Archive for July, 2012

Hiding our shortcomings, our struggles, our insecurities or our fears only gives them power over us. Bringing them into the open, sharing them with someone you trust and who is not afraid to be honest about their’s weakens the hold they have and is the beginning of true change.

Romans 8:37

“None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us.”

His love really is enough. It’s when we look for it in other places that can’t possibly fill our deep need that we get messed up and begin to feel unloved.

Lord give me the courage to recognize my flaws and the wisdom to know that your love for me is not in spite of them but includes them. Give me the heart to understand the shortcomings of others and the ability to love them like you do. Use me to share your love with those I see today and help stand as proof against the evidence that they are unloved.

Romans 8:4,5

And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us. Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them–living and breathing God!

I have called you to follow Me on a solitary path, making time alone with Me your highest priority and deepest Joy. It is a pathway largely unappreciated and often despised.

Sarah Young – Jesus Calling

2 Corinthians 3:17, 18

God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

I love the way Eugene Peterson interprets yesterday’s scripture and the thing that stands out to me is that he begins with, the person who trusts me. Trusting God is so vital to every aspect of our lives. Not just the big miracle things as referenced yesterday, but even the day to day things. So many of our struggles in life could be made easier if we would trust Him enough to let go of them.

John 14:12

The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it.

John 5:19

So Jesus explained himself at length. “I’m telling you this straight. The Son can’t independently do a thing, only what he sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does.

If so for Him, how much more so for us? With Him and by His direction there’s no limit to what we can accomplish.

Ephesians 4:5-7

You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.  But that doesn’t mean you should all look and speak and act the same. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift.