Through Christ, Who Empowers Us to Do All Things

Before Christ died, He bequeathed all power to His disciples, especially to Peter (though he had betrayed Him).

Before Peter died, He bequeathed all power to us, naming us a holy priesthood and heirs to the throne of God.

No matter your past or your present, you are offered the opportunity to live exalted in Him.

I invite you now to seize your inheritance and claim the glory set aside for you since the beginning of time so that you would live a life fully endowed with the full and undiluted strength of the Spirit, which Jesus purchased for us with His Holy Blood.

Strength is a Process

There’s a rumor going around. It’s the “get (fill the blank) quick” ghost. It sounds great. Eat this thing for a week, chant this mantra, do this exercise, and *bang* you’re healed.

Yes, maybe over time it will make a difference. And yes, sometimes there are stories of instant success. But for the most part it takes a while.

Think about growing up. It takes time to walk and talk and chew your food and pretty much everything else. You may skip a step, but it still takes time.

This goes the same for strength building of any kind. People say it’s a no-brainer. Do this thing, change this factor, and everything will just work out. I say, it takes time.

You want to get to point B, even Z. You have to start with A. You start with nothing. You’re broken and you’re scared. Then it’s on to damage control, picking up pieces and seeing if the ground will hold me. Then, once things begin to get okay, you start to get comfortable. When you start getting comfortable, then you can start taking risks, because there is the notion that there is some semblance of net to catch you if you fall. It’s not a chronological process. You’ll go back and forth all the time. Maybe you’ll skip lots of steps and then something happens and you’ll sail back even behind where you started. It happens. Trust the process. Keep going.

Allow others the same grace. Oftentimes, we forget how far we’ve come and how long it took us to get here. To us, it’s overnight. But remember that it wasn’t. Be gracious and encouraging. Let others know your story. A realistic view of life helps more than you know.

Together, we can build a stronger, more beautiful world, except you gotta be in it for the long haul to make it happen.

 

God-blessed

Jesus met Satan in the desert

He had been roaming in the wilderness for some time

Dirt caked His face, sweat smeared His brow

Hunger gnawed at His innards.

Satan showed up with a sandwich

“Give me what I want and I’ll feed you,” said Satan.

Jesus took His six-shooter and shot the sandwich from his hand.

“I’m not much for deli meat either,” said Satan as he brushed off the sandwich and placed it back in his robe.

Satan pointed to a Ferrari about a mile away.

“I’d be happy to take you wherever you wanted to go,” said Satan.

Jesus shot the tires out. Satan scowled.

“I knew I should have paid for renter’s insurance on that thing,” said Satan.

Satan help us his platinum Visa card.

“You know you don’t have to be here. This whole vagrant thing doesn’t suit the Son of God at all. I’d be happy to give you the whole royal treatment. The whole world at your feet,” said Satan.

Jesus unloaded another two shots into the card, one to knock it from the devil’s hand and the other to blow it to smithereens.

“I like who I AM, it’s you I’m not too fond of,” said Jesus.

He fired three more shots and the devil’s feet.

The devil hurried away, passed the car and the card, out into the desert and the wind.

 

If You’ve Made it This Far

If you’ve made it this far,

You’ve made it this far

It’s not easy

I’m sure there were times

Maybe you wanted out

to give up to give in to say it’s not worth it

I’m better off gone

but you’re not gone, you’re here

Thank God for you!

You are wonderful!

There’s no time like the present

Start making a difference

You are the pebble in the pond the endless ripple

Go out and touch the lives of many

who will benefit from your light

Expel the darkness

It’s a new day

Live it to the full