He bore its weight and allowed the torment of it to ravage him until he cried out, “My God, my God- why have your forsaken me?”

He took it all.

He took our fallen identity and it’s
consequences so He could give us a new identity along with it’s consequences: the restoration of God’s glory and honor.

Any identity outside of Christ falls short. All attempts to create our own glory and honor only fuel the great emptiness inside us that consumes everything we throw at it like a black hole.

Are you in Christ? Have you been identified with his death as well as live in the light if his life?

Then you have been crowned.

You have been crowed with honor and glory. You already possess that which you seek. Shame has been replaced by honor, insecurity replaced by glory.

Past tense.

I know there are days we still believe the enemy’s the lie- that we have to earn it. Adam and Eve didn’t earn it, neither did you. It has been given to you by grace.

You do not earn it, you receive it.
You do not achieve it, you live it.
You do not need to search for it, you need to walk in it.

Your honor has been restored by Christ and your glory is to live the truth of it.

You are crowned.

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