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Making Jesus Famous – The Best Life Ever!

Just added another speaking engagement to my calendar for this year! What am I doing to make this happen? Nothing but resting in Jesus and enjoying my relationship with Him.

I seriously cannot believe I tried to live for myself for the first 34 years of my Christian life. My biggest goal was to be noticed by others and become famous. I kid you not, I couldn’t even be happy for others who were being blessed (although I pretended I was) because deep down inside I was jealous of them. I wanted all the attention on me.

I didn’t know at the time that all this junk was in my heart until I came to a revelation of God’s grace, but I most definitely had behavior modification going on daily. Check out my book if you want to know more about my story of bondage and freedom and learn for yourself how to reign in life through Jesus Christ!

I’m so glad I’m done with that self-centered, defeated life. Living to make Jesus famous is so…much…better! In fact, it’s the best life ever. I’m having a total blast being a childlike, child of God!

I still recall that day, January 2nd, 2012, when God showed me a revelation of His unconditional love for me and made it clear to me that He loves me just because I’m His daughter, not because of anything I do for Him. I bounded around my house for days like a little kid saying out loud, “He loves me, He loves me, He loves me!”

I don’t believe I’ve ever completely lost that childlike heart that was birthed in me that day. I’ve definitely had to come back to it over and over again because as you know, life can be rough sometimes, but I’ve never lost it.

The devil does NOT want us to make Jesus famous and he’s NOT going to roll out a red carpet for us to do so. That’s precisely why we need to keep that childlike trust going on on an ongoing basis by simply continuing to go to our good, good Father about everything that concerns us. There is no concern too small and insignificant. Just like a child comes to their parents about every little thing, that’s what we need to do!

Who Is the Greatest in the Kingdom Realm?

18 At that time the disciples came to ask Jesus, “Who is considered to be the greatest in heaven’s kingdom realm?”

Jesus called a little one to his side and said to them, “Learn this well: Unless you dramatically change your way of thinking and become teachable, and learn about heaven’s kingdom realm with the wide-eyed wonder of a child, you will never be able to enter in. Whoever continually humbles himself  to become like this gentle child is the greatest one in heaven’s kingdom realm.And if you tenderly care for this little one on my behalf, you are tenderly caring for me. – Matthew 18:1-5 (TPT)

Jesus Blesses Little Children

13 The parents kept bringing their little children to Jesus so that he would lay his hands on them and bless them. But the disciples kept rebuking and scolding the people for doing it. 14 When Jesus saw what was happening, he became indignant with his disciples and said to them, “Let all the little children come to me and never hinder them! Don’t you know that God’s kingdom realm exists for such as these? 15 Listen to the truth I speak: Whoever does not open their arms to receive God’s kingdom like a teachable child will never enter it.”
– Mark 10:13-15 (TPT)

Will you join me in completely throwing yourself on the goodness and grace of God and become like a little child who is willing to trust your good, good Daddy to orchestrate the details of your life while you simply enjoy relationship with Him?

You know this is what all of us Believers are going to be like in heaven. We’re going to be like “Wooooooooowwwwwwww! You’re awesome Jesus! Woooooowwwww! This is wild. You did all this because you love us! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank Yoooooooou!”

Let’s not wait until we get to heaven. Let’s receive God’s kingdom like a little child right here, right now. Let’s receive every single thing Jesus died to provide for us – the most important being that union we now have with God. Not a moment of separation, even when we mess up royally.

We are one with Him! When we really understand this, we live differently!

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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2018 McCollom Family Vacation Memories

Oh, how I love my family! On our recent vacation we went to Disney World and then on a Disney Cruise. We found out they have a formal night on the ship and we McCollom’s are casual people. Seriously, the last time I wore a dress was at a wedding 7 years ago.

All four of us thought long and hard as to if we wanted to purchase, rent and go through the effort to plan for the necessary attire for this formal dinner, but now we are so glad we did. Thankfully, our girls were more than willing to wear their homecoming dance dresses again so that was a big help.

I haven’t seen Steve McCollom in a tux since our wedding day almost 27 year ago and wow, did he look handsome!

Steve is the funniest person I know and after getting his tux on he was sitting their waiting for the rest of us girls to finish getting ready and he looked like he couldn’t move. He said, “Wow, this is so comfortable” Hahahaha! But, as always, he was a great sport and endured the tux for the next 4-5 hours as we went to dinner and took, probably 100 pictures! Let’s just say, by the end of the night we were all ready to go back to our casual clothes.

I’m going to share some of our vacation photos with you below (both dressy and casual) and at the bottom I will leave a link to our 2018 ministry schedule which is now completed as well as the link to another blog post I wrote 4 years ago titled What’s Rest Got To Do With It?

First, a few pics from the Disney World part of our vacation:

This roller coaster goes from 0-57 miles mph in 2.8 seconds. I look like I’m in major pain, but a couple of seconds after we took off, once I caught my breath, I was screaming, “This is awesome!!!”

Another pic from Hollywood Studios

Magic Kingdom

Now, these are from the cruise. Ha! Steve trying to look mean on Pirate night!

I was so into getting these family pics on the different nights before dinner that our family had an hour long meeting one night in our rooms planning out our outfits (what would look good together) for each night. My family knew how excited I was to capture these memories and they lovingly went along with the plan!

You should have seen me standing back and smiling from ear to ear every time they were taking a picture of my girls!

And our day at Castaway Cay!

As you can see, we had a wonderful time on our family vacation, but I must’ve said five different times during the trip, “I’m so glad I didn’t come on this vacation to find happiness.” I said that because I don’t need a vacation to be happy. Just as I have said in many of my other blog posts, my joy is found in the fact that I am a child of God.

I do love taking vacations with my family and I always will, but I love my whole life; therefore, my level of joy did not change when the vacation was over.

I feel so, so sad for those who either are not believers in Jesus or they are but they have no idea what has been provided for them through Jesus’ finished work. That’s why we, the McCollom Family, want to spend the rest of our lives sharing the good news about Jesus with the world!

Click here to see where we will be ministering in 2018.

Click below to be encouraged by this other blog post I promised you!

What’s Rest Got To Do With It?

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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Don’t Fall For A Fake Gospel

The McCollom family is on vacation! But on our way to Florida we decided to stop off in Georgetown, Kentucky to attend a church service at Grace Point Church where Jeremiah and Stacey Johnson are the Pastors!

Let me tell you, it was totally worth the stop and it won’t be the last time we do it!

Today Pastor Jeremiah seriously preached one of the best messages we’ve ever heard. I was thinking, ummm, the whole world needs to hear this and I leaned over to Steve in the middle of the teaching and said, “THIS message is going on my blog,”

He did a great job explaining why the Apostle Paul was so unwavering and straight forward in this passage of scripture below.

Listening to his teaching will help you know if you are hearing and being persuaded by a fake gospel or the true gospel!

I am shocked over how quickly you have strayed away from the Anointed One who called you to Himself by His loving mercy. I’m frankly astounded that you now embrace a distorted gospel! That is a fake “gospel” that is simply not true. There is only one gospel—the gospel of the Messiah! Yet you have allowed those who mingle law with grace to confuse you with lies.

Anyone who comes to you with a different message than the grace gospel that you have received will have the curse of God come upon them! For even if we or an angel appeared before you, to give you a different gospel than what we have already proclaimed, God’s curse will be upon them.

I will make it clear: Anyone, no matter who they are, that brings you a different gospel than the grace gospel that you have received, let them be condemned and cursed! Galatians 1:6-9 (TPT)

You’re going to love this message!

We loved our time with Pastors Jeremiah and Stacey Johnson and their family (one son not pictured here). They are wonderful people whose lives exemplify Jesus! And I got to hold the baby!!!!

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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Five Free, Grace-Filled Messages from the Branson Women of Grace Conference

Been looking for encouraging, grace-filled teaching? You’ve found it and it’s free!

In today’s blog post I will share a link with you to the five teachings my friends and I did from the Branson Women of Grace Conference but first I have two other goals I want to accomplish in this post.

1.) I want to share with you why I believe it’s so critically important that you listen to pure grace teaching/read pure grace books and how you can know the difference including a personal testimony of something awesome that recently happened to me as a result of continually hearing the good news!

2.) I want to share with a you a lesson I learned about something I feel I stated incorrectly in my own message.

So why is it important that you fill yourself up with grace-filled teaching that points you to Jesus and what He has done for you through His finished work as opposed to law-based teaching that points you to self and what you must do for God or even mixed teaching (grace and law) that sometimes points you to Jesus and at other times points you to self?

I have some simple answers for you:

  • Grace-based teaching produces heart transformation (real change); whereas, law-based teaching produces behavior modification (not real change).
  • Grace-based teaching produces peace in your heart; whereas, law-based teaching produces anxiety in your heart.
  • Grace-based teaching exalts Jesus; whereas, law-based teaching exalts self.
  • Grace-based teaching produces humility; whereas, law-based teaching produces pride.
  • Grace-based teaching gets down to the root of the problem and gives you real answers by pointing you straight to Jesus and focuses on what you’re believing about God, yourself and your identity in Him; whereas, law-based teaching leaves you frustrated and confused, running around in circles trying to get it all right in your own strength.

Here’s a personal testimony of something wonderful that happened to me several weeks ago and I know it’s a direct result of me listening to the pure, unadulterated gospel of grace (the good news) on a continual basis!

Praise Report! A few weeks ago it crossed my mind, “Why am I going around saying all the time that I have low blood sugar?” (which caused me to have to eat really often).

As a result of all the good news teaching I’m hearing I decided to change my mind (repent) about what I was believing and I talked to the Father about my blood sugar. I finally decided to receive the healing that Jesus had already provided for me 2000 years ago!

I can now go long periods of time without eating (if needed) and I don’t feel bad. I’m not purposely trying to skip meals or starve myself because I have never felt like that was necessary to lose weight, but if I’m in a situation where I have to go longer than expected without food I do fine.

In addition, I’m just eating so much less food in general per day. Like 50% less food, but still totally satisfied! JESUS HEALS! All I had to do was stop believing the lie that I had been believing for so many years that I have low blood sugar problems.

All those years that I was believing this lie I would often say “If I don’t eat every couple of hours I get low blood sugar and feel terrible.” I kept confessing it over and over again (bad idea).

It actually got to the point where I developed a strong fear of getting episodes of low blood sugar because when it happened my breathing would become labored and I would feel anxious. Both of these are classic symptoms of low blood sugar.

I’m not saying hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is not real. I’ve even had two different doctors over the years tell me that I have this problem and I took it on as part of my identity. But because of all the grace-filled teaching I listen to, the grace-filled books I read and the fact that I always read the Bible through the lens of grace, it hit me, “Why am I believing this lie?”

Oh, and just a side note, I KEEP LOSING WEIGHT and I’M NO LONGER CRAVING SUGAR! My blood sugar is level and my body will continue to come in line with the promises in God’s Word!

Thankfully, being overweight was not making me feel bad about myself because God had already taught me that The Scale Does Not Determine My Worth And Value years ago. If you would like encouragement in this area, click on the link above to watch my YouTube video on this. Even though I wasn’t feeling bad about my weight gain, I was believing a lie that was keeping me in bondage!

Again, I can’t stress enough how much I believe this is a direct result of listening to encouraging, grace-filled teaching that always points me to Jesus; therefore, I encourage you to listen to the five free messages I’m providing in this blog post. Take your time. Really take them in. Even listen more than once if you want to. Share them with others.

I listen to messages/podcasts a lot when I’m driving, getting ready for the day, cooking, doing my healthy food prep for the week, etc. I never make it a law. I just think, “OK, I’ve got this span of time where I will be doing a certain job or driving somewhere. Would I like to just enjoy quiet, listen to music, pray or listen to a teaching?”

And when I’m listening to the good news, I look as happy as that girl in the picture above!

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Now I want to switch gears and cover my second goal for this blog post.

I want to make a correction to my message (that I’ll share with you below) as I believe I said something incorrectly in my teaching. It was a very quick statement and I still feel great about sharing the message with you, but wanted to make this correction as part of my blog post.

In my message when I was talking about my two-year health nightmare I said, “Now, did me living under stress open the door for the devil? Yes, maybe…”

I am not afraid to admit if I have said something wrong in a teaching. You do not even know how miraculous this is for me to say this. I was terrified of making a mistake while teaching before, but no more. I believe this is a result of what I have learned while hanging out with my Women of Grace friends. Freedom!!!!

I realize I don’t know it all and am growing in grace everyday! I love growing in grace. It’s my favorite thing to do.

Here’s what happened. I heard a teaching about a month ago by Pastor Jeremiah Johnson titled Healing in Communion that caused me to realize I need to change my wording in the future in regards to what I said. This is exactly why it’s so important for all of us to be hearing the pure, unadulterated gospel of grace instead of teaching full of mixture (law and grace mixed). It keeps us from presenting a mixed gospel to others.

In the future, when I talk about my two year health nightmare or anything like this I will not be indicating that we can open a door for the devil when we sin. The reason is, Jesus went to the cross and paid the price for ALL of our sin – past, present and future. (see Colossians 2:13-14 and Hebrews 10:11-12)

Us committing a sin does not give the devil authority to wreak havoc in our lives – cause us to be sick, etc. He has no authority over us. Jesus stripped him of his authority and gave us Believers a gift of righteousness. (see Colossians 2:15) We do not lose that when we sin because sinner is no longer our identity. Righteous in Christ is now our forever identity! (see 2 Corinthians 5:21)

But if I choose to believe that as a result of me sinning (living under stress instead of trusting in Jesus) means I’m guilty (which is a lie) and therefore, I have to pay a penalty (which is a lie), I have just thrown the door wide open to the devil to wreak havok in my life through my wrong believing (me believing his lies). You see, getting us to believe his lies is all he’s got. He has no real authority over us unless we give it to him by allowing him to deceive us.

And let me clarify something: All that I’ve said here doesn’t mean that there are not natural consequences for sin because there are but natural consequences are a totally different thing than punishment from God (Jesus took all the punishment for our sin).

Even if I live under stress and get sick from it due to experiencing the natural consequence of stress I can still choose, when that happens, to believe right by turning to Jesus, rejecting all guilt and condemnation, receiving the forgiveness that is already mine because of the blood Jesus shed for me, laying aside the weight of stress, beginning to trust Jesus again, remembering that I am a peaceful person in Him (that’s my true identity) and receiving healing for that sickness because of what Jesus did for me on the cross.

Do you see how it’s all about our believing? Right believing leads to right living and wrong believing leads to wrong living. (Thanks you Pastor Joseph Prince for teaching me this life transforming truth!)

 If you want to reign in life and live in victory over sin, never forget your true identity is righteous in Christ. Keep believing this truth no matter how many times you fail and you will see the most magnificent transformation in your life that you have ever experienced!

I just believe you’re going to be greatly encouraged by these messages. Enjoy!

Five Free, Grace-Filled Messages from the Branson Women of Grace Conference

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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Becoming Fearless

Driving over bridges had never been one of my favorite things to do, but four years ago while taking a road trip vacation with my family to beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada we had to drive over a very long bridge – 8 miles long to be exact (pictured above).

Special note: There are many who read my blog from various parts of Canada. I just want you to know I am so glad you receive encouragement through this blog. We hope to meet each and every one of you someday. We were stunned by the beauty, back in 2014, the minute we crossed the border into Canada on our vacation. We had no idea it was so beautiful! Angel and Starr, our 15 year old twin girls, want to go to Banff, Canada together as a family for their graduation present and we have promised them we will go!

Back to my story:

It felt like an eternity driving over that bridge as the devil kept feeding me lies. “What if you have a terrible accident and flip over the side of this bridge? What if there is an earthquake and the bridge collapses? What if your vehicle starts sinking, filling up with water, and you and your family can’t get out?”

I remember the further we drove the harder and faster I began to breathe. Then suddenly I said to Steve, “That’s it, I have had this fear of bridges for far too long. Will you pray with me about this right now?”

Why do we go on allowing ourselves to suffer with fears when God is so willing to take those fears from us? In many cases I think it’s simply because people are speeding through life at such a pace that they’re not really paying attention to the fears that control them.

On my grace journey, I’ve learned to pay attention to what’s going on inside me because I’ve come to understand that at any given moment I am either living by relying on myself and my own human efforts or I am relying on my good, good Father.

On this particular day, while driving over that bridge, I was depending on my own human efforts to keep my family and I safe.

Paying attention to what is going on inside us – in our mind and emotions – tells us who we are relying on.

I believe it’s God’s will for us to be fearless, but in order to get there we have to recognize when we are reacting out of fear so we can begin receiving God’s love in the areas opposite of those fears.

Peter left us this great advice:

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 (AMP)

That day, four years ago, this is exactly what I did when I prayed right in the middle of that 8 mile long Confederation Bridge. I remember telling God things like, “I know You love us and You are protecting my family and will continue to protect us as we drive over every single bridge. Your Angels surround us and we will never flip over the side of any bridge, nor will a bridge collapse while we are driving over it. You have us right in the palm of Your hand!”

Well guess what? Praying and receiving God’s love made all the difference for me. God delivered me that day. Coming home from vacation my breathing was completely normal on our way back over that 8 mile long Confederation Bridge. The fear was gone and I have never experienced fear while driving over a bridge since that day! I am on my way to becoming fearless!

I told a friend of mine recently who had an unfortunate situation happen, then she chose to believe God in the midst the situation and saw a great testimony come out of it, “I just can’t get over how simple this grace life is. Even after six years of living it out it hit me the other day how it’s just about trusting in Jesus over and over and over and over and over again!”

Here’s another example: There’s a very sharp curve in the road before we turn onto the side road we live off of. A couple of months ago I was turning the corner and the person coming the other way crossed the line and came so close to slamming into me. This shook me up for about five seconds during which time the devil’s lies had already started:

What if next time that happens the person does slam into you? What if it happens with your whole family in the car?

I let him get about two sentences out and picked up my phone, called my husband, told him what almost happened and asked him to pray for me. After we hung up I began to thank God for protecting me and my family while driving around that curve. I even covered our girls in prayer for when they start driving.

“I thank You Father that You are always watching over us. Thank You so much for protecting me from that driver slamming into me today. I receive Your love right now and I believe You’re so great that you can keep anyone who would be driving too fast around that curve away from my family and I each time we are in that exact spot on the road.”

It’s kingdom living at it’s finest! Pray…Believe…and Receive!

You should hear me throughout the day. When the devil lies to me I say, “No, that’s not gonna happen,” or if I’m driving on the highway and a tailgater decides they are practically going to drive over the top of my car even though I’m driving the speed limit in the slow lane, I’ll say out loud “No weapon” referring to this scripture!

Isaiah 54:17  

But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord. (AMPC)

Many times I’ll quote the whole scripture, but sometimes I just remind the devil, “NO weapon” because remember, our war is not against flesh and blood (against people).

Ephesians 6:12 says, 

Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage. (TPT)

When a driver does this (acts like they are going to run over me if I don’t move out of the way) my opinion is, they are operating under a spirit of fear that is causing them to be controlling in that moment.

  • Maybe they are fearful they are going to get to work late…again, and they are convinced that would mean they are a failure?
  • Maybe they are on drugs or drunk and not in their right mind?
  • Maybe they think they are more important than me?
  • Maybe they think I’m a stupid driver?

Whatever the reason, I still believe it all stems from fear that is controlling them and that stems from guilt and condemnation from whatever they’ve gone through in life. I’m sure you’ve noticed that people go through some absolutely horrendous things. The devil is out to kill, steal from and destroy people.

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10 (NLT)

But Jesus is out to give people a rich and satisfying life!

It doesn’t bother me when a person acts like they’re going to run over the top of my car if I don’t move because the Holy Spirit has taught me to see each person as a person that Jesus died for instead of focusing on what they are doing to me in that moment.

This is one of those radical changes that God brought into my life once I decided to surrender to living under His grace as opposed to living by my own strength.

When we surrender to grace – to the life of Christ on the inside of us – we see people completely different because God’s grace transforms our heart.

As a result of God’s grace, I feel compassion for people now because I know they are living in bondage. I don’t fear the evil spirits that are controlling and working through others. They have no authority over me!

I love to pray for the freedom of those who are living deceived, even while they are practically running me over! This is what I call the miracle of grace. I don’t take any credit for it. It’s all because of Jesus!

If I could just get every person on this planet to understand the difference that living under God’s grace could make in their life. I want this freedom for people so bad!

And this doesn’t mean I never give into the devil’s lies. In fact, He’s been trying to beat my head off the past couple of weeks attempting to make me succumb to guilt and condemnation over several different situations.

I finally got victory over the first situation where I was struggling with how someone reacted over a simple conversation I needed to have with them and for a while I was giving into believing the devil’s lie that I needed to carry the responsibility of this other person’s response.

Then this week he’s been trying to take me down over a decision I made that may have been wrong regarding my kids. Not even sure if it was the wrong decision but the devil keeps whispering in my ear, “What if you would have done this differently? Then you wouldn’t have thrown Angel and Starr off the course of their destiny.” And I keep having to go back to Romans 8:28.

This week in particular has been a super busy week so I have not been as good at stopping his lies in their tracks as I normally am.

Do you know why satan wants to take me down? So I stop preaching the good news. Well guess what, he just lost because I’m preaching it right now, to you, to myself and to everyone around the world who will be reading this post!

For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

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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Our Ministry Schedule Is Full, But That’s Not The Best News!

Well, God has decided to blow open the doors of opportunity and our 2018 ministry schedule is full and 2019 is starting to fill up, but that is not the best news I have for you today!

Before I show you what the calendar looks like I have to tell you what the most exciting part is to me. Are you ready? The most exciting part is, I don’t need any of it!

So we have all these speaking engagements that we have been asked to do and we have prayed about and accepted each one, but I can honestly say, if every single one of them fell through today, I would feel the exact same peace, joy and confidence that I am feeling right now.

How is that possible? It is only possible because my peace, joy and confidence isn’t rooted in anything that I accomplish anymore, but instead it’s rooted in the fact that I’m a child of God. I’m God’s girl!

The only thing that would take away my peace, joy and confidence is if I stopped being God’s girl and that is never going to happen!

This is such a place of security and is the place that God wants every one of His children to live in. When we know our completeness comes from who we are in Christ alone, we literally cannot be pulled out of this wonderful place of security. It really is the best feeling ever.

For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. Colossians 2:9-10 (NLT) 

I was studying this scripture passage this morning in preparation for this blog post and I just love Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary notes on this. Check these out!

Notes on Colossians 2:9

“Everything that God is and has is in Christ (Colossians 1:19), and we are in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Therefore, everything that God is and has is ours for the believing.”

Notes on Colossians 2:10

Remember that Paul said in Colossians 2:4 that he was saying these things to keep the Colossians from being deceived. Recognition of our completeness in Christ is a tremendous safeguard against deception. Prior to salvation, we are incomplete, and there is a constant striving in all of us to satisfy that hunger. Through the new birth, however, we are complete in Christ, and our hunger should only be for more revelation of what we already have in Christ. Total satisfaction with Christ disarms Satan’s lies. A big part of all temptation is dissatisfaction.

Adam and Eve would not have eaten of the forbidden fruit if they hadn’t been made dissatisfied with what they had. Through Satan’s lie, they were led to believe that they didn’t have it all (Genesis 3:5) when the truth was they did. They were more like God before they ate of the fruit than after eating it. Their dissatisfaction was a preliminary step to their action of sin.

Satan tempts us in the same way he came against Adam and Eve (2 Corinthians 11:3). Therefore, a full revelation of our completeness in Christ will keep us from chasing after all the things the devil has to offer. If anyone tells us that Christ isn’t enough, that we need something more, then that’s the devil trying to turn us away from our completeness in Christ.

This is so good! You see, if I didn’t know who I was in Christ (and this is something we are all growing in on a regular basis), I would have started getting arrogant when the speaking engagement invites began to roll in because I would have been deceived into thinking more engagements made me a more important person.

When I stated above that I don’t need them, what I meant is, I don’t need them to feel more important. I already feel extremely important – invaluable really – because I’m a child of God.

That is it. That’s all we need. We’ve already reached the highest place by being invited into relationship with God and accepting that invite. Seriously, we don’t have anything left to try to get because we already have it!

Now my family and I can go out and minister at these engagements just because we love the people and love to share the good news of the gospel.

I’ll have my website calendar events updated fully by the end of May, but for now I’ll give you a synopsis below of what the next year looks like.

You’ll notice there is not more than one speaking engagement/ministry opportunity per month. Steve and I prayed about it and felt we should keep my engagements to no more than one per month in 2018.

This is another thing that happens when you get to the place where you are not getting your worth and value out of what you accomplish – you don’t have to overbook your schedule when what you do/accomplish is not part of your identity. Instead, you are free to hear from and follow the Holy Spirit’s lead.

Steve and I certainly don’t always handle our schedule perfectly, but we totally believe and talk about this often, that if we are truly following the leading of the Holy Spirit, we will not feel overwhelmed schedule-wise.

Now, 2019 may be totally different. Maybe we will feel ok to take more engagements than one per month and maybe we won’t. The Spirit will lead us. We just have to be willing to follow and that is so much easier since we don’t need these events to feel good about ourselves. WoooHooo! Freedom!

I know what it’s like to live the other way. I did it for many years and an identity crisis can affect every area of your life.

I was sitting in the stands at my daughters’ track meet recently and began to wonder how many of the parents sitting around me were trying to get their identity through what their kids accomplished that day.

I could relate though. It wasn’t all that many years ago when the pre-grace revelation Sandra wanted her girls to be competitive in gymnastics for the same reason.

They never did get to a high enough level in gymnastics to be competitive and now, because of what Jesus has done in my life, the post-grace revelation Sandra could care less!

The third point I want to highlight in this post is that when your security is in who you are in Jesus and nothing else, you won’t even care about trying to force open doors for yourself or your kids in your own strength.

I’m not kidding when I say I have merely been resting in Jesus and enjoying my relationship with Him and then all of the sudden, within a two week period of time, all these doors start opening. It was effortless! And when God decides to open doors, no one can shut them. It’s a totally different experience than us trying to plot or scheme or get in with “the right people” or make our own way. I have zero interest in doing that.

My faith is in the grace (unmerited favor) of God for both myself and my family. We only want to walk through the doors that Jesus opens for us.

I was so proud of my girls, Angel and Starr, last night as they brought home their school yearbooks and sat with us for over an hour to look through them together. They pointed out person after person after person in that yearbook who are their friends and they kept saying, “Here is so-and-so. She got a scholarship and has been signed by such-and-such college. Here is so-and-so. He is so good in track. I bet he’ll get a scholarship. They spent the whole time talking about how proud they were of their friends instead of comparing themselves with the other students. This non-competitive, no-need-to-compare attitude in them is proof that they are understanding their true identity in Christ more and more and growing in God’s grace. It made me smile!

This momma is convinced that her girls are greatly blessed, highly favored and deeply loved by God and I cannot wait to see what HE has in store for them! Thankfully, they are learning for themselves that they do not have to strive and struggle to push down their own doors of opportunity. God will take care of that as they rest in Him!

Here’s a synopsis of what the next year looks like for The McCollom’s:

May: Nothing on the ministry calendar for May because our family is going on vacation. WooHoo! But you better believe vacation will also be a ministry trip because myself and my family do not see ministry as something we only do when we are at a speaking engagement. We see everyday as an opportunity to show the people around us the unconditional love and grace of God. We fully expect God to have us in the right place at the right time, while on vacation, to be able to minister to the exact right people!

June 23, 2018:

International Radical Grace Businessmen and Women’s Testimony Banquet in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can call Joanna Overfelt at this number for more information and to get your tickets: 918-378-8454!

June 24th, 2018: The Bridge Church in Bixby, Oklahoma

July 8th, 2018: Living Word Church in Leasburg, MO
This is where we attend church!

July 16-20, 2018: Grace XP Camp in Joplin, Missouri: My husband and I are both volunteering at this camp. When I heard about this camp and read on their website what they are going to be teaching the campers, I signed my 15 year old girls up immediately and my husband and I decided we wanted to be a part! This camp is for those who will be going into 6th grade – 12th grade next school year. I encourage you to click on the link and check it out! I totally consider this a ministry opportunity that God gave me. I will be a camp counselor and will have influence over a small group of campers. I do not need to be standing on a stage to minister to others!

August, 2018: I’m going to Alabama to record some programs with my friend, Tricia Gunn, and others on her awesome new show called A Real View Of The Grace Life. My husband Steve said, “I like the show because it talks about how you can live by grace in your everyday life.”

Learn where you can watch A Real View of the Grace Life by clicking on the link above and go here to watch past episodes.

Tricia Gunn also invited me to speak at Life of Faith Church in Birmingham, Alabama while I’m in town! Go here to find out more.

September 14th & 15th, 2018: Women of Grace Conference in Bolingbrook, IL. Yay, back with my grace-filled, Women of Grace friends. I love these ladies! This conference is also on my website calendar here.

October 12th and 13th: Women of Grace Conference in Tulsa, OK. This conference is also on my website calendar here.

October 14th, 2018: Healing Grace Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma

November 2nd, 2018: Grace Immersion Meeting at The Hope Center in Bolingbrook, Illinois. One of the Women of Grace speakers and a very good friend of mine, Nichole Marbach, had a dream come true last year. She opened up The Hope Center and has grace-based classes, meetings and conferences there as well as ministering to people on an individual basis. And I just have to say I cannot wait for Nichole’s new book to come out. I just finished reading it and endorsing it and oh. my. goodness. Once you pick it up you will not want to put it down!

December – Staying home to enjoy the Christmas season with my family!

Thailand, 2019: – I get to take the good news across the ocean with my beautiful Women of Grace friends. WooHoo!

April 26th and 27th, 2019: Grace Immersion Conference in Bolingbrook, Illinois at The Hope Center!

November 2nd, 2019: Secrets of the Heart Ladies Night Out in Bourbon, MO

In addition, I have been asked and committed to lead the Middle School Youth class two Sundays per quarter. I have to tell you, I did this twice in April and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I knew I loved working with little kids but I didn’t know how much I would love working with teenagers!

Thank You, Father, for opening these doors and allowing my family and I to travel wherever You send us with the singular goal of making Jesus famous!!!

This song has become one of my favorites. I think I’ve listened to this at least one time every day for the past month or two. This is what it’s all about, my friend. We are His. We belong to Him. He is everything we need.

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