Monday

The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into Light.

He was in the world, the world was there through him, and yet the world didn’t even notice.

He came to his own people, but they didn’t want him. But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.

These are the God-begotten, not blood-begotten, not flesh-begotten, not sex-begotten. (John 1:9)

… but whoever does want him, whoever does believe he is who he claims to be ‘and would do what he says, he made to be their true selves – their child-of-God selves.

YOU …! x

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Sunday

But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him.

Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms.

It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself?

When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s! (Rom 8:9)

Yes Lord. Hallelujah! Thank You for Jesus. xx

Saturday

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?”

God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children.

And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!

We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him! (Rom 8:15)

The Bible is full of verbs, full of ‘doing words!’ And to me the biggest is ‘choosing.’ We can choose to curl up and quit, or we can limp on through and share in the Victory our Jesus has won for us.

I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love GOD, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that GOD, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Deu 30:19). X

Friday

You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!”

Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? (Gal 4:5)

So many would try to ‘protect’ GOD from this scripture, so that we would somehow always live before Him on our knees in some sort of faux fear.

Our Heavenly Papà has clearly established that we are to be His children before Him.

Think about it as you walk up to His Throne of Grace today, because this is where the healing begins. X

Thursday

… If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out.

Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law.

If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. (Gal 6:1)

Best way to keep humble – try and walk a while in someone else’s shoes. X

Wednesday

You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you?

No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that.

God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple. (1 Cor 3:16)

As Christians we’re taught to just walk away from hassle or, like Jesus just take it on the chin.

The actual thing is – we do have 2 choices. (1) we can ask for vengeance, or (2) we can look through the eyes of the Holy Spirit and see how those against us are no more than the ‘cats paw’ of the evil sent to try us.

That way, like Jesus, we can pray “Father forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing.” (Luke 23:34). X

Tuesday

How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him.

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.

Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!)

He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. (Eph 1:3)

Think about it for a minute. How can you and your situation be forgotten, when you were on His mind ‘before’ He even laid down Earth’s foundations? Hold on, He’s sent help … x