Steadfast Gaze

1345In the race of life, we can be distracted. We can begin to focus on the other runners and try to compete. If we find a runner who is slower than we are, we begin to feel good about ourselves, but when we find a runner that is faster than we are, we begin to feel insecure.

However, this race is not a competition but a long distance journey and we are the only ones in our lane; so to run the race well we need to focus our eyes forward. God created us completely unique. No one has our DNA but us, and no one has our intricately designed fingerprints but us. We are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

God created us in HIs image for a unique purpose and plan. He plucked us from eternity and placed us into our time and location. Even if we don’t feel like God’s masterpiece fulfilling His purpose, we can relax and know that God makes all things beautiful in its time.

God’s love is radical, relentless, unfailing and endless. He so loved us that He sent His precious son to earth for us. Jesus came to earth and embraced us, healed us, restored us and set us free. He laid down His life for ours, so we could have God’s unending life.

Now as we receive Jesus into our heart, we are reconnected to the source of life from the beginning. We can come to Jesus in prayer and discover more of who He is and who we are. The more we spend time focusing on Jesus the more we will transform from the inside out into who we are truly designed to be. We will find a grace and ease on the journey because our eyes are focused forward on the Altogether Lovely One.

2 corinthians 10:12, Psalm 139:13-15, Ephesians 2:10, Ecclesiastes 3:11, John 3:16, 1 John 4:8,  2 Corinthians 3:18, Song of Solomon 5:16

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Unmerited Favor!

821a8775Sometimes we feel all alone in life. We can carry the weight of the world because we feel we have nowhere to turn. There was a young woman named Esther who was orphaned by war. She lost her family, her country and her culture. She was a stranger in a land not her own. The Bible tells us that she found favor with the King of Persia and they married. Esther went from orphan to queen overnight.

While Esther was queen she found out about an evil plot to kill her people. She wanted to seek the king on the matter but she hesitated because she knew the consequence of approaching the throne room without invitation in that day was death.

After she had prayed and fasted Esther sought the king’s help, knowing there was a chance of reprieve if he extended the golden scepter. Esther put on her royal robes and she approached the king. When the king saw Esther, she obtained favor in his sight. The king handled the matter and the people were spared.

The truth is the king was wildly in love with his bride. He did not hesitate to extend her favor. As we receive Jesus into our heart, we receive God’s unmerited favor. We are adopted into the Kingdom to royal position.

As we put on Jesus’ royal robe of righteousness that was won for us at Calvary, we can boldly come to the throne room of grace in time of need. No matter the circumstance that we face, we can seek the King’s help and know that He will handle the matter.

We the community of believers are the church, the beautiful bride of Christ. We can know that our King radically, relentlessly, and unconditionally loves us. We know this because He gave His life for us for as a ransom and there is no greater love than this. As we cast all our care upon our beautiful Lord Jesus, we can walk light and free and step into the good works He has prepared for us in advance.

1 Peter 5:7, The Book of Esther, John 3:29, Hebrews 4:16, John 15:13,

Matthew 11:28, Ephesians 2:10

 

Peace and Rest

1511139_10206402007471015_8270726454374217548_nWe can be excited about our future and how we think things might turn out, but circumstances can change and resources can dwindle. We can begin to worry about what tomorrow may bring. If we are not careful we will find ourselves worrying more about tomorrow then actually living in today.

God made us to be light and free. He fashioned us in His image for love, relationship and mission. He did not design us to wither or decay but to grow, develop, flourish and thrive. Even when we lost our connection to God His love radically pursued us. God implemented a rescue plan when He sent His precious son to earth to reconnect us to Him forever.

Now through Jesus’ sinless life, death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, we can exchange our identity as “separated from God” to His identity as “beloved child.” We can walk in everything won for us at the cross of Calvary: righteousness, holistic salvation, joy, peace, wholeness, acceptance, provision, protection, restoration and endless life.

As we walk with our Lord Jesus we will learn the unforced rhythms of grace. He won’t put anything ill-fitting on us for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. The more time we spend with Him, the more we will find that the peace of God rests in us and on our life. As we receive His gift of righteousness and the abundant supply of grace we will find our selves reigning in life.

Matt 6:34, Genesis 1:26-28, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 11:28, Philippians 4:9, Romans 5:8

Supply & Equip!

821A5519There are times in life that we can feel like giving up. We feel that the problems we face are so much larger than we are capable of handling. However, If we just tackle what’s right in front of us we will find the supply for the day.

God made us to bear His image. He shaped and fashioned us, and placed all our strengths, preferences, talents and abilities in us for the divine call on our lives. God not only created us for a purpose, He radically loves us. He is love.

When our world became upside down, He did not give up on us. He sent His precious beloved son to earth to embrace, heal and restore us. Jesus who was completely innocent gave His life for ours in exchange at the cross and God then raised Him from the dead. Now as we receive Jesus we receive His identity as innocent, as “exonerated.”

Daily we can come to the throne room of grace in prayer, and grow in knowing who our Father God is and who He has made us to be. As we discover our purpose we will find that it is greater than we can imagine; but God will supply and equip us as we step into that purpose that He has prepared for us since the beginning.

2 Corinthians 12:9, Genesis 1:26-28, Ephesians 2:10, John 3:16, 1 John 4:8, Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:16, John 18:37, Hebrews 13:21

Lightening the Load

821a3724In life we can find ourselves in seasons that seem hopeless. We can lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel but as the saying goes, if you are going through hell, keep going. We may feel like giving up but God never gives up on us. He has a future and a plan for our lives. No matter what we face we are one prayer away from help.

God created us to grow, develop, flourish and thrive. He chose us to bear His image and made us for relationship and mission. He loves us so much that when we became lost He sent Jesus to earth to save us not condemn us.

Love incarnate embraced us, healed us, and set us free. Jesus gave His life for ours as a ransom at the cross. Now through His finished work we can enter the great exchange. We can bring Jesus our sin, sorrow, trauma and fears and receive His righteousness, peace, joy and hope for the future.

No matter our problems in life, when we give them to Jesus He lightens our load. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. The more time we spend in prayer with the Altogether Lovely One, the more we will transform effortlessly from the inside out into who we are truly created to be. As we fix our eyes on Jesus, we will find that He changes our circumstances and leads us into our destiny and purpose.

Romans 8:32, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 10:13, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 5:7, Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18

Rhythm and Flow

iStock_000001832109SmallWe try so hard to make everyone happy at times that we can lose ourselves in the process. Knowing who we really are brings clarity and purpose in our relationships.

We are image bearers of the infinite God of the universe. God shaped us in His image and placed us on the planet for relationship and purpose. Each of us are wonderfully made and God’s unique masterpiece.

Even when we became disconnected to God, He so loved us that He sent His precious son Jesus to earth to rescue us. Jesus gave His life for ours in exchange at the cross. He finished the work of reconciliation so we could be children of God.

Now we can spend time with our Lord Jesus in prayer and get a larger revelation of who He is, and who we are in Him. As we grow in grasping our identity as the righteousness of God in Christ, we will effortlessly see change in our relationships.

We will begin to set healthy boundaries and look for purpose in our friendships. As we lean on and trust in our Heavenly Father, He will lead us into the community of believers where goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives and our cup runs over.

Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 139:13-15, Ephesians 2:10, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 12:2, Psalm 23:5-6, Psalm 92:13

At Rest in the Storm

iStock_000007440404SmallAs we sail on the journey of life we can find that storms appear without much warning. A seasoned sailor will tell you that if you cannot get to solid ground immediately, don’t panic: face the storm. A boat has a better chance of not capsizing if it turns to face the waves head on.

One day Jesus and the disciples were in a boat on the sea of Galilee. Jesus was asleep on a cushion at the bottom of the boat. A great storm arose and the disciples began to fear that the boat would capsize. However, Jesus remained asleep.

Jesus’ disciples were so afraid that they woke Him up to save them. Jesus simply commanded the storm to be still. He modeled rest for His disciples in the midst of a storm and He spoke peace to His circumstances.

We can receive Jesus’ rest. As we spend time with our beautiful Savior each day in prayer, we can enter that “supernatural rest” that Jesus has won for us by His finished work on the cross. This rest is not dependent on outside circumstances it is a state of the heart.

As the storms of life come, we can have the peace that transcends understanding and face our challenges head on. We can trust that our mighty savior is in our boat. Our Lord will calm the raging storms in us and cause us to soar over the ones that we face. We can know that God is working out everything in our lives for good as we trust in Him.

Mark 4:35-39, Matt 11:28, John 15:5, Philippians 4:7, Hebrews 4:1, 1 Peter 1:6,

Romans 8:28

Real Love

IMG_0003 2We can believe one thing and find out that something else is true. When our expectations are dashed we can find it hard to believe for good things again. The truth is, a setback isn’t permanent unless we hold on to it.

We are made to be resilient. God chose us to bear His image and He designed us to flourish in life. Even when we became disconnected from Him, He sent Jesus to earth to rescue and restore us back to Him. God never gives up on us or on the purpose He has made us for.

Jesus came to earth to save not condemn. He embraced the sinner, healed the sick, touched the leper and set the captives free. He showed us what real love is when He laid down His life for us at the cross. He paid for Sin with His life, so we could receive God’s endless life.

Now through the gift of righteousness and the abundant supply of grace, we can reign. Even when we face setbacks or discouraging situations, we can know that they are temporary. Our Heavenly Father is working out everything in our life: the good, the bad and the ugly for our advantage.

As we grow in our understanding of how much we are loved and cared for, we will find it easier to rise again and again. Our Father God will cause us to soar over obstacles and challenges and the more we trust Him, the more we will find ourselves stepping into all that He has designed us to be and do.

Psalm 34:19, Romans 8:37, Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 11:29, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:17, Romans 8:28, Ephesians 3:18-20

Our Design

iStock_000016929850SmallWe can feel pressure to be something that we are not at times. The pressure can even come from ourselves and It can be ever so subtle. It will always ring a bit hollow when we try to be something that we are not. However, when we relax into our own skin, into who we really are, we will find that we have nothing to prove.

We were made to be vulnerable and intimate in relationships. This is impossible when we don’t even know who we are –  and who we are is amazing. God created us unique and special. He designed each of us with our own DNA and intricately designed fingerprints. We are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

We are so valuable that God not only chose us to bear His image but He sent His most precious only son Jesus to earth to rescue us. Love incarnate came to save the world not condemn it. He even gave up His life for ours, so we could receive His identity as the “beloved child of God.”

Now through Jesus Christ’ finished work on the cross, we can receive everything the Father God has for us. We can know our true identity. We can discover our unique purpose for the planet. God will lead us to others and intertwine our destinies into a beautiful tapestry of His purpose. We will find that the more we fix our eyes on Jesus, the more we will effortlessly transform from the inside out into who we are designed to be and fulfill what we are designed to do.

Psalm 139:13-15, Genesis 1:26-28, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Psalm 92:13, Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18, John 15:5

Step Out

FXP18968We can try to be like everyone else. We give up the dream in our heart and try our best to blend in, but the truth is we are not a dime a dozen, we are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

We are God’s image bearers and intrinsically valuable. We have our own individual DNA and intricately detailed fingerprints for a reason. We are made for a unique purpose.

Even when the world became upside down and we became separated from God, He never gave up on us or our purpose. He loved us so much that He sent His beloved precious son to earth for us.

When Jesus walked the earth He invited all of us who were weary and burned out to come to Him. He offered us His easy and light yoke in exchange for our heavy weights and burdens. Jesus gave His life for us at the cross so we could have God’s continuous endless life.

We can bring our fears, disappointments, flaws and shortcomings to Jesus and receive His peace, righteousness, wholeness and restoration. Now we can begin to dream again and start to step out in faith.

The more we focus on the Altogether Lovely One the more we will transform from the inside out into who we really are designed to be. The more we know that we are deeply loved and highly favored, the more we will relax into our own skin, and step out in faith into our unique calling and purpose.

Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 139:13-15, John 3:16, Matthew 11:28, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 3:18-20