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May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation - the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ - for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

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John 13:3-5 - Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 

The verse above says that Jesus knew that the Father had given all things into his hands. Which means he had everything. He was secure. There’s nothing to “get”. He had all things in his hands. Out of this fullness, he served. 

Out of this same fullness, secure people serve the best! When you know that you are right with God, not because you’re perfect, but because you are In Christ, then you will serve out of love instead of obligation. You will serve because you are a son or daughter of the king, instead of serving to try to get God to like you.

Good works are works done because you are right with God, not works done to try to be right with God. 

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Ran my first 6 mile in a long while today. I was definitely feeling the run by the time I was done. This is where things start to get real!

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Galatians 2:4-6 - But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.

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He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:10-12

Today, cast your cares on God, he cares for you. You are not over stepping any boundaries, Jesus died to give you the right to be God’s child.

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You are God’s field! 1 Corinthians 3:9. You are God’s masterpiece! Ephesians 2:10. Even if you look at yourself and see nothing but a mess, God is eager and working to make you into something beautiful.

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2 Thessalonians 3:16 - Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.

I love how Paul talks about Jesus as the “Lord Of Peace”, but even more than that I love how it shows Jesus as a savior that wants to be with us. It says “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace”. Jesus isn’t content to just save you and leave you on your own, he has longed to be with us!

John 14:16,17 - And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.

You are never without him.

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Galatians 3:8,9 - What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would declare the Gentiles to be righteous because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.

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Slowly getting into Christmas music this year. I don’t have much time left! lol

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2 Corinthians 12:9 - Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 

I just realized this.. A lot of times we think the ones that God uses are the ones that have it all together. We think that they are on a different level of righteousness or something like that. As if they could have nothing going on wrong in their lives, or that they had never made a wrong choice.. But from this verse I see that it’s because Paul boasts in his weaknesses, that the power of Christ can work through him. I have a lot of weaknesses, so there’s a lot I can boast about. I’m a great candidate for the power of Christ to work through!