The truth of who Jesus is in me and for me becomes mine by means of a new gift of empowerment. I love that. Everything God shows you, He empowers you to become. What He opens up, He causes you to inherit. He shows you stuff. He gives you stuff. He pushes you into it. He loves you in such a forceful, pleasant way that you grab hold of it and you want it, and so we’re always overwhelmed by grace. It’s all around us. It’s thick with Presence and permission. Literally grace is the gift to become what God sees and knows about us in Christ. That perception that He has of you, grace enables you to become that.
God is making grace a dominant reality in your life. Continue reading
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
– Colossians 1:9-14
You’ll hear a lot of talk about justice in the world, in the media these days. There’s “justice” for fathers, incensed in their belief that mothers have more legal rights to child custody after sad and unfortunate marital splits—men starting colorful demonstrations and costumed protests to attract media attention. There’s “justice” for those affected by violence and the outcomes of violent events, people who want those responsible to be tried and found guilty. There’s “justice” for the victims and the families of accidents and incidents of negligence—anything from horrific car crashes and tragic crushes in stadium rock shows, to slips and trips and burns from hot coffee.
So many different cries for justice in the world, some seemingly deserving, others seemingly not, and yet is there real justice to be found? What’s called for is judgment, often legal—a desire for people to be held accountable. For punishment, for condemnation. Continue reading
Do You Believe What God Believes About You?
Graham joyfully tossed this question into the crowd at Making a Prophetic Impact the very first night—and you could hear the ripple effect as people paused for a moment and asked themselves:
Do I believe what God believes about me?
It’s a question that is at the very heart of New Testament prophetic ministry. Our glorious job as a prophetic people is to be a voice for God’s heart: to put words to His goodness, kindness and hope for people so that they can experience what He is really, really like. We get the immense privilege of listening to what God believes about a person or community—and then encouraging them with those words—offering focus and empowerment for their journey.
But sharing those words is not our starting point in the prophetic. We can’t dive into giving away what we’ve yet to experience. Our first role in the Kingdom is to be excellent receivers of the love of God for us. Just as Jesus said in Matthew 10:8, “Freely you have received. Freely give.” Most of us love to “freely give,” but just how free have we been in our receiving? Continue reading