Saturday, July 31, 2010
The Spirit of God gives us voice when we are nervous or intimidated based on context or audience. By living in the Spirit, we don't have to worry about what to say. God empowers us to deliver a word fitly spoken when the need arises. We can waste much time anxiously preparing and then not relying on Spirit. Declare the truth that God speaks to you, speaks through you, and powerfully transforms the hearers of His word.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Everyone wants the power of God. Humanity's power controls, manipulates, and demands. This is often done in the name of God and yet it is not Him. God's power heals, reconciles, and unites in freedom, all done for His glory and not the glory of a man. It is this power of His Spirit that God wants to give us to become healers. When we are filled with His Spirit, we cannot be anything other than lovers and healers.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
When we put ourselves down, we avoid the fullness of both honor and pain of a Christ-like life. But the Spirit Himself guides us, and joins us to bear witness that we are children of God. We are therefore heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. When we start living according to this truth, our lives will be radically transformed. If we are willing to share in Christ's suffering, we also will share in his glory.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Religion is a challenge for contemporary society. The world is waiting to hear God's voice, yet those who have been called to speak forth the Word have been found wanting, confused, and weak in faith. The voice of the Lord is powerful and full of glory. Religion has diffused this power and concealed His glory. There is an awakening of God's people that will unleash His power and reveal His glory on earth.
Living as Christ means being filled with the same Spirit that filled Jesus. The Holy Spirit that makes Jesus and His Father one, makes us one with the Father, and fuses believers into one Body. You and I are in the Father and the Father is in us. This is the eternal unity that Jesus gives us. We can live in communion with the Father as Jesus did, and become His expressed presence on earth as it is in heaven.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Natural and Spirit life are ever so close. It is in the harmony of both that brings our existence to eternal significance. Even the most basic of acts can have eternal impact, and the Spirit of God empowers us to be moved towards significant acts of love. How we perceive eternity is how we will engage with life and love. How we then live becomes a good measure of the value and love we place on God and His ways.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Being a believer means being clothed by God. The cloak of His presence heals, delivers, and brings total transformation. It gives one the ability to declare death to selfish ways and to say, "I have been crucified with Christ and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me" Christ continues to reveal Himself through us so that the way, the truth, and the life, is becoming Christ.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
We miss our true identity when we see Jesus as historic or inspiring rather than the reality of Christ in us, desiring and empowering us to be like Him. Jesus the Beloved Son of God came to reveal to us that we too are God's beloved children. One of life's greatest challenges is to claim the identity of Jesus for ourselves daily and be able to say: "We are the living Christ that reveal His love to the world today!"
Friday, July 23, 2010
We distance ourselves from God when we think that we cannot know or do the things that Jesus knew and did. But God never puts distance between us, and Christ calls us friend, while teaching us of the Father. Jesus says, "In all truth I tell you, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as me, and even greater works." The power of Christ in us and wants to bring His glory to earth through EACH and ALL of us.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The Beatitudes offer a life that seems other worldly. Who can be truly gentle, merciful, pure in heart, and always concerned about justice? Loving our enemies, persecuted, what kind of life is that? We are in the world but we are of the Kingdom and of God's presence. We will be comforted and will be filled, while mercy overflows. We will be known as God's children and truly see God presently and in the life to come.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Jesus was persecuted, and promised His followers that persecution would also be their portion. Those who choose to live in God's nature of humility, gentleness, compassion, and mercy, will often be opposed by the world. When we want to become like Christ, we cannot expect always to be liked and admired. We will be received by those searching for God's authentic love, but we also must be prepared to face persecution.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
There is a difference between having pity and showing mercy. Mercy comes from a compassionate heart, and a desire to serve others as equals. Pity does not connect hearts and often becomes a looking downward towards a lesser being. Jesus didn't look down on us. He became one of us to feel deeply with us. Jesus lived miraculously through mercy birthed in compassion. May we show mercy that is empowered by His love and compassion.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Christ is a peacemaker. His peace doesn't mean only absence of war. It is not simply harmony and an all-is-calm atmosphere. His peace brings the fullness of well-being, abundantly given by God. Jesus gives us a gift of peace that the world cannot give. Shalom - peace is the well-being of body, soul, and spirit, individually and communally. It can exist in the midst of unresolved problems and increasing human conflicts. This is peace we can receive and peace we can freely give in Him.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Having a pure heart means a focused and willing heart for doing the will of our heavenly Father. Whatever we do or say, we attempt to do it as an obedient child. We know that He who sends us is ever with us, and we desire to do what pleases Him. We become whole and intentional through our complete unity with God. Becoming like Christ is growing into purity of heart that empowers a Kingdom clarity and vision.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
God hungers and thirsts for righteousness. He resists the proud and those who oppress and exploit through wealth and influence. He yearns for people to treat one another as brothers and sisters, sons and daughters of the same God. He declares that the Kingdom way is not offering many sacrifices or prayers, but in doing good to others. He longs for a just world, and wants us to live with the same hunger and thirst.
Friday, July 16, 2010
God will peel in order to reveal His best for us. It is not and easy process as layers of life are peeled back to reveal what may need to healed and released. Peeling and revealing brings forth healing, and a freedom that leads to God glorifying productivity. Welcome the momentary but necessary pain that happens as God uncovers us so that He can cover us more fully in Himself.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
When the righteous rule people rejoice while servant leaders do all in the realm of freedom. God promotes those who will humble themselves in order to be empowered to lift others up. Those who lead in this way will gain the favor of God and of man, while those who do not, will lose favor and influence, and be replaced by a generation of "do gooders" who will lead towards lasting change for the glory of God.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sometimes pain is unavoidable, and we do well in avoiding it when we can. When suffering is inevitable, God walks with us and never leaves us. God allows for pain, but also brings healing and growth as we journey through it with Him. Hardships many times become God's provision for us as He gives us a pathway to greater wisdom and peace, while we continue to trust Him in making all things right.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
There is a magnificent duplicity in mankind. Every person falls short of the glory of God as to error is to be human. At the same time, we are created in the image of God which leaves an expectation of living in His nature and likeness. In the dichotomy of our very being, we can choose to follow God who then empowers us to overcome the darkness within, while forgiving our iniquities.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Unity is not uniformity. People across the world are embracing, sharing, and living in God's love and His unique design for them. How boring it would be if we were the same. Divisions occur when people or systems desire clones of themselves, a people that do what they do, and conform to their pleasure. Unity can come however when we choose to become clones of God's heart and nature while valuing our differences.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
You are the crown of creation, God's masterpiece for the world. When we see a beautiful work of art, it brings glory to the creator of that work. You are created by the Master to reveal His glory, and you do so by being you. As you love and bring His presence to others, you begin to bring life to His most prized creation. We are blessed to be used by Him as the finishing touches for His masterpiece called humanity.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
A small group of love empowered and committed people can change the world. It has happened before, and it is in fact the only way it can happen. Governments and churches do not change the world, but people do, and it begins with us. It is never about the numbers but a God who uses us supernaturally to transform the world one life at a time. You are an ambassador for change. Who are you going to love today?
Friday, July 9, 2010
Christ mourns at injustice, like He mourned over the city of Jerusalem. Jesus mourns over all things that fill the human heart with pain. He grieves with those who grieve and cries with those who cry. Darkness has distorted the face of the earth and the compassion of God overwhelms us. We too will mourn in the experience of seeing as He sees, but rest assured, the light of hope and joy breaks through the mourning.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Jesus, the blessed and the gentle Son! Even though He speaks with great boldness against all forms of hypocrisy, injustice, manipulation, and deception, His heart is a gentle heart. He won't break the crushed reed or snuff the faltering wick. Jesus came to bring "Good News" to the poor of heart, and freedom to all captives. As his followers, we are called to that same gentleness.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Life is a progression of growth and the fulfillment of God's will and purposes. We may not feel ready as the times and seasons unfold, yet learning comes in the motion of life and feelings often have little to do with it. So when God says go, make your move now, and take every step He gives you. If you wait for "ready", "ready" may never come. Listen, anticipate, and above all prepare for ready, set, and go!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The words and actions of Christ were not influenced by human critics or praise but completely dependent on God's will. Jesus' compassion and ability to overcome was possible because his life was guided not by human respect but only by the love of his heavenly Father."God in us" empowers us to a love that is not dependent upon love in return, because His love consumes and compels us.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Try not to rely too much on knowledge. It may distort reality and have little to do with truth essentials and the order of things that only God can reveal. So the one who thinks they know much may be in darkness to true wisdom from God. Factual truth can be deceiving if perceived inappropriately. Depending on knowledge is limited, but dependence on God allows you to tap into unlimited knowledge, wisdom, and truth.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The Spirit of God is arousing us within and birthing destinies. These barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance and the increasing manifestation of sons and daughters of His glory. That is why waiting does not diminish us any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting with joyful expectancy.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Jesus was free in the freedom of knowing Himself to be the beloved Son of God. He knew that He and the Father were one, and that he was sent into the world to proclaim God's love. He was free to speak and act in ways that pleased the Father with no regards to having to please man or the religious leaders around Him. We are also free, and empowered to respond to people's pains with the healing love of God.
Friday, July 2, 2010
When we have found our way home to the Father, it is the beginning of growing up to be like Him. As we mature we become like Him to others, as sons become fathers and daughters become mothers. We are God's eternal children desiring to be perfect as He is perfect; perfect in love, compassion, and grace. We become available and empowered to welcome home brothers and sisters, the way the Father welcomed us home.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Holy Spirit is the breath of God breathing in us. The Spirit of God is like our breath, yet more intimate to us than we are to ourselves. We might not often be aware of it, but without Him we cannot live a "spiritual life." He is the substance for miracles. His Spirit prays in us, and offers us the gifts of love, forgiveness, Kindness, peace, and joy. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us life that death cannot destroy.