The Power to Redeem…(Scripture&Song for the days when we need a reminder of our freedom & hope)

Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of His strength? ‘It is I, proclaiming victory, mighty to save.’…in His love and mercy He redeemed them; He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.”-Is. 63:1b,9b

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remember your sins no more.” -Is. 43:25

“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoiced in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of His righteousness…” -Is.61 10

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! -2 Cor.5:17

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. -Eph.1:7

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.-Col.2:13-15

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.-Heb.4:16

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I hope in Him!”-Lam.3:21-24

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“…it was a testament to how God truly sets us free from everything that the enemy has in store for us. I love the idea that the enemy thinks that he is trapping us, but God in turn flips it on its head and says – ‘Actually, that’s gonna’ be the thing that I get the most glory from. That’s gonna’ be the thing that I redeem them from…even though we all have moments of regret or shame or failure…His love that He so lavished on us, His power has nailed all that to the tree. It’s done, it was finished at the cross and now we can walk in true redemption.” -Lauren Daigle*

*quoted from the Relevant Magazine podcast, discussing the inspiration behind ‘The Power to Redeem’

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Music Monday (Joy for Every Day)

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”-James 1:17-18

December 25th has passed us by…so quickly, the day becomes a memory. After so much planning and so much anticipation, the actual festivities of Christmas day are quickly over and done. It can be a little bittersweet when the day is gone…and some years, I’ve found myself downright sad after the presents have been opened, the cookies eaten, the merry-making giving way to regular routine, life as usual.

But this year — how I want to keep the wonder…how I want the seed of joy born to us on Christmas to grow.

And, truly – isn’t this where our story really begins? The miracle did not cease with the birth of Christ – no, that holy night was just the start of the days that turned the world upside down. The wonder increases with every step He took, every compassionate word He spoke, every heart He healed…all the way to the Cross, all the way into the dark tomb, all the way into Resurrection Morning when Life dawned for all mankind in a way it never had before.

Wonder, every day, captures our hearts when we fully understand – He remains with us…the Great I Am, the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace…He said He would never leave us. And because He came, we are welcome in the presence of God. Because He came, His own Spirit lives within us. He changed us – and is still transforming us into His own image..can we even begin to comprehend the Creator of all working in us, bringing us ever-closer to His heart?

As we get back into the swing of regular schedules and plan for the coming year, can we remember this? Every day is extraordinary because we have the honor and privilege of living it while we abide in Him! Our ‘normal’ days may not be wrapped in anything sparkling or fancy, but isn’t this the way of a King in common swaddling clothes? He came to redeem and restore these hours, these bodies, this earth. He came to bring joy and light into our every-day world…His marvelous love and life dwells within our every-day kind of hearts.

So, yes, December 25th has come and gone…but He still remains. His good and perfect gifts, they remain. His love and faithfulness to us – they remain.

So hold onto hope, for our Savior has set us free. Live with His Words of truth. Walk in wonder, every single day, with eyes and ears (and heart) open to Jesus. This is true joy and it is ours, always.

How Everything Changed

Not for Your great need of us – Holy God, Maker of All –

Rather, Your great love for us broke the silence between us, crossed the chasm we created.

You came in our own skin
to taste our tears – the bitter and the sweet.

You wore our weakness,
this fragile flesh, Your eternal spirit within a heart easily broken so I may kneel, here, and recognize You
in a baby’s cry, in a bird’s swooping wing on wind, in water, in bread,
in Light – in Life
(for all things were made for You and by You and through You-
every beating heart and soul and spirit)
so You came,
image of the invisible God,
unwilling to be a stranger to us.

Unwilling to let us live as if we are unloved, You came on a quest to breathe Hope into earth. To rescue us, You surrendered Yourself.

Unwilling that we should be crushed by sorrow, unwilling that we be defined by our wrongs, unwilling that death reign among us-

You came.

We would have called it improbable –
Gentleness breaking chains –
We would have called it inconceivable –
Righteous One wrapping Himself in our shame-
We would have called it unthinkable –
Our Life called from Your death-

But You have always been God of our impossible-

So You laid Yourself down in a manger — on a cross — in a tomb —

And- rising again- You resurrected us

Fearless, free, redeemed.

You wrote Your own name on our hearts – You called us beautiful, named us beloved.

Unwilling that we should be alone,
You came –
God with us-
You stayed, Spirit within us-

You made us a Home in Your Heart
And so shall it ever be –

because You first loved us-
because You came.

Wave After Wave of Mercy

visitation

And Mary said,

I’m bursting with God-news;
    I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened—
    I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
    the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave
    on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength,
    scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses,
    pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet;
    the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
    he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised,
    beginning with Abraham and right up to now.

-from Luke 1, the MSG