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God doesn’t just know about you. He knows really, really knows you. Psalm 139 says that God saw who He created you to be before you ever became you! Here’s what I want you to grasp: God didn’t simply know of you before you were born, He knew you!

He knew that Brooke would be a 5’9” female with blue eyes and tan skin. He took His time, patiently forming me in my mother’s womb. Ephesians 1 says that thousands and thousands of years ago, before God said, “Let there be light,” He knew me and loved me. He planned for me to be born to a young couple from Lincolnton, NC in October of 1982. Yes, God created a master plan for my life, placed dreams in my heart, then formed skin around that amazing plan. He has things that are meant for me to accomplish in my lifetime. He then created a longing inside of me to know Him, my Creator. 

The enemy knows this! His plan is the complete opposite of God’s! He wants to destroy me, to kill my dreams, and my destiny. He hates Brooke Caldwell and he wants nothing more than to see me destroyed. And my friend, I’m sad to say, the same goes for you. He’ll whisper lies that you don’t have a reason to live, you’re life is meaningless. Nobody likes you. People don’t listen to you. You’re ugly. You’re dumb. But I’m here to declare over you right now that the enemy is a liar and I break his lies off of you in Jesus' Name! By the power of the blood of Jesus, say this, “Devil, I rebuke and resist you. You have no right to speak to me. I am created ON purpose and FOR a purpose! God is my Father. I am His child. And you must flee.”

Amen! :raised_hands::skin-tone-2: (praise break!)

My beautiful and amazing friend, God has something incredible planned for your life. He’s already decided that He loves you and that He wants you to be His child. His heart for you is that you would be blessed, healthy, whole, and happy. Everything you’ll ever need for life is accessible to you, through Him. You are created for a meaningful life of influence and favor, joy and peace, victory on top of more victories! You have a vital role to play in your time on earth...Extremely vital!

When I go to work with Steven, I’ll ask him to give me detailed instructions on how I can help him. Because I want to know what’s expected of me. I actually love to work, but I don’t like it when I’m at a job and have no clue what’s going on or what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m literally just standing there, with no clue as to what I should be doing. 

Don’t live your life like that!

God has instructions and details on the purpose and plan for your life. The reason I can say, “You are created for a meaningful life of influence and favor, joy and peace, victory on top of other victories,” is because I know that’s in His Word. When you can see these truths for yourself in the Bible and then learn to hear the voice of God personally, you will be convinced that this isn’t just me encouraging you with kind sentiments, but rather I’m speaking over you literal truth; no gray area but black and white Truth!

You see, God knows what’s best for you, and as INCREDIBLE as His plans for you are, He won’t force His plans on you. I’ll say it as my Sunday School teacher says, “He allows what we allow.” That’s a short, shocking statement that simply means God will honor your free will. Just think about it: 

Would you like for Jesus to be your Savior? It’s your choice! Salvation is available to you, but He won’t force Jesus into your life. 

Do you want to walk in blessings? It’s your choice! God’s promises are available, but He won’t force you to receive His blessings.

What about a life of purpose, favor, joy, peace, and fulfillment? It’s your choice! Yes, all of these are more promises that are available to you of charge!

Do you want to live a life of boldness and power, accompanying the Gospel message with signs and wonders? Again, that’s your choice! Holy Spirit power is available to all of God’s children!

What are you’re goals? 
What are your dreams? 
What has God called to do? 

ALL of God’s promises are Yes and Amen over you!

Do it!
Go for it!
Dream bigger!
Take that first step of faith and watch God come meet you!

Who cares if you fail? At least you tried! And either way, you’ll get closer to the God who created you and loves you. If you fail, that’s alright, you are closer to discerning His voice from yours. If you succeed, you succeed! But either way, you get closer to God and you’re doing all you can do to find His will for your life and accomplish it! Your willingness to try, to step out, to go for it, makes Him so happy!

My prayer for you today is that you wouldn’t waste another moment of your life in passiveness and fear: Fear of failure, fear of men’s opinions, fear of inadequacy. But rather, you would see yourself through the eyes of your loving Creator and see the masterpiece you really are and the incredible, powerful plans you were created for!

Would you take time to meditate on Psalm 139:

“Lord, you know everything there is to know about me. You perceive every movement of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind. 

You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. You read my heart like an open book and you know all the words I’m about to speak before I even start a sentence! You know every step I will take before my journey even begins. 

You’ve gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness, you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me. This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible! Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength. Wherever I go, your hand will guide me; your strength will empower me. 

You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside and intricate outside, and wove them all together in my mother’s womb. I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord! You even formed every bone in my body when you created me in the secret place, carefully, skillfully shaping me from nothing to something. 

You saw who you created me to be before I became me! Before I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days you planned for me was already recorded in your book. Every single moment you are thinking of me! How precious and wonderful to consider that you cherish me constantly in your every thought! O God, your desires toward me are more than the grains of sand on every shore! When I awake each morning, you’re still with me.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:1-6, 10, 13-18‬ ‭TPT‬‬

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God’s Grace + Your Faith

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God’s Grace + Your Faith = Righteousness 

I gave my life to Jesus when I was four years old at Bible School. I understood that for me to go to Heaven (and avoid hell) I needed to accept Jesus as my Savior. I understood that I couldn’t make it to Heaven by being good, making the right choices, or by my own merit or effort. I was born a sinner and therefore I sinned. Brooke Caldwell was in the same boat all of humanity was in: We ALL need a Savior. 

With the faith of a four-year-old child, I believed that I was made righteous by believing in Jesus. But here’s the tricky part. As I grew up, I assumed that the ball was now in my court, so to speak. I focused on the laws and rules in the Old Testament and believed that now it was up to me to sustain righteousness. 

In my mind, righteousness was the “right-things” I did. The Bible actually proved me otherwise. It is amazing how many of my beliefs changed when I started studying my Bible! (Romans and Galatians explain Grace by Faith beautifully!) Listen to this passage from Romans 4:

“Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God? If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way. For the Scriptures tell us, ‘Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.’ When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.” Romans 4:1-5 NLT

While it is true that everyone needs righteousness, Jesus is the only One Who not only offers righteousness, but He is the only One who can sustain our righteousness. We are utterly helpless to give ourselves a “right-standing” before Almighty God. 

Paul says in the book of Galatians that by submitting ourselves to righteousness by works, laws, or rule-keeping, we make the grace of God of “no effect!” He also says that we would have to keep the ENTIRE book of the laws, not just the ones we think are the “big ones.” Meaning if you believe rule-keeping will give you righteousness, you have to abide by all six-hundred and thirteen laws(a)! It is not possible!!

It never has been possible and it never will be possible (b)! My point (and the Apostle Paul’s point) is this, you were brought into the family of God, by Grace through faith (it’s God’s GRACE and your FAITH) to experience freedom: Freedom from rules and laws. Freedom to be in an intimate, loving, powerful relationship with God. Christianity is about God making a way to get to YOU, not you working to get to Him! 

He has always wanted His Spirit inside of human flesh! 
That was the purpose of the cross! 
That was the purpose of resurrection! 
That was the purpose of Pentecost! 
To get His Spirit inside of YOU!!

 :one:Christianity was never meant to be a performance-based religion, but rather a faith-based relationship, empowered by God’s Spirit (Holy Spirit) living in us and through us!

 :two:Christianity is learning how to listen to Holy Spirit (like Jesus did), follow the Holy Spirit (like Jesus did), and say and do what the Holy Spirit says and does (just like Jesus did)!!

Oh my goodness! Do you see the pattern?!?

When we are consumed with the Holy Spirit, there’s no time, nor place, nor energy for rules! Holy Spirit will cause the holiness and righteousness that’s on the inside of you, in your spirit, to start oozing out in your day-to-day life! It’s honestly the most beautiful picture of grace that leads to freedom. It will actually cause you to live a holy lifestyle by default! 

Take it from a person who has tried her best to get all the rules just right. I crossed all my “T’s” and dotted all my “I’s.” It’s exhausting!  Seriously, as my mammaw says, “It’s for the birds!” It doesn’t work and in the end, it boils down to being “self”-righteous! 

But boy-oh-boy, it’s SOOO freeing to realize God has done everything, provided for everything, given me everything I need for my new life in Him(c)! It’s God’s righteousness given to us through Jesus and placed in us by the power of the Holy Spirit! It’s a work of God in three Persons! God made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin, become sin so that you and I could become the righteousness of God. When we realize that we have been freed from the bondage of rules and law-keeping, we become free to live empowered by the Spirit of God on the inside of us.

Part of the Holy Spirit’s job is to reveal to you that you are the recipient of God’s nature and when He indwells you and leads you, you are free from following the desires of your flesh (aka sinning). The prophet Jeremiah prophesied of this, saying that God would put His instructions inside of us and that He will forgive us and never again remember our sins. (31:33)

Wow, how amazing is that? “Never Again remembering our sins!”  Righteousness is ours, simply by faith, receiving what Jesus has done.


References for personal study and meditation. A. If we seek to be made righteous by the law, we must obey the entire law. Righteousness is available by grace through faith in Jesus.“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.” Galatians 5:1-4 NKJVB. The law cannot produce righteousness. The law shows us our sinful nature and our need for a Savior.“So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” Galatians 3:11 NLT“For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.” Romans 3:20 NLT“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV. God has given us everything we need for our new life in Him.
“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.” 2 Peter 1:3

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