The Holy Spirit Within: God’s Guarantee

When Jesus took our sin upon Himself, He freed us from sin’s consequence—separation from God. When we receive Christ, we are securely joined to Him through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. His Spirit residing within is our guarantee of all that God has promised.
        The death and resurrection of Christ as it relates to our own death and life in Him is a recurring theme in Scripture. Being united with Jesus in His death allows us to also share in the benefits of His resurrection. Understanding this principle is vital to our spiritual growth.
        At the very heart of this truth is the fact that freedom from the power of sin—our death to sin—is guaranteed by our freedom from law. Freedom is now the absolute reality of our life in Christ, because we are no longer bound by what Paul calls “the law of sin and death.”

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The Fast Pace of Life

My child, enjoy each season of your life. Don’t rush this day away just to get to the next. Slow down and take in the beauty that is before you. I do not want you to lose out on what I have for you today just because you are in a hurry. In the fast pace of life you miss out on the most amazing miracles.

Rivers in the desert

Behold the former things have come to pass. Now I declare new things. Before they spring forth I proclaim them to you. Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new. Now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 42:9, 43:18-19

Good Promises

My child, keep believing Me. The time is coming with you will see the fruition of My promises to you. Have faith and remain in Me. Not one of the good promises which I the Lord have made has failed. All come to pass. Joshua 21:45

Give it Up! You’re a Failure!

Satan wields a two-edged sword in the process of tempting us to abandon our faith. His argument goes something like this: “It only makes sense that God would expect you to perform for your salvation,” all the while criticizing us: “Give it up! You’re a failure! You’ll never be able to overcome that sin. Face it; you can’t please God unless you work at this thing a little harder!”
But why should this surprise us? Doesn’t the Bible clearly describe Satan as both the deceiver and the accuser of God’s people?
        We can’t earn our way into good standing with God! Through Christ, God made provision for our righteousness in spite of our sin. Doing good pleases God. Of Course it does! But it’s not what ultimately satisfies Him. Our relationship with God rests on one thing alone—being in Christ—enjoying righteousness anchored in God’s provision rather than in our own efforts.

As We Attempt to Rid our Life of Sin…

After being set free in Christ, it’s easy to become a bit confused as we set our minds to do right. As we attempt to rid our life of sin, we often turn to good works in the hope that they will somehow offset the sin demerits we sense accumulating against us. So it’s not hard to slip into the very thing true faith should avoid at all costs—works righteousness.
        This link between good works and sin is really important, because it’s here that Satan focuses his efforts to destroy us. It’s his primary strategy to rob us of all God has to offer. When the devil convinces Christians to earn their way instead of simply walking in God’s free gift of grace, he handcuffs us, cheating us out of God’s great prize—freedom in Christ. And if Satan can accomplish that, he may just be successful in getting us to walk away from the truth altogether.

God Hates Sin’s Destructive Power

Our freedom in Christ doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do everything we can to say no to sin. It would be foolish to let sin run rampant in our body while waiting for change to happen within our heart. Rather, these principles work hand in hand with each other. Only when we renounce sin in our flesh and then couple it with the pursuit of healing and change in our heart do we stand a chance of genuine transformation.
        God hates sin because of its destructive power in people’s lives. A fungus on a tree doesn’t simply live its life innocently on the bark. It feeds on the tree, invading it within, draining the life right out of it. This is precisely what sin does in people. Sin’s festering presence has the invasive power to bring about death, robbing God of the lives He holds so precious, and for which He has created such wonderful purpose.

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Fulfillment

My child, you will never feel fully satisfied or completely fulfilled here on earth. This is not your home. Your spirit longs to be with Me, but I have you here for a purpose. As long as you keep your eyes fixed on Me and your heart fully surrendered to Me, I will fulfill My desire through you. You can experience joy, peace and blessing and have a sense of accomplishment as I work through you, but do not expect total fulfillment or complete satisfaction. That is reserved for you  in heaven. Long for that day, but be productive in the mean time. I have a plan and it is good.