iStock_000016542591SmallWe can find ourselves feeling frustrated with life. Navigating our seasons takes planning, wisdom, intuitiveness; and the ability to make course corrections in an instant.

We were made to thrive not just survive. God created us on purpose for a purpose. We were made in His image for love, relationship and mission.

As we receive Jesus Christ in our hearts, we enter into the family of God. We become children of God and citizens of Heaven.

Now as we journey through life, we are led by our divine guide. With Jesus as our guide we can be at peace, as He leads us through the dark seasons into lush provision, supernatural abundance and the restoration of our soul.

Psalm 23:2-3 (The Voice) He provides me rest in rich, green fields, beside streams of refreshing water. He soothes my fears; He makes me whole again,  steering me off worn, hard paths to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.

iStock_000006014401SmallIn life we can be very disappointed when things go differently than we had planned. It is very hard to control life, people and circumstances. We can try to do our very best but the truth is life takes its own course, people have free will, and circumstances can change in an instant.

We can however take comfort that God is in control and as we surrender our will to His, we will see His plans and purposes fulfilled in our life over time. God made us in His image for relationship not rules, love not control, and mission not existence.

As we accept Jesus into our heart, we become children of God and heirs of the promise. God becomes our father and we can boldly come to His throne room of grace in time of need. When things don’t go the way we had hoped, we come to God for help, wisdom and insight.

if we are believing God for something that the Bible has promised us, then He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can hope, think or ask. The answer may not come in our timing. It also may not look like we thought it would because it will likely be bigger, better and more impactful than we had ever imagined.

Ephesians 3:20 – He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can hope, think or imagine

iStock_000039873530SmallIf we are constantly trying to impress others, we will always feel a bit hollow. If we have to perform for people to accept us, we will always wear a mask. Vulnerability and transparency exist where unconditional love remains.

God loves us unconditionally. He made us for love, family and relationship. Even when we wanted nothing to do with the Father God, He sent Jesus to earth for us on a search and rescue mission.

Jesus lived a perfect life for us, died on the cross as us and was raised from the dead for our justification. Now because of the cross we can exchange our identity as ‘separated from God’ with Jesus’ identity of the ‘Beloved child of God.’

As a child of God we can boldly come to the throne room of grace in time of need. We can lean entirely upon our Father God when we feel burdened and overwhelmed. We need never wear a mask with the one who created us, with the one knows us better than we know ourselves.

As we relax into our own skin, becoming comfortable with who we really are, we will no longer need others’ approval. We will allow the masks to drop and true transparency to emerge. We will discover that the real us has so much more to offer the world than the masked version ever did.

1 John 4:17 “…In this world we are like Jesus.”

clouds on sunset over field with barleyIn life we can allow others to determine who we are. We place our identity in our job title, in the pages of a magazine or in society’s unrealistic expectations. If our identity is in something shakable, we will live an emotionally turmoiled life.

We were made in the image of the King of the Universe. God created us for love, family and relationship. As we come to God by accepting Jesus Christ in our life, we receive His right standing; we exchange our identity as a sinner separated from God, for His identity as a righteous child of God.

Our behavior never earned this new identity in Christ so our behavior can’t change our new identity in Christ. Now when we come to God in prayer we don’t have to worry about Him being mad at us because of things we’ve done. We can come boldly to the throne room of grace in prayer (Hebrews 4:16).

Knowing our identity in Christ produces peace. We no longer need to prove to others who we are or what we are capable of. We no longer allow titles to define us; and we no longer allow unrealistic expectations to drive our actions. When we allow ourselves to “supernaturally rest”  in our new identity in Christ, we will be well on the path to our destiny.

1 John 4:17 – By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.

119_3872x2592_all-free-download.com_20539280At times we can feel that we are under tremendous pressure. We live life trying to please everyone: society, work, family, friends, even our own self-imposed expectations. When we live up to set expectations we feel great, and when we fail we feel worthless.

Living life to please others is like living life on an emotional roller coaster. When we stop performing, we step off the roller coaster and onto solid ground. We were made for the audience of one. God created us on purpose for a purpose and no other being in the universe needs to validate us.

God loved us so much that when we wanted nothing to do with Him, He still sent Jesus to earth for us. Jesus lived a perfect life for us, died on the cross as us and was raised from the dead for our justification. Now we can exchange our unrighteousness for His righteousness.

Now we exchange our identity as ‘separated from God’ to Jesus’s identity as ‘child of God.’ In a healthy parent-child relationship a child doesn’t perform to be approved, they simply are approved. With our new identity in Christ we can step out of all the expectations and pressures of performance and into the ‘supernatural rest’ of being loved and accepted by God.

Romans 5:17 – For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

 

poppies field in rays sunWe can feel all alone at times. Even when we are in a crowd of people, we can feel even more lonely. We were not meant to be alone in life. We were created for love, relationship and family.

God created us on purpose for a purpose. We were made in His image to be His children. Even when we wanted nothing to do with Him, the Father God sent Jesus to earth for us on a search and rescue mission.

As we receive Jesus and His finished work on the cross, we come into relationship with God. God becomes our father and we become His children. We daily can cultivate a relationship with our Heavenly Father in prayer.

As we receive Jesus into our heart, we are never alone again. God is with us, for us and on our side. God places us in the community of believers for friendship, support, encouragement and love. Now we have a spiritual home; and we can know that we are continually loved, approved and accepted.

Psalm 68:6 – God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

 

Magic pink rhododendron flowers on summer mountain.We can try to please people in life. When the crowds love us we feel great and when they turn on us, as they do, we feel worthless. People are fickle and living to please people is a recipe for misery. When our confidence is in something unshakable, our lives will begin to plant, root and blossom.

God created us for love, purpose, mission and legacy. We are not here by accident. We are not a mistake. We were plucked from eternity and placed in out specific time and location. God created each of us individually unique. He marked us with our own DNA and individual fingerprints. He marked us for a purpose and destiny. We are so special and so unique that God broke the mold when we were made.

Even when we were far off from God, He loved us so much that He sent Jesus to earth for us. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life for us, He went to the cross to pay for our sins and then He died as us; and was raised from the dead so we could live the resurrected life in Him.

Now we can be reconnected to our Father God through Jesus. As we grow in knowing Jesus, we will get a deep revelation of God’s massive, radical, unfailing, relentless love. The more we know Jesus, the more we will know how loved we are.

As we become people rooted and grounded in the love of God, we will grow and know the purpose God has fashioned us for. People’s opinions of us will no longer carry weight because we have come to know our identity in Christ. We have discovered our worth is in the unshakable. Outside circumstances can try to shake us, but as long as we are planted in God’s love we will effortlessly produce fruit. Loved people love.

Hebrews 12: 26 – 28  “At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’ The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe…”

 

iStock_000001832109SmallIn life we can be stressed, worried and anxiety-filled. The more we try to control all the outside variables, the more anxious we will feel. Letting go isn’t about losing control, it’s about gaining freedom, restoration and a peaceful calm mind.

We were made to be free and light. We were not created to carry the heavy burdens of fear, anxiety, condemnation, guilt and shame. Before we knew God, we thought that it was our responsibility to carry all of life’s fears, traumas and hardships.

Jesus came to earth so we would not have to. Jesus lived a perfect life for us, died on the cross as us and was raised from the dead for our justification. Now we can exchange our fear, worry, guilt, shame and condemnation at the foot of the cross and receive Jesus’ life, innocence, redemption, peace and state of well-being.

As we grow in our relationship with our Father God through knowing Jesus more, we will grow into the confident people we were created to be. Our security won’t be in our ability to control situations, circumstances or people, it will be in the God of the universe who loved us so much that He gave us Jesus. If He would not spare His son for us, how much more will He freely give us all things?

Romans 8:32 – He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?

iStock_000026288818SmallIn life we can find that we are no longer full of passion or excitement. We lose our dreams along the way to maturity and then we just try to figure out how to survive and exist.

We were made for so much more than we can ever imagine. God created us for purpose, destiny and legacy. We have been plucked from eternity and put into our time and location. Nothing about us is an accident. We were made on purpose for a purpose.

God loved us so much He sent us His best, Jesus. He did not withhold Jesus from us, that’s how valuable we are to Him. Now we can grow in knowing our Father God and His massive love for us. As we discover who He is and His great love for us, we will grow in discovering who we are and what we have been fashioned to do.

Jesus paid the price for our every sin when He went to the cross, and then He was raised from the dead for our justification. Now we are the righteousness of God in Christ.

As our identity becomes rooted in Jesus, we will begin to look past the self-imposed limits in our life. We can start believing for the impossible again. We can start dreaming again because with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26 – And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 

iStock_000040895658SmallIf we go through life trying to win the approval of people we will never be at rest. People’s opinions are fickle. The crowds can love us one moment and turn on us the next. We were made for the approval of just one.

Jesus Christ is perfect and approved by God. He came to earth to live a perfect life for us. He went to the cross to die a criminal’s death as us; and God raised Him from the dead, so we can be justified before our Heavenly Father forever.

Jesus is our approval. We are perfect in Him. The Father God sees us through the lens of Jesus Christ as we receive Him into our hearts. Now we can rest in the unfailing love of God and in Jesus Christ and His finished work at the cross.

As we enter this supernatural rest we will find peace. This peace transcends all understanding. We no longer will have to perform to receive approval, we can now live in God’s approval. As we grow in the revelation of how high, long, wide, and deep the love of Christ is, we will effortlessly become people marked by love.

Ephesians 3:18 – may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ…

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