John 1:16-18

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.

…one gracious blessing after another.

the law
God’s unfailing love and faithfulness
the revelation of God through Jesus

the blessings just keep flowing. and i am challenged to receive them, to acknowledge them first of all. and to believe both their existence and the reality that i can live them out.

because God’s strength is perfect
because the veil is torn and i have access
because i get to not only ask for a clean heart but receive one

it’s this incredible mash up of great truths clearly outlined in scripture. if only we believed. and i say “we” because i’m learning more and more that i’m not alone in my unbelief and in the ways that unbelief shows up. when i write “we” i don’t do it with a non-committal spirit but with a spirit of camaraderie. we’re in this together. let’s help each other out.

out of wallowing
out of negative self talk
out of forgetting who God is and what God has already done/been and promises to do/be
out of acting as if God walks around with a record book

we know God and God is faithful.
we have hope.

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