Salt and Light.

“I am Your Child before I am Your Church.”

The more I walk with The Lord, the more I realize how much He values relationship. He will allow situations and circumstances to manifest, and then invite us to listen to His Voice in order that we may discern what it is that His Spirit is doing in and through the manifested circumstances. I am slowly coming to a point where I recognize that the stronger my relationship with Him, the more I am in sync with Him which allows me to see, think and act the way He does in order to see His will manifest in through whatever it is that I may be experiencing. Perhaps, this is the reason we call our lives as believers a grand adventure with The Lord.

The way we were drawn into a relationship with Jesus is the way it is sustained. His Love is what won our hearts over, and it still is His Love which continues to. In a world rife with chaos and turmoil, we are often spurred to be the salt and light. After all, that is what Jesus has called us to be, and my journey reveals to me that the extent to which we allow ourselves to bask in His Light is the extent to which we can authentically be the light in our tiny part of the world. So, before I “do” anything, I am slowly learning the vital importance of “being” in His Presence. I love how The Bible makes this clear,

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, King James Bible)

This leads me to believe that God is more interested in our “being,” than our “doing,” for He understands that from the overflow of our fellowship will inevitably flow the desire, the resolve and the power to be the salt and light. This is where our striving ends, and our surrender to Him puts us in a place of being able to receive like a child, and as a child. This where we learn to receive His perfect love, unconditional acceptance and matchless grace. This is where we encounter Presence and allow it to transform us into a Child that knows how to host it. This is where our weakness meets His Strength. This is where our wounds begin to heal and our souls finds revival. This is where our hearts start to melt as His Love begins to well up from deep within. This is where authentic transformation in Christ begins.

My experience tells me that our journey is purely relational and transformational, the fruit of which is for the world to savor. We can give only to the extent we receive. It is therefore, important to realize that the foremost thing is to receive the love, the grace, the mercy, the forgiveness, the kindness and the goodness of God in fullness and abundance every single day of our lives. This not only keeps us tethered to His Presence, but takes us deeper and deeper into a relational walk with Him; from the abundance of which can freely flow the goodness that our world needs to see and receive.

As His Child, I first want to receive His Love first thing in the morning. I want to allow His Love to heal me, strengthen me, lead me, guide me and then, compel me. I want to let my “being” with Him define my “doing.” I want to yield more and more to the leading of His Spirit as opposed to what I may have thought is the best way to lead my day. I want Him to take centerstage in my life so that every move and every decision is assured of a favorable outcome. I want to first feel His Heart towards me, and then let that heart reach those that are near to me.

So, I told Him last night that I was first His Child, and then His Church. I want to be the lamp that He can put on a lampstand, but first I want to taste of His Love and Light that can be found only when hidden within His splendor shadow. I want to be the salt and light, but first I want to be salted and lit up from within. I want to be a world changer, but first I need my inside world changed. I want to be sheep among the wolves, but first I want to know what it is to be shepherded well. I want to be who He has called me to be, but first I want to encounter The One who has called me in the first place.

I guess what I’m trying to say is quite simple. In our walk with Christ, our foremost responsibility is to value our relationship over anything else. It is in the relationship that we forge that we get to know Him, and the more we know Him, the more we know ourselves and what it is that we are called to. As I write, the words of Jesus, after His Resurrection as He promised The Holy Spirit to His disciples, come to mind;

“I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49, NIV)

It is abundantly clear that the more we receive “power from on high,” the more we are empowered to be who He calls us to be: the salt and light of the world, His Children and then, His Church.

So be it.

Amen.

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Receive.

“It is not a performance based spirituality, it is a love based response.”

I used to be a very performance driven individual. Always wanting to achieve more and never feeling content with all the abundance that God had already bestowed upon me, I feel that I can trace that back to a need for Identity. However, having surrendered my life to Christ, I have since embarked upon a soul saving, mind renewing, life changing adventure. God blessed me with an appetite for His Word which brought healing to my bones and strength to my soul. The Bible says that the entrance of God’s Word gives light. All I had to do was to learn to bask in it.

I learned the vital importance of letting the Truth of what HE says about me override all else. I still have journals that I filled with His Word, the only thing that brought me closer and closer to a fuller revelation of my Identity in Christ. I began to learn that I am loved so much that Jesus didn’t even flinch when He took The Cross not just for me, but as me. Having nailed all my sin and shame, my limitations and shortcomings, my weaknesses and failures; He died. But after three days, we all know He rose again.

What His resurrection means for us personally is something I am intrigued to know more and more. Lately, I have had a feeling that it means so much that my tiny, finite mind cannot even grasp the fullness of. However, what it does testify to is the truth that we are now sons daughters of The Living God. He loves us perfectly, with a love so pure that the only response to it is, love itself.

It is by Grace that I have received these revelations and pray that I continue to grow in them. It is Perfect Love that declares we are the righteousness of God in Christ. We are enough, just the way we are. I have understated it, for God’s Word says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” God takes immense pleasure in us. Not even remotely concerned with where we come from, He is solely focused on who we are becoming. This process of becoming is a life long adventure with The Lord, but I think the foundation needs to be securely anchored in Perfect Love.

I feel strongly about this because I’m just about beginning to experience it as the Love which casts out fear and as the Love which drives out the need to perform to be accepted, simply because we are beautifully cherished in The Beloved of God – Jesus Christ. His Love takes us the way we are, but is too faithful to leave us the same way. We may come to Him with traumas, hurts, wounds so deep that it seems hopeless, but The Lord turns it all around, slowly but surely. He invades our inner space with unfathomable peace, uncontainable joy, enduring patience, steadfast kindness, and unrivalled majesty. He takes our pain and translates it into a Purpose. He gives us spiritual gifts and talents to equip and empower us to fulfill the hope of the calling we have received. He gives us a heart of flesh and puts a new spirit within us. He chooses us in His Mercy, and uses us in His Majesty.

Friends, we all have a unique brand of brokenness and The Lord is not surprised nor intimidated by it. He knew us before He laid the foundations of The Earth and His Love towards us remains unchanging. He formed us with affection that we never can earn or deserve, but only receive by Grace. I believe we need to receive it on a daily basis because if God loves a cheerful giver, I’m guessing He is one. He waits for us to come to Him so we learn to live from a place that is not defined by our performance, how well we seem to be doing or not; rather we learn to live from a place that is only defined by The Perfect Love of God which makes no demands, but longs to be accepted for the treasure that it is.

Once accepted, the deposits then made are finer than pure gold.

Together, let’s receive it and let’s experience it.

Amen.

Travelling well.

“We never have to be anxious about our future, because as we are travelling, it is unraveling.”

The other day, I was a bit anxious about my future as I pondered that its something always uncertain. We never know what lies ahead, but I realized that I do know The One who does know. So, I decided to spend some time with Him. I took my Bible and went downstairs in the cool, evening breeze and sat on something that looks like a ledge. God is the Source of all comfort, and as is the norm with Him, He came through. Let me share what He revealed,

“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.” (Matthew 6:25-26. MSG)

When I first received my copy of The Bible, nearly eleven years back, it was the section on “Do Not Worry” that captivated me the most. Truly, if God cares even for the birds of the air, how much more does He care for us? Little by little, I read on and God kept speaking. The next few years were defining as I met Jesus and couldn’t resist but surrender to a Love that promised me more than I could imagine. As I look back at my journey, it never ceases to amaze me.

The Word of God informs us that He cares so much for us that He sent Jesus to die a gruesome death on The Cross at Calvary to prove it. His resurrection paved the way for us to receive The Holy Spirit, who is our guide at all times. He is our inner compass. He is the one who can help us navigate the issues of life in the best possible manner. Slowly but surely, information became revelation. Since then, I may have my moments of doubt or anxiety, but I know that I am forever changed for The Love of God has left me dumbfounded.

As I write, I realize the futility of anxiety. We may feel it, but it does not have to define us. What defines us is Who made us in His own image and even before releasing us into this world, made plans to prosper us and give us a hope. He does not reveal all things at once, for what would we need faith for then? On what grounds would we cultivate our relationship with God? What conversations would we have? How would we learn to stand, to wait, to listen, to yield, to obey? How would we grow and develop in wisdom and stature? Would life really be interesting?

I don’t think so. I think what makes our life meaningful and interesting is our relationship with Our Creator. I think His big plan was to enable us to walk this journey with His Precious Son, Jesus who would anoint us, guide us, comfort us and be in constant fellowship through The Spirit He has given us. The Holy Spirit gives us revelation knowledge, but He does that only one step at a time. Staying in step with Him has taught me to remain tethered to Jesus and be sensitive to what HE is doing, as opposed to what we want to see happen. All His promises are ‘Yes’ and ‘Amen,’ but they all come with a process attached, for it is in the process that we get to become more and more like Him – which is the big plan!

Though it is quite futile to worry about a future, that God, in His Infinite Wisdom and Agape Love, has prepared for us even before laying the foundations of The Earth; yet, in our human frailty, we still do. It is comforting at such times to remind ourselves of something that is commonly used, but never ceases to lose the potency of,

“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32, NIV)

Friends, the blessing is already prepared. It is us who are being prepared for the blessing. Whatever God has called us to, laid on our hearts and given us an insatiable passion to believe for; He will certainly bring to pass. The process, however, is what He needs us to partner with Him in – something which is a joy and a privilege. I often think it’s like watching my Father work and build, I simply get to lay the bricks.

This sentiment paints a sublime picture of fellowship where we travel together on this beautiful journey called life. If there is anything more beautiful, it is this. With Jesus, we get to travel with lightness, freedom, peace and joy for His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He never puts more on us than we can bear. It’s not in His nature for He is the Lover of our souls. His Words come to mind as I continue,

“What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?” (Matthew 16:26, NIV)

It is abundantly clear that God’s main purpose is to bring about an authentic heart and soul transformation, in and through a relationship with Christ Jesus, so that we can have the character and stature necessary to fulfill the call that He has placed on our lives, a call that needs us to encounter Jesus as Love so we can be love; as Grace so we can be grace, as Mercy so we can be mercy to the world that is around and about us, a world that we are called to touch and transform, but only to the extent that we ourselves have been.

The roles we have in our lifetime, whether we are parents, teachers, artists or entrepreneurs; serve as platforms for our Purpose to manifest. The degree to which we can do justice to this sacred privilege that comes guised as Purpose depends on how well we travel with Jesus. In my experience, the more I remain conscious that The God of Eternity dwells in my midst, the more I am assured that, as Christine Caine so aptly puts it;

“The same God who saw me this far is the same God who will see me further still.” (I think I paraphrased it!)

Looking back at my journey, I now see His miracle working power at work throughout my life. I am sure that if this resonates with you, then together we can resolve that the next time we feel anxious or uncertain of what lies ahead, all that we have to do is look back. Look back at the times that He moved mountains, parted seas, broke down the gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. Look back with awe, wonder and astonishment at His Majesty, and allow the profound sentiments that thus emanate to linger on in our deepest crevices, till we know beyond a shadow of doubt, that we never have to be anxious about our future, because as we are travelling, it is unraveling.

Slowly, but surely.

Blessings.


Faithful.

“If You’re leading me, I know Your Grace will keep me.”

At varied junctures in our lives, God presents us with new opportunities, relationships and new territory that He wants us to take. Our confidence, as believers, is that as long as we know that it is The Lord who is leading us on, we can rest in the absolute assurance that His Grace will keep us where He has called us.

It is important to note that we are no longer held captive by past failures or mistakes, because in Jesus, we are new creations entitled to a new nature and a new way of life. I believe God calls this lifestyle one of victory, strength, wholeness and abundance. It is a lifestyle that stems from the power of knowing Him; His heart and character towards us. He loves us without restraint and settled that issue, once and for all, by the power of The Cross of Calvary. I believe that we can love Him back by first, receiving that love and letting it empower us to follow Him into the spaces and places that He is gently and mercifully wooing us towards. I would love to share a few lines from one of my treasured passages of Scripture,

“You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way,
and in kindness you follow behind me
to spare me from the harm of my past.
With your hand of love upon my life,
you impart a blessing to me.
This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible!
Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength.” (Psalm 139:5-6, The Passion Translation)

God is already in all of our tomorrows. He has gone ahead of us to make our crooked paths straight. His Word ensures that for every challenge, there will always be a corresponding promise, and all the promises of God are in Christ Jesus, “Yes” and “Amen.” He hems us in behind and before, and has laid His hand of Love upon us. He understands our frailties and will never require more of us than we can deliver, but will work with us in the sphere of our own unique graces, developing our potential and taking us from strength to strength.

The instance of Jesus walking on water comes to mind, as I write. As He walked on the lake and came towards the disciples, they thought that they had just seen a ghost, till their fears were stilled by Jesus’s kind assurance,

“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27, NIV)

Peter was the first one to respond and step out of the boat. I believe it was his faith IN Jesus and his love OF Jesus that compelled him. However, when he saw the wind ( the slightest hint of opposition) he became afraid and started to sink. The Bible, at this point, informs us that Jesus not only reached out and caught him, but He did so, “immediately.”

This tells me that even when our faith enables us to step out of the “proverbial” boat and walk on water, there will be times when we falter or stumble. We may even second guess ourselves and doubt our journey. It is comforting to know that at such times, we can trust The Lord’s promise towards us,

” So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV)

Friends, it is not our feeble grip on Him, it is His firm grip on us. So, we can trust in His faithfulness and loving kindness towards us. We can trust that He is merciful and majestic. We can trust that He is alpha and omega. We can trust that what He begins, He is well able to bring to completion. We can trust that whatever He calls us to, He gives us the grace for.

Why?

Because He is Faithful, and He can’t help it!

Blessings.


Unstoppable!

“We’re both, reservoirs and rivers.”

When God created man, He breathed His very breath into him in the hope that life would, in turn, flow through him. He would be fruitful, have dominion and multiply. Even after The Fall, His desire remains as unchanging as His character. Jesus was purposed into the plan of redemption, even before the foundations of the Earth. God, in His foreknowledge, knew everything, yet His Relentless Love towards us pleased Him to bruise His Son, Jesus in order that we may, in and through a relationship now accessible by the power of The Holy Spirit, be able to once again, walk in constant communion with Him. That’s His great delight, and I believe, ours too.

The question is what really happens in this Father-Child relationship?

I believe a relationship as sacred as this is forged through pristine Love. The Love that first found us now beckons us to go find others. But in order to do that, we need to be filled with The Spirit of God, The Love of God, The Wisdom of God. Psalm 23:5 puts it as simply as this,

“my cup runneth over.”

It is only from the abundance of what we forge in the vertical space, a space that is defined and sustained through Love, that the abundance of What and Who we experience and encounter can freely flow into the world around us, a horizontal space that when infected with the joy, love and grace we have to offer can most definitely result in the prophecy of The Cross fulfilled.

This is why we are first, reservoirs and then, rivers.

We are reservoirs to the extent that we have allowed God to access and fill us up with His Spirit. This surrender is precisely what allows Him to fill the God-shaped hole on the inside of us. But as we allow Him to work with us more and more, He will inevitably fill us up more and more, to the full until we overflow. Simply because He is a Giver, and His intention is to turn us into one too. Hence, He calls us “rivers of living water.”

As I write, Jesus’s encounter with the Samaritan woman comes to mind. She came to the well where Jesus, tired from His journey, found a seat. Having come with the sole intention of drawing water from the well, she almost missed the well of living water who sat right beside, until Jesus initiated the conversation and said,

“Will you give me a drink?” (John 4:7, NIV)

Being a Samaritan, she was stunned that Jesus, being a Jew, would even associate with her. But isn’t that what Our King was famous for? He did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world. And I believe, that needs to be our heart posture too.

Back to the parable. Looking for physical water to take back, Jesus was quick to shift her perspective from circumstantial gratification (temporal in nature) to spiritual fulfillment (eternal glory). To quote Our Savior Himself,

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,  but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

How often do we look for resolution in the natural, when we have access to Someone who is able to make, mend and mold circumstances in a way that is good for us and brings Glory to God? Someone who is more interested in growing us, developing us and bringing us up till we learn to walk in the fullness of who God calls us to be in order that we may do what God intends for us to.

That Someone is Jesus who once said to a certain Samaritan woman that HE was the source of the water that would quench her thirst forever. Today, as believers in Christ, that Source has taken up residence within us and as Bill Johnson would say, “He wants out!”

Friends, this journey is as exquisite as it is profound. It is laced with signs, wonders and miracles from The Heavens above. It is about encountering the Heart of God who calls us His Beloved. It is about receiving the fullness of His Love on a daily basis in order that the great reservoir of love, grace, power and majesty that is cultivated within us as a result, would organically flow as rivers of living water into the lives of those we come into contact with; causing a softening of hearts, an edification of lives and a transformation in families, communities and the nations.

We dignify lives that were once devalued. We embolden spirits that were once shattered. We illuminate hearts that were once hopeless. We guide souls that are seeking, and redirect traffic that is lost and searching. In short, we spread the aroma and fragrance of Christ wherever we go till joy is rekindled, passion is fueled and purpose is made manifest.

This is what it means to be a Child of The King of kings and The Lord of lords!

We are both, reservoirs and rivers. And we will not stop.

Selah.

Glorious Fingerprints!

“A God dependent life is a God made life, and a God made life is a glorious life.”

In the world today at large, the idea of making it on our own terms and in our own strength is glorified. I believe this is at the core of why many young people are crumbling under the pressure of “making it happen.” While they see success at several levels and in different facets of their lives, I believe that true contentment and fulfillment is found only in being in the center of God’s Will.

If I know anything at all, it is this. It is never God’s intention to watch His Children fall to pieces in a vain attempt to bring all their gifting and talents together to try and create something that can give them a sense of worth and value. Rather, it is God’s passionate desire to watch His Children bring their varied expressions of God-given gifts and talents, entrusting them into the hands of their Father, and expecting Him to weave a beautiful tapestry of Grace through them that not only serves to advance their individual purpose, but that of the world at large.

This inevitably mandates an absolute surrender to God’s ways, will and timing. It is a response to a revelation of The Father’s Love that is so relentless that should we never turn to Him, He will continue to love us the same simply because that is who He is. When we get a grip of that, I believe we have been launched on a journey that will see us work, build and create from a place of Identity as Beloved Sons and Daughters of The Most High, a sure foundation that will never let us down, even should the world collapse, simply because Love has a grip on our lives, and He never quits.

Psalm 127 (ESV) puts it like this,

“Unless the Lord builds the house,
    those who build it labor in vain.”

1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV) also comes to mind as I write,

“Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. “

Interesting, isn’t it?

Putting the two together sheds light on the truth that unless what we build is founded securely on The Name of Jesus and The Word of God in order to advance purposes that go beyond the space of our own little lives, God is not obligated to sustain it. He sustains only that which He has called us to. So, if we are building that which we know beyond a shadow of doubt is from His Bosom and for his purposes, we can rest in the assurance that what He has begun, He is Faithful to sustain and bring to maturation. This is what a life surrendered to Him must look like, friends!

Fresh Fire mandates a fresh surrender. A fresh surrender requires a new found trust. A new found trust is grounded in fresh revelations of Love. Fresh revelations of Love, in turn, position us to surrender afresh.

It truly is a Father- Child relationship forged in and through Love that gives us the boldness and courage necessary to surrender and then, depend on Him. Depend on Him for everything: guidance, direction, resources, provisions. If God started it, He will do it. But the process will change us, simply because Our God is too loving to only give us things when He can grow us into them. Intimacy with Him will enable us to hear from Him, because our journey is purely relational. Our plans will be birthed from spaces and places that find us curiously asking of The Father, “Abba, what does this mean to me and how can I partner with You?”

As Christ followers, we begin from a position of Victory. We never have to work towards it, but we do get to partner with The Lord to watch that Victory manifest in every area of our lives, bringing redemptive answers and solutions to challenges that confront us in order that we may see outcomes and results that astonish the living daylights out of us!

As Bill Johnson often says,

“It’s not too good to be true. It is so good that it is true.”

In my experience thus far, I have seen that as we depend on The Lord, we begin to experience a new found freedom that nothing can take away from. We know where our hope lies, and it serves as an anchor in the fiercest storms and deepest valleys. His Faithfulness wins our hearts, time and time again; cultivating deeper trust which brings about a greater level of surrender and dependency. We witness Our Father taking every fragment of our life, and redeeming it for our good and His Glory. But He doesn’t quite stop there. In fact, He has just begun. He has just begun to write out a story of recreation that points to The Redemptive Touch of The Master which made it possible for our lives to come into alignment once again, with God’s original design and intention towards us. He does this to ensure that the legacy continues and the baton of Faith is passed on from generation to generation.

Therefore, a God dependent life is a God made life, and because the map of such a life has His Fingerprints all over it, it brings Him much Glory. As He brings together our strengths and weaknesses, our gifts and talents, our skills and abilities, our experiences and our desires; He begins to lay the foundations to a monument of Grace that will only point to His Highest Name. The lost will come seeking and those that seek, will be found. And to think that He chose you and me for a Purpose so grand should never cease to amaze us, humble us and draw us. As we yield to this divine design, the love and light that shines forth from the depths of our being will undoubtedly point to a Light that comes from another world, a world more real than the one we find ourselves in, a world that will endure forever and is the very substratum of the joy we find in our souls this day, today.

Should we choose to keep this joy to ourselves would be a sheer thievery that robs the planet of the Glory that awaits them. But should we choose to accept our assignment, we will have embarked upon a journey and an adventure that through the pitfalls , the detours and the setbacks; will always find ourselves rise back up again to pursue the Love that first, pursued us.

The rest shall be history, my friends!

Blessings.

A bit of both!

“You have both, my awe and affection.”

I found myself saying this to The Lord yesterday. The season He is walking me through is stirring within me an awe of The Lord that I believe He will be cultivating further.

We all who have experienced the Love of God through a Christ encounter naturally love God. He has our affections because they are now tethered to Eternity. The Word says that where your treasure is, there will your heart be also, and in my Bible, I seem to have written, “my heart is Home.”

That speaks to a love of God; a Father of unending Love, Grace and Mercy. But lately, I have sensed a reverential awe of Him, not a fear, but a reverential awe in a way that says,

“Your thoughts are higher. Your ways are loftier, and with You, ANYTHING is possible.”

Yes, friends. With God on our side, literally anything can happen that works for our good and brings Him all the Glory. If He promised it, He will do it. If He spoke it, then well, it has already been created. I have thus, realized that when He does give us His promises, we might as well receive His help with our unbelief, repent of it and continue to believe what He has spoken over the current state of our circumstances. We might as well pray in accord with The Father’s Heart and in time, see His Purposes manifest for not just ourselves, but even those that are connected to us. We might as well decree and declare His Word and watch circumstances change and come into alignment with Heaven’s mandate.

At times, I feel, it is our sense of not feeling worthy or adequate enough that can come in the way of His Promises seeing full manifestation. It is precisely at such times that we need to remind ourselves of Grace. Grace, which is a free gift and an undeserved favor of God. Grace, which chased us down even when we were dead in our transgressions. Grace, which finds us one way but leaves us, quite another. Grace, which by its very nature, upends us for His Glory. Grace which can never be earned or deserved, because it is just that: Grace.

It is Grace that calls us, “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.” It is Grace that says we are the righteousness of God in Christ. It is Grace that says we are forgiven and are now heirs to an inheritance that is fully ours through Christ’s sacrifice and God’s magnanimity. It is Grace that ultimately renders us worthy by The Blood of The Lamb and the word of our testimony in order that we may fully lay claim to all the promises of God that, in Christ Jesus, are “Yes” and “Amen.” It is Grace that has set us free.

Will we use this freedom to gratify the desires of the flesh or The Spirit? I believe that a reasonable revelation of God’s Love will propel us into the things of God, simply because our motivations are now anchored in love, not fear. We know how passionately He has loved us, and our corresponding response to that is not something I need to even write. But the awe of God is what will temper us. It will teach us to partner with Him for His Purposes. It will show us where our part ends, and His begins. It will reveal to us that He will contend with those that contend with us. It will etch out the Truth that wherever God calls you, He sustains you. It will illuminate within us a desire to forgive, let go and let Him.

Let Him provide. Let Him fight. Let Him win, because He already has the Victory.

All we have to do is walk in the freedom and victory that He has already purchased for us at Calvary which is something that we get to do with a hybrid of both, an awe and an affection towards Him.

Personally, I am beginning to experience an awe of who He is as He is slowly revealing to me that He is who He says He is. INVINCIBLE! And He will do what He says He will do. UNDEFEATED!

In the midst of our brokenness, He is wholeness. In the midst of our darkness, He is Light. In the midst of despair, He is Hope. In the midst of chaos, He is peace. In the midst of confusion, He is promise. In the midst of famine, He is provision. In the midst of death, He is Life. In the midst of life, He is Eternity.

He may take His time in the process, because the fulfillment of promise has more to do with who we are becoming than the intended outcome. God always honors our obedience. So as we steadfastly continue to believe Him for things that seem exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond what we could ever dream, imagine or think, I hope and pray that we will do so with a mixture of both:

Awe and affection.

So be it.