Topic: Knowing the character of God
Text: I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. (Psalm 119:15,)
How well do you know God? Do you see Him as an “out there” being who is gambling with your life? Is He a cranky old judge, ready to dole out an indictment? Or is He kind and gentle, gracious and forgiving?
Who we think God is impacts everything about the way we live our lives.What we choose to believe about God’s identity – who He says He is – is the framework for how we live out our faith.
Understanding the character of God and His inherent attributes influences how we see ourselves and the way we approach every situation. It determines our response to temptations and trials, obstacles and conflicts. It even influences how we respond to blessings. Do we take the credit or give God the glory?
It’s kind of ironic, don’t you think, that we spend most of our time focusing on ourselves and striving to define our own identity. We allow our roles and responsibilities to determine our value. We allow our past to predict our future. We allow our pain to define our potential. We allow opinions and accomplishments and metrics to measure our worth. And what does that effort amount too? Nothing.
We are a defeated, depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, distracted, stressed-out and downright joyless people who have created an idol of self in search for meaning.
By devoting ourselves to the study of His commands and reflecting on His ways we can purposefully shift the focus off ourselves and onto God. As the truth becomes our plumb line, we can overcome biases about God’s character and our misunderstandings about His promises.
So, may this very moment be the one in which we choose to seek a fresh encounter with God through the study of HIs Word, so that He may truly transform our thinking and living to align with His best. All is well.
Topic: Wait on the Lord
Text: “Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (Psalm 33: 20-22)
Our heavenly Father has made incredible promises to us, his children. And while our God is completely faithful to deliver on his promises, he does not force them on us. He’s promised his nearness, his affections, and an eternal life spent with him. But we have the power to choose our own way. He doesn’t force himself where there’s no space. God’s word won’t have power in our lives if we don’t read it. We won’t hear God effectively if we’re not listening. And we can’t experience his nearness if we constantly fill our lives with other things.
God longs to shield us from the attacks of the enemy. He longs to protect us from what would tear us down. But like a shield, he can only protect us if we are willing to stay behind him. He can only help us if we are willing to be helped. We must wait on him. We must allow him to go before us and guide us. All is well.
Everlasting Father, our glorious King. We are really grateful for You care for us.
May Your goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives
In Jesus’ name,
The Lord’s my Shepherd; I’ll not want:
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green, He leadeth me
In pastures green, He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.
Topic: Jesus paid it all
Text: As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom 3:10)
I used to own an awesome white dress. The fabric and fit were just right, and wearing it always made me happy. Unfortunately, I always got something on it. That dress seemed to invite dirty, messy things to come my way. One dribble of food from lunch would shine like a neon sign for the rest of the day. When an ink pen burst in the pocket, that lovely dress met its final day.
No amount of washing or bleaching could ever restore its pure white.
Our lives used to be a lot like ink-stained fabrics. Our sins and mistakes left ugly blotches we could never wash away. We were what the Bible calls “unrighteous.
No one is righteous. Not. A. Single. One. Our sins have stained us and separated us from a holy, pure, and perfect God. No amount of work or scrubbing on our part can make us clean. We are utterly without hope … until we meet Jesus.
God’s only Son, lived without sin, took on ours. When He died on the cross, He became sin for us. His purity and righteousness were able to do what we couldn’t. He won the victory over sin and made us clean.
Apart from Christ, we’re a mess, but the Righteous One, Jesus, offers to make us spotless and pure. Outside of Christ we remain unrighteous. What a wonderful Saviour? All is well.
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