Something

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I am something to God, not a nothing.

The world is full of “put-downs” that make me feel second best.

God does not think of me as a worthless piece of dirt. The value He puts on me as a unique person of His making, is shown in the fact that He Himself, the mighty God, came down to make me His own.

He forgives my wrongdoing and raises me up and brings me into His own family, His daughter or son, and brother or sister with Jesus and heir to the whole creation.

Jesus has made it possible for me to have this as a gift, if I repent from my sins and believe in Him.

I belong to Jesus, and can ask for all things in His glorious name. I am His precious child, and that will never change, because it is by His grace He has saved me.

Some day I shall be made the person I am supposed to be and shall reign over His everlasting kingdom and no one will put me down or label me as second class.

I love Him because He loved me first and bought my forgiveness by shedding His own blood. So I am something to God. And not just something, but someone who will rule with Him forever.

Christian restoration

Psalm 51:12-13 NIV “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.”

We all wander from our God at some point. And at some point we must be restored. To loose the joy of knowing the salvation we have in God and the eternal joys that wait for us in the future, is debilitating for our souls. We can experience doubt, fear, and regret which can burn up our faith and strength to resist these temptations. It can take time to sort out why these elements of unbelief get hold of our souls, but as we resist them, we overcome. 

When the joy returns we have the Spirit of God renewed in us and He fills our lives once more. This Spirit is our motivation and stamina to stay the course in the Christian life and serve God with all our strength and skill. 

Service springs from joy. We are loved by God and so the realisation of that causes us to love Him. This spills over to loving others also, not just Christians but those who are lost from God. It all comes from God and not from ourselves. But we pray for a willing spirit – a true desire that all will learn God’s ways through lives lived in faith. 

People will see it and want it for themselves. Christians are attractive to others, as they see a strength they don’t recognise. As we exhibit the strength of God, other people can see it is not our own might or power, but a mighty over-arching strength from outside ourselves. To be able to stand in the face of aggravation, disappointment and ill will, is quite a feat and people close to us notice it. Some will even ask you about it giving an opportunity to testify…

We live in selfish times, but some are getting tired of the opposition to a fulfilling life outside of the demands of work. There must be more and there is. If you are a Christian, you know what it is and the joy of the Spirit will help you share the good news. 

It’s not hard to work out….

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.”

Will you pray this prayer..? 

Job 25: God over all…

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“Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven. Can his forces be numbered? On whom does his light not rise? How then can a mortal be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure? If even the moon is not bright and the stars are not pure in his eyes, how much less a mortal, who is but a maggot— a human being, who is only a worm!”

God is over all. All things belong to Him, and nothing exists that He didn’t make. All worship and glory belong to Him. All authority and power and dominion is His and His armies out number all else. No one can stand against His power or presence.

If we see the light of day, it is His light. There is no other light but His light. That one fact should prompt us to seek Him, and escape our souls night. To stand before Him unforgiven, in the certainty of His presence will prove to us why he is to be feared. We dare not risk that possibility.

How can such sinners like us be made righteous.?
How will we be able to face this God?
How will we excuse our sin and hide from the wrath to come?

All humans are in the same situation. We all share in the chain of human sinfulness and the moral disease is passed to us right from the start of our existence.

The beauty of the stars in the heavens, are tainted with the disease that affects all of the creation. The moon, which gives light in the darkness of night, is in itself, contaminated by the laws of decay and motion. The whole system is winding down and one day will stop when the creator decides that time is done.

How will we then stand?

 

Women who glorify God