Tag Archive: called clean


For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ. – (Galatians 3:26-28, NLT) 

 

God looks at us through the lens of His Son. Not one of us is more or less worthy than another, but rather we are equally covered and called clean by what Christ has done for us on the cross. Our part is to trust in Him, believe that His grace is enough, and move forward as one body in the freedom that we’ve been given so that we may go forth and love as we are loved. May we each embrace our status as children of God, and walk out our days as one body, determined to love God and love people as God so lavishly loves each of us.

 

We are the children, not-defined-by-a-day

Of God our great King;

United with Christ,

Such love the Lord brings.

Through our own choosing,

To receive the gift;

Our faithful pursuit,

Grants us a soul lift.

For through this union,

We have been made new;

Cleansed and called righteous,

One body in You.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we can be called Your children when we choose to place our trust in Jesus and what He did on our behalf. Thank You that through baptism, we are united with Christ, and covered and called clean before You. Thank You that You see Christ in us, rather than the guilt and shame that we carry. Forgive us for not receiving all that You are offering, or for somehow holding onto that which You have already forgiven. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would receive all that You offer, and see others through Your eyes. Show us how to love as You love, so that we may move as one body, with one purpose, as You have called us to love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we go forth and love as we are loved. Amen.

 

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

 

May God Almighty grant you mercy. – Genesis 43:14

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Simon Peter, James and John (the sons of Zebedee), were fishermen. Their livelihood was dependant on their daily catch. One day, after a rough night of catching absolutely nothing, Jesus came along and spoke to the men. He told them to let down their nets in deep water. The fishermen, having spent the entire night trying to no avail, decided to do as Jesus had said, simply because it was He who said it. When they cast their nets, they caught so many fish that their nets began to break and their boats became so full of fish, that they started to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” – (Luke 5:8)

 

Simon Peter was so moved by this miracle, that his response was the recognition of his own sinfulness, in comparison to the greatness of Christ. Though Simon Peter and the others had seen Jesus heal the sick and drive out demons, he could not help but be overwhelmed by the personal attention and care Christ provided for their day to day lives. Jesus cared about their livelihood. He provided in a way that went way beyond what they had ever known, yet was tangible in their terms. God came close and their lives were forever changed. May we recognize the miracles all around us, as Christ came close to dwell within the hearts of all who believe.

 

In the midst of life,Honoring the Temple

Christ comes near to us;

He makes Himself known,

precious Lord Jesus.

Miracles abound,

if we simply look;

He loves and heals hearts,

all our sins He took.

May we too respond,

in reverent praise;

give glory to God,

for all of our days.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us so much that You sent Your Son to reestablish that which was broken between us. Thank You Jesus, that You took all of our sin and shame on the cross, erasing our debt and calling us clean. Thank You that You rose again in power and are seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding on our behalf. Thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit to dwell in us, to lead, guide and direct our steps. Forgive us for any response to You that does not include awe and reverence, as You, O Lord, are worthy of all of our worship and adoration. Help us to grasp a greater understanding of who You are and what You have done for each of us. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may move securely in the truth. Lead us to love others as You so generously love each of us. May many come to know You as their Savior and King. Be glorified O God, as we operate in awe and reverence of who You are and all that You have done for each of us. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. – 2 Corinthians 1:3

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image by Mike @ oneyearbibleblog.com

He suffered trials,

chose to bear our pain;

looked death in the face,

and removed our shame.

His obedience,

despite agony;

reverent submission,

so we might be free.

Although He was Son,

He chose to obey;

Source of salvation,

how He made the way.

Because of His choice,

all hope may be found;

for our great High Priest,

His grace does abound.

Before each of us,

to be made, a choice;

to go our own way,

or obey His voice.

One way is narrow,

the other is broad;

when we choose His way,

the heavens applaud.

(Responding to Hebrews 5:7-10)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You grant us the freedom to choose. Thank You Jesus, for Your sacrifice so that we might spend eternity with You. Thank You that through Your life and death, You showed us the way to live in reverent submission and ongoing obedience. Thank You that as You conquered death, You opened heaven’s doors so that the lost might be found, and the guilty called clean. Forgive us for neglecting to grasp the magnitude of Your sacrifice. Help us to hold the glorious hope that You grant to all who choose You. May many come to know You, as we live and love in reverent submission to You, our Savior. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.  Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.” – Acts 20:28

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“Now it’s up to you.  Be on your toes – both for yourselves and your congregation of sheep.  The Holy Spirit has put you in charge of these people – God’s people they are – to guard and protect them.  God Himself thought they were worth dying for.” – (The Message)

Our charge, each one of us who calls Him King, is to be on guard, not only for ourselves, but for our communities.  He already paid the ultimate price for our protection, so we ought to be brave in His strength, knowing that His plan is that none would perish.

How exactly am I to be an overseer of both myself and my community?

First, I must be in tune with our Beloved so that I am ever aware, and able to discern the difference between deceit and His direction.

Next, He has granted us both the gift and the grace to present our petitions to Him through prayer.  We are called to be people of prayer.  We are equipped and covered to clearly convey Christ, when we are intentional to listen to His leading.  If we are faithful to speak truth in love, our Heavenly Father will fan the flames in every heart that hears.

Any good that is done through us, is only possible because of the perfect sacrifice our Savior presented on our behalf.  We are covered by His blood and called clean; leaving us equipped and empowered to listen to His leading.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not call us to do anything that You are not also willing and able to equip us to accomplish.  Forgive us for our doubts, and help us to never forget that to You, each of us were worth dying for.  May we be ever-listening and always at the ready to do as You ask to protect and preserve our hearts and the hearts of those around us.  Lead us in love Lord, so that not one of us who comes to call You King, should perish.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

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“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – I John 1:8-9

We all sin.  We all need His forgiveness to be found upright before Him.  If we think that we are without sin, we are lying to ourselves, and will become blind to the blessings that God has for us.  We must admit our erroneous ways and ask again to be made clean by the covering of Christ.  When we ask, He answers.  He is faithful and forgives – undoing our unrighteousness before the Father.

It is easy to get so caught up in the chaos of life, that we become callous and a bit deaf to the prompting of our ever-present Counselor.  If we don’t slow down and take time to listen, how can we hope to hear Him?

I have found that each day I begin in His word and practice being present before Him, the more easily and quickly I hear His correction, direction, and admonition.  It is much easier to “stay the course”, when I allow the Captain to keep command.  When I take the wheel, I begin to be blown off course, until I again slow down, step aside, and allow Daddy God to drive.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are faithful to forgive us as we ask, and are quick to call us clean by the covering of the blood of Your Son.  Help us to hear Your counsel as You lead us and guide us in the way we are meant to go, and to not take lightly the cost for our covering.  Teach us to be truthful before You, that we might be quick to confess all that muddies our cleanliness.  May we keep close account before You, and be sensitive to Your Spirit as You speak to us about our spaces of sin.  In You, may our love for You and from You be extended to everyone we encounter.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

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