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The Devout.

Dear Chosen One,

“The Bible is the only book where the author is in love with the reader.”

He is fascinated by you. He delights in you. He wrote the Bible with the intent of revealing Himself to you and expressing His love for you. He loves to lavish you. He desires to know you. He understands you. He pursues you. Are you choosing to choose Him as He continually chooses you?

His Disciple,

<Aryn><

1 Timothy 4:12

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Radical Love.

Dear Light of the World,

“Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. And I was still unknown in person to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. They only were hearing it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.””

Galatians 1:21-23 ESV

What a testimony! I love the fact that this passage highlights just how powerful the love of God is. Galatians 1:11-24 is a depiction of Paul’s radical transformation. Paul was called to be set apart by God but he did not always walk according to his calling. However, once God grabbed ahold of his heart, it was evident. Paul concludes the chapter by saying that people knew him as the one who used to persecute Christians yet now he professes the gospel and is a strong ambassador for the Kingdom of God. The love of God is powerful, life-changing, and transforming beyond comprehension. God does not want perfect. He just wants you. He chases after sinners. He desires to know you— even in your darkest state. My Heavenly Father is well aware of my sinful nature yet He still chose to rescue me so that He could have me for Himself and He still chooses to pursue me regardless of my lack of gratitude for His sacrifice.

Choose to choose to Him today as He still chooses to choose you. He loves you with the same radical love that changed Paul’s life. May His radical love change you in a radical way this week!

His Disciple,

<Aryn><

1 Timothy 4:12

The Weight of the Wait.

Dear Light of the World,

Through our tantrums— He waits. While dealing with our stubborn hearts— He waits. Through our brokenness— He waits. Our insecurities— He waits. Through our tears— He waits. Through our fears— He waits. Our undesirable characteristics— He waits. Through our development— He waits. Through our unwillingness— He waits.

He waits on us. However, we are typically so reluctant to wait on Him. He waits for us to come back to Him even when we have hardened hearts and stubborn spirits yet we very seldom wait in anxious anticipation for the gift that comes through the process of waiting. The weight of waiting is not a fun experience. The weight that we bear currently pales in comparison to the eternal inheritance that we will gain from our current struggles.

His Disciple,

<Aryn><

1 Timothy 4:12

Raging Seas.

Dear Child of God,

“God is not a God of disorder.”

I find that it is often when I try to insert my own ideas, plans, and desires into the mix of what God already has planned for me, it is in those moments when chaos and disorder begin to sneak into my life. I despise disorder because it feels like things seem to spiral downhill whenever disorder besieges me. However, the Lord has taught me religiously over the years that He already has a plan for me, even in the smallest areas of my life— it might not be something that I can physically see unfolding before my eyes right at the moment but it is far more grand and spectacular than any plan that I could draw up or imagine. This has also birthed an entirely new level of trust in Him. Disorder is not something that He has is in His design for me or you. He is not a misleading God- He is not a father who causes chaos, confusion or disorder. He is a Father who brings stability, refuge, direction, peace, and comfort amongst the stormiest seas. Have you ever watched raging waters as they come to a sudden halt? That is exactly what the Lord wants to do with your life. He will calm all of your raging seas, regardless of how uncontrollable they might seem to you. He refers to you by your name because He cares and He cares that you know that He cares for you that much– so much that He calls you by name. Allow Him to calm your seas this week!

His Disciple,

<Aryn><

1 Timothy 4:12

Sacrificial.

Dear Bearer of the Cross,

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Hebrews 13:16 ESV

This passage stretches across the board in so many aspects of our lives. It emphasizes the posture of our hearts as believers. What was the mission of Christ as He journeyed the earth? He did not withhold from others. He was a great steward of the little that He did have when He resided here on earth. He loved immensely and He was not selfish about tangible or physical things— whether it was food or something else, the Bible is a solid record of relentless stories about the humility of the Lord. I think it is important that we ask ourselves— what is the position of your heart? Do you share freely and willingly? Is your heart in a posture of sacrificial stance? This requires the Spirit of the Lord filling and occupying our spirits and chipping away at our fleshly beings. It aligns with an attitude that resembles the desire to have less of ourselves and more of Him.

Share the good news, be a steward of the gifts that our Savior entrusted specifically to you, and walk in the joy and light of His love today!

His Disciple,

<Aryn><

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Touch.

Dear Warrior for Christ, 

“”And now, the Master, GOD, sends me and his Spirit with this Message from GOD your Redeemer, The Holy of Israel: “I am GOD, your God, who teaches you how to live right and well. I show you what to do, where to go. If you had listened all along to what I told you, your life would have flowed full like a river, blessings rolling in like waves from the sea. Children and grandchildren are like sand, your progeny like grains of sand. There would be no end of them, no danger of losing touch with me.””

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭48:17-19‬ ‭MSG‬‬
I think it is so interesting that we often question why things happen one way or another and we wish for our own desires to be brought to fruition. In this passage, our Heavenly Father makes it clear that if we were to always follow His plans, His direction, and His faithful hand then we would see such fruitfulness abounding in our lives. This passage narrows it down for us and really emphasizes the fact that we must lean into Him. It is only when we turn away from God, even in the slightest way, that we develop our own self-driven ideas and ambitions versus being Kingdom driven in our thought process and perspective. Yes, we experience maturation and such spiritual growth when the Lord has to redirect our hearts due to this issue yet we could enjoy far more blissful and Spirit-fulfilling, friuitful lives if we were to be in full alignment with the Holy Spirit. 

May we all have Kingdom driven motives and hearts that are in full submission to His direction! Father, bless us with a passion to truly know You more. This will allow us to know ourselves on a greater level as we lose ourselves within You and we drown in Your ever-loving grace! 
  His Disciple, 

     <Aryn><

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Crippling.

Dear Salt of the Earth,

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Fear is crippling as it prevents us from living full lives as our Savior desires. It becomes like a disease of the mind. The most wonderful thing about the fearing the Lord first and foremost is that He drives out even the slightest fear, anxiety, and burdens! Praise Him today for you are free from the chains which once enchained! 

His Disciple,
  <Aryn><
1 Timothy 4:12

The Mundane.

Dear Salt of the World, 
“The true test of a person’s spiritual life and character is not what he does in the extraordinary moments of life, but what he does during the ordinary times when there is nothing tremendous or exciting happening.”
May we remember that we should honor the Lord and praise Him during the mundane moments of our lives as well as our seasons when we are able to have the mountain top experience.
  His Disciple,

     <Aryn><

1 Timothy 4:12

Word to the Wise.

Dear Child of the Risen King,
“The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.”

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭9:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬
In this passage, Solomon addresses the fact that wisdom is essential as it contributes to the vitality of preserving and protecting our peace. It then summons the question, how does one become wise? In 1 John 2:6, it is discussed that by abiding in our Heavenly Father, we will do as He does. We become more like Him as we are being made into His likeness. The process requires being pressed and molded into the person that God created us to be; meaning, there will be discomfort as He rids us of all that we are used to and He makes us into His likeliness. God does not like it when we complacent. We must dependent on Him in all of our ways.
Are you choosing to abide in Him? Choose to heed wisdom and remain in His truth as He makes you into His likeness!
His Disciple,

   <Aryn><

1 Timothy 4:12

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