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The Journey of a Lifetime Begins with a Yes

Where you stop is where you stop. There’s always more of God.
Karen Wheaton

I’ve heard Mrs. Karen say this hundreds of times, and it rings true to me as much today as the first time I heard it. Our journey into Christ is one of exploration. We will eternally explore the extents of what we have access to in Christ.

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What I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Marriage

I am so thankful for my marriage. Is it easy? No. Is it fun? Sometimes. Is it worth it? Absolutely!

As of this writing, Anna and I have been married for over 11 years. We dated for about 10 years before that. With all that time we’ve spent together, I would have thought we’d know each other better. Marriage is a journey. Marriage is a quest to know each other better.

Here a few things that I wish I had known before I got married. Maybe they’ll help you now and in the future.

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Walk | BobbyShirley.com

Walk: How To Have Fun on the Journey

He turns exile into ecstasy, and banishment into bliss.

Charles Spurgeon

Mourning to joy
Weeping to laughing
Orphans to sons
Outsiders to insiders
Death to life
Wilderness to paradise

4 But God, with the unfathomable richness of His love and mercy focused on us, 5united us with the Anointed One and infused our lifeless souls with life—even though we were buried under mountains of sin—and saved us by His grace. 6He raised us up with Him and seated us in the heavenly realms with our beloved Jesus the Anointed, the Liberating King. 7He did this for a reason: so that for all eternity we will stand as a living testimony to the incredible riches of His grace and kindness that He freely gives to us by uniting us with Jesus the Anointed.

Ephesians 2:4-7

We do not experience ecstasy outside of Christ, but only inside of Him. We can’t truly have bliss without Jesus, but only with Him.

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Intent or How To Enjoy the Journey

He rescued the 1integrity of our original 2identity and revealed that we have always been his own from the beginning, even 3before time was. This has nothing to do with anything we did to qualify or disqualify ourselves. We are not talking religious good works or karma here. Jesus unveils grace to be the 4eternal intent of God! Grace celebrates our pre-creation innocence and now declares our redeemed union with God in Christ Jesus.

(1hagios, holiness, purity, integrity kaleo, often translated, holy calling; 2kaleo means to identify by name, to surname; 3pro xronos aionos; pro, before; xronos, a specific space or portion of time, season; aionios, without beginning or end, timeless perpetuity, ages; this was before calendar time existed, before the creation of the galaxies and constellations. There exists a greater dimension to eternity than what we are capable of defining within the confines of space and time! God’s faith anticipated the exact moment of our redeemed union with him for all eternity! What happened to us in Christ is according to God’s eternal purpose (4prothesis), which he has shown in every prophetic pointer and shadow; in the Hebrew tradition the showbread (prothesis) pointed to the true bread from heaven, the authentic word that proceeded from the mouth of God, Jesus the incarnate word sustaining the life of our design. See Heb 9:2   The first tented area was called the Holy Place; the only light here came from the lamp-stand illuminating the table upon which the showbread (prosthesis) was presented, (the lamp-stand was a beautifully crafted golden chandelier portraying budding and blossoming almond branches. Remember that this is also what Jeremiah saw in Jer 1:12, when God said, ‘I am awake over my word to perform it.’ The same Hebrew word is used here, shaqad, the almond was called the ‘awake tree’, because it blossomed first, while the other trees were still in their winter sleep. The show bread pointed towards the daily sustenance of life in the flesh as the ultimate tabernacle of God, realized in the account of Jesus with the two men from Emmaus; their hearts were burning with resonance and faith while he opened the scriptures to them, and then around the table their eyes were opened to recognize him as the fulfillment of scripture, their true meal incarnated: Luke 24:27-31; Man shall not live by bread alone, but by the authentic thought of God, the Word proceeding from his mouth, the original intent, his image and likeness incarnated, revealed and redeemed in human life.)

Titus 1:2 This is the life of the ages that was anticipated for generations; the life of our original design announced by the infallible resolve of God before time or space existed. (Man’s union with God is the original thought that inspired creation. aionios, without beginning or end, timeless perpetuity, ages; xronos, a specific space or portion of time, season. This was before calendar time existed, before the creation of the galaxies and constellations. There exists a greater dimension to eternity than what we are capable of defining within the confines of space and time! God’s faith anticipated the exact moment of our redeemed union with him for all eternity!

This life was made certain before eternal time. (BBE 1949, Bible in Basic English)

2 Timothy 1:9 Mirror

Sorry for the verse and long quote but it was way too good to not share the whole thing.

I had to read it several times. I’m not sure I get all of it, but I do see what Paul was telling Timothy.

Paul is dropping some super heavy and amazing revelation on Timothy here. He’s telling Timothy that grace was the original eternal intent of God for all of us! Grace was not God’s backup plan. Grace was not the scrambling idea of God to combat sin. Grace was not the reluctant antidote to the actions in Eden. Grace was the plan!

It should put our mind at ease that God has a plan for you. The plan began a long time ago and it will continue forever!

Grace puts right was sin put wrong. Grace sets straight what sin skewed. Grace makes perfect was sin marred.

Growth | BobbyShirley.com

Growth

The life of the believer is a journey to be more Christ-like, but also a journey be more “you-like”. Growth comes from being connected to Christ.

Growing into Christ means growing into you. Yes, Christ is the example but God did not create you to fit into the mold of Jesus. He created you to be a true expression of Himself in your skin. You are great “God-thought”.

“In every situation I am strong in the one who empowers me from within to be who I am!”

Philippians 4:13 Mirror

Not only does he love you, he empowers you to be who you are! It’s His life within you that allows you to be the true you.

“This is how we fit into God’s picture: Christ is the measure of our portion, we are in him, invented and defined in him. God’s blueprint intention is on exhibition in us. Everything he accomplishes is inspired by the energy and intent of his affection.”

Ephesians 1:11 Mirror

Never forget that He knows you. Intimately. Like a watchmaker knows the cogs and springs in a timepiece. He is aware of where you are on your journey. He’s not scared of the mistakes you’ve made already and will make in the future. He’s not far away from you watching objectively. He’s near. He’s close.

You see all things;
You saw me growing, changing in my mother’s womb;
Every detail of my life was already written in Your book;
You established the length of my life before I ever tasted the sweetness of it.
Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me, O God! I cherish each and every one of them!
How grand in scope! How many in number!
If I could count each one of them, they would be more than all the grains of sand on earth. Their number is inconceivable!
Even when I wake up, I am still near to You.

Psalm 139:16-18 VOICE

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