Wonderfully Made

Wonderfully Made

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.- Ps. 139:14.

If we emphasize something about ourselves, it increases the focus on it, negative or positive. If, for example, we notice a zit on our face, no one else will…until we mention it. Then it seems to grow, and everyone seems to talk about it. The moment we speak forth what we assume is negative about ourselves, we bring attention to it.

The way we see ourselves, or the way others see us, cannot compare with how God sees us. God leads us to see ourselves the way He sees us: as perfect, flawless, beautiful pearls. We belong to Him and He’s very protective of us; He loves to shower us with His love; He loves to hang out with us; and He rejoices when we answer the call to spend time with Him.

The enemy speaks words to belittle us, so God’s Word must be our focus. We learn to hear God’s voice instead of other voices by spending time with Him and in His Word. We cannot question the potter regarding the clay. We are wonderfully made. With a grateful heart, we praise Him, for we are His workmanship. We walk in our divine identity, from glory to glory! 

In and Out of Season

In and Out of Season

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. –  2nd Tim. 4:2.

When we are called out by God, we are always on call. We can expect God to call upon us to obey His unexpected leadings. Even though we might not feel able to do what comes our way, we remain available for what God calls us to do and be for His glory. His assignments can come at any moment.

Because we are on call, we cannot be involved in a situation that hinders us from responding to God’s instructions. We must set healthy boundaries because we need to always be ready. The phone might ring with a request, or someone might step into our path. Everywhere we go, whether on our job, with our family, or even at the grocery store, we stand in our position as ministers of the gospel.

Because it is God who called us out to be on call, we can trust that He will bring unction for every function. For every person or circumstance that comes our way, it is God who calls things out of us because He called us out. There is something inside of us He wants to call upon for such a time as this. Let’s trust Him as we step into His call, from glory to glory! 

All Things New!

All Things New!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – 2 Cor. 5:17

When we take the same way to a park, home, job, or any destination, after a while we lose the amazement. We no longer notice the beautiful trees, the flowers, the way the sun shines on specific areas, or how the streets look. We get accustomed to it and the surroundings that we used to enjoy become unseen. Does the familiar become so expected that we lose excitement? 

It is also that way with people. We might no longer notice the good looks of our mate. A friend’s qualities we used to recognize and appreciate now go unnoticed. Because of the increase in electronics, some people become caught up in the digital world so much that the world around them becomes invisible.  

As we acknowledge the Lord in all our ways, His Spirit releases freshness in our lives. He leads us to appreciate things anew and not take things for granted. He makes familiar things exciting again. He may not always bring new things, but He makes all things new. With gratitude, we intentionally pay attention to our surroundings. As we walk in love, we walk in newness, from glory to glory!

We Cry Out, “Abba, Father.”

We Cry Out, “Abba, Father.”

 “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’” – Rom. 8:15

God is our Heavenly Father through the Spirit of adoption. The word Abba is Papa in Aramaic. Our Papa is a faithful provider and a mighty protector. There is no need to fear because our Papa is near. We can cry out to Him and trust that He will always come to our rescue.

When we ask our Papa something, He doesn’t ignore us but delights in answering us, always. He doesn’t keep us in the dark, but takes us out of the dark into His marvelous light. He teaches us to do things with Him by our side, ready to catch us when we fall. He gently, with love and patience, helps us again and again until we succeed. With amazing care, He takes us to the finish line.

He loves us unconditionally and desires the best for us. We can go to Him, cry out, “Abba, Father,” and ask Him anything. Whatever needs we have, He provides according to His riches in glory. When we get hurt, He picks us up, comforts and encourages us. As He continually leads us, we learn to rest, safe in His arms, from glory to glory!

What Do We Look At?

What Do We Look At?

“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’” – Sam. 16:7

God looks at the heart while man has a tendency to look at the outward appearance. Because the Lord Jesus is in our hearts, we can increasingly see ourselves and others through His eyes. Looking at the intent of the hearts in relationships helps us walk free from offense and be gracious and merciful.

God sees our hearts. He knows when we love and worship Him with our whole heart. When things of this world are pressing on our hearts, we quickly remember by faith that He is on the throne of our hearts. It is there that we can see everything we care about at the feet of our Savior. When God has first place in our hearts, we have peace with everything else. While others may not hear our praises, see our worship, or witness our time spent in the Word of God, God sees and hears our expressions of love.

While some people might only look at our outward appearance, we trust that those who know and are growing in the Lord will see our hearts. As we walk in the Spirit, the Lord reveals the unseen to us. Let’s seek the Lord in the hearts of others and walk by faith, not by sight, from glory to glory!

Above All Put on Love

But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. – Col. 3:14

As the salt of the earth and the light of the world, we should, above all, put on love. We glorify the Lord when we represent His love and grace. An illustration often used to identify interaction with others is depicted as three utensils: a fork, a knife, and a spoon.

A fork picks at others constantly and is critical negatively. None of the wonderful traits in others are ever mentioned. There is love and care, but it’s inconsistent and not dependable. One day it’s one way, the next it’s another. The relationship is highly unpredictable.

A knife cuts people off, is destructive, sharp, and has no mercy. There is no forgiveness, understanding, or grace. Often because of having been abandoned by a caregiver, that person hides behind a thick wall, cannot commit, and lives in constant fear. 

As Christ’s ambassadors, we are to be like spoons. A spoon gently scoops up others with love and kindness and holds them in high esteem. We love one another through our actions, not just words. The way we speak to one another, walk in love and truth is proof to others that we walk in the Spirit. Let’s pray for the Holy Spirit to enable us to be spoons,  from glory to glory