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Saturday, July 20, 2024 - July 20th 2024 Getting Real With God


(Lamentations 3:40) “Let us examine our ways...and return to the Lord.”

One thing no one likes is someone else judging us and telling us that we are wrong or in error in certain areas of our lives.
 
But let me ask you this morning, “how else will we wake up to the “idiosyncrasies” of life (we all tend to walk in at times) that are classed as sin?
 
If some one or something doesn’t tell us then how will we know.
 
That’s when “self examination”… honesty before God and obedience comes to play.
 
The bible tells us “let a man examine himself and see if he be in the faith” (2nd Corinthians 13:5)
 
The truth is, not many of us are willing to take the time to look in the mirror, or the “Word of God”… which is able to save our souls according to (James 1:21)
 
James is a book that teaches a lot about living our witness and faith… as well as talking about it.

In other words "walking the talk".
 
And all thru the New Testament… Jesus (and then Paul) talked about being honest and forthright with God... concerning our witness and testimony of Gods forgiveness and mercy.
 
I have had many people tell me or ask me over the years, “why wouldn’t God love me or let me into Heaven?
 
And I have responded by telling them that its not God that keeps us out, or condemns us to Hell… its ourselves...  by not acting on the word that He gives us.

So this morning, I have set a few questions before all of us that we need to answer individually and honestly to measure were we really stand in our so called “goodness”.
 
Following are twelve specific categories/activities we all deal with in life, that affect our walk as Christians and as a solid credible witness for Christ.
 
I dare you to be honest and ask your self "in which specific areas do I need to change, grow, and mature"?
 
You be the judge… you be the person that prays this morning  “Lord, make me a better person”.
 
In order to get real with God, you must answer these twelve questions carefully and prayerfully:
 
(1)         Am I honest and above reproach in all my financial dealings? That includes giving God a tithe      of my income.
 
(2)         Do I put myself in sexually inappropriate situations or expose myself to harmful material?
 
(3)         Do I spend enough time with my family, and would they say that I do?
 
(4)         Do I tell the truth even when it brings me hurt or criticism?
 
(5)         Do I find it easy to say, “I was wrong… I’m genuinely sorry” or do I hold grudges?
 
(6)         Am I knowingly compromising any area of my life or refusing to face the consequences of my                actions?

(7)          Have I formed habits that are detrimental to my health, my job, my family, or my walk with                   Christ?
 
(8)          Am I proud, selfish, or arrogant?
 
(9)          Have I taken credit for things that others did and should have been rewarded for?
 
(10)        Have I failed to confess to God something that I know is sinful and wrong?
 
(11)        Have I been insensitive or abusive to my loved ones? And if I have, what am I willing to do                   about it?
 
(12)        Am I spending enough time in prayer and in the Scriptures?
 
(Lamentations 3:40) “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord”.

These are questions to simply keep us honest with our selves and with God.
 
The word for you today is this—get real with God!
 
Good Day!
 
 
Friday, July 19, 2024 - July 19th 2024 Laying It All Down For Him


(Philippians 3:8) "I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ."
 
There is an expression used amongst the clergy and those whom travel to foreign lands as missionaries… those that are “committed” to preaching the gospel over seas and on those foreign soils.
 
That expression is “one-way missionaries”?
 
They purchased a “one-way ticket” to the mission field… and instead of packing a suitcase, they packed their belongings into a coffin knowing they would never return home.
 
A.W. Milne was one of them.
 
He went to the “New Hebrides” in the South Pacific, knowing that headhunters had martyred every missionary before him.
 
But he didn’t fear for his life because he had already died to himself.
 
For thirty-five years he lived among them and ministered to them.
 
When he died, the tribe buried him in the middle of their village and inscribed these words on his tombstone, “When he came there was no light.”
 
Nowhere in Scripture does God send us to safe places to do easy things.
 
Faced with the cross, Jesus prayed the ultimate prayer of commitment: “Not my will, but thine be done” (Luke 22:42)
 
And today… He’s asking you and I to be totally committed to Him.
 
Paul wrote, “What things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.
 
Yet indeed I also count all things loss, for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord… for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ…that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings”
(Philippians 3:7-10)
 
It’s when you’re willing to fellowship with Christ in His sufferings that you get to experience the power of His resurrection.
 
So the word for you today is this—be “totally” committed!
 
The reason you and I have so much freedom in this day and age, is because of the commitment that men and women of the past held to, to bring the good news of the Gospel of Christ to our for-fathers and you and I as well.
 
They heard a call in their spirit to “go ye into all the world and preach the gospel”, and they could not rest until they answered that call.
 
What about you?
 
Has God been speaking to you about stepping up to the plate and answering His call; to answer His call… to be a more of an outspoken witness of His great love for your fellowman?
 
A call to serve in the church or on a committee.
 
A call to be more consistent as a spiritual leader for your family and a spiritual covering for your wife and kids.
 
Living life as a committed child of God is not the easiest thing to do and our commitment to it is challenged each and every day.
 
But there is no greater satisfaction or purpose in life, than to satisfy His call to be a witness of and for Him… whether here on home soil… or over seas on foreign lands.
 
The spirit of God spoke to Isaiah asking who will go? (Isaiah 6:8)
 
God is still asking that question today.
 
“What about you, will you go?”
 
“Will you speak for me?”
 
“Will you be my voice in this lost and dark world of sin and debauchery?”
 
Millions are still searching for Him, and you have the answer.
 
Will you keep it to yourself?
 
Or will you join the ranks of those who have gone before you to declare the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
God is not so much concerned about your ability, as He is for your availability.
 
And you are needed.
 
Today I urge you to surrender your will.
 
Surrender your dreams and your plans to a “higher purpose”… and make a commitment to God to be His hands and voice… extended to a lost world where millions are looking for direction, purpose, fulfillment, hope and peace.
 
Starting today, why not take a bold step to “Go ye into all the world”, starting with the world around you… your family, your community and… be that catalyst of change and hope.
(Romans 10:15) says “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”
 
And don't forget the beautiful feet of the unnumbered saints who have gone before… proclaiming the good news of Christ and His soon return.
 
Will your feet be among them?
 
Will you make that commitment to God today and tell Him “not my will Father, but thine be done”.
 
Good Day!


Thursday, July 18, 2024 - July 18th 2024 He is Faithful


(Genesis 22:11-12) “He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me."
 
After years of having an immature faith, Abraham had grown to fully trust that what God said He would do… He will do.
 
In (Genesis 15:6) we read that after God had promised Abraham to give him innumerable descendants… Abraham believed God, and it was credited to Abraham as righteousness.
 
Just as God had promised, Isaac was born (Genesis 21:1–2).
 
Then we read in (Genesis 22:2) that some years later, God tested Abraham’s faith, telling Him to take Isaac to Mount Moriah and sacrifice him to the Lord there.
 
Now to most of us today, this was a horrifying and grievous and unthinkable request… yet Abraham did not waver... started off in the morning to do exactly what God had told him to do (Genesis 22:3–6).
 
How could a good God make such a terrible demand of someone He loves as He did Abraham?
 
First of all we need to understand that God is not limited to our natural understanding and wisdom.
 
Paul says in (Romans 8:7) “that the wisdom of men is at enmity with God”
 
God says in (Isaiah 55:8-9) “my thoughts are not your thoughts sayeth the Lord and ways are higher than your ways”.
 
Numbers 23:9) tells us that “God is not a man that He should lie nor the son of a man that He should have to repent… what He said he would do… shall he not do it.”
 
Prior to these events concerning the promise of Isaac and his birth… and while journeying to the land where they were now located… Abraham had experienced several circumstances that revealed a disappointing weakness of faith… you can read about them in Genesis, chapters18 thru 21.
 
However God did not reject him or punish him for that immaturity.
 
God did however, provide Abraham with opportunities to mature and grow in faith… and then puts him to the test so he can demonstrate or prove that growth.
 
Abraham learned that God is faithful, and even when we are unsure of how God is going to keep His word… we can still be certain that He is faithful and that He will keep His word.
 
As they were making the journey to Mount Moriah, Isaac observes that there is no lamb for the sacrifice... and he asks his father about that oddity (Genesis 22:7).
 
Abraham responded to his son that “God will provide” Himself a lamb (Genesis 22:8).
 
When they arrived at the right place, Abraham bound his son and was about to take the prescribed action and kill Isaac.
 
Now…the author of Hebrews unveils this epic story and challenge giving us insight as to what Abraham was thinking—how he could be willing to kill his son… and yet at the same time know or be convinced that God will provide Himself a lamb so that He would not have to kill his son?
 
When God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac… Abraham knew that God was able to raise people from the dead (Hebrews 11:19).
 
God had already promised Abraham that Isaac would be the covenant son, and that from Isaac… God would raise up a mighty nation in fulfillment of the promises God had made to Abraham.
 
God had already miraculously kept His promise—that Isaac was even born was a miracle in itself.
 
Abraham had learned that God is faithful.
 
At first, Abraham simply exercised faith (Genesis 15:6), and God counted that to Abraham as righteousness (as He does with us when we believe in Him).
 
But part of growing in our relationship with God… is increasing in confidence that He is able and willing to accomplish what He has said despite circumstances we see.
 
Because Abraham had seen God’s faithfulness in the past… and when this uncharacteristic request of a human sacrifice was made, Abraham trusted God that He knew what He was doing.
 
Abraham knew that, even despite this strange and awful request, God would provide and God would keep His word.
 
But would Abraham truly believe!
 
And then the miracle!

Before Abraham could bring the knife down to strike his son, the angel or messenger of the Lord called out to Him from heaven acknowledging that Abraham had passed the test and should not kill Isaac (Genesis 22:11–12).
 
Of course, God never intended that Abraham would actually kill Isaac.
 
He simply wanted to show Abraham that… no matter how impossible the circumstances are… Abraham could trust God.
 
And folks this illustration is a message of hope for you and I today.
 
As Abraham was about to follow thru with His commitment and obedience to God (Genesis 22:11) tells us… “But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." 
 
He said, "Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me."
 
Now the question that sits on the table before us this morning folks is this.
 
Do you really believe?
 
Do you believe that God has the best for you in mind?
 
Do you really believe in His promises to you and I?
 
Have you come to the place that you trust God no matter what the circumstances are and or what He asks of you and I?
 
(Hebrews 11:6) tells us “that with out faith it is impossible to please God”
 
(Hebrews 10:35-36) tells us to “cast not away our confidence in Him that has great recompense of reward, for you have need of patience… that after you have done the will of God you will receive the reward
 
Abraham learned that God is faithful, and even when we are unsure of how God is going to keep His word… we can be certain that He is faithful and that He will keep His word.
 
Good Day!
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 - July 17th 2024 Because You Have Obeyed Me


(Genesis 22:16–18) “This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me…
 
“I swear by my own name that I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. And through your descendants… all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.”
 
Earlier God had asked Abraham to take his son Isaac with him and offer him up as a sacrifice to God on Mount Moriah.

Now before we go any further, I know there are some whom are aghast at this story of obedience, faith, trust and sacrifice!

Know this however... God never intended for Abraham to have to go thru with the act of sacrificing His Son.

However Abraham trusted God so fully and beyond the shadow of a doubt that he had no issue with responding to the challenge.

Abraham believed God!

He believed the promise of God concerning Isaacs future, and he did not question God one iota!
 
As Abraham and Isaac headed up the mountain, before Abraham knew how God would intervene, he assured his son that God would provide the sacrifice.
 
And sure enough, God provided a lamb: “Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son.
 
Abraham named the place Jehovah-Jirah (which means ‘the Lord will provide’)” (Genesis 22:13–14)
 
It’s true… The Lord expects a lot from those who claim to trust Him.
 
The rigors and risk of faith are truly daunting, or else it isn’t really faith.
 
But God doesn’t merely provide!
 
No… He delights to surprise us by exceeding our expectations.

He rewards risky faith… with blessings beyond our ability to guess.
 
I like what Paul says in (1st Corinthians 2:9) “For the eye has not seen, nor has the ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man all the things that God has prepared for those that love Him.
 
Why? Because the Lord keeps His promises, and in doing so… He exceeds our expectations.
 
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20)
 
Good Day!
 


Tuesday, July 16, 2024 - July 16th 2024 Fulfilling The Impossible


(Genesis 21:6) And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter. All who hear about this will laugh with me."
 
At long last, at the appointed time, Abraham and Sarah received the fulfilment of God’s promise.
 
Ninety-year-old Sarah gave birth to a son… and in obedience to God they named him Isaac… which means “he laughs.”
 
Years earlier, when God had told Abraham that Sarah would give birth to a son… he fell over laughing.
 
Then God came again to announce, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife Sarah will have a son” (Genesis18:10) and Sarah too laughed in disbelief.
 
I mean come on… she was the age of most great-grandmothers by that time!
 
Neither she nor Abraham could imagine her birthing and nursing her own infant at that age.
 
When God accomplished the impossible through this aging couple, their disbelieving snickering… became joyful laughter…laughter of pleasure and praise.
 
They now saw greater meaning in the name Isaac… which means “he will laugh or he will rejoice”.
 
Folks we have to understand that nothing occurs outside God’s plan… and everything happens exactly at the time He plans it to happen.    

That’s what theologians mean when they apply the term “sovereignty” to God.
 
He (God)… has a plan, and He has the power and the will to carry it out.
 
Some people don’t like the concept of sovereignty and the existence of a foreordained divine plan.
 
It makes them feel unimportant, as though they don’t have a say in their own destiny.
 
But God’s foreordained plan does not reduce us to robots who must follow a program.
 
We finally are reaching true maturity when we look at God’s plan… not as something that diminishes humanity by taking away our free will… but as a means by which He will restore true freedom—and carry out His impossible plans.
 
In Matthew (19:26) Jesus said “All things are possible to them that believe”
 
If you believe, then God is able to do all things.
 
He does them according to His plan and according to His purpose and according to His will.
 
It's through faith in Jesus Christ that you are able to do things that you never dreamed you could accomplish before meeting Jesus.
 
In fact Jesus said that greater things than these shall ye do after the Holy Spirit comes upon you (John 14:12)
 
The bible tells us in (Hebrews 11:6) that with out faith… it is impossible to please Him, for He that cometh to Him must believe that He is…and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.
 
God proved Himself to Sarah and Abraham by causing the impossible to become credible.
 
God gave us this illustration long ago to remind us today that He is still more than able, to fulfill his promise to you and I today.
 
What is that promise you might wonder.
 
Well for each of us through out our relationship with God… He has given us dreams visions and desires… and yes promises from His Word that have burned deep into our soul and spirit.
 
But the enemy of our soul has managed to convince some of you that it is just not possible.
 
But I challenge you today… who are you going to believe?
 
By faith reach out today and except… believe the promise of God… “I can (and you can) do all things thru Christ whom strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)
 
Never forget the promise of God from (Jeremiah 29:11) “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord…plans to prosper you and give you a future not plans for evil!”
 
Good Day!
Monday, July 15, 2024 - July 15th 2024 Eight Reasons We should Praise Him


(Psalm 113:3) “From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised.”
 
We live in a world where adulation of others is paramount.
 
From rock stars to sport figures and Hollywood personalities, we worship and praise others as if they were the most important things in life.
 
But why is it when it comes to acknowledging the Creator, our God and the Master of the universe, we hesitate and are so opposed to praising Him and His name… giving Him adulation and honor.
 
We have so much to praise God for and there is great power in giving honor to Him.
 
And frankly when we realize how “finite” we are and how “powerless” we are as human beings… I don’t understand why more people don’t run to Him and worship Him knowing that there is “help in the time of trouble”.
 
(Psalm 46:1-11) “God is our refuge and strength, a well-proven help in trouble.  
 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains shake with its swelling.
 
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy dwelling place of the Most High.
 
God is in the midst of her; she will not be moved; God will help her in the early dawn.

The nations roared; the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice; the earth melted.
 
The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
 
Come, see the works of the Lord, who makes desolations in the earth.
 
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts off the spear; He burns the chariot in the fire.
 
Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
 
The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge!
 
What we as human beings really need is what matters most… our hearts in tune with our Creator and King.
 
And when we are constantly conscious of Him and when we praise Him in the midst of our on going life filled with all of its activities… we find a closeness and confidence in and with our Creator that brings lasting peace in the security of His ever present help in the time of trouble.
 
Here is what “The Power of Praise” can do when you actively and consciously engage in it.
 
1.    Praise gets our focus off ourselves and back on God.  
In our often self focused world, we need this constant reminder – “life is not all about us”.  
 
He is worthy of our praise, no matter what we face from day to day.
 
(Psalm 35:28) "And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long."
 
 (Psalm 150:2) tells us “Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness!” 
 
2.    Praise brings us to a place of humility.  
We remember our dependency on God, as we acknowledge our need for Him.  
 
As we praise Him as Creator and King of this world, we admit and recognize that we’re not in control, but He is.  
 
(Psalm 95:2-3)  “Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!
 
For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”
 
(Psalm 35:18) "I will give you thanks in the great congregation: I will praise you among much people."
 
3.    Praise makes the enemy flee.  
It pushes back the darkness that surrounds and blocks the attacks of the enemy coming against us.
 
Evil will not stick around if we’re praising our God, who will fight our battles for us. 
 
In the story of Jehoshaphat… we see God miraculously defeat the enemy, because of the people’s obedience to praise Him.
 
“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated”  (2nd Chronicles 20:22)
 
4.    Praise leaves no room for complaining and negativity.  
Sometimes even within our prayers, we can tend to complain about our problems.  
 
God knows our hearts, and He cares about all that concerns us.
 
But through praise, we’re focused on Him… no longer allowing attention to be centered around our struggles. 
 
We’re reminded of what He has already done in our lives.  
 
We’re reminded that He knows what concerns us, and is capable of taking care of all that burdens us.
 
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.” (Psalm. 103:2-4)
 
"By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name." (Hebrews 13:15)
 
5.    Praise makes room for God’s blessings over our lives. 
Praise opens the gateway of blessing as we come into the presence of our King.
 
(Psalm 100:4) “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” 
 
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:" (Ephesians. 1:3)
 
6.    Praise invites His presence.  
(Psalm 22:3) “He inhabits the praises of His people.”   

God dwells close to us when we praise Him. 
 
(1st Peter. 2:9) "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" 
 
7.    Our spirits are refreshed and renewed in His presence. 
We're strengthened by His peace and refueled by His joy.  
 
Through a heart of praise, we realize that God doesn’t just change our situations and work through our problems.
 
He changes our hearts. 
 
(Psalm. 16:11) “In His presence, there is fullness of joy.” 
 
(Psalm. 63:3-4) "Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands." 
 
8.    It paves the way for God's power to be displayed.
Miracles ?happen… people's lives are affected and changed.  
 
God shakes things up through praise. 
 
As Paul and Silas sat in prison, shackled, and chained, they kept right on praising God.  
 
And God sent an earthquake that shook the cells and broke the chains. 
 
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them… and suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken.

And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone's bonds were unfastened.”  (Acts 16:25-26)
 
We have a choice every day in this life. 
 
To live absorbed in worry and stress on the fast track of busyness focused only on what surrounds us as we are tuned into the roar of the world. 
 
Or, we can ask God to help us get our eyes off all that may be swirling around, us with our problems and the misinformed voices of others.
 
And we can look up... to Him, the One who holds it all together, and who holds us in his hands.
 
God desires our whole heart.  
 
He waits for us to return.  
 
He longs for us to know the power of His presence over our lives. 
 
He desires to bless us more than we could imagine.
 
His Spirit urges us onward, calling us closer.
 
Today lift your face heaven ward.
 
Begin to praise Him for His goodness.
 
Begin to praise Him for who He is, the creator of your life… my life.

Tell Him how much you are thankful for all He has done and prepared for you to enjoy life.
 
Look up...open your mouth...and sing, declare His praises.
 
Dear God,
We praise you today with our hearts and songs, we praise you for your faithfulness, we praise you for your great power and love.
 
We confess our need for you, our lives don't go so well when we just spin around on our own.
 
We struggle and worry, get weary and worn yet you never leave us.
 
Thank you for your presence.
 
Thank you for your care over us… thank you that you breathe “renewal” right into our souls.
 
We ask for your spirit to fill us, to draw us close to yourself, and to work your purposes through us, as we set our eyes on you.
 
In Jesus' name we pray.
 
Good Day!
 


Sunday, July 14, 2024 - July 14th 2024 You Are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made


(Psalm 139:14) “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." 
 
(Psalm 139) says that God made all the delicate, inner parts of our body.
 
He knit us together within our mother’s womb.
 
You and I were made wonderfully “complex”.
 
God knew each of us as He was painstakingly designing us with much loving care.
 
We didn’t just evolve into what we are… you and I were created and designed with a purpose.
 
And though the blueprints of each of us are similar to other human beings, they’re not exactly the same.
 
I am unique—and so are you.
 
The human body is a unique design of multiple systems that all work intricately together.
 
The cardiovascular system gives you the energy to move.
 
The muscular system gives you the ability to move, lift, and hold things.
 
The digestive system processes food into energy and discards waste.
 
The immune system keeps you healthy.
 
The hormonal system determines your gender.
 
The eyes cause you to see.
 
The nose lets you smell.
 
The tongue and mouth let you eat and taste.
 
The ears enable you to hear.
 
And your skin enables you to feel textures. 
 
You have the ability to encounter an incredibly diverse world with an equally amazing diverse body!
 
Then you were also blessed with a brain so you can think, process, and create.
 
Scientist the world wide all agree that the brain is the most complex and orderly arrangement of matter in the universe.
 
Your emotions help you to relate to other people and feel compassion.
 
All of these systems (plus many more) were uniquely designed to make you who you are.
 
God created you on purpose with love.
 
You have the innate ability to discern right from wrong although, that ability is hindered somewhat until you connect with your Creator.
 
He didn’t just design you to do your own thing.
 
He created you so you would desire an “ongoing relationship” with Him.
 
You were made with a hole in the center of your soul that only one thing
fits…
 
And that very specific one thing is God Himself!
 
You were designed with an intense need of your Creator, God.
 
Without a relationship with Him, you will always be searching for something to fill that void. 
 
Drugs, alcohol, food, money, sex, material goods, occupations, hobbies, travel, success, fame—these are some of the ways in which we try to fill that empty space inside.
 
But none of those things will ever fill it.
 
They are like round pegs in square holes.
 
The vacant areas at the edges will still leave you desiring more of something else.
 
Whatever you attempt to put in there will dissipate… because it never completely fills the space.
 
Those things were never meant to fill the space... they never can.
 
Sadly, many continue to shove mismatched pegs into that hole.
 
A little of this, a little of that… hoping that one day they will feel complete.
 
They surmise that this thing over here didn’t work… but maybe this other thing will do it.
 
They just haven’t found the right thing yet, but one day they hope they will.
 
One day… I’ll have enough money to feel safe and secure.
 
One day… I’ll find the perfect spouse that will complete me.
 
One day… I’ll get my dream sports car and life will be grand.
 
One day… I’ll be on television and people will know my name.
 
One day… I’ll be the best in my field and people will scout me out.
 
But friend believe me when I say, “One day” will never come.
 
If you’re not happy with who you are today, right here and right now, you never will be.
 
You’ll never be happy with who you are today unless you begin to praise God for creating you just as you are.
 
People want to look at everyone and everything else, before they turn to God.
 
(Isaiah 64:7-8) “Yet no one calls on your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore, you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins. And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.” 
 
Fortunately, God made a way for us to repent and turn to Him by sending His very own Son to make the way.
 
When you do finally realize that without God you are unable to make the most of yourself, that’s when things begin to change.
 
The clay cannot mold itself no matter how hard it tries.
 
However, God the Potter cannot only mold His clay... but He also knows what His original design of you was.
 
He is both a Potter and an Architect with a Master Plan. (Jeremiah 29:11)
 
Sometimes in this fallen world, people are born with birth defects that disrupt one or more of the intricate systems of the body.
 
God foresaw even those defects and uses them for good when we look to Him. 
 
Even our weaknesses are fearfully and wonderfully made.
 
A blind person can develop hearing beyond the normal capacity.
 
Co-joined twins can teach us about getting along with one another, for they have to do it 24/7.
 
Someone born without arms develops the ability to use their feet in wondrous ways.
 
Another born without legs develops the upper body strength to get around smoothly.
 
We all have weaknesses that sometimes make us feel like we are of no use.
 
But God’s grace is sufficient to cover our weaknesses.
 
More than that, God’s power is made perfect in our weaknesses.
 
Weaknesses keep me humble and leaning on God’s strength which is much more sufficient than my own.

Will I always feel like I am "Fearfully and Wonderfully" made?
 
No. Sin and pride always want to drag me back into my own way of thinking.
 
The same thinking that kept me reaching for those mismatched pegs.
 
Those thoughts tell me that I can do whatever I want, by myself, without God.
 
They lie and they don’t even make sense.
 
They say I can do anything but then turn around and also say that I’m not good enough to do what I want to do.
 
Feelings can’t be trusted unless they line up with the Word of God.
 
And the Word of God tells me that I’m fearfully and wonderfully made for a specific purpose.
 
Therefore, with God’s help, I will walk in that purpose as much as I can.
 
Whether I always feel it or not, I can trust God and His plans for my very life.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)
 
Good day!
 




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