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ICFTS Summer Sabbatical: See You in the Fall

“In the long run, of course, a deeply rested people are far more productive.”  ~TIM KELLER

The time of year has come where the days grow longer and yet time seems to slow down. Although much is still at work in the world around us, there comes a time for rest as God continues the work within us.

Summertime with ICFTS is that time. This is the season to look back on what has been accomplished and declare, ‘it is good’ while resting the mind to hear from the Lord what is meant to be planted in the seasons to come.

I, Candice Coates, am so looking forward to the fruits that will come from this time of rest. I have deeply enjoyed this season and anticipate the greatness that the Lord Jesus will manifest in the seasons to follow, but for now, we wind down, we breathe, we rest.

ICFTS shall resume again in the Fall/Winter of 2020. Until then, look back on what has already been shared, and pray blessings upon what is to come!

In HIM always,

Candice Coates, Founder of ICFTS

“The fig tree puts forth her green figs, And the vines with the tender grapes Give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away!” ~SONG OF SOLOMON 2:13

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

How God Sees Us: Loved Forevermore

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy…He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” ~PSALM 103:8, 10-12

Before Christ had come and manifested His presence among us in the form of man, He was already gracious and good to us. The psalms express this truth in how they declare that, before the Lamb of God had been slain, He was slow to anger, abounding in mercy, not dealing with us in accordance with what our sins deserved, nor punishing us for our iniquities.

But even then, with just the blood of animals, He had set His mercy for us as high as the heavens are from the earth and removed our sins as far as the east is from the west.

When Christ declared ‘it is finished’ that blessed day on Calvaries cross, He sealed these truths for all eternity. He signed His own word with His very own blood.

This is the God you serve.

You are ever-loved, delighted in, rejoiced over, sung over. Our Heavenly Father finds joy in you, His beloved Bride, and Righteousness.

No matter what you’ve done in the past, present, no matter the stumbling and failures that will meet you in the future, you are always loved and welcomed and because of His precious blood, He remembers your sins no more (HEBREWS 8:12).

Remember the story of the Prodigal Son and His Father (LUKE 15:11-32). This is a story that reflects the Heart of the God you serve. Yes, the Father was well aware of the failures of his son but every day he watched the horizon for his return and when he saw him, he ran, embraced him, kissed him.

The Father showered him with so much love and joy that the son didn’t even have a chance to speak of being demoted in his fathers house. Instead, the father placed a ring on his finger and gave him the best robe and shoes and through him a party!

This, again, is the picture of our Heavenly Father and how He sees, delights in, and loves us.

My prayer for you is that from this moment forward you will walk in this love every moment. When you fail or fall, remember your Father loves you and calls you His own. When you miss the mark, remember He still celebrates you. When you stray, trust, and know that you are always welcome in His love and grace.

Nothing you or I can ever do will ever change this. His banner over us is love (SONG OF SOLOMON 2:4) and He rejoices over us with singing like the proud Father He is.

“The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” ~ZEPHANIAH 3:17

You are loved for always and evermore!

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

Sowing Destiny: Taking Creative Advantage of the Times

“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” ~RALPH WALDO EMERSON 

Time is ever precious and what we do with our time today will determine the results and successes of our tomorrows.

Many around the world have been given more time than they had asked for and seemingly more ‘free’ time than they know what to do with since the pandemic hit.

But when one takes a moment to remember all the times they’ve said or thought,  “If I had more time I would (fill in the blank)” they would realize that right now, even as the economy slowly opens, is the time to fill in their blanks.

Filling in the blanks.

Taking the quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson let’s create a road map for the coming months. Let’s fill in the blanks and prepare for brighter futures and days ahead, days that we created.

What thoughts have you pondered over the years when you envisioned your life in the future? Right now is the time to think about your ‘blank,’ the what-you-would-do-if.

This is your ‘thought’. Once you have prayed over that thought now is the time to take action.

What do you need to do to bring this thought into manifestation? These are your action steps. Do you need to research? Do you need to brainstorm ideas? Do you need to simply step out of your comfort zone? Whatever it may be the first step is simply to take some sort of fruitful action in the direction to the God-given thought.

Create a system during this season that is sustainable. For me, I want to continue and improve my focus on making art, writing books, and preaching the Gospel. With art, my action steps have been to research the new medium I want to grow in. The next step has been to set aside blocks of time daily to practice the craft, sustainable time like 15 minutes a day until I can develop the consistent discipline to do more.

Consistency creates character. By committing to this, the habit is becoming ingrained in my being. It is becoming like second-nature. For fifteen minutes a day, I make art. It’s similar to knowing that before my day begins and before bed at night, I brush my teeth. that time is set in stone. I don’t have to negotiate for it.

The same is being developed in my art as well as my writing. My mind shifts to creative writing mode around 2:30pm each day and remains in that vein until around 5-5:30pm. It is no longer a struggle to write because that consistent character has been created.

The character to walk out destiny. I know that I am called to create art, write books, and preach the gospel. But knowledge alone is not enough. It took me first acknowledging what the Lord had placed in my heart to do, doing my research and seeing what worked for me, creating a growth plan for my desired goals, and then making them habitual even in days and moments I just didn’t feel like showing up.

Galatians 6:7-8 tells us, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

The core of this scripture is recognizing that what you invest in is what you will eat from later. Time has been something that many of us have complained about not having enough of and prayed the Lord would give us more of.

Right now we are standing in the answer. Take the time that is given you now to seek the Lord for your ‘how.’ He has given you a vision for your destiny or at least the next phase toward its greatest fulfillment. Seek His direction in how to sow the next steps.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

The Value of Relationship

“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” ~BARBARA BUSH

The last few months have proven to be challenging in many different ways for all humankind. With the sudden need to stay indoors, to forgo plans for holiday traveling, to even lessen the times spent at parks or even the normal commute to work, many have battled with the feeling of anxiety of being indoors.

But now many around the world are beginning to draw back the curtains in their lives and let the sunshine in once again. The great outdoors beckons and now many are taking the steps to answer.

Cabin fever has been a real thing. And many are ready for the escape …but I wonder if we truly have gotten out of this time of seclusion and being shut in that we really needed.

I wonder, did we value the extra hours that we were blessed to spend with our children, our parents, our spouses? Did we take the time that would have been spent stuck in traffic to facetime friends we have been neglectful of checking in on? Did we embrace the rest that in many ways we had no choice but to surrender to …or did we wish for the old and familiar.

There has been a great blessing of restoration in relationships during this pandemic, restorations that may not have ever happened had this not happened. Now, don’t misunderstand, I am not downplaying the tragedy that has taken place with the losses of life or jobs, but I wonder if we are beginning to value what we still have as the smoke clears.

Are we valuing and nurturing the relationships we may have been taking for granted or have we learned that an hour of play with our children, an hour or regular 9 to 5’s kept us from is a great treasure? Have we learned that sitting in silence with our spouse watching the sunset is a blessing that cannot be quantified?

Have we allowed the Lord to show us the beauty that has always been within our reach even now as the ashes settle?

Some of us may not return to the regular jobs we once had, or the neighborhoods we once lived in, but for those of us who can return to loving hearts of kin or friend, hearts we have not loved as we should have, will we from this day forward choose to do so?

Some tragedies expose treasures. Some silence blesses us to hear what truly needs to be heard. Some moments of stillness equip us to move with purpose.

My prayer is that as we all step into a new season that we will step in with stronger bonds, having placed in order those things, those relationships that truly take priority over everything else.

Let the closeness we have been blessed to experience not be broken by the space we are granted to take part in in the coming future.

Let us truly have found the value in the best gifts God has given unto each of us, our family, our friends, our neighbors. Let us remember to love each other first.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

The Beauty of Blinders: Taking Sight of Your Own Creativity

BLINDERS:

  1. something that obscures vision: something that prevents clear vision or understanding
  2. eye covers for horse: a pair of flaps attached to a horse’s bridle, one beside each eye, to keep the horse looking straight ahead.Microsoft® Encarta® Reference Library 2003. © 1993-2002 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

In terms of creativity, the first definition of the word for ‘blinders’ is very negative. Being creative after all is about giving vision and making the obscure more understandable.

But as creative people, there are times where blinders are a necessary tool that we should employ within our journeys, and actually, blinders become a great blessing when we employ them in our faith journeys as well.

“True creativity is not about competition it is about the newness of authenticity. Authentic creativity speaks not only for the artist, but to the artist as well as the audience, and comes from a place within.”

Blinders that cover our eyes from distractions, things that keep us from our vision, and looking ahead, staying on the path, are very beautiful and worthwhile.

In the Gospel of John, we see the Messiah calling Peter to follow Him just after He and the other disciples had sat down for breakfast. Instead of simply following the Master into whatever his ‘next’ is, Peter immediately questions, ‘What about John?”

“Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!” 20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” 22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.”” ~JOHN 21:19-22

Within our faithwalks with Christ, which directly effect the outcome of our creativity, calling, and vision, we can find ourselves getting distracted by other called Children of God and their journey rather than focusing on the glorious details of our own.

We can get sucked into the comparison trap and become detailed by the distractions that scream, “What about them and what they are doing.

When you start creating, developing your motion, the thing that you do not want to do is to think, “How can I be different from the person next to me?” When you start your creative process with that mindset being your base or foundation, (and many of us have) you keep yourself from tapping into your true creativity.

You can’t fully follow Christ Jesus into what He has for you by looking at what He is doing in the growth process of others.

What you are essentially doing is looking ‘outwardly’ at what the person next to you is doing, and you are taking what they have created, and have made that your foundation or base. You are putting the icing on an already iced cake.

“Your individuality begins from within it doesn’t take root from without…”

Digression. Spring-boarding off the work of others, using their vision as a tool or muse, is one thing. It’s a means of learning. This is not what I am talking about here. I am talking about creative competition and anxiety which is the knife that cuts the throat of many fantastically creative people.

People who run their creative race with their eyes on the competition never reach their fullest potential. They begin the race with a goal in mind and never reach the finish line because their eyes stayed on the ‘horse’ in the other lane.

Ultimately, they ended up crashing and burning, trying to be like the one next to them but never becoming the best expression of themselves.

True creativity is not about competition it is about the newness of authenticity. Authentic creativity speaks not only for the artist, but to the artist as well as the audience, and comes from a place within.

(An artist is anyone who is creating something from authenticity and truth.)

When you look ‘inwardly,’ which is a revelation (even if someone else’s work has led you to do so) and you get a new creative revelation that is authentic that speaks from the core of who you are, then at that point you can really  begin to glean from the creative wisdom of others.

From there you can take aspects and concepts of what others have created and from there say, “How can I use this expression and make it my own?” while still holding on to your own individuality.

You create your own lane and forge a new path of inspiration.

Your individuality begins from within, it doesn’t take root from without…if that makes sense. It requires taking an introspective glance into the dark places deep within ourselves and learning our own true voice and song.

Many do not dare dive that deep for fear of what they will find.

We as creatives shouldn’t look around and think “How can I be different?” Instead ask yourself “How can I continue to be me, learn who I am as a Creative,  and continue to climb each rung of this ladder of creative enlightenment. How can I rise higher by getting a hand up by other creatives by gleaning the wisdom that they have already produced?

Remember, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and what Chirst Jesus has seeded in you is a divine creative ministry all its own. Follow Him into what that is and don’t worry about others around you even if you are blessed to learn from them along the way.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

*Revised from June 10, 2014

 

The Requirement of Obedience: The Key to Stepping into Manifest Promises

“God doesn’t need our help, but He does require our obedience.” ~CANDICE COATES

We often think that when the Lord says something, instructs us in a task, that the work of bringing that which He has spoken to pass rest upon our oh-too-small shoulders. When in reality the Lord only requires two things from us; our ‘yes’ and our obedience.

Sometimes our work of obedience does require big moves and actions and many times, dare I say most times, it requires us being still and seeing the salvation of the Lord (EXODUS 14:13-14).

When we take a journey through the second book of Chronicles, we find King Jehoshaphat. He is burdened on every side and weighed down by the impending assault of the enemy. There were many things that the king could have done. He could have rallied his troops. He could have called on allies. But what he did instead, was to call upon the King of Kings and seek His instructions for his next move.

And in seeking the Lord in faith, the king receives instructions and they are instructions unlike any that would have been expected with war and bloodshed right at one’s door. The Lord tells Jehoshaphat that all he needs do is worship and stand still.

“You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the Lord is with you.” ~II CHRONICLES 20:17

Jehoshaphat could have bulked at these instructions. He could have still prepared men for war for just-in-case, but he didn’t do that. What he did was honor and trust the Lord, fell on his face and worshipped right before arranging the tribe of Judah to go to the frontlines prepared to lift praises to the King of Kings (II CHRON. 20:17-25).

And out of that obedience to take up tambourine instead of swords, came victory, riches, and peace that Jehoshaphat could not have gained on his own strength or understanding.

The same remains true for us, the redeemed children of God, today. Trials and trouble come our way, or it could just be a crossroad or a decision that must be made. We seek the Lord for instruction, prepared to ‘do’ what seems to make the most sense, and what does He instruct us to do?

He tells us to put on the full armor of the Lord and once we are fully arrayed He tells us to …stand and sometimes He tells us like he told Jehoshaphat, to lift our voices and worship (EPHESIANS 6:11-18).

Here are 3 big takeaways for us to remember:

  1. We should always seek the Lord’s counsel in all that we do, no matter if it is big or small (PROVERBS 3:6). Remember, He is the beginning and end of all things and He knows all things.
  2. We should never lean on our own understanding (PROVERBS 3:5). Because we know He knows, we can trust that He knows best.
  3. We need to remember Obedience is always better than sacrifice (I SAM. 15:22-24).

We never know exactly what our obedience will produce. It could produce sweet waters from bitter just by throwing a stick within them (EXODUS 15:23-25). It could be gaining sight from being born blind by allowing the Lord to smear spit and clay upon your eyes and tell you to bathe in a pool (JOHN 9:1-6). It could be worshipping when you feel like you should be preparing for war (II CHRON. 20: 14-25).

No matter what it is, our obedience and yes is what He requires and when we obey with child-like faith, we can be confident that He will not only do His part but He will exceed our hope and expectations!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

 

 

 

The Wonder & Awe of God’s Love for Us

“Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; 2 Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. 3 If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.” ~PSALM 130:1-4

Some translations of Psalm 130:3-4 say, “If You keep account of sins, O LORD, Lord, who will survive? Yours is the power to forgive so that You may be held in awe.

Awe means to have a fealing of wonder and reverance even to the point of fear. When we consider all that Christ, our Savior, God and King did for us in His perfect love, how He has transformed us and loved us with an everlasting, unwavering, unfailing, unmerited love, one can do nothing short of be in awe.

The Lord through the finished work of Christ has delivered us from the curse of the law but has also carried away our sins and remembers our lawless deeds no longer (HEBREWS 8:12). In Him forevermore we are eternally righteous. We are His righteousness no matter our shortcomings.

Does this mean we will not fail or fall? No. But what it does mean is that we, as His perfect Rightousness in Christ, through faith and not of our own efforts or works, have been blessed by His Holy Spirit to rise up again and again and again! In fact, PROVERBS 24:16 tells us the righteous man will fall but it also tells us that he will get back up again.

In Him, in Christ Jesus our Righteousness, we are made able to always rise in grace, moving beyond our failures and shortcomings. We rise from glory to glory (II COR. 3:18).

We rise because He lifts us up from our depths and sin (PSALM 40:2).

We rise because He has born our iniquities, sin, death, sicknesses, and pain and carried them all away from us, nailing them to the cross and burying them in the grave (ISA. 53)

We rise because He rose, and in His rising, we are justified (ROM. 4:24-25).

We rise because when we were His enemies still He chose and chooses to love us (ROM. 5:7-10).

His love and sacrifice for us is nothing short of wonde. The fact that He loves us deeper and that there is NOTHING that can seperate us from Him (ROM. 8:31-39), nothing we can say or do, leaves me in awe.

“Out of the depths I call You, O LORD. O Lord, listen to my cry; let Your ears be attentive to my plea for mercy. If You keep account of sins, O LORD, Lord, who will survive? Yours is the power to forgive so that You may be held in awe. I look to the LORD; I look to Him; I await His word. I am more eager fo rthe Lord than watchmen for the morning, watchmen for the morning. O Israel, wait for the LORD; for with the LORD is steadfast love and great power to redeem. It is He who will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.” ~PSALM 130 The Jewish Publication Society

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

Artful Aggression: How We Abuse Our Creative Work & Why We Shouldn’t

Have you ever watched a movie, sat in horror or just sheer irritation as you witness one character (generally a parent or a lover) verbally abuse their child or partner? And as you are watching you begin to judge that character thinking, “Gosh, they are wrong. I would  never talk to my child like that.”

The scene ends, the couple or family members come to some peaceful ground, and then the movie ends.

“We cruelly victimize our art. Art’s greatest victimizer is often the one who created it.”

The movie ends but the hypocrisy continues.

In the Book of Matthew 7:5, Jesus says “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

You are probably wondering, what in the world does a scene from a movie and teaching from Jesus have to do with art. They have everything to do with art, even if indirectly.

We as artist and writers  have a tendency to look at our creations the same way the harsh parent or the cruel lover in the movie look at their child and partner.

We, like these characters, look at our creations (children born from us, lovers grown through intimacy and time) with unreasonable scrutiny, judging it with irrational standards.

One minute we are in love with what we have done, staring at it with admiration. The next we are setting it ablaze or trying to hide it from world’s view because of some “issue” that we have convinced ourselves is there.

We cruelly victimize our art. Art’s greatest victimizer is often the one who created it.

The fact of the matter is, this criticism of our creations is spelled out in the verse in the Gospel of Matthew. We subconsciously or consciously, have an issue with our self and the displeasure with ‘self’ becomes an attack upon our creative works. We don’t deal with our ‘planks’ so we burn up the splinters in our work.

“…if we can’t celebrate our growth, then what is the point of growing at all?”

Now, I know Christ Jesus wasn’t necessarily talking about how we treat our works of art when He said this, but the truth of the matter is, we cannot truly be kind to others if we are not kind to ourselves. We cannot love others if we cannot love ourselves, and this is the same for our art.

I had to call myself out on this a while ago when I nearly destroyed all the work I had put into one of my novels.

Let us, as artists, writers, parents, and lovers, come to a place of self-love and appreciation. Let us realize we are good enough even if we still have room to grow, and thus our creations are good enough even though they have room to grow.

Art and expression are about the journey. It is about telling the story in truth and authenticity from where we currently are. This should never be victimized, but always celebrated. After all, if we can’t celebrate our growth, then what is the point of growing at all?

 

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

*This was originally posted on November 4th, 2014.

 

Get Ready to Take Your Mountain: A Fresh Look at the Series ‘Be Squared’

SPECIAL NOTE: It is my great joy and delight to be reintroducing this series especially during this season. For a few months now the Lord has been bringing ‘Be Squared‘ to heart and mind and it is recently that He instructed me to share it again. I feel in my spirit that this is truly a right-now word for the Body of Christ. Things truly are not what they seem no matter what world circumstances say. The Lord is releasing greatness, power, strength, and long awaited manifestations of inheritances and promises. With that said, here is the introductio to this series. My prayer is that you will feel the gifts in your spirit being stirred and hear with fresh revelation and confident trust the promises that the Lord has been preparing you for. The time is now! Be Squared!

~Candice Coates

Squared. In terms of algebra, every pre-teen’s favorite subject, to be squared is to be raised to a higher power. A numeral goes from its singular numeric ability and is suddenly given a boost that takes it from one level of value to another.

In terms of our faith to be squared is to be foundationally grounded as you go from one level of glory to another.

This month of May 2020, we are going to prepare our hearts and minds as the Lord ‘squares’ us. Are you ready?

THE PRINCIPLES OF BEING SQUARED: BREATH. BELIEVE. BEGIN

The principles of being squared are not a one-time, step-program that you apply once today and for the rest of your life reap the results. Rather it is a constant reminder for how we should always renew our minds (ROMANS 12:2) as we prepare to step into not only a new season of greater glory but every day.

To ‘renew’ is to re-establish or to repeat. Some synonyms would be to reaffirm or reassert. To renew in its simplest definition is to meditate upon, to consistently come in agreement with something.

In the first chapter of the book of Joshua, the Lord tells Joshua to mediated upon His Word day and night and He will be a success (JOSHUA 1:1-9 NIV). The word used for ‘meditate’ in the original Hebrew text is Hagah which means to mutter, muse, to utter or to speak. It also means to growl or to roar.*

In EPHESIANS 6:10-18, we are instructed to take up the full Armor of God and the sword of the Spirit and the Word. Interestingly enough, the word in this text used from ‘word’ is ‘Rhema’* and not Logos. The definition for Rhema refers to a spoken word that is active or activated for your personal situation, a word that comes to life for you by the Spirit.

What does this mean? This means when the enemy comes to seek your seed and to devour your promise you are to roar out the Rhema word the Lord has given you for your situation and cut the enemy down with the sword the Spirit has given you! You can only do this if you have been meditating on the Word.

  • Breathe: Breathe in the Rhema word of truth daily and let your soul be at peace
  • Believe: Believe what has been said to you by His Spirit
  • Begin: Take your steps in faith toward your promise and promised land

To read Parts 1 through 3 of this series, follow the links: INTRO,  PART 1,  PART 2,  PART 3

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

*Definitions taken from Bibletools.org  Definition found at BibleHub.com

You are Sanctified in Truth

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” ~JOHN 17:17

What does it mean to be sanctified? The word is a part of our identity and position as new creations in Christ and blood-bought children of God, but few today understand what it means to be sanctified nor what it really takes to be sanctified.

According to the Oxford dictionary, to sanctify or be sanctified is to be ‘set apart as or declare holy; consecrate, or to be free from sin and purified‘.

The Word of God further proves this by affirming that we are in Christ and He is in us (I JOHN 4:10-13), that our old has past and we are now righteous in Him by faith (II COR. 5:17, II COR. 5:21, ROM. 3:20-26.)

Christ Himself, before He went to the cross to cut this covenant of Grace and Truth with the Father on our behalf, prayed on our behalf that the Father would sanctify us by His truth and stated that His Word is Truth.

Here is the beauty, we are sanctified, set apart, holy, clean, and free from all sin, purified,  and consecrated by the Word and the Truth.

How glorious to know that Christ Jesus is the Living Word and He is the Truth (JOHN 1:1-5)!

Friends in order for us to be all that Christ has created us to be and to do all that He has put in our hearts to do we must have confidence in who He has saved us to be and be confident in our position with Him.

There is no sin that can separate us from His love. There is no wrongdoing that we as born-again believers can do that puts us out of fellowship with our Heavenly Father (ROMANS 8:31-39).

No matter what, Christ has paid the price for all of our shortcomings, and His blood continuously washes us. He has purified and sanctified us by all that He is. He is the Word and He is the Truth!

Today, believe you are welcome by the Father, don’t allow condemnation to make you turn from Him. Christ’s work has undone for all eternity the failure of Adam.

Continue to bathe in the Truth and the Word, be consumed in Christ, and assured of your position in Him as you approach your Loving Heavenly Father boldly.

You are sanctified by Him, through Him, and for Him forevermore! And there is nothing that you can do to change that!

~Poeima, Poetry in Motion