IAM Resolute

Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

The definition of Resolute: admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering. Whether we are in a sprint or in a long distance run… any extra weight is not good.  Extra mental burdens that cloud our thinking or totally preoccupy our brain time.

And even if our setup is perfect, and we are ready, one loose shoelace could easy knock us to the ground.  Let’s do a pre race checkup and make sure we don’t have any loose ends that could potentially trip us up

The word calls this life a race and that imagery is good.  Because every race has a couple things

1. A planned course that we can follow.  That plan God has placed before you.  Life this life is a crazy scavenger hunt with a moving target and no ending.
2. Races have a champion:  Jesus is our champion. He lived this life, the same way as us.  He had  mom, dad, brothers, sisters, went to school.  Dealt with drama, people trying to accuse him of things he didn’t do, people gossiping about him.   And he was perfect in his life as the model for us.
3. At the end of every race, there is celebration party!  Our celebration awaits us in heaven with the other champions who have run before us. Living faithfully for God.

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Jesus kept on running the race because of the joy that was awaiting him.  He went through the painful parts and shame for us.  Because he knew the outcome. And like a world record holder that will never be wiped from the books: Jesus will always be remembered

Right now, I can say, things aren’t perfect, and the path can seem cloudy. But close your eyes and imagine what it’s going to be like in heaven!

This is my favorite part of  the hymn Amazing Grace:

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

10,000 years of worshiping and enjoying heaven is going to be like the first day we got there!

Friend, fellow runner, faithful warrior:  It may be a little tough right now, but there’s a beautiful end goal!
And I don’t want to be there alone, I hope we can usher in as many across that finish line as possible.
Until my legs give out
Until the wheels fall off the cart
Until I wear our my knees in battle.
Let’s keep on running with resolution for the final goal!

IAM a witness to the life of faith.
IAM called to testify about the life of faith through Christ Jesus
And I must carry out that calling with resolution and endurance

IAM Faithfully Secure

PSALMS 36:5 NLT Your unfailing love, O  lord , is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.

PSALMS 100:5 NLT For the lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

God loves you with an unfailing love.

The description of that unfailing love: As vast as the heavens.
God’s faithfulness is a reflection of that Love, goes beyond the clouds!

That same unfailing love continues forever.

Forever! Without conditions of our obedient.

God’s faithfulness continues to each generation!

To your children, their children, and their children’s children!

That’s how much God loves us.

And that Love resides in of us.

I can honestly say, right now, in my sinful state,  fail to love like God loves.

But, I am improving on a daily basis.
And as I spend time reflecting, receiving and learning about God’s love.
I continue to grow more and more like Him.

The depth and height of God’s love is so vast, we are never out of the reach of it.
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Believe me! I’ve tried to run away from it

I’ve tried to avoid it
I’ve tried to sleep my way through it.
But somehow, God’s love was there.

God wants you, and He wants you to be in love with him too.
Be encouraged and develop a true identity in who we are, and how much God loves us.
Let that confidence in that Love and Faithfulness be the strength that helps us become amazing vessels that God works through.
Be faithful, as God is faithful

Love as God has loved us

HEBREWS 12:28-29 NLT Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire.

God’s kingdom is built on the same foundation of His Love and faithfulness.

And how does Hebrews ask for us to respond?
Be Thankful! Worshipping Him with Holy Fear and Awe!

Let’s get consumed in God’s Holy Fire.

That fire brings purity, strength, light to this world.

IAM the Beloved
IAM Faithfully secure
IAM always within his grasp
IAM consumed in His Holy Fire

Title: Your Love Oh Lord (Psalm 36) – Third Day – Worship Video w. Lyrics

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“Your Love Oh Lord (Psalm 36)”

Your love, oh Lord
Reaches to the heavens
Your faithfulness stretches to the sky
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains
Your justice flows like the ocean’s tide
I will lift my voice
To worship You, my King
I will find my strength
In the shadow of your wings

IAM Rooted in Love

Ephesians 3:16-19 NLT I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Let the roots of your heart and life grow deep into God’s love. Transformation starts at the instant we choose to believe. The real growth happens on a daily basis. Ask God to reveal more of his love to you. Ask God to give you love for the difficult people in your life. Ask Jesus to make a home inside of your heart. A visitor stops over for maybe an hour or so, then leave. I need more than a visit from Jesus. I need Jesus to setup permanent residence in my heart and mind!

Can you trust in God’s perfect love? God’s love solves every problem, argument, pain, bondage and addiction. Every other love can’t compare to God’s love. When Jesus lives inside of you, there won’t be room for everything else unworthy.

God’s love makes us stable and strong. Make your home in God’s love. God’s love does not end. It takes serious mental power to even understand its size, depth and length! It’s my prayer for you that you experience God’s love. Experiencing love brings us to a depth of understanding. Reading or hearing about it does not compare to first hand experiencing the wonderful amazing love of our God.

Your new life started as an infant little sapling planted in good soil.

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Imagine yourself as a majestic sequoia tree.

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Your power and depth of roots allow you to withstand any storm or trial that life can throw at you. Imagine your life complete, then know that even in that moment your roots are still growing deeper into God’s love. Imagine your life in the place where you aren’t concerned with God’s love. Imagine all your energy spent on learning more love and experiencing more of it? God wants that life for you. It’s my prayer for you as well!

IAM Rooted in Love
IAM a home for Christ
IAM Empowered by Love
IAM Constantly Growing in Love
IAM Strong to withstand any storm

How High, How Wide, How Deep!  Celebrate it!

Matt Redman “The Cross Has Said It All”
The cross has said it all,
The cross has said it all.
I can’t deny what You have shown,
The cross speaks of a God of love;
There displayed for all to see,
Jesus Christ, our only hope,
A message of the Father’s heart:
“Come, my children, come on home.”–
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High as the heav’ns are above the earth,
So high is the measure of Your great love;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far have You taken our sins from us

The cross has said it all,
The cross has said it all.
I never recognized Your touch
Until I met You at the cross.
We are fallen, dust to dust;
How could You do this for us?
Son of God she’d precious blood;
Who can comprehend this love?

How high, how wide, how deep
How high, how wide, how deep,
How high!

IAM Right with God

ROMANS 3:27-28 NLT Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.

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God clears all the charges against us! God pardons us from the death sentence that awaited all man. We can’t earn it. We must fall at God’s feet and believe in his Son. No amount of work, effort, willpower and careful practice can save you. Your relationship with God doesn’t need you to get right everyday. I don’t have to wake up everyday and double check “God, you still love me right?”

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Start off the day, with the proper perspective about our righteousness. Have faith in God for your life and justification. Proper perspective sets you free from the lies of the world.
Submitting to God in faith sets you free. Your faith makes you right with God. That’s it. One time!

The disease of religiousness wants you to try and justify yourself in all your actions. Let’s stop using our energy to earn and justify ourselves, and start living by faith. Throw religion out the window, and live in love with God. We have access to a relationship with the creator. Clear your mind of any insecurity about the status of the relationship! Enjoy the love relationship for what it is.

It might not feel natural in the beginning. Ask yourself: “Am I acting out of love for God?” or “Am I acting out of obligation to what I think I should do?” Always choose the first choice. There’s power in love! There’s bondage and death in obligation. You’re no longer a prisoner! It’s time to live as a free man!

IAM Right with God
IAM saved by God through faith in Him!
IAM in a 100% secure love relationship with the Creator

IAM Powerful

EPHESIANS 1:19-20 NLT I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

The greatest power in the world is to raise someone from the dead. It’s scientifically impossible in the rational world, but totally possible for our God. The ability to live forever and prevent aging is an eternal quest that companies are investing billions of dollars everyday. All of those companies are looking in the wrong place.

Today’s prayer for you: To understand the incredible greatness of God’s power that is inside of us when we believe in God. God is the beginning and the end when it comes to possibilities. The same mighty power that brought Jesus back from the dead, is available and inside of us. And only one thing matters. Do you believe?

When I think about certain friends and business associates, some of them are my “I Have a guy” guys. They knew everyone important, they have all the worldly knowledge in their heads and they know someone who is politically powerful enough to help out in situations of need. God, is our “I have a really connected all powerful Guy”. Not some cosmic vending machine we go to for our selfish desires, but the all powerful creator and father.

When we go to God in prayer and ask him to help change the hearts of men or heal the sick, we are going to him first because we know he is the only one powerful enough to do it. God is the source of all of any power we live in.

Friend: I want to encourage you to take some time to meditate on the incredible greatness of our God. Think about the fact that with the spoken word God created the heavens and the earth. Just let your mind wash over the amazing things that hang in the balance everyday. Every time that I get into any prayer time, I spend the first part of my prayer time just thinking about God’s greatness. I get my heart in the right place to make sure, that I know who I am having a conversation with. Then I have supreme faith that nothing is impossible for God.

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Massage the truth into your being today:
IAM Confident
IAM a Believer
IAM Connected to the Creator
IAM in Real Conversations with God
IAM Powerful in an Incredible Way