Thursday, January 9, 2014

Q&A: How do I earn God's Forgiveness?


"How could I earn God's forgiveness, I feel sooooo terrible right now for all my sins and I feel ashamed and gross and feel like I disappointed the Lord. I know i should pray for forgiveness but i feel that it's not enough or that something is missing, I feel terrible please help me."

Oh my friend! I wish I could give you a big hug, look into your eyes, and help assure you that God has already forgiven you!

Jesus knew exactly what sins you were going to commit before you committed them. He is motivated by love—so much so He DIED for you before you even accepted Him (Romans 5:8). Does sin break God’s heart? Yes. Does He love you anyways? Yes!

God is the perfect father. Think about it—if you had a kid, you’d love them with everything you had. And when they disobeyed you, would you love them any less? No! Yes, it might be frustrating or hurtful, but that doesn’t change the fact that you love them. God is like that but even better—He never lashes out at you or loses that perspective of Love. He is set, focused and determined—He died so you could be FREE from condemnation and walk in grace, peace and complete forgiveness.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Q&A: Jealousy, Competing & Comparing

"How do you get past jealousy of other women? It is seriously killing me. I just can't stop comparing and competing."

In my experience, the real problem here is that you don’t know who you are in Christ. The only reason a daughter of the most High King would be jealous is if she was believing lies about herself. If you do not know your identity, if you don’t believe you are who God says you are, then you’re going to be comparing and fighting for approval.

When you really dig into the Word and listen to God’s perspective, you get free! Then you can forgive your past and others, see your own value, and even love the things about others that used to make you jealous. You are hidden in Christ. You are a new creation. The freedom this can bring is truly incredible.

Many concepts from the book, “The Supernatural Ways of Royalty” by Kris Vallotton & Bill Johnson would help you, and I’d recommend you read it and verify what it says through your own study in scripture. You need to pray and ask God to give you a deep understanding of true humility (“Humility isn't thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less” and “Humility has eyes to see the awesome work our God has accomplished in the lives of others”). Then instead of being jealous, you can love and honor other women. It will take hard work, but it will bring you such joy and freedom!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Intense

Boy, 2014, way to come in with a vengeance! 

   

 As of 5:30 today, we’ve got 16 inches of snow, and it’s supposed to keep coming down--we could even reach a total of 2 feet!



It’s a powerful storm; it started with torrential snow, a relentless wind is coming tonight, and tomorrow the temperature is dropping to glacial depths (a windchill of -28 is expected!).

I can’t help but wonder--is the weather a reflection of what this year will be like? The goals I've set for 2014 are the most ambitious I've ever attempted. This year could be just as intense as this storm in many ways.


But my hope is this: that the intensity of my goals will push me towards the warmth of Christ, and that I will stay safe and secure in Him, just like I’m so blessed to do in the natural now, curled up, warm and cozy, in our little home.


Let's do this, 2014.
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