What God’s Love Does

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“But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.”    James 1:25 MSG

Jesus loves you so much that just a glimpse of it is powerful enough to start an avalanche of transformation in your heart.

It changes you. It gives you hope. It makes you want more of His love and He wants to give it to you.

It moves us to action.

Intentions do not lead to freedom, obedience does.

Whatever Jesus is asking you to do – do it.

Even if it scares you (especially if it scares you).

Forgive the person who doesn’t deserve it.

Give a gift to a person who isn’t expecting it.

Take a walk and ask Jesus to fill you with the truth of His overwhelming love for you with each step you take.

Speak the truth in love.  If you love them, you must tell them the truth.

What is the truth of God’s unearnable, unending love inspiring you to do today?

It doesn’t have to be big, it just needs to be done. 

Grab your glimpse and go after it.

Your Promised Land

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Where is your promised land?
Where you now reside.

The secret of walking in faith is recognizing that your promised land is not somewhere else but right here.

It is where you are right now but transformed by God’s intervention.

It is your life transformed by God’s intervention.

It is your marriage transformed by God’s intervention.

It is your workplace transformed by God’s intervention.

It is your parenting transformed by God’s intervention.

It is you- transformed by God’s intervention.

Walking in faith, not in the flesh, in grace, not legalism, in love, not hate.

Close your eyes. Open the eyes of your heart and ask God to give you His vision for your life.

With eyes of faith see the promised land laid out before you.

Taste the bounty you will cultivate, the joy of habitation.

Fall in love with the hope-filled future God has planned for you.

Then with courage and tenacity walk hand in hand with God. Grow forward in faith and take hold of your purpose, one step at a time. Hold nothing back from His loving gaze or hand of grace.

There are unimaginable blessings awaiting those who will walk in the purposes of God, hand-in-hand with Him. You have barely scratched the surface. Now, as it was then, your faith will become sight and you will see with your own eyes the promises of God come to pass.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”

Ephesians 3:20, 21 NIV

Let Go, Hold On

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“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬ NIV

Let go of trying to earn God’s love.

Hold on tightly to God’s grace.

Let go of your fear of failure.

Hold onto your faith in Jesus.

Let go of perfectionism.

Hold onto the vision Jesus has for your life.

Let go of habits that sabotage your growth.

Hold onto the hope of transformation.

Let go of trying to control everything.

Hold onto trusting Jesus with it all.

Jesus doesn’t give up or let up and loves you so much that he will continually press you to press on.

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:12 ‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Yesterday is gone, press on today to take hold of that which Christ Jesus has taken hold of you.

When to be Thankful

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If you wait until your life is perfect to be thankful, you’ll be waiting until you get to heaven.
Don’t wait.
Embrace the imperfect now.
Enjoy the imperfect you.
God has no plan to make your life perfect but He will use your imperfect life to perfect His work in you.
“Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭AMPC‬‬
I was talking to a friend of mine and asking her how she was doing.  She said, “Better, because I’ve stopped asking God to change others or to change the circumstances and have started to ask God to change me. And it’s the first time I’ve had peace this year. He is changing me and I am so thankful.”
When is it the right time to be thankful?
Right now.
When is it the right time to shift your focus from what God should be doing “out there” to what God wants to do “in here” (points to self)?
This minute.
Don’t wait one more second.
Be thankful in the imperfect now.
Be thankful for the imperfect you.
Jesus is.
He loves you as you are today and he will work with you to grow you into who he created you to be.
Jesus is using your imperfect life and imperfect self to do a beautiful perfect redeeming work in you.
Let him.
May you let go of all you can’t control today and give yourself permission to enjoy the imperfect now, embrace your imperfect story and lift your soul up to your perfect, loving, amazing, forgiving, life giving God.

Prayer Doesn’t Change You

  

Prayer does not change you, God changes you.

Prayer connects you to God. 

He renews your mind. 
He heals your heart. 
He transforms your life. 

Jesus said the when you pray, it should have this flavor:

“your kingdom come, 
your will be done,
 on earth as it is in heaven.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Too often our prayers are filled with the flavor of “My kingdom come, my will be done”.

But when I lay down my lists, my limited experience of possibilities and my imagined desired future, I am able to embrace God’s heart, His unlimited experience of possiblilites and His desired future for my life. 

Flavor your prayer with the perspective of “Your  kingdom come, Your will be done.”

God’s will in your relationships.

God’s way in your heart.

God’s perspective for your future.

God’s redemptive power for your past. 

When you spend all your prayer time telling God what your will is and how you want things, He hears you. He listens but you are missing the power of prayer. 

The real power if prayer is when you plug into God and allow Him to transform your life through His power.

Prayer doesn’t change you- God changes you through prayer. 

Have you prayed like this today?

Fresh Fruit

They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” (‭Psalm‬ ‭92‬:‭14-15‬ NIV)

Aging is a part of the journey.

It is a daily reminder that every day we are here, we are one day closer to heaven.

In Christ, your body will get old but your spirit will not. Your body will get weak but your spirit can get stronger.

In Christ, age is not an indication of fruitfulness, unless of course it is to bear more fruit, fresh fruit and the sweetest fruit of the Spirit.

In Christ, there is no such thing as “too old” to be used by God or too old to bear rich spiritual fruit.

Instead of making lists for what you what to do before you get too old, what if you listed what fruit fresh you want to bear in it?

– fresh love,
– overflowing joyfulness
– soul deep peacefulness
– growing in kindness
– exemplifying patience
– grace filled gentleness
– cultivated faithfulness
– practiced and practical
self-control.

There is no age limit on transformation in Christ. No age limit to being filled to the brim with His Spirit.

Begin today and never stop.

Begin to grasp that the closer you get to heaven the fresher the fruit of the Spirit will be.

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Yes

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I was flipping through the channels and stopped when I got to the movie “Yes Man”. It is a comedy about a man who makes a promise to say yes to everything, literally, and how that changes his life. As he says yes to everything, he realizes that his life is opening up to new experiences and relationships. Not all of them good, but it gets him out of the rut he was in as he shakes the cuffs of fear that had begun to shackle all of his choices.

I didn’t watch the whole movie and am not recommending it here except to encourage you to say yes.

We often live our lives in the domain of “no” and apply it even to our relationship with God.

Obeying God is one of the single most powerful things we can apply to our lives.

It leads to transformation and freedom.

It is all about saying yes to God.

Disobedience is essentially saying no to God.

The big “No’s” will plateau your life, the little “no’s” will erode it.

You will discover and walk in God’s will for your life when you say yes.

What do you need to say yes to?

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, (Colossians 1:9 NIV)

Maybe, you need to say yes again.

Mondays are a great day to start over and walk in new and old yes’s.