IAM All In

JAMES 4:8 NLT Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.
It’s easy to tell when someone is truly in love with someone else. Aside from the dorky smile and daydreamy look.

Their motive and heart is as clear as day.
The promise in the word today is this.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Willingly make a step towards God, and he will make many many steps to meet us.

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And not just willing, but take it up a couple more degrees.
Joyful participation?
And it’s not about your expression, or clapping your hands or raising one hands, or two hands.
It’s about the temperature of your heart and connection to the Creator.

Now we are getting somewhere.

And as we start to warm up to things, I believe God draws us in even further.

To the All-In level.
No longer a participant, you are lost in it.
It’s funny how in a sanctuary filled with 100s of people who are all focussed only on the one who gave us life…
We are unified in that place!
And I been there, and I long for that place of worship daily!

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I know that in the past when my heart was not engaged, Sunday worship at church might have been my only spiritual time of the whole week.  So honestly.. I was barely getting warmed up.

I am still learning to enjoy his presence, and more regular time with the Lord

I am thankful that God continues to meet me.

And my degree of engagement is just a bit more intense.
I used to think, I have to spend time with God, Monday – Saturday.

Well, imagine how your loved ones would feel if you did everything because you HAD to.
Big whoop is right!

But now as I am building a relationship with the Lord, and his word.

I see it as , I want to.  It’s my lifeline.
It keeps me connected and warm.

It’s my prayer to be all-in all the time.

To be unraveled and sold out.
Joy and crazy obedience will be a part of my being. It will be my indentity, as I continue to spend time with the Lord.

God has been drawing me in my whole life, But I was trying to run away from it.

Now as I make one step towards the Lord, He is running to meet me.

IAM All In.
IAM A Sold out worshippper
IAM running towards our Loving God, SPRINTING(in spirit!)
IAM Madly , Wildly and Pasionately in Love with Him.

I proclaim that truth today, and I ask God to make it so.

And as we proclaim the truth about IAM. It’s not selfish.

It’s reflecting back to God, the amazing love and life He puts inside of us.
Every day, every moment, every sun ray that shines on my face
Every vision of beauty
Every message from the Lord, that He sees me, and he loves me.

Then we are just all in it.
We are all about it
Our hearts are beating with one heartbeat.

Let’s make our identity as one ones who are sold out! All In!
When people think about you. They will say, yeah man.. he/she  they are consumed.
I wonder what they got…

Title: Hillsong – Forever Reign (Lyrics)
Owner: MattStone712

Forever Reign from Hillsong

You are good, You are good
When there’s nothing good in me
You are love, You are love
On display for all to see
You are light, You are light
When the darkness closes in
You are hope, You are hope
You have covered all my sin

You are peace, You are peace
When my fear is crippling
You are true, You are true
Even in my wandering
You are joy, You are joy
You’re the reason that I sing
You are life, You are life,
In You death has lost its sting

Oh, I’m running to Your arms,
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

You are more, You are more
Than my words will ever say
You are Lord, You are Lord
All creation will proclaim
You are here, You are here
In Your presence I’m made whole
You are God, You are God
Of all else I’m letting go

Oh, I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

My heart will sing
no other Name
Jesus, Jesus

Oh, I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign

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.

Acquitted

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 A New Chapter

2 Corinthians 3:2-3 The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you. 3Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.
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very person has a story. Everyone is a book unfinished. God is writing chapters in our lives everyday. At some point we all have the same moment when God writes his name on our hearts. A spiritual change happened when that page was written into the story of our lives, and our lives could never be the same afterwards. God writes a a love letter onto our hearts over and over again. The new chapters are taking place in your heart and spirit.

When people read books and letters, they serve their purpose. We are a testimony to others of what the Spirit of God can do in the lives of people. God has a purpose to show the rest of the world what happens with his special amazing people. Your unique story of transformation and redemption is a love story to be shared with others. The amazing circumstances of your transformation from death to life are a testimony to the world. God’s amazes the world with his love.

The purification and finishing process that you are going through right now is a letter that others will read about. Your story gives hope and inspiration. There are people dead in their lives that are hoping that God is real. There are people in spiritual, emotional, physical bondage that want to know if true love in God exists. You give hope to others that life can be an amazing love story. We live, dance, sing and love with passion as a response to the amazing love that we receive. And then that passion starts to pour into other people’s lives in all that you do.

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

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God starts a new chapter of life when someone chooses to enter in a relationship with God. The veil of doubts, lies and insecurities are taken away. Their love story begins in their hearts as well. They invite the spirit of God into their hearts to set them free from the ways of sin and death. Then they along with you reflect the Glory of God. As we reflect and shine the light of God into the world, we are more than just mirrors; we are being transformed to be more and more like God.

Friend: You are not some cheap circular that gets thrown in with the junk mail. You are not a minor footnote. You are an amazing best selling hit! Your story of love and freedom is a testimony that shines God’s glorious character so that others can have the same hope and life.

IAM a Love Story
IAM a Unique book that has never been written
IAM Transformed by the Spirit of God
IAM Set free to love God
IAM a New Chapter

Freedom
William Matthews, Christa Black Gifford,  Matthew Sparks

Verse 1:
You came to set the captives free
You came to bring us liberty
My sin and my rejection met
Your blood and my acceptance
Now I’m alive to bring You praise

Chorus:
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom
Every chain is broken through You, Jesus
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom

Whoa oh, oh, oh

Verse 2:
Your blood has covered every sin
Your grace empowers me to win
My pain and my oppression met
Your blood and my acceptance
Now I’m alive to bring You praise

Bridge:
I’m free I’m free, I’m free to dance and sing
I’m free, I’m free, I’m free to shout it out
I’m free, I’m free, I’m free to dance and sing
I’m free, I’m free, I’m free to worship You I’m gonna worship you

IAM a Do-er

JAMES 1:22-25 NLT But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

I hope that in your daily life, you are taking the time to read the word of God. I also hope that everyday, you are being inspired by the living word. The word of God speaks to us to encourage, comfort, challenge, inspire , correct and motivate us. That is what a healthy life in the word should be. The next step is almost as important: We must do what he word says.

I know that it happens to me on almost a daily basis. God speaks to me, now it is up to me to act. It’s very clear to me to be obedient to the direction and conviction from the Holy Spirit. One thing I have learned about being a do-er. I must act quickly, and just do it. The more I take time to rationalize or contemplate, the more time I waste. Then sometimes the conviction fizzles out. I lose opportunities to live out my calling.

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Ever look in the mirror and forget what your awesome face looks like? That’s how foolish it would be. Imagine yourself looking in the mirror and saying “I don’t know who you are anymore!” Maybe you have strayed away from your true identity.

Look carefully into God’s Word. Take some time in it. The word of God is our mirror of truth. We are checking into it to see if there are any blemishes and areas for improvement right? Each morning, gaze into the truth and ask God to speak to you. The word of God is the perfect law that sets you free. How do laws set you free? They give us the guidelines to live in freedom of our life calling. Laws can restrict our actions, but other laws can also give us more power. The law of Love is powerful and amazing. I know that if I truly love someone, unconditionally, their heart will change. There are no exceptions; it’s as powerful as gravity. As you take the time to meditate and study the word, more and more of God’s amazing laws will give you guidance on how to be amazing in your life calling.

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Friends, let’s be amazing people who read and love the word. Then let’s be powerful people who also carry it out. Let’s get the point where we are physically uncomfortable until we are obedient to it. Have fun in carrying it out. Expect great adventures as God leads into amazing opportunities. Let’s just make sure we do. If the plan of action that God inspires you with starts of as a bit crazy, then start to act. If your thoughts gravitate to the practical, rational and realistic, rebuke those feelings and just do it!

It’s time to live in freedom and passion in your God given calling!

IAM a Lover of God’s Word
IAM Inspired by God on a Daily Basis
IAM Set Free in the Law of God’s Love
IAM Aware of my Life Calling
IAM a Do-er of God’s Word.