Before the triumph, before the crown, before the kingdom, before the victory, there had to come the suffering. Before you can share in Christ's victory, before you can have a new life here and now, before you can go to heaven, before you can claim the promise that we shall someday reign with Christ, you, too, must come to that same cross. You, too, must come in simple faith and stand at the foot of that cross and receive the Saviour who was willing to go to the cross.
God's thoughts for you outnumber the grains of sand. He is thinking all day long about you. He is planning good things for you before you wake up. He can't wait to reveal the solutions to problems you face and uncover his hidden secrets to you. He can't stop thinking about you.
We work not for his favour but from his favour. In this position, he entrusts us with more of his power and we are naturally changing into His likeness more and more... Our identity sets the tone for all we do in become. Christians who live out of who they really are cannot be crippled by the opinions of others. They don't work to fit into other people's expectations, but burn with the realisation of who the Father says they are.
People need to feel welcome in our churches and accepted. Jesus accepted people right where they were at in life BUT He never left them there, He gave them the truth. This is what we must do as well, accept them, welcome them, and serve them the truth with love.
There are times when I have chosen to remain silent outwardly. It’s not because I don’t care, it’s because I have the understanding that my inner world really determines what happens in the outer world around me. I’m relying on a power inside of me that when I walk into regions they are transformed because the power and the presence I’m carrying, He chose to walk in meekness, yet He dispelled darkness all around Him.