Monday, April 27, 2015

All Your Ways Are Good

All Your Ways are Good:

"Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 43:19)

God is working in our lives each and every moment. We must have faith that He only has the best planned for us, for He loves us unconditionally. All He plans for our lives stems from His unfathomably rich love and kindness. Even the dry seasons can and will overflow with abundant riches, because Christ paid the price.

"For you are becoming progressively acquainted with and recognizing more strongly and clearly the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (His kindness, His gracious generosity, His undeserved favor and spiritual blessing), [in] that though He was [so very] rich, yet for your sakes He became [so very] poor, in order that by His poverty you might become enriched (abundantly supplied)." (2 Corinthians 8:9 AMP)

Through Christ's strength and endurance, we can overcome any and every obstacle this world throws our way. He enriches our weak hearts with hope, joy, and life. Through His grace and power within us, we're able to spring up with renewed life like wildflowers bursting through the rocks that try to conceal their vibrancy. Joy prevails. God's grace and goodness always win. All God's ways are good and pure. We can trust Him and run bravely into the future He has for us.

God, we trust You. We trust that all Your ways are good and pure and hopeful. Breathe Your glorious, overcoming life in us this day, O Lord. Have Your way in us! It's in Your mighty Name we pray, amen.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Friday, April 24, 2015

Rest in His Faithfulness

Rest In His Faithfulness:

Sick days are a great ("great") reminder that it's OKAY to take a day off. God had been nudging me lately, saying, "I don't expect you to perform for Me. Simply be. Be who I made you to be, and that's Mine. I don't put all these rules and regulations on you. Throw them off, and come to the Waters. Come and drink from the flow of My Living Waters, and I will give you rest and restoration."

Lesson learned? Don't drive yourself into the wall with an attitude that screams, "Do! Perform! Earn!" Instead, listen to the gentle voice of the Holy One, whispering, "Be. Rest. Receive."

--->He doesn't drive us like cattle, He leads us like sheep.<---

-The Introverted Evangelist

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Celebrate Baptism

Celebrate Baptism:

"If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuouslycleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]." (1 John 1:9 AMP)

He is faithful. When we repent, He remakes us. We are new creations (see 2 Corinthians 5:17), and we are created to live in the current of His unrelenting grace. One such manifestation of this undeniably, overwhelmingly miraculous grace is the forgiveness He offers to us through Christ's sacrifice.

And baptism? Baptism is like our graduation announcements. We make the public proclamation - the start of a life of beautiful newness. It's unlike anything we've ever ventured into before, but a completely welcomed and long anticipated season of renewal and opportunity. This is who we are now - we're people of God. How incredible it is to be called His! All He has planned for us will come to pass, because He sees that we've let the walls down and invited His Spirit to come and dwell within.

Because Christ's blood has washed us from all iniquity, we're cleansed and clothed in righteousness. And baptism is the celebration of this new identity. It's the decision to leave behind the sorrowful, sinful past and dive into the deepest depths of all God's glorious grace and goodness.

"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels." (Isaiah 61:10 AMP)

New lifeNew hope. It's all found in Christ. Celebrate baptism today! We are cleansed by the precious Blood of the Lamb of God, our souls are saved by His supernatural Salvation, and truly we have every reason to have a celebration!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Friday, April 17, 2015

Hallelujah! I'm Alive!

Hallelujah! I'm ALIVE!

"I call out at the top of my lungs, “GOD! Answer! I’ll do whatever You say.” I called to You, “Save me so I can carry out all Your instructions.” I was up before sunrise, crying for help, hoping for a word from You. I stayed awake all night, prayerfully pondering Your promise. In Your love, listen to me; in Your justice, GOD, keep me alive. As those out to get me come closer and closer, they go farther and farther from the truth You reveal; But You’re the closest of all to me, GOD, and all Your judgments true. I’ve known all along from the evidence of Your words that You meant them to last forever." (Psalm 119:145-152 MSG)

I'll do whatever You say, my God. I'll leap with faith into the great unknown, wherever You instruct me to go. You saved my life from death - again! You saved me and remade me once more. You redeemed this dying life for so much more than merely sitting and waiting to arrive Home. You've given me purpose to walk in all Your ways for me. In Your justice and great grace, You kept me alive. So, God, keep me fully alive. Completelyenergetically, and, joyfully ALIVE!

It's Your Presence that sustains me. You're the closest of all to me, Lord. You've never left my side and You never will - not even for a moment. You are faithful to remain beside me - You never leave me alone and lost. You will never stab me in the back or forsake me in my weaknesses. You're my Gracious Healer, and You bind me to Your heart of mercy. I can faithfully place my everything at Your feet, knowing You will care for all the details of my life.

Your Word endures forever, and there's not a single force to be found that could ever diminish Your divine power. You're the God of great and immeasurable mercies. You rule with compassionate authority. Your justice is good and all Your judgements are pure.

I praise You and seek You with all my heart, O God. You alone are the King of kings. You're the Lord of my life and the Saviour of my soul. I give You everything, and I give You control. Take all of me, and make me who I'm made to be!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I Live to Love You Lord

I Live to Love You Lord:

"For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him." (2 Corinthians 5:7-9)

I just want to live for You, God. I want to live my life, not to gain the approval of others, but to please and to serve You, my Gracious King. I want to see Your Will be done. It's so hard living in this fallen world, but I know You've put me here - in this city and in this season - for a reason. In surrendering trust, I put aside all pride and joyfully proclaim, "Have Your way in me, O Lord! All I am is Yours!"

-The Introverted Evangelist

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Christ the Eucharist

Christ the Eucharist:

"Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight." (Luke 24:30-31)

When we humble ourselves in thanks, honouring His Sacrifice, His Presence shows up and removes the blinders from our eyes. When we gather under His Name, as the Body of Christ, and glorify Him together, His Spirit envelopes us in God's wonder. His Presence is made manifest among us. And it's in that sacred moment that we all as believers remember that only by grace through faith are we saved. We're reminded of our desperation, our insufficiency... His abounding love, His unending mercy... Christ be glorified! For He has rescued us, redeemed us, and made us new creations by the power of His holy blood!

-The Introverted Evangelist

God Understands

God Understands:

"He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and calls them all by name. How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!" (Psalms 147:3-5)

The world and all its troubles are pressing hard upon your shoulders. The dark storm clouds seem as though they'll never clear away. The ache you feel within grows deeper and deeper still, yet His love shall never be removed. No, His love for us will never be weakened. God sees every wounded soul and every broken heart, and He understands. His understanding is far beyond our comprehension. He sees the hurt we feel, and He's been there too.

"It’s obvious, of course, that he didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed." (Hebrews 2:16-18 MSG)

No matter what you're facing today, keep this truth at the forefront of your mind: God understands, and He's not going to abandon you. You haven't failed HimYou haven't let Him down. Simply let your walls down, let His Presence envelope you, and embrace this time of letting Him rejoice over you. It takes no efforts on our part but the fight for surrender... Surrender and release... Release all into His hands. He won't let us downnor will He ever let us go. He is good. He is faithful. He will carry us through. He is with us still.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Jesus Our Risen King

Jesus Our Risen King:

"Jesus said to her, I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live; And whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves to, and relies on) Me shall never [actually] die at all. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26 AMP)

We're free because Jesus lives! We serve a living, breathing, personal Lord. He conquered the grave, and now it's His life within those who receive and believe that gives us the strength and courage to truly live. We're called to lead by example in this glorious freedom. Drop your chains! Pick up your cross with joy! Knowing that it's when we lay down our lives that we truly find the reason to live with no fear, no resentment, and no shame. Jesus. Jesus is the reason. He is the Resurrection. He calls our cold dead hearts back to life again - beating passionately for God's purposes. He is the Life - abundant, unhindered life of overflowing blessings and peace. Let's cling to Him this day. O sing praise to the Lord Jesus Christ! He has given us all we need, all we could ever desire, and more - and it's all found in Him. Hallelujah! Praise Jesus, our risen King!

Happy Easter Sunday to you all! I like to call this day Resurrection Sunday as well as Salvation Sunday. There's so much to celebrate this beautiful Sunday morning! May you be lead out in peace and praising this day.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Victorious Love and Saving Grace

Victorious Love and Saving Grace:

"For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life." (John 3:16 AMP)

Love, not law, has won. Grace, not guilt, is the gift of Salvation that saves us all. Faith, not fear, is what flourishes life everlasting. The immense love of the Father is our eternal victory. There is hope for all ages, triumph for every nation, and healing for each soul, because in Him we're made whole. Salvation's spelled out in blood-stained agony there on the Cross. It seemed like hope was lost, but it's from the darkest grave He rose again in glorious light.

"But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2:4-7)

We don't have to live this life afraid! We have an eternal promise of tomorrow - a Home and Hope that cannot be deteriorated. We're secure in His love, lead out by His faithfulness, and guided by His grace. Nothing can hold us back now; we're walking out our orders from the King of Kindness and Mercy. We're ready to radically LOVE (see 1 Peter 4:8)!

"But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the centre of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!" (Jude 1:20-21 MSG)

Take a moment to just breathe that in... This is our everyday (and forevermore) reality! This gracious goodness lavished upon us undeserving, filthy, stained sinners has completely done away with all our old putrescence. No longer are we festering in sinful destruction, rotting away more and more each day from the abhorrent habits that used to consume us. Now we have stepped into His light. We now lead a new life. But really, it's not us who lead it, it's Him - the Holy One. We now walk this road in righteous robes, clothed in His splendour and Salvation. We can sing a new song, for the life He has won, lasts for all eternity long.

Thank You Jesus! We praise and honour You for the immeasurable sacrifice You gave to cleanse us, restore us, and give us a future of unimaginable hope! Thank You that even though this life is so uncertain and full of fear evoking contingencies, Your love will lead us through. You're the shining star of bright eternal light, and You will faithfully lead us through the darkest night.

Yes, life is uncertain, but God remains the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. His love lasts throughout all eternity, and His grace is readily available in our time of need - all we must do is receive.

-The Introverted Evangelist

Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday Morning Meditation

Good Friday Morning Meditation:

Tea and Bible reading. It really doesn't get much better than that. I love how even the tea bags couldn't help but praise the One who gave it all.

"Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing." (Ephesians 2:7-10 MSG)

More Good Friday meditation coming later today. I am so in awe of all He's done for us. What a selfless sacrifice! Our Humble King is worthy to be praised! He has won the INFINITE VICTORY through His EVERLASTING GRACE! Hallelujah!

-The Introverted Evangelist

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Take Heart

Take Heart:

"And behold, some people brought to him a paralytic, lying on a bed. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, my son; your sins are forgiven.”" (Matthew 9:2)

Take heart. Don't let your past paralyze you. Don't listen to the lies that say your mistakes are who you are. Remember that the Blood of Jesus has made you new (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). His atoning sacrifice cleanses us from all unrighteousness. We don't have to live the way we used to. The grace of our generous Lord gives us inner strength to break old habits and create a life of newness, rooted and founded in Christ Jesus. His Holy Spirit comes and floods us. His Presence washes over us like the waves of the ocean's tide... Washing away the shame of our old self, and replenishing our strength with His mercy. Take heart, He is for us. Take heart, we are new creations. Take heart, for He is good and worthy of our trust and praise. Thank You, Lord for making us new in Your redeeming love.

-The Introverted Evangelist