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A Message From The Author of Your Faith

dreamstime_xs_23872857Verses compiled, personalized and paraphrased by Jesse Jost

I want you to stop and ponder what amazing love My Father has given you by calling you His children.

Think about it: You were dead in your trespasses and sins, following the course of this world, enslaved to one who hates you, carrying out the evil desires of body and mind. You were foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing your days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. You were by nature children of wrath, enemies of God. But My Father, who is rich in mercy, and because of His great love with which He loves you, even while you were dead in sin, made you alive in Me, and raised you up to be seated in heavenly places, that in you might be displayed His indescribable kindness.

You have been saved by His grace through faith. This is not your doing, but pure gift. You have done nothing to earn this, so don’t boast. You are My workmanship. I created you for good works that were prepared before you were conceived.

You once were nobodies, without mercy and without hope. But now you have been predestined for adoption by the King of Kings. You are in line for an inheritance that you can barely comprehend. This is a sure thing because it’s been promised by My Father who works all things according to the counsel of His will. No purpose of His can be thwarted.

All whom the Father has given Me will come to Me, and I will lose none of you. I am able to save you to the uttermost. I live to make intercession for you.

Don’t think I’m a high Priest who can’t sympathize with your weakness! I was tempted in every respect that you are, I tasted the weakness and the deprivations of life, and through My own death, I destroyed the one who has the power of death: the devil. So come with confidence to My throne and you will receive mercy and grace to help in your time of need.

Be sober-minded, be watchful. Your enemy, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion seeking to devour you. Don’t rely on your strength, and don’t look to your righteousness to be accepted by Me. Don’t boast in your giftings or callings, because they all come from Me. I am the one who is empowering everyone.

Don’t think you can stand on your own. Abide in me. Without Me you can do nothing. I will not let you be tempted beyond what you are able and will always provide a way of escape. Be extra vigilant against pride. Seriously, don’t take pride lightly! My Father opposes the proud person! Reflect on that a minute. You don’t want God against you!

But He gives grace to the humble. So draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves, therefore, under My Father’s mighty hand, so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.

I want you to realize that there is no condemnation for all who are in Me! You aren’t slaves who need to live in fear, you’ve been adopted as sons and can call My father “Daddy!” You have the Spirit who will confirm this: You are a child of God! This same Spirit is helping you with your weakness. You don’t always know what to pray, but He is daily interceding for you with groanings too deep for words!

My Father is working all things – the good, the bad, the painful – He is working them together for your good because you have been called for His purposes. He foreknew you before you were born and chose to mold you into My likeness. Because of My work on the cross, the lists of your violations have all been removed, you have been cleansed completely by My blood. I have taken away all your sins. My Father now sees you as perfect, but someday you will be freed from your daily struggle with your pride and lust, and you will be glorified completely.

How should you respond to all this? Ponder this: if my Father is for you, who can be against you? If He didn’t spare His one and only Son, don’t you think He is willing to give you everything else you need?

Who can bring a charge or accusation that will stick, when the Judge of the Universe has declared you innocent? Who is left to condemn you?! Not Me. I died for you, and rose again and am praying for you every day!

What can separate you from my love? A bad day? A failure? You do realize, right, that you were a sworn enemy of God when I died for you. I didn’t choose to die because I was impressed with your good deeds; I died to show you how much I love you. You did nothing to earn My love, so don’t think a bad day will change My mind!

I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will ever be able to separate you from Our love.

You aren’t the one who is pursuing Me. I am the one who knew all your flaws and weaknesses, past and future, and I still chose you, and gifted you to bear fruit that will glorify My Father. When you fail or are discouraged by your weakness, know that My grace is sufficient for you. In fact, My power is shown more clearly in your weakness. Boast in your frailty so that My power may rest on you. When you are weak, I will make you strong.

If you are in Me, you are a new creation. The old has passed away, the new has come. I am the Author and the Finisher of your faith. I will be your God throughout your lifetime – until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. I began a good work and I will be faithful to complete it! Your faith is weak, but I will always be faithful.

I am able to keep you from falling away and present you blameless before My Father with great joy. All glory, majesty, dominion and authority belong to Me forever and ever. If you are going to boast, boast in Me, and rest in My finished work! Rejoice in Me always and revel in gratitude. You are never alone. I am with you always.

Your God and Savior,

Jesus Christ

Passages include:

1 John 3:1; Eph 2; Titus 3:3; 1 Peter 2:10; 1 Peter 5:5-9; Eph 1:11; Job 42:2; 1 Cor 12: 4-6; John 6; Heb 7:25; Heb 4;14-15; James 4:5-10; Romans 8; Romans 5:6-11; 2 Cor 12:9-10; 2 Cor 5:17; John 15; Hebrews 12:2: Is 46:4; Phil 1:6; Jude 24-26. Phil 4:4

Related: A Love Letter From God

  • Jeannie Miller

    What a beautiful summary…thank you.

  • Jackie

    A pastor explaining Eps. 2:1 used the illustration of a body in a graveyard … that that is how “dead” we are, and unable to save ourselves. This article is one of the clearest, most personal and beautiful compilations I’ve ever read. God is certainly using your writing!

  • Jesse

    Thank you so much for writing. It encouraged me today that God is powerful and I want to keep staying close to Him. I found your blog a few years ago and have enjoyed and been blessed by your articles.

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