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IAM Clothed in Love

Colossians 3:14-15 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Ever had the dream when you wake up in school, and you forgot to wear clothes? As scary or humorous as that scenario might be, I believe many of us forget to leave the house with the clothing of love. God encourages us that above all, don’t forget your clothing! God asks us to put on his love as our clothing. Clothes keep us warm and protect us. God’s love works in the same way. God’s love fills us up then allows us to share his love with others. God’s outfit of Love matches with everything!

If I could put on love as a garment, I know exactly what type of outfit I would choose. The Velcro suit works for me! In order for me to stick to another person, I would have to wear the opposite Velcro material than my brother or sister. Our uniqueness in expression of God’s love binds us together.353-Family-Fun-Day11

In order for musical harmony to exist, we can’t sing the same melody. Your song and my song of love mesh together for a beautiful expression for the world to hear. The depth of God’s love that he has shown you forms a unique identity of expression in you. God wants to use your special expression of love for the world! The tighter the harmony the more powerful the song. Each singer has the skill to stay on their perfect part without comparing themselves to the other singers.

Let the peace of knowing your song and gifts rule in your heart.
Let God’s love for you and for others dominate your life.
Quiet down the turmoil of doubts and insecurities with God’s peace.
God wants a better me, confident in love. God wants the same for you.

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IAM Clothed in Love
IAM Filled with God’s Love
IAM Unique in my expression of Love
IAM Gifted to share God’s Love

The little drummer boy brought his gift for the king.  Share you gift of love with the world!

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Little Drummer Boy

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.

IAM Abiding in Christ

John 15:7 NKJV If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

Abide: verb: 1: to remain stable or fixed in a state 2: to continue in a place

The word abide makes one assumption: We at some point reset our lives in Jesus. When you made the decision to enter into a relationship with Jesus, your time of abiding in him started. I don’t usually like the comfort zone as a place, but the Jesus zone works as a place of perfect peace.

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When we abide in Jesus the person, his words take hold in our lives as well. God delivers to combo deal of the real Jesus, and his powerful words to us. Jesus living inside of us, speaks to us through his words. I want all the voices in my head to originate from Jesus.

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When the voices that influence me and words I repeat to others come from insecurity, sin, anger, bitterness and hate, I lose my way. I hurt others and I hurt God. Just when I think the devil has accomplished an evil plan of hurt and lies, I still have a choice.
I can hurdle down the self hatred, depression, sin cycle. Or I can choose to run back to the place where Jesus is. I pray you have the strength to ask forgiveness, and get back into the Jesus zone. Fall on his grace and mercy for strength.

When Jesus says “if you will, then I will” He speaks a powerful promise. When the words are in the color red in my bible, I pay more attention to what’s said. The power to overcome our sins and the world’s attacks rests in God’s word. The action of allowing the living word to take hold in your life defines abiding in Christ.

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Then by the grace of God, we abide in Jesus and his words take hold of our lives, the most amazing promise waits for us. Ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

I have a long list of things to ask for, starting with internal transformation and healing for me. The power to see God’s miracles in our lives comes from the promise of abiding in Jesus. The power of God’s living word in your life, leads to the ability to pray and ask for whatever we desire!

The faith to move mountains comes from knowing God.
The power to see God change the angry hate filled person lives inside of you through Jesus!

Simple Equation: You adide in Jesus. Jesus’ words abide in you
Output: Ask whatever you desire, and it shall be done.

Ask Jesus to make his home inside of you
Ask Jesus to make you stable
Ask Jesus to strengthen you to continue in the place where he dwells

Let’s declare the truth about our identity today!
IAM Abiding in Jesus
IAM the Temple where Jesus dwells
IAM Inhabited by the Word of God.
IAM filled with the power to see any miracle done by the name of Jesus

IAM a Recipient of God’s Unfailing Love

John 1:17 NLT For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.

God loves you!
God loves you without failing!
God loves you through Jesus Christ!

Replace with word “you” with “me” and repeat those sentences out loud until they are a part of your identity.

God loves ME!
God loves ME without failing!
God loves ME through Jesus Christ!

I must repeat the truth for myself, morning, noon and night.
The love starts inside of you. God’s faithfulness holds you up.

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God’s love for you conquers every sin, weakness and addiction. Run to God’s love when temptations and the old patterns of responding to negative circumstances start to creep in. No amount of willpower compares to the strength of God’s love.

God’s love fixes every misunderstanding, angry confrontation and hatred. God’s love in you flowing into the tough situations solves even the most vile hatred and anger. God’s love turns around every argument and angry fist like a secret weapon. The world tries diplomacy and reason and forgets about love.

Love is Gods most Powerful weapon

God’s love conquers every evil plot of the enemy to destroy. God’s love quiets all whispers, doubts, anxiety and lies. Have you ever tried to close your eyes to pray and it just seems like a loud radio of negativity and worries plays in your head? That’s when we must run to God’s Love. Meditate on the truth until it sets you free. God’s unfailing love washes over you like the constant waves of the ocean. Can you see yourself in Jesus’ warm embrace? Live in the loving embrace of Jesus love.

God’s love washes away all sin, addiction, hatred, lies, anxiety and doubts. Let God’s amazing faithfulness tear away the deep roots inside of you. Those deep roots that have become a part of your being don’t define you anymore. The minor pain of tearing away the unworthy parts of our character can’t compare to the pleasure of God’s love. Can you let them go for the sake of receiving more of God’s love? I believe you can.

Then when you say these words out loud, your soul will respond
Truth: God loves ME!
Your soul: “I Know!”
Truth: God loves ME without failing!
Your soul: “Amen hallelujah!”
God loves ME through Jesus Christ!
Your soul: “That’s right! Woo hoo!”

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Friend, let’s go to the place where our soul resonates to truth together!
If you need help or prayer, please let me know. You can post a comment or use the contact form.

Title: Power of Your Love
Owner: WorshipVideo

 

“The Power Of Your Love” DARLENE ZSCHECH

Lord I come to You
Let my heart be changed, renewed
Flowing from the grace
That I’ve found in You
Lord I’ve come to know
The weaknesses I see in me
Will be stripped away
By the power of Your love

Hold me close
Let Your love surround me
Bring me near
Draw me to Your side
And as I wait
I’ll rise up like the eagle
And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
By the power of Your love

Lord unveil my eyes
Let me see You face to face
The knowledge of Your love
As You live in me
Lord renew my mind
As Your will unfolds in my life
In living every day
By the power of Your love

Hold me close
Let Your love surround me
Bring me near
Draw me to Your side
And as I wait
I’ll rise up like the eagle
And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
By the power of Your love

Hold me close
Let Your love surround me
Bring me near
Draw me to Your side
And as I wait
I’ll rise up like the eagle
And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
By the power of Your love

And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
By the power of Your love
And I will soar with You
Your Spirit leads me on
By the power of Your love

IAM Created with a Design

EPHESIANS 4:24 NLT Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

God created you with a purpose and a design. God had blueprints for your mind, heart, personality, gifts and passions. The wonderful creator chose himself as the design. Our original purpose and destiny always started with God’s image.

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Let’s make a list of all the amazing things the bible speaks about our God:
I found a list of scriptures and descriptions. The bible gives us 101 characters of God.
Some of my favorites from the list: Love, The Beginning and the End, Infinite, All powerful, Mighty to Save.

The ability and raw building blocks to transform into someone like God lives inside of you. God placed it inside of you from the beginning. You inherited God’s spiritual DNA! The list of 101 attributes of God seems overwhelming at first. I want to encourage you to start with a simple prayer and desire: “God, make me more like you.”

We don’t have to focus on all the things we haven’t experienced life transformation yet. Focus on where you want to go, and our God who get’s us there. Don’t allow the negative thoughts, doubts and lies to take over your thoughts. Do not allow thoughts of condemnation or guilt to take hold in your life. The distance between our current state and our glorified state seems daunting. Jesus bridges that gap for us.

 

The wonderful journey of taking on a new nature awaits you. Jesus lives inside of you. He makes a home in your heart. The Holy Spirit performs spiritual surgery inside of you. Today, ask God to make you better than you are in one small way. The new life you have inside of you allows you to love, care, minister and listen more. You may even surprise yourself with your new found nature.

Amazing journey

IAM Created with a Design
IAM Inhabited by Jesus
IAM Filled with the Holy Spirit
IAM Experiencing growth everyday
IAM on a Journey to transformation

Let’s worship and praise our wonderful maker!

Title: Wonderful Maker – Chris Tomlin Cover (Daniel Choo)
Owner: Daniel Choo

You spread out the skies over empty space
Said “let there be light”
Into a dark and formless world Your light
Was born

You spread out Your arms over empty hearts
Said “let there be light”
Into a dark and hopeless world Your Son
Was born

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You made the world and saw that it was good
You sent Your only son for You are good

Chorus:
What a wonderful Maker
What a wonderful Saviour
How majestic Your whispers
And how humble Your love
With a strength like no other
And the heart of a Father
How majestic Your whispers
What a wonderful God

No eye has fully seen, how beautiful the cross
And we have only heard
The faintest whispers of how great You are

IAM Saved by Grace

Colossians1:6 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.

Webster’s Ninth Collegiate Dictionary puts as its first definition of grace, “unmerited divine assistance given man for his regeneration or sanctification.”

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We must understand the facts of God’s Grace. No action of our own makes us worthy of God’s Grace. I want to encourage you to stop trying to bridge the gap with your efforts. Shield your mind and heart with the thoughts of trying to earn God’s grace. God gives grace because of his Love for us. Jesus paid it all when he died on the cross for us.

None of us deserved it. Yet God poured it out for us. That’s the good news that saved us. God saved you by his grace from your collision course with destruction. Every man and woman who does not have a relationship with Christ takes the same path, until they choose to fall on God’s grace for their life.

Do you remember the day your heart and mind finally understood God’s grace? That was the day when our Divine God started the regeneration process inside of you. Allow God’s amazing grace to change and transform you.

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Meditate on the power and depth of God’s grace
Sing about God’s grace
Celebrate, jump, dance, twirl in God’s Grace
Depend on God’s grace for everything
Find power in God’s grace to live
Find transformation in God’s grace
Experience sanctification through God’s grace
Extend God’s grace to others

Not Too many IAM statements today but the most important one
IAM Saved by Grace
Repeat and make it a part of your being

“Raised To Life” by Elevation Worship

Precious compassion that pours
From the wounds that have won our salvation
Sin was strong but the Savior is stronger
Come let us worship Him

Great was the debt that we owed
And how high was the price of our healing
Paid in full by the One who is worthy
Come let us worship Him

Raised to life with Christ the Savior
In His name a new creation
Now our song will rise
Adoring Christ the Lord

Death overcome by the Word
That was spoken before it was finished
Jesus Saves is our song everlasting
Come let us worship Him

Raised to life with Christ the Savior
In His name a new creation
Now our song will rise
Adoring Christ the Lord

Sin was strong
But Jesus is stronger
Our shame was great
But Jesus You’re greater

Jesus You’re greater

Raised to life with Christ the Savior
In His name a new creation
Now our song will rise
Adoring Christ the Lord

Sin was strong
But Jesus is stronger
Our shame was great
But Jesus You’re greater

IAM a Messenger of Reconciliation

2 CORINTHIANS 5:19-21 NLT For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Jesus sets us free. He clears our sins. Once you accept this truth into your life, your life changes. No one counts your sins against you. God sent his son Jesus as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus sacrifice made us right with God. That’s a wonderful message!

God immediately gives us a mission: to share this amazing message with as many people as possible. We have one goal and calling. Don’t waste any time with condemnation, judgment, style points or heavy theology. I wonder why so many so called Christian organizations spend time with the minor things. Why do they spend little time on the most important message of Love? Then I realize because the more they waste time, the more the enemy wins. Friends, don’t allow your life to get off track. As ambassadors of God, we have a single purpose: a ministry of reconciliation.

God makes his appeal to the world through us. You have a voice and a message! Jesus is asking us to tell the world “Come back to God!”

Jesus asking us to come back to God, starts with one initial premise. You started off in God. God started your life. God created you. A relationship with God is your rightful place.

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God makes his appeal to the world through your amazing testimony. When you chose to return to God, a miracle happened in your life. When you accepted God and asked Him to come into your life, an amazing transformation took place. Someone must share the greatest love story with the world. Only you can tell your story. No one tells it better than you. Your unique life, gifts, vocation, skills, voice and beautiful personality deliver God’s message of love to the world.

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God already called us to his service. We all have the same calling: Share God’s love and mercy with others until they come back to him. God asks us to take on his relentless character as we carry out his calling. That’s the 99%. The last 1% is your unique spiritual gifts, perspective, passion and burden for the lost. Take some time and write these down: Who? What? And Where? God answers the “HOW”: With his message of Love and reconciliation. God already answered the “WHEN” question: as soon as possible!

With that sheet of paper that has your Who, What and Where, also write these proclamations about your identity!

IAM Reconciled to God through Christ
IAM Called by God
IAM a Messenger of Love
IAM an Ambassador of the Kingdom
IAM an appeal to all mankind
IAM a Witness with an amazing testimony

IAM Rooted in God’s Love

IAM Rooted in Love
Ephesians 3:16-19 NLT I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Let the roots of your heart and life grow deep into God’s love. Transformation starts at the instant we choose to believe. The real growth happens on a daily basis. Ask God to reveal more of his love to you. Ask God to give you love for the difficult people in your life. Ask Jesus to make a home inside of your heart. A visitor stops over for maybe an hour or so, then leave. I need more than a visit from Jesus. I need Jesus to setup permanent residence in my heart and mind!

Can you trust in God’s perfect love? God’s love solves every problem, argument, pain, bondage and addiction. Every other love can’t compare to God’s love. When Jesus lives inside of you, there won’t be room for everything else unworthy.

God’s love makes us stable and strong. Make your home in God’s love. God’s love does not end. It takes serious mental power to even understand its size, depth and length! It’s my prayer for you that you experience God’s love. Experiencing love brings us to a depth of understanding. Reading or hearing about it does not compare to first hand experiencing the wonderful amazing love of our God.

Your new life started as an infant little sapling planted in good soil.

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Imagine yourself as a majestic sequoia tree.

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Your power and depth of roots allow you to withstand any storm or trial that life can throw at you. Imagine your life complete, then know that even in that moment your roots are still growing deeper into God’s love. Imagine your life in the place where you aren’t concerned with God’s love. Imagine all your energy spent on learning more love and experiencing more of it? God wants that life for you. It’s my prayer for you as well!

IAM Rooted in Love
IAM a home for Christ
IAM Empowered by Love
IAM Constantly Growing in Love
IAM Strong to withstand any storm

How High, How Wide, How Deep!  Celebrate it!

Matt Redman “The Cross Has Said It All”
The cross has said it all,
The cross has said it all.
I can’t deny what You have shown,
The cross speaks of a God of love;
There displayed for all to see,
Jesus Christ, our only hope,
A message of the Father’s heart:
“Come, my children, come on home.”–
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High as the heav’ns are above the earth,
So high is the measure of Your great love;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far have You taken our sins from us

The cross has said it all,
The cross has said it all.
I never recognized Your touch
Until I met You at the cross.
We are fallen, dust to dust;
How could You do this for us?
Son of God she’d precious blood;
Who can comprehend this love?

How high, how wide, how deep
How high, how wide, how deep,
How high!

IAM Right with God

ROMANS 3:27-28 NLT Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.

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God clears all the charges against us! God pardons us from the death sentence that awaited all man. We can’t earn it. We must fall at God’s feet and believe in his Son. No amount of work, effort, willpower and careful practice can save you. Your relationship with God doesn’t need you to get right everyday. I don’t have to wake up everyday and double check “God, you still love me right?”

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Start off the day, with the proper perspective about our righteousness. Have faith in God for your life and justification. Proper perspective sets you free from the lies of the world.
Submitting to God in faith sets you free. Your faith makes you right with God. That’s it. One time!

The disease of religiousness wants you to try and justify yourself in all your actions. Let’s stop using our energy to earn and justify ourselves, and start living by faith. Throw religion out the window, and live in love with God. We have access to a relationship with the creator. Clear your mind of any insecurity about the status of the relationship! Enjoy the love relationship for what it is.

It might not feel natural in the beginning. Ask yourself: “Am I acting out of love for God?” or “Am I acting out of obligation to what I think I should do?” Always choose the first choice. There’s power in love! There’s bondage and death in obligation. You’re no longer a prisoner! It’s time to live as a free man!

IAM Right with God
IAM saved by God through faith in Him!
IAM in a 100% secure love relationship with the Creator

IAM a New Chapter

2 Corinthians 3:2-3 The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. 3Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.
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Every person has a story. Everyone is a book unfinished. God is writing chapters in our lives everyday. At some point we all have the same moment when God writes his name on our hearts. A spiritual change happened when that page was written into the story of our lives, and our lives could never be the same afterwards. We are a love letter that is constantly being written over and over again. The new chapters are taking place in your heart and spirit.

The purpose of letters and books is that they are to be read by others. We are a testimony to others of what the Spirit of God can do in the lives of people. God has a purpose to show the rest of the world what could be done with his special amazing people. Your unique story of transformation and redemption is a love story to be shared with others. The amazing circumstances by which you were brought from death to life are a testimony to the world about the amazing God that loves us.

The purification and finishing process that you are going through right now is a letter that others will read about and find hope and inspiration. There are people dead in their lives that are hoping that God is real. There are people in spiritual, emotional, physical bondage that want to know if true love in God really exists. You give hope to others that life can be an amazing love story. We live, dance, sing and love with passion as a response to the amazing love that we receive. And then that passion starts to pour into other people’s lives in all that you do.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

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God starts a new chapter of life when someone chooses to enter in a relationship with God. The veil of doubts, lies and insecurities are taken away. Their love story begins in their hearts as well. They invite the spirit of God into their hearts to set them free from the ways of sin and death. Then they along with you reflect the Glory of God. As we reflect and shine the light of God into the world, we are more than just mirrors; we are being transformed to be more and more like God.

Friend: You are not some cheap circular that gets thrown in with the junk mail. You are not a minor footnote. You are an amazing best selling hit! Your story of love and freedom is a testimony that shines God’s glorious character so that others can have the same hope and life.

IAM a Love Story
IAM a Unique book that has never been written
IAM Transformed by the Spirit of God
IAM Set free to love God
IAM a New Chapter

Freedom
William Matthews, Christa Black Gifford,  Matthew Sparks

Verse 1:
You came to set the captives free
You came to bring us liberty
My sin and my rejection met
Your blood and my acceptance
Now I’m alive to bring You praise

Chorus:
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom
Every chain is broken through You, Jesus
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom

Whoa oh, oh, oh

Verse 2:
Your blood has covered every sin
Your grace empowers me to win
My pain and my oppression met
Your blood and my acceptance
Now I’m alive to bring You praise

Bridge:
I’m free I’m free, I’m free to dance and sing
I’m free, I’m free, I’m free to shout it out
I’m free, I’m free, I’m free to dance and sing
I’m free, I’m free, I’m free to worship You I’m gonna worship you

IAM An Earthen Vessel

2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

Friends, I don’t want anyone to put themselves down, and think that they are worthless. All of our worth comes from the light and great treasure that we have the wonderful privilege of having inside of us. Other translations of the verse say, we are earthen vessels. The stuff inside of us, is many times more valuable than the container itself.  True humility isn’t walking around saying, I am nothing, I am worthless.  True humility is living in God’s truth of who you are.  Living in proper understanding of how God see’s you and your is the place where we want to be.

Earthen vessels are clay jars that are fragile. God chooses us to fill with his light. That light is the greatest power in the world. The light of Christ is the only power and force that can save the heart of a man. The love of God that pours into us, is the only true love that can break through even the hardest of hearts.

Every jar is meant to hold something, then be poured out when the time comes. We aren’t meant to store up and never be shared with the world.

God has formed you with his hands. God has a special purpose for your life. Your unique personality, passion and skills were formed into you for a God’s plan. Then he has placed you in the kiln to cure you. I want to encourage some of you, that if you feel like God has turned up the heat in your life, ask God to give you patience to endure the process. The fire, heat and pressure of life is what is completing you. When you are tempted to ask, “Why me?”, try and ask God “For what purpose are you pressure treating me?”

It’s now your time to respond to God and say, use me, pour me out wherever you see fit. The treasure that God has placed inside of you, isn’t just for your benefit, it’s to be shared with the world. And just as the women broke the alabaster jar and anointed Jesus, we will be broken and poured out to do beautiful ministry for God’s Glory.

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Friend: Let’s proclaim the truth today!
IAM precious because the masterful creator formed me
IAM cured in the fires of life for a special purpose
IAM Filled with the Light of Christ
IAM Filled with the Great Treasure of God’s Love
IAM a vessel meant to be broken and poured out