I’m a Blessed Mess

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2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV – And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

If God’s strength is made perfect in my weakness, He is REALLY rollin’ in perfection. There’s nothing like a little alone time and reflection to make you realize how very imperfect you are. Or at least so is the case with me. It seems of late that every art project, writing project, music project etc. that I have worked on, I’ve thrown my hands up in defeat and picked it to pieces. It ain’t easy bein’ me.

This isn’t a post in hopes of having the world tell me how wonderful I am. I have great encouragers in my life.  The only real discouragement I get is from me. I grow weary of myself. Perhaps you can’t or possibly can identify. But today I turn to the scripture in hopes of finding a happy medium for myself that will restore in me my creative flair in a way that comes with a little more confidence and assurance that what I’m doing makes a difference. It’s not just fluff.

God’s Grace… God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense. Great acronym and great truth.

I love the scripture that leads me away from an identity crisis and into who I am in Christ. That’s the part that I forget when I’m picking myself apart. That’ I’m actually being critical of God’s gifts placed within me. I’ve never liked my self criticism nature. I just don’t do a very good job of shutting her up, even though I have that power in my arsenal of Christian defenses by using the word of God. So, let’s do that today!

Follow the word of God as it tells us who we are “in Christ.” Those of us who know that we know we’ve been saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.

We are Justified! (Just as if I’d never messed up)

Romans 3:24 KJV – Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

He knows my weakness! (And loves me anyway)

Romans 5:6 KJV – For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

There is no condemnation of those who are Spirit lead! (Satan may point a finger, but God never will)

Romans 8:1 KJV – There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

I feel the Spirit of God with me. (Confirming that I am a child of God)

Romans 8:9 KJV – But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

He is my defender! (Everyone needs a Hero)

Romans 8:34 KJV – Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Nobody or nothing can separate me from God. (He’s within my heart)

Romans 8:39 KJV – Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are separate from this World. (We are the Saints of God, not a statue on a church lot)

1 Corinthians 1:2 KJV – Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

We are the complete package. (Completed by Christ at the Cross)

1 Corinthians 1:30 KJV – But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

We have hope eternal. (Even in death)

1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV – For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

We have purpose! (He has anointed us to fulfill it)

2 Corinthians 1:21 KJV – Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;

If Satan brings up our past (and he will) Remind him of his future.

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV –  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Our surety is in the word of God. (Stay in it!)

2 Timothy 1:13 KJV – Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

Glory! Just wrote myself happy. Hoping you just read yourself happy!

Shari – The Jesus Chick

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Shari Johnson. (aka The Jesus Chick) has been encouraging women of faith and youth for a closer walk with Christ for over ten years. Having a burden for the leadership in American Churches, much of her writing is meant to spear on the servant of God to do more for the cause of Christ in these uncertain times. With humor, transparency and solid bible teaching Shari outlines messages that are easily understood, life applicable, and often with easily remembered points to ponder in hopes that they’ll be reflected on throughout the day and serve as encouragement on the go. Her servant’s heart is grounded in her own local church believing that it is there that the greatest impact can be made and unfortunately suffers the greatest neglect across America. Shari speaks at women’s gatherings in hopes of leaving a giggle in their soul and a burning desire to serve in their own local body of believers having it said of her “I laughed, I cried, and I was drawn to the foot of the cross…” Which is what it’s all about. For information on scheduling Shari, call her direct at (304)377-6036, message her via email at talk2shari@gmail.com or find her on Facebook!

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