“I have been made a messenger of this wonderful news by the gift of grace that works through me. Even though I am the least significant of all his holy believers, this grace-gift was imparted when the manifestation of his power came upon me. Grace alone empowers me so that I can boldly preach this wonderful message to non-Jewish people, sharing with them the unfading, inexhaustible riches of Christ, which are beyond comprehension. There has never been a generation that has been given the detailed understanding of this glorious and divine mystery until now. He kept it a secret until this generation. God is revealing it only now to his sacred apostles and prophets by the Holy Spirit. Here’s the secret: The gospel of grace has made you, non-Jewish believers, into coheirs of his promise through your union with him. And you have now become members of his body—one with the Anointed One!” Ephesians 3:5-8 TPT
“Lord, bend down to listen to my prayer.
I am in deep trouble. I’m broken and humbled, and I desperately need your help. Guard my life, for I’m your faithful friend, your loyal servant for life.
I turn to you in faith, my God, my hero; come and rescue me!
Lord God, hear my constant cry for help; show me your favor and bring me to your fountain of grace!
Restore joy to your loving servant once again, for all I am is yours, O God. Lord, you are so good to me, so kind in every way and ready to forgive, for your grace-fountain keeps overflowing, drenching all your devoted lovers who pray to you.
God, won’t you pay attention to this urgent cry? Lord, bend down to listen to my prayer.
Whenever trouble strikes, I will keep crying out to you, for I know your help is on the way. God, there’s no one like you; there’s no other god as famous as you. You outshine all others, and your miracles make it easy to know you.”
Psalms 86:1-8 TPT
“The people say, “Let’s return to the LORD!
He has hurt us, but he will be sure to heal us; he has wounded us, but he will bandage our wounds, won’t he?
Let us try to know the LORD.
He will come to us as surely as the day dawns, as surely as the spring rains that water the earth.”
But the LORD says, “Israel and Judah, what am I going to do with you? Your love for me disappears as quickly as morning mist; it is like dew, that vanishes early in the day.
That is why I have sent my prophets to you with my message of judgement and destruction.
What I want from you is plain and clear: I want your constant love, not your animal sacrifices. I would rather have my people know me than burn offerings to me.”
Hosea 6:1, 3-6 GNB
Good Morning!!! Be yourself; feel the joy!
“Let everyone be devoted to fulfill the work God has given them to do with excellence, and their joy will be in doing what’s right and being themselves, and not in being affirmed by others.”
Galatians 6:4 TPT
“If we are out of our minds in a blissful, divine ecstasy, it is for God, but if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit.
For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and holds us tightly, because we are convinced that he has given his life for all of us.
This means all died with him, so that those who live should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for him—the one who died for us and now lives again. So, from now on, we refuse to evaluate people merely by their outward appearances.
For that’s how we once viewed the Anointed One, but no longer do we see him with limited human insight. Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new person. All that is related to the old order has vanished.
Behold, everything is fresh and new. And God has made all things new, and reconciled us to himself, and given us the ministry of reconciling others to God.
In other words, it was through the Anointed One that God was shepherding the world, not even keeping records of their transgressions, and he has entrusted to us the ministry of opening the door of reconciliation to God. We are ambassadors of the Anointed One who carry the message of Christ to the world, as though God were tenderly pleading with them directly through our lips.
So we tenderly plead with you on Christ’s behalf, “Turn back to God and be reconciled to him.””
2 Corinthians 5:13-20 TPT
“Then Jesus exclaimed, “Father, thank you, for you are Lord, the Supreme Ruler over heaven and earth! And you have hidden the great revelation of your authority from those who are proud and think they are wise and unveiled it instead to little children.
Yes, Father, you’ve chosen this gracious plan to extend your kingdom. You have entrusted me with all that you are and all that you have.
No one fully and intimately knows the Son except the Father. And no one fully and intimately knows the Father except the Son.
But the Son is able to unveil the Father to anyone he chooses. “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.
Simply join your life with mine.
Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear.””
Matthew 11:25-30 TPT
The call of Jesus was not about doing better and changing yourself. The call was to follow Jesus. Jesus’ primary concern is not about changing you. Jesus wants far more for you than just change. He wants you to—“deny yourself…follow me” (Mark 8:34). This is personal to Jesus because He personally loves you and wants to awaken you to new life in Him!
There is a difference between changing and awakening. Change deals with what is external. It puts you in a new place, a new relationship, or creates a new look. But the change you need must be deeper to bring you what you really want.
The problems you deal with and the issues you fight against are far more than just external issues that need to be addressed. The change you want can’t be found in moving to a new place, getting back to a new normal, escaping to a new adventure, running to a new relationship, or stopping certain behaviors.
You need something more than self-help hype, religious moral teachings, or the latest YouTube video promising simple steps to a great life.
This is what makes the invitation to follow Jesus so incredible.
Jesus wants to give you a new way to live – a life lived with Him, following Him. Don’t skip over this incredible truth…Jesus wants you! Not the cleaned-up morally good version of you, but the you who is broken, who is hurting, who has done things that make you feel unworthy of His love. The you who is full of fear, regret, shame and feels trapped. He wants you to follow Him because He wants you.
As you follow Jesus, He changes you. It’s not a simple tweak. It’s not instantaneous. But when you keep taking steps to follow Jesus, you look back on your life and realize that He was changing you along the way.
Change is not just a matter of bending your will to do what Jesus calls you to do, but a total redefining of life altogether. The focus is not on doing something, but on following someone— Jesus Christ.
The change Jesus desires for us to experience is the eternal, abundant, and extraordinary life that can only be found in Him.
Change is always personal to Jesus because He is the source of change. In following Jesus, you are awakened to the life that you have been looking for all along. Why settle for change when Jesus wants to awaken you to an entirely different life as you follow Him?
Awaken Moment – Take time and pray something like this: Jesus, teach me to keep following You. You are my source of change. I believe that as I follow You, You will change me. I have victory over destructive behaviors that at times I just cannot seem to overcome. Joy that is not determined by the circumstances that I experience. Peace that can endure beyond the stress of my life. Hope that is so rock solid that nothing can crush it. Love that fulfills every need I have for security and acceptance. Power to overcome all things through the strength You give me.