We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.

Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge. 

Extra Strength

Sit, Walk, Stand: The Making of A Christian: From Alienation to Reconciliation {Sunday, June 7, 2015}

by Martha Jackson

In his book, Sanctuary of the Soul, Richard Foster writes, “One of the reasons we love the creation so much is that it is always doing the will of the Father.”

I would also argue that it is being what God created it to be without an argument or second thought.  A tree must be a tree, for that is what it was created to be.

When God makes us a new creation in Christ, through our faith in Jesus’ work on the cross, we are reconciled.  We are adopted and given the righteousness of Christ.  We are daughters and sons of the King.

I am a new creation.  That’s how God sees me now.  When He sees you and me, He sees us as we were meant to be.  A tulip can only be a tulip.  A tree can only be a tree.  A bird can only be a bird.  Once you have placed your trust in Jesus’ work on the cross, through faith, you can only be a new creation.

Prayer: Father, give us your eyes to see ourselves and others who are in Christ as the new creations we are.


Martha has been a wife for 17 years and is the mother of three children ages 10, 9 and 5.  When she’s not folding laundry, cooking meals, helping with homework, kissing boo-boos, grocery shopping, cleaning house and running errands; she loves to hold babies at Immanuel MOPS!



Be Challenged:

  • Do you struggle to see yourself as a new creation because of who you were?  If so, bring those things to God as you pray the above prayer.
  • Is there someone in your life who you struggle to see as a new creation in Christ because you are blinded by their shortcomings? Romans 3:23 reminds us that we have all sinned and fallen short.  That person you see is just like you, a sinner saved by grace.  Think of them and call their name as you pray the above prayer.

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