We are experiencing the time of year where graduations are occurring practically every week. There are three graduates in our own family and we are so proud of their accomplishments. We graduated twenty thousand at Liberty University and I have also just completed teaching an online Senior Seminar Class at Regent University which is the very last class before graduation. All 28 of the students in my class were excited and very much concentrated on making a good final grade. Graduations are joyous times of defining moments.
As I reflect on these times I want to wish my graduate family and friends’ success for the next step in their lives. My dream for them is………
To trust God by knowing Christ, accepting and receiving what he has done for you on the Cross. He paid our sin debt and no amount of good works on our part can gain what only the Cross can do.
Reflect on the following negatives….
Do not allow the secrets of the past and present to control your heart. Don’t live in a prison of past sins, failures, anger, disappointments, betrayals. It will negatively affect every area of your life
Don’t rely on false assumptions. Don’t pretend that everything is all right when it is not. Adversities, unforgiveness of sins done to you and sins you have done to others need to be brought into the light for healing. Unresolved issues build up like plaque on teeth.
Do not run from an authentic community. Most of us have friends but do you have someone you can share all? We desperately need a person with whom we can share our struggles, pain, failures and mistakes. Check out James 5:16. Living in a safe environment of authentic community will help us. Dependence on God and others will result in maturity and freedom.
Don’t let the world determine your identity. Let Jesus Christ determine who you are. If you are a Christ follower your identity is in Him meaning that you are blessed, accepted, forgiven, redeemed, cherished, chosen, holy, members of His family, loved and honored. Wow, what more could you ask for? John 10:10 says…the thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Let me suggest that you check out the below resources. These publications have influenced me into living a life of grace, love, forgiveness, freedom, identity and authenticity.
The Cure (Lynch, McNicol & Thrall) published by Trueface.
Behind the Mask (e-book)
Lay it Down by Bill Tell
Trust for Today (The Trueface Team) Daily Devotionals.
New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp. (Daily Devotionals)
Replenish and High Impact Teams (Both books are by Lance Witt)
The Emotionally Healthy Leader by Peter Scazzero
Transforming Prayer by Daniel Henderson
Any title written by Jim Cymbala, pastor of Brooklyn Tabernacle
Any title written by Andy Stanley, pastor of Northpoint Church