There is something I feel that is extremely important to share with you all. Something I battle with every time I come home.
Shame is not a God feeling.
Guilt is not a God feeling.
Feeling discouraged to the point of giving up by your inadequacies is not of God.
Fear is not a God feeling.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” – Galatians 5:1
“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror of glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
“God wants us to give Him our shame and our sin and our guilt, so He can liberate us from our brokenness to live freely in His righteousness and live out His plan for our lives.”
God wants us to give Him our shame and our sin and our guilt, so He can liberate us from our brokenness to live freely in His righteousness and live out His plan for our lives. Which includes perseverance by planting and growing the fruits of the Spirit, through perseverance in trials in order to build character and grow faith in who He is, not only where He is taking us. And more importantly, to give what we reap from our sewing to others, sharing His love with others.
God sent Jesus Christ to take the weight and die for us because of our brokenness and sin. He sent His son, a clean and pure man of God, with no disconnect from His Father whatsoever, to come and carry the debt of our sins to reveal and show the power and glory and depth of selfless, never-ending love and grace. To take us on a wild and adventurous journey through the valleys and over the mountains.
“Safe? Who said anything about Safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.” – C.S. Lewis.
“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:4-6
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” – Romans 5:3-4
“And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.” – Isaiah 53:9-11
“Trust me, He loves listening to you.”
Oppression is not of God. If whatever you are going through and whatever you are feeling, isn’t laying a foundation, a God based foundation for the fruits of the Spirit nor the tools for the gifts that God has given you; if it does not reflect the walk of the righteous One nor fulfil God’s promises spoken throughout the bible, it is not God. God produces life, but remember God turns all evil into good for His glory. We just need to submit and talk to Him about everything. Trust me, He loves listening to you.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.” – Isaiah 43:2
“Once you are a child of God, you are always His child.”
I think at this time of year, it is good to remember Jesus Christ, because, well, it is His birthday. God put Him here on earth with a purpose, the purpose and Jesus leaned on God every step of the way. He saved us and showed us how to live holy, righteous and God ordained lives, and more importantly how to share it with those in need (plus everyone). Once you are a child of God, you are always His child.
“For the Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people.” – 1 Samuel 12:22
“How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.” – Psalms 139:17-18
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” – John 14:6
I pray you and your families are blessed this Christmas and are reminded of the power of Jesus Christ and His birth.