Faith

““My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me— we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!” Galatians 2:20 TPT

Jesus had the faith
To be water baptised
Even though to others
It seemed superfluous
But it confirmed His standing
As God’s Beloved Son

Jesus had the faith
To go into the desert
And stay true to God
Through hunger and temptation
And reject the lies
That were satan’s deception

Jesus had the faith
To turn water into wine
And use one child’s lunch
To feed five thousand
For He knew how to call
On God’s abundant provision

Jesus had the faith
To heal the sick
And raise the dead
To life once again
For He knew how to draw on
God’s heavenly kingdom

Jesus had the faith
To calm violent storms
And cast out demons
From the most possessed ones
For He knew His authority
As one of God’s Sons

Jesus had the faith
To free sinners from sin
To announce their forgiveness
Bring them home to God again
For He lived God’s love
As God’s Spirit filled Him

Jesus had the faith
To reject faithless religion
The reliance on rules
And performance restriction
For He knew God’s love
And His power to bring freedom

Jesus had the faith
To bear our accusations
To take on our guilt
To receive our beating
For He knew by His stripes
He could bring us healing

Jesus had the faith
To die our death in the cross
To take the full burden
Of our separation from God
For the joy of seeing
Us made into His siblings

Jesus had the faith
To rise from the dead
And take up His place
As King by God’s side
To rule heaven and earth
With God’s law of love

Jesus had the faith
To become One with us
To share all His power
And all that He is
To make us God’s children
His co-rulers and co-heirs

It’s His faith that I draw on
Through trials and temptations
To stay true to God
In all situations
Empowered by God’s grace
And filled with His Spirit

It’s His faith that I draw on
To live Him each day
To live His kingdom’s rule
To embrace His love’s way
To know I’m by God’s side
Each and every day

God’s Holy People

“This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 1:1 NLT

What is it like Lord
To be your holy people?
Please give me vision to see
How it can include me

God:
My holy people
Are filled with My Presence
Filled with My Love
They shine with My Glory
Changing earth to heaven
Wherever they live or go

The stain of sin does not touch them
They’re as pure as fresh fallen snow
For Jesus’ blood keeps them clean
By His blood they have overcome

Their old, sinful self is dead and buried
Crucified with Christ on the cross
They live now as My Sons and daughters
Full of Jesus’s resurrection power

My holy people
Are filled with My Presence
Filled with My Love
They shine with My Glory
Changing earth to heaven
Wherever they live or go

They have no interest in earthly glory
They leave behind earthly power
Money and possessions have no hold on them
For all they need I provide

They live in the joy of serving
To see others made whole and alive
To bring all in love to My Kingdom
To care for each person as My child

My holy people
Are filled with My Presence
Filled with My Love
They shine with My Glory
Changing earth to heaven
Wherever they live or go

They give to all, My forgiveness
They give to all, My love
They bring healing and restoration
My salvation’s rule

They seek to restore this planet
So it can grow and thrive
Providing a home and food
For all that is alive

My holy people
Are filled with My Presence
Filled with My Love
They shine with My Glory
Changing earth to heaven
Wherever they live or go

In this world they’ll be crushed and broken
Some even martyred and died
Rejected, abused and slandered
Because of the love they bear for my Son

But nothing will stop them from loving
No one can take them from My arms
Together we’ll live Jesus’ victory
For Jesus this world, has overcome

My holy people
Are filled with My Presence
Filled with My Love
They shine with My Glory
Changing earth to heaven
Wherever they live or go

Our Only Hope

About 2000 years ago
A man named Jesus
Was condemned by the crowd
As one guilty of a great crime
Though He was innocent
Completely without sin
He was beaten mercilessly
Till He was unrecognisable
And then cruelly crucified
As though He was a criminal

Yet Jesus had great power
Which He had demonstrated daily
He could’ve simply walked away
And no one could’ve stopped Him
He could’ve called on angel armies
To overthrow all His accusers
Build His own earthly kingdom
With His disciple followers
So why did Jesus choose
The cross on that day?

Though He was sinless
Jesus was fully human
He’d been tried and tempted
Lived under sin’s dominion
He knew the suffering
The hurts of this world
And his words and actions
Showed his desire to free us
To release us from all sin
To live as God’s children

Jesus used His great authority
And all His heavenly power
Not to take control of us
Or command us in that hour
But serve us as a scapegoat
Be our sacrificial lamb
Pay for our sin with his blood
Die our death to man and God
All the punishment we deserved
Jesus took on Him in our stead

For Jesus knew the only way
We could be freed from sin’s sway
Was for us to be re-born
Remade as true sons of God
New hearts, new spirits
Full of his love and grace
Set apart as holy ones
Living His righteousness
Joined to His Holy Spirit
With Him made One

So when Jesus was resurrected
As King over all by God appointed
He used his power and authority
To make his death and resurrection ours for free
All that He is, He has given to us
So we can live as God’s true sons
Remade, reborn in His image
Filled with His powerful spirit
Not because we’ve earned this gift
But through Jesus righteous merit

Now we who are His, can live like Him
In the power of His resurrection
Filling this world with His love, joy and peace
Bringing in healing and freedom from sin
Revealing Jesus in all that we do
Loving our enemies and forgiving them too
Raising up the poor and the broken
Regardless of religion or political persuasion
Releasing to all the freedom of God’s justice
Treating all as God sons for whom Jesus paid the price

You see Jesus is our only salvation
The only true hope for our planet and nations
For no law or rule no matter how good
Can break sin’s curse so we can live in love
Laws and regulations can make us pay
When we’ve done wrong or gone astray
But they’re powerless to heal our hearts
Or break sin’s hold on our minds
Only Jesus death and resurrection
Can give us all heavenly life everlasting

Ephesians 1:19-20 fourth meditation

I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm!” Ephesians 1:19-20

Your power is like a river Papa God
Flowing full and strong
It fills me to overflowing
With the glory of Your Son

It cleanses me from all sin
Washes it all right away
Filling me with Jesus righteousness
His glory filling my days

It releases me from my old self
From death and sin’s decay
Filling me with Jesus resurrection life
His glory to display

It washed away my old heart
That was stony, dead and cold
Giving me a new tender, living heart
That rejoices in Your law of love

It washed away my broken spirit
Torn and battered by sin
And filled me with a new living spirit
With life for eternity

The holiness which Jesus has
That makes Him just like You
Flows into me, transforming
Making me holy too

All my darkness, sorrow and fears
Are swept away in Your Presence
Your joy and hope and love and peace
Flow in and through me with Your essence

Whenever sickness haunts my days
I am cleansed in the power of Your embrace
Restored and reviewed to live again
Jesus glory to display

The river of your power
Comes through Your Spirit in me
For You joined Your Spirit to mine
So we could be one eternally

This river of Your power
Raises me to Your side
To reign at Your right hand with Jesus
As His eternal bride

Ephesians 1:19-20 Third Meditation

I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm!” Ephesians 1:19-20

An electric lamp may be pretty
And find its place in your home
But without a source of electricity
It cannot the darkness overcome
Powerless to give light to anyone

Jesus showed what a human could do
Who was also a true son of God
When filled with God‘s power to overcome
The darkness of this earthly world
And bring in God‘s kingdom’s reign

When Jesus met people bound in sin
Judged by others as sinful and failing
He released God‘s forgiveness to them
Empowering them to live in His freedom
To live as God’s children again

When the demon possessed came to Jesus
Tormented, sick, and bound in fear
With a word of command Jesus set them free
To live as they were meant to be
To live as children of God

When outcasts came seeking Jesus
They found love, acceptance and forgiveness
His love healed their hearts and minds
So they could see their salvation was real
And live as children of God

When the sick came to Jesus for healing
And God‘s power to heal receiving
They were healed by His touch or word
Restored to full health and wholeness
To live as children of God

When the relatives of those recently dead
Came to Jesus to have their dead ones restored
He used his power to return them to life
Making them healthy once again
To live as children of God

When the judgment of guilty belonging to us
Was placed upon Jesus instead
He used his power to forgive all those
Who were silent or shouted, “crucify!”
So he could take our judgment to death on the cross

When all of our sins fell on Jesus
Separating Him from God just like us
He used his power to stay the course
To die our death, to take our curse
For the joy of making us sons of God

When Jesus died, went to the grave
And his body was entombed in a cave
God gave him power to overcome
And rise from death to eternal life
And be crowned as God’s true Son

All this power to overcome
God gives to us when we live in His Son
With Jesus in us and us in Christ
And the power of his resurrection life
We can live as full Sons of God

So be the light of God‘s glory
Living Jesus in this world
Receiving His resurrection power
To heal, deliver and overcome
And live as God’s kingdom Son

Ephesians 1:2 fourth meditation

Meditation on Eph. 1:2 TPT

I praise and thank You Papa God that You have called me to be a devoted believer who has been made holy by being one with Jesus, the Anointed One. Heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I praise and thank You that You release grace over me and impart total well-being into my life.

Jesus Your Presence, Your empowering grace
You release in me as I live in Your embrace
All Your well-being, the shalom of heaven
You impart to me, my life transforming

Your grace it shatters the hold of sin
Breaks all the chains that to death bind me in
And raises me to new life in Your kingdom
To reign with You from Your heavenly throne

Your grace to overcome this world
To heal and free from sin’s dark hold
You release through me for the blessing of others
Your kingdom on earth to build

Your health, Your wholeness, Your total well-being
Your intimacy with our Father in heaven
These are Your gifts that are mine to live in
So I can live on earth as in heaven

Your love, joy and peace, the fruits of Your Spirit
That overcome through trial and testing
You impart to me and I receive them
With Your glory this world transforming

There is nothing You withhold
You give all to me with love so bold
Your grace, Your glory fill my life
And I am remade in God’s image

Jesus Your Presence, Your empowering grace
You release in me as I live in Your embrace
All Your well-being, the shalom of heaven
You impart to me, my life transforming

Ephesians 1:19-20 Second Meditation

I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm!” Ephesians 1:19-20

Imagine you had a bottle
Which contained some of the glory of Christ
It would glow with gold like the brightest sun
Dressed in rainbows and lightning
Be perfumed with the very essence love
And full of the power of eternal life

No one could could stand in it’s presence
No one could deny it’s power
It would change the atmosphere all around
And transform all those who came near

It would cleanse those nearby of their sin
As they breathed His forgiveness in
Feeling empowered to live differently
They would know just how much God loved even them

It would break the chains of their bondage to sin
As their old self died and was buried
New life would fill them, heart, mind and body
Filled with God’s Holy Spirit

All of their earthly sorrows
Would lose their power and hold on their life
As peace, joy and hope overwhelmed them
And the power of His love extinguished all fear

All sickness and demonic oppression
Would flee from their bodies and minds
As the freedom that Christ came to bring us
Was revealed in the touch of His Presence

A people once bound to earth
Would be transformed into children of heaven
Would become just like Christ as sons of God
Living God’s kingdom forever

This is the gift God has given
To all those who know Christ as Saviour Lord
By faith we become that bottle of life
Full of Jesus’ Presence and power

So live in the glory of Jesus
Shining inside of you
Glowing with gold like the brightest sun
Filled with the very essence love
And full of the power of eternal life
Revealing Jesus in all you do