burn the ships, friend

Yesterday was a wonderful day celebrating the resurrection. Jesus rising from the dead, bringing new life to all who believe in Him.

Yesterday was also a day of old emotions rising within me, starting an inner battle and confirming for me that  I needed to take some time to process the thoughts carefully, pray about them, as I wait for God’s clarity and freedom.

And then it occurred to me. Maybe I am not the only one who had a hard day this Easter weekend. Just maybe, one or two of you might have as well.

Because spending time in close quarters with family members can push our buttons at times, can’t it, friend? Or old memories spring back into the forefront of our minds in their attempt to suck us back into one of the sinkholes the enemy wants us to revisit.

This week, I am taking part in a spiritual freedom weekend as a part of the support team. So it’s no coincidence the enemy would want to distract me with a red herring, versus focus on the point of this upcoming retreat – increased freedom for His children.

I recently discovered a CD that I had previously purchased by for King and Country, and as I listened to the first song on it, the hair rose on the back of my neck and I got a sense of the tingles as I started to cry and pray.

God met me in this song, and pointed out this truth.

The next time Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future. (Matthew 25:41)

The enemy knows he loses the battle to Jesus, but that isn’t stopping him from attacking us in small skirmishes designed to have us stuck in the past, instead of walking out the freedom we have in Jesus.

Take a few moments today, friend, and invite God to meet you as you seek Him.  Consider the truth in the song below, and ask God what part of your past, what ship, do you need to give over to Him and let be burned in the fire of His power & presence?

Get ready to step into the new day God has waiting for you through His freedom!

“Burn the Ships” by @forKingandCountry                                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOVrOuKVBuY

#freedomawaits #hopefortheharddays

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He is risen – Easter Sunday!

“After the Sabbath ended, at the first light of dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to take a look at the tomb. Suddenly, the earth shook violently beneath their feet as the angel of the Lord Jehovah descended from heaven. Lightning flashed around him and his robe was dazzling white! The guards were stunned and terrified—lying motionless like dead men. Then the angel walked up to the tomb, rolled away the stone, and sat on top of it!

The women were breathless and terrified, until the angel said to them, “There’s no reason to be afraid. I know you’re here looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here—He has risen victoriously, just as He said! Come inside the tomb and see the place where our Lord was lying. Then run and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead! I give you His message: “I am going ahead of you in Galilee and you will see me there.”

They rushed quickly to tell His disciples, and their hearts were deep in wonder and filled with great joy.

Along the way, Jesus suddenly appeared in front of them and said, “Rejoice!” They were so overwhelmed by seeing Him that they bowed down and grasped His feet in adoring worship.”  Matthew 28:1-9 TPT

#Easterishere #Heisrisen #JesusisAlive #Alleluia

He is risen (2)

 

Easter is coming…

Jesus now lay in the tomb, as His family and friends grieved.

But death was not to have the last word….

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#hopefortheharddays

Good Friday ponderings

Today, I found myself pondering just how far God will go to show the world His love.

His love led Him to the cross.

It was His love for you and I that held Him there, to pay the price for our sin. The unholy which keeps us from drawing close to God.

That which turning from God to do what we want instead started in the Garden of Eden, with Eve and Adam eating the off limits fruit.

We reap what we sow, don’t we?

And usually, I would say this is the case most of the time.

But not when it comes to God.

God knew we could never pay the price for all our compiled offenses during our collective lifetimes.so He did something about it.

He told us in His Word the signs by which we would know the Messiah had come. And then set out to not only check off each and every promise and sign to prove He is who He says He is, He put His life on the line to prove His love for those He came to rescue.

You and I are included, friend.

So when you come across Jesus’ betrayal by Judas, Peter’s denials, Pilate’s washing His hands, the Priests rejecting their Messiah, His cruel treatment at the hands of the Roman guards, and the verbal abuse not only from the two others bring crucified, bur from the very crowds He had come to rescue?

Don’t rush on by. Take the time to read and feel this part of His Story.

Because Jesus died on that cross for all people, including you, and me.

He lay down His life, and shed His blood so we could pass over from the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of heaven.

But tonight, sit at the foot of the cross, and see the love He has for you on His face. Take in how He endured pain, loss, rejection, physical & emotional abuse, exhaustion and death.

How Jesus’ passion for you helped Him stay focused on the long term goal, not the short term situation He knew He would conquer as he followed His Father’s plan.

But more on that as Easter approaches….

#Easteriscoming
#hopefortheharddays

when holiness and wholeness are lacking

WHOLE.⠀

In the Garden of Eden, Adam & Eve lived in a wholeness both within themselves and with God.⠀

In fact, holiness was present, and it was very good.⠀

Until Eve was deceived, ate the off limits fruit, and passed it on to Adam who joined her in disobeying God.⠀

This act torn the holiness, the wholeness, out of Adam & Eve as it introduced sin and broken relationship into Eden, and when they were sent out, into the world.⠀

Humanity has been seeking restoration ever since.⠀

But we, on our own as humans, may not have caused this rift, this fall but we inherited its outcome.⠀

Division within, and in relationship.⠀

God rescued, redeemed & restored those who chose to follow Him for generations between Genesis, and the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi.⠀

Until something I never expected happened as we entered into Matthew, the New Testament.⠀

God changed His story from one of speaking through prophets and priests, to speaking through angels. ⠀

And then to people directly with the birth of Jesus.⠀

It took nothing short of the miraculous to address the rift between people and God, to wash away our sin once and for all.⠀


Tomorrow, I will share just what Jesus did to make us holy again, and to show us how much He wants a relationship with us again.⠀

#Easterscoming⠀
#hopefortheharddays

Sitting here at Your feet

“Here at Your feet, I lay my past down. My wanderings, all my mistakes down, and I am free.⠀

Here at Your feet, I lay this day down. Not in my strength, but in Yours I’ve found all I need, You’re all I need.⠀

Jesus, Jesus, at Your feet, oh to dwell and never leave. Jesus, Jesus, at Your feet – there is nowhere else for me.⠀


Here at Your feet, I lay my future down. All of my dreams, I give to You now and I find peace, I find peace⠀

Here at Your feet, I lay my life down. For You my King, You’re all I want now and my soul sings…”⠀

“At Your Feet” by Casting Crowns https://g.co/kgs/9gVkYT

#Easteriscoming #hopefortheharddays

pressing pause

Today, I press pause.

To do what I sense I need most.

Right here, right now,

I come to #worship You, Jesus.

Find me at Your feet.

https://youtu.be/wS8E_E7_B_w by Elle_Limebear

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