Remember

If you seek to serve and obey God and if you ever wonder whose you are and what you are, remember these four things:

Loved. Redeemed. Forgiven. Transformed.

You are loved and because you are loved Holy God sent His Son to redeem you from sin. He paid an infinite price: a price only God could ever pay, and you are with the precious blood of Christ, now belonging to Him.

The purpose of redemption though, is not just to buy you back from the master of sin, but to make a way for you to be forgiven, clean again. And once forgiven, the door is open for God to do His best work in making you a most precious treasure, transformed and remade into gold.

So you are loved. Loved just as you are.
You are redeemed. You are God’s and He takes care of His own.
You are forgiven, cleansed to walk in newness of life.
And you are being transformed. In His time, in His way. And you can rest assured that God makes no mistakes.

 

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Waiting for a miracle

Sometimes one stands on hallowed ground, breathes hallowed air, works in hallowed work.

Every day God works. Each facet of His work is equally sacred. One word can change a life. One life can touch the world.

Each day is a miracle.
We don’t always count them as such.

But what about the others? The miracle of the impossible becoming reality; of His strength in my weakness; of transformation?

Why don’t we see them more?

Perhaps God waits for us to believe He can work the impossible.

Perhaps:
He waits for us to know we can’t do it without Him.
He waits for lives in which He can work His miracle.

He can’t work miracles in lives that are trying to work their own version of a miracle.

But He can work miracles in a life wholly abandoned and surrendered and knowing that God’s glory is His children’s good; and that no matter what we can trust Him perfectly safely.

He bears every trust. And He never fails.

We wait for miracles all too often. And while we wait, God waits for us.
Let’s not make Him wait any longer.

Gift of worth

Love always has an advantage.

Because Love forgives, and redeems, and welcomes…. Welcomes my wandering heart back with open arms.

The cross is bloodstained for a reason. A man had to die to pay the cost of sin, and not just any ordinary man. No, this is the only Son of God.

He came in human flesh, He suffered, fought, and died because He counted me worthy. Worthy of forgiveness, or love, of bearing His name.

God gave all He could give for He gave all Heaven when He gave His Son.  And the blood that stains the cross is no ordinary blood.

His blood alone can save a life.

Each life more precious to Him than His own.

He still counts me worthy.

Even though I’ve wandered, forgotten, doubted.

Even though I’ve chosen to believe that I’m not worth anything.

He still offers me forgiveness. His love still welcomes me back time and time again.

And all because He came, lived, died, and rose again.

He gave the greatest gift.

Give. Possess.

Rom 10:13-15

Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

But:

How shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?

How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?

How shall they hear without a preacher?

How shall they preach, except they be sent?

How shall they be sent, unless they know Christ.

We cannot give what we do not first possess ourselves.

New Life

I’m watching brown turn to green.

I’m watching trees bud out with the joy of new life.

I’m watching birds rejoice in being home.

I’m watching grass spring to life.

The ugly-beautiful is becoming simply beautiful.

The frozen is melting.

And God is seeking to impress upon my heart once again the lessons of rebirth, renewal, and transformation.

 

For this is what His grace can do with a life surrendered to Him without reservation.

He can create new hearts within us, replacing our sin-stained hearts.

He can give joy in new life.

He can bring us to life…unthaw us…make us channels of His love.

He can turn our ugliness into His vision of beauty.

It’s the time of awakening, of new life, in nature…

Let it be yours, too.

“The greatest competitor of devotions to Jesus is service for Him. It is easier to serve than to be drunk to the dregs. The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to do something for Him. We are not sent to battle for God, but to be used in His battlings. Are we being more devoted to service than to Jesus Christ?”

We are not sent to battle for God, but to be used in His battlings.

It’s not about how much I can do for God….

It’s about how much He can do through me.

*Quote: Oswald Chambers