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IAM A Child of God

GALATIANS 4:6-7 NLT And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.

Daddy, Dad, Poppa, Pop Pop, Abba, Appa and many other words in other language all mean the same thing: Father. I always found it so cool, that when little babies start to talk, it’s almost in the DNA to just start making the sounds for abba. It’s a part of our deep programming in our souls. Because, we are his children!

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You are God’s creation. He is our father. Your origin is in no one else. God has given you his Spirit. The spirit fills your heart and soul, and we can’t help but cry out to God. “Abba! Father!” I want to encourage you to find opportunities to worship God in any place that you can. In your shower, car, life groups, large gatherings, are all places where we get filed with the spirit of God. Just like a little baby that raises both hands to the father, reach up to God in the same way. Cry out to our father, Abba! I encourage you to find places of worship to experience the filling of the Holy Spirit and release of the cries of your heart

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Once we place our identity in who we are, we also have the power to bury who we are not. The word clearly tells us: you are no longer slaves. We are not owned by anything or anyone else, but God. You are not slaves to the sins of the past! You are not under the control of addictions or pain. You are free!

I know that there may be some that don’t know their fathers or parents. Some may think they were an accident. The circumstances of their coming into this world were not God’s plan. There are more things that are contrary to who you really are. All lies to prevent you from embracing your true identity in Christ. You are a precious child of God.

Protect your mind and heart with the truth.
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Bulletproof your mind today!
IAM a Child of God
IAM Filled with the Spirit of Christ
IAM Set Free
IAM an Heir to the Kingdom

Planetshakers – Abba Father lyrics

How great is your love for me
That you gave up your son for me
Now I am alive and free
Father I love you
Father I love you

Your love made a way for me
Into me you see
You love every part of me
Father you love me
Father you love me

Oh, the love of my father
Is deeper than any love I know
Oh, the grace that he shows me
His love overwhelming
This I know
The love of my father
The love of my father
The love of my father
The love of my father

Abba father
Your love is never-ending
There’s no other love like yours
In your presence
My heart is overflowing
Father I am yours

IAM Given a Gift

EPH 2:8-10 NLT God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Friends, the wonderful gift of salvation and life is the greatest gift that we could ever receive.  It’s there waiting for all of us.  We are the recipients of the gift.  The greatness is in the gift and the gift giver.  We did not deserve it or earn it, but God graciously gives it to us.  Today, I want to encourage you to keep a proper perspective.  Not to lower ourselves and consider ourselves worthless.  Because God loves us so much, and that fact of being loved by God makes our idenity powerful.  There is no boasting in being given a gift by the skin of our teeth.  I hope there is a feeling of gratitude and thankfulness for the amazing grace we have received.

God saw something and planned something amazing for your life, long long ago.  That the amazing story of redemption is being written now as we speak.  That amazing story is resulting in a masterpiece that God is forming everyday.  The masterpiece that God is making out of your life is not meant to be sitting on the wall of a museum behind security glass.  God had a plan for you to do good things with that masterpiece.

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Let’s put down God’s Plan
1. He gave us the gift salvation because He loved us.
2. That gift of salvation working in us makes us an amazing masterpiece
3. The story and power of redemption of your life transformation into a masterpiece is a good good work for others to see.  For you to testify with your life, the amazing grace God offers to all man.

That’s the generic version:  allow God to form you, and mold you into the masterpiece he sees for your life.
Be a living testimony that God’s amazing grace is a gift that everyone is worthy to receive.
Encourage others to grow in their self worth because of the value of the gift and gift giver
Let God give you his heart for a specific purpose, passion or calling.
Keep on being awesome because our God is awesome!

 IAM Saved by Grace

IAM worthy because of the gift that I was given
IAM a Masterpiece
IAM a New Creation in Christ Jesus
IAM to do Good works according to God’s Plan

I can’t find a youtube video of this song, but it’s powerful
Listening to You Opened Up My Eyes by Martyn Layzell #nowplaying http://grooveshark.com/s/You+Opened+Up+My+Eyes/4zDpia?src=5

Let’s celebrate the fact that we we were once dead, but now we’re alive!

Martyn Layzell : You Opened Up My Eyes

Not by words and not by deeds. But by grace we have been saved
And it is the gift of God, the faith we need
Not by strength and not by might. But with power from on high
So that we can only boast, boast in You

For once I was dead, now I’m alive. For freedom I’m set free
And in Your great love, life do I find. You opened up my eyes
Not with eloquence or fame. But with weakness and in shame
For the power of Your strength. Is then revealed
And the message of Your cross. Seemed such foolishness to some
But the mercy of Your grace is hidden there

What mercy, what mercy, what mercy beneath Your cross
Your mercy, Your mercy, Your mercy beneath Your cross

IAM A Mountain Mover

MARK 11:22-25 NLT Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.  I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.  I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.  But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too. ”

Jesus said: Have faith in God.  All of our hopes and beliefs gotta be in God.  You can’t just depend on human nature or laws of the universe to work things out.  Put all of your faith in God and nothing else.

I tell you the truth, that some serious emphasis!
When the savior of the world says… I tell you the truth, I definitely want to listen to what he says.
I must really believe it will happen and have No DOUBT in my heart.
Wow.

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I know that sometimes when I pray, i throw in the little self handicap. “If it’s possible”  or “May it be your will”  almost to leave a little room just in case my prayer requests don’t get answered.   That little self handicap is enough doubt to quench my faith and beliefs.

When we pray , pray with zero doubts.  Pray and ask for the whole mountain.  Just as easy as it sounds just to speak the prayers and believe, it’s just as easy to prayer and harbor doubts.

I encourage you to have a prayer journal. Next to each prayer item, reserve a space for date and time that prayer was answered.  That expectation and space for answered prayers is a tool to help eliminate any doubt.  And when each prayer get’s answered, celebrate joyfully and share that awesome praise report with others!

Pray with language that you’ve already received the answers to prayer. It’s already done!  Just like when Jesus healed people that were not even in his presence.  When he said it, then it’s already been worked out in heaven and on earth. Speak realities into existence with the power of our faith and words!

As Jesus is teaching us about prayer, he is specific to tell us to clear any accounts with others. Our unforgiveness holds us back from a deeper level of faith and prayer.  Those seeds of unforgiveness can take root in your heart and soul.  Those roots totally sabotage your prayer times, because you can’t get past them.  Please take some time and think about any grudges or past wounds you are holding.  They fester and become places where the lies of the enemy attack you.  Then we end up spending more soul time dwelling on our past and less time on moving mountains.

Friends: with all the crazy things going on today, the world need’s prayer warriors who have no doubts.
God is willing and ready to answer our prayers.
Take some time and search your heart:  Let’s make sure we aren’t holding any grudges and lets go fully into our prayer ministry!
Crimes against humanity are waiting to be thwarted by our prayers
Depressed people who are suicidal can be saved through our prayers
Cancerous and terminally ill people are waiting to receive healing through our prayers
Broken relationships and families can be restored
People to severe bondage and addiction to deathly habits and substances are waiting for deliverance.

It’s our God that provides all the power to do it.

All we do is ask and pray.

Pray and ask God for 100% faith in him.

When we pray, spend time focusing on His greatness, even before we get into the prayer part.  Look at the example of the Lord’s prayer and see what Jesus gave as a model for prayer.

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IAM a Mountain Mover!

IAM a Miracle Worker
IAM a Healer of Wounds
IAM Filled with Faith
IAM 100%
IAM Forgiven and I Forgive
All because of Jesus.

IAM Patient

IAM Patient
ROM 15:4 NLT Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

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As much as I love the modern conveniences of technology, I think it makes things difficult for us to have a proper kingdom mindset.
We have on demand, instant, same day delivery, drive thru service windows.

Thank God, there are no drive-thru churches. (That I know of, i refuse to even google that keyword)

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. It’s how we use those hours that sets us apart from others.

I wish all prayers were answered the first time we spoke them out.
But, God’s wisdom and timing is perfect.

The roadmap for our lives and the promises of the future is our bible.  Those scriptures give us hope and encouragement.

God is teaching us in his wisdom about how he works.  He sees the master plan, that is way too complex to understand.  But he is weaving a beautiful plan of redemption for our world.

And When his promises are fulfilled, it will be awesome.
I hope and believe for the answers to prayer.
I wait patiently to hear about the amazing miracles that God performs in our midst.

And I let those answers to prayer encourage me to pray even more.  To go deeper on my knees to seek out God’s promises.

IAM Patient
IAM Hopeful
IAM Encouraged
IAM Filled with Expectations of God’s Promises Fulfilled
IAM Motivated to Keep on Praying
IAM Learning from the Scriptures Daily

IAM A Hero

Jeremiah 22:16 He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?” says the  lord .

I am happy that the definition of a hero has not been watered down. Every Batman, Spiderman and Superman remake is still a blockbuster! Today the same as 2000+ years ago, what it means to be a hero is still the same:

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Give justice and help the poor and needy.

We don’t need superhuman strength, x-ray vision or an invisible jet.

Being one who fights for justice can be very daunting.  Political corruption, violence, gangs, apathy and many other things are your foes.  But it burns inside of you, the desire to make things right for those who cannot fight for themselves.

About a year ago, I wrote this down in my journal: “I WANT TO BE A FORCE OF NATURE , (empowered by the Holy Spirit)”

And that weekend, I saw a video at my church about a woman in my church who has made it her life mission to rescue and defend those in the sex  trade and human trafficking.  And in that video, I saw  force of nature.   And I understood, that I can be a modern day hero.

If you want to know more about her cause, check it out

https://www.facebook.com/DiningforDignity

What burns you and makes you mad?

Someone in the checkout express line with 18 items?

Or some real big stuff?

Foster kids that are getting abused.

Kids that go hungry because of a broken system?

Young girls who are sold into sexual slavery for money?

Kids who accept less than they could be , because someone told them they were not smart enough?  Or they come from a bad neighborhood, so their choices for the future are incarcerated or dead before the age of 25?

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You want to get mad like Hulk and smash?  Do it! Get inspired and bust up the gates of hell!  Be a Super Hero.

Learn how to channel righteous anger into intercessory prayer and working through the Spirit!

Ask God to fill you with the power of the Holy Spirit, so you can go supernatural in your Love, Wisdom, Actions, Prayer and all you do.

There is no kyrptonite for the Power of God’s Love.  No evil force can overcome it.

And every knee will bow and tongue confess Jesus, because of the Heroes of God spreading his Love and Gospel.

IAM A Hero

IAM Fighting for Justice

IAM A Protector of the Poor

IAM Broken for the Needy

IAM A Force of Nature

 

IAM Deep in Thought

Psalms 19:14 NLT May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O  lord , my rock and my redeemer.

 When I close my eyes sometimes just to stop and think, many things go through my mind.

And it takes time to slow down everything, and let all the noise of the world fade away.

 Sometimes it takes more than 20+ minutes or more to let all the volume die down.

Put the cell phone away, social media way.

 And if the moment you close your eyes, all you think about is bills, problems, drama, anger, stress, your to-do list.

Then write them down. And put them aside for later.
It’s not easy, but it is essential to our souls.

 Private time with the Lord, is essential to our life.

It could be a prayer walk, it could be a prayer jog, it could be time on public transportation.
One practical tip is to use instrumental music with no words or lyrics to drown out the world.
Resist the urge to sing along

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Then you can use a simple tool like  http://www.flvto.com/
To get it onto you music player without incurring data charges.
Don’t ask me about how to use itunes…  bc I don’t know.

Taking time to meditiate on the greatness of God takes time, but it’s worth it. And just like the psalmist encourages us, it reinforces the truth to us. God our Lord is our rock and our redeemer.

Rock:  He is our the foundation for our legs to stand on.   Stable and secure.
Redeemer: He is the one who saves us.  The one who has redeemed us from the prison of sin and death.

Then take the time to go back and slowly read Psalms 19 , or other verses.  It’s deep with truth and wonder.
That kind of depth and power didn’t come from jotting some notes down on a napkin in a rush between running errands
It was inspired by the spirit of God.

And in that depth, we find the peace to be ok with situations

We find the love we need for people in our lives
We find the soul nourishing embrace of God.
We find the power to go out into the world and be his agents of change and life.

Proclaim these truths today
IAM Deep in thought
IAM Inspired
IAM Empowered
IAM Recharged

IAM Grounded on the Rock
IAM Redeemed by our Lord

IAM 100% Convinced

ROM 8:38-39 NLT And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Are you 100% convinced?

What’s it going to take to hold onto the truth we read today. The Truth that we live out every day?

Nothing is a very absolute word, it leaves no doubt for even a .0001% chance.

Death: Are you afraid of death, or afraid of losing someone?
Life: a new baby or relationship could derail our focus on God’s love?
Angels nor Demons:  Let’s be sure to worship the Holy Spirit, but not the spirit realm
Fears for today: when you woke up this morning, were you thinking about something heavy?
Worries for tomorrow:  Do you have a big due date or deadline coming up?
Powers of hell: No bondage to sin and the actions that come from it are greater than the Love of God!
Nothing in all creation!
I think it’s pretty darn clear, there is nothing, you can do, or someone else can do to separate us from the love of God.

Nothing

And that Love of God is revealed to us through a relationship with Jesus our Lord.

There is nothing that can be done to us, that can tear away our relationship with the Savior.

But are you convinced?

Some days, I am
And honestly, some moments of some days, fears creep in.
And I can spend more mental energy than it’s worth to worry about things.

That’s when I must come back to the truth and hold onto it like a life preserver in the open sea.

Today:  I want to encourage you and me to commit the truth to memory.
To let the words of truth be burned into our minds and spirit forever.
And when the drama of life pops up again. We can whip out the truth from our memory and get back into the safe embrace of God’s Love.

IAM 100% Convinced of the Truth
IAM loved by God
IAM inseperable from the Love of God

IAM Truly Blessed

IAM Truly Blessed
Matthew 1:23 NLT “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”

Immanuelle means “God with Us”
We added the extra L and E to the end because, I am blessed to have another beautiful girl.

 We have decided to name our 3rd child Immanuelle, because of God’s redemptive work and beautiful name.

The beautiful name of our God, that shouts to all the world!

I AM WITH YOU!
I will never leave you!
I am living inside of you!
I came to this earth to walk among you
To understand you

That is our God!
That God, Immanuel! Is living inside of you!
So how does anyone dare say, I’m not good enough?
How does anyone dare entertain the thoughts, that I am not worthy enough?
How does anyone dare even think their sins are so big that God can’t save them?
ALL LIES!
And the only truth you ever need to know is
Our GOD : IMMANUEL is living inside of you!

It’s not about feeling it.
It’s about knowing it, and staying within it.

Back in January of 2014, we lost a baby, and it was a very painful part of our life.

There was anger and pain, so many emotions.
But, God never left us, and he had a beautiful wonderful plan for our family.
He had plans to bless our family in his perfect timing to allow us to bring another life into the world.

That is why we chose to honor our Lord, and dedicate our 3rd child.
Immanuelle:  May she be a light to this world.
May she be a testimony to the world!  GOD IS WITH US!
May she live her live with a passion and energy for one purpose to spread the message of God’s love.

IAM blessed by the presence of God!
You are blessed with the presence of God!
Let’s live in that truth today

It’s usually a Christmas time song. But Let’s REJOICE!

IAM Loved by God

ISAIAH 43:4 NLT Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.

You are precious to God.

God gave his Son for us!
Read those words today: “I LOVE YOU”

And if you think there isn’t anyone else in this world that loves you…
I love you.
I think you’re special
I think you’re worthy
And I could hug you through the computer screen , I would.
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I know its nice to hear those words from other humans in our lives.
But out of all the people I could hear it from, I would prefer to hear it from God the Father the most.

IAM LOVED BY GOD!

IAM Precious to God
IAM Honored by God
Say it out loud
Look in the mirror, smile at the beautiful person looking back at you and say it!
YOU HAVE TO SMILE When you say it!
Sing out
Shout it
Say it while jumping on one foot and tapping your bellly!
Say it until you wash out all the lies of the enemy that try and chip away at this one amazing truth.

My understanding of my worth and feeling loved is probably my greatest struggle in life. When I fall short in any way, I want to do better.  My usual thing to do is to beat myself up, go into a downward spiral of me me me, why why why, and wah wah wah.

But not anymore, TRUTH WILLING!

I hope you had perfect parents who were never critical, and always hugged and kissed you. I didn’t have that that.  For the longest time, and even on some tough days, I struggle with my identity.

I am learning more and more, its not about how I feel about the truth. The only thing that matters is if I KNOW the truth
And let that knowledge control my soul and being.

If I eat something a little weird, my feelings could be off

If I get spoken to in a jerky way, my feelings will be off.
If really did try my best to honor God… but somehow the outcome doesn’t match what I wanted.

I gotta brand, this identity into my mind, my heart, my soul, my being.  That where we gotta live.  Knowing the TRUTH

IAM LOVED BY GOD

Because He loved me, he sent his son as Ransom for me.
To give me eternal life.

Ok, so I AM living in this truth great. Now what?

The amazing truth and power comes from understands this wonderful gospel. What now?

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We must share this same message because the person in the cubicle next to you.
That jerky lady at the coffee shop that seems to always be in a rush and belittle all the baristas… well she needs to hear this truth

Your children need to know this one truth and be so secure in it, and live in it.
Pretty much there isn’t a person living on this planet that can live without the truth of this Gospel

And God wants us to flourish and swim in God’s love
Then bring others into a crazy madd passionate love with the creator as well.

I Love Your Love: by Paul Oakley

Sometimes when I feel Your love
as I walk along the busy streets
I’ll whisper Your name under my breath
And sometimes I feel Your touch
in the quiet place of my room
I sing Your name in adoration

There are times when I feel like I’m bursting
with your love so strong and so true
and in my heart I feel such a yearning
I want all the world to know to know You love them too

I love Your love gonna shout it out aloud
I love Your love wanna tell the world about it
I love Your love ’cause I found it to be true
and I live to love You too

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All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Used by permission.

IAM a Servant with a Purpose

IAM a Servant

Matthew 20:26-28 NLT But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave.  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus tells that if we want to be a leader, we must become the servant.  If we want to be first, we must become the slave.

Jesus was a son of the line of David.  He had royal lineage.
Or he performed enough miracles that he could have big-timed it wherever he went.
Out of all the people in the history of the world he would have been justified to say “Don’t you know who I am?”

But he didn’t.  He gave his life has a ransom for the world.

The greatest person that ever lived, the one true Son of God, was beaten, and punished and crucified , to serve the world.

It’s funny because , many prominent business and training books for professionals say the same thing.  If you want to be great, serve the many. And when you continue to read more books, it seems as if they should just say,
If you want to be a great leader, just be like Jesus.   Because that’s what they all say.

Jesus was sent by God the father for one mission.
And we are sent by God for one mission.
We are called for one purpose.

And the easiest and most powerful way to win over this world is to serve unselfishly.

Because it’s totally opposite of what the inner person is screaming for.  And when we serve, with the heart and compassion of Jesus.  That breaks something inside of those we serve. That models the Love of God. And it makes others scratch their head… “What is up with those Jesus people?”
What do they have inside of them, that allows them to serve with Joy and passion like that?
Why would this stranger decide to love me by serving me?

Then we can be ready to share God’s truth.

ACT 20:24 NLT But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.

In my 39 years of life, this is the first time that this verse popped out of the page to me, and it’s timely.

My life is worth nothing unless I am doing what my life calling is.
Telling others about the Good news! And the wonderful Grace of God.

That’s a mission statement!

Today: look in the mirror and declare this truth

IAM a Servant of God’s Kingdom
IAM a Slave to God’s Love
IAM a Messenger of the Gospel
IAM a Storyteller of God’s Grace

You have a purpose!
You have a special skill or talent that you have been gifted with to uniquely serve this world.
You would be wasting that talent unless you use it for advancing of God’s message.
It’s never too late to get started on that calling and mission!

Open your eyes to the opportunities that God is presenting to you
How can I serve?
And let the counter cultural power of God’s love through your service break down the hardest of hearts.