Following Jesus into Freedom

Fearing Your Forgiveness | January 25, 2016
Let the full forgiveness of Christ's finished work, calm your mind and cheer your soul. He loves you, forgives you, and only has good planned for your life. Let Him love you. It will bring a smile to His face. 

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?” So they sent word to Joseph, saying, “Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph:I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly. ’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” When their message came to him, Joseph wept.
(Genesis 50:15-17, NIV)

Debt Free Living | January 26, 2016
Forgiving others and living in forgiveness is the number one factor for growing spiritually, loving, and ultimately experiencing happiness and joy. 

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy- seven times."
(Matthew 18:21-22, NIV)

Exceptions For A Hard Heart | January 27, 2016
A good portion of our lives is spent looking for loopholes when we are facing difficulties and trials. Instead of rising to Abba's original intention for our lives, we find convenient scriptures, people to agree with our brokenness, and now, "God's grace" to try to release us from transforming to His image. Jesus reminds us that grace is not the problem. It is our heart. 

Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning."
(Matthew 19:8, NIV)

Is God Unfair? | January 28, 2016
We can never look at what we have done for the Lord, or how obedient we are, as a sign of worthiness. Rather, whether we come to Jesus as a child or on our death bed, Abba has deemed that we will receive His grace in the same way.

“But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’"
(Matthew 20:13-15, NIV)

When Jesus Makes A Mess | January 29, 2016
This episode has always bothered me. The gentle Jesus in my mind goes into the Temple and starts making a mess and driving out money changers and the "sacrifice" salesmen. I can understand his passion against the injustice, but His actions shock me each time I read it. So I have to back up. 

Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”
(Matthew 21:12-13, NIV)