Longing Desire

King David, a man after God’s own heart. What was it about David that garnered such a title? Could it be that he feared no man and only feared God? Could it be that he knew how to worship so entirely that he would dance out of his clothes? Could it be that he wouldn’t allow the name of the Lord to be mocked? Though David was deeply flawed, just like we are, and sinned great sins that, to his own admission, were against God, David knew what it was to be desperate for more of God.

As the dear pants for the streams of water, so my soul longs for you, my God. Psalm 42:1b If you have ever felt the power of God working through you, you will understand this longing. When you have filled yourself with Him so that there is no more room for you, you realize that the life you now live is not your own, and the life you now feel pulsing through you desperately wants to be imparted to others.

This life, the life of Jesus Christ, can sustain you through any storm and strengthen you for victory against any battle. The life of Christ is eternal, everlasting, and abundant. Though it is more satisfying than you can describe, it leaves you wanting and needing more. It carries the ability to rise above every obstacle and soar over treacherous terrain. It frees you of all doubt and fear and gives you vision for your future while leading you in the direction to take.

Oh, friends, there is nothing that satisfies like Jesus. More of Him is all that is necessary, and nothing less will do. Seek for Him, and you will find Him. Draw near, and He will draw near to you. Today, come drink from the streams of living water and be filled.

Jaime Luce

Where Is Real Peace Found?

Gone are the days of just desiring to live a quiet and peaceful life. A life where you can just freely live, make a living of your choice and raise your family with the values and beliefs you hold dear without interference. Instead, we are daily wakened to the life-draining news and propaganda. Couple that with the onslaught of forced feedings of agenda by social media or any media for that matter. 

In this current climate, we need the grace and peace Peter spoke of in 2 Peter 1:2-4. “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Thank God for the Word! We can escape the kingdoms of this world by living for the Kingdom of God. In a time when we desperately need grace and peace, Peter tells us how to get it. It is found in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. The more that I seek to know Him, the more grace and peace I receive. 

The knowledge of Jesus gives us access to His great power by the Holy Spirit for “all things” that deal with life and righteous living. Through salvation, we are now partakers of the promise that we can escape this world’s corruption and the lust that drives it.

If you need the grace to deal with today, go to the Word. If you need peace for the storms outside, go to the Word. Jesus said in Matthew 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” So today, if you need more grace to deal with this life, or if you need peace for your mind and heart, learn of Jesus, who will multiply to you all that you need.

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14

Jaime Luce

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Jesus Was a Doppelganger

The dictionary definition of a doppelganger is the double of a living person. John 14:9 (NIV) “Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” The life of the Father was seen and emulated in the life of Jesus Christ. We are also called to be doppelgangers, the doubles of the living and resurrected Son of God. When people see us, they should see Jesus. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV) “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

When people see you, who do they see? Who do you look like? Do you look like the culture you live in or the life you came from? Are you a dead ringer for the world and its desires and lusts? Or are you living a life worthy of your calling? Do you represent what Christ represented and a life free from you’re old nature? Do you live to advance the Kingdom, or do you live to satisfy your own natural appetites? Is your meat to do the will of the Father like Jesus and give living water to all those who are thirsty? (John 4) Or do you yourself need a long fresh drink from the wellspring of life because you have been chasing your own will and feeding on things that continue to leave you wanting? Would someone assume you were a Christian because you look so much like one? Romans 8:19 (NKJV) For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

I challenge you today if you call yourself a Christian, to look at your example. If you are hungry, eat from the one who can satisfy your soul. If you are thirsty, drink from the living water so that you will never thirst again. Jesus is at the well waiting. Will you come?

Jaime Luce

Don’t Conform

Our current national climate is one of conformity. It literally wants to strip you of your nationality, race, gender, religious beliefs, personality, and even your own thought life. We went from the extreme of everyone should say their opinion to everyone needs to be of the same opinion. And if you are not, you need to be silenced.

But Scripture is clear on this matter. From our creation, we were free. Free to choose God or deny Him. Though He wanted us to choose Him, He made no demands to conform. Instead, He offered transformation. If you wanted to live free from the effects of sin and the choices of those around you, you could be transformed and thereby not bound by them.

Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

His will is that you are free. He never wanted you mindless, genderless, raceless, powerless, or lost. He wanted you to know you were born on purpose and with purpose, and by design. He made you the gender you are because you have a destiny to fulfill. Robbing you of your gender denies you of ever feeling fulfilled, never living your purpose, and endlessly chasing your tail. Your color and nationality carry strategy, power, and influence. It reveals the beauty, creativity, and generosity of God. You don’t have to change what and who you are to be loved. You were known and loved from the beginning, and with great detail, you were handcrafted.

Don’t give away your mind or its power to think over to those who would strip you of your freedom. Instead, renew it. Purge it from the lies that have stolen your God-given identity. Keep it always refreshed and growing. Wash and cleanse it with righteousness. Fill it with the Words of life. Feed it with the promises and purposes of God.
We don’t serve a dictator! We serve a powerful and yet benevolent God! He is rich in love and mercy, and He longs to set us free from any and all tyranny and bondage. Don’t turn loose of the freedom Christ purchased for you. Choose liberty. Choose to live free.

Jaime Luce