Living by Grace through Faith.

April 11, 2020
by Kim Sue

Receive New Life

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Receiving is actively believing.

It is a response – that results in trust.
Kind of like riding a bike; if you trust the process you will take your feet off the ground. There is no other way to truly experience the ride as it was intended.

But what are you trusting?

  • You are trusting a person.
  • You are trusting the One who paid the price for you, the one who accomplished all that was needed to bring you into the perfect state of how you should be (righteous).

You are trusting that His death was your death and His resurrection is yours.

Could it be any clearer that our former identity is now and forever deprived of its power? For we were co-crucified with him to dismantle the stronghold of sin within us, so that we would not continue to live one moment longer submitted to sin’s power. Obviously, a dead person is incapable of sinning. And if we were co-crucified with the Anointed One, we know that we will also share in the fullness of his life. And we know that since the Anointed One has been raised from the dead to die no more, his resurrection life has vanquished death and its power over him is finished. For by his sacrifice he died to sin’s power once and for all, but he now lives continuously for the Father’s pleasure. So let it be the same way with you! Since you are now joined with him, you must continually view yourselves as dead and unresponsive to sin’s appeal while living daily for God’s pleasure in union with Jesus, the Anointed One. Romans 6:6-11 (TPT)

The Response comes from your heart and expresses with your voice.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10: 9-13 (NIV)

Most of all, this response is letting Love love You!

Letting go of control can seem frightening. Yet when we see it as entrusting ourselves to absolutely pure and perfect Love, instead of protecting ourselves we want to be absorbed into that Love and held by the one source we can trust. There is only one Shepherd who laid down his life for the sheep.

April 10, 2020
by Kim Sue

What is New Life?

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV

Jesus calls to us to lay down the weight and burden of life and instead take up a way that is light and easy to our souls. However this is not to be confused with a new method, set of rules, or do-it-yourself program.

  • This is an invitation to a new creation.
  • This is an invite to a new operating system.
  • A complete re-boot of perspective that produces transformation as you yield to it.
  • This is not trying harder
  • Not “getting your ducks in a row”

This is admitting your ability to “get your life together” or organize your ducks, so to speak, will not help or hinder you in what is a completely different way of life.

The whole system needs to go.

It is time to get over self effort. Yet, in losing your life (your opinions, your ownership), you find your True Life.

“Then he said to the crowd, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” Luke 9:23-24 (NLT)

What is the life you were meant to live?

  • One where you know that you are loved.
  • You know that you are never alone.
  • Your confidence flows from a source that can never run dry.
  • It is a place of peace and beauty.

Transformation springs from a well inside. Furthermore, this is a place of freedom purpose and significance where you feel you have won the race before you start.

It is a place where your own thoughts or the thoughts of others do not have the final say because you are not ever sitting condemned but instead your life is now and forever “approved” because you no longer live by your own strength. Nothing has been earned.

You live by what has been given and can not be taken away. Your life is defined by victory and no matter the obstacles, they are always temporary and do not define you. You are completely accepted and loved to the core of your being. The only requirement is to die to the old “impostor you” which is connected to this world.To find the true you only discovered in union with Jesus.

“And as Christ himself is seen for who he really is, who you really are will also be revealed, for you are now one with him in his glory!”Colossians 3:4 (TPT)