joy of the redeemed

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yet.

oureternalhope:

glorify //

to lift high. exalt. bless. honor. extol. acclaim. to praise the glory of God, as an act of worship.

Imagine how high His body would lift His name in praise if we considered that His worthiness is infinitely greater than we can grasp.

His glory extends galaxies further than our…

If our only assurance is that our Daddy is good, strong, and loving, no darkness can extinguish our hope-full light.

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So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

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When it gets hard, remember:

Jesus had a heap of expectations placed on him and gave his life away.

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free

this is the story
of a girl and a Man.

she’s got joy, and she’s so FREE.
the kind of free that dances,
can’t be bound up again,
is no longer afraid,
because she abides in the Spirit of the Lord,
and where He is, there is freedom.

she’s the kind of free whose presence liberates others.
the aroma of Him.

she used to carry things that were heavy.
she used to need answers to all her questions.
now she just needs Him,
her Daddy.
she knows she’s His, and He is hers.
she lives in love.
she’s light as a feather,
her heart soars unfettered.
He gave her this freedom.

she’s a daughter;
delights in little things.

He quiets her with His love,
rejoices over her with singing.
He leads her beside quiet waters,
refreshes her soul.
He knows the depths and heights,
secret joys and sorrows.

He writes love letters with Her hands.
He knows the stars and every hair on her head.
He gave her His hands and their power to heal.
He wrote new over her at her lowest.
He breathes the life of His Spirit into her dry bones.

He chose her.
He calls her by a new name.

Beloved.

He loves her process.
He sees her as perfect and pure as He ever could,
right here in all her mess.

He delights in her.

she used to bring Him crumbs and doubt they were enough.
she thought He wanted her sacrifice.
He told her He just wants her heart,
and invited her to come dine with the King.
there’s plenty of room at the table and the well never runs dry.
in fact,
her worries all add up to nothing,
for the rest of eternity.
He is enough,
and He invites her to sit at His feet.
Papa, He shepherds, provides, heals.
He never fails.
He feeds the hungry and provides the wanderer with shelter,
quenches deep thirst and gives the weary rest.
He tucks the fatherless in
and sets the lonely in families.
even the sparrow is within His care,
and His children are worth much more to Him than many sparrows.

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
[Luke 12:32]

this girl,
she soars on wings like an eagle.
her Father has set her free
and He dwells within her,
she in Him.

He gave her big dreams,
and He’s going to fulfill them all.

she finds rest in His presence
and ascends mountains with Him.
she was born to fly.

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What if we believed so deeply in the hope our Father promises that we sang in the dark, because we know the sun is coming?

Because we know the Son is coming.

Light changes the world. 
So set your lamp on a hill.

Arise, behold His glory.

What if we believed so deeply in the hope our Father promises that we sang in the dark, because we know the sun is coming?

Because we know the Son is coming.

Light changes the world.
So set your lamp on a hill.

Arise, behold His glory.

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You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.

Isaiah 55:12-13

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children of God.

freedom and joy.

They’re ours in Christ.

Now there is an enemy to the cross of Christ, and the closer I follow after Him, the more the enemy attempts to steal the joy, freedom, hope, and promise of life that is eternally mine in Christ. Yet since the enemy has no dominion over the children of God (he can only deceive, he has no real power), all I have to do is remember my inheritance. Live in the promise.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death…

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace…

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. (Romans 8)

The Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 

We are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed He lives in us. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Life. Fullness of joy.

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. (Galatians 5:13)

 

So I wonder… When did we stop delighting?

When did we stop living like children, with untainted, abounding joy?

When did we stop letting our hearts fly unfettered?

 

For He is gentle and humble in heart. His yoke is easy and his burden is light.

Those burdens we drag around, shackles that weigh us down – those were never ours to carry.

We’re just children of God. We’re not supposed to know everything, and really just one thing: Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

If we know nothing other than the truth that God is who He says He is, we are blessed.

Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”

We are not captives to fear or worry or panic or striving, because we do not belong to the world. We belong to God, and we live in the realm of the Spirit.

If we are His children, we look like our Daddy. We don’t have to do anything to look like Him; we’re made in His image. And He delights in the littlest things. He delights in our hearts.

 

I have a story. A few days ago I was wrestling with something that didn’t deserve my attention. Instead of taking every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ, I was letting the world weigh me down. My eyes drifted to the window and I saw a little boy down at the river with his daddy, throwing rocks in the rapids and giggling in delight. He did it over and over again, each time with an ecstatic joy that struck my heart. No one had to tell him of his freedom, he just knows he’s free. It’s inherent to his nature. It’s what we’re made for. And His father just smiled, enjoying the freedom of his child living unfettered.

Our Abba loves us like that.

The glory is deeper than the dirt we collect and carry. Glory is inherent to our nature, because we’re made in His image. At our core, we’re all still children, and there’s incredible freedom in claiming that. There’s freedom in releasing all we’re holding onto and just doing what we see our Father doing. There’s peace in knowing He holds all things together, and we’re not responsible for all we thought we were. There’s rest in an existence knowing nothing but Jesus and the power of His love.

 

So I invite you to live captivated by the joy and freedom of life in Christ.

And dance a little.

/ /  Dance a lot.  / /

Your Daddy loves to watch you live fully alive.

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on earth as it is in heaven

I want to live as a prisoner to the “Yes.” Remembering all we have seen, we set our hope fully on what we have not yet seen. We place all of our hope and all of our trust and all of our focus on the grace given us through Christ, and we beg to live captured by His promises.

-Katie Davis

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that you may know.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Ephesians 1:18-19)

I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. (Isaiah 45:3)

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever - the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. (John 14:16-17)

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)

The Lord knows those who are his. (2 Timothy 2:19)

Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)

I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8)

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17)

(Jesus praying to the Father) I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one - I in them and you in me - so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me… I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known, in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them. (John 17)

God’s will for us is to know the Father, to know this great Love.

Not to know about, but to know personally, in relationship.

Not to believe in hope or unfailing love or grace (without foundation), but to KNOW hope, unfailing love, and grace, bestowed by Him.

Even when we cannot see, we walk in assurance because we trust the character of our Father, whom we know, who goes before.

I pray that you may know.

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fearless : rooted

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

Fearlessness doesn’t need to be proven by walking into danger. Fearless simply means we let no fear take root, because we know the outcome. We know the strength of God’s love in which we are grounded. We have settled assurance in our foundation. We will not be shaken - not when heat or drought or famine or trouble come, not when the mountains quake or the earth falls into the heart of the sea - [because our roots are deep and they reach the water.]

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7)

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)

No power of hell, no scheme of man, could ever pluck us from His hand. No disaster or sickness or darkness or deception could ever remove us from the Father’s love, therefore we stand firm and without fear. We’re rooted in the surest foundation.

And how luscious is the fruit that grows from branches strongly rooted in the vine.