Accepted in Christ

The Father said to me the other day, “The validation that you seek can not be found in a worship-2721716_960_720man, woman or child. Your parents can’t give it you; your children can’t fill that need. Your worth can’t be found in the things you do, the success you’ve had or the places you’ve been. These things can’t validate you. The validation you seek can only be found in Me, only I can do that for you.” Said the LORD.

We tend to look outside of ourselves for our self-worth but our worth could never be found in anything this world has to offer. Our worth dwells on the inside, where God’s Spirit dwells. For the Kingdom of God is with you and in you. What you seek is in your heart, the place where Jesus chose to make His home. “He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22.

Our worth is wrapped up like the perfect gift it is in the body of Jesus Christ. It’s seated in Heavenly places, seated at the right hand of the Father. Simply put you’re Christ workmanship created in Him to do good works Eph. 2:10 better yet as Christ is, so are you on this Earth. His love makes you complete. 1John 4:17

I’ve come to realize that I can’t measure myself by the world’s ever-changing standards nor can I compare my achievements or lack there of with another. All I have, all I am and all I am to become can be found in no other but Jesus. I am the one He laid down His life for; conquered death and the grave for. My name is engraved in the palms of His hands Isaiah 49:16. I am the object of His mercy and love. That is my net worth!

I am the object of His mercy and love. That is my net worth!

You may be struggling today with the feeling of not being loved, accepted and appreciated by your friends, colleagues and loved ones. Honestly you may never receive that validation that you desire from them. Nevertheless, you don’t have to live life feeling rejected. According to your Vindicator and Redeemer. There is a great light in you, a love unfailing and unwavering dwelling on the inside of you. There is resurrection power inside of you. Your worth can’t be measured by degrees and scales; your worth can only be measured through the eyes and heart of an Infinite God. For God so loved the world <insert your name> that He gave His only Begotten Son. This is what an infinite God thinks about you, everything else that you heard is a lie.

You are accepted into the Beloved Eph 1:6. Forget the haters/naysayers your Heavenly Father speaks a better word that overrides every negative word or act done to you. You’re accepted in Christ. God’s Beloved pray to the Father and let Him make known to you His heart and thoughts towards you.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”-Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

-Amen


 

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A Man Named Jesus

person at crossI was walking down a road called self-destruction, when I encountered a Man who was and is like no other. His name was Jesus Christ. He is a gentleman in every sense of the word. He knew everything there was to know about me; He knew me better than I knew myself. He knew the good; the bad and the ugly yet He never condemned me or made me feel ashamed of the bad choices I made. He Loved me…anyway.

The more time I spent with Him, the more I saw how deep and wide His love was for me. A Love unfailing, unwavering and everlasting. I’ve never felt this loved before. There was so much He wanted to give me, so much He had planned for me. Salvation, healing, peace, joy through His righteousness. He offered me freedom from my past and my pain. Forgiveness and the courage to forgive.

This Jesus took my heavy luggage, that contained all of my burdens and hurts and He handed me His. Surprisingly it was so light and easy. This was just a fraction of the gifts He offered me. There was so much more, more than my heart and mind can contain. I had nothing to offer Him except for a believing heart and a mouth that confesses and shares with others that He is who He says He is! Savior and Lover of our souls. This was more than enough for Him.

A Man named Jesus. A Man without spot or wrinkle who shed His righteous blood for the redemption of all of our sins, sickness and diseases. The only One who was willing and worthy to fulfill the will of the Almighty God. A Man like no other. He met me in my fallen state; touched me and transformed me into His image from glory to glory…to glory. Would you like to meet this Man named Jesus?

A Salvation Prayer


Then pray with me. Father God in Heaven, thank you for loving me so much that you willingly gave up your Beloved Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins. He took all of my sins, death and punishment into His own body and nailed it all to the cross. Better yet, He rose conquering death and the grave with salvation and complete healing in His wings. He did this so that I may become a son/daughter of the Almighty God, the righteousness of God in Christ. Today I receive Your Son Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord and I receive You as my Father and my God. Come into my heart; fill me with your Holy Spirit. I say goodbye to the old me and embrace the new creation that I am in Jesus. In Jesus name. Amen.

Welcome child of God, to Jesus’ Beloved Family 🙂

The Father’s Plan For You


“For I know the plans I have for you, “ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11

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God Has a Great Plan For You.

Many of us know this promise well. It’s our personal hope, our life-preserver. The rock we stand on when life throws its worst at us. Every time you hear this promise your confidence quickens because, this is your promise. God is personally talking to you. If you’re anything like me you’ve studied this verse inside and out. You’ve read other translations. You’ve written it on post-its and stuck it on your wall, computer, fridge, mirror…everywhere! Have you noticed that God says the word “plans” three times? For those of you who’ve studied the Hebrew language the number three is said to represent “completeness”.

This promise has often been the topic of many intimate conversations between the Father and I. What are your plans for me? Am I on the right path? This hope and future you speak of Father God, is it in this life or the eternal one?

The other day I read the verse again and was about to close the book when I heard Him say, “Keep reading, that’s only part of the promise.” So I read verse 12-14 and I had what I could only explain as a jaw-dropping moment. We all know Jeremiah 29:11 but how many of us know/remembers the second half of that promise.

Allow me to share:

“Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.”

When I read this I heard Him say:

I have a plan for you, plans that will touch and enrich every area of your life. Whenever you call on Me and pray to Me, says the LORD, know that I’m listening to you. You have my ear and my full attention. One call from you and I’m right there.

How beautiful is that!

It would be a big deal to some if you were to have a direct line to the Governor, the President, a powerful King or Queen of a wealthy nation but you, child of God, you have the ear of the Creator of ALL. God the Father listens to you! He shows up just for you! That’s our hope and future.

The one who listens says; I don’t make a promise that I can’t keep. I will never leave you or forsake you; I will be with you wherever you go. I am with you in the valley, on the mountaintop and everywhere in between. I fight for you. You are my heir and every promise to you is a ‘yes’. My love for you is unwavering, unfailing and it never gives up.

Your future and hope is in Him that is able. The one who loved you so much that He died on the cross just for you. Got questions about your future, the things you wrestle with at night? Just ask; He’ll give you the answers you seek. Whether you’re a Gideon who needs a little more convincing or a Paul who’s ready to go as soon as the scales have been lifted from your eyes. God will meet you right where you are.

He who began the good work He started in you, He will see it to completion. That’s the plans, hope and future we have to look forward to.

 

 

Who Does Jesus Say You Are?

The world is all about labeling you. In some instances you’re just a number or a category. Make a medical appointment and the first thing they ask you for is your date of birth. If you bank by phone they don’t ask for your name they ask you for the last four digits of your social security number. After a few minutes they say, “I found you. What can I do for you today?”

How about those forms where you’re forced to categorize yourself by age, sex, income and race. Then there’s that blank box that says “Other”, that barely gives you enough space to describe yourself. I’m often tempted to write, Wonder Woman. My kids would get a kick out of that. As a believer though, I’ve always wanted to write “Child of God.” I may do that next time. 🙂

The sad truth is we’re guilty of labeling ourselves. I’ve had complete strangers and acquaintances compliment me and even point out my strengths but whenever I look at myself all I could see are my flaws. My husband calls me beautiful and I launch into an argument to try to convince him otherwise. He often accuses me of not being able to take a compliment. Don’t tell him I said this, but he’s right.

One day, while I was verbally beating myself up, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “That’s not who you are.” I stopped and thought, What am I doing? This isn’t how the Father sees me.

If we could see ourselves through Heaven’s lens, imagine what we would see.

Who does Jesus say you are? Jesus says:

You are a Friend of God

A Co-heir with Christ

You’re the light of the world

The salt of the earth

Trees of Righteousness

The Apple of God’s eye

Heirs to the Promise

A Royal Priesthood

Valued by God

Jesus’ Brothers and Sisters

You are as Christ

Blessed

Saved

Redeemed

Forgiven

A Child of God

You are The One God so Loved

The One worth dying for and fighting for

Simply put, You are His!


 

Be That One

I think at some point we’ve all experienced the loss of a loved one. Every time I learn of the passing of someone I know, I replay my conversations with him or her. When it’s someone I loved deeply, I ask myself, when was the last time I said I love you? Did we leave things on a good note? Did they know God, if not did I share Christ with them?

A Greater tragedy has been on my heart lately… suicide. There was a suicide story that made national news that really grabbed me. A teenage girl hung herself. I did an Internet search for her and what I saw broke my heart. There were touching tribute pages to her but what really startled me was the hours of video footage she posted of her crying out for help. How is it that our kids are more willing to bare their souls on the Internet yet unwilling to trust the contents of their heart with the adults in their lives?

A greater burden for me as a believer is this, where were the believers in her life? Was there not one friend, teacher, counselor, coach, neighbor, youth leader, was there not one in her life that knew the Lord. To let her know that she is loved and valued by A Savior whose love is unfailing, unwavering and endures. Was there not one praying for her?

No child or adult should have to end their life or suppress their pain through drugs, sex and alcohol in search of peace. Especially when peace can be found in abundant supply through Christ our Savior. He suffered and died so that we don’t have to. The bible says, “a body I require.” I know God was calling forth Christ to be the sacrificial lamb when He said this but I believe this call is also for the sons and daughters of God.

I think God is calling His children out of our comfort zones and into ministry and Christ has shown us through His own earthly ministry that ministry is not limited to a church building. It can happen anywhere. Jesus ministered by the lakeside, near a well, at the dinner table, on a mountain climb, wherever He went, He brought life and truth. This whole world is a pulpit and there are billions of people crying out for a Savior.  If one man’s prayer can cause a national drought, (See Elijah’s story) imagine what one seed of hope planted for Christ can do when you decide to be that One. Your prayer can save a life.

We  have access to the Father of Hope. Prayer, Testimonies, Sharing Christ written or verbal. These are our weapons. These are the tools we’ve been equipped with to save a life for Christ. Now is not the time to sit and wait for Christ return, now is the time to make sure when He does return we’ve got a whole lot of invites ready to come with us. Are you willing to be that One?

The Father’s Heart ❤ for You

“He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of His eye. “ Deut 32:10

“…For whoever touches you touches the apple of His eye.” Zechariah 2:7-9

pink roseI can’t tell you how often I’ve heard and used the phrase “the apple of my eye” not knowing that God said it first about all of us. For me this statement means I love you flaws and all. Can you imagine someone seeing you at your worst and thinking, “I’d move mountains for you!”

Sounds too good to be true? Let me show you in the scripture just how true the Love of our Father is.

In the book of Numbers we meet Balak, the King of Moab, an enemy of God’s people. In an attempt to defeat them, the king hired the prophet Balaam to curse the Israelites, “for whomever Balaam blessed was blessed and whomever he cursed would be cursed.” Together they stood near the Israelites camp. Balaam warned the king that he could only speak what God puts in his mouth. What followed next would have you laughing out loud. Beyond Israel’s view Balaam stood and instead of cursing them he blessed them. The king tried his best to manipulate the situation. He thought perhaps if he stood over here, or over there; Balaam would then be able accomplish the task. Balaam tried it the king’s way but each time he blessed them even more abundantly. The king was furious for Balaam had blessed his enemy three times.

Hear the Father’s Heart for You through the mouth of one who was charged to curse you:

“How lovely are your tents, O Jacob! Your dwellings, O Israel! Like valleys that stretch out, Like gardens by the riverside, Like aloes planted by the Lord, …Blessed is he who blesses you and cursed is he who curses you.” –Numbers 24: 5-7; 9

Yes, Jesus Loves Me

Do you hear God’s admiration for you? You are the apple of God’s eye. The thing is, the Father’s love is not based on our faithfulness or our love for Him, it’s based solely on His. In the next chapter Israel commits harlotry with the women of Moab. Our God is an all-knowing God, so was He mistaken when He made His bold declaration? No! God saw the sin that was up ahead. Their sin didn’t put a stop to His love or halt His plans for them. While we were in sin, while we were enemies of God, He loved us and gave us His beloved Son so that we may have eternal life.

I know what some of you may be thinking, this sounds like you’re encouraging people to keep sinning. Let’s be clear , a person who has truly seen and experienced the Father’s love is not drawn to sin, he or she is drawn to Him. The more you witness that Love God has for you the more you fall in love with Him.Sin has no dominion over you anymore.  Knowing His love stirs up a love in you to resist the things that once held you bound. Yes, you may stumble and fall but the love of the Father that has been revealed in you motivates you to leave your past behind and press on to the future He has in store for you.

Whether you’re facing trials, troubles, illness or persecution, hold on to this truth. You are loved and blessed by God. This trial can’t curse you or separate you from Him because The Father is with you and for you. No matter what, it will work out for your good.

I have to be honest, there are days when I fail at encouraging myself but God never fails to lift me up and remind me that I am the apple of His eye. His love gives me courage to persevere. The bible is the greatest love story ever told. With every word, every book, with every life story told, God reveals His heart and His intentions towards you. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “ I love you to the moon and back.” Christ did one better. He loved you to the Cross and back. He loved you through life, death and life lived again more abundantly. He loved you Perfectly!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day God’s Beloved!rose2

-A Kingdom Princess

Falling in Love with Jesus: Renaldo’s Love Story

Wow, when did I fall in love with Jesus Christ! You know I could tell you how I met Christ and I could tell you how dishonest I was before Christ but what you really asked me was when did I fall in love with Him. Jesus came to me in a time when I personally needed a Savior. When I needed someone to believe in me and comfort me. Someone to really assure me that they will always be there for me, and this was the beginning of our Love Story.

I was spending more time in His word and in prayer. Jesus began to reveal the deep things of Himself in the Bible to me. I got to know His character and hear His voice and I grew in Him. I would ask Him for simple things and it would come to me in amazing ways as if He was letting me know it was from Him. Then that day came when the voice I came to trust, the voice I was comfortable with asked me for the one thing I feared the most. I knew it was Him asking, not just because I knew His voice but because only He would know that I wasn’t giving Him all of me. He asked me about something that nobody knew, not my parents, not even my wife. This is what He asked me, “ I want you to love from your heart.”

That may not seem like much to many of you reading this but to me it was the most horrifying thing you could ask of me and Jesus knew it! Let me share something about myself with you. I was a thirty-something year old man, strong, prosperous and confident on the outside but Jesus saw what was broken on the inside. What He saw was a little kid bound by fear. I was a kid who was hurt by the people who were supposed to love me, people I should have been able to be vulnerable with. I’m not talking about physical abuse; this was a verbal abuse that left emotional scars that crushed a little boy’s heart. Jesus saw a kid who placed his heart out there and felt what the world would do to it and swore that he will never experience that pain again. Jesus saw a kid that detached himself from his heart and lived externally. It was as if I placed my heart in a safe and threw away the key.

Jesus knew that the relationships around me were suffering because of it. My relationship with my wife, my kids and others suffered. I want to tell you this about Jesus; He is going to take you into the darkest places inside of you because first, He has to clean the inside of the bowl. So when Jesus asked me to love from my heart, oh yeah, we argued and it sounded like this, “ You can’t ask me to do that, You know this world better than me, they’re going to hurt me Jesus! People are cruel, selfish, vicious and downright mean!” Those were my words to Him.

In the softest most encouraging voice He said to me, “I’m not asking you to trust them, I’m asking you to trust Me.” The voice I’ve come to trust was preparing me to walk down a very dark road. I would still fight back, my reply was, “Lord, I need you to be who you say you are.” And He said, “I Am.” What happened next is when I fell in love with Jesus Christ. He walked me down that dark road. We came upon a tomb made out of bricks. Together we removed the bricks one by one. He would pass each brick to me and I would lay it down. An opening soon appeared, His presence lit up the tomb and there sat a little boy balled up in a corner, rocking back and forth, bound by fear. I watched as Jesus reached in and took the boy by his hand and raised him up. That little boy then leaped into me and an overwhelming sense of peace and joy came over me. I knew that I could love again and that’s when I fell in love with Jesus. I now Love because He first Loved me. Hallelujah!

Seeking Jesus Love Stories

I see social media as platform to spread the message of God’s Grace, Love and Truth to the world as He commanded the disciples in the New Testament. As children of God I’d like to encourage you to  fill all of the social media platforms  with Love Stories about True Love Himself, Jesus. So if you have a Jesus Love Story you’d like to share it by any means possible. Let’s lift up the Love of Jesus to all the world.

I’ve reached out to others about sharing their falling in love with Jesus stories but I’m hoping that some of you out there will answer the call of ministry and share Christ with the tools made available to them. Will you join me  and others like me in this love mission to get as many Jesus love stories out there that we can post on social media. Jesus said in John 13:34-35, A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

So let’s spread the love of Jesus together, tell us about the moment you fell in love with Jesus. When He is lifted up people are saved. Who knows, God may use your story to draw someone else into their own Jesus love story. You can be someone’s cupid 🙂.  Your welcome to submit your love story to this ministry, I’d be honored to share it. Email me at: kprincessministry@gmail.com

I think the Lord is leading us on an amazing adventure in this online media age. Thank you for being a Kingdom builder. God bless.


My Prayer

Father God I place this love mission in your hands. Help us spread seeds of your love upon the hearts you have prepared. Use us Lord to unveil the Love of Jesus to the world. Thank you for your unfailing love. For loving us first and always. In Jesus name we submit this love mission to you. Amen.

-A Kingdom Princess

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Falling In Love With Jesus

One of my favorite questions I like to ask believers is this: “Tell me about the moment you fell in love with Jesus?” I’ve heard some amazing stories that truly touched my heart. With every testimony I found myself saying, Wow! How great is our God!  The Lord just recently opened my eyes to the most fascinating part of my query. He showed me the common thread in each love story. Each person I spoke to shared that their introduction to this relationship began with them hearing about Jesus.

Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Romans 10:17 .

There was a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She spent all she had going to various doctors but instead of getting better she got worse. When she heard about Jesus, she sought Him out in a crowd. She thought if she could just touch the hem of His clothing she would be healed. She did and immediately her pain and bleeding stopped. See Mark 5:25-34

The woman with the issue of blood, heard about Jesus and this led not only to her healing but to  a face-to-face encounter with Him. Jesus Himself called this once bound woman and social outcast, Daughter and a woman of faith before a huge crowd. Do you see the pattern? Faith comes by hearing the word about Christ. Speech precedes hearing. You have to speak in order to be heard.

A Word that Saves

The apostles were warned not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus Acts 4:18-20. Those who opposed them witnessed the power of that Name yet they commanded Peter and John not to speak it. Why does the world fear that Name being spoken? Perhaps it’s because the name of Jesus brings life, change and a freedom that cannot be manipulated or contained. Every time Peter and John testified about Jesus’ death and Resurrection, souls were saved, lives were changed, the sick miraculously healed. Ordinary men and women became extraordinary upon being filled with the Holy Spirit. The Apostles built up the kingdom of God simply by testifying to those who were before them about Jesus.

They spoke about it, wrote about it and lives were saved and forever changed because of one name….Jesus.

When you’re in love that  person becomes the center of all of your conversations because they’re inside your heart. You can’t stop thinking about them  and talking about them. You just want to share your joy with whomever is willing to listen to you. Are you in love with Jesus, the apostles certainly were. They believed so strongly in this love that they were willing to endure persecution and face death just to share that love with someone else.

As believers and ministers of Love we have an opportunity to play “cupid” in this epic love story. Just lift up the name of  Jesus into the hearing of others and He’ll do the rest. Your love mission, if you choose to accept it is this: To share the unfailing love of Jesus to every person God brings in your path.  Talk about Him, write about Him, find that moment to drop that name into someone’s hearing. You can be as creative as you want to be with it. I wore a “You Need Jesus” t-shirt and boy did that make for some interesting conversations about Jesus. 🙂 So if we are to be ministers of love, if we’re in fact in love with Him  then , what should proceed from our mouth? That word that led to our falling in love with Him. That name that is above all names, the only name that saves, sets free, builds up faith  and heals completelyJesus.

Do you remember when your first fell in love with Jesus?


We’d love to hear your story. 🙂

-A Kingdom Princess

 

 

 

 

 

No More Resolutions part deux

post-itA few years ago I told myself, “no more resolutions!” With every New Year I vowed to do more of this and less of that. You know the list. You start off really strong, by February the momentum tapers off, but its okay, you’ll make it back up next month. March arrives and your resolution is non- existent. You do the walk of resolution shame around your house as you take down all of those colorful post-it notes and pics you stuck up to keep you motivated.

So Instead of resolving to make changes in myself, I asked God to give me a revelation instead. Reveal to me Your will and heart. Teach me more about You Father. Guess what, I saw change, real change in me.

It began with me seeing Christ in the scriptures. I’m not talking about the books where He’s visible or the prophecies that announced Him. I’m not talking about the places where He’s hidden in Symbols, Snapshots and Shadows. I saw Him as Noah’s Ark, an Ark that invited me in and kept me hidden in Him in the midst of the storm.

I saw Jesus in the life of Joseph. Deeply loved by His Father, given a robe that set Him apart, betrayed by His brothers. Falsely accused and imprisoned and then promoted to the right hand of power where He was able to offer salvation to His family and the nations around Him.

I saw Him in Samson who stretched His arms wide in the midst of the enemy and accomplished more in His death than He did in His life. Then I began to see Him in my life. I had favor in areas where I shouldn’t have, confirmations in unlikely places. God would move in my forgotten prayers and unspoken prayers. Whenever I cried and said, Father help me, He’d show up in magnificent and extraordinary ways. He always went above and beyond my prayers.

The more I saw Jesus unveiled in people, symbols and shadows throughout the bible,  the more I saw the extent of His Love and the great lengths He went through just to save me. For God so loved me He gave His only beloved Son. God did all of this just for me. Seeing His Love in action transformed my heart and mind. I found myself in Him. Not broken and defeated but a conqueror made whole. Through this unveiling God taught me what it means to be an image bearer of Christ because that is who we are. The word says as Christ is so are we on this earth therefore if the Spirit of God was upon Him to proclaim liberty and set the captive free then that same Spirit is upon us and we’re called to do the very same thing.

We can take up His cross  and adopt His life because we know the end; we’ve seen the victory.This is how I view it, if trials are my prison, then I know the palace is my outcome. If death can produce more than life, then I can die to myself daily. I can put whatever is going on with me aside for a moment to tell that one God placed before me all about my Jesus and save a life. I’m in the ark of Christ, I’m safe, sound and heaven bound, even on those days  I’m not feeling it. No matter what comes our way, all things will work out for our good. We will be victorious like Christ because we are seated with Him and He sits victoriously on the right hand of the Father.

No more resolutions, let Christ be the change, let Him be revealed in you. Let your life be a snapshot of Him. With this knowledge comes a lasting transformation and a confidence about who you are and where you’re headed. Old to New. Pit to Palace. Death to Life Lived More Abundantly.

Happy New Year God’s Beloved!