In Christ

What does it mean to be in Christ? 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” The Greek word for the phrase ‘be in’ is enand denotes position. It is in essence letting us know the position of the person. A person can either be in Christ or outside of Christ. Being in Christ means that we are included within, that Christ possesses us (we are no longer our own), we belong to Him, and we understand that we originate in …

In Peace

In Peace. In peace. Not just any peace, but the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. This is the peace that we desire to find ourselves in. Isaiah 26:3 tells us, “He will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Jesus tells us that He gives us His peace and that it is not the same peace the world gives. There are no strings attached to the peace Jesus gives. There are no unspoken expectations, no have to-s in order to obtain it, and no guilt trip after receiving it. …

In Joy

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” John 15:11. What things did Jesus speak? The prior verses detail abiding in Christ. That if we remain in Christ we will bear much fruit, but if not then we will be cast out as a withered branch. If we abide in Christ we will ask what we desire and it shall be done for us. This is because if we are abiding in Christ we will not be asking amiss or for selfish reasons. These are the things …

In Rest

Inclusion within rest. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? The opposite would be exclusion from rest which doesn’t sound so lovely. The question is, how do we enter into the rest God provides? And then, how do we stay in it?  These questions take us to Hebrews chapter 4. We learn in this chapter that in order to enter God’s rest we must believe (Hebrews 4: 3), we must be obedient (4: 6), and we must cease from our own works (4: 10). If we desire to enter into rest we must believe. The Greek word for believe is pisteuo. This word …

In Hope

“Rejoicing in hope.” Romans 12: 12. In this chapter of Romans there is a wonderful list of instruction for us to live godly in Christ Jesus. One of these instructions is to rejoice in hope. How do we do that? How shall we be in hope and then also rejoice in it? I am so glad you asked! We are to rejoice in hope. Rejoice in Greek is chairo and carries the meaning of being cheerful, calmly happy, or well off. This is a place of settled peace and feeling good about what we believe in and stand upon. In …

In Trust

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3: 5 Hope is based upon expectation while trust is based upon confidence. The word for trust here is batach. This word carries the meaning of trusting in, being confident or sure in, and hiding for refuge in. If we are in a place of trust in the Lord then we are not in a place of trust in someone or something else. If we are in trust then we are in a position of confidence in God. We have confidence that God will …

Invite Them In

“Come to Me.” Matthew 11: 28 Jesus invited others to Himself. He said, “Come to Me.” He was offering of Himself with no expectation of anything in return. The invitation for people to come wasn’t just for the well-mannered. It wasn’t just for the cleaned up. And it wasn’t just for the intellectual. The invitation was an open for all to come. How often do we as believers narrow the invitation that Jesus gave? We may not do it on purpose, but rather subconsciously as to only invite those we feel comfortable with. We must keep in mind that Jesus …

The Gift of Giving

      “The generous will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” Proverbs 11: 25 When we brought Lisa home, we knew that we were helping her. We also knew that as we poured out to her, God would pour into us as well. This is a Biblical principle. We don’t expect it, but we have seen it time and again from experience. We know from the verse above that as we live generously we will be made rich. We understand that this isn’t necessarily a material wealth, but rather a spiritual wealth. Generosity …

A Cup of Hope

   “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15: 13   I had a coffee mug which a dear sister had given to me some years back. The mug was blue and brown and had the word hope on it. Lisa had asked if she could use my mug the first day she arrived. I replied that of course she could. She asked if she could use the mug for the time she would be staying with us. …

Only Words

  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18: 21 We may think that our words don’t impact others. We might think that they may not matter. We may not consider them important. But, we would be wrong. Our words impact others, they do matter, and they are important. My husband, Owen, and I sat and spoke with Lisa while she was staying with us on several different occasions about heart issues. Lisa shared with us the struggles of a being a homeless addict. Owen and I shared about God’s faithfulness to each of us. Lisa …

Hold It Lightly

    “But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13: 16 Does it belong to you? Or does it belong to God? This question played itself out while Lisa stayed with us. When she was released from jail, Lisa had nothing but a clear plastic bag filled with a few personal items and a Bible. She asked if we could stop at a friend’s house to pick up another bag she was keeping there. We did. Lisa walked away with two half-filled garbage bags of clothing and papers. …

Put a Happy Face On It

      “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8: 28 One afternoon found me, Lisa, and my 2 girls heading to an appointment. As we rode along we chatted. Lisa asked a question, “What do you do with the bad things that come up in life? How do you handle those things?” I remained quiet for a moment and then deferred the question to my 11 year old girl. “What do you think honey?” She was silent for a time …