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Second Chances

Do you have issues in your past that bog you down until now?

Do you walk around carrying stigma from past mistakes?

Have people’s words felt like brands on your forehead?

Have you been misunderstood?
Do you wish you could erase the past? Do you want a second chance?
A clean slate?

Sometimes people remember for a lifetime all the wrong things we have committed but forget in the blink of an eye all the right things we have done. Sometimes we believe how people judge us or we also judge ourselves and put on our own marks of condemnation.

God does not see us that way. He sees us with eyes of forgiveness, acceptance, and love. He values us not for the things we have done or have failed to do, but for who we are – His children.

If you believe in Him, He believes in you so much more. And He believes that the dreams He put in your heart can come to pass. He has placed a price tag on you that costs so much more than what you think you’re worth – priceless! That is how much your Maker values you.

With this kind of love, second chances are not hard to get.

If you have never experienced the love of God then this is an invitation for you to open your heart to Him. His arms are open wide to receive you, here and now.

If you already know of that exceptional encounter, then I invite you to dig deeper in the wells of His love. From there, let spring another level of friendship and intimacy with God—up to a level where you are so utterly intoxicated by Him that the mystery of His ways makes perfect sense and the miracles of heaven start to infiltrate your life.

Face to Face

We are created for face-to-face encounters with God. Imagine the first time Adam opened his eyes at the very instance God breathed on his nostrils the breath of Life. In a moment, He saw the face of God shining in glory right in front of him! We could just imagine as he was gazing upon His face, all that God is- His love, power, goodness, majesty, perfection, and glory inundated him and every fiber of his being pulsated with divine life. Literally, Adam was saturated with God. He was soaked in glory!

This is a beautiful picture of what face-to-face with God looks like. This encounter was not just for Adam exclusively but it is for the rest of mankind as well. In God’s sovereign plan, He designed us His Masterpiece to live in His Presence, in the place of intimacy. This is our highest purpose for creation- to host and be filled with the very Presence of God and live in perfect union with the Godhead.  And from that place we shine with His glory in all that we are and all that we do.

God placed the first man and woman in the Garden He called Eden. Eden means pleasure and delight. Come to think of this, He created a perfect world, and as if it was not enough, He planted a Garden- the Garden of His delight and pleasure. That became the special home for His beloved masterpiece-the first man and woman. In that place He gave them the mandate to manage the whole creation by expanding the borders of Eden to the rest of His created world. 

God, Who is love in highest perfection, sovereignly chose us to be at the very center of His delight and pleasure. We are God’s bull’s eye of His eternal affection.  Mankind is created and wired for intimacy with the Maker.

Day after day, God would walk with Adam and Eve in the Garden in the cool of the day.  As days unfold Adam and Eve discover the different facets of God’s character and beauty.  The more they see Him and hear Him the more they wanted to know Him and the more they discovered who they are in Him.  Gazing upon His face is like looking at the mirror they see their true identity in Him; for so they were primarily created – in His image and likeness.