We can go through seasons where we face a lot of shame and condemnation. We can feel as if we blew it, messed up and failed miserably. The truth is every human being on the planet can relate to those feelings, because every human being on the planet is human.
We weren’t made to be perfect soulless machines. We were made for incremental growth. We were created in the image of God for love, relationship and mission. God created us unique and special with our own DNA, and intricately designed our fingerprints. We are each a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Even when our perfect world became upside down and we lost our way, God didn’t give up on us. His perfect love radically pursued us. God always makes the first move towards us. God didn’t send an angel or an army to rescue us, He sent His beloved child to earth. Love Incarnate moved in the neighborhood and dwelt among us.
Jesus embraced us, healed us, and set us free. He chose to lay down His life for ours so we could receive His identity as beloved child and be adopted into the Kingdom of Heaven. Now we can stop striving to live up to some standard of perfection and receive Jesus’ righteousness by faith.
As we cultivate our relationship with Jesus in prayer, we will begin to grasp God’s radical, relentless, unfailing and overwhelming love. When we feel we fall short, we can stand under the waterfall of God’s love, forgiveness, mercy and grace. As we receive all that was won for us at the cross, we will begin to soar in life.
Romans 3:23, Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 139:13-15, John 3:16, 1 John 4:10, John 1:14, Ephesians 1:5, John 15:5, Romans 5:17, Romans 1:20
No matter what we face in life, we can know that we are not alone. We have been chosen from the beginning of time to bear the image of the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omnibenevolent King of the Universe.
We may not know how we got to where we are today, but we can know that we were made for a purpose on purpose. As we allow incarnate love into our life we can become a new creation - old things pass away and new things are born.
As we receive Jesus’ Spirit we will find healing, hope and wholeness. Jesus loves us and He leads us into our destiny and purpose. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. Our Lord is with us, for us and on our side.
We will find as we follow the Good Shepherd that we lack nothing. He will lead us to lush provision, peace that transcends and the restoration of our soul. As we plant ourselves in the community of believers, goodness and grace will radically pursue us and overtake us; in time we will begin to flourish in every realm of life.
Genesis 1:28, Psalm 139:13-15, 2 Cor 5:17, John 15:7, Romans 8:31-37, Psalm 23
In life we can feel that we are always missing something. We can be on the search to try to fill our void. However, Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us.
We were made in the image of God, created for union with Him, healthy relationships with others and a destiny to steward. When the world became upside down, we lost our connection and we lost our way. God’s relentless love could never leave us disconnected. Jesus left Heaven for earth to save not condemn us. He embraced us, healed us, and set us free. He gave His life at the cross so we could be reconnected to the Father and restored to all we were made for.
As we receive Jesus into our heart, the wealth of the Kingdom is in us. As we grow in our relationship with God, we will find the true riches in life: acceptance, love, joy, peace, and well-being. When we are continually filled by the love we are made for, we will find over time that we become everything we are destined to be and step into all that we were fashioned for.
Luke 17:21 – “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
We can be very discouraged in life when we carry the weight of the world. We sometimes feel as if everything is up to us to make sure an upside down world is right side up again. However, the truth is there is an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent infinite God of the universe carrying the heavy weight of redemption. Our part is light and easy: simply receive grace and allow it to flows to others.
God created everything including us. He made us and shaped us in His image for fellowship with Him, healthy relationships with others and mission on planet earth. Even when it all seemed lost God sent Jesus, His only begotten son, to earth for us on a search and rescue mission.
Jesus revealed the Father’s love to us in and through His life, death and resurrection. We were once in fellowship that became lost; but now we can be in a constant loving parent-child relationship with our Heavenly Father God.
As we go through life we can be united to Jesus in prayer. We will be able to walk into our calling and destiny with Jesus’ light and easy weight. As we trust in and lean upon Him, we can see God at work in us and through us. Ultimately we will find that God will use us to love, restore, reconcile and empower others, because His unfailing love is overflowing, contagious and redemptive.
Romans 5:17 - For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
We all are made for love but instead we often settle for infatuation, romance, status, the accumulation of money, people’s approval or even self-destructive things. However, this love that we are made for is something bigger and greater than anything or anyone in creation can fill. This is unconditional love.
Deep in our soul we all crave to be loved for who we are and not for what we do, what we own or what we look like. We desperately want to know that we measure up just the way we are. If we could simply relax in the company of someone who loves us unconditionally, then we could have pure confidence that this person would never leave us, reject us or abandon us; and somehow we know that in this great love affair we could come to purely love ourselves unconditionally as well.
The truth is, we can receive this love through the Creator of the Universe when we simply trust in Jesus Christ. God sent HIs only beloved son to earth to dwell among us, to die as us and to rise to new life for us; so that we could rise with Him and be restored to God completely and experience His great resurrection power and redeeming love.
As we allow His radical, relentless, unconditional love to permeate our beings, we will find that our desires for other things wane. We can settle into complete security that we are accepted, loved, cherished and adored in the Beloved. As we do we will sense a peace that transcends understanding, experience fullness of joy and develop a confident expectation of good. We will begin overtime to flourish in every realm from the inside out and step into the purposes God has created for us since the beginning.
Ephesians 1:3-6 MSG “How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.”
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In the beginning the Bible tells us that God created the Heavens and the Earth. Each day we hear about this exciting divine creative process in play. God is creating the earth, the seas, the sun, the moon, plants, trees, rivers, animals, and this dazzling display comes to a heightened crescendo as God creates a family, a man and woman in His image.
After these six days something interesting happens. The Creator of the Universe takes one day and sets it apart. He takes the seventh day and rests. God rested from His works. The infinite, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Creator of everything rests.
God also established a day of rest in His covenant with Israel, the Sabbath. This is a 24 hour period of time where men and women rest from their works and spend the day in worship to the Lord and enjoying time with their families.
This theme of rest continues through the Christian covenant which was birthed by Jesus Christ’s sinless life, death and resurrection. Now as believers in Jesus we have a daily opportunity to enter the Sabbath rest that our Lord provides.
This is a rest from our self-righteous works. This is a rest from trying to earn God and people’s approval. This is a rest from worry, striving and fear. This is a supernatural rest. Now we can come to our Heavenly Father in prayer with any worry, anxiety, fear, issues or concerns and exchange those for His peace, joy, hope, sense of well-being and a confident expectation of good.
When we walk in this “supernatural rest," our priorities will become evident, we will clearly see the path that God has laid out for us, and we will begin to flourish and thrive in every realm of life as we step into everything God has created for us since the beginning.
Hebrews 4:9-10 - “So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.”
The Psalms tell us to ‘be still and rest in the Lord.’ This concept is counter culture to our world’s way of doing things. However, King David the Psalmist understood the importance of being still before God. Even though his enemies were trying to kill him, steal his monarchy and destroy his family, he encouraged the assembly to be still and at rest.
David understood that his victory did not come from an army, from all the money in the world or from people's allegiances, it came from being still in the presence of God, where he would receive renewed strength, divine wisdom, complete peace, and strategic ideas and plans.
Each day brings its own troubles. When we fret and worry, we move from peace to stress. Stress sabotages our health and our relationships, it ages us before our time and leaves us weak and burned out on life.
However, when we spend time each day in the presence of our beautiful savior in contemplation and meditation, we receive strength and inner peace that permeate our being. After time in the presence of the Altogether Lovely One, we will be charged and infused with energy for the challenges of the day, and the radiance of God’s love will shine through as a beacon of hope to others.
We can go through seasons of life when it is smooth sailing but then we see the winds pick up. Before we know it we can be caught in a storm that we had no idea was brewing. Seasoned sailors know that if they can’t get to dry ground, they should turn and face the storm, to give them a better chance of not capsizing.
We were made to flourish. God created us to bear His image and to thrive. He plucked us from eternity and placed us on the planet for mission.
Even when we wanted nothing to do with our creator, God loved us. He sent His love to earth to save us not condemn us. As we receive Jesus and His finished work on the cross, we become children of God upon whom the Father lavishes His love.
As we face the storms of life we can boldly come to the throne room of grace in time of need. Our Father God is our shield and great reward. The world may throw fiery darts at us but our shield will protect us from every one. No matter the trial, we can know that God will work it all out for good, and by His grace we will be victorious on the other side.
One day he and his disciples got in a boat. “Let’s cross the lake,” he said. And off they went. It was smooth sailing, and he fell asleep. A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize. They woke Jesus: “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
Getting to his feet, he told the wind, “Silence!” and the waves, “Quiet down!” They did it. The lake became smooth as glass.
We can try to please people in life. When the crowds love us we feel great and when they turn on us, as they do, we feel worthless. People are fickle and living to please people is a recipe for misery. When our confidence is in something unshakable, our lives will begin to plant, root and blossom.
God created us for love, purpose, mission and legacy. We are not here by accident. We are not a mistake. We were plucked from eternity and placed in out specific time and location. God created each of us individually unique. He marked us with our own DNA and individual fingerprints. He marked us for a purpose and destiny. We are so special and so unique that God broke the mold when we were made.
Even when we were far off from God, He loved us so much that He sent Jesus to earth for us. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life for us, He went to the cross to pay for our sins and then He died as us; and was raised from the dead so we could live the resurrected life in Him.
Now we can be reconnected to our Father God through Jesus. As we grow in knowing Jesus, we will get a deep revelation of God’s massive, radical, unfailing, relentless love. The more we know Jesus, the more we will know how loved we are.
As we become people rooted and grounded in the love of God, we will grow and know the purpose God has fashioned us for. People’s opinions of us will no longer carry weight because we have come to know our identity in Christ. We have discovered our worth is in the unshakable. Outside circumstances can try to shake us, but as long as we are planted in God’s love we will effortlessly produce fruit. Loved people love.
Hebrews 12: 26 - 28 “At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe…”
In life we can question our worthiness. We can wonder why we are here on planet earth and what value we bring. If we believe the lie that we are a mistake or we have nothing of substance to contribute, we will give up on the incredible destiny and purpose we were made for and simply resign to exist.
We were not created to just exist but to grow, develop, flourish and thrive. We were made in the image of the infinite God of the Universe. He created each and everyone of us marvelously unique. We all have our own fingerprints and individual DNA. God created us with all of our strengths and preferences in mind. He made each of us a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Even when we were disconnected to God, He made a way for each and every one of us to be reconnected to Him. God so loved the world that He sent Jesus to earth to save us not condemn us. Jesus lived a perfect life for us, died on the cross as us and was raised from the dead for our justification.
As we receive Jesus into our heart we can be connected to the source of endless life. We can find our intrinsic value and our unique purpose in the arms of our loving Father God. As we spend time in prayer, we will begin to really know unconditional love. We will begin to experience unconditional love. We will see this unconditional love permeate our core.
The more love we allow ourselves to receive, the more we will appreciate our own value and purpose. We will begin to step into the purpose and plans we were made for; and our Father God will weave our life with others into a beautiful tapestry of His destined plans. As our lives of purpose intertwine with others on this destiny road, we will see the Kingdom of Heaven taking ground on planet earth.
Psalm 139:13-22 MSG - Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! God, I’ll never comprehend them! I couldn’t even begin to count them—any more than I could count the sand of the sea.