You Are Invited to My 1-Year Blogiversary Celebration!

Have you ever been so excited about something, you thought you would burst if you didn’t share your news with someone else? You know, like lickety-split?

That’s how I felt last year at this time when I was getting ready to launch A Happy Christian’s Secret Life.

I smiled as I revisited my launch day (March 1, 2017) Facebook posts and got blessed all over again by the excited reactions, encouraging well-wishes, and shares.

To be honest, I didn’t have a clue what would happen when I clicked the “PUBLISH” button and launched my first post into cyberspace.

But it didn’t matter to me.

I had a holy determination (and still do) to have an online platform where I could share the best news ever.

And that was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!

Not only do I want to herald the Good News of Jesus Christ for those who have never heard it, but I also long to help Christians enjoy greater intimacy with Him through understanding their flawless identity in Him.

That’s right. Flawless. If you are in Christ, then you have a flawless new heart!

Sure, no one but Jesus has lived a sinless life. But what we do is not who we are.

Birth determines identity, not behavior.

I lived way too many years (and my life was a mess!) not having a clue that I became a brand-new, pure, righteous, and holy creation in Christ Jesus the moment I believed in (literally into) Him!

And that is what sparked a holy fire in me to let other Christians know who they are in Him! (You can read more about my journey on my About page).

This past year I have had the joy of writing seventy posts (three are guest posts). They are listed below and ranked in popularity:

  1. Faith in the Midst of a Cloud of Unknowing
  2. That Time I Put My Yoga Pants on Backwards
  3. Could This Be the Day?
  4. This Man of Mine
  5. What God Taught Me through Mrs. Stuart’s Cookies
  6. How to Make Your Stumble Part of the Dance
  7. How to Master the Art of Enjoying Jesus
  8. What My Debut Book Has in Common with Fifty Shades
  9. It’s Gonna Be So Good!
  10. God Built this House for Us in 1923!
  11. Jesus – Best Gift Ever! Have You Received Him?
  12. The Serious Business of Enjoying God
  13. Why Every Christian Should Be Doing the Happy Dance
  14. Today’s Guest Post by Award-Winning Author Latayne C. Scott – Priska’s Betrothal
  15. Unwrap Your Best Gift Ever in 2018
  16. Why I Wrote This Book
  17. My Personal Testimony
  18. Are You the Ideal Candidate for My Launch Team?
  19. Not Especially Fond of The Shack? – The Shack Cons
  20. What You See Isn’t Always What You Get
  21. My Morning Heart-to-Heart with Jesus
  22. Assurance in the Christmas Season – Today’s Guest Post by Alex Lomangino
  23. Christian, Which Spiritual Season Are You In?
  24. How to Tune into God’s Live Love Stream
  25. You’re Already a Godly Person – Today’s Guest Post by Mark Maulding
  26. Groundhog Day & Grace
  27. Pure Devotion to Christ
  28. Because Life Ain’t Always Pretty
  29. What God Wants Most This Valentine’s Day
  30. Are You a Lifer in Christ?
  31. Undivided Devotion to Christ
  32. The Secret to Loving
  33. Welcome To “A Happy Christian’s Secret Life!”
  34. Simple Devotion to Christ
  35. Just Who Is the Bride of Christ Anyway?
  36. Christian, Heaven Is Here & Now!
  37. Not Especially Fond of The Shack? – The Shack Pros
  38. Not Especially Fond of The Shack? – The Shack Facts
  39. A Book Review on Peter Lord’s “Turkeys & Eagles”
  40. Has Grace Got You?
  41. New Seasons & Next Steps
  42. My Debut Book Launch Party
  43. Bye-Bye Lies!
  44. How I Got Raving Endorsements for My Book
  45. Don’t Throw in the Towel!
  46. Our Mountain Celebration
  47. The Most Important Verse in the Bible
  48. Are You Drinking This Poison?
  49. How God Interrupted My Quiet Time with a Noisy Cricket
  50. It’s Almost Time!
  51. Way Better Than Botox!
  52. Have You Heard the Best News Ever?
  53. “God Won’t Give Us More Than We Can Handle.” True or False?
  54. What a Difference a Year Makes!
  55. Have You Ever Been Kissed Awake?
  56. Kids Say the Darndest Things
  57. Come out, Come out, Wherever You Are!
  58. The Secret to Savoring Christ’s Love
  59. Catch the Foxes
  60. Why I Think MercyMe’s Newest Album “Lifer” Is Their Best Ever
  61. This Is Way Better Than a Fairy Tale!
  62. The Greatest Love Song of All Time
  63. This Ghost Is Way Friendlier Than Casper!
  64. What You May Not Know About This Romantic Love Song
  65. My Sweet Spot
  66. The Triple-Crown Kiss from Our Savior
  67. Ready or Not, Here I Come! (Part 1)
  68. I Was Totally Unprepared for This Kiss
  69. How God Spoke to Me through Chicken Little
  70. The Importance of Seizing and Savoring Every Moment
  71. How Many Were Crucified with Christ? If Your Answer Is 2, This Post Will Surprise You
  72. Christian, Who Do You Think You Are?
  73. Ready or Not, Here I Come! (Part 2)

Not only was 2017 a pivotal year in launching A Happy Christian’s Secret Life, but it was also the year that I published my debut Bible study over the first two chapters of the Song of Songs: His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love.

I started writing it in July 2008 and it went live September 2017.

It was quite a long journey, but so worth it!

And I wrote it for the very same reason that I started this blog:

To help Christians enjoy greater intimacy with Christ through understanding their flawless identity in Him.

Next Thursday, March 1, 2018, you are invited to celebrate my 1-year blogiversary on my Facebook author page, Kim K Francis, from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m.

I will be giving away 5 FREE digital downloads and 1 FREE hard copy of His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love.

You can get your name in the drawing between now and Thursday, March 1, 2018 by answering one or both of the following questions (both questions will be pinned at the top of my author page, Kim K Francis):

  1. Answer the question “How has A Happy Christian’s Secret Life blessed you this past year?”
  2. Answer the question “How can I improve A Happy Christian’s Secret Life in the coming year?”

The winners will be announced at the following times on my Facebook author page, Kim K Francis, on Thursday, March 1, 2018:

  • 10 a.m. – free digital copy
  • Noon – free digital copy
  • 2 p.m. – free digital copy
  • 4 p.m. – free digital copy
  • 6 p.m. – free digital copy
  • 8 p.m. – free hard copy

I hope you will celebrate with me!

Until next time,

Live Christ—Live Happy!

P.S. If you want to know more about me and the types of content I post, please visit my About Page.

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You’re Already a Godly Person

Today's guest post by Mark Maulding, author of God's Best-Kept Secret

Just this morning, I finished savoring Mark Maulding’s book, God’s Best-Kept Secret: Christianity Is Easier Than You Think. I can honestly say this book is hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read.

Most of the time when I finish a book, it gets put on one of my library shelves. Not this one. It’s going to remain within arm’s reach of my little brown chair in my library sanctuary—the place where I spend most of my time reading, writing, and enjoying Jesus.

God’s Best-Kept Secret is Mark’s warm counselor’s heart in a book. A heart filled with compassion for hurting Christians who are unable to make the Christian life work. A heart that longs to share God’s best-kept secret with struggling believers who are in the ideal position to give up their self-efforts and to begin resting in and living from the luxuriant life of Christ within.

And now, without further ado, here is Mark’s guest post, “You’re Already a Godly Person.” I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Understanding and embracing your identity in Christ, can transform your life. A pastor friend of mine tells his congregation often, “Do you want to know how I grow spiritually? I spend a lot of time thinking about who I am in Christ.” That is my secret to spiritual growth.

For many years, because I had a skewed understanding of who God really is and who I am in Christ, I strove very hard to become a godly man. My erroneous belief was that if I could get better and better at the spiritual disciplines, make more and more wise decisions, and live a holy life, I would one day become that godly man. That was one of the reasons I felt so stressed out and anxious about the Christian life. It was a lot of hard work and even after years of hard work on it, I still felt like a failure.

After God began to show me the truth about him and me, I experienced more and more peace in my life, especially from letting my behavior define my identity. But there was still this nagging voice which whispered to me occasionally that I needed to become a godly man. It was like a mosquito that just will not leave you alone.

One day I was alone in my car headed to work and I was thinking again about becoming a godly man, as I had for many years. It was in that moment that God whispered to me a wonderful truth that set me free from this bondage. “Mark, you’re already a godly man.” When he said that, it was as if the car suddenly got brighter because I saw immediately what Jesus was saying to me. He wanted me to know that I had been a godly man since the day I was saved at age 9. I could stop trying to be a godly man because in my identity in Christ I already was one. To be quite honest, it was a great relief. I felt like I could relax before God. The striving was over.

In my counseling and teaching through the years, I’ve discovered that is where many Christians are. They don’t know they are already godly, holy, righteous, loving, patient and so much more in Christ. So they strive to become that person when they already are that person. That’s clear evidence of living with a false identity.

Are you ready to let go of your false identity based on your behavior, feelings, and the opinions of others and embrace your true identity in Christ? Why don’t you start right now? Here is a suggested prayer.

Father, I have spent all of my life searching for my stolen identity. As a result, I have developed a false identity which has controlled my life. I now give up my false identity and choose today to embrace my true identity in Christ by faith. Please make this more and more real in my life as I agree more and more with your opinion of me. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

 

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Mark Maulding is founder of Grace Life International, one of the largest Christian counseling and teaching ministries in America. A speaker, counselor, and leadership coach, Maulding is a regular blogger who is passionate about sharing the transforming message of God’s grace with a world in desperate need of it. He and his wife, Ellen, have four adult children, including a daughter with Down syndrome who, along with her three brothers, recently finished college. They live near Charlotte, North Carolina. You can connect with Mark on Facebook or his blog.

Are You a “Lifer” in Christ?

2017 MercyMe Summer Song Series

I love wholesome Christian music that you can’t help but marry. Music you can dance to, walk to, work out to, clean house to, listen with your kids and grandkids to, worship God to, cry to, sing for joy to, and experience new covenant truth through. That’s why I decided to do a summer song series on MercyMe’s newest album, Lifer, released in March of this year.

I would have never chosen to devote ten Wednesday blog posts to share the message in every song on this album unless I was passionate about what this twenty-three-year-old Christian band is belting out in their newest albums. It started with The Hurt and the Healer (2012), progressed to Welcome to the New (2014), and now, ladies and gentlemen, Lifer. Their albums just keep getting gracier and gracier. Yeah, I made that word up. But I think it fits.

Last Wednesday, in my premiere post for this series, I shared the backstory of MercyMe’s transition into writing and performing songs that stress the grace message. The finished-work-of-Christ message. The believer’s brand-new-flawless-righteous-and-holy-identity-in-Christ message. The message that changed my life over ten years ago. It was just what the Great Physician ordered for this performance-based-acceptance junkie. My life will never be the same. This Jesus + Nothing = Everything message is the eternal lifeblood that courses through my veins. I’m a lifer in Christ.

The first song (track 1) is titled “Lifer“—the same name as the album. Here’s the brief story behind the song:

Did you catch what Bart Millard, the band’s leader, said? “Christ consumes our heart and shows up in our music.” I love that. When Christ overwhelms our hearts with Himself—His love, grace, mercy, and truth—it’s going to spill over into everything we do.

Now, let’s listen to the entire song.

Aside from the fact that this song makes you want to put on your boogie shoes, forget your worries, and just plain have fun, the message surging through the lyrics is, “No matter what happens to me in this life, whether good or bad, we’re lifers in this together, God.”

The first time I heard the word lifer, it was a dreary reference to someone who was serving a life sentence in prison. The song’s meaning is at the complete opposite end of that bleak spectrum. It is filled with freedom, hope, joy, and the anticipation of life eternal (which has already started – see Track 9) in Christ Jesus. To sum up what Millard said in the Heart Behind the Song video above, “No matter how hard we try, we can’t mess this thing (our walk with Christ) up. Because He’s in it for life, so are we—even if sometimes it doesn’t feel like it.”

You might ask, “How can he make such an incredible claim?” I think Millard would be the first to tell you that MercyMe is merely one of many messengers sharing the good news of the gospel of grace. Eternal security in Christ is based in God’s infallible Word—because of the finished work of His Son, Jesus Christ. The following are just a few of my favorite Scriptures which speak of the believer in Christ’s eternal security:

  • “I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:28).
  • “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).
  • “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself” (2 Tim. 2:13 NIV).

These aren’t promises that are going to happen some day in the distant future. They are true right now—because of our eternal spiritual union with Christ’s Spirit. I believe Christ’s greatest longing for every believer in Him is to get the revelation that we are eternally and flawlessly fused to Him the moment we actually (literally) believed into Him (His Spirit). Signed (Rev. 22:4). Sealed (Eph. 1:13). Delivered (Col. 1:13). We’re His (Song 6:3). Forever.

MercyMe’s “Lifer,” the first track on their newest album by the same name, is filled with life-giving grace-based lyrics. The group intends to keep sharing what they consider to be the best news ever (see Track 4) as long as they have breath. Not only are they lifers in Christ, but they are twenty-plus years and counting in the Christian music business. Kudos to MercyMe for sharing the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ through their music!

Dear reader, I hope you enjoyed the second post in my summer song series, “Why I Think MercyMe’s Newest Album, Lifer, Is Their Best Ever.” I’m wondering,

What do you think about the song, “Lifer,” and how does it speak to you?

If you prefer to interact with me through personal email rather than commenting below, you can do so by clicking here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: One or more of the links in post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
 Until next time,

 

 

 

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Come out, Come out, Wherever You Are!

2017 MercyMe Summer Song Series

If you’ve been following this summer series of Wednesday posts about MercyMe’s newest album, Lifer, you already know its backstory and the message in its first song by the same name as the album. In today’s post, I will be sharing the life-giving message in track 2, “You Found Me,” and how it speaks to me.

With the exception of Lifer’s two ballads—its smash hit debut single, “Even If,”(track 5) and “Ghost” (track 10)—the remaining eight songs are invigorating up-tempo songs that make you want to get up out of your chair and celebrate the finished work of Christ. Rejuvenating songs that make you want to fully embrace your brand-new identity in Him. Songs that you can’t help but move to. There’s no way you’re sitting still if you’re within earshot of “You Found Me,” “Grace Got You,” “Best News Ever,” “Hello Beautiful,” “We Win,” “Happy Dance,” or “Heaven’s Here.” Just try it. I dare you. I double-dog dare you.

In last Wednesday’s post, “Are You a Lifer in Christ?” I shared the short story behind the song, “Lifer” and then the entire song (I can hardly wait to see the videos that will be produced!) So, I will follow suit with track 2, “You Found Me”:

“This song is about the day that He found me, the day that everything changed,” the band’s lead singer, Bart Millard, said with his bright white smile. Now, let’s listen to the full track:

Both the fun beat and the lyrics are sure to get your heart rate up. The message in this song is something to get excited about! The song’s title is reminiscent of the account of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32, in particular, verses 24 and 32, where the father of the prodigal son is speaking.

This son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found (verse 24).

This brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found (verse 32).

At first listen, one might think this song is about the believer in Christ’s initial salvation experience, when he or she first believed in (literally into) Jesus. But I don’t think that is the central message in this song.

I think it is about God’s intense longing for every believer to understand the fullness of the gospel of grace in His Son, Jesus Christ. About His unyielding desire to see those who belong to Him live the life of liberty Christ died for them to enjoy.

The opening line of the song comes from the apostle Paul’s first letter to the fledgling church in Corinth. He writes,

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things (1 Cor. 13:11).

In this verse, Paul is speaking of how our incomplete understanding of spiritual truth this side of heaven sometimes motivates us act in childish ways that are inconsistent with who we really and eternally are (Rom. 12:1-21 Cor. 13:9-10).

The lyrics in “You Found Me” use the imagery of the childhood game hide-and-seek to illustrate what believers typically do when they sin—they go into hiding because of shame. But our loving and relentlessly pursuing God (who has been called the Hound of Heaven) will have none of that childishness.

He goes to great lengths to remind us that we have been freed indeed (John 8:36; Rom. 6:18, 22; 8:2). We are pure, holy, and righteous in His Son (Song 6:9; 1 Cor. 3:17; 2 Cor. 5:21). We are completely forgiven for the sins of our lifetime (Eph. 1:7; 4:32; Col. 1:13–14; 2:13–14; Heb. 10:18). And His twenty-four/seven indwelling Spirit will never ever leave us or forsake us (John 10:28; Heb. 13:5).

In a sense, He finds us—gets our attention and reminds us—of the good news of the gospel of grace in His Son. And then He sings a love song to us (my favorite part of this song), reminding us that He is ours and we are His (Song 2:16; 6:3; 7:10 NASB).

MercyMe’s song, “You Found Me,” is certain to be a crowd pleaser. It is the one song on the album that Millard said (in the heart behind the song) he was looking forward most to playing for a live audience.

While I really enjoy this inspiring and upbeat track, I have to admit that I’m already looking forward to writing next Wednesday’s post on the message in track 3, “Grace Got You.” This song is hands down my favorite song on the album!

Dear reader, I hope you enjoyed today’s post in my summer song series, “Why I Think MercyMe’s Newest Album, Lifer, Is Their Best Ever.”

I’m wondering, Do you like the song, “You Found Me”? How does it speak to you?

If you prefer to interact with me through personal email rather than commenting below, you can do so by clicking here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: One or more of the links in post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
 Until next time,

 

 

 

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Has Grace Got You?

If grace is a party, there’s no doubt in my mind that MercyMe’s newest album, Lifer, will be chosen as the official background music for it.

It’s not at all hard for me to imagine Jesus, the saints that have gone before me, and a heavenly choir of angels celebrating up a storm to this album’s fun and funky tempo in eight of its grace-oozing songs.

And my favorite of the eight is the third track titled “Grace Got You,” the focus of today’s message.

“Grace Got You”

In my premiere post of this series, I shared the backstory of how the band’s lead singer, Bart Millard, experienced a revelation of the good news (the best news ever) of the gospel of grace—after almost two decades of being in the Christian music business.

Even though he was singing about God’s grace, he wasn’t embracing and savoring it in his own life.

He was—like so many Christians—stuck in a miserable, legalistic mindset, trying to pay for what he had already been given as a free gift (Eph. 2:8-9).

Up until 2012, when he read books like The Naked Gospel and The Cure, Millard just didn’t “get” grace.

He was like an impoverished, mouth-watering child, peering through the window of a candy store (the Werther’s commercial comes to mind), longing to unwrap and enjoy the delectable wonders decorating the shelves and counter tops inside.

Until.

Until he saw something astounding.

His Dad appeared behind the counter and motioned for him to come inside and enjoy the entire smorgasbord of sweets—at absolutely no cost to him (and no stomachache).

After all, his Dad owned the candy store and he was a rightful heir!

Now, let’s listen to Millard tell the story behind the song:

“It’s the song that makes you smile, the song that makes you want to be silly,” says Millard.

It certainly made me smile—and want to be silly, not really caring who saw or heard me.

The first time I listened to it, I was walking around our neighborhood with earbuds.

I couldn’t help but smile. And sing. And dance.

And, as you might imagine, I was “moved” to post my first impression on Facebook:

Let’s listen to this fabulous song.

I don’t think this song will ever get old to me.

And I love the rap portion by John Reuben.

Kudos to MercyMe for including it!

“Grace Got You” embodies the change Millard experienced the second he realized that God’s love and acceptance of him have absolutely nothing to do with how well or how poorly he behaves.

God is just as madly in love with him on his worst day as He is on his best.

All because of the finished work of Christ on the cross.

In an April 2014 radio interview, “Bart Millard of MercyMe shares his personal journey to grasping grace,” you can hear more of his passion concerning the grace party he and his band are now attending, celebrating, and inviting others to.

As I mentioned in a previous post in this series, I was a performance-based acceptance junkie until I too “got” grace (or realized Mr. Grace, Himself, “had” me from hello).

I will never forget that initial honeymoon season in my life when the wonders of His amazing grace overwhelmed me.

I felt like Dorothy being swept away from the dull, black-and-white landscape of Kansas to the bright, panoramic spectrum of Oz.

And I’m still in Oz over a decade later. It’s not a dream, and I don’t need ruby red slippers—because I’m never going back to Kansas.

I’m an extremely grateful lifer in this wonder-filled land called grace!

I invite you to listen to “Grace Got You” (and the entire album) again and again!

Let its grace-infused lyrics become a part of your joy-filled journey in Christ.

I can’t think of a better way to spend the rest of my time on this earth—celebrating the incredible gift of Grace, Himself, who chooses to indwell me 24/7/365 and promises never to leave nor let go of me.

If you are a believer in Christ, grace has “got” you for good!

So why not join this eternal grace party and celebrate with me, MercyMe, and countless others who will never be the same since grace “got” us?

Dear reader, I hope you enjoyed today’s new post in my summer song series, “Why I Think MercyMe’s Newest Album, Lifer, Is Their Best Ever.”

I’m wondering, Do you like the song, “Grace Got You”? If so, how does it speak to you?

If you prefer to interact with me through personal email rather than commenting below, you can do so by clicking here.

Until next time,
Live Christ—Live Happy!

P.S. If you want to know more about me and the types of content I post, please visit my About Page.

Subscribe to my blog and receive a FREE PDF Download of “Who I Am in Christ IS Who I Am!”

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Have You Heard the Best News Ever?

2017 MercyMe Summer Song Series

The title of today’s post is a double entendre—a statement that has a double meaning. If you are one of many redeemed saints who can thankfully and enthusiastically shout to Jesus, “You Found Me!” then “Grace Got You,” and you are now a “Lifer” in Him. And if that’s the case, it all started when you heard and responded to the “Best News Ever”—the gospel of grace in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!

Now, for the second meaning of the title. Have you heard the MercyMe song, “Best News Ever,” from their newest album, Lifer? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. I began this 2017 MercyMe Summer Song Series five weeks ago by sharing the album’s backstory in “Why I Think MercyMe’s Newest Album, Lifer, Is Their Best Ever.” And so far, I’ve shared the message in its first three tracks:

  1. “Lifer” — in my post, “Are You a Lifer in Christ?”
  2. “You Found Me” — in my post, “Come out, Come out, Wherever You Are!”
  3. “Grace Got You” — in my post, “Has Grace Got You?”

Now, let’s watch Bart Millard, the band’s lead singer, tell the story behind the song, “Best News Ever“:

Millard believes this song—message wise—is the flagship (the most important) on the record:

I will honestly say it’s one of my favorite messages on the record, because it’s the way I grew up. It was, ‘Be all you can be and, you know, you get what you deserve. And work harder and try harder.’ And it’s like, well wait a minute, what if somebody (which somebody did), what if they came and told me, ‘Hey, the work’s already been done; the fight’s already been won. You don’t have to try so hard.’ That’s what makes the gospel not just the good news, but the best news ever.”

The work’s already been done; the fight’s already been won … That’s what makes the gospel not just the good news, but the best news ever. I wholeheartedly agree!

Listening to the story behind the song reminds me of a sad conversation I had with a lady at least thirty years my senior at the grocery store several years ago. She was one of the first people to invite me and Steven to the church we have attended since we moved to Perryton nineteen years ago. We always ended up talking about the Lord every time we saw each other. But I was completely unprepared for what she was going to say to me that day in the pasta aisle.

I said something about looking forward to spending an eternity in Heaven with Jesus, and she looked at me and said worriedly, “I sure hope I make it.”

I couldn’t believe my ears! She loved Jesus with all her heart, yet she did not have assurance that she would spend forever with Him when she passed from this time realm into eternity. How sad that she had spent her entire Christian life not clearly understanding the gospel of grace in Christ Jesus—the best news ever!

I think I said something like, “Sure you’re gonna make it! You’re one of the most Jesus-loving women I know.” She smiled when I said that, but I knew she still wasn’t convinced that her final destination included Jesus. And then we went in opposite directions to finish our grocery shopping.

I wish I would’ve said then what I so clearly understand now:

Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. (Eph. 2:8-9 MSG).

And now I’m wondering if she’s still wondering …

The apostle John tells us in his first epistle that we can know for sure that we have eternal life:

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life (1 John 5:13).”

What things did he write prior to this verse so that those of us who believe in the name of the Son of God can know we will spend forever with Jesus? Let’s look at First John 5:10-12 to find the answer:

10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.

11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.

He who has the Son has the life (because Jesus is eternal life); he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life (because Jesus is eternal life). It really is that simple!

me + Jesus =  eternal spiritual life

me – Jesus = eternal spiritual death

And let’s not forget that John 3:16—the most famous verse in the Bible—also came from the inspired pen of the apostle John:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

Earlier this year I wrote an entire post on John 3:16 titled “The Most Important Verse in the Bible.” In it, I shared how the word in actually means “into.” So, when we believe in the name of the Son of God, we believe ourselves right into His Spirit. Our new spirit is immersed into His eternal Spirit. Forever. Never again to be separated. And there is nothing we can do (or not do) to mess this up. The gospel of grace in Christ Jesus really is the best news ever!

Now, won’t you join me in celebrating the best news ever by listening to MercyMe’s song “Best News Ever”?

Dear reader, I hope you are enjoying this summer song series on MercyMe’s Lifer album.

I’m wondering, which song do you like best so far and why?

I’m looking forward to your response!

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Until next time,

 

 

 

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Have You Ever Been Kissed Awake?

Have you ever been kissed awake? This question might remind you of the sweet, memorable line by little Pattie-Cake Spencer in the 1963 film, Spencer’s Mountain (The Waltons was a spin-off from this movie). Her oldest brother, Clayboy, has come upstairs to wake her up, but she doesn’t want to get out of bed yet. So she says, “Kiss me awake, Clayboy!”

While I watched this endearing scene, I immediately thought about all the times I had been kissed awake. And I’m not talking about being kissed awake by an affectionate human being or pet.

I’m talking about being kissed awake by God.

It happened again just this morning. Right as I was waking up, the song that was playing in my head was “Silly Love Songs”—one of my favorites from the 70s by Paul McCartney & Wings.

The chorus, I…love…you…was playing over and over in my mind. Can you hear it?

I could’ve thought, Hmm, I wonder why that song is playing in my head. But I didn’t. I knew exactly where it was coming from.

It was Jesus wooing me—first thing in the morning. He was reminding me that I am the object of His supreme affection and that I am always on His heart and mind. Even while I’m sleeping.

Christian, do you realize that Jesus never dozes off and continually sings over you while you are sleeping?

If you need His Word and His Spirit to convince you, here’s the proof:

Isn’t it a wonderful thing to know that even when we are asleep, our Spiritual Bridegroom never sleeps and is continually serenading us?

I am so thankful that He lives in me twenty-four/seven and continually reminds that I am His and He is mine (Song of Songs 6:3).

I’m wondering, have you ever been kissed awake by God?

I would love to hear your story.

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Bye-Bye Lies!

MercyMe 2017 Summer Song Series

The first time I heard “Hello Beautiful,” the sixth track on MercyMe’s newest album, Lifer, was this past spring. I had my earbuds in, walking around my neighborhood and savoring the emergence of new life in its vibrant shades of green.

The familiar song just before it was “Even If,” the group’s debut hit single from the compilation. I wrote about the message in this it-is-well-with-my-soul-regardless-of-my-circumstances ballad in last week’s post.

I couldn’t help but speed up my pace as the intro started on “Hello Beautiful.” Its unique finger-snappin,’ folksy tune inspired me to race-walk. (I wanted to run, but was sure my almost-fifty-three-year-old knees wouldn’t comply.)

Let’s find out why this song is Bart Millard’s absolute favorite song on the album by watching the two-minute story behind the song:

Now, let’s enjoy the full track:

The song’s message: before we can say hello to the beautiful truths concerning our new lives in Christ, we are going to have to say bye-bye to the downright ugly lies that keep us from enjoying the freedom He died to give us.

Debilitating lies like:

  • No one will ever really love me for me.
  • My past is unforgivable.
  • I am alone.
  • I will never be good enough.
  • I am no different than I was before I accepted Christ.
  • Because of what they did to me, my life is forever ruined—with no hope for change.

I love the prison cell imagery in this song. It depicts a Christian who has fallen prey to all of the above life-draining lies carved into the walls of his or her unrenewed mind (Rom. 12:1-2).

But God.

God begins to call us out of that prison cell with absolute truth.

He says,

  • “I’ve never quit loving you and never will. Expect love, love, and more love!” (Jer. 31:3 MSG).
  • “I made you alive with Christ, and I forgave all your sins” (Col. 2:13).
  • “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you” ( Heb. 13:5).
  • “I have made you complete in Christ” ( Col. 2:10).
  • “You are a brand-new creation because you are in My Son; the old you is gone forever!” (2 Cor. 5:17).
  • “I have blessed you with every spiritual blessing that Heaven has to offer” (Eph. 1:3).

Knowing the truth about who God is and who we are in His Son will cause us to walk through the already-been-ripped-off-its-hinges prison cell door of our minds! (John 8:32).

Why don’t you join me today in saying, “Bye-bye lies! Hello beautiful!”

As I mentioned in my last post, I’m going to take next week off from blogging to celebrate God’s miraculous match-making abilities with my man.

If you haven’t read all of my posts since launching on March 1, there are over forty in the archives. Next week would be an opportune time to catch up!

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When you sign up, I will send you a free PDF of “Who I Am In Christ IS Who I Am!” It contains over two hundred illuminating passages on the believer’s identity in Christ.

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Why I Wrote This Book

And Who I Wrote It For

I never in a million years would have thought God would call me to write. As I’ve mentioned in my About Page and other posts, I didn’t even like to read, much less write—until my world fell apart and I desperately started seeking God’s direction and healing.

I asked Jesus to come live in my heart at a Baptist revival in the fall of 1974 (I was almost ten). But I remained a baby Christian until I was thirty-three. By then, I was so hungry to know Jesus better, I began devouring the Bible and other Christian books.

Even though my mind was getting renewed with marvelous Scriptural truths, my addiction to performance-based acceptance soon bled over into my relationship with Christ. I found myself thinking, There has to be more to the Christian life than following a bunch of rules and principles and being good.

That’s when God began revealing my flawless identity in His Son, Jesus Christ, and His no-strings-attached affection for me. That’s when I began to fall in love with the One who loved me first and loves me most.

When I began experiencing wondrous delight in intimacy with Him through understanding my pure, righteous, and holy identity in Him, my heart naturally began to ache for other believers who are going through religious motions in their relationship with Christ.

His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love is specifically written for Christians (both men and women) who, deep down, know there’s got to be more to the Christian life than what they are currently experiencing.

The following is a more detailed description of my book that will should be in bookstores by the end of this summer:

Christian, do you know that you are the pure, righteous, and holy bride of Christ, and your Spiritual Bridegroom only has eyes for you?

Your brain may be going tilt-tilt after reading that statement, but it’s completely true! Jesus Christ longs for you to personally experience His cherishing love and exuberant life in your Monday-through-Sunday living. He knows that as you enjoy His lavishing, unconditional love, you won’t be able to help but express it in this world. The secret to loving is living loved in Christ, your Spiritual Bridegroom.

His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love is the first of three intimate and interactive six-week studies of the Song of Solomon, an allegory describing the divine romance between Christ and His bride, the church. Spanning chapters 1 and 2, this premiere installment will help you renew your mind with the following refreshing and liberating truths:

• As the bride of Christ, you are completely forgiven for the sins of your lifetime.

• Through Christ’s finished work on the cross and your identification with Him in His crucifixion and resurrection, you have been made brand-new, and Christ is now your very life.

• The new covenant made in Christ’s blood has forever sealed you in Him. Your Spiritual Bridegroom will never leave you nor forsake you, regardless of what you do or don’t do.

• Because of His grace, you are free from law-based living to be completely enamored with Christ alone.

• You have a real, invisible enemy who is trying everything within his limited power to hoodwink you into accepting his lies about who you are. Once you learn his most effective strategy, you will be armed and dangerous to the kingdom of darkness.

If you long to know Jesus as the love of your life, this study is for you!

Read what others are saying about His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love:

I see this as a tender, thought-provoking book in which statements are continually backed up by Scripture. Because of this book, I feel compelled as the bride of Christ to deepen my spiritual union with Him in bearing the fruit of His Spirit. I am challenged to love Him, others, and myself more, the latter being the hardest to do. I am moved by the book’s poignant reminders, like how Christ uses my pain as persuasion that I might turn to Him for soothing, or that He jumps for joy over me because I am His! I started to say, “Imagine! Someone like me belongs to someone like Him,” but the book candidly stresses that if I keep seeing myself as who I once was, it prevents me from living like who I am now in Him. Finally, my understanding of difficult spiritual concepts is facilitated by the book’s vivid analogies. My heart is stronger because of this read!”—Sandy Haney, Christian non-fiction author of And the Award Goes to … She Who Shed Hypocrisy and Sand Crab Sentiments: A Tide Pool of Poetry

In today’s post, I shared why I wrote His Banner Over Me Is Pursuing Love—so other Christians might begin experiencing wondrous delight in their relationship with Christ through understanding their pure, righteous, and holy identity in Him.

I’m wondering, do you believe there has to be more to the Christian life than what you are currently experiencing? If so, my book may be just what you need to launch you into delightful intimacy with the One who loved you first and most.

Until next time,

 

 

 

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Don’t Throw in the Towel!

MercyMe 2017 Summer Song Series

Have you ever felt like a featherweight in this boxing match called life, being pounded by a daunting heavyweight opponent—also known as the pain and problems that come from living in this fallen world? If so, you don’t want to miss today’s post on the message in “We Win,” the seventh track on MercyMe’s newest album, Lifer

“We Win” is written to believers in Christ who feel like the circumstances of their lives have knocked them down one too many times and they aren’t quite sure if they will be able to get back up. It’s written to Christians who are ready to throw in the towel—to admit sure defeat—to give up on a dream, a relationship, or a tough situation they’ve been in for far too long.

Even if you can’t relate—if you feel like you are winning the round you’re currently in—this post is still for you. If you stay in this match called life long enough, you will likely get surprised by right hooks and left jabs that will cause you to lose your footing. Or worse, you may even get knocked out cold.

Let’s listen to the band’s lead vocalist, Bart Millard, tell the story behind “We Win” to encourage ourselves in the difficult round we may currently find ourselves in:

I think this song is a great encouragement and morale booster for the body of Christ. A lot of times, we go through things where we feel like we’ve hit rock bottom and feel like we’re getting knocked around and nothing goes the way we hoped it would go, Millard says.

But we just have to be reminded that we’ve been given this amazing opportunity to live like we’ve read the last page of the Book and know exactly how this turns out. Because in the end, regardless of how tough and difficult things get, if you know Christ, you can say, ‘We win!’

Wow! That’s good stuff!

Believers in Christ have been given an amazing opportunity to live like who God’s Word says we already are—winners!

Now, let’s listen to the full track:

Both the song (and the Book) says that those of us who are in Christ are more than conquerors (one translation says we are super conquerors) :

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (Rom. 8:35–37 NKJV)

Dear reader, if you are ready to throw in the towel—to give up—in the midst of the circumstances you are currently facing, I want to encourage you to listen to and sing this song out loud over and over until you believe the lyrics.

The One who lives inside you for all eternity has already won this match called life for you!

If you have been encouraged through this 2017 MercyMe Summer Song Series, I would love to hear your story!

  1. “Why I Think MercyMe’s Newest Album, Lifer, Is Their Best Ever”
  2. “Are You a Lifer in Christ?” – a review of track 1, “Lifer”
  3. “Come out, Come out, Wherever You Are!” – a review of track 2, “You Found Me”
  4. “Has Grace Got You?” – a review of track 3, “Grace Got You”
  5. “Have You Heard the Best News Ever?” – a review of track 4, “Best News Ever”
  6. “Because Life Ain’t Always Pretty” – a review of track 5, “Even If”
  7. “Bye-Bye Lies!” – a review of track 6, “Hello Beautiful”
Disclosure of Material Connection: One or more of the links in post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
 Until next time!

 

 

 

 

 

P.S.  If you enjoyed this post and want to know more about me and the types of content I will be posting, please visit my About Page.

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