2014 – The Year of Joy

2014 – The year of Joy is upon us!

What does Freedom Look Like? 

With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn’t deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, he personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code, weakened as it always was by fractured human nature, could never have done that.And now what the law code asked for but we couldn’t deliver is accomplished as we, instead of redoubling our own efforts, simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us! Romans 8:1-5 The Message

If you have chosen Jesus, then He lives within you.

If you love Jesus, God is for you, once and for always.

I pray that when you read these Scriptures, something inside you deep will just leap for joy.  Leap at the wonder of our incredibly kind God Almighty who adores you, passionately loves you and gave His one and only Son, just for you.

I pray that this year, the Joy of knowing God, of trusting Him will abound in every life’s circumstance.

I pray you will hear His loving voice and obey Him.

I pray you will encounter the Spirit of God and embrace the fellowship of  Christ’s suffering and the power of His resurrection.  The world is desperate for courageous believers who are willing to be the suffering servant in order to bring the glory.  The world needs you.

I pray you will live different, expect different, and pray with expectation and hope and joy.  I pray that God will kiss you all over with His answers, through people, through experiences, through His Word.

I pray that you find His peace that never ends.

God’s gift to you this year is His peace, His rest, His joy.

Reach for Him.

Put the worries and distractions aside, close your eyes, and just reach for the God who loves you and then, loves you more.

The tyranny of sin and pain and doubt and fear are crushed beneath Christ Jesus, Messiah and Saviour King.  Believe God.  Take Him at His Word and enter the joy that is yours for the taking.

I bless you with discovery, the incredibly liberating freedom of being a love-soaked child of Almighty God.

Here is the secret that many just don’t trust, but is the actual bonafide truth:

Freedom comes when you trust Jesus with everything.