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Love one another as Jesus has loved us.

It’s in the darkness of death, loss, and uncertainty where the authenticity of your relationship with Papa is revealed. Simply knowing about Him— religion is useless. Religion is powerless to provide the support needed in times of tribulation. Only an authentic and intimate relationship with Jesus has the power to build a life impervious to the ravages of time.

BECAUSE

Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm has already been lavished upon us as a love gift from our wonderful heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus. All because He sees us wrapped into Christ. This is why we celebrate Him with all our hearts!

He chose us to be His very own. Joining us to Himself even before He laid the foundation of the universe! Because of His great love, He ordained us so that we would be seen as holy in His eyes with an unstained innocence.

For it was always in His perfect plan to adopt us as His delightful children, through our union with Jesus, the Anointed One. So His tremendous love that cascades over us would glorify His grace. For the same love He has for His Beloved One, Jesus, He has for us, and this unfolding plan brings Him great pleasure!

He is given to us like an engagement ring is given to a bride, as the first installment of what’s coming! He is our hope-promise of a future inheritance which seals us until we have all of redemption’s promises and experience complete freedom— all for the supreme glory and honor of God!  Ephesians 1:3-6 and 14

COVID-19 has shaken the foundations of what we hold dear, even sacred. Many are watching Christians to discover who Jesus is in times of suffering. 

Don’t be like the rich ruler who was rejected by Jesus because he was willing to serve Papa as long as it was convenient and didn’t require the sacrifice of what he treasured most— his riches and the worldly honor it brought him.

INSTEAD

Be a disciple of Christ who confidently knows no treasure on earth compares to the treasure of Christ in your life! 

Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become tired or grow weary. There is no searching of His understanding.

He gives strength to the weary. To him who has no might, He increases power.

Even youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly,

But those who wait for the Lord. Who expect, look for, and hope in Him will gain new strength and renew their power. They will lift up their wings and rise up close to God like eagles rising toward the sun. They will run and not become weary. They will walk and not grow tired.
Isaiah 40:28-31

The majestic eagle spends most of its life high above the earth, free from danger and captivity. Its power, beauty and independence distinguish it from all other birds. It has extremely keen eyesight and can spot dinner and danger from afar.

Disciples of Christ are protected from danger— satan’s lies and temptations.

IF

Papa’s wisdom and truth builds both the foundation and perimeters of their lives.

Did you know the eagle’s beak continually grows throughout its life, and that it uses a rock as its emery board? Rubbing its beak back and forth on the rock until irregularities that would interfere with its ability to capture and eat food are removed. 

Trials and tribulations are your heart’s emery board. Smoothing away those imperfections that interfere with you ability to walk in your Kingdom destiny with honor and holiness. Imperfections such as…

Self-centeredness.

Self-destruction.

Self-doubt.

Self-hate.

Self-pity.

Self-righteousness.

Self-reliance.

Self-serving. 

So the next time Papa tells you it’s time for a manicure. Why don’t you stand on top of a rooftop and shout to the world? 

No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety for You will not leave my soul among the dead or allow Your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life. Granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasures of living with You forever,

Psalm 16:9-11 

The New Living Translation 

Daily intentionality is required to transform your life, not a New Year’s resolution.

How many times on New Year’s Day have you vowed to make a positive change in your life? Only later disillusionment, discouragement and disappointment crept in because…

The change took longer than anticipated. 

The process was painful. 

There was sacrifice. 

Nothing happening as you planned or envisioned.

Habits are difficult to change because they are automatic routines of behavior. Involving little or no conscious thought. This is also true spiritually. 

Becoming a repentant believer will not occur automatically or overnight. Saying goodbye to self-centeredness requires a heart transplant AND a mind transplant. 

Many never experience spiritual transformation because of the fear of the unknown. Overly concerned with self-perseveration. They continually focus on circumstances rather than Papa and His truth.

Seeking personal glory and the praise of man. They remain unrepentant. Refusing to obey Papa’s commands and precepts. Crowning as king the acquisition of knowledge and adherence to rules and rituals. 

Accept Papa’s offer of grace today and every day. Become the new and improved you— the image of Christ.

Then He said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways. Take up your cross daily and follow Me.”

Luke 9:23

New Living Translation

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Jesus tells us, “He who believes in Me. The works that I do he will do also, and greater works than these he will do because I go to My Father.”  John 14:12 

What works could be greater than those performed by Jesus? 

What if it’s not the works themselves, but the conditions under which these works are done that make them greater?  Conditions of…

Utter hopelessness. 

Only the Holy Spirit and you are in agreement. 

Darkness so intimidating, demons laugh when you speak. Confident nothing will happen. 

Could a disciple of Christ’s faith be so great that Papa’s power flows into your life without you asking? 

An unequivocal yes!  

I believe the woman with the issue of blood is a forerunner of this type of faith. 

When Jesus came back to Galilee, there came a man named Jairus who had for a long time been a director of the synagogue. Falling at the feet of Jesus. He begged Him to come to his house for he had an only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she was dying. 

As Jesus went, the people pressed together around Him almost suffocating Him. A woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years and had spent all her living upon physicians and could not be healed by anyone came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment. Immediately her flow of blood ceased. 

Jesus said, “Who is it who touched Me?” 

When all were denying it, Peter and those who were with Him said, “Master, the multitudes surround You and press You on every side!” 

But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me. I perceived that healing power has gone forth from Me.” 

When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice. She came up trembling, and falling down before Him she declared in the presence of all the people for what reason she had touched Him, and how she had been instantly cured. 

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith— your confidence and trust in Me has made you well! Go enter into peace” Luke 8:41-48  

Jesus, from the age of twelve knew His destiny was to be about His Father’s business— Papa’s business. So, when you read that He was on His way to Jarius’s house. You know Papa had instructed Him to go there. 

Jesus who never allowed anyone or anything to prevent Him from obeying Papa’s command was delayed. Delayed because a woman’s faith moved Papa’s heart. 

Although it isn’t written that the woman was Jewish, her unwillingness to reveal herself to Jesus suggests she was. Under Levitical Law whenever a woman has a bloody discharge for a long time, which is not during her menstrual period. Or whenever she has a discharge beyond her menstrual period, the duration of her unclean discharge will be like the period of her menstruation. She will be unclean. Leviticus 15:25  

For a Jew, uncleanness and sin were synonymous. Therefore, the ramifications for this woman were enormous! Physical contact with others was forbidden. She could not enter the temple and worship. But worst of all, her relationship with Papa was severed because she no longer was able to participate in the required religious rituals. Imagine twelve years of…

Shame.

Hopelessness.

Discouragement.

Isolation.

Self-loathing.

But this all disappeared that day when her faith received Jesus’s healing power.

Like Moses, Abraham, David, the Old Testament prophets, this woman had bold faith.

These heroes all died still clinging to their faith, not even receiving all that had been promised them. But they saw beyond the horizon the fulfillment of their promises and gladly embraced it from afar. They all lived their lives on earth as those who belonged to another realm.

Clearly, those who live this way are longing for the appearing of a heavenly city. If their hearts were still remembering what they left behind, they would have found an opportunity to go back. But they couldn’t turn back for their hearts were fixed on what was far greater. That is the heavenly realm!

So because of this God is not ashamed in any way to be called their God, for He has prepared a heavenly city for them. Hebrews 11:13-16

Beloved, it’s time for more spiritual heroes to step forward. The battle for souls is raging! 

Be courageous!

Be bold!

Be worthy to be called mighty warriors of faith!

Once upon a time in the city of Nineveh, a strange looking man washed up on shore telling the biggest “fish” story anyone had ever heard. The man’s name was Jonah, and he claimed to be a Hebrew sent by God to save them from God’s judgment. 

Why would this Hebrew, who clearly disliked the Ninevehites, risk his life to save theirs?

Besides, he didn’t look like any Hebrew man they had ever seen— no beard and hairless. Not a single hair on his entire body. Dressed in nothing but rags. And oh the smell! He reeked of fish guts.

However…

There was something about Jonah’s story that tugged at your heartstrings. Supposedly, God had told him, “Go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim judgment against it. For their wickedness has come up before Me.” Jonah 1:2

Unbelievable! But the story didn’t end there. Jonah had a warning for the people of Nineveh. “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” Jonah 3:4

Nineveh’s inhabitants believed God’s message. From the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow. When God saw what they had done, and how they had put a stop to their evil ways. He changed His mind and did not carry out the destruction He had threatened. Jonah 3:5 and 10 

Such is the power of wisdom from Papa’s throne room. There is no partiality with Him because His revelations are not for a select group. You too can receive revelation and wisdom so you may know Him better

I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination. Flooding you with light until you experience the full revelation of the hope of His calling. That is the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that He finds in us, His holy ones!

I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power.

Ephesians 1:18-19

The Passion Translation

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