Empowered

1 Corinthians 6:14  God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.

2 Corinthians 13:4  For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. 

God gives us the same resurrection power that He gave Jesus in the tomb.  He empowers us in our powerless state.  He infuses our lifeless bodies with His Spirit.  He turns our weakness into His glorious strength.  He awakens our souls. He raises Christ up in us.  We can live fully by the power of God!  

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Wondrous Cross

1 Corinthians 1:18 The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works… (Message version)

2 Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

The Cross is power to those who believe. The Cross is our redemption from suffering. This is the way God works: He identifies with our suffering on the cross, and He delivers His resurrection power to Christ to reveal His glory and to save us!  We are completely freed from sin.  We are no longer captive to weakness.  We are covered in grace.  We are open to God’s glory on full display in the Cross.  God’s grace is sufficient to overcome all of our weakness, sin, and destructive ways. He is divinely and gloriously alive in us, overcoming everything that separates us from Him.  Because of the Cross, His power, that overcomes, rests on us.  Oh, the wondrous Cross. 

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Indwelling Spirit

1 Corinthians 3:16 “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”

He makes us sacred and holy, pleasing to Him.  He protects us from those who seek to destroy us.  He takes delight in taking up residence in our lives. Acknowledge His Spirit living inside you. Such sweet unity with God!
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The Treasure in our Jars of Clay

2 Corinthians 4:7   But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

The treasure inside our fragile jars-of-clay lives is the light-filled Spirit of God made possible through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  His Spirit sustains us into eternity, by God’s grace. The hope we have in Christ defeating the cross is that death and darkness are not the final word.  Though our lives are fragile, and physical death is inevitable, we remain spiritually alive in Christ forever.  It’s the secret treasure to experiencing real life and hope on earth: acknowledging death to our external/ego/dark selves, but inner aliveness in Christ.  Allow God to be the potter He is and mold and shape your inner jar of clay, so you experience union with Him and know the all-surpassing power that resurrects our souls comes from God! Outwardly, we may be fragile and fleeting.  Inwardly, we are eternally alive, increasingly transformed, and joyfully hopeful in Christ. 

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In love with God

1 Corinthians 16:14  Do everything in love.

Live simply in love with God.  Find joy in the ordinary moments of life with Him.  Let a moment linger until it becomes a memory that you cherish with God.  Rest in love. Pray with love.  Give away love.  Do everything in love.  When you are in love with God,  every moment is simply beautiful and joyful. And when you do acts of love for others,  you realize how God’s love enables you to love everyone.  His love is in everything.  We are graced with God’s extraordinary, matchless and relentless love!  Simply and wholly be in love with God!

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God’s strength in our weakness 

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 …I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships,in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

God’s power fills our empty places of weakness, difficulty and pain.  When we are weak in ourselves, we go to God for supernatural strength.  We depend on Him when we are disappointed.  Weakness carves out a place in our hearts and souls for the divine indwelling Spirit of God. We make a home for God’s loving presence when we open our lives to Him in our difficulty, failure and disappointment.   His unconditional love is more than enough to strengthen, empower and sustain us.  Abide in His loving and everlasting presence.  We are weak, but He is strong! 

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Walk by Faith 

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” –2 Corinthians 5:7 

We walk by faith. We live by faith.  We journey by faith.  We love by faith.  The faith in our hearts connects us with our invisible, present God. We don’t live for what we see with the eyes in our head that is right in front of us. We see God’s majesty and handiwork with the eyes of our heart; we see His children we are meant to embrace and love.  We pray to our Father God by going deep inside our hearts, not by looking to the world. He is the answer and our heart believes in Him. Rather than living by sight, walk by faith and see with the heart. God is walking right alongside you. 

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