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“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever” (Ephesians 3:20-21, NAS)

God wants to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all you can imagine! He wants to pour out His favor on you and open up opportunities that will boggle your mind!

Notice this verse says that He will do it “according to the power that works in us.” How does His power work in us? When we yield ourselves to Him, when we obey His Word and do what pleases Him, more of His power is activated in our lives. When we put Him first in everything that we do, when we choose love, we are allowing more of Him to work in and through us. When we choose God’s way, we get God’s results: peace, favor, blessing and increase.

Today, no matter what you are facing, know that when you invite God into your circumstances, He will transform them! He will do more than you could ever imagine. Line yourself up with His Word in your thoughts, words and actions, and watch Him do exceedingly abundantly far and beyond what you could ever imagine!

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Worship is Freedom //

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." - Galatians 5:1

Freedom is often something that is taken for granted. Most of us live with the freedom to go about our lives however we see fit. We can choose what to wear, what we eat, what faith to follow, what political views you have, the ability to make your own future out of your own hard work. But think of how that freedom was earned. Through war. 

Every step of the way we have had to fight to hold onto what was worth keeping; if it isn’t worth fighting for it isn’t worth keeping. Our Christian walk is much the same way. We are at war with our sin nature. War doesn’t mean we lay down our weapons when we feel like taking a break, it doesn’t mean giving in to temptation, surrendering. No, war signifies that we are in this conflict 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for every month you walk this earth.

In order to truly understand how valuable our freedom is, to understand how much grace is in God’s forgiveness; we need to take a step back and look at how large a debt we owe. Adam and Eve sinned, this isn’t news to any of us. But because they sinned they introduced death and sin into the world. Each and every one of us has this death inside of us and it is the source of so much pain. The Greek word used for this death is translated as “severed from, separated.” We were separated from God. He, the God of love, mercy, and justice, can not be in the presence of sin, just as shadows can not exist in light. There was a rift between us and we were enslaved to sin. So, God in all His cunning and wisdom set His master plan into motion to break us from our prisons of our own construction. 

You see, God knew Adam would fall, so in order to bring about the complete and total restoration of humanity God orchestrated every event to happen to bring about Christ. First, God needed a people to save, so He blessed the Jewish nation of Abraham. Then He needed the Jews to recognize their need of a savior, so He sent the Prophets. After all that He sent His Son on a top secret mission to ransom us from Satan’s grasp. Do you know how Jesus saved us?

He died for us. He paid our debt. Now we are free, forgiven, and redeemed.

Don’t take your freedom for granted.

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