Read: Ephesians 1: 7-10(Message Version)
“Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we’re a free people -- free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans he took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in Him, everything on planet earth.”
Reflect: Do those words sound like they’re written about a God who minimally risked to love His children? Does it sound like He’s kind of half in and half out of relationship with you? Or, does it sound like He risked it all to rescue His own and to buy back what the Enemy tried to steal? If you answer the latter, I agree with you.
Could it be that we’ve never committed to audaciously live for Christ, because we’ve never received His audacious love fully? Is it possible that we’ve been living in relationship with a God who we believe simply tolerates us and our weakness? If so, is it possible we’ve never been more wrong?
Respond: Today, simply journal any random thoughts about what we’ve read this week. If you’re confused, convicted, or overwhelmed, write about it. Ask God to guide you through all of your thoughts. Wrestle with Him right where you are, because I’m convinced of this…. Our callings that lead to vision statements for life are birthed out of wrestling places. Be encouraged, sister. Your struggles won’t be for nothing. God wouldn’t waste that! Once He’s brought you through it and out of it, you’ll be ready to live on purpose and with purpose.
Renew: Beth says, “I am convinced to the last particle in me that, there in that audacious love, you will find the life you were born to live.” Do you believe that? Ask God to renew your love for Him by reassuring you of His love for you.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on me, that I should be called a child of god! And, that is what I am!” 1 John 3:1
“The LORD my God is with me, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in me; in His love He will no longer rebuke but will rejoice over me with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17