Month: August 2014
Where your love ran red and my sin washed white. I owe all to you.
God isn’t a mystical figure in the heavens who plays a mischievous game of hide-and-seek. He is a personal God who invades your life through the person of the Holy Spirit. He longs for you to feed the life of Christ in you with his Word and with prayer and then allow the results to reach out into other people’s lives. When we surrender our will to God, seek his heart, hear his voice, and respond to his nudges, we thrive. Life becomes radically different and we no longer hang on just to survive. Suddenly, life resonates with a deep-seeded—almost inexplicable—joy and peace that flows from a Father who is well pleased. When you let Jesus have all of you, he will fulfill his purposes for you and show you exactly why he created you for himself. You will experience a contentment that comes from an assurance that God is right there with you and that he’ll never leave you. And it comes from knowing you are his and that your life thrives because it demonstrates just how much you love him.
God gives us hope: peace, joy, and a reason to live. Romans 15:13- May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Part of the thriving life is to share the gospel—the reason we thrive. The world doesn’t want to hear about rules. Deep down, most people know they’re bad and can’t stop themselves from doing what they don’t want to do. Yet the gospel requires change. The gospel is the good news of a God who makes all things new. Love earns the right to speak the truth. When we love others, they know we’re sharing with them because we love them. Our willingness to share the truth of Scripture proves we really love, and if we’re not telling them the truth, we really don’t love them. We just love our friendship. When we give truth in love, we are ambassadors for Christ. It’s not a reflection on us personally. It doesn’t matter if the other person rolls her eyes or yells at us or says, “That’s cool, but that’s not really for me.” She still realizes you did it in love, and in quiet moments to come, she will remember it. And some day it may take root. Just like it did in you.
Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. Ephesians 2:8- For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.