It’s a fact: Satan tries to remind us of our past mistakes, our past sins and intimidating us that they are not forgiven. We then if we believe those lies begin to step back, become weak or even retreat from God in shame.
But we have this promise 👇🏼
1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrightesouness”
We have a responsibility to confess, bring them into the light and repent from them.
“…he is faithful and just.”
It’s not because we were faithful to come to him that sets us free, it’s because when we do come to him, he is faithful and just.
It’s all because of what happened at Calvary that sin has no power over the believer.
Today remind yourself that because he has risen we no longer have to be that person. That sin no longer has a hold on you. You stand today forgiven and cleansed from all unrighteousness — holy in his sight!
PSALM 139:14 “I PRAISE YOU, FOR I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE; WONDERFUL ARE YOUR WORKS, MY SOUL KNOWS IT VERY WELL”
I believe that what is said of us from others can alter the perception of who God says we are.
Identity – the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.
We can be Influenced by so many voices. Telling us of how we should look, act, or speak. Society today is telling us that we are not fearfully and wonderfully made but we may have been a mistake, or an accident.
YOU WERE BORN ON PURPOSE FOR A PURPOSE!
THE WORD OF GOD CLEARLY TELLS US THAT WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE AND THAT HIS WORKS ARE WONDERFUL.
MY NOSE — NOT A MISTAKE, FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE
MY BODY— FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE
MY PERSONALITY – FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE
— JUST AS A POTTER PUTS A PIECE OF CLAY ON THE WHEEL, THERE’S A PURPOSE BEHIND EVERY INDENTION OF THAT CLAY.
WHEN GOD FORMS SOMETHING HE SHAPES IT SPECIFICALLY FOR HIS PURPOSE.
WE ARE ALL MADE DIFFERENTLY WITH UNIQUE SKILLS, PERSONALITIES AND TRAITS THAT GOD USES FOR HIS GOOD AND GLORY. HE DIDN’T CREATE YOU ALONG WITH THE MASSES, HE IS INTENTIONAL WITH ALL THAT HE DOES.
WE ARE HIS MASTERPIECE
“FOR WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, CREATED UB CHRIST JESUS FOR GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND, THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.” — Ephesians 2:10
— WHEN THE WORLD TELLS US THAT WE ARE DEFINED BY OUR STRUGGLES, ACCOMPLISHMENTS OR APPEARANCE, HIDE IN GOD — THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR LIFE AND SOURCE OF TRUE VALUE IDENTITY AND WORTH. IN HIM ONLY OUR TRUE IDENTITY IS FOUND AND OUR WORTH CAN NEVER BE SHAKEN.
I AM WHO GOD SAYS I AM.
I CAN DO WHAT GOD SAYS I CAN DO.
I CAN BECOME EXACTLY WHAT GOD SAYS I CAN BECOME.
I’M NOT DEFINED BY MY FEELINGS, MY WEAKNESSES, OR MY INCLINATIONS.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Romans 8:28-29 NKJV
Some of us from time to time we may think about our future. Maybe it’s a goal or a desire that you haven’t seen fulfilled yet and the thought keeps nagging you. It feels like at times you missed the opportunity or the setbacks put you off track. Maybe it was a relationship and things didn’t work out like you wanted it too.
When our future looks bleak and we ask, “What is my purpose in life? Why am I here? I just want out! Am I any good to anybody? It all looks so hopeless.” We are looking at our world system credentials, our world system status as a person, and for the encouragement that comes from the world.
It isn’t your responsibility to plan your future. That has been planned before your life began (remember He saw every day of your life before you were born). You are being conformed to His image. Every incident, every setback, every disappointment, every unexpected tragedy are to be used to further His purpose of conforming you to His likeness in your life and in my life.
It may seem that God’s plan are interrupted but hold fast to the promise that God is working behind the scenes. And to believe that all things work together for good for those those who love God.
Life is short. And the older you get the more you realize just how short of a time we have on this Earth. We are here today and can be gone tomorrow.
James 4:14 “Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
Trips to grandma’s house for me and my sister when we were kids was something I had always looked forward too. The times that we would hang out all day and at times stay the night were the most memorable. At every occasion she would always talk about the Lord. She was a Saint, she had a prayer life that I admired. But how I wish I could go back and treasure those moments.
And now here we are, it’s been almost one year from my grandmothers passing and the trips that I have always looked forward to are now trips that are hard to bear. Theres no more of going to grandmas house. No more smelling of her fried chicken or talks about the Lord. She is home. Death can be seen as a dead end for some. But I see it as a homecoming.
Psalm 116 “Precious in the sight of the lord is the death of his saints.”
For those who are in Christ. It is a promise that we should always remind ourselves. That He has defeated death, hell and the grave. As 2021 comes to an end, for 2022 I’m believing a greater sense of His presence for me and for you. Just as death has been defeated he has defeated loneliness as well, we have Immanuel God is with us.
O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.”
But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill.
I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.”
In this text we read of a story of Absalom, David’s son who has rebelled against God and his own father to overthrow David on his throne in Jerusalem. Terrified as David was, David knew who to call in this troubled time. Even those of David’s closest friends would too forsake him and join the ranks of his son. Many thought that David was to far gone for God’s salvation but little do they know that the presence of trouble doesn’t prove the absence of God.
The presence of trouble doesn’t prove the absence of God.
God is the lifter of not only our heads but everything that involves life. He wants to lift our attitude, our hope, our hearts, our minds, our burdens, our feeble hands and most of all our burdens.
When you feel troubled, who do you call? Your spouse? Your pastor? Maybe a close friend? But remember who the lifter of our souls are and that is the Lord.
He is waiting for you, to call out to Him. He will always answer.
Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
— We don’t approach God with good works so that no man can boast.
We approach Him with clean hands (innocent: – blameless, clean, clear, innocent, free, guiltless)
We approach Him with a Pure heart
Matt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
In the Old Testament before the high priests were able to walk in the Holy place God required consecration. And He still requires it! A setting apart, lets face it, we are not of this World! We are to be salt and light to this generation.
This is living the Christian way; keeping a pure heart.
But thank God that through Jesus we are clothed in His Righteousness!
2 cor 5:21
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Many people strive for success, but are we striving in the right direction?
For some it’s all about selfish ambition, doing anything to reach the top, being the most famous, getting the most sales, having the fanciest car, having the biggest house in the subdivision, most followers on social media, etc. These are the ways of those who are striving in a different direction to get to the top. The challenges they face will be fought in their own power and will.
HOW TO HAVE SUCCESS
There is a God who knows our every need and wants to bless us. He sees our weaknesses and struggles and offers help everyday. Whether it be with our job, our family, our business. In Him there is no striving but resting in His Grace, knowing that whatever challenges you may face, He has already gone before you and by faith we will overcome.
In Joshua 1, God tells Joshua, who is now leading the people after Moses’ death, to “Be strong and courageous” and then He says ” Being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.” This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
God gives us two ways to have success
#1 – OBEDIENCE
Actions speak louder than words, are we who we say we are? Our obedience to God says all.
#2 – READ/MEDITATE ON THE WORD
The Word of God is our roadmap our instructions on how to live a life of success.