Amazing Grace!

God’s amazing grace is simply amazing because it is an undeserved and free gift. It is the exact opposite of what we deserve; there is nothing we can do to earn or merit it. While God’s grace is free to all those who trust in Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, it was purchased at great price. This grace abounds only because of the atoning death, burial and resurrection of Jesus; He died in our place. The wrath we deserved was poured out on God’s only begotten Son in order that we might be reconciled or made acceptable to God the Father who is holy, holy, holy to the superlative. He chooses not to look on sin; but because of the sacrificial death of Jesus, God looks on His children through grace-filled lens, seeing not our sin, but the righteousness of Christ. God’s amazing grace costs us nothing, BUT this same grace cost Jesus everything.

Let’s be clear, grace is more then pardon, it is power. John Piper put it this way, “Grace is the enabling of God not to sin; grace is power, not just pardon.” As non-believers, we cannot chose not to sin because we are spiritually dead. When we are made spiritually alive in Christ Jesus, only then are we able to choose not to sin. Grace is power enabling us not to sin (Romans 6:1).

God’s grace is so amazing because it orginates from the essence of His being and simply put, God is amazing!

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No Limits!

Beloved of God….hear me today!!! With God, there are no limits and no boundaries! Paul confirms this truth in his powerful benediction written in Ephesians 3:20; “Now unto him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”

As mentioned above, Paul’s theological thoughts in this powerful passage of text is everything about God is beyond us, including our expectation(s) and thought(s). He specifically highlights that there is no limit in God’s capability and capacity.

Furthermore, Paul establishes that God’s capacity, or extent, for doing far exceeds our capacity for asking or imagining. In other words, God’s capacity is not limited to our thinking capacity. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts.… and my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT).

Hallelujah, because of God’s capability, He is able to do all and because of God’s capacity, He is able to do above all!

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God Ain’t Done Yet!

I know there’s a lot going on in our world, not to mention the challenges we are presently dealing with in our own personal lives. Sometimes it feels like we just can’t catch a break!!!

Well, as I was creating today’s meme, the Spirit of the Lord reminded me of the prophet Elijah’s lonely and life threatening predicament. He too wanted to throw in his towel (mantel), but God had another plan in stored.

You can read I Kings 19:1-18 to find out the details, however in verse 10 Elijah said, “I, even I only, am left.” In my opinion, Elijah wasn’t just feeling alone, he was feeling downright lonely when he spent the night in a cave on Mount Horeb. He had just defeated the false prophets of Baal in one of the most memorable showdowns ever, and instead of being celebrated, he was being hunted by Jezebel. He left his servant behind, went into the wilderness alone, and prayed he would die (talk about throwing in the towel). He then journeyed 40 days and 40 nights and sat in a deep funk wondering what difference any of his work made. He was depressed and dejected. Just when all hope seemed to be lost, God stepped in at the right time and ironically asked him the same question He asked Adam and Eve (Gen 3) when they too attempted to hide from God: “Where are you?!”

God revealed himself to Elijah—not in a great wind or earthquake or fire—but in a still, small voice (v. 12). God had been there all along, undetected by Elijah. Furthermore, God revealed that Elijah was never alone but one of a company of 7,000 who hadn’t bowed to Baal.

Elijah was blessed to have the LORD personally tell him he was not alone in his faith. But by that same token, because of its inclusion in the Bible, the Lord is telling you and I today that we are not alone in our plight and/or battles. He sends His Spirit to comfort us. He sends His unknown angels to watch and cover us. He sends encouragers to strengthen us and He sends His Word to guide us.

That being said, I don’t know what plight or battle you’re facing in this season, but what I do know is if it’s still bad God ain’t done yet because He never ends on a negative.

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Someday Day You Will!

Undoubtedly, God sees more than we can see. He knows more than we know. He works in ways beyond our comprehension. (Isaiah 55:8-11) And if we agree to follow Him only when we understand what He’s doing, we’ll always stop short of experiencing His inexplicable wonders.

I believe that’s exactly why Ecclesiastes 11:5 reminds us: “As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.”

Fact is, we can either let the mystery of God bolster our doubt or buoy our wonder:

Abraham praised God beneath the stars — even though he didn’t understand how he’d ever become the father of nations.

David praised God in the wilderness — even though he didn’t understand why he was running for his life instead of sitting on the throne.

The Israelites praised God with a mighty shout — even though they didn’t understand Jericho’s wall would fall without a fight.

In John 13:1-7, the disciples especially Peter clearly didn’t understand why Jesus decided to wash their feet. However, Jesus’ response to Peter’s reluctance is found in verse 7: “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will. Jesus wanted Peter despite his lack of understanding to focus on what He was doing and not why He was doing what He was doing.

Beloved of God, if you’re in a middle of a perplexing situation and you’re more focused on the why and not the what, think about this: A God of infinite majesty can’t be measured, a God who unleashes miracles can’t be contained, and a God whose love is eternal can’t be explained.

In closing, the God we serve is too big and He will never fit into our finite box of human understanding. But He will always fulfill our infinite need for a Savior. All we need is enduring faith to offer Him our praises even when we don’t understand His ways!

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Pray With Me!

Prayer is our weapon to win!
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A Dream Come True!

One of my favorite Bible stories as a child was the story of Joseph. (His story can be found in Genesis 37, 39-47.) His life was full of promise and victory, yet he also encountered humiliation and defeat. Little did I know as a child that his story would encourage, empower and inspire me as an adult.

At a young age, God put a dream in the heart of Joseph and then carried it through to completion. Joseph had high hopes for his life because God put dreams in his heart. At an early age, God gave him actual dreams about his future as a ruler. However, at the tender age of 17 years young, he didn’t know how it all would play out, but faithfully he knew in his heart that God had a unique plan for his future.

When you read the story of Joseph, it’s easy to forget how many years pass before God’s promise was finally realized in his life. But the truth is that everything Joseph endured prepared him for all that God had planned for his life.

Joseph endured being betrayed by his own brothers and being sold into slavery. Not to mention that he was also falsely accused and thrown into prison. And even though God gave him favor in prison and never left his side, he still had to endure a time of waiting and wondering.

Hence my point of encouragement for you today:

When God place a dream in your heart, He will bring it to pass! God works all things together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28)… even the things that are difficult and don’t make sense. Our journey in life can seem overly complicated and extremely messy at times, but God is faithful to use every part of our story to bring us closer to Him!

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Heartfelt Mercies!

In Luke 1:67-79 we find that shortly after Zechariah confirmed his son’s name (John the Baptist) he was filled with the Holy Spirit and then he spoke this prophetic message (v 67):

68 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people.
69He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, 70 just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago. 71 Now we will be saved from our enemies and from all who hate us. He has been merciful to our ancestors by remembering his sacred covenant—73 the covenant he swore with an oath to our ancestor Abraham. 74 We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness
for as long as we live. 76 “And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. 77 You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins. 78 Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, 79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”

Outside of this beautiful prophetic message regarding his son’s would be life; the mere fact that Zechariah was verbally declaring a prophecy was a miracle all by itself. You can read about that tea in Luke 1:11-23.

In a nut shell, Zechariah was muted because after his prayer for a son was answer and Gabriel delivered the good news that God was going to bless him with a son; he failed to believe him.

This prophetic message was not only a conduit to praise God for the great work his son would do in his life, but to me it also represented God’s mercy to restore and reconcile Zechariah from his previous disbelief!

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His Yes Changes Everything!

Hallelujah and Amen!

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Covered and Protected!

Speak these scriptural truths over your life today and everyday! In Christ we are covered by the blood and also protected by God’s word!

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Nothing Is Impossible For God!

For those of you who are waiting on a mighty move from God; I wanted to remind you there is nothing that our God can’t do and there is not a mountain that He can’t move! The angel of the Lord confirmed this declaration with Mary in Luke 1:37 (GNT). The passage of text says, “For there is nothing that God cannot do.”

When you read the account of Jesus’ life in Scripture, it’s clear that His heart was moved most of all by people’s faith. Everywhere He went He was on the lookout for those who truly believed He was the Messiah sent from God. All authority and power was His and when that power collided with genuine faith, miracles happened. It’s like the Roman Officer in Matthew 8:5-13.

I invite you to read this brief account, but if you have already read it then you know this centurion soldier had a desperate need and he came to Jesus KNOWING that Jesus could meet that need. He knew he was talking with someone who had ultimate authority and power. He knew that with just a word, Jesus could do whatever he wanted to do. His faith moved Jesus’ heart and stirred the miraculous into reality.

Unequivocally, this kind of faith should be at the heart of every believer. This kind of faith should convict and call us to remember and believe that anything is possible when Jesus is inserted into the equation.

With that said, Whatever your ‘thing’ or ‘mountain’ is standing in your way or whatever it is that imprisons you, Jesus is the one who holds the power and the keys to move the mountain and unlock the door.

My brothers and sisters, miracles are possible, healing of all kinds is possible, freedom is possible, and breakthrough is possible — in Jesus’ name.

It’s not been 60 days since my beloved and sorely missed twin brother went home to be with Lord and I’ll submit to you that I have never experienced grief the way I have over the past 40+ plus days, but even in my deepest sorrows, God reminded me of three important things. 1. Don’t grieve in your own strength. 2. Don’t grieve without hope. 3. The Cross is real! (I Thessalonians 4:13-18). These three things have kept me in some of the darkest nights in my life! My hope is grounded in the One who will never fail me!

Noël Pinnock said, “You can live 40 days without food, 4 days without water, and perhaps 4 minutes without air, but you can’t live 1 second without hope!”

There’s nothing that our God can’t do.

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