For The Lost

I’m sorry. I admit I was too caught up in my own drama and grief that I didn’t realize you were lost. I was given one simple mission and that was to spread the Gospel of Christ. I was meant to be a witness for God’s love and greatness. Instead, I acted no different than someone who doesn’t know God. I’m sure that must have been confusing to see someone who claims to be a disciple of Christ completely ignore those in need. I gave you no reason to follow God or to even believe in Him, with my judgments and condemnation. I never tried to understand what you were going through. Once I received my salvation, I just focused on what God could do for me and not what I could for Him.

I’m not proud of this. I deeply regret it, especially now that I see how much anger and contempt you have for God and His people. I can clearly see your pain and confusion now. I failed you and I’m not really sure how to make up for it. I’m sure telling you I’m sorry is a start and I could tell you that you’re in my prayers but that just seems too contrived. What I can tell you is that even though I didn’t notice you were lost, God didn’t. You were never truly lost to Him. He has always had His eye on you. He has always loved you, even when you ignored Him, doubted His existence and cursed His people. He loved you enough to convict me for ignoring you. His very reason for creating this earth, sending His Son and giving you life is because He loves you. Don’t judge God based on my human imperfections and don’t let that determine where you spend eternity. If I’m wrong, no big deal but if I’m right, eternity is endless.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 NIV

Love Completed by Tammy Nicole Glover

Lord, You knew me before I came into this world. You knew that I would sin and rebel against You. But in spite of the heartache You knew I would cause, You still gave me life. You loved me so much that You sent Your Son to take my place to suffer the punishment that was meant for me. He laid down His life just so that I could have a chance to spend eternity with You.

Over the years, You carefully watched over me and provided for me. You patiently waited for me to turn my heart towards You. When I decided to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior, You, along with all the angels and saints in heaven rejoiced. You forgave me and welcomed me into Your family. Now, I can hold my head up high because I no longer have the weight of my sin holding me down. I’m no longer ashamed of my past, it has now become my testimony.

Thank You, Lord. May the works of Your love be completed inside of me.

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12 NIV

It Was Love by Tammy Nicole Glover

Love came down from glory and into this world. It carried the burdens of our sins to the cross. It allowed us to receive forgiveness and salvation. That same love heals my broken heart. It calms me down when I’m angry and prevents me from seeking vengeance. It allows me to see the other side of the story and leads me to pray, instead of responding with harsh words. Not only does this love give me the strength to forgive but it gives me the courage to open my heart again and let go of the past.

Only God’s love could do all of this. His love changes us into a new creation. Thank you, Lord, for loving me so completely. Your love allows me to love others as You love me.

“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” 1 John 4:11-12 NIV

THANKS BE TO GOD By Tammy Glover

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

On a lonely night, I got down on my knees and prayed to thee. Lord, I love you. I need you. I’m a mess without you. Come into my life and make me into the person that you want me to be.

My heart was opened. I was cleansed through and through. Your Spirit filled me. I was a new creation. I no longer wandered this earth as a spiritual orphan. I was now an heir with Christ. I was able to go boldly to the throne of God Almighty, who was now my Heavenly Father.

Lord, I thank you for your sacrifice on Calvary. It is because of you, Jesus, that I was made anew. It is because of you that I can love, that I am healed, that I am saved.

I will let the light that you have placed inside me shine. I will spread the good news that Jesus has risen and he is Lord. I will praise the Lord forever and ever.

“My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.” Psalm 145:21 NIV

I’M STILL HIS By Tammy Glover

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.” John 15:16 NIV

Even when they said my skin wasn’t light enough, my hair wasn’t long enough and my face wasn’t pretty enough. Even when they said my clothes weren’t expensive enough. Even when they said I wasn’t skinny enough. Even though they said I was crazy. Even when they said I was worthless. Even when they laughed at me when I dared to expose my dreams. I was still His.

Even when I tried to ignore His voice. Even when I thought I could do things on my own. Even when I fell. Even when I searched for something better. Even when my pride took over. I was still His.

Even when I’m scared. Even when I feel outnumbered and overwhelmed. Even when I’m mistreated. Even when I’m wrong. Even when I’m in pain. Even when I’m in doubt. I’m still His.

There’s no more denying the truth. There’s no point in running from His call. I was His before I came into existence and I will always be His. I might as well accept His grace and mercy. I might as well accept His wisdom. I might as well accept His pure, unconditional love. I might as well get used to being blessed because I belong to Him, God Almighty.

“My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139: 15-16 NIV

GET ‘EM JESUS! By Tammy Glover

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

Lord, they need you. There are people who have never heard of you. There are some who have heard your name but they don’t know who you really are. Some people are in so much pain that their vision is blurry and they can not see you. Others have heard too many people say the wrong things that they can not hear you. There are some who have lost so much hope that they can not believe in you. Others believe but have made so many mistakes that they’re too afraid to seek you. Get ’em Jesus

There are those who know you but they can’t comprehend how much you love them. They don’t recognize your power. People who have claimed to speak for you, have hurt them so they’ve decided to give up on you. Some want to believe in you but they live in a world where violence, greed and hatred runs rampant. Their hearts are broken and they have become too exhausted to continue fighting. They’re confused and they feel lonely. Get ’em Jesus.

Lord, I will not stop loving them. I will show them what you look like every time they see me. I will speak on your goodness and mercy. I will continue to pray for us all. I will not give up.

Lord, we need you. Get us!

“And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 20 NIV

GRACE, NOT LUCK By Tammy Glover

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24 NIV

There is no such thing as luck but there is such a thing as grace. Grace is the unmerited favor of God. You can’t buy it. You can’t earn it. Grace is a gift given by God. The moment you opened your eyes this morning, you were given grace to get through another day.

Despite what you may have been told, you were not an accident. Your life does have a purpose. You may be a mess but by God’s grace you can be redeemed. It is by God’s grace that you receive all blessings. You are dearly loved even when you make mistakes. You are forgiven by God’s grace. Even if you feel like everyone is against you. You are never alone. Healing, wisdom and prosperity are all available to you in abundance because of grace.

Jesus died so that you could receive the gift of grace. Don’t let such precious gift go to waste.

“I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me.” Psalm 13:6 NIV

WHO IS HE? By Tammy Glover

“I am the bread that came down from heaven.” John 6:41 NIV

He is my sun in the rain. He is the sanity in my crazy. He is the right in my wrong. He is the common sense in my stupidity. He is the wisdom in my confusion. He is the hand that catches me when I fall. He is the joy in my pain. He is the calm in my chaos. He is the healer in my sickness. He is the protector in my recklessness. He is the light in my darkness. He is the courage in my cowardice. He is the confidence in my awkwardness. He is the supernatural in my natural. He is the comforter in my loneliness. He is the balm that soothes. He is in the words I write. He is the air I breathe. He is the reason for living. He is my past, present and future. He is the gift to my soul. He is in me. His love surrounds me and his light shines through me. Who is he, you ask. He is Jesus, my Lord and Savior.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 NIV

WHO SAID THIS WAS EASY? By Tammy Glover

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9 NIV

It’s not easy holding on to your faith when everything is falling apart. It’s not easy to forgive that family member that keeps breaking your heart. It’s not easy to stay calm and to speak words of love when someone has just cursed you out. It’s not easy to be still and wait when you feel as if your situation is about to make you lose your mind. It’s not easy to show compassion when someone is pushing you away. It’s not easy to ignore people who laugh at you because of your beliefs. It’s not easy to love someone who hates you. It’s not easy admitting you’ve made a mistake. It’s not easy saying I’m sorry. It’s not easy letting go of your past. It’s not easy to give up what is comfortable or familiar in order to move into your destiny. It’s not easy to look ahead when the future feels uncertain. It’s not easy to change your thinking. It’s not easy to pick yourself up and dust yourself off when you have fallen. It’s not easy to think before you speak. It’s not easy to submit to the voice of God when he’s telling you to go right and your flesh wants to go left. It’s not easy letting go of toxic relationships.

Someone maybe asking, then why do you do it? Where do you find the strength to keep going? My strength comes from the Almighty. I’m not alone during my trials and tribulations. He has promised that he will never leave me nor forsake me. He has promised me protection and guidance.

I can’t go back to the life I used to live. It was full of confusion, bitterness and depression. Life was a lot more difficult before I met Christ. I saw no future, no hope. I could only find temporary solutions to my problems. Now, I am fully armed. I have hope and a future. God has a permanent solution to every problem. I think, speak and act better. What I’ve lost in my old life doesn’t compare to what I’ve gained in my new life with Christ. I’ve gained peace, grace, mercy, wisdom, comfort and love and I’m never giving it up.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 NIV

FREEDOM IN CHRIST By Tammy Glover

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 NIV

Today, I declare my freedom. I have freedom that only Jesus Christ can give. I am free to love, to have joy in any situation, to praise Him and to receive His peace. I am no longer bound by fear and worry. The chains of depression, anger and confusion have been broken.

I praise God for his freedom. He has made me into a new creation with a new heart, cleansed of my sins. He has rescued me from an eternal sentence of death and destruction and he has replaced it with the gift of eternal life with him.

Is freedom easy? No, it never is, but the Lord has given me a more than adequate defense. He has given me armor that I must put on everyday because my freedom is constantly being tested. I am fully armed with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit.

Stand firm my sisters and brothers. Put on your armor and declare your freedom today.

“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 NIV