We go through times when we feel as if we are on the mountain top, and other times as though we are in the valley. If we are going through a valley season, the important thing is to keep going.
We are made for a victorious life of overcoming adversity, impacting people and leaving a legacy on the planet. God fashioned us in His image to reign.
However, when the world became upside down, we lost our way and our original design. We muddled through as best we could but without our connection to God, we began to wither and decay. God loved us so much that He sent His precious son, Jesus, to earth to restore us back to himself and give us His endless life.
Now because of Jesus and His finished work at the cross, we can exchange our identity as ‘separated’ to Jesus’ identity as the ‘beloved child of God.’ No matter what we face now, we can overcome every obstacle and challenge through the gift of righteousness and the abundant supply of grace. The more we receive grace, the more we will be fueled for our destiny and purpose.
Romans 5:17 – For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!
At times we can feel as though the world is crashing in from every side. We can feel trapped as if there is no way out. However, when we can stop listening to our emotions, we will find there is always a means of escape.
God created us to flourish. He made us in HIs image for relationship and mission. He plucked us from eternity and placed us on the planet to grow, develop, flourish and thrive.
Even when we became disconnected from God and lost our way, God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to earth to save us not condemn us. God’s love became flesh and moved into the neighborhood for us. Now we can receive Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross and be reconnected, redeemed and restored to our original purpose.
The more we commune with our Lord in prayer, the more we will step into what we are made for. When our obstacles and challenges seem too much to bear, we can pray for help and our Father God will deliver and empower us, so we are able to soar over the storms of life and find ourselves in our purpose and destiny.
Hebrews 12:2 – “Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
We can drive a car and only use the rear view mirror, however if we do we are absolutely headed for a crash. To get to where we need to go, we need to focus forward and only look back once in a while to see how far we’ve come.
We were made for growth. We were made in the image of God and blessed to multiply and flourish. Everything in us is created for progress.
Even when we lost our way, God couldn’t leave us to wither and decay. He sent His precious only son to earth to rescue, redeem, restore and reconnect us back to the Father.
Now through Jesus and His finished work on the cross we can receive the gift of righteousness and the abundant supply of grace which causes us to reign in life. Now as we focus forward and steer towards our goal, our Beautiful Lord and Savior, we will be led into our destiny and purpose.
Hebrews 12:1 (MSG) – When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
Sometimes we can worry whether we are on the right track in life. We question which paths to take and decisions to make. If we have a seasoned guide, we can be confident that we will be led in the right direction.
We were made for an exciting journey of overcoming adversity, adventure and impacting others for good on the planet. We are image bearers of the infinite God of the Universe and made for victory.
The God of all things loved us so much that when we were held captive by this world that He sent HIs beautiful precious only son to earth to ransom His life for ours.
Now we can receive Jesus and His finished work on the cross and walk free as a son or daughter of God. Now God’s very own Spirit dwells in us and leads us into all truth. We can rest assured that our Holy Guide will lead us to the right path that leads to life.
We can get into a rut in life and just try to survive, but the truth is we were made for adventure, impact and legacy.
We are God’s image bearers, we are the crown of creation destined to reign. We are built for our unique purpose and call in life.
Even when we wanted nothing to do with God and nothing to do with our destiny, God sent His perfect love in the flesh to rescue, redeem, restore and reconnect us back to Himself.
Through Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross, we can receive the gift of righteousness and the abundant supply of grace.
Now fueled each day by our times in prayer with the Altogether Lovely One, we can find the abundant endless life that Jesus provides, step into our purpose and shine like the stars forever.
Daniel 12:3 – Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever
We can go through slumps in life and want to give up moving forward. However, slumps are just temporary and our destiny can impact eternity; so taking the next step towards our dreams is vital.
We were made in the image of God to overcome adversity, for an adventurous journey, and to impact others for good. God shaped our gifts and talents for our specific call in life, plucked us from eternity and placed us on the planet for mission.
Even when we lost our way God sent His rescue plan in the form of His beloved only son. Jesus gave up Heaven for earth to save us not condemn us. He laid down His life at the cross, so we could receive His righteousness by faith and His abundant endless life.
Now we can wake up to God’s fresh mercies every day. We can spend time with our Heavenly Father in prayer and be fueled with passion for the King and the Kingdom. As we step out in faith we will find grace and supply for our destiny and true fulfillment as we bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth.
Matthew 6:9-10 – “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.”
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 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 search for love in all the wrong places. When we fill ourselves with temporal things we will find we are still empty, because there is a void deep down in our heart that is only satisfied by infinite love.
God is love. He created us in His image for family, relationship and purpose. He shaped us uniquely with our own individual DNA and intricately designed fingerprints because we are that special to Him. He cares for each and every one of us more than we can comprehend.
When we disconnected from God, we lost our vision and we lost our way. God’s love left Heaven for Earth to rescue us. Jesus embraced us, healed us and set us free. He gave His life for you and me at the cross and now we can be God’s very own children upon whom he lavishes His love.
Now we can daily come to the throne room of grace in prayer and receive the love of God poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. The more we allow God’s love to fill us, the more we will experience peace that transcends understanding, fullness of joy and a confident expectation of good. Our Father God’s love causes us to become people of love; because loved people love.
1 John 4;8 (MSG) – The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.
We can be so distracted with molehills that we turn them into mountains. We can feel paralyzed in life and fear moving forward. However, if we can move our focus off the problem and on to the goal we will have the strength to stand up and take that first step towards destiny.
We were made to overcome every obstacle, challenge and adversity that comes our way. We were created in the image of the omnipotent, omniscient, omnibenevolent, omnipresent King of the universe. As image bearers we are intrinsically valuable and designed for victory.
We are not just image bearers but we are radically loved by our creator, so much so that God sent His precious son to earth to rescue, redeem, restore and reconnect us to our Himself. Jesus embraced us by taking our place at the cross so we could take His place as the ‘beloved’ child of God.
As we receive Jesus we receive His gift of righteousness and the abundant supply of grace that causes us to reign. Now we can come boldly to the throne room of grace and receive help in time of need. As we behold the glory of our Lord Jesus, we will be effortlessly transformed from the inside out. As we focus on Him and His victory at the cross, we will run and not grow weary, we will soar over obstacles and challenges, and we will find ourselves in our divine calling flourishing in every realm.
2 Corinthians 3:28 (MSG) – Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.