The thing I have always loved about Graham has been his focus on identity. The Warrior Class forced me to put that love in writing, which has been an awesome experience. And the reality of the importance of identity just keeps growing, like a rose reaching its fullest fragrance.
This past winter, I experienced a personal perfect storm. Having never had health problems in all my 67 years, I got them all at once. High blood pressure, palpitations, back and foot pain from plantar fasciitis, excessive tiredness… didn’t know who I was any more. By the end of the year, visits to doctors had been of no help, and only God was my redeemer. I remember saying to Him in the midst of my pain, “I have never known you as healer, never had a miracle personally, and I would really like to have that happen right now.” A desperate prayer. One that was answered in unexpected ways. Who is smiling right now?
I have a dear friend I walk beside who suffers far more than I could even begin to experience. In my praying for her and talking with her about a particular rough season she was having with night terrors, God downloaded a beautiful revelation with a crafted prayer to help her in the night season. I had never had trouble sleeping until the palpitations and anxiety started, so as I desperately prayed that prayer for myself on January 1st as I went to sleep, remembering fondly that a new year always brought me new revelation.
Opportunities come to us in a place of confinement. When we feel boxed in and closed in by circumstances and situations and maybe people, your promise is a key that unlocks that door and sets you free. I am the Truth, Jesus said. I am the Way, I am the Life, and the truth will set you free. And the truth is you have got a promise right now that unlocks your cell. Stay or go. Be a prisoner of your circumstances or learn to be free.
Promises thrive next to a problem. We are all learning to possess what God has spoken. We are not any longer just natural people. We are learning to be citizens of Heaven. Continue reading
What if every area of life where you struggle signifies a place that God is eager to bless? What if there was no negativity in life, but only opportunities to connect with the Father in new ways? In Radical Permission, Graham explores these questions with an empowering perspective on the fullness and goodness of God. Watch this clip from An Undivided Heart, one of the teachings from Radical Permission 1:
If you’re interested in checking out the rest of the Radical Permission series, it’s on sale through the end of the month at Brilliant Book House! Don’t miss it!
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
There’s nothing quite like the beaming joy of a child. Uncomplicated, innocent unburdened by cynicism or fear. Too often we’re hobbled by the trappings of adulthood, because the process of becoming one involves what we laughably refer to as “maturity”: the battening down of expectations and attitudes caused by our exposure to experience.
It’s difficult to take the concept of worldly maturity entirely seriously, of course—there’s very little about life in the world that we would understand as “mature”. As plagued as it is by notions of the material, as much as it confuses pessimism for realism, cynicism for perception and negativity for truth, the world of our old self doesn’t sell itself very well as a sophisticated and seasoned environment to grow up in. Continue reading