and presented her to them alive…(Acts 9:41).
For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,…. (Romans 6:6)
There will come a day when every tear upon my eye will be wiped away. I will see my Lord in all of His glory and I SHALL THEN BE LIKE HIM. Wow, what an overwhelming thought. That I, Heather, the girl who struggles against all sorts of sins will one day be caught up with her Lord in the air and He will robe me in white. I will be purified by His love.
Until that day, I have one desire and calling as a Christian, to become more and more like Him. We will never grow in our newness in Christ unless we come to Him like a child, with innocence and humility.
When I was a teenager I had to go through a major swing change to improve my golf game, but once I got through the awkwardness of letting go of old habits, my game improved. The same goes for us, we must allow the Father to take our old patterns of behavior, the habits that are far from good and let Him remold and shape us into new and different people.
As I do this, my heart grows towards my Father. For this is what it means to seek His face, to simply, move towards Him, keeping my gaze fixed upon His great love for me. It is the joy of a father when a child runs into his arms for the very first time. This is the joy of God when we stop pursuing our temporal comforts to find a safe place in His embrace. When I die to my own sinful patterns and behaviors and run into the arms of my Heavenly Father His love dances over me as I am held by Him.
Letting go of old patterns and behaviors begins when we see that the LORD is truly a good, loving Father who delights in His children. When we see the best offer lies not in our comforts, but in His embrace, we are changed. Changed into people who have been set free. Changed into people whose hearts are at rest in their Father’s love.
Jesus, you love me. Today, I want to seek your face and move towards your grace for me. It is remarkable that you look at me, a sinner, and you love me. Your love for me is without limit. I do not have to fear for I am a new creation. You are my joy, strength, victory, and delight. Today Father I want to run into your arms and not my fears. I want to live in your embrace today, in Jesus name, Amen.
the LORD will receive me….(Psalm 27:10).
People and circumstances in life will sorely disappoint us. It is inevitable that we will be let down by friends, family, co-workers, and others who enter into our lives. Sadly, it is part of the human experience. Some of it stems from our own insecurities that play into our relationships, while other instances come from someone else’s brokenness.
I am learning that no human relationship can ever offer me what God can. A woman who finds all her worth in her children will one day be left devastated when they want little to do with her. The man who finds all his worth in his successes and the opinion of the people at his work will be left in disarray when he gets bypassed for the promotion.
In all of life, there is one place I can go where I know I will be received. It is into the arms of the Lord Jesus. It’s there, in my own brokenness that I can receive His unending love. It’s in His strength that I can lay my head, knowing that I don’t have to be defined by my disappointments in people or circumstances. In His arms, I come to a deeper revelation about life as I see the brokenness of people around me. In their brokenness, they do and say things that are unhealthy because they themselves have not gone into the arms of the Lord. It’s there, in His arms where our hearts are stilled and our lives made new.
I cannot, nor will I ever be a very good human being who cares for people if I do not let myself be received by the Lord. As I am received my heart is stilled and the opinions of people, the unfair circumstances all start to fade away, because of His love that dances over me. I still want justice, but I lay it in His hands because I know He is a good, loving Father who loves to redeem that which the enemy tried to use against me.
Lord, life will disappoint me, people, circumstances and everything in between, but you are trustworthy and good. I lay my head down today in your embrace, knowing that you still my heart. You are so good to me and I can trust you, in Jesus name, Amen.
God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ …(Luke 18:13).
Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”…. (Luke 17:37).
you will not let your holy one see decay…..(Acts 2:27).
Our lives with Jesus, even in their darkest moments are not meant for our destruction and decay, but for our blessing and bounty. God will never let us be abandoned to the grave where we must stay there and waste away. Truly, at times it feels as if He’s let go of us and fed us to the wolves, but I can assure you that the season you’re walking through is not for your undoing, but for making you new.
It’s there, in the grave that God’s love meets us, breathing new life into our souls for the purpose of calling us out of the grave as new people. Things like bitterness, anger, and resentment eat away at our faith, keeping us stuck in the grave. We will never experience God’s resurrection if our attitude does not join with His grace.
We were made to experience the fullness of God’s joy, found only in Jesus. As we live in the joy of the Lord, we experience freedom from the things that tried to destroy our faith. When we do pass physically from this earth our bodies will be made perfect upon the Lord’s return. Never will we be left alone. Truly, if we are willing to trust in God’s plan, we will always be experiencing His resurrection.
Abba, daddy, you are making me new. You will never leave me. Even in this life, when life seems unfair and I don’t understand what you’re taking me through, I have you. I have the joy of Jesus. I can trust that you are working all things for your good. You are so faithful and I love you, in Jesus name, Amen.