Born to Die Yet Born to Live!

This morning I woke up to read an update on a young lady named Taylor. She’s the daughter of Rachel Wojo, another author, speaker, mom, wife. I very much admire Rachel’s writings. She writes from the perspective of heaven. Taylor has a degenerative disease and is slowly transitioning from here to heaven. And this morning the Lord reminds me we are all born to die. Even Jesus was born to die. And yet because of Jesus we all will live. What a wonderful thought! What a blessed hope! Someday, for sure in heaven, I will meet Miss Taylor, my sister in the Lord. Of this you can be sure, Taylor was born with a heavenly purpose.

Oh beloved, much is awaiting you in heaven! Perfection awaits there. Oh not the kind of perfection we speak of here on earth. It’s much more beautiful there. Absence of sorrow, no pain to bear, worries long gone, peace instead of despair. All the earthly things we face day in and day out will be absent in heaven. Pure love, pure life, pure motives and pure fellowship with the Lord. 

But beloved, we were also born to live! You have an earthly assignment that is in tune with the Glory of God! Not a busy work, but a Spirit work. Dreams and visions, songs in the night, hopes and tears of joy you experience are intended to be shared so that God can use your life, every single bit of it to help others and allow them to see the goodness of God through it all! Won’t you stop this morning and ask the Lord, just as Paul did on the Damascus Road, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” You’ve been redeemed and chosen for such a time as this. Don’t wait for perfection – it will not truly be with you until you reach the heavenly shore. Just let God use you. Let Him have you 100%. Don’t hold anything back. You are a beautiful representation of God’s grace. You were set into history before the foundation of the world. You’re not the sum of your missteps, your mistakes or your weaknesses. Oh no! In Christ you are being perfected and molded into His image. Don’t wait for tomorrow, for tomorrow may not come. Don’t wait for the bank account to fill up either. Don’t wait till you lose weight, get a new wardrobe or change jobs or retire. Now is your day! This is your finest hour! You were born for this day and you have a message to the nations that won’t wait!

God loves you and He’s for you! Rejoice that though you were born to die you are destined to live here and now for God’s purpose and plan. How outstanding and beautiful you are as you share your Good News story with the waiting world as you walk in the Light of His Glory & Grace!

Psalm 139:16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My loving eye on you. NIV

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. NIV

Ephesians 2:10 For 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.

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The Majestic Life in Christ

One of the amazing sights of our weekend campout was the 10 point buck that came dancing up. He came within an arm’s length of Danny and I and our little granddaughter sitting at the fire ring. He probably would have kept coming had I not said anything. He dug his hooves in the dirt, stared at us and took off in another direction. Unfortunately he found another camp full of people. So he made a rebound towards us. Finally he found the shoreline and danced away and out of sight.  
He was majestic and one of the largest bucks I’ve ever seen. But when he encountered us he was quite fearful. More so than a small fawn would have been. The trust factor was far gone. He had been hunted and wanted no part of humanity.

Oh beloved, do you know how majestic your life in Christ is? When you encounter dangers, toils, troubles or fears you don’t have to avoid life. In fact you cannot avoid them. Just as the large buck was running off he was being chased by campers with cameras. Your fears will chase you wherever you go. But there is a cure for this – it is to stand your ground. The enemy wants to keep you breathless and trying to escape the hunt. But he has no authority and he has no serious weaponry. You on the other hand have everything for life and godliness – including weapons of warfare that are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. You have the authority to walk into the enemy’s camp and render him useless for the Kingdom! The warfare of the Spirit is a beautiful thing for it sets you free to go anywhere He leads you. Christ was resurrected so you could go totally free! Fear has no hold on you and death has no sting. You are a living, breathing, majestic representation of God’s creation, Jesus’s intercession and Holy Spirit’s infilling!

God loves you and He’s for you! Don’t hold back. Don’t avoid the problems. Your strength is rising even now as you find hope and power to live in the Strength of God’s Wonderful Truth!

2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. NIV

Ephesians 6:13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.

James 4:7 So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.

Psalm 112:8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

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Jesus And The Sure Footed Life

They resurfaced our street and the road connecting us to the main highway. It was a mess. Actually both roads were perfectly fine. I don’t think any of our neighbors can figure it out either. At any rate it’s done and finally after several weeks we have less loose gravel and a more solid surface to drive on. I’m sure there’s a reason somewhere that I don’t understand.

Oh beloved, things have happened in your life. You feel that things were perfectly fine the way they were. It’s a mess. You just don’t understand why it happened. There you were enjoying your life and big changes came. Surely there’s a good reason for it all but you don’t see it.

God wants you to know this morning that you can trust Him. When changes come that you didn’t ask for He is still on the Throne. When you feel you don’t have a solid surface anymore, God is your Rock. He might not have orchestrated the changes but He will use it all for your good and His glory. Even when people make poor choices on your behalf He is still Sovereign and He is still Lord. He wants you to rest in His promises, renew your fellowship with Him, rely on the Holy Spirit to guard, seal and keep you. And even more as you roll all your cares on Him He will relieve you of burdens you were never meant to bear. He will even keep you safe as you traverse the new so that all this doesn’t send you into the pit. It’s not your destiny to be taken out by anything you encounter. But it is your destiny to grow more sure-footed as you learn to focus on Christ and His resurrection –He went beyond the cross and the grave and came forth fully alive! You will too! It’s your purpose from the Lord to live unhindered by what happens and totally centered on His purpose for your life.

God really does love you and He remains for you! You can thank Him for His loving care as you navigate life in the Light of His Infinite Love!

Psalm 40:2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.

Psalm 94:18 If I should say, “My foot has slipped,” Your lovingkindness, O LORD, will hold me up.

Romans 5:3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

I Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

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Pray? Yes!

When I drove through town at lunch yesterday it was overcast. As I neared my lunch destination it began to sprinkle lightly. No weather report had been given for rain but it was a typical fall day. I went on to pick up my lunch and sit in the parking lot like I do sometimes. Before long I noticed that the sun was shining and I looked out my window to see that those clouds, which had just completely covered the sky and produced misty rain were gone. The weather changed so suddenly I was amazed! Beautiful blue skies! Within minutes everything changed.

Oh beloved, the Lord is with you! He knows your name and He knows all of your needs. He hears your prayers for He is your Father God. It may seem that your overcast conditions of life are going to remain that way forever. But God is a God of turnarounds and they happen suddenly. Right in the midst of the rain He brings for the sun. I know this because His Word says so and because I’ve seen it happen right before my eyes! This is Covenant Living to talk to the Lord about all things. Keep praying. Keep going to the Father for the needs of your loved ones, your family and your life. Take everything to the Lord! If it’s worth thinking about it’s worth taking to the Throne Room of Grace! That’s where you find help in time of need! If it’s worth allowing you to be weighed down then it’s worthy of giving to Him for He daily bears our burdens. If you love that prodigal, whoever they are, rest assured that God loves them more! Agree with God! Don’t pray the problems, pray the solutions! Your prayer closet may be your car, your yard, your laundry room or your office. Pray. Pray often, watch the skies for heavenly changes! Your unprecedented season is here! So talk to your King, rejoice with His Word and tell Him everything!

God loves you and He’s for you! Go ahead and ask Him for everything knowing that He hears, He covers you and He answers! Rejoice in who you are taking your prayers to and rest in the Light of His Mercy and Grace! 

I Thessalonians 5:17 Never stop praying.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

John 15:16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.

Colossians 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;

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It’s a BIG Reno!

When we bought this home nearly 20 years ago I told Danny I would never want to change a thing. I liked it just the way it was. Unfortunately that wasn’t quite true. We’ve painted and taken out a wall and put in new carpet plus other things along the way. I did like the house just the way it was but I also wanted to put my own touch on it.

Oh beloved, when God took you as His own, you said yes to Christ. And God said I take you just the way you are. But He set about on a plan to change your heart and mind to be more like Jesus. He changes you and me until we are a reflection of His glory. All of His children get a makeover. 

His love covered everything. You no longer have to regret your past or fear your future for both are solidly and securely taken care of. You’ve not been remodeled, you’ve been made brand new! You have a new way of living and thinking and hoping and dreaming. God removes the unrighteous façade and He says to you this morning I love you and I will take care of you. He says I will not allow the enemy to steal you from My heart. He says your life is now in My hands. He says even when the worst things happen I am still with you. Even if you think you’ve been abandoned I will never leave you. He says trust in the process of the changes and allow Me to have My way with your life. 

He says most of all – I love you and I am for you always! Because God speaks love to you and over you, you can live in confidence of His faithfulness through all the changes as you walk in the Light of His Wonderful Word!

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

I Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

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