WHO GETS YOUR BLESSING

From the (Un)qualified devotional by STEVEN Furtick

“Your brother,” he said, “came here falsely and took your blessing.” Esau said, “Not for nothing was he named Jacob, the Heel. Twice now he’s tricked me: first he took my birthright and now he’s taken my blessing.” He begged, “Haven’t you kept back any blessing for me?””

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭27:35-36‬ ‭MSG‬‬

One of the most dramatically unqualified biblical heroes I can think of is Jacob. He was a liar, a con, a trickster, a fraud. He spent much of his life haunted by bad decisions and exiled to the chaos of self-inflicted consequences. And yet God called him, chose him, and even blessed him.

Jacob ended up playing a major role in God’s plan to redeem the world. He emerged simultaneously as one of the most important figures in Scripture and one of the most screwed up.

Jacob was a poster child for the confusion and complications that weaknesses produce. But he was also a dramatic example of someone who was, at least by the end of his life, able to embrace his insufficiencies, look past them, and trust in God.

And when he did, God took over. He overruled Jacob’s limitations and trumped his disqualifications. Jacob was acutely, painfully, spectacularly human. That’s probably why I can relate to his failures faster than his feats. But ultimately God redeemed, redefined, and realigned Jacob through his weaknesses, not in spite of them. And that’s what He will do for you and me, when we embrace who we really are. He wants to bless the real you, with all your insufficiencies and weaknesses. He is the one who has called you, equipped you, and empowered you. And He is able to open doors of opportunity just for you…just as you are.

VERSE OF THE DAY

“For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do—submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life! All who walk by this standard are the true Israel of God—his chosen people. Peace and mercy on them!

Quite frankly, I don’t want to be bothered anymore by these disputes. I have far more important things to do—the serious living of this faith. I bear in my body scars from my service to Jesus. May what our Master Jesus Christ gives freely be deeply and personally yours, my friends. Oh, yes!”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:14-18‬ ‭MSG‬‬

LIFE’S BIGGEST QUESTION

From the (Un)qualified devotional by STEVEN Furtick

In Matthew 16, Jesus is having a conversation about His identity with Simon Peter, and Jesus asked him an all-important question: “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And he got it right.

Getting this question right is both the quintessence of salvation and the starting point for a lifelong journey. You are saved when you come to know and believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but that is only the beginning of your relationship with Him.

When Simon correctly identified who Jesus was, Jesus identified who Simon was.

He said, “I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.” From then on, Simon was known as Rock. That’s what petros, or Peter, means in Greek.

What changed in that moment wasn’t who Peter was but rather his view of who he was. Jesus said he was a rock. Suddenly Peter could see the man he really was.

So who do you say Jesus is? It’s life’s biggest question. Knowing God is paramount to finding out why He made you and who He means for you to be.

God wants to give you a revelation of who you are too. He wants to show you your value now, and He wants to open your eyes to who you can become in Him.

Stop talking about who you are not and what you cannot do, and start listening to what God says about your life. Stop labeling yourself, and start letting God do whatever He wants in, through, and with you. It’s time to take the fullness of Christ into account when you think of yourself.

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From the (UN)QUALIFIED Daily devotional by STEVEN Furtivk

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This is one of the Ten Commandments I most misunderstood growing up: Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain. I thought this commandment had a very specific and limited application. Basically it boils down to not saying, “Oh, my God!” when you are shocked or excited. It means not saying, “Jesus Christ!” when someone cuts you off in traffic.

But this commandment is about far more than how you use God’s name as a vocabulary word – it’s about how you take His name as a way of life.

In other words, do you live according to who He is? Does your life reflect His identity? Or do you live in ways that are incongruent with the name you took when you decided to call yourself a Christian?

Unfortunately, my tendency – and maybe yours – is to take this commandment almost as a threat. We think God’s focus is our behavior. But our actions are only a small part of what it means to take God’s name in vain.

In reality, this commandment is directly connected to how we view ourselves.

God has given you the gift of identity. He’s given you His identity, His sufficiency, and His qualifications.

And God wants to give you His name in your situation, in your weakness, and in your need. But you have to choose to take it.

LOVE IS SIGHT

““The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that’s who loves me. And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and make myself plain to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said, “Master, why is it that you are about to make yourself plain to us but not to the world?” “Because a loveless world,” said Jesus, “is a sightless world. If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him—we’ll move right into the neighborhood! Not loving me means not keeping my words. The message you are hearing isn’t mine. It’s the message of the Father who sent me.”

‭‭John‬ ‭14:21-24‬ ‭MSG‬‬

When we have the love of God ruling and reigning in our hearts, He will reveal and make manifest a Himself to us, with that illumination, we can see EVERYTHING! LOVE IS SIGHT! A LOBELESS WORL IS A SIGHTLESS WORLD!

THOUGHT OF THE DAY – EXPERIENCE LIFE ON GOD’S TERMS

“But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:9-11‬ ‭MSG‬‬

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KINTSUKUROI

Kintsukuroi is a very interesting word that means “to repair with gold.” It refers to “the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.” As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

God is in the business of repairing us with the intention that we come out more beautiful because we were once broken. Glory ! God doesn’t despise the honesty from a truly repentant heart. Instead, our surrender allows him and his grace to change us and make us whole. Somehow, God is able to make us more whole and more beautiful than we can ever imagine, because we live as testaments of his amazing grace.

In the words of the song by Tasha Cobbs “Here I am, God, Arms wide open, Pouring out my life, Gracefully broken

THIS IS AMAZING GRACE!