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Spirit Power

 

 A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

Romans 8:2

 It's a New Year, many of us are ready to step into something different. It's time to stretch and grow in new directions. Reach up, reach out, for the Power of God is surrounding you. He has given you His authority to be free! 

What do you really want to do this year? How will you shine? His Power is within you, how will you let Him reveal it to others? His mercy is your Power, His grace is your power, His love is your power. 

His Spirit is fire within you!

His Spirit is working within me and giving me clarity everyday. He is my voice. The calling that I have known for a very long time is becoming clearer to me. Spiritual muscles are stronger, and roots are deeper. His mercy flows over me like a flood of warmth, and I know He loves me.

Prayer

And he said, "Please, show me Your glory." Then He said, " I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion."

Exodus 33: 18-19

Prayer is a place of intimate favor and blessing with Jesus. It is a time to rest, laugh, converse, and find peace in His heart.  It is a time of assurance that the enemy is not in control, but surely the Saints have all authority in Christ Jesus! He gives us His goodness and His glory so we can rise up and be a light in the darkness, salt to the earth, and a beacon on a hill. 

Prayer has been an intimate connection to God for me. It has brought me through stormy days, and sailed me through long sleepless nights. With prayer, I have answers. The Holy Spirit speaks to my heart, and I have learned to discern His voice. Yet, still there are times I do not always know. I'll question if it's Him or me. That is when I am required to step out in faith. He will pass before me and show me His goodness and be gracious to me and show me compassion. He loves it when I step out, rise up, and move towards Him.  

God is good, His favor is upon us, and He is seeking a deep intimate relationship with His people. He seeks to show us His glory. Talk to Him today!

His Love

 If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That's to prevent anyone from confusing God's incomparable power with us.

2 Corinthians 4:7

 

Whatever we speak to in the people around us, that is the very thing that will rise up and grow into something magnificent. If you speak to nobility, then they will rise up to be noble. If you speak to their holy nature, then holiness come through by Jesus being revealed. If we speak to the power of God in them, then they will be powerful! This is what He does for me. My Heavenly Father speaks beauty over my ashes. He covers my sins in grace. He brings my dead bones to life and lifts me up on wings of eagles. He sits me on a heavenly throne and crowns me with a golden crown. He wraps me in a robe of righteousness! He sees me with a pure, clean heart, because He loves me with a love that is never ending.

We carry this amazing love inside of our hearts, this precious Message. It is power. And, with that power, we can change the world. Ordinary lives with incomparable power. I've experienced love like this, first from God and then from Him loving me through His people. It is a power that wins against all odds. 

Be open to His love today, and share it's brightness.

 

His Glory

 

Comfort, comfort my people,”
says your God. 
“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.
Tell her that her sad days are gone
and her sins are pardoned.
Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over
for all her sins.” 
 Listen! It's the voice of someone shouting,
“Clear the way through the wilderness
for the Lord!
Make a straight highway through the wasteland
for our God! 
 Fill in the valleys,
and level the mountains and hills.
Straighten the curves,
and smooth out the rough places. 
 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
The Lord has spoken!”

Isaiah 40:1-5

This verse reminds me of the comfort of inviting Jesus into dark places of our lives. When we say Yes to Him, then the wilderness in our hearts begin to clear a way for Him. The wasteland that was set before us is now a straight highway to Him because He is shining light in desolate corners. 
The areas of life that have been so unknown are surrendered to Him, and His glory is revealed in miraculous ways. Peace shines through. Everyone sees Him shining through you! His glory is revealed, as He speaks through you. Beauty is revealed!

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