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So let me try to deconstruct this idea that God doesn’t delight in you, doesn’t delight in you and just wants you to do what He says and stay out of His way. Let’s just start out with the obvious one. He saved you.
Now, it’s really important that you understand how salvation occurs. Because if salvation occurs because you did it, then that has no implications on God’s affection or love for you. It puts all the weight of the exchange on you. “Yeah, Jesus died, but I’m the one who put my faith in Jesus.” That’s a great idea that just lacks a lot of biblical credibility. In other words, that would be a great idea if it wasn’t for what the Bible actually teaches. So if you are a believer in Christ, if you’ve been given a new heart, if you are regenerate, born again, God did that. You didn’t do that. God did that. Now you can say, “No, I clearly got out of my pew, I walked down, I shook the pastor’s hand and repeated after him.” But I will contend until the return of Christ or my death that it was God who gave
you faith in your chair which lead you to get out of your chair. You walking the aisle and praying that prayer didn’t save you. The act of salvation occurred and got you out of your chair. That was what moved you. Because death doesn’t choose life. It’s dead. So God saved you.
What makes it even more astonishing is when all of that took place. I’ll give you some of my favorites. Ephesians 1:4-5 talk about how God chose us before the foundation of the earth was laid. So before the earth was, God chose us in Him (Jesus) to be holy and blameless in His sight. So let’s do a little bit of work here. God, all-knowing, omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent, before He created the foundation of the earth, knows you. Not just us, but you. And before the foundation of the earth was laid, He decided that in Jesus Christ you were going to be holy and blameless in His sight. To question the affection of God for you is to question the cross of Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:29 is another great text that talks about just how thick God’s love is for you. It says, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son.” So before anything was, God had decided that in His fore-loving, predetermining plan, He was going to rescue you, save you and conform you to the image of Jesus Christ. Now that is profound, because all of that is taking place in light of a knowledge of every act of rebellion, every wayward thought and every God-belittling moment of your life. And still He says, “No, I love him/her. I’m going to rescue them. I’m going to make a way for them.” And God Himself puts on flesh and blood, empties Himself and comes like a servant to save and seek out those who are His children. Throughout the Scriptures, the Scriptures want to communicate for us God’s deep and unshakable love for those of us who have been called according to His purposes.
I love everything about this song, and its video.
The light bulbs.
And yes, its kiwi worship.
Lord, give me Your wisdom, Your grace
help me to serve You and love others
to not lean on my own understanding
but to seek Your ways as my own ways.
Help me to see things as You are weaving them,
not through my own filter.
God, I so need You.
There is something you get in the secret place that you can get no where else. Do everything you can to establish a secret history with Jesus.
~ Banning Liebscher
“Can i let you in on something? there is a place i escape to that allows my soul to braethe and rest and reflect. it is the place where i can drop the “yuck” the world hands me and trade it in for the fullness of GOd. it is the a place that God reassures me, confirms that He has everything under control, and gives me a new filter through which i can process life. the bible calls it the remaining place (John 15:4). i call it my sweet secret place.” page 51 WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WOMEN SAY YES TO GOD // Lysa Terkeurst
ahhhh i get this.
i need this space.
i carve out the time to spend time with God, not because its a good idea and its what good christians do, but because i need it.
I need His presence.
i need His peace.
i need His love and grace and power.
i am pulled in many directions and that stopping, pausing, remaining, dwelling is where i am pulled in only one direction. towards Jesus.
its where my heart is realigned and renewed. refreshed and restored.
sometimes all it takes is for me to close my eyes in the busyness of the day and say “hello Jesus, here i am.”
other times i like to take time, to meet with Him.
to lie on the sofa, music on, heart open.
in winter there is a space on a bean bag by the fire with my name on it.
in summer, the deck calls to me.
at night, when everything and everyone is quiet i read my bible, following a plan, day by day soaking in His Word and truth and revelation.
sometimes i talk to Him, pray, bring my needs and wants before Him.
sometimes i share my feelings.
sometimes i am still. quiet. listening.
every time i meet with God like this i come away changed.
i wait on the Lord, He restores my soul.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12
as christians we live in a war zone. we are saved and sent. redeemed and recruited. we are part of God’s glorious plan to see people come to know Him. anyone that wants to be used by God will face contention and battle. the war zone touches every area of our life. the great strategy of the enemy has always being the same, right from the beginning. God isn’t who He says He is, and He doesn’t mean what He says. He aims to distract and dissuade us from knowing God and living for Him. he hates that we are children of God.
his goal is the same as it was in the garden. he exists to silence God’s message of hope and genuine relationship with His children. don’t pick up the lies the enemy is putting down. @stickyjesus
but in this war we are not unarmed or weak. we are not the losers. we are children and heirs of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who one day will return and breathe upon the enemy and destroy him. the enemy is defeated already at the cross.
God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:13-15
we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to stand and overcome.
Greater is He in you than the one who is in the world. 1 john 4:4
part of the strategy we need as christians to have victory – in the big picture – and in our own personal lives as we live out for Jesus is to be intentional and aware. we need to know we’re in a battle and that we are fully armed. we need to know WHO we are serving and WHY. we need to be watching and alert.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self- controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5
this isn’t just a observance mode. its not just a looking out for danger but its a choice to live our lives aware and living according to the Word of God.
every choice is a choice between light and darkness, between obedience and disobedience, between the flesh and the spirit, between the world and the Kingdom of God. choose God. choose obedience. choose to pick up your cross and deny self and follow Jesus. this is your offensive attack. make choices to avoid evil. make choices to not compromise. make choices to overcome.
we are flawed broken people. yet we are forgiven and cleansed. we are being transformed daily. the Holy Spirit is our guide. the Word shows us how to live. we are greatly loved.
we are children of God. citizens of God’s Kingdom.
let us stand strong, let us make the choice to stand strong and to take our stand against the enemy, not just in prayer, but in how we conduct our lives. let us be warriors for Jesus.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6
Jesus, i pray that You would write Your message upon our hearts that we might speak life, hope, destiny and purpose into these young people
i pray that You would open their eyes to the reality of Your love and greatness, that they would find their greatest satisfaction in You. i pray that they would know who they are in You, what their giftings are and what You have called them to do and be. that they would be secure in purpose and confident in serving, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
i pray that we would have lots of fun and that you would build community amongst us, that we would create lifelong friendships and be open with one another, able to challenge honestly, encourage lavishly and walk through life together.
i pray we would learn well, that we would love Your Word and love Your presence. teach us new ways to communicate with You, to connect with You, to communicate with each other and to follow hard after Your ways and Kingdom.