Sunday, July 25, 2010
Being a believer means being clothed by God. The cloak of His presence heals, delivers, and brings total transformation. It gives one the ability to declare death to selfish ways and to say, "I have been crucified with Christ and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me" Christ continues to reveal Himself through us so that the way, the truth, and the life, is becoming Christ.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
We miss our true identity when we see Jesus as historic or inspiring rather than the reality of Christ in us, desiring and empowering us to be like Him. Jesus the Beloved Son of God came to reveal to us that we too are God's beloved children. One of life's greatest challenges is to claim the identity of Jesus for ourselves daily and be able to say: "We are the living Christ that reveal His love to the world today!"
Friday, July 23, 2010
We distance ourselves from God when we think that we cannot know or do the things that Jesus knew and did. But God never puts distance between us, and Christ calls us friend, while teaching us of the Father. Jesus says, "In all truth I tell you, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as me, and even greater works." The power of Christ in us and wants to bring His glory to earth through EACH and ALL of us.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
The Beatitudes offer a life that seems other worldly. Who can be truly gentle, merciful, pure in heart, and always concerned about justice? Loving our enemies, persecuted, what kind of life is that? We are in the world but we are of the Kingdom and of God's presence. We will be comforted and will be filled, while mercy overflows. We will be known as God's children and truly see God presently and in the life to come.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Jesus was persecuted, and promised His followers that persecution would also be their portion. Those who choose to live in God's nature of humility, gentleness, compassion, and mercy, will often be opposed by the world. When we want to become like Christ, we cannot expect always to be liked and admired. We will be received by those searching for God's authentic love, but we also must be prepared to face persecution.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
There is a difference between having pity and showing mercy. Mercy comes from a compassionate heart, and a desire to serve others as equals. Pity does not connect hearts and often becomes a looking downward towards a lesser being. Jesus didn't look down on us. He became one of us to feel deeply with us. Jesus lived miraculously through mercy birthed in compassion. May we show mercy that is empowered by His love and compassion.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Christ is a peacemaker. His peace doesn't mean only absence of war. It is not simply harmony and an all-is-calm atmosphere. His peace brings the fullness of well-being, abundantly given by God. Jesus gives us a gift of peace that the world cannot give. Shalom - peace is the well-being of body, soul, and spirit, individually and communally. It can exist in the midst of unresolved problems and increasing human conflicts. This is peace we can receive and peace we can freely give in Him.