Living Free to Pursue God’s Will

“Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and
more, learn to think like Him.  Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way.  Then you’ll be able to
live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by
what you want”  (The Message). 1 Peter 4:1-3

Living Free

I want to live free! I want to conquer my sinful habits of selfishness and pride.  I want to put aside foolish, childish thinking and develop mature, steadfast faith that can never be shaken.  How about you?  Freedom sounds pretty amazing, right?

It’s available, it’s right there, almost in grasp.  How do we get it?

We can wish for it…

“I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight…” Do you remember this children’s rhyme? As kids, we would gaze up at the darkening sky, waiting for a glimpse of the first twinkling star.  As soon as it appeared, we would say this rhyme, make a wish, and then wait.  We never waited long though because even in our youth, we knew the star couldn’t give us what we asked.  We were wishing, hoping, waiting for something that we had no real hope of ever attaining–so we laughed and resumed chasing lightning bugs until we had to go inside.

OR…

We can pray for it!

Wishing is NOT the same as praying. Seeking God’s wisdom and guidance, asking Him for help…He already knows what we want and He knows what we need. He wants us to realize our dependence on Him and ask.

God does not want us tyrannized, especially by our own thoughts and selfish desires.

Imagine the biggest, shiniest, most perfect “thing” you’ve ever wanted. For each person the “thing” will be different, but the desire, the longing for it is the same. We want…clothes, shoes, jewelry, happiness, comfort…the list is endless.

But, God knows what we need.

And He knows the best way to give it to us.

Some things are a free gift–mercy, grace, salvation, peace!

Some things we must earn. Earning anything of value requires determination, diligence, a willingness to work toward the goal even in the face of great sacrifice, pain or loss.  It means never giving up until the race is over, the goal reached, the prize won.

Have you ever prayed for patience? What happened? If you’re like me and the many, many others I know who have done so, God answered your prayer by giving a situation in which you needed patience. He made us earn it by learning it!

Maturity, strength, integrity or wisdom…we must earn them. We don’t develop character by enjoying a problem free life of ease and comfort. We learn to grow in the struggle.

When we trust Jesus and follow Him, we grow.

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Comfort leads to complacency, battles lead to strength, and complete trust in Jesus always leads to victory! Trust Jesus!

 

 

Choose Jesus, live free

 

Father, thank You for Your free gifts of grace, love, and salvation. Thank You for Jesus! Lord, where I need to grow and mature in my faith to be like Jesus, would You open my eyes to the opportunities You give me? Would You develop mature faith in me that I would never run from a challenge but rise up and stand on the truths of Your Word. Lord, I ask You to deepen, grow, and sustain my faith in You. I acknowledge that may mean a difficult path, but Lord, nothing means more to me than You. I want to know You more. I want to please You in my choices and my life. Change my heart and my attitude to reflect the love and mercy You have given me. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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Would you like to read more about finding freedom in Christ? My book, 31 Days of Letting Go is a 31-day prayer journey finding freedom in Christ as we let go of idols, strongholds and everything else that holds us back from living a life of victory and freedom in Jesus.

Love and blessings!

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A Brand New Creation in Christ

A Brand New Creation in Christ

You are a brand new creation in Christ Jesus. Whatever you once were, Jesus has washed it away. He has taken your dirty, old rags and made them into a beautiful, amazing, brand new masterpiece. You are not restored, reworked, or recycled. You are brand new! Rejoice today in your new life, new opportunities, new freedom, and complete forgiveness. You are loved and God has a special plan for you…get to it!

New Creation

Daily Prayer at His feet~

Lord, thank You for making me new. Thank You for taking my shame, guilt, and every past, present, and future sin, and declaring me clean, holy, and righteous. I am so unworthy, and I am so grateful for Your love. Help me see myself as You see me, Your beloved, Your cherished child…I am Yours. Teach me to walk in Your strength and in freedom, and equip me to share Your love and mercy with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Time in the Word: 2 Corinthians 5

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Abundant blessings!

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Loving God With All My Heart

31 Days of Letting Go

Loving God with All My Heart

Is your heart divided? Are you torn between serving God and fulfilling the demands of life? Do you desire to love God more, but rush through devotions to move on to the next thing?  How often do you say, “Tomorrow, I’ll do better”?

You are not alone! We all fall short, and there is no guilt or condemnation for our past. But, we do serve a righteous God who demands our complete devotion. He desires your whole heart, not just a piece, not even most of it…all of it.

What are you holding onto today? Surrender it to God, just let it go and find complete freedom, peace, and strength in His arms. Whatever it is, you are not meant to carry it alone. Perhaps, you are not even meant to carry it at all! Give it to God and let Him deliver you today.

Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever. For Your lovingkindness toward me is great, And You have delivered my soul from the depths… (Psalm 86:11-13)

Time in His Word: Psalm 86

Daily Prayer at His feet~

Lord, I surrender my desires, my heart, my past, my thoughts, everything to You. I want to worship You with my whole, undivided heart. Reveal any sinful thoughts, attitudes, or behaviors that hinder my worship, remove any idols in my life, and strengthen me to trust You completely.  You, and You alone are my Lord, and I will glorify Your name forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Would you like to read more about the letting go of idols and strongholds? My prayer book, 31 Days of Letting Go available in paperback or eBook and is available here as well as other online retailers.

You can find Faith to Soar on facebook, twitter, or pinterest I pray this prayer has blessed you and encouraged you, and if it has, I hope you will share it with someone else!

Abundant blessings!

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Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ

July 4th is a day of celebration in America as we remember Independence Day, when we became a free nation under God with liberty and justice for all. It is a day to recognize and remember those who have selflessly and heroically fought and even died protecting for our freedom. It is a day to celebrate freedom.

Any freedom which a government can give, a government can also take away. Thankfully, though, true freedom, our freedom in Christ, is eternal.

Every believer is free in Christ. Every believer is co-heir with Jesus. If you are in Christ, you are free, and your freedom can never be taken away. You didn’t earn it, and none of us deserve it, but Christ gives it freely to each of us.

You have the power of the Holy Spirit in you and the love of Christ Jesus. You are blessed, forgiven, washed clean, and free, completely, truly free. Free from the consequences of sin and death. Free from all condemnation. Free from all guilt and shame~every sin is washed away in the blood of Christ and you are declared righteous and holy!

Enjoy today as a free, redeemed child of God, and give Him glory!

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in His Word: 1 Peter 2

at His feet Daily Prayer~

Lord, thank You for Your love and mercy that makes me free. I thank You for the blood of Jesus that washes me clean and removes all my guilt, shame and stains of sin. Thank You for freeing me from sin and death. Strengthen me to walk in Your truth, empowered by Your Holy Spirit, and overflowing with Your love. Help me remember those still walking in captivity and darkness and shine Your light into their lives. Help me offer the same nonjudgmental love to them as You have given me. Thank You for loving me unconditionally. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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I hope you will leave a comment before you go. I would love to connect with you, and it would be my honor and delight to lift you in prayer.

You can also find Faith to Soar on facebook, twitter, or pinterest, and I hope you will join me in following Jesus wherever He leads!

And, if these prayers have encouraged you, please share them with someone else!

Abundant blessings!

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Trusting God When Life is Hard

Trusting God is a choice, one we must make daily. He is faithful and can be trusted, but it is up to you and me to choose to trust Him.

Give Him whatever is weighing you down, whatever is troubling you, whatever is causing you pain~give it to God today and watch Him create something beautiful out of it. And He will bless you with rest!

“Then the Lord said to him, “Go back to the land of your fathers and to your family, and I will be with you.” (Gen. 31:3)
 Jacob had wronged his brother long ago, and now it was time to “fix” it. He had no idea how his brother would react to seeing him.  He was afraid.  But, he knew God is bigger than fear, stronger than any danger, and he chose to trust God.  He trusted Him with the details enough to obey.
God wants us to have true peace and lasting joy.  Not just on the surface, but deep inside in our innermost heart.  Late at night, when the world is still and quiet, He wants us to rest in complete peace!
And God knows, the only way for lasting, perfect peace—we must deal with our “stuff”.  We can’t cram it down, hide it, ignore it, or run from it.  No, the only way to be truly free is to remove its hold, its power over us, by bringing it into the light and trusting God.
God wants us to live in complete freedom in every way!  Sometimes we need forgiveness. Sometimes we need to forgive.  Sometimes, we need both.  But there is always freedom!
Trust, Obey, Rest…Repeat
 
Is there something (or someone) from your past that needs God’s reconciliation? Forgiveness? Grace? Give it to God and watch Him do the miraculous in you and through you. It won’t be easy.  It might be one of the hardest things you’ve ever done.  But when we obey God, He will bring healing, freedom, and joy…
Trust God for the miraculous!  Go… right now!
God is always with me
Lord, You direct my path and guide my steps.  
Quiet my thoughts, help me be still in Your presence and hear You.  
Whatever you ask me to do, strengthen me to obey with confidence and joy, 
knowing You are with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
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I would love to hear from you!

For prayer
If you would like prayer for any reason, it would be my joy and delight to lift you to the Father.

For encouragement
I would love to hear from you and know your thoughts on this post.  I am grateful for your encouragement, and I would love to encourage you in any way I can!

For fellowship
I would just love to “meet” you!

 And I pray you are blessed beyond measure!
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Jesus Changes Everything

Jesus called His first disciples simply by saying, “Come, follow Me.”  He found them, loved and accepted them right where they were, and offered them a new life, a new beginning with Him.  Before they could even understand the magnitude of their decision, they knew they should accept…and follow Jesus.

Jesus offers the same exciting, life-changing adventure to us.  He simply and lovingly extends His hand and says, “Come, follow Me.”  We don’t have to meet any requirements or standards or make any changes.  The simple decision to follow Him is all we have to do and He will lovingly guide us, teach us, and direct us as He takes care of the rest!

Absolutely everything changed for the disciples when they chose to follow Jesus, and He offers the same transformational power to us.  In Jesus, we will spend eternity in heaven with Him where there will be no more evil, no pain, no tears.  But He has not left us alone here on earth until then.  He has sent the Holy Spirit and offers a life of abundant joy and peace, right now if we will just follow Him, trust Him, and obey Him.  He offers rest for the weary, freedom for the captives, strength for the weak.  He offers perfect peace, perfect love, and perfect joy.  We do not have to live burdened and consumed with fear, worry, regrets, or shame.  Jesus changes everything!

Yes, He makes us into completely, brand new creations.  And then, once He heals us, cleanses us, and brushes off the hurt, pain, and dirt of this world, He says, “Go, share my love with others.”  We are not meant to just enjoy His love for ourselves.  We are supposed to be completely transformed, renewed, and remade, and then go teach others how to find that same love and peace.  
Wherever you are in your journey with Christ, whether you are brand new and just getting to know Him or have walked with Him for years, He is holding out His hand to offer love, support, and comfort.  I pray you will grab hold of Him right now, let Him hold you, and be overwhelmed with His love for you.  And don’t keep it to yourself.  Someone in your path today needs that same love and encouragement–and you are the one God is asking to show them, to help them, to lead them to Jesus!  So if you follow Jesus, bring someone along with you and show them the way!  Jesus makes all the difference!
Thank You for loving me Jesus!  Holy Spirit lead me, teach me, and guide me to a life that brings You glory.  Help me abide in Christ in every moment and teach me to share Your love with everyone I meet!  May Your radiance and glory be so evident in my life, it is unmistakable that I am Your follower.  In the name of Jesus, amen!

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Filled with Awe

Awe…upon every single soul…and many wonders and signs! 
Awe is “an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful” (www.dictionary.com)….
Who is more powerful than God?  What is grander than His Kingdom?  But, among His followers, where is our awe?  Where is our overwhelming love for our Savior?  We need more reverence, admiration, and yes, even fear and respect for the Lord.  We need awe to come upon us in our everyday, ordinary lives!
The believers in the early church were completely devoted to Christ and to one another.  Above all else, no matter what, they put God first and they loved each other.  No one among them went without.  No one among them suffered alone in silence.  No one among them was excluded.  They lived, worked, ate, prayed, worshiped, rejoiced, and even suffered together with Christ as the Head, Center, and Foundation of everything.  Their devotion to God, and to each other, was the central part of their lives.
This is not the kind of devotion we see in most churches today…and as a result, we don’t experience much awe, and even fewer signs and wonders!  The Holy Spirit is just as ready to fill us with awe; waiting to use us for jaw-dropping, life-changing wonders that will completely transform individuals, communities, and the world.  But as modern-day believers living in relative comfort, we are too often consumed with ourselves.  We must begin to see God for Who He is–all powerful, all knowing, all loving–and remember, it is God (not us) who is in charge. 
The Creator of the entire universe desires a relationship with each of us, and wants to use us to share His love with a hurting, dying world.  Yet we are often so consumed with our own plans, our own lives, our own worries, we have no time or concern for anyone but ourselves.  No more!  

It is time to live as true disciples of Christ!  It is time for us to stop living selfish, weak, powerless, awe-less lives–and live in the victory, freedom and power of Christ! 

v It is time to stop talking about reading our Bibles and actually read them!  With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we need to learn to apply God’s Word to every thought, every action, and every decision, every day!

v It is time to stop saying we will pray for someone then never do it.  We need to pray with each other and for each other, every day!

v It is time to stop saying we are Christians and then live a life that looks nothing like Christ!

v It is time to love, help, and disciple each other, speaking the truth in love, encouraging others in the faith.

v It is time to be filled with awe and let God do some amazing wonders and signs in us, through us, and all around us!  

Lord, we need Your awe to come upon us.  Fill us to overflowing with holy devotion for You, and sincere love for Your people.  Help us look past our personal problems to focus on You and the needs of others.  Please do incredible signs and wonders in us, through us, and all around us.  In the name of Jesus, amen!

True Freedom

freedom in Christ, 1 Peter

Happy 4th of July!  As we celebrate Independence Day and our freedoms as Americans, let’s remember that our true freedom is in Christ!  Every believer is co-heir with Christ and we have the power of the Holy Spirit in us- we are blessed, forgiven, washed clean and we are free!  Free from all condemnation!  Free from all guilt and shame–every sin is washed away in the blood of Christ and we are declared righteous and holy!

Enjoy today as a redeemed child of God and give Him glory!
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As we celebrate July 4th and our freedom in America, learn to let go and rejoice in the personal freedom you have in Christ!

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A powerful and transformational prayer journey to freedom from sin, struggles, strongholds, and anything else that is holding you captive and keeping you from fulfilling your calling in life.

We have a very real enemy, and he is prowling around like a lion to see who he can devour first.  Beloved, we must stand strong on the Word of God, armed with His truth, so we not only defeat the enemy, we can rise higher and higher to the life God intends for us–a life of victory and freedom!

What lies are you holding onto?  What deceptive thinking has replaced the truth of God in your life?  What is it that you need freedom from?


Find complete freedom at the feet of Jesus!  It’s time to let go!



31 Days of Letting Go

31 Days of Letting Go: A Prayer Journey to Freedom

I am so excited to share my new book, 31 Days of Letting Go: A Prayer Journey to Freedom!

God has blessed me beyond words throughout this project which actually started many years ago with a dear friend and sister in Christ, Lori Bremner.  Leading up to a women’s retreat for our church, we met together and prepared a prayer for each of the 31 days leading up to the retreat.  Each day, we emailed and posted on facebook the prayer for that day. After the retreat, we were encouraged to continue the prayers, which we did, and Lori has posted them every day for the last few years.

Recently, we were both amazed and incredibly excited to realize God was simultaneously placing the idea of a prayer book on both our hearts!  We talked and prayed about making these available somehow, although neither of us knew where to start.  After some research online and lots of prayer, we have finished it and are now so excited, humbled, and blessed to share it!

As women, we are prone to so many insecurities, doubts, fears and worries that we know are not of God. Our society has bombarded us our entire lives with deceptive marketing and outright lies that we need to be better, prettier, smarter, and do more than is humanly possible…and even then we aren’t enough without the next best product.  This can lead to countless struggles, dependencies, and addictions, but we don’t have to let the enemy steal our joy and we don’t have to live under this bondage!

God has armed us with amazing strength and supernatural weapons and this book is about letting go of the lies and strongholds in our lives to grab hold of God’s truth that we are His beloved daughters and cherished and loved just as we are!  In Christ, we have the gift of eternal life, perfect peace, and an abundant life of victory and freedom!!

The book is 31 days of Scripture, prayer and reflection questions to lead you on a journey to complete freedom in Christ.  It has been a tremendous blessing to work on putting these prayers together and I hope and pray the book is a blessing to you too!  My hope and prayer is that every person who reads it will be completely transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit!  The words alone have no power, but the Holy Spirit will renew and transform us if we let Him!

Please leave me a comment if you are blessed by it and let me know how the Holy Spirit is working in your life!

In Christ,

Michele