Love Letters from Jesus – I Sing Over You with Love

I love you.  Just as you are. There is no darkness in you. When those thoughts come, it is the enemy questioning your identity.  We are united.  You abide in me.  Would I be united with darkness or evil?  Of course not!  

Always keep your face turned towards me. Look upon me, and you will not doubt my love. But even if you do, I will whisper, “Child, I love you. Child, look at me – I am not disappointed in you.  I am well pleased with you.”

So don’t listen to the voices of negativity. They can come in many forms – loved ones, friends, acquaintances, co-workers.  Close your ears to those voices, and rest in me and my love. I will tell you over and over of my love. I never weary of reminding you. I know your heart – it is mine, and it is pure.  So turn your ears to the sound of heaven – a love song resonating from my heart.  A love song that conquered death and the grave.  A love song that birthed a nation of kings and priests – chosen children of God. 

Be loved by me,

Jesus

Wind

The wind blows through our memories stirring the cobwebs of thoughts and emotions

The connections creak and shudder with the blast

Oh, wind, blow upon our souls with a gentle touch

Loosen the moorings and set us adrift in your comfort 

Unfurl the sails of our hearts to capture your delight

Free us from our limitations and self-imposed boundaries 

In the Shadow of Shaddai

You walk under my shadow. My strength and protection overshadow you. When you lie down to rest there is no fear, because my covering protects you. Walk in simple faith that my hand always overshadows you. No one can stand against me. No evil can penetrate the power of my love for you.  Rest, little one, in simple trust and belief. Keep the childlike eyes of your heart focused only on me. I protect you from the lies and threats of the world.  Lean into me, and we will dance and sing. We will walk hand in hand through out my kingdom.  My beloved, my dear lamb, rest in my arms.  

When Loss Is Heavy

When loss is heavy, winter lingers

Though the buds emerge, the blossoms seem burdened 

Cold creeps into the crevices as the mind shifts images

A dusting of snow intensifies the shadows, while unkempt thoughts clutter the recesses

Yet the Spring will emerge in fullness, as memories succumb to willed forgetfulness 

Dance with Me, Father!

[Reposted in memory of my Dad  (1943-2016) who is now dancing through the universe with our heavenly Father] Dance with me, Father! Let me stand on your feet as we twirl through the universe. Let u…

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The Grand Conclusion

Paul sums up his discussion about Jesus and what Father has done for us at the end of Romans 8. But I believe it, also, beautifully summarizes the message of the entire Bible. 

(Scripture excerpts from Romans 8:31-39 from The Passion Translation)

So what does all this mean?

Who then could ever stand against us?

Absolutely no one! 

Because God has proved his love by giving his greatest treasure, the gift of his son. 

Who then would dare to accuse those who God has chosen in love to be his?

Absolutely no one! 

Because God himself issued his final verdict – not guilty!

Who then is left to condemn us?

Absolutely no one!  

Because Jesus died for us and is continually praying for our triumph. 

Who then could ever separate us from the endless love of God’s Annointed One?

Absolutely no one!  

Because nothing in the universe has the power to diminish his love toward us.

Are You Digging Up A Corpse?

corpseRomans 6: 1-11 (ESV)

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Roman 6 clearly states that we died with Christ. Our former self was crucified with Christ. Basically our former sinful self was killed and buried. Once someone dies, he no longer belongs to his former master. He can no longer be punished for former misdeeds. A dead person no longer transgresses.

So with Christ we were crucified and died. Then a new man was put in our place. The new man is not sold as a slave to sin. The new man has been bought by Jesus Christ. Because the new man belongs to Jesus, the new man is a slave to righteousness.

So here is the question… Are we digging up a corpse?

Lack of victory in our walk with Christ could be a sign that we are carrying a corpse around.

Paul says, “You must see yourselves as being dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11 NJB).

Sometimes we read scripture like Romans 6 and water it down by making it completely symbolic. But it is not just symbolic. We were baptized into Christ’s death and were thus buried with him (our water baptism is a picture of this). The self belonging to sin was destroyed, and we are freed from the slavery of sin. We live a new life in Christ Jesus. This is a kingdom REALITY. We must literally see ourselves this way.

What are we going to choose to be –

– A new creation joined to Christ living by the law of the Spirit free from sin and death, or

– A rotten corpse spreading death and decay, a slave of sin?

Father’s desire for each of us is to choose life. He proved it when he sent his beloved son, Jesus Christ to die for us. But Christ didn’t just die for/as us. Christ arose! Christ lives so that we also can be resurrected and walk in newness of life!