Welcome Jesus!

Welcome Jesus!

Even though God is omnipresent, He does not force His way into our lives. He waits for us to welcome Him in every area of our lives, to invite Him to take part in all we do. We believe and receive what He has made available to us by surrendering our will to His. Just like in our other relationships, we need to communicate our desire to know what concerns others and pursue deeper connections. Intimacy results from a longing for more. 

The classic picture by Holman Hunt of Jesus knocking on a door is currently hanging in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. At its first unveiling, a certain critic said, “You have made a mistake, Mr. Hunt. There’s no handle on the door.” “That was intentional,” the artist replied. “The door opens only from the inside.”  

He knocks through our circumstances, and He calls through His Word. He is leading us to fellowship and communion. Our relationship with the Lord is personal. After we are born again, we seek Him. The divine guest becomes Himself the Host. He is the Bread of Life! We commune with Him and welcome Him to be Lord of all in our lives, from glory to glory! 

Revelations 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

 

 

 

Do it Again! 

Do it Again! 

At the start of a new year, we might tell ourselves things like, “I’m going to start a new diet to improve my health, lose weight, and begin a new exercise program. I will give up drinking so many sodas. I will be nicer to my mate.”  We entertain so many thoughts because of the new year. 

Even though it’s important to set dates for our goals, the actual date cannot be our motivation for them. When it is, we set ourselves up to fail. If it’s because the year starts that we endeavor a new diet, we will give up when we miss it one day, and because the first will have gone by, so will our incentive. When the date is just part of the goal and we fail, we rise and try again and again until we succeed, no matter how many dates we set. 

Every day is an opportunity to give another try to our aspirations. God’s mercies are new every morning! Every single morning. In God, every day is New Year’s Day! Hallelujah! Let’s do whatever He leads us to do, again and again, until dates no longer matter. Only Him and His faithfulness, from glory to glory

Lamentations 3:22-23 “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” 

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Do Not Go There! 

Do Not Go There! 

We shouldn’t remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. How challenging! The word remember means to recall it as if to make it active. The old helped us to be where we are today but cannot dictate our present way of doing things.

We acknowledge the negative we shouldn’t recall, but not the positive. It is the past successes we must remember and appreciate. What worked one way then will not work the same way now. This is true in relationships as well. We relate to everyone celebrating their uniqueness. When making choices, we need to take captive old mind sets and welcome the thoughts the mind of Christ has for us.  

Fear of the unknown can hinder productivity and growth and keep us in the past. Discouragement because of past failures freezes our steps. As we yield to Him, God continues the healing process and brings new life in all He does in and through us. It is a new day in the Lord! We let go of the old and welcome the new God has for us. He leads us by His grace, from glory to glory!

Isaiah 43:18 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.”

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Something New? 

Something New? 

God leads us into brand new, unexpected, things. He surprises us with His perfect timing. He shows us all we need to do in preparation as we get closer. It could be at that very moment that He requires our next step of faith. He also guides us into alternative ways to do what we have been doing.

We face the most frustrations when God is preparing us. He does not let us know all His plans to keep our doubts and insecurities out of His way. He leads us to take leaps of faith along the way and enables us to carry them out.  When He shows us the “new’ He has for us, we have already begun walking in it. 

It is our character growth that launches new opportunities. The new job, project, or relationship go hand in hand with the newness of Christ’s life we exhibit. We prepare for the new to manifest by saying yes to the Lord, from our heart. Yes, to Him, His plans, and His ways, without knowing the specifics. As we say yes to whatever He has, the specifics unfold. Let us welcome all He leads us to with excitement and the manifestation of His best, from glory to glory. 

Isaiah 43:19 “Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.” 

 

 

 

A Perfect Fit

A Perfect Fit

When God is preparing us to step into something new, He often must shift some things. Some situations and relationships are no longer comfortable. In this transition we might become restless and question our place in the present and in the future. However, the shift is necessary to accommodate God’s plans for our lives.

We are His workmanship and can trust what He sees fit. God has prepared beforehand, which in Greek means to fit up in advance, specifics to line up with His best for our lives. There is excitement in realizing the Lord stretches us to fit the new places we are about to occupy.

What God has for us is going to fit us as we let go of what no longer fits. We are familiar with what it takes to break into new shoes. At first, they do not feel comfortable. We get sore spots and need to adjust them. When that period is over, they fit like a glove, like they were tailor made for us. In our transitions, let us be quick to let go of what can no longer be. Let us trust the process and see it as our glorious transformation, from glory to glory!  

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”