The Exchanged Life
How are you doing in your soul? What is the condition of your spirit – the deepest part of you? It may take a moment to access your inner state, but it is good to check-in with yourself from time-to-time.
The apostle Paul said the Kingdom of God is a matter of “Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17) This is what the Life of Christ looks like in us. Jesus described His life as restful, rightly fit for us and light. (Matthew 11:28-30) Deep down within yourself, do you sense righteousness, peace, joy, rest and lightness? Or do you feel cluttered and weighed down on the inside?
At the core of the Christian life is a death and resurrection. Jesus’ crucifixion is a payment for our sin-saturated lives and a release from sin’s strangle-hold. His resurrection demonstrates the power of the Holy Spirit and is a picture of new, supernatural life. This inner life...
Are you busy living your life, or are you aware of your storyline? Your life is an adventure – a novel to be read, a screenplay to be enacted. It is peppered with hopes, fears, destinies and barriers. It is an emotional and gripping tale.
This world is “fallen.” It is beautiful, and there is so much good within it. Yet, it is marred deeply by sin. The world is full of suffering, it touches every person and every corner of creation. We fall and we suffer ... it is part of every life, everyone’s story.
Psalm 107 is a great – “slow read.” We see again and again that when people were suffering, “They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.” (Psalm 107:6, 13, 19, 28)
When we cry out to God - from that desperate place, He hears us - and we “know” it. Real prayers are desperate prayers. They are the prayers that...