Faithful Decisions – Part 2

On this Pentecost Sunday, I am reminded of the early church, who sought Jesus in Heaven and received an outpouring of Holy Spirit to empower them to go and reach others for Christ (Ac 2).

The decision to receive the gracious redemption Jesus offers us as Lord and Savior is a new beginning that extends to subsequent decision-making.

Because redemption is intrinsic of the nature of Christ.  

This very nature of redemption draws us to do things His way—the way that offers, brings and gives true life (Jn 14:6).

Prioritizing The Spirit of Grace first in our lives invites Him to guide, protect and lead us into all truth for this redeemed, abundant life.

As followers of Christ, we have His living hope that does not fail us (1 Ti 4:10).

Our decisions are seeds that grow to be established over time. Our Lord gives us this freedom to plant seeds of faith-righteousness that are aligned with God’s will, to reap what proves victorious in His eyes.

1 Corinthians 15:57-58 NIV say, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

One of our Lord’s most beautiful promises for our efforts can be found in: 

John 3:21 AMPC, which says, “But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are–wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence upon Him].”

Pleasing God and bringing Him glory as we go and share His good news is our ultimate goal. But the prophet Isaiah reminds us that we are always on God’s mind, and He never forgets to bless us.

He says in Isaiah 26:12 TPT, “Lord, Yahweh, You will establish peace and prosperity for us, for all we have accomplished is the result of what you work through us.”

Here and again throughout Holy Scripture, our Lord reveals that He releases His best to His yielded ones.

Making decisions that do not align with God’s will reveals our unbelief of His Word and our unbelief in our true identity in Christ due to a lack of trust in Him to provide for all our needs. 

How can we possibly receive God’s finest blessings with such an impoverished mindset?

We can’t. 

Our minds need to be renewed like Christ’s, and we need to walk out His truth by faith in His living promises.

Perhaps one of the best Bible examples of getting it wrong before getting it right, at least in part, is Jonah.

Jonah’s decisions from his strong will and reluctant obedience caused him a lot of unnecessary pain and nearly costed him is life. And even after Jonah completed his mission, he remained pouting in his self-justification, which is a sign of immature character.

I love what the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible notes say to counter Jonah’s example. They say:

Transforming faith…is more than just knowledge about God. It changes us and molds us into the image of the One in whom we place our trust, and it is expressed through our actions and our attitudes. Let your faith in who God is transform who you are. Pray and ask the Lord to conform you into his image. Respond to God’s instruction with a willing heart that is open to change. By faith, receive the Lord’s instruction, and allow it to change the way you think, feel and behave. 

So, like Jonah, when we cry unto the Lord in our troubles, He will deliver us from our distress by His mercy. He will send His Word and heal us and rescue us from the pit of destruction (Ps 107:19-20). 

Proverbs 28:13 TPT says that “If you cover up your sin you’ll never do well. But if you confess your sins and forsake them, you will be kissed by mercy.”

Friends, we must come to an understanding that the perfect justice of the sacrificial blood of Jesus is enough to redeem our lives from ungodly choices (Ro 3:25 TPT). His Word and Holy Spirit are enough to guide us into living higher, as we turn to Him and commit our lives to Him (Ps 37:5-6). 

Faithfulness is our friend (Ps 37:3). Our Lord Jesus faithfully completed His work on the cross to redeem the lives of as many as who will receive His grace. In honor of Him, let’s make faithful decisions that align with His will and invite His blessed redemption into our everyday lives for His glory.

Pray with me if you will…

Dear Lord,

Thank You for Your mercy and grace of redemption that makes a way of a blessed life for me. I believe Your Son’s sacred and sacrificial blood redeems my life. I repent of all my sins and gratefully receive You as my Lord and Savior over all of my life. As You search my heart, if there is anything specific I need to lay at the foot of Your cross today, I invite You to bring the conviction that leads me to repentance. Help me to live out all the victory of redemption You have for me—spirit, soul and body. Help me make faithful decisions forward that bring honor and glory to Your Name as You transform me into Your likeness. Thank You for Your mercy and grace.

In Jesus’ Mighty Name.


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Resurrection Life—Here & Beyond

We know that Jesus’ crucifixion wasn’t The Father’s final Word.

And we know that because of Christ’s resurrection, we as believers could be re-born.

As His redeemed, God’s Spirit of Life is sealed in us.

Galatians 2:20 TPT tells us, “My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!”

Romans 8:11 says, “Yes, God raised Jesus to life! And since God’s Spirit of Resurrection lives in you, he will also raise your dying body to life by the same Spirit that breathes life into you!”

Ephesians 2:6 TPT reveals, “He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ!”

So, we see here friends, that we are both seated with Jesus in the heavenly realm, while He lives inside of us now on earth.

This means that Jesus is our super power inside and out!

Psalm 18:1 TPT assures us, “Lord, I passionately love you and I’m bonded to you, for now you’ve become my power!”

When we Christ-followers know our true identity in Him—that we are His chosen, His treasured, His beloved, His co-glorified (Rom 8:17) to bring Heaven to earth—and we relinquish the pride of our ways to Him and submit to His ways, He can work His resurrection power through us to bring light to a dark world. Unhindered.

Psalm 36:9 TPT says, “To know you is to experience a flowing fountain, drinking in your life, springing up to satisfy. In your light we receive the light of revelation.”

Psalm 17:11 TPT tells us, “For you bring me a continual revelation of resurrection life, the path to the bliss that brings me face-to-face with you.”

So, here we see that Christ is our true fountain of life (Ps. 68:26).

We can live in Christ’s continual unveiling of Himself and His mysteries when we seek Him and submit ourselves to Him.

Psalm 119:29 NLT says, “Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.”

Ephesians 1:9 TPT says, “And through the revelation of the Anointed One, he unveiled his secret desires to us—the hidden mystery of his long-range plan, which he was delighted to implement from the very beginning of time.”

Jeremiah 33:3 reveals, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.”

What a blessing to have Jesus and Holy Spirit working on the inside of us to guide us on His path to live a greater life—a higher life, an uncommon, and an abundant life for Kingdom purposes.

Jesus is the Way. He is the Truth. And He is the Life (Jn. 14:6).

With Him, we can soar!

God assures us of an unveiled, risen life that can bring us to life on the other side of the betrayal of sin and the sin of betrayal.

His way is the only way that works for our good continually.

In fact, it’s important to even align our words with His, because “The Word of Life has power to continually deliver us” (Ja. 1:21). So, speak powerful words of life that “give life” (Prov. 18:21).

Romans 8:7, 13 TPT tell us, “For no matter how hard they try, God finds no pleasure with those who are controlled by the flesh. For when you live controlled by the flesh, you are about to die. But if the life of the Spirit puts to death the corrupt ways of the flesh, we then taste his abundant life.”

Who doesn’t want abundant life?

Since our ways always lead to a limited outcome and disappointment, why wouldn’t we choose the way of Jesus that never disappoints?

Jesus is true to Himself and true to His Word.

God’s promises work in our lives when we believe and follow through with actions of faith to His instructions—both written and revealed.

Friends, you will never regret His love at work for you.

God’s Spirit will strengthen you in Him to stay the course as you depend on Him.

When you feel embittered, He will bring justice as you hand Him your self-justification.

He will forgive you as you turn toward Him and forgive others.

He will restore to you even more than the enemy stole from you.

His grace will come through for you in every situation as you reach for Him.

He will satisfy all your needs and make your crooked path straight.

He is a good God who desires to share His faithful life and good works with you.

No matter where we are, it can be a new day for us!

We are always on His mind.

No matter what.

Pray with me, if you will, Psalm 43:3…

Lord, Thank You that You have seated me in heavenly places and that Your Spirit of Life lives in me. “Pour into me the brightness of your daybreak! Pour into me your rays of revelation-truth! Let them comfort and gently lead me onto the shining path, showing the way into your burning presence, into your many sanctuaries of holiness” (Ps. 43:3 TPT). Thank You for helping me bring honor to You, Lord. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

Friends, rest assured, this year can be a new beginning of fresh vision and manifest expressions of His love for you.

I pray that you will receive God’s wisdom for your life, and “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…” (Eph. 3:16 NIV).

Isaiah 60:1 TPT invites us to “Rise up in splendor and be radiant, for your light has dawned, and Yahweh’s glory now streams from you!”

“Once we carried the likeness of the man of dust, but now let us carry the likeness of the Man of heaven” (1 Cor. 15:49).

Until next week, may God bless your every facet of life.

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