Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Christ IS Our Life! A Wonderful Post by Gregg Gibbons

This is a wonderful post by my friend, Gregg Gibbons, of Journey in Christ..He has a weekly grace devotional called Gregg's RestStop..check it out sometime, I think you would love his thoughts on God's grace and love!  This post is part of one of his recent devotionals, on how Christ is our life!  So beautiful that our joy, peace, life, hope, etc. is a Person, Jesus Christ!

"Below are Scriptures that attest to our union and intimate relationship with Christ.  I don't claim to understand how to most practically walk out these truths.  However, there are two truths that I am most confident:
(1) These Scriptures are God's Word, and God's Word is precise, precious, and true, and
(2) I no longer walk alone separately from Christ, even when it feels that way.
Hear these Scriptures through your relationship with Christ.
 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
by the commandment of God our Savior
and the Lord Jesus Christ our hope...
(1 Timothy 1:1)
Christ in you,
THE hope of glory.
(Colossians 1:27)
For the love of Christ compels us.
(2 Corinthians 5:14) 
For the love of God
has been poured out in our hearts
by the Holy Spirit
who was given to us.
(Romans 5:5)
And the fruit of the Spirit is love...
(Galatians 5:22)
Jesus prayed,
"that they might have My joy
fulfilled in them."
(John 17:13) 
And the fruit of the Spirit is...
(Galatians 5:22)
Jesus said,
"MY peace I give to you."
(John 14:27)
For He Himself
IS our peace.
(Ephesians 2:14) 
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus,
WHO became for us wisdom from God.
(1 Corinthians 1:30)
I can do all things THROUGH Christ
WHO strengthens me.
(Philippians 4:13)
Jesus said, "I am THE way..."
(John 14:6) 
Jesus said, "I am the good Shepherd...
...My sheep hear My voice,
and I know them,
and they follow Me."
(John 10:11, 27)
Jesus said, "I am...THE truth..."
(John 14:6)
Jesus said, "And you shall know the truth,
and the truth shall set you free.
And if the Son sets you free,
you shall be free indeed."
(John 8:32, 36)
Jesus said, "Come to Me,
all you who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest."
(Matthew 11:28)
There remains therefore a rest
for the people of God.
For he who has entered His (Christ's) rest
has himself also ceased from his work
as God did from His.
(Hebrews 4:9-10)
For to you it has been granted
on behalf of Christ,
not only to believe in Him,
but to suffer for His sake.
(Philippians 1:29)
Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do
for the brethren and for strangers.
Send them forward on their journey...
...for His name's sake.
(3 John 5-7)
Jesus said, "I am...THE life..."
(John 14:6)
When Christ who is our life appears,
you also will appear with Him in glory.
(Colossians 3:4)
Jesus said, "I am (the life) of the vine,
you are the branches,
he who abides in me and I in him
bears much fruit,
for apart from Me you can do nothing.
(John 15:5)
And of His fullness
we have all received,
and grace for grace.
(John 1:16) 
Amen and amen!"                    

Gregg Gibbons

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

God Asks, "Do You Believe What I Believe About You?"

I love this wonderful song!  The song says God thinks we're amazing - !  It amazes me that I amaze God! That He could think I am wonderful!  Yet He really does, how beautiful is that!  I want to see myself more and more as He sees me, not put myself down, not think ill of myself, for He NEVER does!  
His ONLY thought when He thinks about us is LOVE!  We can see our bad performance and equate our identity with that performance (I know I do this sometimes); God, however, only sees LOVE when He looks at us!  When He looks at us, His mind is never on sin but on how much He loves us and how amazing we are as His beautiful and precious children! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

God Is For You

God is for you...He is never against you!

God is on your side...He is never opposing you!

God is there for you...He is never abandoning you!

God is supporting you...He is never letting you down!

God is carrying you...He is never failing you!

God is working things out for you...He is never leaving the responsibility on your shoulders!

God is blessing you...He is never cursing you!

God is doing good things for you...He is never causing you pain!

God is in you...He is never leaving you!

God is loving you...He is never tossing you aside!

God is faithful to you...He is never giving up on you!

God is accepting you...He is never rejecting you!

God is approving you...He is never condemning you!

God is encouraging you...He is never criticizing you!

God is affirming you...He is never judging you!

God is enjoying you...He is never disappointed with you!

God is embracing you...He is never dropping you!

God is noticing you...He is never forgetting you!

God is valuing you...He is never bored of you!

God is enjoying you...He is never frustrated with you!

God is resting with you...He is never struggling with you!

God is freeing you...He is never restricting you!

God is for you...He is never against you!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

We're Already There! (Son by Godfrey Birtill - "Be Still"

How wonderful that our efforts aren't necessary, we're already there, already where we always longed to be, on His lap, snuggled into His arms, close to His heart, completely and eternally ACCEPTED and LOVED!  How wonderful to just be able to be still and enjoy His heartbeat of love for us!  We don't have to try to please Him, we are already so pleasing to our Daddy!  We are already ALL we were ever meant to be - we are ONE with Him, LOVED by Him, HELD by Him for all eternity!  Safe, like a little child in the Father's arms!  Nothing can touch us there, nothing can harm us, nothing can pull us away from Him - He won't ever let us go, His love will never stop pouring out upon us...we are home!
May the amazing grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, and the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. 2 Co. 13:14