You know why you don’t have to be afraid?

Because Christ is with us. And with Jesus on our side, who can be against us! Don’t be afraid, speak fearlessly and courageously as the Spirit guides you. We are to be ambassadors for Christ, not because we are perfect but because we have accepted Christ into our hearts and He has great plans for our lives – a plan that will bring a hope and a future.

The enemy will try to beat us up with negativity, with pointing out our problems and imperfections. The thing we need to remember and grab onto is this, we are perfect in Christ Jesus! God sees us through the lens of Jesus. We are complete because we have Jesus and because of what He has done. When we accepted Jesus into our lives as our Lord and Savior, we became accepted by God through Jesus.

But wait, there is more…

There is coming a day when we will all have to go before the throne of God. At that time thanks to Jesus, we will get to be presented before God as shared in today’s morning devotional from Spurgeon’s:

he shall be presented faultless before the throne, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing? The Church of Christ then will be so pure, that not even the eye of Omniscience will see a spot or blemish in her; so holy and so glorious, that Hart did not go beyond the truth when he said–

“With my Saviour’s garments on, Holy as the Holy One.”

Then shall we know, and taste, and feel the happiness of this vast but short sentence, “Complete in Christ.” Not till then shall we fully comprehend the heights and depths of the salvation of Jesus. Doth not thy heart leap for joy at the thought of it? Black as thou art, thou shalt be white one day; filthy as thou art, thou shalt be clean. Oh, it is a marvelous salvation this! Christ takes a worm and transforms it into an angel; Christ takes a black and deformed thing and makes it clean and matchless in his glory, peerless in his beauty, and fit to be the companion of seraphs. O my soul, stand and admire this blessed truth of perfection in Christ. – Spurgeon’s Morning Devotions – Day 28

God’s Word provides us with this confidence as we read from Romans 8:

31-39So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.

We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. – Romans 8:31-39


What do you think grace is?

Some may say:

a short prayer of thanks before a meal.

Others may use it to describe how someone moves:

elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action

And others may define it as politeness:

dignified, polite, and decent behavior

Others may define it as generosity of spirit:

a capacity to tolerate, accommodate, or forgive people

When I consider grace as I read it in the Bible, from the Word of God, I take it a different way. Grace is so much more than forgiveness, good manners, and mercy. In the Message Translation from Ephesians 2, we read:

7-10Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. – Ephesians 2:7-10

In the New Living Translation, we read it this way:

8God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. – Ephesians 2:8-10

Grace is a gift from God. It is how come God will save us. It isn’t something we can take for granted or even take credit for. It is from God a key when used with faith opens the door to eternal life and salvation with God.

So when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we receive the fullness of what God has to offer. The fullness of His love. The fullness of His atonement. The fullness of His justification. The fullness of His justification. The fullness of His victory over death. The fullness of His power through resurrection from the dead. The fullness of His triumph through His ascension into heaven. The fullness of His blessings. The fullness of His grace. Grace to pardon, to regenerate, to sanctify, to preserve, to perfect. And it isn’t just for old times, but for all times. In the mountain top times and in the valley low times. He offers us a fullness of all of His attributes: wisdom, power, love, more than we could ever ask or imagine.

How much would it cost you? Some would say everything. Some would say nothing. We have to give it all up so that we can receive the gift from God. Nobody has enough money to buy their way into heaven. Nobody can be good enough to get into heaven. So how can we do it? How can we get in?

8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:8-10

So if you haven’t met Jesus and asked Him into your heart, today is the day to turn back to God and ask Jesus into your heart. He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the way for us to get into Heaven.

God will provide because you are important to Him.

Will you worship God and be faithful to His Word?

Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. — Acts 10:34-35

Do you realize how important you are to God and how much He loves you?

26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? – Matthew 6:26

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are doubly the children of God. God has created everything, the world and everything in it. And when we accept Jesus, we are spiritually reborn and are children of God!

So as children we need to learn from our Heavenly Father and be/become obedient to His Word! He is patient and loving and as put in today’s devotional from Spurgeon’s (day 26):

“If I be a Father, where is mine honour?” If ye be sons, where is your obedience? Here is affection mingled with authority; an authority which does not provoke rebellion; an obedience demanded which is most cheerfully rendered–which would not be withheld even if it might. The obedience which God’s children yield to him must be loving obedience. – Spurgeon’s Morning Devotions (Day 26)

Because of this, we have a promise of a hope and a future. The future isn’t something that happens to us, it is something that happens through us. God loves us so much that He created each us of with a purpose. We aren’t victims of fate. We shouldn’t be waiting on the sidelines. God desires that we participate in the creative process of creating our future. We have the power to be able to change. Consider these questions:

Is my heart open? Is my mind ready? Then ask God “make me better God by Your Word, I’ll never be the same, in Jesus’ name”.

God has chosen to delegate to man the opportunity to choose. We have the choice to choose life.

The wind may blow from the North, the South, the East, and the West, but we are the ones who set the sails and it is the sail that directs where we go!

How would you life be different had:

  • the seeds I had sown were different
  • my beliefs had been different
  • my relationships had been different
  • my habits had been different
  • my dreams had been different
  • my thoughts had been different
  • my feelings had been different
  • my personal values had been different
  • my words have been different?

Since they impacted your past, this means that what we do them going forward can impact our future.

So are you training to get better with the talents and gifts that God has given you? Are you looking to multiply your talents?

God never asks us to do anything that He has given us the ability to do. It’s up to you to train for what God wants you to do!

Ever had a dream and wondered, what was that about?

There are times when we will get wisdom, direction, or instruction through a dream. It might even be that it was more of a vision than a dream because it wasn’t while you were sleeping. Wondering what it means? Wondering what to do?

Pray! Ask God! Listen to what the Holy Spirit will speak to you. Make sure it aligns with what God’s Word says to confirm you are hearing it right. Then do it, pursue it, accomplish it with boldness and courage. Don’t worry! Don’t be afraid! Go for it without hesitation and do what God has called you to do!

Remember what happened to Peter:

Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, “Three men have come looking for you. Get up, go downstairs, and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them.” – Acts 10:19-20

He knew where the message came from and with conviction, he was able to go and pursue his call without worry and without doubt and without fear even though previously he thought he shouldn’t. God made it clear.

God is a God of clarity not confusion. God is a God of love not hate or frustration. God is a God of compassion. God is a God of freedom through forgiveness and love. God is a God of healing, restoring lives and relationships. God is a God of help in times of need.

Don’t forget what God has done for you!

Trust in the Lord!

There is a way out!

Are you feeling stuck? Are you feeling cornered? Are you feeling held back? Are you worried about what is ahead?

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

or put a slightly different way:

13No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it. (MSG translation of 1 Corinthians 10:13)

God also speaks to us about this in Psalms 91:3 where we read:

3For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. (NLT)

or with a different translation
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. (ESV)
In the Psalm, we read about how God won’t just deliver us or rescue us when we fall into a trip, but that he will also keep us out of falling into the trap in the first place. As we read in 1 Corinthians, God won’t let us down, He won’t let us get pushed beyond our limits, and He will help us come through it or put another way, He will provide a way out so that we won’t be trapped or stuck or cornered with nowhere to go or nothing we can do.
Not sure what to do? Feeling like you are being pushed beyond your limits? Turn to God who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ever ask or imagine. Turn to God whose ways are better than our ways and higher than our ways. Turn to God and ask for help, ask for wisdom, ask for discernment. It is said in His Word, that we have not because we ask not. He knows what we are in need of before we ask. However, we need to ask in faith believing that He will answer. As we read in Matthew 7:7 – A.S.K (Ask, Seek, Knock)
Do you need? A.S.K. and find the answers you are in need of.