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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 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

IAM Calm

EXODUS 14:13-14 NLT But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

Imagine facing the biggest challenge you have ever faced in your life. Now, run this conversation over in your mind. God speaking to you. “Yo Bro/Sis! Sit back. Watch me work. I will fight for you. Keep Calm”

BAM. God does his thing and destroys the Egyptians. You sit back and watch it. Replay over and over again for every situation that happens in your life.

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Keep Calm was invented by God over 2000 years ago by the King of Calm!

I want to encourage you to reset our perspective in who we are, and who our God is. Then what problems, sins, bondage, evil, issues, illnesses , challenges, opposition can defeat us? NOTHING!

Friends, keep calm. Be still. Take a chill pill.

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Let God do the heavy lifting.

Live in the truth!

IAM Calm
IAM Confident
IAM Victorious

Be awesome today!
Be amazing!
Be powerful!

IAM Powerful

EPHESIANS 1:19-20 NLT I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

The greatest power in the world is to raise someone from the dead. It’s scientifically impossible in the rational world, but totally possible for our God. The ability to live forever and prevent aging is an eternal quest that companies are investing billions of dollars everyday. All of those companies are looking in the wrong place.

Today’s prayer for you: To understand the incredible greatness of God’s power that is inside of us when we believe in God. God is the beginning and the end when it comes to possibilities. The same mighty power that brought Jesus back from the dead, is available and inside of us. And only one thing matters. Do you believe?

When I think about certain friends and business associates, some of them are my “I Have a guy” guys. They knew everyone important, they have all the worldly knowledge in their heads and they know someone who is politically powerful enough to help out in situations of need. God, is our “I have a really connected all powerful Guy”. Not some cosmic vending machine we go to for our selfish desires, but the all powerful creator and father.

When we go to God in prayer and ask him to help change the hearts of men or heal the sick, we are going to him first because we know he is the only one powerful enough to do it. God is the source of all of any power we live in.

Friend: I want to encourage you to take some time to meditate on the incredible greatness of our God. Think about the fact that with the spoken word God created the heavens and the earth. Just let your mind wash over the amazing things that hang in the balance everyday. Every time that I get into any prayer time, I spend the first part of my prayer time just thinking about God’s greatness. I get my heart in the right place to make sure, that I know who I am having a conversation with. Then I have supreme faith that nothing is impossible for God.

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Massage the truth into your being today:
IAM Confident
IAM a Believer
IAM Connected to the Creator
IAM in Real Conversations with God
IAM Powerful in an Incredible Way

IAM Awesome

Hi, I had to get this down in words today.  It’s a creed, a manifesto, a war cry.   A summary, but not the end.

IAM Victorious
I have supreme confidence in the one who gave me life
IAM Beautiful and I love myself
I see beauty in all of God’s creation
IAM skillfully and wonderfully created

My DNA is the DNA of God and so is yours
IAM loved by God, and nothing I can do can take away his Love for me
I have received deep inner healing from the wounds and lies of the world
IAM uniquely called to deliver a message of Love and Hope to all
I live my life with faith, vision and passion, never regret or excuses
IAM a Conquering Warrior
I fight for justice for those who cannot fight for themselves
Friend, my creed isn’t just for me. It’s for you too.  You have an amazing contribution to give our world, and you are the only person who is uniquely gifted to do it.  Find and become the best version of yourself.  Proclaim the truth about who you are everyday and night.  When you wake up, and when you go to sleep, look into mirror and see your beautiful face.  Smile and speak the truth to yourself and your soul. Your whole life up until this point may have been a battleground of getting beat up.  Today start the healing process inside of you.  Develop a new habit of loving and healing yourself.
I love you. I see you.
You are talented in many ways!
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IAM to Praise the Lord

PSALMS 148:4-5 NLT Praise him, skies above! Praise him, vapors high above the clouds! Let every created thing give praise to the lord , for he issued his command, and they came into being.

Psalms 148 is one long run on sentence with one message:  PRAISE THE LORD!

Take the time to read the whole chapter and in your mind envision yourself in the grand scheme of the universe.
The heavens , skies, angels, sun, moon, stars, skies, earth, creatures, kings, rulers, men, women, Let them ALL Praise the Lord!

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Let’s zoom out of our own existence to understand we are one voice and one life that is willingly praising the Lord.
Why are we willing?  Because as we focus on the greatness that HE is! On the amazing power that is our God is, we can only fall onto our knees, raise our hands in surrender and give him the praise that is due.

Taking the time to zoom out and get perspective is a big help to get a proper understand of the power of our God, in relation to our issues.  Praising God brings our heart and minds back onto the most important thing that matters.  It creates proper perspective about the fact of who is really in charge in this big world.
Then with proper perspective, we pray for miracles with supreme faith in knowing God holds all the keys to Kingdom.  God created and designed the body, mind, liver, pancreas, vertabrae, blood and heart.  He knows how to put back in order, what is not right.  God knows how to control the minds of men, kings and governments.  Praising God, increases our faith in the only one who really matters.
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While you are out and about, driving to work, look up and see the sky and clouds.  Understand their beauty and uniqueness are all praising the Lord.  The trees, shift and sway, and they are dancing in God’s presence to point back to the wonderful creator.

Let every created thing, praise the Lord!  He spoke us into existence.

That life giving word!  Gave you life, brought you into relationship with the creator of the universe.
And our created response is to live our lives, and point everything back to him.

Let’s praise him
Let’s give him all the glory
Let’s have faith for all things, because we have a proper understanding of how this thing works

IAM created with an amazing purpose.
IAM created by an awesome creator
IAM the heartbeat of our God
IAM a beautiful reflection of our all powerful Lord.
IAM one voice in the wonderful chorus of singers that are all harmoniously praising the Creator
IAM to Praise the Lord

Join in the Chorus of all Creation Today

 

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 So Smart

1KINGS 3:12 NLT I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have!

People are weird complex beings.  We do dumb things, we self sabotage wonderful relationships, we argue for the sake of argument. Why?  Who knows?  People can make theories, and write long books about it.
Only God knows.  The wisdom that comes from God is higher and better than anything ever written or taught.

It’s awesome to me how the verse is written: Ask God to give you a wise and understanding HEART.  It didn’t say brain!
I truly believe at the root of it all, its our souls and hearts that control us.  And the solution to the major problems and darkness in this world: all start at the heart.
God can skillfully and powerfully empower you to move in the hearts of men, women, children, relatives, strangers.
Our creator can give us all the wisdom we need.
Just ask for it.  He will make you wicked smart and wise!
And not book smart, but people smart!

Unpacking the deep deep wounds and anger inside people is not an easy thing.  I don’t believe the path to that healing comes from book learning.  The wisdom to pray, give insight and compassion all comes from the Lord.

Whatever we need for the task and vision at hand, God will give it to us.  If we ask with faith

MARK 10:51-52 NLT “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My Rabbi, ” the blind man said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

A simple conversation, not a whole long drawn out story about his past and how many years he has been wandering around.  What do I want?  I want to be healed!  I want the full healing!  I don’t need vision in one eye!  I want and believe you have all the power to give me healing in both eyes!

Jesus says, “your faith has healed you.”

Our deep deep belief that God will give us what we truly ask for is what can and will heal us.

 And then the man followed Jesus down the road. God doesn’t make us wise for our sake. He makes us wise so we can be his followers doing his work
It’s time to stop saying things like:
“I am not smart”
“I can’t do that”
“I am not….”  Those lies cut you down!

Proclaim the truth,  Smile and look into your own eyes.   Whip out the selfie camera and look at your beautiful face
Hold the gaze for more than 10 seconds. And say it out loud!

IAM SO Smart

IAM Empowered with Wisdom
IAM Understanding in Matters of the Heart
IAM a Believer in God’s ability to Heal.
IAM Follwing Jesus down the Road!

Ask for it!

 

 

IAM Resolute

Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

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The definition of: Resolute: admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering
Whether we are in a sprint or in a long distance run… any extra weight is not good.  Extra mental burdens that cloud our thinking or totally preoccupy our brain time.

And even if our setup is perfect, and we are ready, one loose shoelace could easy knock us to the ground.  Let’s do a prerace checkup and make sure we don’t have any loose ends that could potentially trip us up

The word calls this life a race and that imagery is good.  Because every race has a couple things

1. A planned course that we can follow.  That plan God has placed before you.  Life this life is a crazy scavenger hunt with a moving target and no ending.
2. Races have a champion:  Jesus is our champion. He lived this life, the same way as us.  He had  mom, dad, brothers, sisters, went to school.  Dealt with drama, people trying to accuse him of things he didn’t do, people gossiping about him.   And he was perfect in his life as the model for us.
3. At the end of every race, there is celebration party!  Our celebration awaits us in heaven with the other champions who have run before us. Living faithfully for God.

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Jesus kept on running the race because of the Joy that was awaiting him.  He went through the painful parts and shame for us.  Because he knew the outcome. And like a world record holder that will never be wiped from the books: Jesus will always be remembered

Right now, I can say, things aren’t perfect, and the path can seem cloudy. But close your eyes and imagine what it’s going to be like in heaven!

This is my favorite part of Amazing Grace:

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

10,000 years of worshipping and enjoying heaven is going to be like the first day we got there!

Friend, fellow runner, faithful warrior:  It may be a little tough right now, but there’s a beautiful end goal!
And I don’t want to be there alone, I hope we can usher in as many across that finish line as possible.

Until my legs give out

Until the wheels fall off the cart
Until I wear our my knees in battle.
Let’s keep on running with resolution for the final goal!

IAM a witness to the life of faith.
IAM called to testify about the life of faith through Christ Jesus
And I must carry out that calling with resolution and endurance