In Him, We’re Free

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. – (2 Corinthians 3:17)

 

We are no more bound to the Old Testament law, that required sacrifices and ceremonies to be considered worthy to approach the throne of God. Rather, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we have been set free, and by His Spirit dwelling in us, may now boldly approach His throne of grace without fear. The very same freedom that we have in Christ for worship, communication and fellowship with our Heavenly Father, is ours to operate in throughout every area of our lives. God does not intend for us to be bound, caught in the pain or panic of perpetually needing to perform. Instead, He is calling us to walk confidently in who He has created us to be, operating in the gifts that He has placed within us. When we walk in His freedom, there is joy in the journey and hope for what lies ahead. May we each embrace the glorious gift of grace that He has given, and walk forward in the freedom provided through Christ’s perfect sacrifice.

 

The Spirit of Christ,butterflies

given unto us;

our dear Savior’s gift,

set free through Jesus.

Freedom from the law,

and our bond to sin;

deemed righteous, set free,

in the end, we win.

Now gone are the chains,

of “you’re not enough”;

we’re covered and called,

the Lord’s righteousness.

Go forth and be bold,

in Christ we are free;

to walk in His light,

and help blind eyes see.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are Spirit and You are freedom. Thank You that Your Spirit dwells in us, granting us freedom in You. Thank You that You set us free from the burden of our sin and failure, and set our feet on Your path of righteousness; not because of anything that we are able to do in our own strength, but because You dwell within us. Forgive us for not embracing the freedom that You have already granted us in You, and help us to trust You more so that we may embrace You grace and walk boldly into the freedom that You supply. Lead us to love others unhindered, just as You love us without limits as well. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be exalted O God, as we walk in freedom by Your Spirit within us. Amen.

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

For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God. – 1 Peter 2:19

His Word Shows the Way

image by 119 Ministries

image by 119 Ministries

The Word of God,

is God-breathed truth;

useful to teach,

correct, rebuke.

Righteous training,

for followers;

equipping all,

to do His work.

Every deed,

done unto God;

to demonstrate,

His path to trod.

For He is good,

His Word is true,

as we obey,

He makes us new.

Study His truth,

be in the Word;

He grants wisdom,

for what we’ve heard.

In Him alone,

may we all trust;

obedience,

do as we must.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word, for it is our set of instructions to live as You call us to live.  Thank You that as we are faithful to study Your Word, You are faithful to reveal more of Yourself unto us, by Your Holy Spirit dwelling in us.  Forgive us for not being more diligent in the study of Scripture, and lead us to study and obey what You ask.  Teach us, train us, correct and rebuke us, so that we might become thoroughly equipped to do all that You ask of us.  Lead us and guide us we pray, so that many may come to know You each day.  Amen.

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

Fuel for Our Faith

“By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong.  It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.” – Acts 3:16

 
“Faith in Jesus’ name put this man, whose condition you know so well, on his feet – yes, faith and nothing but faith put this man healed and whole right before your eyes.” – (The Message)
The healing of the crippled beggar happened a short time after Jesus had ascended into heaven and had sent His Holy Spirit to reside in His faithful followers.  It was by faith, fueled by the Spirit dwelling within them, that Peter and John were confidently able to come close to the broken and call out for him to be healed.  As Peter took his hand to help him up, the healing happened instantly.  Faith to action, to amazement.  The makings of this miracle were not because of some mystical powers present in Peter or John, but rather it was made possible by faith; the believing in He who had called them to do as He had done.  Peter was able to speak boldly and trust completely, knowing that God had healing in mind for the broken man.
Imagine the sight as they walked together down the street toward the temple courts.  This man, the very one who had been crippled and set by the temple gates to beg each day, was now approaching the temple as he was “walking and jumping, and praising God”!  I can only imagine the joy and the giddy grin worn on the face of this grown man as he leapt and jumped and shouted out in joy for the faithfulness of our Heavenly Father.  Free at last from that which had held him captive in his own body, now gone, and nothing was holding him back!
All of us have our areas where we feel crippled or bound.  It is only through faith in He who will make us free, that we are able to find the sort of faith that fuels forward momentum.  Faith calls for movement.  Movement results in action.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that the very same faith that fueled the healing of the crippled beggar is available and active to heal the brokenness of our own human frailty for each of us who finds faith to believe.  Thank You that our faith is not something that we must muster, but rather it is readily supplied by Your Spirit as we ask.  Thank You that You heal our hearts and provide the hope of wholeness both for today, and in the life that is yet to come.  Regardless of our reality and/or limitations here on earth, that which is yet to come holds total health and wholeness in Your heavenly presence forever!  Forgive us for our fear that holds us back, and form in us Your faith that fuels the realization of impossibilities, and makes mountains move in Your mighty Name.  Grow our faith, Father, that we might walk in Your good and perfect will that leads the lost to Your loving and healing hands.  Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Faith Flips the Impossible

image by Andrea Hurley

“Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with men is possible with God.” – Luke 18:27

What we cannot see through the haze of our human hearts, is completely clear to Christ.  He who created everything, is more than able to accomplish what is seemingly impossible through the eyes of each of us on earth.

When faith is our focus, rather than merely accepting the obstacles beheld before us as barriers, we make way for the Almighty to move.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6

Faith is formed as we find out the facts about our Heavenly Father, and receive the grace that God extends to each of us as we earnestly seek Him and enter into an eternal relationship with our Redeemer.

When we seek, we find.  As we find, faith is formed.  By faith, we are able to appear before our amazing God, covered and called clean through the cross of Christ, and witness the impossible being made possible, by God alone.

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24

Ask.

Believe.

Receive.

Faith fulfilled.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that the seemingly impossible is made possible in You.  Thank You that faith is not something we manage to muster, rather it is something that builds and grows as we seek You, find You, and allow Your Spirit dwelling in us to direct our steps.  Grow our faith Father, as we seek You with our whole hearts.  Teach us to trust not in ourselves, but in You alone, who equips us for all that You ask.  Lead us by Your love, and may we each begin to see the possible through Your perception, rather than our own.  May mountains be moved as we magnify Your majesty.  Amen.

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