Freedom

True Freedom Is When We Trust In Him

Freedom

Freedom

“When we trust in Him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go.” Ephesians 3:13 (The Message)

I keep reading bibles verses that apply to my life and to my glorious group that is reading “Anything” by Jennie Allen. {It’s still not too late to join, check out my posts here and here.}

I pray that each of us is hearing God’s voice deep within our hearts and souls as we work on surrendering our lives to Him. For in Him, we have great freedom!

blessings,

Hope

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Rose Garden

We’re Saved By Faith

Rose Garden

God’s Beauty

Last week I wrote about the difference between faith in Jesus and doing good works to get us in right relationship with God. And according to Galatians 3, it’s not about the rules but about giving our hearts to Jesus. In other words, it’s about faith.

Well, this message has really been marinating and brewing in my life. I’m seeing signs and receiving messages all the time about its truth.

First, I was reviewing last week’s sermon from the church that I have been attending, Reality SF. The church has been doing an awesome series on Discovering God. Basically, we are learning about God’s attributes. This week’s sermon is about God is mercy and grace. The pastor showed us that God’s grace and mercy is in the Old Testament, Exodus 34:6-7 and in the New Testament in Ephesians 2:8.

God has always been both merciful and full of grace as well as being the very things themselves. (Hope you catch the difference)

“And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin by no means cleraing the guilty, visting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.'” Exodus 34:6-7 (NKJV)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8 (ESV)

Amazing! So the same message given in Galatians is also given in Ephesians and Exodus. It is by faith not our works that we are saved. It is by God’s grace. 

So I think the next ah-ha moment came when reading the rest of chapter 3 of Galatians. In verses 3:21-22, The Message translation, states that

“If such is the case, is the law, then, an anti-promise, a negation of God’s will for us? Not at all, it’s purpose was to make obvious to everyone that we are, in ourselves, out of right relationship with God, and therefore to show us the futility of devising some religious system for getting by our own efforts what we can only get by waiting in faith for God to complete his promise. For if any kind of rule-keeping had power to create life in us, we would certainly have gotten it by this time.” Galatians 3:21-22 (MSG)

Wow! If rules were the key to our salvation, then we would have already been saved. And there would have been no need for Jesus to come and die on the cross for us. Religious systems are not enough!

We were given the rules, the Mosaic law, because we were not mature enough to respond freely in faith to the living God (see Galatians 3:23 (MSG)).

However, now we have to grow up and choose Him and have faith in him!

I’m personally so thankful that I don’t have to rely on religion or rules to be saved. For this very fact, I give thanks to Jesus!

Still pondering this wondrous grace,
Hope

P.S. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

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stitched up heart

God, Please Be My Shield

stitched up heart

stitched up heart

“If you have been a fool by being proud or plotting evil, cover your mouth in shame. As the beating of cream yields butter and striking the nose causes bleeding, so stirring up anger causes quarrels.” Proverbs 30:32-33 (NLT). 

The Amplified Bible further expands on verse 32 by stating, “If you have done foolishly in exalting yourself, or if you have thought evil, lay your hand upon your mouth.” 

As I am following the SheReadsTruth group with reading Proverbs, this verse really speaks to me.

I realized yesterday that I’m keeping score in my relationships. Instead of being appreciative for what others do, I’m comparing what I do for them to what they do for me. I want things to be “equal.” I want to be treated fairly. And I used to not think this way or be this way. In fact, I’ve been told time and time again, that I’m too giving and self-sacrificing…

I think… No, I know why and how I’ve become this person. I’ve been hurt — betrayed — abandoned — taken advantage of — manipulated — and not considered, especially emotionally.

I’m protecting myself from being hurt, used, or even abused, again.

And as much as all of this makes sense to my human mind, I realize that it is not the way to live. In essence, I’ve closed off my heart. Or where there was an opening, a vulnerability, there is now a little scar.

And over time, I’m sure that I’ve amassed several scars. That’s why the picture of the stitched up heart really struck me. I’m sure my heart really looks like this one – a bit beaten up.

I don’t think you can go through life, if you are really living and loving, without getting any scars or places that you need to protect. Places that we may think need shielding.

So, then I read back over Proverbs 30 and saw this verse.

“Every word of God is pure, He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.” (NKJV)

Yeah, that’s right. I’m shielding my own heart. Taking score. Remembering past hurts so that people don’t hurt me again.

I’m supposed to let God shield me … be my shield. Protect my heart, my life, and my soul.

Once again I am reminded of the power of God and this relationship that I am building with Him. I’m reminded of my sin, my errors, and my human frailty. And frankly, I’m reminded of how much I need God.

Last night in my church’s community group, we discussed the power of confessing.

“Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart].” James 5:16 (AMP)

So I am confessing this fault of mine to all that read my blog. Please pray for me. Please pray that my heart can be spiritually healed and restored. [It feels so strange asking, but I know I need to ask and pray anyway.] Please pray that I am able to build a new community where I live in spite of my shortcomings. God knows that I feel alone because I moved and had to leave behind my community.

Hopefully, some of you will share your struggles at this time so I can pray for you too.

Wishing you hope, joy, and peace in God,

Hope

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Linking up with my favorite online communities: Ann at The Holy Experience, Unwrapping His Promises (at Scribing the Journey), and Getting Down With Jesus!

Mom and baby me

A special happy birthday and lots of thankfulness

Mom and baby me

Mom and baby me

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. Psalm 9:1 (ESV)

Yesterday was a BIG day.

Two of my absolute favorite souls had a birthday yesterday.

My mother! And my doggie!

Each day God urges us to give thanks. It was so easy yesterday!

Well my thanksgiving is simple. I give thanks for the two bright spirits in my life.

Honor your father and mother. Matthew 19:19 (NLT). 

My mother has always been more like a best friend. A confidante. I can tell her anything. She has always stood by me and supported me with her whole soul.

She never stops believing in me and affirming my dreams – big and small.

And although the relationship is not perfect – no relationships are – it is a blessing. I am so thankful for her.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 (ESV)

Mom and Marley

Mom and Marley – Birthday Buddies

And my sweet little dog, Marley, has given unconditional love that only a dog can do.

His little face lights up every time I come home. And he follows me throughout the house. He is my little shadow.

My life would be so empty without his spirit.

Our animal companions are truly a blessing.

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise. Psalm 138:1 (ESV)

I encourage you to take a moment out of the day to be thankful for the special souls God has put in our lives.

Wishing you hope, joy, and peace,

-Hope

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