Oneness & Unity 11/20/2020

““And I ask not only for these disciples, but also for all those who will one day believe in me through their message. I pray for them all to be joined together as one even as you and I, Father, are joined together as one. 

I pray for them to become one with us so that the world will recognize that you sent me. For the very glory you have given to me I have given them so that they will be joined together as one and experience the same unity that we enjoy. 

You live fully in me and now I live fully in them so that they will experience perfect unity, and the world will be convinced that you have sent me, for they will see that you love each one of them with the same passionate love that you have for me.”

‭‭John‬ ‭17:20-23‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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Spiritual Maturity. 11/18/2020

“Some periods of life are not easy. They call for deep inner work and emotional heavy lifting. This might mean you have to accept what feels unacceptable, or forgive what feels like the unforgivable. 

It might mean taking a painful look at yourself, or being open to change in areas where you can’t imagine yourself changing. Spiritual comfort doesn’t derive from simply throwing a little white light around an issue. It’s not like you grasp a spiritual principle or two and voilà, your pain is gone. 

Rather, you start learning and applying the principles and voilà, you’re on your way.

Spiritual work is not an easy way to cope, like something we grab on to as a substitute for serious psychological remedy. It is a walk through what can be a very deep, dark psychic jungle, knowing that monsters lurk among the trees but with the hero’s dedication to conquering them. 

Spirituality isn’t the purview of the weak; it’s the purview of the brave.

The spiritual journey dredges up the mud of our subconscious fears, yet it does so in order to remove them. In the words of Carl Jung, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” 

Fear and negativity that remain hidden in the darkness of our unconsciousness have the power to hurt us; when brought to the light of conscious awareness, they can then be surrendered to God and miraculously transformed.”

Excerpt From

Tears to Triumph

Marianne Williamson

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God’s Answer 11/17/2020

“Each of us is responsible for what we choose to think. If I identify only with my body, then I’m identifying with my weakness and will interpret the world in a way that fortifies my sense of weakness; but if I identify with the Christ, I am identifying with my strength and will interpret the world in a way that fortifies my sense of strength. 

Whether my crucifixion is in the area of health, relationships, money and career, or anything else does not matter. The crucifixion takes many different forms but the resurrection is formless. There is only one real problem and one real answer. God’s Answer is the same no matter the particularity of the problem. 

In any situation, as I remove my barriers to love I invoke the miraculous power of God to transform it. 

Crucifixion is the energy pattern by which the ego seeks to ruin our lives. Resurrection is the return to love and thus the overriding of ego.

That is why love is always the answer. It doesn’t necessarily feel that in any situation the question “Who do I need to forgive?” is relevant to the exercise of my power and the return of deep sanity. 

But it is. Only when I am in a state of pure love am I in my power, for only that is the power of God. And from that, all miracles follow.”

Excerpt From

Tears to Triumph

Marianne Williamson

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Living Alive in Christ 11/16/2020

“When we place our trust in Jesus as our Savior, He gives us the power to fully live in all that God desires for us. This is why when Jesus talks about following Him, He points out some defining characteristics of living alive in Him. 

But now we need a little warning. If we’re not careful, following Christ becomes about trying to impress Christ or earn something from God.  

It’s easy to start focusing on what we do for Jesus rather than all that Jesus has done for us. The problem is we try to follow Christ for the wrong “reasons and are fueled by the wrong motivation. We aim at living better for Christ instead of living alive in Christ.

Living alive in Christ is not about doing something for Jesus. Living alive is all about living in the love and power of everything Jesus has already done for us. 

Many people get this mixed up and this is what saps the very life out of following Christ. Living alive is not trying harder. It’s not about being better or even knowing more.

Living alive is living everyday focusing on all that Christ has done for us to give us life. 

As we focus on all that Christ has accomplished for us it creates a desire in us to live alive in Christ. Seeing Christ’s greatness and love for us, transforms us. It is not religious fear or moral guilt that changes us. 

Christ transforms us. As we stand in awe of who Christ is and what He has done for us, we come alive to passionately follow Jesus Christ.

Living with passion is not a feeling or mere emotion. It’s a belief in something so valuable, so worthy that it drives us to action. Passion is what motivates us to sacrifice everything of value, to have what we value above everything else.

Jesus wants our passion, not our morality or effort. He wants us to follow Him out of desire to be with Him, not out of fear or guilt. He desires that we pursue Him because He is more valuable than anything else. When we follow Christ out of passion, then everything is transformed. Passion is the only way to live alive.

Why do you follow Christ? Are you trying to live better for Christ instead of living alive to all that Christ has achieved for you? Pray that God reveals His greatness to you so that you see the value of Christ above all other things. You will never really pursue Christ unless you are passionate about Christ.”

Excerpt From

40 Days 2019 • Live Alive

the Journey

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SERVICING GOD. 11/14/2020

“Christ served us willingly: Jesus said His life was not taken from Him, but He laid it down on His own accord (John 10:18). Jesus willingly died to serve us. We may not be asked to die for our faith, but Jesus does expect us to die daily to our self-interests for the sake of others (Luke 9:23).

Christ served us sacrificially: Jesus did not merely love us with words, but with His life. Serving us cost Jesus everything. When we follow the example of Christ we present our “bodies as a living sacrifice” out of love for Christ (Romans 12:1). 

We may be asked to give up our dreams, our expectations, our reputations, our money, our resources, or our time—whatever God asks of us in order to enrich others. Serving each other is the central aspect of what is a “good and acceptable and perfect” gift to God (Romans 12:2).

Christ served us consistently: Jesus was consistent in His love for us. He never wavered from His purpose to pursue us and die for us. We are to consistently pour ourselves out for each other in acts of love, doing for others what they cannot do for themselves. We’re to do this “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,” just as Jesus loved us (Ephesians 4:2).

When we live like Paul and follow the example of Christ we make a difference. God’s plan is for us to partner with Him and partner with each other in order to fulfill His purposes. It’s only when we start to live for God’s greater purposes in life that we can start to really live.”

Excerpt From

40 Days 2019 • Live Alive

the Journey

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CHOOSE LOVE 11/13/2020

“I take responsibility for the power of my mind today.

The power of God is within us. We can misuse this power, but we cannot obliterate it. Whether our hearts are open or our hearts are closed, with each thought we express the creative power of the mind. Whether to heal or harm, we attest to the power within us. May all my power be used for good today.

With every thought, I manifest form on some level. With every thought, I bring forth either love or fear. May I be ever conscious of my power today, in how I think and how I behave.

Dear God,

May Your spirit overshadow my mind today

And purify each thought of the ravages of fear.

May the thinking of the world not tempt me away

From the thought of love that is who You are.

Amen.”

Excerpt From

A Year of Miracle

Marianne Williamson

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GRACE OF JOY. 11/12/2020

PRAYER

“I SPENT MUCH OF THE DAY ALONE, Lord, in quiet, reflecting upon this and that. And then in that moment of quietude, of deep prayer, I erupted with joy. 

This wasn’t ordinary joy—this was the grace of joy. I felt joyous for no particular reason. Not because something happened or because I had just received good news. The grace of joy felt as if I had suddenly been sprayed with the most delicate, tranquilizing, uplifting fragrance that had the power to make my body feel weightless. 

It was utterly blissful. I did not want the sensation to end. I wanted to send this fragrance to everyone. And then it occurred to me in the midst of this gift of grace that I had never, ever instructed a person to pray for the grace of joy. Not once. 

It never occurred to me to pray for joy or to even think about such a prayer. But in the midst of that wonder, and now as I dwell in the reality of that grace, I realize, What was I thinking? 

Why would we not pray for Joy, especially when we are in despair or going through difficulties? Maybe other people like me have never thought of praying for the grace of joy. But if ever a grace was needed, Lord, it is joy.”

Excerpt From

Intimate Conversations with the Divine

Caroline Myss

“The grace of Joy blends with hope. It reminds you that you will make it through even the darkest passage, that life always renews itself. You may think you won’t make it through. You may not even want to survive at first. But after a while, something will happen, usually something small. And it will bring Joy to your heart, if only for a second. Yet, it signals that the grace of Joy is once again active in your life.”

Excerpt From

Intimate Conversations with the Divine

Caroline Myss

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ALL HE WANTS IS YOU 11/11/2020

“The beauty of God is that He doesn’t hold us to different standards and different levels. He doesn’t love us based on what we do. Faith is what separates one group of people from the next. It is not our earthly success or what family you were born into. It doesn’t matter if we cruised through school or struggled our entire life to keep up with the people around us.

Faith in Jesus is the game changer. Faith in Jesus evens the playing field. When we follow Jesus, we become a child of the one true living God.

Just think about the implications of Paul saying to an ancient society, “It doesn’t matter what family you were born into. It doesn’t matter if you grew up with Jewish traditions, other religious traditions or no religious background at all. There is even no distinction between a slave or a free man within the house of God!

Everything has changed. Old has been made new. God has saved people and all are now one in Him through faith.“

This is the beauty of who God is. There are no class systems in His house. There are only those in Jesus and those who are lost. We either have faith and access to God or we are faithless and have never tasted the sweetness of grace. It is the beauty of the Gospel, yet our flesh fights the thought of it. Our sinful nature is angered by this because of the work we put in and everything we wish we could do.

It’s time to release that. Your desire to earn your way or perform your way into the blessings of God is not needed. All He wants is you.

Do not be deceived by your success or lack thereof. Submit yourself to God and He will provide everything you need without you wrecking your life in the process.

Prayer Time – Lord, as difficult as life can be, I recognize that you are still greater. Life might throw the most unfair circumstances my way, but I don’t need the playing field to be even in life because the playing field is even in your house.

You do not look upon your children differently. You love them equally no matter their success or social class. There is no need to compare myself because in Jesus we are all made to become more and more like Jesus.

I thank you that I don’t have to work my way up the ladder to be in your good graces, but instead it is your good pleasure to show me grace and mercy. To call me a child in your house is the greatest thing I could ever ask for. Continue to help me fight comparison to others and instead help me rely on change, blessing and success that can only come from you. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Excerpt From
40 Days 2020 • Made For More
the Journey


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