Sunday

…you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God.

And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” (Rom 8:15)

So many of us live under a cloud of discouragement, we repress everything in the hope of finding peace – the bad as well as the good! All of this stems from our feeling unacceptable. In effect we we find it easier to forgive and love other than we do ourselves.

This ‘orphan’ spirit was CAST OUT OF OUR LIVES when we welcomed Jesus, the Christ of GOD to LIVE IN US.

Lord, I choose to believe the Truth of what you say and this day choose NOT to feel orphaned, and as you rise up within me, my spirit will join you in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” ❤️

Saturday – 12/9/15

A Message from the high and towering God, who lives in Eternity, whose name is Holy: “I live in the high and holy places, but also with the low-spirited, the spirit-crushed, And what I do is put new spirit in them, get them up and on their feet again. For I’m not going to haul people into court endlessly, I’m not going to be angry forever. Otherwise, people would lose heart. These souls I created would tire out and give up. I was angry, good and angry, because of Israel’s sins. I struck him hard and turned away in anger, while he kept at his stubborn, willful ways. When I looked again and saw what he was doing, I decided to heal him, lead him, and comfort him, creating a new language of praise for the mourners. Peace to the far-off, peace to the near-at-hand,” says GOD — “and yes, I will heal them. But the wicked are storm-battered seas that can’t quiet down. The waves stir up garbage and mud. There’s no peace,” God says, “for the wicked.” (Isaiah‬ ‭57:15)
So God in Christ Jesus has brought us Peace … and Love, Mercy, Hope, Wholeness, Healing, Forgiveness, Acceptance, Comfort, Beauty, GRACE… X

It is well with my soul

‘My peace I give you…Do not let your hearts be troubled and…afraid.’ JOHN 14:27

The peace Jesus gives brings a sense of assurance that no matter what happens, you know ‘it is well with my soul.’

He says to us: ‘My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and…afraid.’

The peace Jesus gives doesn’t depend on conditions and circumstances. It comes from knowing you’re God’s child and that your Father controls the universe, loves you and always has your best interests at heart. That’s why people who’ve lost everything will often tell you they wouldn’t trade what they’ve learned, even if it meant recouping all their losses.

Joni Erikson Tada discovered a supernatural peace when an accident confined her to a wheelchair, and Corrie Ten Boom found it in a Nazi death camp. Missionary Elisabeth Elliot found it ministering to the Indian tribe who massacred her husband. She wrote, ‘Only in acceptance lies peace…not in resignation.’ There’s a big difference!

Author Creath Davis points out that: ‘Resignation is surrender to fate.  Acceptance is surrender to God. Resignation lies down quietly in an empty universe. Acceptance rises up to meet the God who fills that universe with purpose and destiny. Resignation says, ‘I can’t.’ Acceptance says, ‘God can.’ Resignation paralyszes the life process.  Acceptance releases the process for its greatest creativity. Resignation says, ‘It’s all over for me.’ Acceptance says, ‘Now that I’m here, what’s next, Lord?’ Resignation says, ‘What a waste.’ Acceptance says, ‘In what redemptive way will you use this mess, Lord?’ Resignation says, ‘I’m alone.’ Acceptance says, ‘I belong to you, Lord.’

The Word for Today – UCB