Let me be clear, the Anointed One has set us free—not partially, but completely and wonderfully free!
Most people who’ve made a decision to follow Jesus don’t live fully free lives. Because the world treats those who make mistakes much more harshly, they know they’ve been saved yet believe God levies worldly judgment upon them each time they stumble.
The day you chose to follow Jesus Christ was the day you were redeemed in God’s eyes! God does not grade on a worldly scale. You are His possession and He will NEVER leave or forsake you!
In the night I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek you. For only when you come to judge the earth will people learn what is right.
I envy those who were actually able to hear the audible voice of God. He was present in the Garden and present as Israel traveled through the desert to the Promised Land. One day we will be present with Him in heaven.
There are a few ways to seek God; through prayer and by reading His Word. Though we may not feel it physically, He is with us always!
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
I’ve heard the question, “If God is so good and cares for us so much, why did He let ______ happen?” We have to first come to an understanding that God IS good, God IS love, and He will never leave you or FORSAKE you. There are forces of evil working unseen to bring about chaos in this world. God may ALLOW things to happen, but He will never cause them to happen. The bad things come from the prince of this world who lurks behind every corner, waiting to ensnare you and cause you to stumble.
God is the One who loves you without strings and He will always be there to hold you up!
So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
This is the time of year we celebrate God sacrificing His throne in heaven to become like us. We often lose the weight of this sacrifice during this joyous time. In Genesis God does something completely out of left field, He asks Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac. Isaac, Abraham’s beloved son and the future of God’s covenant that rested on him. But Abraham obeyed God, and as we know Issac was spared.
That’s the weight of sacrifice we should draw upon as we realize the depths of God’s love for us.
…and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.
How does an ordinary man get called by God to be blessed and spawn many nations that included Jesus Christ in his lineage? Easy, Abraham was obedient. Childless, he believed that God would allow him to have children, even in his old age. Abraham obeyed and God followed through!
What’s holding you back from receiving blessings? Obedience is the only way God can effectively use you. Humble yourself and watch God blow you away!
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
As we draw near to the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, it is fitting to remember why He came. Because God loves us to the degree he does, He created a way to reconcile our broken relationship to Him.
It is by God’s grace that we are free! We’ve been saved from our sinful nature and now have eternal citizenship in heaven. God is good!
But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.
The one thing I’ve noticed about myself is I’m always in survival mode. After 7 years of trials and disappointments, I’ve kind of conditioned myself to hope within certain boundaries. To that, I use distractions to keep my mind off of my situation, always expecting supposed triumphs will end in failure. I’m constantly reminded to survive because if I ever peel back the curtain of the distractions it would involve the weight of risk my heart has not been conditioned to carry.
But God doesn’t want me to be distracted from His purpose. He wants me to have hope at every turn, to persevere, to believe that triumphs are coming.