Power … Wonder Working Power …

As a child I remember hearing this song “there is power, wonder-working power, … power in the blood of Jesus,” but never quite understood what it meant.

“[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him … and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection
[which it exerts over believers]…”
Philippians 3:10 Amplified

We just celebrated the birth of Christ (Christmas). Think about it – because of Jesus … His birth, life and resurrection (shedding His Blood for us) we not only have salvation (forgiveness of sin), redemption, and eternity with God, but we have access to His Power – here and now!! Power – authority and influence – for the Glory of God.

“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him.
This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”
Ephesians 1:19-20

But sadly, there are times we see ourselves or other Christians struggling under the burden of problems and wonder, where is that power? Truth is, we already HAVE that power within us as believers in Jesus Christ!

Mark Hankins says in his book “Taking Your Place In Christ,

“When you get born again, you get ‘in Christ-ed.’  Your spirit is joined to Christ … You share a common life, the same life, the same righteousness, the same triumph, and the same blessing.  When God looks at you, He sees you in Him, but your faith will not be effectual until you start to acknowledge, confess, and declare your identity in Christ…”

Stand up, remember who we are In Christ (because of who HE is and what HE did for us)!  No matter what circumstances surround us, we are victorious, we are redeemed, we are In Him and He is In us!

As this new year begins, and as a Child of the Most High God ~ loved beyond measure ~ see yourself through the eyes of God and walk in the power, wonder-working power of God through Jesus Christ!

God’s Love and Blessings,

Resources to help you grow in faith:
“Taking Your place In Christ, Understanding Your Identity & Inheritance In Him,” Mark Hankins, Mark Hankins Ministries, Alexandria, Louisiana

“The Power of the Blood Covenant,” Malcolm Smith ~ Uncover the Secret Strength in God’s Eternal Oath; Harrison House

What’s of interest to you?

Now that the series, You are God’s Masterpiece, is completed … I’m wondering what other topics would be of interest to you?  In order for our blogging relationship to grow and be of value to our day-to-day lives, it’s important for me to ask you, my faithful readers!  What topics would interest you?

Bridge to Victory (like ‘From the Heart’ ) is intended to be a place where we spend time together, encouraged and empowered by the Love of Jesus through His Word!

So, I encourage you to share with me what would be of interest to you!  Contact me at:  coachmichelle@charter.net.

God’s Love and Blessings to you and yours!

Michelle Lord Samples

Proverbs 3:5 “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.”

His Unfailing Love ~ Peace

Let us rest for a moment …. wrap our hearts and minds around how much God loves us ~ how precious we are in His sight!  
Remember how God intricately created you ~ you’re not a mistake;
Remember how He forgave you ~ no longer remembering your past … and
Remember how He crowns you with His loving kindness and tender mercy.
Allow yourself … to receive in your spirit, His unfailing, unconditional love toward you … and … know the overwhelming peace that only He can give you!        
There is a song sung by Kari Jobe called ‘The More I Seek You’ and the lyrics are:
“The more I seek you,
The more I find you.
The more I find you, the more I love you.
I wanna sit at your feet,
Drink from the cup in your hand,
Lay back against you and breath, feel your heart beat.
This love is so deep, it’s more than I can stand.
I melt in your peace, it’s overwhelming.”
 Ahhh …. sit back for a moment today, lean into the love and peace God offers you through Jesus Christ.  See yourself through His eyes ~ You are His Masterpiece! 
If you need encouragement understanding and remembering who you are in the eyes of God, feel free to contact me at coachmichelle@charter.net.  Let me come alongside you and remind you what God’s Word says about you, His precious child!
From the Heart

Your free will …

We were created with free will … the freedom to make choices every moment of every day!  We can choose to see the glass half full or half empty! We can choose to live bound, broken or defeated, or we can choose to live a fulfilled and blessed life because God promises us an abundantly victorious life in and through Christ Jesus!

Sadly, many Christians choose to live defeated lives!  Why?

Why?  Because every day we have a choice to make as we face hurtful memories or today’s unsettling circumstances.  IF God’s Word isn’t real to us every moment of every day ~ deep within our hearts, we make choices to focus on, and empower … the family history of defeat, the tragedy that occurred; the unemployment, devastation of divorce, the lack of love and support, or the lies we were told.  Remember, satan’s job is to kill, steal and destroy.

Even though we hear that we are new creatures in and through Christ; even though we sing songs and we read scriptures about how Jesus took our sin, sickness and disease, pain and suffering on the cross for us; even though we know these truths in our head … we haven’t truly received and believed in our heart, in our newly created Spirit, that:

~ God truly forgives and loves us unconditionally;
~ G
od has the ability and the desire to heal our deepest wounds;
God has plans to prosper and bless us;
God can move the mountains in our lives;
~ God chose us

The truth that sets us free is that we can change our focus, make healthy choices ~ all empowered by the Spirit of God that dwells within us!  Because Jesus gave His life for us, no matter what our background, what’s going on around us, or what people have said about us, we can choose to begin anew ~ not in our own power and might, but In Christ.  This does not mean our past tragedy or our current circumstances aren’t real, BUT In and through Christ, by His Power within us, we can make new choices to see life through God’s eyes and believe what HE says ~ for we ARE victorious ~ and if we allow it, HE will show us the way to that victory!  

 “Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy-seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.”  Matthew 17:20 (The Message)

God sees you as His Masterpiece.  Who do you see?

God says He is with you always, never leaving your side;
God says HE will light your path, showing you the way to truth, peace, joy and fulfillment … do you truly believe this or are they just words?

Are you willing to trust Him, to yield the past pain/hurt, or the current concerns/fears ~  allowing Him to heal your wounds and move the ‘mountains’ in your life?

If you are ready to break away from defeat, see yourself in a new light and let go of the old way of thinking and acting, feel free to contact me at coachmichelle@charter.net.  Let me come alongside you, encourage you in how God sees you and what He promises … so you can choose each day to live victoriously In Christ!  From the Heart, www.fromtheheartlifecoach.com

New creation

How often during the day, do we lose sight of who we are in the eyes of God?

This past week I allowed myself to feel defeated in an area of life, but then, deep within my spirit I heard  … “if you had seen yourself through MY eyes, you would not have been diminished.”  Wow, how blessed to have a loving Father God who reminds us how HE sees us.

We are God’s Masterpiece, created with plan and purpose, “plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope*!”   In His eyes, we are now a new creation ~ no matter what is in our past; no matter what others have said; no matter how we feel on any given day.  Be renewed and refreshed for His Word says:

“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ, he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away.  Behold, the fresh and new has come!” … 2 Corinthians 5:17

We are a new creation, but our mind, will and emotion must renew its thinking!  In Mark Hankins book, “Taking Your Place In Christ,” he wrote:

“Even though you are a new creature in Christ, you are still acting like the world and your spirit is held hostage to an unrenewed mind, feelings, and emotions…. You will never be what God intends for you to be until your mind, will and emotions are dominated by God’s Word.  When you feed your spirit on the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to work in you, your mind will be renewed.”

We have a choice to make.  To see ourselves as HE does, and to walk in that strength, power and truth, we must choose to open our hearts to His Love and truths; get into God’s Word (spend time with Him, get to know His character; His promises; His will); and we need to allow His Word to influence how we think, act and speak.)

If you need encouragement understanding and remembering who you are in the eyes of God, feel free to contact me at coachmichelle@charter.net.  Let me come alongside you and remind you what God’s Word says … so you can rehearse and be renewed!

*(Jeremiah 29:11)

Spirit, Body and Soul …

How will we ever truly see ourselves as God’s Masterpiece?  How will we ever change our thinking?

Last week we discovered that we were made in the likeness of God and that as He created mankind, He breathed the breath or Spirit of life into us!  Powerful, every time I think of that!

John 4:24 says that “God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) …”

Since we are made in His likeness, that means we are Spirit beings, that live in a body (flesh and blood) and have a soul (our mind, will and emotions).  1 Thessalonians 5:23 says “May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of … Jesus Christ.”

When we ask Jesus to become Lord of our lives, it is our Spirit which is renewed!  It is His Spirit that gives us peace, joy, healing, freedom and revelation!  It is His Spirit which convicts us to draw nearer to Him ~ to want to know Him better; to learn more about His character, His thoughts and His heart ~ and that is how we begin to change how we think.

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”  But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.”  1 Corinthians 2:9-10

Now that our Spirit is renewed, it is our responsibility to renew our mind, body and soul.  I encourage you to spend time drawing near to God this week ~ getting to know Him by reading the Bible and spending time in prayer!

Do you want to see yourself as God does, get to know Him!  We are made in His image, and it is our renewed Spirit that will begin to show us how precious and loved we are ~ for You ARE God’s Masterpiece ~ a new creation!

Made in His Image…

For a moment, let’s look back in time ~ to the very beginning when God created the heavens, earth, day/night, sun/moon/stars, water/sea creatures and every living creature.  After all of this was spoken into creation, God then said …

“… Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness …”
Genesis 1:26

YOU were made in God’s image!  Made, “…reflecting some of His own perfections:  perfect in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness*…”  You were made in God’s image … to resemble God, not in flesh and blood, but in Spirit.

“Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.”  Genesis 2:7

God created every living creature, but He only breathed the breath or spirit of life into mankind! You have God’s very own life and nature in you!

So, as you begin this week, remember and rehearse how valued, esteemed and prized you are in the sight of the Lord!  You ARE God’s Masterpiece!

*  Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary
Resources:  Genesis 9:6; Psalm 100:3; Ephesians 4:24