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It is Finished.


Replace the word WORD with Jesus.


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.


And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.


In the beginning was Jesus. And Jesus was with God and Jesus was God.


He sent out Jesus and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.


And Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.




As Holy Week comes to a close, my heart is heavy yet filled with gratitude in remembrance of what Jesus has done. The magnitude of His choice to fully surrender to the will of God is not something we can fully understand. But I pray as you honor Jesus on this Good Friday & prepare for Resurrection Sunday, that your heart will be in a position of receiving His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness and His unconditional love. I pray that your spirit will receive a fresh revelation of God’s Redemptive Love for you. And that this encounter with Jesus will be the beginning of a new season in your life where you move by the Spirit of God instead of by your flesh.


For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons and daughters of God. ~Romans 8:14

As I have been reflecting on what Jesus did this week 2000 years ago, the Lord highlighted the men beside Him on the cross. When Jesus was hanging on the cross with the two criminals on either side of Him, the one who was remorseful told the other, “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” This man recognized who Jesus was. Then he said in Luke 23:42, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” We know this man was a murderer, but who knows what other crimes or sins this man committed. We don’t how cruel or terrible of a man he was, but Jesus assured him that he would join Him in paradise. And I bet if this man was given a second chance to live, his encounter that day with Jesus would have changed his behavior.


For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. ~John 3:16


When Jesus said “It is finished,” He meant that there was nothing else required to bring salvation to the people. There was nothing left for us to do except believe in Him and accept the forgiveness that He offers. There was nothing left for us to do except surrender... to let go, to give up, to fully submit to God's will and trust that His plan for our lives is far greater than our own.



For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! ~Romans 5:10


Imagine for a moment that your daughter, committed the ultimate offense against you and because of it your relationship ended. How would you feel? Would you reject your her for the rest of her life or would you do everything in your power to restore the relationship? I believe that you would do anything you possibly could to make sure your child knows that your love for her is unconditional. Even if you were hurt, your mama heart would still forgive her. Obviously, we are human so forgiveness may not come easy in some situations but as a mama you would feel something missing without having communication with your daughter. Maybe she texts you every now and then or calls once a year on your birthday, but not daily communication the way you desire.

He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever— holy and awesome is his name. ~Psalm 111:9

Now imagine how much more our Heavenly Father desires deep and intimate daily communication with His daughters. So much so that He sent His Son to die a horrific death to restore that broken relationship. And I believe that in this season, God is and has been pouring out His Spirit. He is calling His daughters to walk in full obedience to His Word and His voice. He is cleansing His bride in preparation of the return of His Son Jesus, who is looking for and deserves a pure bride. I don’t know if you have been distant from God, but now is the time to return back to Him. Now is the time to let go of everything that is hindering your relationship with Him. Jesus died to redeem you. He did all the work so all you have to do is let go. If you need to ask for forgiveness, ask! Surrender it all. And begin walking by the Spirit of God instead of your flesh. And if you don’t know how to do that, then tell God! Be honest with Him. Ask Him to lead you. He already knows what you are going to say. He is waiting for you to start the conversation.


Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” ~Esther 4:14

 

Jesus died for you.

He was brought back to life for you.

Because you were made for such a time as this.

God is cleansing you and purifying you.

He is refining you to be a reflection of Jesus.


For many people, Easter can serve as new beginning, a time to reflect and a time to change. Here are a few reflection questions you can ask yourself today as you spend time with the Holy Spirit.


What is going on in your life that could be a lesson that God is wanting you to learn?

Who have you been serving? Perhaps your own desires or idols?

Who is God calling you to serve in this season?

What or who do you need to surrender to God?

What changes do you need to make in your daily habits to be more intentional about spending time with God?

What scriptures can you stand on during this season to strengthen your walk with God?


Jesus didn't die a horrific death so you could live like the world.

 

Let's pray,


Dear Heavenly Father,


I give you all the glory today! I thank you for your precious Son Jesus. I thank you for His life, death and resurrection. I thank you that in Him we are redeemed. I thank you for your grace and mercy, God I thank you for your forgiveness. I thank you that through faith in Jesus, we are granted eternal life with you in heaven. God I lift up your daughters in the name of Jesus. May they find you and seek you with all of their heart according to Jeremiah 29:13. Thank you for refining her. Thank you for revealing everything in her heart that is not of you and removing it. Thank you for the lessons you are teaching her in this season. Thank you for ordering her steps in your will for her life. Thank you that she hears your voice and follows you. Move her by your Spirit, encourage her to walk in obedience to your Word and to your voice. And again, I thank you for your Son Jesus who we remember this weekend. We celebrate Him & give you glory, honor and praise.


In His mighty name I pray,


Amen 🙏

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