“Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heaves, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.”
Daniel 12:3 NIV
On more than one occasion I have posed the question to God: “What is happening in our country right now?” I heard a pastor from California talking yesterday about the value of our beliefs, the extreme importance of supporting our country, the great need for calm throughout our land. I agree.
I remember as a child and even as an adult standing with my hand over my heart and saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS ONE NATION UNDER GOD INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.”
"So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice to condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One."
I love the image of Jesus in the heavenly courts when the enemy of my soul brings a case before him. The enemy is passionately accusing me of my many faults, he drags the case on as if he must say at least one more thing to fully convince the Holy One. Then, Jesus grabs his gavel and loudly hits the desk in front of him, his voice rings throughout the court as he pronounces: “Case closed!” The enemy shirks away defeated before there was even a chance to protest.
When the voice of condemnation races through your mind; it is a sure thing that the enemy is saying way too much. Remind yourself that your case is closed; it is GONE because of the blood of Jesus. Nothing could be more definite!
The law of the Spirit of life has liberated us from sin and death. Jesus was the sin offering so that sin could once and for all be conquered. Yes!
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here and there, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Let your faith grow that you’ll be able to overcome any mountain you’re facing right now. Difficulties and failures can easily lead us into hopelessness. However, faith is the key to turn things around. Here’s how to grow your faith and change the course of your life for the better.
It’s easy to lose hope when we’re faced with overwhelming trials. This is where the faith becomes very important. Jesus said in Matthew 17:20, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here and there, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Are you facing a difficult situation right? Does it feel insurmountable for your own capacity? This is where your faith in God will be put to the test. Unfortunately, most people fail to see the bigger picture. That’s because when we’re faced with difficulties, we try to solve everything on our own.
This is called “PRIDE.” Often, when our strength and resources are drained, that’s when we kneel down and call out to God. And this is the right thing to do. There are times when we need to take a step back and let God enter into our situation to change it.
"Death once held us in its grip, and by the blunder of one man, death reigned as king over humanity. But now, how much more are we held in the grip of grace and continue reigning as kings in life, enjoying our regal freedom through the gift of perfect righteousness in the one and only Jesus, the Messiah!"
Romans 5:17 (TPT
The Book of Romans has me completely enthralled—again! Each time I read this book, I am left in awe and amazement. And, each time I learn something new and exciting. Do you know of any other book such as this?
In chapter five, Paul really wants us to understand that the magnitude of the gift far outweighs the crime! How many times have you been caught up in guilt, shame, condemnation, hopelessness, depression, etc all because you did something you shouldn’t have done? Let me be the first to raise my hand!
I’m a sucker for a fresh start in life and anything related to it or that makes me think of it. Reminders of new beginnings and fresh starts - opportunities for do-overs.
“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” A new order has come. This would include our old identity, our life of sin, the power of Satan, the religious works of trying to please God, our old relationship with the world, and our old mindsets. We are not reformed or simply refurbished, we are made completely new by our union with Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.”
2 Cor 15:17 (AMPC)
"Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me."
Matthew 11:29 TPT
It may seem like we've been pretty silent for a bit, yet there's really quite a bit going on over here. Like most of you, and most of the world, we've been finding a new normal so to speak these days. So many people are experiencing difficult seasons, but it's also been a time to begin anew. Have you been able to see it, sense it? What has the Lord been speaking to your heart during this season?
“My soul dissolves because of grief; renew and strengthen me according to [the promises] of your word.”
Psalms 119:28 AMP
It’s the end of March right now, and the Corona virus is running rampant throughout our country and world. When I look out our window the sun is shining, melting the patches of snow that remain in our front yard. Everything looks pretty normal except for the eerie hush that surrounds our neighborhood. Most of our neighbors are hunkered down inside their homes. Events in our town have all been cancelled. Restaurants are closed. There’s a sense of curiosity, dread, wonderment, fear, peace, hope, all mixed up in the air. Nobody really knows what will happen next, except God.
I know that God knows and for me that brings a sense of peace and hope. Still, it also brings questions. What is going to happen? What is my part and God’s part? How can I keep my family safe? I’ve asked myself all these questions. God does whisper back to me in His familiar comforting voice, “I am your safety, peace, hope, and comfort. I will give you wisdom. I will renew all that is lost, and there will be great celebration!”
“For my thoughts about mercy are not like your thoughts, and my ways are different from yours. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so my ways and my thoughts are higher than yours."
Isaiah 55:8-9 TPT
As a creative, there are lots of areas fear and doubt can creep in: ability, finances, competition, market, etc. However, all of those things listed here, are already taken care of by our Heavenly Father. When we listen to that voice of doubt, or come in agreement with those looming thoughts that creep in we are actually in agreement with the enemy, and not the Lord.
Your ability and mine are gifts from the Lord. They can be developed and practiced, but once we turn our gaze on ourselves and take them off of our source, Jesus, we are then trying to work at what the Lord has already promised to do for us - take care of us. It's hard work trying to do something that the Lord intends to do and help us with. It's called striving. I believe it's not a "head" condition but a "heart" condition. It's not just what you think with your thoughts, it's what you believe. When we truly believe God is our provision we won't consider our own efforts to be the final outcome.
God has given us these beautiful gifts to reach others with the love of Christ even in markets, or areas that may not be focused on Him. The love of the Lord and the Light of the world shine brightly through YOU! When we start to doubt what God has given , rather than trusting that what God gave is enough we are opposing Him, and have stepped off track.
You may have heard the scripture that states "
“Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they?"
Matthew 6:26 TPT
Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.
1 Corinthians 13:6-7 TPT
Recently I heard someone speaking on a topic that hit so close to home, in so many seasons I've walked through. Have you found yourself in a season of life, or maybe a long season of years that look so opposite to what the Lord has promised you. In fact, it doesn't even resemble any of the vision He gave you, or the word He gave you. You may have held onto that word or promise for years, and here you are just barely able to remember what it looked like. All that promise, all those joyful moments that you experienced with the Lord, and all you see is pain and you may not even recognize who you've become after all this time. My friend, I know what that looks like and I've lived that too.
I'm not here to tell you that you aren't supposed to be in those trials, or that we don't go through struggles, because the Bible talks about these. Going through a trial doesn't mean you are doing something wrong, or have missed something, but the Bible talks about how these kinds of trials change us and grow us.
If you can relate, I want to encourage you further.
"And God has made all things new, and reconciled us to himself, and given us the ministry of reconciling others to God."
2 Corinthians 5:18 TPT
We are blessed with a new season and for many it stirs up the desire to make new changes, resolutions and begin things afresh. It's been on my mind a lot, especially learning new things, processes and new ideas to share in the Community, but I'm also reminded it's more than replacing the old with something new.
I was reminded of that today actually. When we are made new in Christ, and old things are passed away, that doesn't mean we just replace an old way of thinking with a new way of thinking. We are transformed, as we encounter the God of the universe, and begin a relationship with Him. That is far more than just replacing an idea, or believing something new. That is an entirely new life.
Here you will find a mix of encouraging and inspirational articles written from members within the Community of Christian Creatives.