Life in abundance: John 10:10

I believe we choose who we are going to partner with. Who we are going to serve. If we choose Jesus, we must do so intentionally, surely and exercise discipline as a sincere disciple.

If we choose to follow the thief, sooner or later, we are the one’s who will be stolen, killed and destroyed.

Sadly, no choice is the same as the wrong choice.

And God of course amps things up, even more than we can imagine! Superabundance!!! To Him be the Glory!

“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭AMP‬‬

On our own, we are finite. With Him – all possible. Our part of the deal is to BELIEVE and TRUST fully as we are capable. Max is max. For us to have max power we need to simply be a conductor of His infinite power; this to abide (See John 15).

“Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people [as far as it depends on them] it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.””

‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:27‬ ‭AMP‬‬

When it comes down the essential, the bottom line we can rest and take comfort and assurance in this statement:

“What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us?”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭AMP‬‬

And even beyond that:

“‘Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too difficult or too wonderful for You—”

‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭32:17‬ ‭AMP‬‬

This is tried and true:

“And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭AMP‬‬

In Greek mythology there was a great warrior named Achilles. When he was a baby, it was foretold that he would die young. In order to prevent his death, his mother Thetis took Achilles to the River Styx, which was supposed to offer powers of invulnerability. She dipped his body into the water, but held Achilles by the foot and therefore his heel was not washed over by the magical waters of the river.

The following is written and is a devotional available on the YouVersion Bible App:

Tim Mannin – Do What Matter

According to the legend, Achilles grew up to be a mighty warrior who survived many great battles, but his fateful day came when a poisonous arrow struck him in his heel, killing him shortly after.  Today we refer to our “achilles heel” as something that is our weak spot, vulnerable place, or in some cases the thing that will defeat us. For Superman it is kryptonite, for some people it is fear, and for many of us it’s a sin lurking around the corner looking to trip us up.

Our enemy is out to crush our dreams and keep us from being people who do things that matter for the Kingdom. In fact, he’s out to deceive, steal, and destroy us. As much as there is a God in heaven that loves everything about us, there is also an enemy that absolutes hates every part of who we are. John 10:10 isn’t just about the abundant life Jesus gives, but also a reminder that we have an enemy.

So many people have dreamed wildly for God only to see their hopes and dreams come crashing down because of sin. Is sin impacting your life in such a way that it is getting in the way of any dream God has for you? Has sin become your achilles heel? Don’t be fooled – sin will take you out! The enemy tempts us with sin and wants to pull us away from who God wants us to be. 

We must be alert and of sober mind! What sins are crouching at our door? God’s Word promises that He will give us the strength to overcome temptation. We must submit our areas of struggle, sin, and even fears to prayer and the grace of God. We must repent of our sin and submit our lives to Him.

Read today’s scriptures and be encouraged. Never hesitate to seek spiritual counsel from someone you trust if you need help.

Jesus Wept

Sometimes life is sad. Sometimes a good cry is helpful. Life is a beautiful mess. The messy parts hurts. It hurts our hearts. Our dear Savior felt pain too. Imagine that.

Whether it was at Lazarus’s tomb, in the garden or hanging up on that old rugged cross, Jesus wept. He anguished and felt pain.

He lived the ultimate paradox being 100% man and 100% God simultaneously. Talk about having a foot in both worlds.

One thing we should definently model, though He felt pain, He was intentional about having quiet ‘1 on 1’ time with His Father regularly. He stayed on mission and wasn’t distracted yet He was serendipitous. He was both sympathetic and empathetic.

You know He could have stayed in Heaven where it was cozy. He belittled Himself to Nth degree that is impossible for us to fully grasp.

He loves us whether we realize and accept it or not. He wept because He truly cares. He know my pain. He knows your pain. He must of thought it worth it.

You can use your pain. No pain, no gain. Turn it inside out. Give to God and while embracing your weak mortality embrace Jesus for He is no longer on the Cross. He overcame the ultimate loss, that of death, and made a path for each of us.

Born once, die twice. Born twice, die once. That is a tried and true saying. Amen?

The choice is YOURS. I chose the latter; the born twice. The born again route.

We each have our crosses to carry. If you are reading this, I guarantee that. Choose wisely and reply here if you have an encouragement to share or a question to ask.

Blessings in Jesus most holy and precious name.

Confess Jesus – Philippians 2:9-11

You know, there are two types of fear; Real and False. There is one of Respect and another to overcome. One from God and another from our enemy. One for our good and one to belittle us.

This is one that should scare us straight to Jesus and His love.

For it is much, much better to willfully and freely confess, repent, and obey Jesus NOW than later…just saying.

PS…If you don’t like it, take it up with the BOSS.

PSS…The understanding of our sin and confession is critical. But it is only step one. Repentance is step two, which is turning an about face. And embracing God’s love and living for Him by Him is step 3. If you wish to know more about either of those 3 steps, it would be a privilege and my duty to personally help or connect you with someone who loves Jesus too.