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Chapter 8

God is LOVE!

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Chapter 8 pages 150-151

Luke 6:27-28 & Romans 14:17

There’s not a single event, nor will there ever be that God will not use to further His Kingdom, once it passes through the Sovereign hands of Jesus. In my book Unshackled, From Ruin to Redemption, I write about an experience that enslaved me for years.

The ability to overcome came when the Holy Spirit reminded me of God’s Word to treat those who hurt us differently so the character of our heavenly Father can be revealed in His sons and daughters. Bless them! Love them! Do something good for them! Pray for them! Not exactly my first thought but it is God’s. Because God is Love, He treats us this way. He knows love never fails. Are there areas of pain, shame, and guilt lingering in your life? I encourage you to place them all before Jesus today. He has never failed and His love ensures He won’t.

Here’s a short prayer to get started:

Lord Jesus, because you died and rose again for me I can trust you with ________________ please help me overcome my past and walk into my new future which is your Kingdom, that is your righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

A New Creation

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Chapter 8 pages 149-150

2 Corinthians 5:17

Some years ago, as I read over a favorite scripture in the Bible – one I memorized, quoted and studied out.

The Holy Spirit said, “You don’t believe it.”

I began this exchange: “Yes I do.”

His response, “No you don’t.”

And of course I’d say, “Yes I do!”

That’s when He said “Go look in the mirror and tell yourself you’re Awesome!”

Immediately I thought that’s dead. Not happening. That’s dumb. But reluctantly I did or at least tried to. With my first attempt in the mirror “You’re Awesome”, I thought, what a liar. I couldn’t look at myself, say it and believe it. Not at first, but eventually, I did. And today I still do so as I brush my teeth or shave. If the LORD was frustrated with anything, which we know He’s not, it might be that we don’t believe what He says about Us in the Word.

Are you Born Again? Then check out what the Bible says about Us:

We are a NEW creation. 2 Cor. 5:17

We are the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Cor 5:21

We are holy. Heb. 10:10

We are Sons and Daughters. 2 Cor. 6:18

We have been redeemed. Gal. 3:13

We have a new identity. Eph. 1:5

We have a new nature.1 Peter 2:9

So in 2 Cor. 5:17 the word “NEW” describing our identity is Kainos (Kahee-nos’) and in Greek, it means: New, fresh in regard to form or quality, rather than new in reference to time which is conveyed by neos. I am so appreciative today for the time I spent incarcerated that afforded me the opportunity to know God through His Word. Whatever is going on in life, don’t let anything squeeze out His Word which has eternal value. Please share it with friends and encourage them too.

Designed to Influence

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Chapter 8 pages 139-149

Colossians 3:17

Occasionally, I find myself flooded with thoughts of the numerous people who have influenced my life over the years. From Larry Titus, to Warner, and even Clyde. Each has played a significant roll in my spiritual growth.

In my book Unshackled: From Ruin To Redemption, I share about my first month as a Christian. Wow! I’m STILL in AWE of how great JESUS is, how HE transforms live yielded to Him. By permitting the Word of God to change my character, I remain fruitful today. And so can you, by truly placing your trust in Jesus.

Over the next few month, I have the privilege of doing some incredible things which I would value your prayers and support. I’m officiating a marriage, sharing my testimony at numerous churches and prison facilities. I was also invited to talk with a group of Real Estate Agents and the ECPAAA (Euless Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association). Never in a million years would I have ever imaged doing what I’m doing today. I was recently invited to speak at my old High School in October. Talk about going full circle!!! Feeling thrilled is truly an understatement.

I speak MEGA blessing over your life today as you allow Christ to take control of your life. You won’t regret it and trust me you be amazed at your journey. Please share this with friends and encourage as many as possible.