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October 2016

Word Whispers – Colossians 4:2

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving” – Colossians 4:2

Grace at its deepest root means joy or rejoicing, and God accepts us into his arms and rejoices over us forever! Within us is a deep, deep well of living water formed from droplets of thanksgiving.

God has committed himself to you, He delights in you with gladness and is happy with you. He will never cut you off from him, leave you, reject you, abandon you or leave you alone to fend on your own. He is here inside you and He delights in you.

Jesus’ perfect work of grace has brought you into the relationship you always longed for, always wanted. In Christ, you have unconditional love, acceptance and intimate satisfaction.

Therefore, the pure satisfaction of our hearts united with Christ is an overflow of delight, vocalised with declarations of praise.  For thanksgiving is the voice of faith.

You were created for intimacy with God, to look in wonder at his wonderful provision, to touch the velvet skin of creation, to smell the perfumed fragrance around you, to hear the glorious sounds and to taste the delicious, healthy delights given to you. Everything God created was to fill your heart with delight and share with him his goodness,  that overflowed in a song of thanksgiving.

The essence of prayer is intimacy, the overflow of prayer is love and these are made beautiful with a heart of adoration.  Knowing all Christ has provided for us, experiencing his goodness in our life, is the way we cement ourselves into our abundant life.

Let thanksgiving be always in your heart and on your lips, for every word of thanksgiving confirms faith and realises the promises of God in you.

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Words Whispers – Psalm 62:8

“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” – Psalm 62:8

God loves us as we are. We can be bundles of doubt, confusion, insecurity, pain, turmoil, frustration, self-contentedness, envy, and irritability. And even when we act awful, think awful thoughts, feel awful feelings, do the worst things imaginable, God is there, God loves us, accepts us and takes us under his wing. He is our refuge, our everlasting shelter, the safe harbour in the storm.

He has committed himself to us by placing His Spirit in us to abide forever.  His Spirit gives us complete security that he is on our side forever.   The finished work of Jesus Christ at the cross declares that if God is for us, no one and no thing can stand against us.

We can place our trust in Him, because He is totally trustworthy.  He has covered us in His love, bathed us in goodness, wrapped us in grace and embraced us with His kindness.  Our hearts have been united with his heart and our desires are now infused with His holy desire.

And trust is simply our heart’s positive reaction to His grace, our hearts confidence in His love, our hearts anticipation of His goodness.

Christ Jesus has soaked our spirit in the fountain of his life; we have been immersed into the abundant life of His new life. So, you can let the streams of living, healing water pour out of the overflow of your heart, and let the knowledge that you are safe in Him, become your refuge and shelter in every circumstance of life.

Word Whispers – Luke 3:21-22

Now when all the people were baptised, and when Jesus also had been baptised and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.'”
Luke 3:21-22

The truth is that delighting in the Lord is important. Delight is at the core of our very existence. The infinite delight of God the Father in his only-begotten son, is an infinite delight in every member of Christ’s spiritual body. For when God accepted Christ my head, he accepted me and when he praised and glorified my head, he made me a partaker of that glory through Christ’s finished work at the cross.

It’s very easy to believe that if I feel and experience something then and only then does it become good, but the truth of the power of Christ’s resurrection is the indwelling power to become flooded with the delight by the assurance that I am accepted, beloved, and delighted in by God.

The evidence is there for me to reach out and take.  The resurrection power of Christ in me will make my heart dance for joy as I see myself in Christ fully pardoned, justified, and accepted into the Father’s heart.

Delighting in God is the overwhelming knowing and confidence that my relationship with God is rooted and grounded in the Father’s overwhelming delight and acceptance of his son, “’You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.'”

Grace is God’s Overwhelming Chance.

“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”  – 1 John 4:10

We are devoted to filling our lives with distractions and amusements to captivate our every waking hour.  The media circus that fills the air is a constant stream telling us our lives need something new. We need better things, brighter things, things that will make us complete, things that we cannot live without, things that will add value. Somewhere created inside of us is a longing for newness, new beginnings, fresh starts, second chances.

Many evangelists, preachers and song writers boldly proclaim that God is a God of second chances.  That no matter how many chances it takes, he is always ready to welcome you back. He is waiting there for you, arms wide open, ready to receive you when you have blown it for the umpteen time.

While this is wonderfully true it is not the whole story because God is much more glorious and wonderful than that picture.  He was so moved by love that to keep us in his embrace once and forever he did something unimaginatively big. He prized us so greatly that he entered into our world and committed himself to our grief.

God gave the world his son. He gave of his own family, of his own heart, the son of his cherished love. His one and only begotten son, he willingly gave up for each one of us. He gave up the best he had, without us having to be anything or do anything, he gave his one and only son.

God’s love is so immense, so overwhelming, so encompassing that even the worst person could be reached. For God doesn’t just love good people, he doesn’t just love those that are worthy, he doesn’t just love those that are seeking him, doesn’t just love those that are repentant or those that turn to him or those that are committed to him. He loves the world. He loves people who are running from him, who hate him, who rebel against him, who do not want anything to do with him.

He prizes and loves each of us; he loves a godless world who values things and amusements over the love of himself.

He is a God of the overwhelming  chance,  a God that with divine love will keep you, hold you, embrace you, love you, cherish you, commune  with you, whisper to you, enjoy you, desire you, all you need is to see him in his beauty and loveliness and accept his wonderful gift of grace.

He desires to lavish the glory of heaven into your every waking hour.

His life is an eternal life, an everlasting life, once received he welcomes you in and keeps you. You do not need second, third, endless chances, for the loving embrace of God is so infinite that once you are united into him; you are united into eternity, once and forever.

Grace is the Tearing Down of Walls.

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. “– Revelation 3:20

Most people feel there is a wall, a barrier of separation between them and God and this wall is something they have no control over. But this wall is in reality a barrier created in our minds, by the shame and guilt of our wrong actions.

There is a fantasy that God has a shadow of disappointment over his face that causes us to worry that he is willing to withdraw from us or that he would distance himself from us, because we feel the shame of our wrong choices our minds logically compute that God must also feel the shame.

All right that sounds reasonable, a holy God would withdraw from his creation when it indulges in unholy acts.

Only there is one thing that punches a massive hole in this wall of withdrawal. Christ took away the wall forever! From God’s side there never was any distance or barrier between him and us. He was always there ready to welcome us, to accept us, to interact with us. It was our sin that created the barrier and that was in our minds, where we associate our actions with guilt and shame.

Jesus removed our sins, and therefore our consciousness of sin is gone and the wall has been taken down. The feelings we have of distance from him are all lies and illusion. Jesus took away our sin and brought us into perfect relationship with God where nothing can ever come between us.

No sin can make us go out of fellowship or lose connection with God because our relationship is based on Christ and his perfect work, not our own works. Christ has given us the gift of righteousness, his sacrifice dealt with all our wrong choices, every wrong choice, past, present and future was put into Christ on the cross and eternally forgiven.

Your relationship with God is perfect and unalterable. God himself is satisfied with this perfect union fellowship he placed inside of you. There is never a wall separating you from God, there are no barriers in your relationship with the father. You have been given the very relationship that Jesus has with his father, for you have been put In Christ and you have been given his own perfect, eternal, righteousness.

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