As women we often suffer from our own vain imagination and the distorted self-perception we carry through life. Last week, I submitted myself to the painful process of capturing a new headshot for my various online profiles. I could not decide if I liked any of them so I let my husband pick the one of me. I got a great response and as I stared at that photo I thought to myself, “Who is that woman?”
A few days later I sat up alone evaluating that picture and something my daughter said that really became revelation to me in that moment. How is God adjusting your self-perception today?
#KillingMonsters began on Facebook one Monday as women from various walks of life responded to an article about being more than “pretty” by posting “#NoMakeupMonday pics on there status updates. It turned into a movement all about taking down the giants in our life that move against us to defeat our faith. Share your stories about #Killing Monsters HERE.
If Romans 8:1 assures us there is NOW therefore NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, then why do we continue to try to live our lives FOR Jesus by controlling our behavior around the Law of Moses? We were never called to live or give our lives FOR Jesus by succumbing to the Letter of the Law. The Letter kills, but God’s Holy Spirit brings life to us through Jesus Christ. We are called to live our lives (abide) IN Jesus. This is the law of grace which trumps the Old Testament letter. Through this abiding relationship we come to repentance – (Greek: Meta-nooia- two root words meaning to change and the mind; or change your mind, the way you think)- in the Loving Kindness of God rather than fear of Judgment for sin. We grow in grace & knowledge of who He is and so become like Him being transformed from glory to glory! Happy Easter! Jesus died to redeem you – not your sins. Salvation & Christianity are not behavior contracts – they are an invitation to abide in Christ and find life to the full- the life you were always meant to live. So the only question is: Are you abiding in Christ or just living for Him?
“They Call Him Jesus” Original Pencil Sketch (C) Michelle Bentham, 2011. All Rights Reserved.
God’s plan and purpose for your life is bigger than a “to do” list… It is, as Shakespeare would say, “To be or not to be…” That is really the question. He created you “to be” magnificent, astounding, amazing, accomplished, brilliant, inspiring and inspired, and He created you to be loved. You are His walk in that calling – He calls you SON. Amen.
I know God has made everything beautiful for its time. God has also placed in our minds a sense of eternity; we look back on the past and ponder over the future, yet we cannot understand the doings of God. I know there is nothing better for us than to be joyful and to do good throughout our lives; to eat and drink and see the good in all of our hard work is a gift from God. I know everything God does endures for all time. Nothing can be added to it; nothing can be taken away from it. We humans can only stand in awe of all God has done. What has been and what is to be—already is. And God holds accountable all the pursuits of humanity. (Ecclesiastes 3:11-14, The VOICE)
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