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Hebrews 12:1-2 – How to run with passion and determination

Here is the revelation that is shaping my life today – the faith life is a life of awareness and responsibility.

Hebrews 12:1-2 TPT

[1] As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us. [2] We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because his heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be his, he endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!

 

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Luke 9:62 Does your past shape your present?

Here is the revelation that is shaping my life today – we cannot go back and change the past but we can be free from its shaping influence, otherwise the past will keep me from the fullness of Kingdom life.

Luke 9:62 TPT

[62] Jesus responded, “Why do you keep looking backward to your past and have second thoughts about following me? When you turn back you are useless to God’s kingdom realm.”

 

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James 4:1-2 – Is Life More Than a ‘Satisfied Self?’

Here is the revelation that is shaping my life today – there is a subtle but powerful story afoot that causes quarrels, fights and war.

James 4:1-2 NLT

[1] What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? [2] You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them

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Luke 2:33-35 – The Destiny of Jesus

Here is the revelation that is shaping my life today – Jesus came as a revelation of God, model of the way into the kingdom, and to expose my heart.

Luke 2:33-35 TPT

[33] Simeon then blessed them and prophesied over Mary, saying: [34-35] “A painful sword will one day pierce your inner being, for your child will be rejected by many in Israel. And the destiny of your child is this: he will be laid down as a miracle sign for the downfall and resurrection of many in Israel. Many will oppose this sign, but it will expose to all the innermost thoughts of their hearts before God.”

 

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Luke 1:18,37-38 – The posture to see promises released

This is the revelation that is shaping my life today – Gods power is restricted by me.

Luke 1:18,37-38 TPT

[18] Zechariah asked the angel, “How do you expect me to believe this? I’m an old man and my wife is too old to give me a child. What sign can you give me to prove this will happen?” …..[37] Not one promise from God is empty of power, for nothing is impossible with God!” [38] Then Mary responded, saying, “This is amazing! I will be a mother for the Lord! As his servant, I accept whatever he has for me. May everything you have told me come to pass.” And the angel left her.

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Hebrews 11:1,6,13,24-27 – Shaping my Reality by Faith

Hebrews 11:1,6,13,24-27 TPT

[1] Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen. [6] And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him. [13…..They all lived their lives on earth as those who belonged to another realm.

24] Faith enabled Moses to choose God’s will, for although he was raised as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, he refused to make that his identity, [25] choosing instead to suffer mistreatment with the people of God. Moses preferred faith’s certainty above the momentary enjoyment of sin’s pleasures. [26] He found his true wealth in suffering abuse for being anointed, more than in anything the world could offer him, for his eyes looked with wonder not on the immediate, but on the ultimate-faith’s great reward! [27] Holding faith’s promise Moses abandoned Egypt and had no fear of Pharaoh’s rage because he persisted in faith as if he had seen God who is unseen.

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Mark 16:9-11 – Who Gets The Place Of Honour?

Here is the revelation that is shaping my life today – God is inappropriate in who He chooses to give the place of honour.

Mark 16:9-11 TPT

[9] Early on the first day of the week, after rising from the dead, Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. [10] After she had seen Jesus, she ran to tell his disciples, who were all emotionally devastated and weeping. [11] Excitedly, Mary told them, “He’s alive and I’ve seen him!” But even after hearing this, they didn’t believe her.

 

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Hebrews 13:1-3,16 Is This Life?

This is the revelation that is shaping my life today – is rich full life very different from the way I often shape mine?!

Hebrews 13:1-3,16 TPT

[1] No matter what, make room in your heart to love every believer. [2] And show hospitality to strangers, for they may be angels from God showing up as your guests. [3] Identify with those who are in prison as though you were there suffering with them, and those who are mistreated as if you could feel their pain. [16] We will show mercy to the poor and not miss an opportunity to do acts of kindness for others, for these are the true sacrifices that delight God’s heart.

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Luke 6:43-45 – Hard Work or Heart Work?

Here is the revelation that is shaping my life today – it’s all about my heart. God wants my life to flow from my heart’s engagement with Him.

Luke 6:43-45 NLT

[43] “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. [44] A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. [45] A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.

 

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James 3:17 – Where do I get the wisdom I need for life?

Here is the revelation that is shaping my life – I must make a clear assessment of the wisdom I am allowing to shape my life and who is its author.

James 3:17 NLT

[17] But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.

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Luke 5:8-9 – Do I Reject God’s Goodness Based on my Badness.

Here is the revelation that is shaping my life today – God gets rejected often not because He is not good, but because we perceive that He can not accept our badness.

Luke 5:8-9 NLT

[8] When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me-I’m such a sinful man.” [9] For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him.

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Luke 4:17-22 – Doubt and Good News.

Here is the revelation that is shaping my life today – God offers me what I desperately need but not the evidence I desperately want.

Luke 4:17-22 NLT

[17] The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him (Jesus). He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: [18] “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, [19] and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.” [20] He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. [21] Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!” [22] Everyone spoke well of him and was amazed by the gracious words that came from his lips. “How can this be?” they asked. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

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James 2:14,17-18,26 – Faith or Good Works, What Works?

This is the revelation that is shaping my life today – I must get the role and location of faith and good works in the right context of my life with God.

James 2:14,17-18,26 NLT

[14] What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? [17] So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. [18] Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” [26] Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

 

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