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Shake Off The Pain & Be Set Free

The question is – when you’ve been hurt, how can this be done?

Let’s let the Holy Spirit help us here through what He gave the Apostle Paul to record:

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. – Ephesians 4:31-32 

Just reading verse 31 alone – Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. – could send us on a frustrating works trip, but God wouldn’t do that.

What I’ve come to learn is, if I read the Bible with the context of the surrounding verses, the answer to the problem is always there.

Ephesians wasn’t meant to brow beat us into submission. God doesn’t do that either!

Aren’t you thrilled that verse 32 follows 31? I am!

32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

The first half of the verse reminds us to live out of our true identity while the second half brings in the good news as to how we can follow all the instructions given.

But hold on to your seat belts because this is complicated…hahaha, not really! If there’s one thing Steve and I have learned, it’s that the good news is never complicated. In fact, when it starts getting complicated, that’s one way you can know you are hearing a mixed gospel – the good news plus the bad news. Or the good news with a “but.” Or the good news with a “catch.”

I read something today that someone wrote that was so confusing and complicated. It’s because the person who wrote it was trying to mix the good news with bad news. They were trying to mix grace with self effort. But the two don’t mix.

Mark 2:22 says,

“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the wine would burst the wineskins, and the wine and the skins would both be lost. New wine calls for new wineskins.” – (NLT)

Nope, it’s never complicated. Jesus did it all!

When we know Jesus did it all, we can and we will follow instructions. When we know how much we have been forgiven of by God and we understand this was only made possible because of Jesus, it produces heart change in us. The result of this heart change is we will find a natural desire welling up in our heart to forgive others!

So the main thing I want to encourage you with in this post is to focus on the right thing.

For instance:

Rather than saying to yourself:

”I’m feeling bitter, enraged and angry towards so-and-so and I better stop feeling this way. I need to stop acting like this. I gotta stop thinking these thoughts. (can you sense the frustration?)

Try this instead: focus on the truth that, as a Believer, You are forever forgiven for all of your sins – past, present and future sins!

Simply receive and relax in the forgiveness that was provided for you through the blood that Jesus shed. Take a deep breath and rest in God’s unconditional love because His love isn’t going anywhere.

I don’t mean His love isn’t going anywhere as long as your behavior is perfect. I mean His love isn’t going anywhere even when you are struggling with bitterness, rage, anger, speaking to others with harshness or all types of evil behavior.

I’m not saying God loves everything we do because some things we do hurt us and He loves us so much that He doesn’t want us to hurt ourselves. There are natural consequences for sin that our good, good Father doesn’t want to see us have to endure.

But God never stops loving us no matter what we do.

In fact…

This, my friend, is what living the grace life looks like. It’s continuing to receive God’s grace – His unmerited favor – no matter what.

So remember you are:

Kind

Tender-hearted

and

A forgiving person

Do you believe it?

Say it out loud about yourself right now.

”I am kind”

”I am tender-hearted”

”I am a forgiving person”

“This is who I am because Jesus lives in me”

How much better is this than trying to “not feel” angry or bitter or enraged. It’s not only better. It actually works. It actually brings freedom!

I want to see more Christians asking themselves, “Is the way I’m doing my Christian life actually working?” Am I living in peace? Am I reigning in life by being able to freely forgive when someone hurts me? Am I receiving God’s love for myself on a regular basis and seeing His love flow out of me to others?

If these things aren’t true of you and you want to learn how to reign in life through Jesus Christ, I encourage you to get my book, I Tried Until I Almost Died.

If you live outside of the United States, my book very well may be offered in your country. You can go here to see!

And if you don’t find your country on the list, my book is available through the Book Depository with FREE delivery worldwide!

Finally, did you know that I Tried Until I Almost Died has been translated into Korean? You can go here for the Korean edition!

In closing, I definitely want to clarify something about this blog post. What I’ve said in this post does not in any way mean you need to let other people mistreat you, abuse you, control you or manipulate you. I do not recommend this. If they insist on doing so, here’s what you do…you say “Goodbye!”

Sometimes that goodbye will only be temporary while God separately works on both hearts involved, while at other times the goodbye will need to be permanent.

I have a friend who has a “friend” that is so controlling and manipulative that it has forced her to have to completely severe the relationship. She’s done everything in her power to keep from doing this but it is literally sucking the life out of her.

I’m so proud of her for understanding how loved by God she is and loving herself enough to put an end to the abuse!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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The Coming Revival – Where Will It Begin?

I believe what I’m sharing with you today is a Word from God, but because this is never a phrase I throw around lightly, I sent this to 18 of my friends/accountability partners/mentors to get their feedback before sharing it. I received very positive feedback from everyone and was highly encouraged to share this through my blog. Thank You, Holy Spirit!

First of all, in August of last year (2017) while I was driving, I had a vision. I can still see what I saw that day as clear as ever.

I saw a gigantic tsunami up above the earth getting ready to slam down on the entire planet. I knew immediately that this was a spiritual tsunami of a revelation of God’s grace – a revelation of Jesus – that was coming and in fact, had already begun to hit!

When I got home I immediately texted my good friend Katie and told her about it and asked her if we could schedule a time to pray about this. We got together on Thursday, August 31st to pray.

Then yesterday, April, 6, 2018, while driving, the Holy Spirit began to download what I’m about to share with you in my heart! I believe it goes along with the vision I had last August.

What the Holy Spirit was showing me gripped me so powerfully that I pulled over into a parking lot to write it down.

Here’s it is:

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The Coming Revival – Where Will It Begin?

“What will happen first is revival will hit the church. This revival won’t be like some people think it will be – where ministers preach on sin more often to get people who need to be free from sin more sin-focused and self-focused and less Jesus-focused.

This is exactly why we are in the mess we are in today.

So that won’t be the revival that will come. It’s going to be a revival that takes The Church’s eyes off of herself and her works and places them on Jesus and His finished work alone!

Then, when The Church gets fully drenched by this tsunami of a revelation of the person of Jesus Christ – God’s Grace Personified- the true gospel will begin being shared from pulpits all across the planet, ushering in a world wide revival!

IT IS ALL ABOUT JESUS!!!!!”

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I received many responses from my friends, but this is the one I felt I was suppose to share in conjunction with this post. My friend Amy Holmes texted me this and I just love it!

The Apostle Paul said this to the corinthians:

2 Corinthians 11:4, 

You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed. (NLT)

My friend, I encourage you not to swallow everything you hear hook, line and sinker.

I was listening to a message by someone the other day and I was like, “Oh my gosh, this is so off-base.” The message was not pointing to Jesus at all, but was instead making the listener feel condemned and like they would never be able to do enough to measure up. Nothing about Jesus’ finished work, but all about how the listener needed to work harder – try harder.

I am not kidding when I say I started getting nauseous and felt like I was going to burst into tears. I felt so terrible for the people who were being deceived into thinking that was the good news because this minister is very influential. But, I wasn’t mad at this preacher, because I know he is just deceived. (just like I was deceived, for decades) Instead, I prayed for him to get a full-on revelation of God’s grace. Ha Ha Ha, Bam, I can’t wait to see what happens!

Be relentless in continuing to hear and read and talk about the good news about God’s grace (the true gospel) and also be relentless in loving and praying for those who still need to get a revelation on what the gospel of Jesus Christ truly is!

We love and we pray and we let the Holy Spirit do His work!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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Jesus Loves Me This I Know!

Hahahaha! I woke up and looked in the mirror this morning and just laughed!

This picture is real. No make-up. No filter. Nothing. And guess what? I’m not the least bit afraid for you to see it. This will now be on Google for all to see and that doesn’t bother me at all.

How did I go from spending the majority of my life with my goal being to impress others and get them to think I was perfect to being able to share this picture in a blog post without caring at all what anyone else will think and in fact, sharing it on purpose to help set others free?

The love of Jesus has invaded every corner of my heart!

Look at this awesome news in Romans chapter 5 from The Passion Translation with some commentary from me in green.

Our New Life

1 Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and He now declares us flawless in His eyes.

Did you see that? As believers in Jesus, we are flawless in His eyes. The more we understand the truth of this one verse, what others think of us will matter less and less! I mean, seriously, if God sees no flaw in us, what other opinion do we need? Talk about confidence!

This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us.

Yes, yes, yes! True and lasting peace, regardless of our circumstances. I had one of the most difficult weeks, circumstantially, that I have had in a long time recently. It was the week leading up to my speaking engagement in Branson. My daughter Angel got Bronchitis, I got a terrible cold with a huge sore under my nose, Starr got sick and on and on.

BUT, I was able to enjoy true and lasting peace that week because I have something that holds so much more weight than my circumstances now. I have the love of God that has been shed abroad in my heart. His love in our heart transcends circumstances, just like an eagle uses the raging winds from a storm to soar above the clouds.  

 Our faith guarantees us permanent access into this marvelous kindness that has given us a perfect relationship with God. What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory!

But that’s not all! Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope. And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us!

Amen! When you and I have a revelation of the love of God, in times of trouble, we can be unshakable – just as if we are hidden in His love, because we are.

For when the time was right, the Anointed One came and died to demonstrate His love for sinners who were entirely helpless, weak, and powerless to save themselves.

That was me. I recognized I was helpless, weak and powerless to save myself so I accepted Jesus as my Savior at the age of 8 years old. But then, sadly, instead of allowing Jesus to live in and through me, I spent the next 34 years living independent of His help, trying to be capable and strong.

Oops, I didn’t get the memo that I was suppose to live my Christian life by God’s grace, just as I had been saved by His grace. That’s ok. God is patient. He waited for me to run out of self-effort energy and come to end of myself. Best day of my life!!!

Now, who of us would dare to die for the sake of a wicked person? We can all understand if someone was willing to die for a truly noble person. But Christ proved God’s passionate love for us by dying in our place while we were still lost and ungodly!

9 And there is still much more to say of His unfailing love for us! For through the blood of Jesus we have heard the powerful declaration, “You are now righteous in my sight.” And because of the sacrifice of Jesus, you will never experience the wrath of God. 10 So if while we were still enemies, God fully reconciled us to Himself through the death of his Son, then something greater than friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, and because we share in His resurrection life, how much more we will be rescued from sin’s dominion!

11 And even more than that, we overflow with triumphant joy in our new relationship of living in harmony with God—all because of Jesus Christ!

Wow! Look what we have been given in Christ Jesus!

The Gift of Grace Greater Than Sin

12 When Adam sinned, the entire world was affected. Sin entered human experience, and death was the result. And so death followed this sin, casting its shadow over all humanity, because all have sinned. 13 Sin was in the world before Moses gave the written law, but it was not charged against them where no law existed. 14 Yet death reigned as king from Adam to Moses even though they hadn’t broken a command the way Adam had. The first man, Adam, was a picture of the Messiah, who was to come.

15 Now, there is no comparison between Adam’s transgression and the gracious gift that we experience. For the magnitude of the gift far outweighs the crime. It’s true that many died because of one man’s transgression, but how much greater will God’s grace and His gracious gift of acceptance overflow to many because of what one Man, Jesus, the Messiah, did for us!

16 And this free-flowing gift imparts to us much more than what was given to us through the one who sinned. For because of one transgression, we are all facing a death sentence with a verdict of “Guilty!” But this gracious gift leaves us free from our many failures and brings us into the perfect righteousness of God—acquitted with the words “Not guilty!”

OK, I feel like running around the city at this point! People, it is all about Jesus!

17 Death once held us in its grip, and by the blunder of one man, death reigned as king over humanity. But now, how much more are we held in the grip of grace and continue reigning as kings in life, enjoying our regal freedom through the gift of perfect righteousness in the one and only Jesus, the Messiah!

That “but now” and what follows in verse 17 is extremely powerful.

Steve and I were talking recently and he was remembering how, in one of the churches he grew up in, there were a whole lot of “but nows” in the sermons.

He said they were very performance driven. They didn’t necessarily come out and say these exact statements I will make below, but the sermons subtlety gave the message “you need to strive to get right with God.”

They would give mixed messages such as:

“Jesus loves you and accepts you, but now, you better get the sin out of your life…or else.”

“Jesus shed His blood for you and forgave you, but now, you better confess every one of your sins…or else.”

“You are righteous in Christ, but now, you better get with it and act righteous… or else.”

But actually, all those “but nows” have to be removed. Otherwise, it’s not the pure gospel (the gospel of grace) you’re hearing. 

The truth is, Jesus satisfied every one of those “but nows” through His finished work! I like to say, “there are no catches in grace.” It is Jesus plus nothing and when a person understands true grace, they will actually live in dominion over sin. They will reign in life knowing that all their sins – past, present  and future – have been forgiven because of the blood that Jesus shed for them and by accepting their righteous identity in Christ, completely separate from their behavior.

There are no catches. Grace annihilates the power of sin in our lives, period, end of the conversation. It’s all because of Jesus (the person of grace) and it’s all about Jesus! 

And get this, the only thing we are suppose to be striving for is to enter His rest AND if we refuse to enter His rest by believing He finished the work, it leads to disobedience in our lives(see Hebrews 4:11)

Oh my goodness. Do you see how this is the exact opposite of what many people are being taught?

18 In other words, just as condemnation came upon all people through one transgression, so through one righteous act of Jesus’ sacrifice, the perfect righteousness that makes us right with God and leads us to a victorious life is now available to all.

Yep, Jesus plus nothing equals everything!

 19 One man’s disobedience opened the door for all humanity to become sinners. So also one man’s obedience opened the door for many to be made perfectly right with God and acceptable to Him. 20 So then, the law was introduced into God’s plan to bring the reality of human sinfulness out of hiding.

I thank God for the law for what it is intended for, which is to bring each person to the understanding of their need for a Savior. WoooHooo!

And for Christians, and there are many, who still insist on living under the law instead of God’s grace after they have received Jesus as their Savior, every single one of them (it happened to me in 2011), will have to come to a place where they crash and burn (so to speak) before they see the truth that IT IS NOT about their works. IT IS ABOUT Jesus’ finished work!

As I said, the day I crashed and burned was the best day of my life. It was only after this that I entered into that place of rest and as a result, my spiritual life took off like a rocket. I completely gave up and threw myself on the grace of God and I’m never going back!

And yet, wherever sin increased, there was more than enough of God’s grace to triumph all the more! 21 And just as sin reigned through death, so also this sin-conquering grace will reign as king through righteousness, imparting eternal life through Jesus, our Lord and Messiah! –Romans 5  (TPT) 

I experience this every single day of my life. Just because I’m living under grace does not mean I never sin. I told a story at my recent speaking engagement of how I sped down my hill in a complete rage with my kids in the car. They were so scared they were crying. I also shared how I handled that situation under grace and how because I handle my sin under grace now, I sin so much less than I used to. WoooHooo! (I’ll share that message with you soon when I get the link to the audio.)

Some people think teaching people about God’s grace will give them a license to sin. Nope. In fact, it will give them a license to win! I know, because I am reigning in life through the wonderful grace of God and the gift of perfect righteousness given to me all because Jesus loves me so much! 

My friend, He loves you just as much as He loves me. I encourage you to print this blog post off, if needed, and underline the scriptures that stand out to you and meditate on (roll over and over in your mind) the truth about what Jesus did for you so you can begin to reign in life through Him!

It’s not about if you have a good day or a bad day. That’s the mistake that many Christians are still making in regards to grace. They say they believe in grace (God’s unmerited favor), but then when they have a bad day or make a bad decision, they refuse to receive God’s grace until they get themselves “cleaned up” in their own mind. 

There’s a big problem with this theory. It’s not grace that is being received at all because if it is true grace then there is nothing any of us can do to deserve, earn or merit it. Jesus did it all for us. All we can do is believe and receive and rest in what Jesus has already done!

And this, my friend, is exactly why getting under that waterfall of God’s grace and refusing to budge will cause you to understand the height, depth, length and breadth of God’s love for you and in turn cause you to fall in love with Jesus more than you could ever imagine possible!

Click here and scroll down if you would like to learn more about “The Transformational Power of God’s Love.” I have six other blog posts under this category, including one audio post.

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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Christ In You,The Hope Of Glory

I have good news

Jesus Is Alive!

I have more good news

Jesus Is Alive In You!

Ok… now that you know this, go ahead and completely enter God’s rest because if you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, He lives in you and if you have not accepted Jesus as your Savior, you can today.

Jesus is the perfect everything you will ever need living on the inside of you. I don’t know about you, but that just flat out makes me relax.

Need provision? Jesus is your supply.

Need wisdom? Jesus is your wisdom.

Need a healing? Jesus is your health.

Need to be more patient? Jesus is perfectly patient.

What else do you need? You name it. Jesus is your answer!

Always remember that Jesus is not only alive, but Jesus is alive in you. As you can see, this Biblical truth has very practical benefits for your everyday life!

You will notice as you read these 2 sets of scriptures below that Jesus literally did it all. Christ in You is the hope of glory! (see Colossians 1:27)

Ephesians 2:4-10 (NASB)

4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

and

2 Peter 1:2-3 (NLT)

2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 3 By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the One who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.

Let me ask you a question. Do you see anywhere in these scriptures that the responsibility is on us to produce good fruit? I don’t. Instead, I see things in Ephesians 2 like not of yourselves, gift of God, not as a result of our works, but that there will be good works coming right out of our relationship with Christ and in fact that these good works were prepared beforehand so that we would (not might, but would) walk in them. Do you see how, with this change in your belief system from, “this is all up to me” to “this has already been provided for me to walk in” makes all the difference in the world?

Then we see phrases in the next set of verses in 2 Peter like God has given us (already done) everything we need for living a godly life and we have received all of this by coming to know Him. Then in verse 2 – as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord He will give you more grace and more peace. WOW!

Where are the self-efforts in these scriptures? Where are the works? They are nowhere to be found except where they will always be found when we make our existence, not about our own self-efforts, but about having a growing, vibrant relationship with the person of Grace – JESUS. They will be a result of our grace-filled, Jesus-centered, Jesus-focused, Jesus-conscious lifestyle.

Our self-efforts (works) aren’t a root leading to Jesus and His grace. It’s the other way around. Jesus (the person of Grace) leads us to the fruit of good works. Believe me, they will come. They will flow right out of your relationship with Christ Who is in you and is the hope of glory. They will flow effortlessly from Christ to you and through you. So relax and enjoy Jesus! He’s everything you need!

Jesus Christ living in you is indeed the hope of glory!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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Good Friday Indeed!

Friends, Jesus literally did it all. Our part is to believe that He really did. We simply get to wake up every morning and say Thank You!

Isaiah 53:3-7, 9

Amplified Bible

3 He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.

4 Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all

7 He was oppressed, [yet when] He was afflicted, He was submissive and opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.

9 And they assigned Him a grave with the wicked, and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.

Because Jesus was despised, rejected and forsaken, we are fully accepted.

Because Jesus was a man of sorrows and pains and acquainted with grief and sickness, we can live a life filled with joy, healing and wholeness

Because Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our guilt and iniquities, we do not have to pay the penalty for our sins or carry around the guilt

Because Jesus bore the chastisement due us, we can live in peace

Because Jesus took many agonizing stripes upon His body for us, we can live in divine health

We should take Jesus’ gift to us very literally and really believe in the Divine exchange He made with us, including the gift of righteousness that has been given to us, all because of our wonderful Savior!

2 Corinthians 5:21 says,

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (NASB)

This is a righteousness not based on our works, but on Jesus’ finished work on the cross! Isn’t that great news?!

Sadly though, for most of my life, due to the heavy load of legalism in my own personality, I spent almost 100% of my time thinking about myself, how I could improve myself, how I could overcome my weaknesses and how I could be pleasing to God.

Ahhhh, but once the legalistic blinders fell off my eyes and I saw the truth about Jesus and His finished work, I stepped off my treadmill of accomplishment and began to spend my days thinking about my wonderful Savior and everything He is and everything He did for me and how, because of the cross, God is and will be pleased with me as His daughter, always!

I’m telling you, I hardly ever thought about what Jesus did for me all those years because I was too busy thinking about what I was suppose to be doing for Him, but now, not a day goes by that I don’t remember and meditate on Jesus and His beautiful finished work on the cross. It’s all about Jesus and boasting about Him – who He is and what He has done and what we can now do because of what He has done!

Oh yes… it was a good Friday indeed when Jesus accepted His Father’s will in the garden that Friday and stepped in and paid the price in our place. He changed everything for us and our part is to BELIEVE that Jesus did indeed save us in every imaginable way, that He overcame for us and that His finished work really did finish it!

This is something we can do, not just on Good Friday, but every day, for all eternity!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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Watch the Conference on FB Live Today

This just in! You can watch the Women of Grace Conference via Facebook Live!

You will find 5 grace-filled, Jesus-centered videos teachings on the link below.

Connie Witter (Friday Night)

Sandra McCollom (Me – Saturday Morning),

Connie Witter (Saturday Morning)

Christy Rose (Saturday Afternoon)

Gwendolyn Myrie (Saturday Afternoon)

To view these messages click on the following link which will take you to Because of Jesus  Ministries Facebook page, scroll down and click on videos. Enjoy!

Because of Jesus Ministries’ Facebook Page 

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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Relationship Over Rules

Our girls recently turned 15 and we we’re honored that they wanted to celebrate their Birthdays with us over having a party with their friends!

For the first 9 years of Angel and Starr’s lives I buried them under a mountain of rules. I was very works-oriented so I valued rules over my relationship with them just as I wrongly believed God valued me obeying the rules over my relationship with Him.

And even though I have been on my journey of grace for six years now, I can sometimes still fall into my old habit of making a new rule for the girls for every new situation that arises. But God is helping me! Now that I believe right about Him, He continues to change me through our relationship – through reminding me of my true identity of righteousness in Him because of what Jesus did for me!

Rules only have the ability to work on people from the outside which produces behavior modification. In contrast, relationship produces heart change in people, resulting in heart transformation.

The Holy Spirit helps me see so much quicker these days when I am being tempted to fall into the rule-keeping method of parenting once again. I have the genius of the Holy Spirit living on the inside of me and, if you are a Christ-follower, so do you!

He leads me again and again to value relationship over everything else in my parenting – both my own relationship with my girls and their relationship with God. He reminds me to remind them, “No matter what you’ve done, you are righteous in Jesus and you will always be perfectly loved by God and because you are brand new in Christ YOU CAN hear from and be led by the Holy Spirit!”

The fact that Steve and I have made it a priority to build good relationships with our girls as well as a strong family identity is paying off…big time!

I’m thrilled that I am no longer depending on me being able to be a perfect parent for my girls to turn out ok or be successful. They will turn out just fine and be highly successful in life. I’m 100% convinced of this. How can I be so sure? Because my faith is in the grace (the unmerited favor) of God to carry Angel and Starr through. My faith is no longer in my own self-efforts to carry them through. How relaxing is that!!!

I just wanted to share this picture with you from one of their Birthday dinners at Favazza’s Italian restaurant on The Hill in St. Louis, MO!

Even though they’re twins, Angel and Starr have their own birthday because one was born before midnight and one was born after midnight.

The girls decided to spend some of their Birthday money this year to get their hair colored so people could tell them apart. They’ve been un-twinned! Angel is on the left and Starr is on the right.

Steve and I are so thankful God has allowed us to be their parents!

And look who just turned 3 years old! Our girls say Bella and Sophie are the best gifts they have ever received. They are wonderful puppy mommies.

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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What Does Beholding Jesus Look Like?

I often sit around and dream about how I can help people encounter Jesus in all His grace.

Then recently, my husband Steve was looking through my friend Tricia Gunn’s website  and discovered this page with short, powerful grace encounter video testimonies on it.

When I watched this one that I’m sharing with you today, I cried thinking about how beautiful the grace of God is and dreaming about how this little eight minute video could be such an encouragement to others and especially how it would minister hope to all the moms out there.

I pray this makes your day as you watch it and behold Jesus in all His grace!

I want to personally thank Tricia Gunn and Brooke Premo for taking the time and putting forth the effort to make this video. I know the love of God is what compels them, the love of God is what compels me and if you have received Jesus as your Lord and Savior the love of God compels you too. Guess how I know this? Because you, my friend, are brand new in Christ Jesus.

ENTIRELY NEW is your true identity now. Believe it and you will live in it!

2 Corinthians 5:14-18 

14 For it is Christ’s love that fuels our passion and motivates us, because we are absolutely convinced that He has given His life for all of us. This means all died with Him, 15 so that those who live should no longer live self-absorbed lives but lives that are poured out for Him—the one who died for us and now lives again. 16 So then, from now on, we have a new perspective that refuses to evaluate people merely by their outward appearances. For that’s how we once viewed the Anointed One, but no longer do we see Him with limited human insight.

17 Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new. 18 And God has made all things new, and reconciled us to Himself, and given us the ministry of reconciling others to God. (TPT) 

Can I tell you that when I started putting this blog post together this morning I just kept getting stuck on how to say what I wanted to say. Then the Holy Spirit encouraged me to stop and behold Jesus and take time to honor Him for what He did for me through His finished work on the cross while receiving communion.

I had such a wonderful time experiencing Jesus once again in all His grace and of course, when I returned back to my blog post, the words just flowed right out of me!

Have a wonderful day as you encounter Jesus in a very special and personal way!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom 

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Women of Grace Conference in Branson, Missouri

In less than 24 hours you will receive so much Good News!

I hope you can join us on Friday evening, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th for this wonderful Women of Grace conference in Branson, Missouri. If you live close enough, you could actually drive to Branson on Friday morning and be home by Saturday night and you will be so glad you invested these two days of your time.

*This conference is not exclusively for women. Men are welcome too.

The conference starts at 7:00pm on Friday night and will be over by 5:00pm on Saturday, but you won’t want it to be over. I guarantee it!

Our theme for this year is Reigning in Life! Do you believe it’s possible for you to Reign in Life? I sure didn’t think so, but for decades I just kept trying to because I thought that’s what I was supposed to do. Same with each of the other speakers. We all wore ourselves out TRYING!

Then, as if a lightning bolt struck us, each one of us came to the realization that the way we were going about our lives…was… not… working. Each of us suddenly realized, “Wait a minute. I’ve been trying my guts out and doing what I thought I was suppose to be doing to live out my Christian life all these years, but I’m so far away from having the victorious life Jesus died to give me.”

Sound familiar?

But thank God the story doesn’t end there!

We can’t wait to share the Good News with you that set us free because we are convinced it will set you free as well and even if you are already enjoying a measure of freedom in your life, we still hope you’ll come, because we can all grow in grace together.

I, myself, have been on this journey for six years now and I think just about everyday I learn something new about my wonderful Jesus – the person of grace. Each time I do I enter into a deeper level of God’s rest and now I want to spend the remainder of my life helping others enter His rest too!

Here’s a video that will give you a taste of what you will be hearing at the conference!

Go here to find out more information about lodging, the conference itself and to register.

Monday, March 19th is the last day to register for this conference.

Hope to see you soon!

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom

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The Prodigal Son and The Older Brother – What Were They Missing?

I want to share this story from a new perspective that the Father just dropped in my heart this morning.

I like to release a blog post on Saturday morning if I have time so when I woke up this morning I immediately began to ask God if there was anything specific that He wanted me to share. At first, anything I thought of went flat in my heart, but then I began to meditate on how I wish the whole world knew what I’m about to share with you in this blog post.

If you don’t mind, take a few minutes to read the story again in The Passion Translation:

The Loving Father

11 Then Jesus said, “Once there was a father with two sons. 12 The younger son came to his father and said, ‘Father, don’t you think it’s time to give me the share of your estate that belongs to me?’ So the father went ahead and distributed among the two sons their inheritance. 13 Shortly afterward, the younger son packed up all his belongings and traveled off to see the world. He journeyed to a far-off land where he soon wasted all he was given in a binge of extravagant and reckless living.

14 “With everything spent and nothing left, he grew hungry, for there was a severe famine in that land. 15 So he begged a farmer in that country to hire him. The farmer hired him and sent him out to feed the pigs. 16 The son was so famished, he was willing to even eat the slop given to the pigs, because no one would feed him a thing.

17 “Humiliated, the son finally realized what he was doing and he thought, ‘There are many workers at my father’s house who have all the food they want with plenty to spare. They lack nothing. Why am I here dying of hunger, feeding these pigs and eating their slop? 18 I want to go back home to my father’s house, and I’ll say to him, “Father, I was wrong. I have sinned against you. 19 I’ll never be worthy to be called your son. Please, Father, just treat me like one of your employees.”’

20 “So the young son set off for home. From a long distance away, his father saw him coming, dressed as a beggar, and great compassion swelled up in his heart for his son who was returning home. So the father raced out to meet him. He swept him up in his arms, hugged him dearly, and kissed him over and over with tender love.

21 “Then the son said, ‘Father, I was wrong. I have sinned against you. I could never deserve to be called your son. Just let me be—’

“The father interrupted and said,‘Son, you’re home now!’

22 “Turning to his servants, the father said, ‘Quick, bring me the best robe, my very own robe, and I will place it on his shoulders. Bring the ring, the seal of sonship, and I will put it on his finger. And bring out the best shoes you can find for my son. 23 Let’s prepare a great feast and celebrate. 24 For this beloved son of mine was once dead, but now he’s alive again. Once he was lost, but now he is found!’ And everyone celebrated with overflowing joy.

25 “Now, the older son was out working in the field when his brother returned, and as he approached the house he heard the music of celebration and dancing. 26 So he called over one of the servants and asked, ‘What’s going on?’

27 “The servant replied, ‘It’s your younger brother. He’s returned home and your father is throwing a party to celebrate his homecoming.’

28 “The older son became angry and refused to go in and celebrate. So his father came out and pleaded with him, ‘Come and enjoy the feast with us!’

29 “The son said, ‘Father, listen! How many years have I been working like a slave for you, performing every duty you’ve asked as a faithful son? And I’ve never once disobeyed you. But you’ve never thrown a party for me because of my faithfulness. Never once have you even given me a goat that I could feast on and celebrate with my friends like he’s doing now. 30 But look at this son of yours! He comes back after wasting your wealth on prostitutes and reckless living, and here you are throwing a great feast to celebrate—for him!’

31 “The father said, ‘My son, you are always with me by my side. Everything I have is yours to enjoy. 32 It’s only right to celebrate like this and be overjoyed, because this brother of yours was once dead and gone, but now he is alive and back with us again. He was lost but now he is found!’”

Luke 15:11-32 (TPT)

This morning I was thinking about how I want everyone in the whole world to know that this whole deal – the whole reason we’re here – is to both have and enjoy relationship with God! I believe understanding this is the key to living in rest!

Why did the younger son ask for his inheritance early? He didn’t have a close relationship with his father, therefore; he went outside of that relationship, looking for joy, peace and purpose.

Why did the older brother get so angry when his father decided to celebrate the younger brother’s return? He didn’t have a close relationship with his father either, but instead saw himself as a servant rather than a son. As a result, he looked to his works (his own efforts) to be good enough to enjoy relationship with his father.

Neither brother had a revelation of their father’s love for them.

I was just like the older brother before I discovered the truth about God on January 2nd of 2012.

I spent 34 years working for God’s approval, acceptance and love, not understanding that all that my Father was and all that He had, was mine!

This revelation changed everything for me. Now, every morning, I get up so excited about being in relationship with God my Father, God my Savior (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit!

I am a daughter of God. I am loved by God. I am accepted by God. I have close fellowship with God. Nothing can separate me from God. I am not in and out of His presence based on my behavior. I am in and I am in to stay. I am completely forgiven for all of my sins – past sins, present sins and yes, even future sins. I can go to the throne of God’s grace and receive help in my time of need anytime I want to!

All this and so much more is true of you as well if you have chosen to believe in and receive Jesus as your Savior. It’s all because of Jesus – because Jesus went to the cross for us and became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. We’ve been made righteous because of Jesus!

Obviously, all this was true of me since the first day I received Jesus as my Savior at the age of 8 years old, but just like the older brother had wrong beliefs about his earthly father, I had wrong beliefs about my heavenly Father so I went to work for Him instead of enjoying my relationship with Him.

I missed the point of salvation by a country mile.

And for all those who try to live their life outside of what they were created for which is relationship with God, they will also spend their time and energy trying to attain to something that can only be found in a relationship with God.

I may have missed the point for the first 34 years of my life, as a Christian, but I guarantee you I am making up for it now. If you have found, through reading this post, that even as a Believer, you have been missing the point of salvation or if you would like to accept God’s free gift of salvation for the first time ever, please come home to relationship with Him!

Here’s how I live now that I understand that it’s all about relationship with God:

  • When I get out of bed each morning I no longer look to attain any certain status in this world.
  • I do not feel I have anything to prove to anyone
  • I go to my CrossFit workouts each day convinced that I don’t have to reach a certain place on the leaderboard to be worth something; therefore, I can just go and be peaceful and joyful and do my best as well as genuinely cheering others on in their workout
  • I’m not trying to grow a big ministry
  • I’m not trying to appear perfect before people
  • I’m very comfortable in my own skin
  • I’m comfortable around anyone, the richest person or the poorest person. In my eyes, nobody is better than anyone else. Everyone is equally valuable!
  • I’m not trying to get to any certain place in life
  • This is the best feeling ever!!!!!

I could go on and on, but my point is, I don’t need to attain to any place or prove anything as a result of finally understanding and living out my true identity – a daughter of The King. No reason at all for me to go outside of this Divine romance looking for anything else. Believe me; I’ve got everything I need right here and whatever comes out of this most amazing relationship is exactly what I want to happen in life!

Of course, this is a journey and in no way am I saying that I am perfect in the natural. But the more I grow in grace, the more I enter a place of rest. It makes me very happy when I learn about another aspect of God’s grace that I didn’t understand before!

Both the younger brother and the older brother missed it. Thankfully, the younger brother came home and found his true purpose again and, although the Biblical story doesn’t say, hopefully the older brother came to realize that he had been a son all along.

It’s never too late, my friend, to jump off the hamster wheel of life and start living in your destiny which is close fellowship with the Father day in and day out. It doesn’t get any better than this. Believe me when I say, every other purpose God wants you to fulfill in this life will come directly out of your relationship with Him.

Will you join me and make it all about getting to know God more and more everyday. It’s an adventure beyond anything else you could ever attain to in this world! It’s what I live for now and I feel like a little kid in having the privilege to be in this amazing relationship with Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

Yes, I experience trials in this world just like everyone else and yes, I fail to keep my eyes on Jesus sometimes and have to repent (change my mind) about the wrong way I’m believing and turn to Jesus and begin beholding Him once again

But once I got the revelation that I DO NOT NEED TO TRY TO GET ANYWHERE after finally figuring out that I AM ALREADY THERE IN CHRIST JESUS, I relaxed and began to enjoy my relationship with God like never before. I found the reason for my existence. I found the source of life Himself.

And now I want everyone on the planet to find this out for themselves!

In Philippians 3:7-16 the Apostle Paul said,

Yet all of the accomplishments that I once took credit for, I’ve now forsaken them and I regard it all as nothing compared to the delight of experiencing Jesus Christ as my Lord! To truly know Him meant letting go of everything from my past and throwing all my boasting on the garbage heap. It’s all like a pile of manure to me now, so that I may be enriched in the reality of knowing Jesus Christ and embrace Him as Lord in all of His greatness.

My passion is to be consumed with Him and not clinging to my own “righteousness” based in keeping the written Law. My “righteousness” will be His, based on the faithfulness of Jesus Christ—the very righteousness that comes from God. 10 And I continually long to know the wonders of Jesus more fully and to experience the overflowing power of His resurrection working in me. I will be one with Him in His sufferings and I will be one with Him in his death. 11 Only then will I be able to experience complete oneness with Him in His resurrection from the realm of death.

12 I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into His abundance so that I may reach the purpose that Jesus Christ has called me to fulfill and wants me to discover. 13 I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. 14 I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. 15 So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires, God will reveal it to them. 16 And let us all advance together to reach this victory-prize, following one path with one passion. (TPT)

If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!

Sandra McCollom