Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Power Living In You

" that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him." 
~ Ephesians 3:10-12

Christ IN You.
You are IN Christ
Power living IN you.
Power in you to live rightly.
Power in you to make known in the spiritual realm who is King of Kings
and Lord of Lords.
Did you know the prophets LONGED to see Jesus?
They diligently searched, sacrificed and served their God--not for themselves
...but for YOU.
They wanted to see the revelation of Christ IN us and the glory that would be
seen through that revelation.
It wasn't about them--it was about YOU.
It was about Christ IN you--that is what they longed for.
The angels even waited in anticipation of salvation's plan.

Did you know that the angels marvel at the thought of Christ IN us?!
They marvel at Christ IN us!   WOW.

" As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them they they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through  those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven--things into which the angels long to look." ~1 Peter 1:10-13

The angels marvel at the power that lives in YOU.
The unsearchable riches of Christ!!!!!
I can't even comprehend how precious Jesus is that even angels LONG to know
what we have
...the power of Christ living in us...salvation.
Angels can't know what it feels like to be saved.
God's manifold wisdom of salvation is made known through YOU to the ANGELS.

The same power that rose Jesus from the grave
The same power that commands the dead to wake
lives in us!
The same power that moves mountains when we speak
The same power that calms the raging sea
lives in us!

..and all of heaven rejoices when one sinner is saved.
I can't imagine the thunder of angel wings...
the songs of the saints in glory...
the praises of heaven
over one sinner who repents.
Angels marvel at the power living in us.
Do you?
Do you know you have victory?
Do you know that the power living in you?!
What is your position?
...and all of heaven marvels.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Construction Zones

"Therefore you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone."
Ephesians 2:19-20

I did a bit of research on cornerstones...good stuff! So, what is a cornerstone?
It is a stone placed at the corner of a building that was used as the foundation and standard upon which a building was constructed. Once in place, the rest of the building would conform to the angles and size of that cornerstone. From that one stone, the entire building would be measured.  It was critical in ancient times that the cornerstone was strong-square-and perfectly shaped or the building would not remain sound. In modern times-a cornerstone is typically for decorative or commemorative uses. I started thinking...
buildings used to need a cornerstone to modern times it is decoration... I started thinking about my foundation
...and the foundation of our country
...the foundations of the modern church movements
...and wondered if there is any correlation between 
where we came from
--where we are
--and where we are headed.
Construction Zones.
What are we building on, folks?!
I think it is about time we take a serious look at our lives.
Is Christ truly The Cornerstone of your life? 
...or is He just a decorative add on to make the outside look good?
Is Christ the basis for your decision making?
...or do you rationalize your choices based on what others will think?
Is Christ the center of your home?
...or do you attend church when it fits your schedule?
Is Christ the focus of your day?
...or do you Facebook or surf rather than getting your face in The Book?
Is Christ the basis of your relationships?
...or do you sink into shallow living so you fit in with the crowd?
Is Christ the center of your mind?
...or do your thoughts wander to places and ideas that  are offensive to God?
Is Christ the reason for what you do?
...or are you motivated by money, advancement, social status?
Is Christ your EVERYTHING?
...or is He just one more thing that you add on to your fire insurance.
Tough Questions...
even tougher answers...
Sometimes the tough questions bring feelings of conviction...
Sometimes the answers reveal the need for repentance...
So, do you have some areas under construction??
--praise God He is showing you that!
repent-believe-and trust you are being built into
His dwelling place.
Look up sweet sister-you aren't alone.
All of us are in the same boat in need of the same saving Grace.
We are all under construction and thank God we have the Master Builder
that sees our finished product.

Think on that passage from Ephesians.
You are no longer a stranger.
You are no longer an alien.
You are a fellow citizen with the saints.
You are in the household of God.
You are built on a sure foundation...
the prophets foretold that a precious Stone would be laid down...
and the apostles declared to the world the riches of 
salvation through Jesus.

"Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A precious cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed. I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line." 
Isaiah 28:16-17
Who laid the stone? God chose the stone
Who was the stone? Jesus Christ-the Son of God
What was the cost to lay that stone in place??...death on the cross
What does God use to measure things?....Justice
What are all things supposed to line up with...Righteousness
What a precious crimson flow, that sealed you IN CHRIST.
Jesus-the cornerstone to which everything is measured by.
What a precious Rock that we can cling to.

Check out 1 Peter 2: 4-10 in that passage you will find that you are a living stone because you are IN CHRIST and you are being built up as a spiritual house that God will use.
It is a precious thing for those who believe...but for those who don't believe, they will stumble over the very Rock that you are holding on to.

So the ultimate question of the day... IS CHRIST YOUR CORNERSTONE?
Oh, sweet sister-run the race! Dig into knowing who you are IN Christ and what HE wants your building to look like. There is SO much life to live out there beyond what this world offers.

 " out your salvation with fear and trembling for it is GOD WHO IS AT WORK IN YOU both to will and to work for His good pleasure." ~Philippians 2:12


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dead In Sin

"...and you were dead in your trespasses and sins..." Ephesians 2:1
That is where I am was.
Yup. Somehow before I met Jesus I thought I was really living. I am sure you did too. I had no idea that I was walking around dead.... Thinking I was really winning the race when in reality I was nailed in a coffin the whole time.  God sure sees things so differently than we do.  

Meeting Jesus changes everything. Knowing you are IN CHRIST rocks your world. Looking back at your past and seeing where God has brought you from produces A HEART OF GRATITUDE. A HEART OF WORSHIP.

" But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us live together with Christ..." Ephesians 2:4-5

That is your rich in kind in His mercy to you! Rescuing you before you ever knew you needed help... 

The One who enters into your muck and mire.
Pulls you out of the pit.
Washes you off.
Gives you a robe of righteousness.
Plants your feet on The Rock
...and gives you the strength to 
point the way to freedom for others.


Close your eyes sit back and listen to God singing over you today.Praise God that you know who you are IN CHRIST...then go, sister!!!
Share the Good News with someone who desperately needs to meet your