Worthy to be called his children because of his seal of approval

It is too easy sometimes to look backwards instead of forwards.  Looking forwards is so much better, it’s productive, it’s exciting, challenging and refreshing.  So why do we fall back so often on the word “BUT”.  We go to great lengths to tell God we can’t do things, we don’t deserve things, we’ve mucked up, we’ve sinned, but he knows all that anyway, and tells us we can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Time to look forward, to trust that God has forgiven us and to stop dwelling in the past.  Time to tell Satan straight, I can do this because if God is for me, you can’t possibly stop me.

BUT GOD

But God, how many times do we utter those words, but God why me, but God that can’t be, but God I’m not worthy, but God I am guilty, how many times do we fail to see that God makes us free, light of the world, he came to shine into your darkness, drowning your fears in his river of life, washing your wrongs away on the tide, carrying you through the deepest of waters, sons and daughters of God should not fear, we are not overwrought by the world, bought by his blood we are overwhelmed by his love, his joy is like a fountain in my soul, life’s journey made easy as he splits the sea before me, crushing the enemy, Satan outflanked, outmanoeuvred by our devoted Father, our shield and our salvation, ruler of all the nations, no ifs, no buts, God chose us, we are worthy to receive, worthy to be called his children because of his seal of approval, chosen, anointed, adopted to his family, washed in his blood, forgiven and free.

I offer my devotion to my Abba, Father

God came so that we may have freedom.  More and more as I walk this walk I see how Satan targets our minds and seeks to steal some of that freedom from us.  He got to me this week but not for long!  As soon as I immerse myself back in prayer and God’s word I am able to use this double-edged sword to cut Satan down to size and I encourage you to do the same.  Satan is a liar, a deceiver and he targets the vulnerable areas of your mind.  When he does this just take a look at Romans 8, we are sons and daughters of God and NOTHING can separate us from God’s love.

Romans 8: 14-17 – For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Romans 8:37-39 – in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

SURRENDER

It’s only in surrender that I’m free, loved forever, that’s me, and I will walk in freedom, devoted to your will, for there is nothing I want outside the will of God and in the will of God there is nothing I fear, I surrendered my heart to you and in return you have protected it with a love that calms all fears, you are so near to me I can reach out and touch you, so close I can feel your heartbeat, it’s so neat that with you on my side I am more than a conqueror, because you loved us first we are free to love unconditionally, nothing in all creation can separate us from your love, nothing on the earth or in heaven above can keep us apart, I am a child of God, led by the Spirit who has broken the chains of slavery, yes I am free, no longer in fear, no longer living near the edge, I am Christ centred having entered into adoption, heir to God himself, a co-heir with Jesus, now that’s got to be a plus, I am a new creation and yes I am full of elation, I offer my devotion to my Abba, Father, I share in his sufferings and I share in his glory, I happily tell others my story, freed from a shameful past, at last happy to speak of what was, what is and what is to come, cos it all speaks of God’s glorious Kingdom, my adoption into his family, the love that he gave that set me free.

Satan’s a liar, how quickly he sucked them in

A friend referred me to Ezekiel 2 the other day and I have been reading this quite avidly this afternoon (plus reading on into Ezekiel 3).  There were two passages that stood out to me, the first as pointed out to me 2 v 7 and additionally 3 v 4 to 5.

  • Ezekiel 2:6-7 – And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.  You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.
  • Ezekiel 3:4-5 – He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them. You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and strange language, but to the people of Israel

Thinking in context today of all the hype surrounding yesterday’s debate in the Church of England synod about gay marriage and the depth of feeling on both sides, this spoke to me deeply.  Whatever we speak from God to a rebellious people will go unheard.  Despite these being “people of Israel” or what we would say to be “believers” they are still unhearing and unyielding.  We on the other hand must never give up speaking God’s truth.

DARKNESS

Do not be afraid, do not fear, their words are but words, their words are meaningless, empty, hollow, they say they follow Jesus but they fail to believe in all he said, they seek to follow the thoughts of man who has twisted the truth about God’s divine plan, man who interprets the Bible to suit his lusts and desires, we all know that Satan’s a liar, how quickly he sucked them in, how deeply he penetrates into their minds, rebellion leading to oppression, a deep depression amongst those who cannot determine God’s way because of all the lies these false teachers say, do not be deceived for you can believe all that God tells us, you can trust in the love of Jesus, God sends us to speak his words knowing that many will go unobserved, words falling on empty ears, on those who simply choose to hear what they want to hear, like thorns and briers they surround us, we live in rebellious times with rebellious people, speaking the unspeakable, touting their lies, perverting the truth of God’s gospel, a colossal misrepresentation, conning a nation, misleading a generation, yet we are the catalyst for liberation, anointed to proclaim freedom, to rescues the prisoners from darkness, to break the yoke and release from the harness, here I am Jesus use my witness, help me to bring your people out of the darkness.

God loves how I love him

I was doing an activation from the “Love Says Go” series today, this one was about finding out what Jesus loved about me.  So spending some time in God’s presence I was amazed at how this actually worked and got some positive affirmation over my life.  I have learned to love myself since becoming a Christian, but seriously, spend some time asking God what he loves about you and you will start to love yourself even more!

I also got a verse from God today – John 14:7 – If you really know me you will know my Father as well, from now on you do know him and have seen him

I kind of interpreted this as a confirmation that my spending time soaking in his presence and seeking his thoughts on my life is drawing me close to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as I get to know Jesus I get to know his Father too, I get to hear from him more easily and connect in new ways.

WHAT DOES GOD LOVE?

God loves how I love him, he loves my love of life, my drive and commitment, the fact that I am content to spend my time silently in his presence, he loves my loyalty, my openness, the fact that I gave him my brokenness and accepted his gift of beauty, I am beautiful both inside and out, full of desire to serve my Lord, he loves my heart but most of all God loves that we are no longer apart, he loves that I chose freedom and am now restored to his heavenly Kingdom.

Forgiveness is healing, revealing

I used to think I could never forgive people who I felt had wronged me in the past.  When I first became a Christian I knew God called us to forgive but still found it incredibly hard, after all they had hurt me, shaped me and made me feel bad about myself, how could I forgive?  But God is incredible and by his grace he changes us, he really does renew us and give us a whole new view on life.  So now I can stand and say that I forgive others and I seek to always do this quickly now if I feel wronged or aggrieved.  Talking it through with God helps too.  Take this verse from Mark 11:25-26 –

And when you stand praying, forgive anyone you have anything against. Then your Father in heaven will forgive your sins.”

It’s a no brainer, forgive and you will receive so much freedom in your soul, a weight will be lifted from your shoulders and you will find an incredible peace.

FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness, a choice, an expression of love, for love keeps no record of wrongs, forgiveness belongs in your heart, sets you apart it doesn’t diminish justice it just entrusts it to God. Forgiveness is healing, revealing a new side of me, I let it go, I grow, I can’t change the past but I can change the future, don’t be a loser, be victorious, receive God’s glorious love in all its splendour, surrender the hurt, tender it to God, give him the nod and he will take it away, a glorious new day dawns where bitterness and anger are no longer, free the soul, make peace with your broken pieces as God releases you, forgives you your sins, opens the door and beckons you in.

They think you are made up, a made up God

 Sometimes it’s hard to vocalise to non-Christians how great God is or how much he means to me.  Often I don’t say what I really feel, not sure why but I know that if I ask God he will give me the words.  Sometimes I think I hold back because I have been shot down in the past.  I suppose when I first became a Christian I wasn’t as confident in my faith or the Word and would say things which I couldn’t really backup (just shows how important it is to know the Word!)  But I also know there have been times when I have been desperate for the other person to get what I am saying but I see now that’s Gods role not mine.  So God will give the words and they may well not be what I expect but I can trust that they will be the right words for that moment in time.

  • Isaiah 51:16 – I will give you the words I want you to say. I will cover you with my hands and protect you. I made the heavens and the earth, and I say to Jerusalem, ‘You are my people.'” 
  • Luke 12:12 – or the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”
  • Luke 21:15 – For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict

DO YOU GET IT?

God you are awesome, just wanted to say that.  God you know what, some people just don’t get you, they don’t see how great you are, like some don’t even think you are, they think you are made up, a made up God, now that must be hard, people denying your existence, taking the path of least resistance, keeping a healthy distance from anything remotely Christian because of all this suspicion, OK so why be suspicious of those who believe in Jesus, just ask us, ask us what it is that makes us so in love with the Son of God, but what I find even harder is those who believe but perceive that they’re going to heaven because they say yes Jesus is risen but I don’t need to change my position, so I’ll carry on sinning, like isn’t that just the perfect win/win, it’s not like that, sin is sin, and OK so I’ll always be a sinner, but it’s about the inner me, what I am striving to be, how I’m sorry for what I do, how I try to turn it over to you and put it right, to walk my life in the light and OK so sometimes I fail to come up with the goods, sometimes my mood is not what it should be and I won’t be perfect until I reach Glory but you know I sure want to be trying and sometimes we’re called to deny ourselves and pick up our Cross and I can’t gloss over the fact sometimes it’s scary but think of Mary, we are called to obedience and the rewards are immediate and yet everlasting too, so Father I come to you and ask for your help, you know how hard it is to speak to those whose ears are closed and their hearts are like stone, but I really need to know how can I make you known to them, how can I talk of your amazing love, the friendship that we have without them making out I’m mad, without them saying that’s OK for you but God didn’t mean that for me or God’s not real and really I’m OK so long as you don’t talk all day about your Father up in heaven, I’m not messing God, it’s hard, it’s hard to know the right words, but I have learnt that you are the ultimate redeemer who longs for all your children to experience freedom, so let me walk the walk for you, and trust the talking part will come from you.

I’m not flying solo, God is lifting me up on wings like eagles

It’s been a year since I started counselling and yesterday agreed that I was almost ready to “fly solo” with just a few maintenance visits over the next couple of months.  Great news but also got to admit for a while I felt a bit anxious, like how would I cope and then it came to me… I will never fly solo, I will always have God by my side supporting and loving me, I am no longer alone.  This morning a member of my prayer group reminded me of a verse:

Galatians 5:1 – ‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

So timely; that really showed me that God has now set me free, I must not let the enemy tell me I am not ready and I will not let him push me back to the old life of slavery.  It’s so cool that I now have a network of Christians supporting me as well as having God’s word which I know provides for every situation.

Another friend on hearing my news about counselling sent me this telling me I am ready to soar:

Isaiah 40: 29-31 – He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint

So I now embrace the future with hope, joy and anticipation, God I think my shoelaces are getting tighter 🙂

FREEDOM

Freedom, privileged beyond all measure, liberated, my God has set me free, and see I’m not flying solo, God is lifting me up on wings like eagles, people “watch out” for freedom has enlightened me, I am on fire for God and he’s delivered me, now with my own self-determination I stand shoulder to shoulder with all God’s warriors, no longer bound in slavery, no longer listening to the enemy, Satan has no power over me, Jesus came to bring me freedom and I am no longer beaten down by the lies of the enemy, my prize established in Christ Jesus who guarantees I am never alone, I have a companion of my own, his name is Jesus and he is love personified, my faith intensifies daily, I have a place of safety, of refuge, a sanctuary, my momentary fears unnecessary cos God has already defeated my adversary, his death on a cross was for me, rising again in victory proved his supremacy, he guards me jealously and because he first loved me I am  free.