Jon and I are completely tuned in today to the Restore 2015 Marriage Building Event happening this fall in the Hampton Roads Area of Virginia! We find great joy in creating a place and time in which God can move powerfully in the lives of families. We believe in the strength of the family and are sold out to Jesus in our passion to stand in the gap and to protect its unity. Please consider joining us for this life-changing event!
I know I’ve covered some heavy topics this week on Sharing Love and Truth. It’s time to lighten up and find some inspiration!
I’m reading Mark 8 this morning and hear my Jesus say, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” I ponder my thoughts of Him and pen my response, “You are everything, Jesus! Nothing exists apart from you, for in You, all things have their being. You are the victorious ruler over all, and You have my heart. You are my shelter and my strength, my strong tower in whom I find refuge. You are Savior, Deliverer and Defender. Because You are the Prince of Peace, I come to You with a glorious exhale, and I find rest. Always faithful, always loving, always seeking to be more fully revealed. I have opened my eyes and declared Your Name – I Am! How can I not trust You?
How about you? Who do you say Jesus is?
Click on this link to see Akiane’s amazing painting, I Am. The entire gallery is inspiring, but I especially enjoy her creation of Jesus’ face. She captivated me with Prince of Peace, a work she did at age 9!
You’ll find the prodigy’s story on her site. She paints because she cannot restrain from painting. She produces as the Spirit enables her… it truly is a look beyond the veil of this temporal world.
Be inspired today!
Is there a fire burning in you that will give you boldness in the face of a real threat? If someone gives you an escape from fatal harm if you will only denounce your faith, would you still say, “Yes, I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord?”
The times in which we live require us as believers to ask ourselves these sobering questions. I have had these discussions with my teen children, alerting them that there will be occasions requiring them to stand firm in the faith. My counsel always ends with, “You make a determination to hold fast to your faith in Jesus, and He will supply you with the grace needed in that hour so you may stand fast!”
Let’s follow the apostle Peter’s path:
- In a comfortable church setting, Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, declared Jesus to be the Christ (See Matthew 16:16).
- Peter professed his readiness to follow Jesus even unto death (See Matthew 26:35).
- In an uncertain, public setting Peter denied knowing Jesus three times (See Matthew 26:69-74).
- Peter received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and boldly proclaimed Jesus the Messiah to Israel (See Acts 2:1-4, 36).
- Peter could not stop declaring Jesus regardless of the threats against him (See Acts 4:8-12, 18-21).
- The apostles were flogged and ordered “not to speak in the name of Jesus” (Acts 5:40), but “they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ” (Acts 5:42).
- Peter was martyred on account of Jesus’ name (See John 18-19).
According to the revelation given to the apostle John, Jesus desires that we be either all cold or all hot. He says, “…because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16). This is a frightening outcome, in my opinion.
Today is the day of decision – making! Will you ask God for power to be His witness so that you will not cower in the face of man’s threats?
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death” (Revelation 2:10-11).
I watched the Oscars last night with my daughter, Jordan, and I confess, I was only engaged for the fashion feast! Well, I took an interest in a couple of awards. Jordan celebrated the Big Hero 6 Best Animated Film award. That was one nominated film that we saw and enjoyed. Actually, she watched it in its entirety; I slept during the most intense scenes! Movie critic I am not, unless “Stayed Awake” or “Slept” qualify as reviews!!!
The 3+ hours of fixation on Hollywood and her art provided a brief respite from our current reality: we live in a world groaning out of its lack of rest. I awoke yesterday to this report on FOX News. The propaganda for terrorist activity continues with a threat targeting America. This is the day in which we live, and that should affect how we live!
There is a cure for every area of brokenness.
The only limit to its access is oneself; you have to believe that it is for you. And it is.
He demonstrated His love for you in the giving of His Son for the sins of the world.
That precious blood washes clean the stain of our sinful nature.
Do you receive it? Do you receive the free gift of grace?
There’s no protocol to abiding in the perfect love of God.
Just say yes.
I hear my sister in Christ saying the words, “You’ve got to walk in what you know,” and I can’t think of a more applicable charge for this post! That I may be everything heaven declares me to be in Christ!
Originally posted on sharing love and truth:
Ready to own your identity? If you are in Christ, you are more than you know! Through the cross, death and resurrection of Christ, this is yours.
Let your eyes view all 100 (there are MANY more recorded in Scripture), and live out your faith like you believe it!
It’s time for the body of Christ to walk in our identity and to barricade the thief’s access to our lives. We need to champion these truths and trample his lies. No more deception allowed, because in Christ, you are:
- the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13).
- the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
- a mountain-mover (Matthew 21:21).
- given authority to overcome all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19).
- provided for (Luke 12:30).
- the bearer of the kingdom of God (Luke 17:21).
- a worshiper of the Father (John 4:24).
- the possessor of eternal life (John 5:24).
- Spirit-anointed (John 7:38-39).
- loved by…
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