Category Archives: The Word

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 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 A Do-er

JAMES 1:22-25 NLT But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

I hope that in your daily life, you are taking the time to read the word of God. I also hope that everyday, you are being inspired by the living word. The word of God speaks to us to encourage, comfort, challenge, inspire , correct and motivate us. That is what a healthy life in the word should be. The next step is almost as important: We must do what he word says.

I know that it happens to me on almost a daily basis. God speaks to me, now it is up to me to act. It’s very clear to me to be obedient to the direction and conviction from the Holy Spirit. One thing I have learned about being a do-er. I must act quickly, and just do it. The more I take time to rationalize or contemplate, the more time I waste. Then sometimes the conviction fizzles out. I lose opportunities to live out my calling.

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Ever look in the mirror and forget what your awesome face looks like? That’s how foolish it would be. Imagine yourself looking in the mirror and saying “I don’t know who you are anymore!” Maybe you have strayed away from your true identity.

Look carefully into God’s Word. Take some time in it. The word of God is our mirror of truth. We are checking into it to see if there are any blemishes and areas for improvement right? Each morning, gaze into the truth and ask God to speak to you. The word of God is the perfect law that sets you free. How do laws set you free? They give us the guidelines to live in freedom of our life calling. Laws can restrict our actions, but other laws can also give us more power. The law of Love is powerful and amazing. I know that if I truly love someone, unconditionally, their heart will change. There are no exceptions; it’s as powerful as gravity. As you take the time to meditate and study the word, more and more of God’s amazing laws will give you guidance on how to be amazing in your life calling.

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Friends, let’s be amazing people who read and love the word. Then let’s be powerful people who also carry it out. Let’s get the point where we are physically uncomfortable until we are obedient to it. Have fun in carrying it out. Expect great adventures as God leads into amazing opportunities. Let’s just make sure we do. If the plan of action that God inspires you with starts of as a bit crazy, then start to act. If your thoughts gravitate to the practical, rational and realistic, rebuke those feelings and just do it!

It’s time to live in freedom and passion in your God given calling!

IAM a Lover of God’s Word
IAM Inspired by God on a Daily Basis
IAM Set Free in the Law of God’s Love
IAM Aware of my Life Calling
IAM a Do-er of God’s Word.