Greetings! It is a beautiful, sun shinny day here in the northeast, with a sky as blue as the sea, and fresh air to inhale the beauty of God's creation, breathed into each of you this morning. Take a moment to thank God for breathing rights, seeing rights, feeling rights, thinking rights, walking rights, talking rights, and esp. for praying rights. In today's society, we operate as though we have no rights, yet we live freely because of Christ. This freedom rings because of His sacrifice, and when we "come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith ... we have been made free ...! (Heb. 10:21-22)
Though there are those who sought to implement "rights" for the sake and benefit of others, the right to live, move and have our being is a Christ-right! Rom. 8:34 MSG says Jesus "is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us," and because of this, we have an inheritance that belongs to us. As long as we keep believing that He died and was raised from the dead, we are saved by grace. We have rights because we are gifted, equipped and commissioned by the fruit of His grace. [Lucado]
So, on this WINS-day, embrace your freedom, let it ring through your voices, your deeds and your heart. Become a billboard of mercy! Thank God for a clean slate on this day, and refuse to allow the enemy's guilt to shudder your performance! Know that Christ offers unending intercession on our behalf and only He can trump whatever the enemy hurls your way, with words of grace. We are redeemed, set free, saved by the grace of God! Now, GO! and walk in the new life rights granted to those who are in Christ Jesus, and while you're at it ... let no-thing separate you from the love of God!!
Rev. Renee Hollinshed
Interim Executive Director