April 25, 2017

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Thought to share: I AM not aging. I AM not becoming weaker with the passage of time. MY power and authority isn’t diminished in the least by the progression of eons. I live outside of time. It has no hold or effect on ME. I AM who I have always been. I do not change. Draw confidence in MY stability and consistency. You can rest in ME.

Psalm 102:25-27 (NLT) Long ago You laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with Your hands. They will perish, but You remain forever; they will wear out like old clothing. You will change them like a garment and discard them. But you are always the same; you will live forever
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT) The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.
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Is there anything more beautiful?

I love to imagine what Jesus looks like. I love to think of Him in different aspects; envision Him doing and being what the Bible says about Him.

For example, I love C.S. Lewis’ imagery of Jesus as Aslan – the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. (Revelation 5:5) Fierce. Dominating. Forcefully putting His paw down and roaring so loudly that He shakes everything around Him. As I see Him as the Lion of Judah, I feel protected. Safe. I sense my enemies trembling at His presence. I see them running as He roars.

I love to think of Him riding on His white horse at the Second Coming. (Revelation 19:11-16) Bold. Strong. Courageous. The Conquering King. Thundering from heaven with fire blazing from His eyes as His hair flows in the wind. Leading the charge to silence the enemy once and for all. Defeating him by His word. (wow. I faint right there.)

I love to think of Him seated at the right hand of Abba Father. (Colossians 1 and 3) The position of honor. The position of authority. Magnificent, He is the radiance of the glory of God. Holding creation together. And as He overlooks all of creation, we see His heart as He intercedes for us. Pleading our case, asking Abba Father to move and work on our behalf.

I love to think of Jesus preparing a place for me. (John 14:1-3) Creating a room for me. Preparing a place for me at the table. Anticipating my arrival. Excitedly expecting me to join Him. To see the sheer, unreserved joy I feel as I finally see Him face-to-face. As I leap into His arms. As I encounter brilliant beauty that I could never have imagined. As He takes me to see Abba Father. To watch me finally experience all that I was created for.

To think of Jesus in these ways draws me into His magnificence and splendor. Opens my eyes to how incredibly exquisite He is. I catch glimpses of how beautiful He really is.

But of all the things I imagine – all the ways I picture Him – there is nothing more beautiful to me than the crucified Jesus. (John 19) The gruesome Jesus. The one with flesh hanging off His bones. Blood running down His face. Streaming down His body. Hair matted with dirt and blood. Bruised. Whipped and beaten Jesus. Grimacing in pain. Crying out to God in agony. With spit on His face. A hole in His side. Nail pierced feet and hands.

I love this image of Jesus more than any other because it is in this, that Jesus set me free. Paying a price to redeem me from an utterly hopeless situation. Buying me from slavery. Releasing me from a prison I was powerless to escape. I am no longer a slave. I am no longer bound. Limited. Restricted.

Because He willingly suffered and died for me, allowing Himself to be savagely beaten, abused, ridiculed, humiliated and tortured, I am healed – spirit, soul and body. My blinded eyes opened. My oppressed heart set free. My wounds healed, whole. Missing parts restored. I am made new. No scars. Just as if I had never been damaged. Broken. Enslaved. Imprisoned.

In agony, He carried the weight of my crushing sin. Wiping away my past. Eliminating my depravity. Wickedness. Choosing to forget. Choosing to release. Choosing to look at me with love.

His brutal death defeated a foe that I was no match for. Completely disarming my enemy. Destroying his works. Stepping on his neck. Breaking his hold. Conquering for me. Giving me victory.

The cross He carried bridged the chasm between Abba and me. I am no long separated from Him. No longer an orphan. Adopted by Him. An heir with full benefits and privileges.

And it is through the magnificent gore of the cross that I can see the beauty of Him now. Because I have seen Him crucified, I can see Him as the Lion of Judah. I see Him riding His white horse. Seated next to Abba Father. Feel Him making intercession for me. Know that He is preparing my place. Eagerly anticipating my arrival.

Nothing is more beautiful to me than Jesus crucified because it opens my eyes to see everything He is.

 

 

 

April 18, 2017

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Thought to share: don’t assume the worst. When the unexpected occurs, don’t fall into the trap of negativity. Instead, imagine the best. See yourself victorious. See yourself overcoming adversity. See yourself as more than a conqueror. You can do this when you choose to look at ME and all that I have done for you. All that I have given you. When you partner with ME in all your trials and difficulties, you can expect victory and you can assume good things are coming!

1Corinthians 15:57 (NAS) but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:31-37 (NLT) What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own? No one—for God Himself has given us right standing with Himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.                 *emphasis mine

Romans 8:28 (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

April 11, 2017

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Thought to share: No matter what you’re going through, you are not going through it equipped with your own resources. You’re not facing it with your skills, your knowledge, your finances. You are not left to handle it with what you can humanly do. You are not restricted by what you can’t do.

All of who I AM is living in you. All I AM is fully yours – at your disposal. Don’t believe the lie that you’re alone and you are all you have. Open your eyes, see ME and draw from ME.
Psalm 46:1(GNT) God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.

Psalm 118:6 (GNT) The Lord is with me, I will not be afraid; what can anyone do to me?

April 4, 2017

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Thought to share: Did you know that you’re MY favorite. Yes – you. There is no one I love more than you. You are the apple of MY eye. You are the object of MY affections. I adore you. I think of you constantly and take delight in you. You are MY treasure.

Psalm 139:17-18 (NLT) How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them;they outnumber the grains of sand!
Zephaniah 3:17b (GNT) The LORD will take delight in you, and in His love He will give you new life. He will sing and be joyful over you,