Over and Above

How often have you felt down in the dumps?  Like you’re not quite ready for another week to start, let alone another year?  How often have you felt like no matter what, you just can’t seem to get above the circumstances?  Now, how would you like to feel as free as the wind?  On top of the world? Like you can accomplish anything?  Like you can soar above every circumstance and nothing can knock you down?  Like no matter how turbulent life may seem, it is always well with you?

Well I have good news!  If you are a born again believer, if you have asked Jesus to be Lord of your life, YOU ARE ABOVE THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND NOTHING CAN STAND AGAINST YOU!!!!

You see, when Jesus was on the earth, He came with a mission.  Of course He came to give us salvation from eternal death.  Of course He came to save humanity from eternal doom.  But He also came to give us SO much MORE!! Among the many other things He did for us while here, He also came to give us PEACE! He said while on the earth that no matter how grim life seemed, no matter how hard hopelessness was staring us in the face,  HE OVERCAME THE WORLD!! image And not only did HE overcome the world, He gave us peace for living in this world!  You might say, “yeah He overcame, but why do I still have trouble then?”  Well, let’s note that He also warned us that there would be trouble in this world.  It’s not going away.  And yes I know, some might say “well that’s no help! Why didn’t He just take trouble away completely?”  Well, that may sound reasonable, but if you don’t have adversity coming at you always, how will you know then that you have peace?  If life is always smooth sailing, then what will you overcome? You wouldn’t need peace, you wouldn’t need the overcoming and saving power of Jesus Himself would you?  Ahh but what a difference it makes to walk the streets of this world, the devil coming at you with everything he has, and knowing in your heart that Jesus Himself not only overcame the world with all its trials and troubles, but that He also you left you peace like nothing else to keep you during times of trouble.  And He did it all for YOU.

So let’s commit today to not feel down in the dumps again.  Let’s commit to not allow life’s circumstances dictate how we approach life.  Say this today:

“Father, I thank you for the peace giving love of Jesus.  I thank you because I realize that no matter how difficult life may seem to get, I have the peace and triumph of Jesus NOW! IT BELONGS TO ME!!!”

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Inside ME

We all hear that God is in heaven and yet watches all we do.  We know that He is everywhere.  Because of His omnipresent capability, He can do that-be everywhere and know everything all the time!  Pretty impressive right?  Who else can do that?  Who else can be so inmense so as to be everywhere at the same time?? NO ONE!  That’s right, no one can.

I’m sure we all knew that already.  But, as LARGE and INMENSE as He is, as HUGE and GREAT as He is, did you know that He is small enough to live in you and me?  It’s true!  We always think of God as SO huge, that He cannot be contained.  And indeed He is.  But He is also small enough to live inside each one of us.  You see, if you are born again, He lives in you already!  He could be anywhere and everywhere, but He really would much rather be in you!

While Jesus was on the earth, and before He went up to heaven, He told us in John 14:17 that the Spirit of truth would be in us.   Then in verse 26 He reminds us that the Holy Spirit would be in us, and He also lets us know that He would be our advocate!  Not only that, but He will also teach us everything we need to know.  Moreover, in chapter 16, verses 13-15 He says that the Spirit of truth will guide us AND tell us all He hears from Jesus, AND show us everything that belongs to the Father!

So why do we always think of God as being so far off into heaven, that we need to pray extra hard in order to be heard?  You need to keep in mind that the Lord God Almighty, your Father, lives INSIDE YOU.  So no matter how WE may feel about how close or how far God is at any given time, the truth of the matter is that He is INSIDE US!  As BIG as He is, HIS HUGENESS ABIDES IN YOU!!! That’s right!!  So the next time you are feeling like God is just too far, too high, too busy, or just not close enough,  think of how close He really is!

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He Gave it All for Love

God took the biggest risk in the history of the entire universe. He gave His ONLY Son so that through Him, you and I could be saved from eternal death, and live a plentiful, abundant, nothing missing nothing broken life here on earth. Why was this a risk? Because although the big chance exists that not everyone would want to take that gift and make it theirs, He did it anyway, without thinking of the cost and risk involved. 

Now I don’t know about you, but chances are that, like me, you would probably weigh your risks before any type of transaction to ensure that you’re always getting the better end of the deal. 

Not Him. He gave it ALL. That’s it-no questions asked. Knowing that perhaps many would go on without so much as stopping to consider His gift, He wasn’t deterred by that.  Knowing even, that many would choose anything and everything else but His gift, He gave it anyway. 

And the gift of life is still there….waiting…. and available for everyone. That’s right, EVERYONE. 

Everyone that will take it that is. 

How can you take it? Easy. Just tell Him. Tell Him you acknowledge His sacrifice for you. Ask Him to come into your heart and do what He does best with your life.  He says in Revelation 3:20 NKJV

“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.”

‭‭He REALLY loves us. Why would anyone do what He did if it weren’t for love?

If you have never received God’s gift of salvation into your heart, you can say a simple prayer consisting of these few words:

“God, I acknowledge the gift you gave me through Jesus. I understand that He died and rose again so that I wouldn’t have to die. Come into my heart, take my life, and do something with it. I receive your gift and I thank you today.”

If your prayed this prayer Congratulations! You are now the happy possessor of eternal life! What’s more, you now have a Father whom you can have a real one on one relationship with! You may be feeling overwhelmed with joy, or you may not feel or look any different-on the outside. Regardless, you are a BRAND NEW PERSON! 

If you want me to pray for you, or if you need help starting your new life with your Father, feel free to send me a message. And let me be the first to welcome you to your new life and your new family! 😊