Blanketed by God’s Righteousness

Paul says, “Consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” This truth has profound meaning for our life right here and now—not merely in the life hereafter. We all lack the ability to live this brand-new life by God’s standards. So Jesus joins us to Himself, blanketing us with His righteousness as He lives His life in us. He lives; you died; you share His life.
         In Christ Jesus we have died to sin and are now entirely free from its power. Sharing in Christ’s life is the cornerstone of our relationship with God. Yes, we share in His death, but it doesn’t end there. Being joined to Christ in His death allows us the unique privilege of sharing in His resurrection life. Just as Christ was raised from the dead, so we too are raised up from our old self into glorious new life in God.

From Free from the Power of Sin: the Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

Dread Champion

My child, I am with you in the storm. I calm the seas and give you peace. I hear the cry of your heart, and I have not forgotten My bride. You will be refined by the fire but not burned. You will come out of this without even the hint of the smell of smoke on your clothes. Keep believing. Keep praying. You will prevail and be victorious. I am your dread Champion.

“But the Lord is with me like a dread champion;
Therefore my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.
They will be utterly ashamed, because they have failed,
With an everlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten.” Jeremiah 20:11

Through God

“Oh give us help against the adversary, for deliverance by man is in vain. Through God we will do valiantly, and it is He who shall tread down our adversaries.” Psalm 108:12-13

Human Nature: Fertile Ground for Satan

Why would God place humanity into a world controlled by Satan? Without God people don’t have a chance! Demons have no trouble taking advantage of someone’s dead spirit, since people naturally lay themselves open to attack when devoid of the life of God within. Many passages in Scripture make it clear that demons are able to exert powerful influence over the heart, oppressing and sometimes even possessing people.
        But what about us? Even with God’s Spirit residing within, our ongoing struggle with the flesh is greatly impacted by Satan’s agenda. We shouldn’t be surprised, though. he never misses an opportunity to present sin as pleasurable—all the while concealing the bondage and misery it always brings. The devil has found fertile ground in mankind through the frailties of human nature. It has allowed him to develop powerful tools for manipulation in his pursuit of destroying us. Let’s face it, he’s had plenty of time to figure us out.

Amazing Grace can Breed Complacency

Standing in our rock-solid hope of God’s amazing grace carries with it the danger of breeding complacency: “Now that I’ve got my ticket to heaven, what more do I need?” Sadly, this is how many Christians view God and His purpose for their life. It’s a self-centered mind-set, since it boils down to little more than making a better life for ourselves here on earth, with the added bonus of a fabulous heavenly life later.
       Well, saved is wonderful, but our reconciliation with God encompasses a whole lot more than merely our initial regeneration. Rather, the primary reason for God doing all He has through Christ Jesus is to pave the way for godliness to become the standard of our life in Him. Salvation is merely the starting point. Through redemption, we are provided the framework of choice. And choice by faith is the very heart of our life—and growth in that life—as Christians.

The Joy of the Lord

The joy of the Lord is your strength today. Take time to focus on your blessings. While the world is in panic mode, you have My peace. You have the assurance of My promises. Set your mind and keep it set on Me. In the world you have tribulations, but take courage. I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Needing to Work for God’s Grace

A constant theme in Paul’s writings is freedom from law. But this truth isn’t easy to accept because we instinctively feel the need to work for God’s grace. So time and again we see Christians falling back into works in an attempt to ensure their standing with God.
        But doesn’t it seem a bit silly that, once being saved, we would willingly abandon our life of liberty? Think back to what your life was like when Jesus rescued you from your sin. In and of ourselves, could any of us have achieved righteousness in God’s eyes? Of course not!
        Each and every one of us had to rely totally on Jesus to clean up the mess we’d made of our lives. How, then, could we think that now we might somehow be capable of building relationship with God by our own efforts? Needless to say, it’s impossible in our own strength.

From Free from the Power of Sin: the Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

Your Identity

My child, the enemy takes great pleasure in attacking your identity. He wants to keep you bound and imprisoned in guilt and shame.  Jesus took your sins on the cross and when I look at you I see you through His blood. You are purified, made right and without sin. Know who you are and whose you are. Shake off every lie the devil tries to throw at you. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 

Anxious?

My child, why is your heart anxious? Do not fear. Don’t let all the cares of this world consume you. I have called you to Myself. Rest in the shelter of My wings. Find peace in the shadow of the Most High. As long as you remain in Me, you will have peace. Even in the most difficult times you will not be shaken. I am with you. I love you with an everlasting love.