Live Unashamed

Colossians 3:3 (VOICE) because your old life is dead and gone. Your new life is now hidden, enmeshed with the Anointed who is in God.

Beloved, resist the urge to waste time looking back. Your time is better spent with your whole heart focused unwaveringly on the things above – the things of heaven and on Me. As you fill your eyes with the things of Me, there is no room for fear and unrighteousness to sneak in. So keep your heart steady and stay fixed on Me.

Remember, beloved, you are now able to live unashamed. For no dirt can mar what the blood of Jesus has made clean. So embrace your freedom from that which sought to hold you down, and instead walk in the fullness of your Liberating King.

Colossians 3:1-3 (VOICE) So it comes down to this: since you have been raised with the Anointed One, the Liberating King, set your mind on heaven above. The Anointed is there, seated at God’s right hand. Stay focused on what’s above, not on earthly things, because your old life is dead and gone. Your new life is now hidden, enmeshed with the Anointed who is in God.

Dedicated Desire

Colossians 3:2 (VOICE) Stay focused on what’s above, not on earthly things,

Beloved, be mindful of your focus, for that which you focus on, you make room for. So make room for Me, and for the things of heaven. Refuse to be distracted by the troubles of this world or the counterfeits that would come to steal your gaze.

Refuse to settle for anything less than a full-fledged, wholehearted relationship with Me. Refuse to stop your pursuit of the One who made you, who redeemed you, and who has healed you. For I AM worthy of the pursuit. And just as I have held nothing back in My pursuit of you, so you should reflect that same passion back in your dedicated desire to know Me. Continue reading “Dedicated Desire”

Made New

Colossians 3:1 (VOICE) So it comes down to this: since you have been raised with the Anointed One, the Liberating King, set your mind on heaven above. The Anointed is there, seated at God’s right hand.

Beloved, in Christ you are made new – that means completely changed. Embrace your new self wholeheartedly. Extend the same grace to yourself that has been extended to you. Forgive yourself for choices that could have been made better, and decisions that should have been made differently. Remember that you are different now – new in Christ.

Operate from an expectation of good. Refuse to expect yourself to fall at the same hurdles you have before. For you are not alone – I AM with you. I strengthen you and uphold you. You’ve chosen the winning side. And though life will never be without its challenges, there is nothing that will overtake you as you walk hand in hand with Me. Continue reading “Made New”

Harnessed Power

Colossians 4:6 (VOICE) When you speak the word, speak it gracefully (as if seasoned with salt), so you will know how to respond to everyone rightly.

Beloved, as you live your faith, let your life speak for itself. Resist the urge to “help” Me further the Kingdom by acting “on My behalf” without the unction of My Spirit. Passion for Me is vital, but passion alone isn’t enough. Cultivate wisdom, discernment, and understanding. 

Then use that character to temper your zeal. A sawed off shot gun and a sniper rifle both have power, but only one is harnessed and has singular accuracy, which is power under control. So lay down your own agenda, yield to My leading, and allow My Spirit to guard your tongue, in doing so you become a powerful force for Me.

Love is the Underpinning of Harmony

Colossians 3:14 (NLT) Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

Beloved, be clothed in love. Just as people will see your outer garment first, so let your love be so apparent that it is easily seen by all. Be known as a person who loves well, for I AM love, so love comes from Me. 

Love is the underpinning of harmony. For true harmony to exist, you must operate in grace and humility with a liberal dose of love. For love brings forth true peace as you come together in a true joyous representation of unity.

Receive the Pure Revelation

Colossians 1:9-12 (MSG) …we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works…

Beloved, attune yourself to Me, and hear the voice of heaven. Press in for My sweet voice, and settle for no substitute. Receive My divine wisdom, and then open your mouth and release it in the earth.

Be a funnel – a yielded vessel – for Me to pour through as I deposit My revelation and watch as it pours through. Listen for the sound. Listen for My voice. Receive the pure revelation from My throne. Then reflect Me well – do so accurately, that others might know Me too.  Continue reading “Receive the Pure Revelation”

Let Faith Arise

Colossians 1:5 (TPT) Your faith and love rise within you as you access all the treasures of your inheritance stored up in the heavenly realm. For the revelation of the true gospel is as real today as the day you first heard of our glorious hope, now that you have believed in the truth of the gospel.

Beloved, let your faith and hope arise. Stir it up. Remind yourself of the blessings and truth you’ve been given, – the richness of your inheritance in Me. So stir it up. Let faith arise. 

Encourage yourself in Me – in My Word and in My promises. You know truth and My sheep know My voice, you know that as you yield to Me, I position you rightly. So fervently hope in Me, for it will not be in vain. 

Key to the Kingdom: A Foundation of Faith Grounded in Gratitude

Colossians 2:7 (VOICE) Let your roots grow down deeply in Him, and let Him build you up on a firm foundation. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always spill over with thankfulness.

Beloved, be firmly rooted in a foundation of faith overflowing with gratitude. For your faith will serve you well when the attacks of the enemy inevitably come, but the tenacity of your faith will stand fast when tested when you are rooted and grounded in Me and the joy of your salvation. 

As your faith remains steadfast and your gratitude unfailing, nothing and no one can shift your gaze from Me. Gratitude protects your heart from bitterness and sorrow just as faith protects your mind from fear and unbelief. So stand fast, beloved, and let your deep roots hold as the winds of trial come – you will see that you cannot be shaken. 

Ephesians 6:16 (VOICE) Don’t forget to raise the shield of faith above all else, so you will be able to extinguish flaming spears hurled at you from the wicked one.

Key to the Kingdom: Reflect Me in Unhindered Glory

Colossians 2:10 (VOICE) You, too, are being completed in Him, the One who has dominion over all rule, all authority.

Beloved, remember the One you serve. I AM sovereign. I AM not some powerless, man-crafted idol. I AM the Creator of heaven and earth, the great I AM, the Commander of the hosts of heaven. Those who see Me tremble in awe. And you are on My side, and guided by My hand – acting on My behalf. This is no light calling. It is a weighty responsibility, but one for which you’ve been prepared. 

So shine, beloved. Be you without restraint. Allow the embodiment of all I’ve placed within you to radiate forth as you reflect Me in unhindered glory that those who see you might know Me. Let nothing dim your blaze, for simply to shine uncompromised and unashamed is more fearsome warfare than you can imagine – it is a key to the Kingdom.  Continue reading “Key to the Kingdom: Reflect Me in Unhindered Glory”

Choose What is Right

Colossians 3:16 (VOICE) Let the word of the Anointed One richly inhabit your lives. With all wisdom teach, counsel, and instruct one another…

Beloved, take the time to know My word so that in the day your counsel is needed, you might advise and instruct from a foundation of wisdom rather than opinion. Let Me shape your ideals rather than the media and world around you. Refuse to be swayed by fear and popularity, instead choose what is right in My eyes.

Resist the urge to impose your views, and rather lead by example – living a life that is rich with fruit and demonstrates Who I AM. Share wisdom when it is sought, and even then give more than just counsel (which demonstrates your own wisdom) and instead explain the reasoning behind it from My word (thus helping them learn more of Me).