By Margaret D. Mitchell
Week of December 12, 2021
Our Lord is making a way for us to see and apprehend, more fully, our great value of identity in Him and blessings from Him to be a blessing like Him. Our Pearl of Great Price, is revealing that it’s time to more fully believe, or buy into, Him and His ways of redemption for destiny.
Matthew 13:46 NLT says of the merchant that "When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!"
So, like this merchant, we must see Jesus as adding value to our lives. We must come to realize, even more, our value in Him and make room for Him.
The written Word of God tells us that:
We are His chosen and blessed beloved.
We are His treasures, His masterpieces, created by Him.
His victorious saints, the body of Christ.
We are forgiven and redeemed.
Where we have valued lesser things in the past, whether it was in our youth or in young adulthood or even in middle age, it’s time to grow in God’s redemption so we can go long and high and wide with Him in this abundant life of Heaven on earth.
Ephesians 3:18-19 TPT reveal that, when faith to believe God’s truth rises, "Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!"
This is how we grow in faith and holiness to know and own our greater value of identity as we live it out in honor of our Pearl of Great Price, who came to save us.
Colossians 2:10 TPT tells us that "…our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us. He is the Head of every kingdom and authority in the universe!"
So, God is straightening our paths. He is settling some matters in His light of Christ to bring wholeness. He is helping us readjust our values, so we can live in greater oneness of integrity and honor to Him.
God is dealing with the root of broken places. He is exiling the enemy of our souls from old areas of sin that hindered us. He is shutting the old mouth of accusation and re-balancing the scales of liberty and justice on our behalf. Where lesser things once ruled over us, God is now overruling those lies and obstacles, so we can take hold of His true justice and live more justly forward.
In this process, falsehoods that plagued His beloved must be pulled up and replaced by Jesus as our hope, so new life can rise.
Holy Spirit may even convict us to confess a past mistake to those we hurt, so we can be set free to move into greater exploits. In this case, we can expect God to make a time and a way for our true confessions, like He did through Joseph concerning his brothers (Gen 45). We can expect that it won’t be as hard as we may think and that the outcome will be life-changing as our King of Grace, who goes before us, will be there to help us. We can expect that, since this is His will, we’ll see more of His goodness poured into our lives if we don’t shrink back.
It’s time to let go of sorrowful things and for great joy to rise as God more firmly roots us in His light of truth, so "...the life of Christ" can "be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love" can more fully "become the very source and root of your life" (Eph 3:17).
It’s time to live in our full identity to live out more of the fullness of God’s blessings.
So, pray with me if you will…
Thank You for inviting me to come closer to You. Thank You for bringing me into greater authenticity of who I am in You. Thank You for uprooting falsehoods from my heart and restoring me to Your roots of love. If there is anything in my heart I need to repent of or confess to others, please reveal it to me. I trust Your faithfulness, Your righteousness, and Your justice on my behalf. Thank You for establishing my soul more in You. May I receive all the life You have for me. Help me keep my heart set on You to "feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill" my "thoughts with heavenly realities." (Col 3:2 TPT). Thank You for going before me and for being with me all the way.
In Jesus’ Mighty Name,
Margaret D. Mitchell is the Founder of God's Love at Work, a marketplace outreach purposed to share God's greatest power source - the love of Christ.