No Condemnation: In Hope We Are Saved!

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Scripture For Study Reflection: Romans 8:17-39 We have read it many times as believers in Romans 8:1 “There is no condemnation for those who are Christ Jesus”  but do we live it as we truly believe it?

Does the condemnation scripture resonate with us in ALL circumstances or only when we think we are, “doing good?” When we are stumbling do we live as slaves to our sin?

Romans 8:15 says “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.” What a relief to have this knowledge!  You and I are his child and we can cry out Abba (Daddy) please help me in my weakness! In hope we are saved!

Romans 8:26 says, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. We can never be separated from the love of God! (Romans 35, 36, 37).

Prayer for today:  Abba Father, I know you love me and I no longer live under condemnation because of your Son Jesus.  No matter where my life journey has taken me I am no longer a slave to my past.  In hope I have been saved!  My future is hopeful and full of promise because you my Father have called me to be your very own!  Amen!

How God’s Hope Anchors The Soul In All Circumstances

In The Message version of the bible this is what Hebrews 6:18-20 says.

We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go.  It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.

When we trust God we have this hope as an anchor for our souls.

This anchor is unbreakable.

This anchor is trustworthy.

This anchor leads directly to God.

When the storms come and our soul suffers and we feel like we are being tossed by the wind and waves we can remember that

God is unchangeable.

God’s anchor is unbreakable.

God’s hope is sustainable.

We have all that we need to weather the storm.  Be encouraged!

God’s Daughter,

Melanie

Restored By Hope: when I feel shamed

“For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.” (John‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬ AMP)

Feeling shamed by a person or circumstance can leave us feeling at our lowest.

This can then leave us feeling separated from God.

God has NOT left us but our shame has put a veil of darkness over us telling us the lie that God is angry with us which is a lie.

This leads to us separating ourselves from God’s life giving light.

Come back into the light of His presence. John 8:12 says, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.”

Maybe you made a poor choice or are in need of forgiveness today. This is no reason to live under the condemnation of shame.

Go to God and, “be made safe and sound in Him.” (John 3:17 AMP).

If your life pattern has been to condemn yourself for making mistakes or being imperfect, go to The light of the world.

He loves you and is waiting to lift the veil of your shame.

Meditation: Dear Father, lift my veil of shame. Forgive me for poor choices I’ve made this week and replace the shame with freedom in You. Thank you for setting me free and giving me Your love light to guide me. There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Restored By Hope: When the workplace feels overwhelming

At work we feel overwhelmed by many factors such as deadlines, workload and sometimes the varying moods and attitudes of co-workers.

Last night I came home with a pounding headache with feelings of irritability to go along with it. When I shut my office door the stressors came along for the commute home.

I needed relief and not just relief from taking some aspirin…..I needed spiritual renewal and refreshing. I knew that I needed to bathe in the light of God’s restoring presence.

3 Ways I Restored My Hope:

1. Turned to God’s promise through scripture by meditating on Psalm 27:4-6. I allowed key words to speak to my heart and I received them as food to my soul.

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple. [Ps. 16:11; 18:6; 65:4; Luke 2:37.] For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock. And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.” (Psalm‬ ‭27‬:‭4-6‬ AMP)

2. Prayer Journaled
I wrote a letter to my savior…Dear Jesus….I lamented about my day, gave him all of my stressors. He says, ” Come to me all that are weary and heavy-laden….and so I obeyed because I know He knows exactly what I need.

3. Worship and Praise
I turned off all electronics, TV, any stimulus that would distract me. I put on calming worship music and after I lamented I thanked God for the sweet release I found as I dwelled in His house, I dwelled in His tent, I imagined myself being kept safe in His shelter.

These 3 simple steps took me from chaotic to calm. Oh I know I will face more workplace stress but it’s my choice how….

…I choose to respond to it…..

-Will I ruminate or meditate?
-Will I complain or lament then let go?
-Will I be wound up or choose peace?

….The choice is ours, His mercies are new every morning and we have the absolute, unbelievable privilege of dwelling in the house of The Lord forever!

Prayer for today: Like King David, my hearts desire is to dwell in Your tent, in Your shelter. Remind me of this Lord when I feel overwhelmed by work pressures. I can’t avoid making a living but I can choose how I handle my stress. Amen.

His Daughter,
Melanie

“Women! Take Your Place At The Family Table of God!”

Did you know that you are an adopted daughter of God?

Adopted by the most loving, caring, forgiving, available Father?

Not just any Father, but the Father of the Kingdom of Heaven!  Do you know what this means?!

Well first of all, yes you are a princess and have always been a princess…..

……but this isn’t a fairy tale!

This is your life ordained and covered by Your Father, the King of Heaven and earth!  No matter how your past history has been written on this earth….YOU ARE LOVED!

As our Father, He doesn’t just kiss our boo-boo’s when we fall down but He picks up the pieces of our shattered past, heals our brokenness and restores us into a new creation.

He never wastes the pain we’ve experienced.  You may be wondering, “Well, how do you know anything about my pain?”  You’re right, I don’t know the details of your past but I have experienced….

…..abandonment, rejection, hopelessness, and wanting to just give up…..wounded beyond repair….damaged goods.

I want to share with you the One who rescued me, “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure.  He sets my hind feet on high places and causes me to stand on the heights.” -2 Samuel 22: 33-34.

I am now learning to live high above my circumstances.

I’d like to introduce you to my loving “Abba” (Daddy) Father.  I am an adopted daughter of God of the most high!

He calls you an adopted daughter of God and wants to break the chains of your past and set you free!  So come, come and take your seat at…

…..THE FAMILY TABLE OF GOD!!

His Daughter,

Melanie