WaitingApril 30, 2015
Peter & The Power of the Holy SpiritSeptember 9, 2015
To know and experience your Heavenly Father as the wonderful, loving and lavish Father he is, and for you to know Jesus as your Savior, then more and more the Lord of your life, and then the biggest bonus of them all:
For Jesus to become your best friend. And I mean really your best and closest friend.
The kind of best friend who is so real you know he is there all the time; the kind of best friend with whom you can laugh, and cry; the kind of best friend who fills you to the point where no one or no thing can rattle you.
You see, your Heavenly Father is a lavish God, pouring out his perfect love in all the details of your life. Nothing is happening in your life that is surprising your Father. And he is no “bread and water only” God. He is a feast God; a banquet of riches God.
I want to encourage you, to exhort you, to cheerlead you, to reach for this A+ life. No matter where you are in your spiritual journey, there is always more. There is always another level; a richer, deeper level.
You can actually achieve the “love, joy, peace, patience,” and a life filled with power, promised you by your Father. (Galatians 5:22-23)
You can actually learn to be “joyful always, praying continuously in a soulful alliance with Jesus, and giving thanks in all circumstances: as your gratitude for your new life overwhelms you and overflows from within you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 paraphrased)
Imagine being joyful always. You can. I am. And I’m no “Pollyanna Christian,” that’s for sure.
Imagine praying continuously in, “A conversational walk through life, talking with God about what we are doing together.” (Dallas Willard)
You can. I am. And I am no “super prayer,” that’s for sure.
Imagine being so overwhelmed with gratitude for your new life, nothing can rattle you, and so much so you are constantly breaking out in a huge grin, savored with a sweet humility for being saved.
You can. I am. And I no “super-Christian,” that’s for sure.
What is preventing you from this unbelievable life?
You, as you settle for the C- life, often without even knowing you are settling. No one at your church has helped you to see the incredible heights awaiting you. No one in your sphere is modeling this joy-filled, exuberant life for you to see. So naturally you are settling for that which everyone else around you is settling: average.
But there’s more.
And you can have it.
You can. Starting today!
This is why I write these Putting Greens, and why:
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the confident expectation of joy to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:17-19 paraphrased)