Do not let the world define who you are. The world will tell you that you are a teacher or an accountant or unemployed. The world will say you are successful or a plodder or a failure just because of the job you do or the fact that you can’t get a job. The world will say you are single or married or separated or divorced or widowed and again will put you in a box accordingly. The world will judge you and put you in any number of boxes. Let yourself, instead, be defined by God. He knows you and treats you as an individual. God sees you as you are and defines you as precious, valued, special, loved, cherished, worthy, wonderful and magnificent. He sees you as the apple of His eye. He defines you as worthy of dying for. He doesn’t put you in boxes but releases you from them. Let us see and define ourselves today as God sees and defines us.
It’s not about you, how good you are, how holy you are, what you have done or even what you plan to do. It’s all about Jesus and what He has done for you. We can do nothing to justify the sacrifice He made for us. We simply need to put our trust in Him.
In a world of uncertainty, where the future hangs in the balance it is good to know the one who holds the scales.
Lord, I choose to see your hand at work in my life today. Help me to see you more. Amen
When you say “Yes” to following Jesus and making Him the Lord of your life you become adopted into the family of God. You receive everything that goes with that. You receive all that Jesus has earned for himself and all that He earned for you upon the cross. God puts a robe on your shoulders and a ring on your finger. God kills the fattened calf for you and prepares you a feast. You become God’s very own son or daughter and receive all the benefits that that entails. One day you will live hand in hand with Him for all eternity. Can you hear the party starting?
The amazing thing about God’s memory is not the amount He can remember but the amount He chooses to forget! When we confess, God chooses to remember our sins no more.
No matter what we are facing at present we all have so much to be thankful for. We so easily get consumed by our troubles that we miss the multitudes of blessings we receive from God and from others on a daily basis. Sometimes we just need to stop and take stock and offer up a prayer of thanks for all we have and all that has been given to us and done for us.
Every new sunrise is a sign from God of His continued love and care for us. Every sunset an acknowledgement that God knows the need for rest, quiet and rejuvenation.
With God all things happen for a reason. We may not understand that reason but that does not mean there is not one. Our job is to seek God in everything, to learn any lessons there may be and to praise God no matter what is going on. Whatever happens we need to remember that God is love, God is good and God is just – He can be no other way. When we see things in the light of that truth it helps us to remember that we may not understand but we can simply trust.
Lord, please constantly remind me of yourself today. As I feel the sun on my back remind me of the warmth with which you have welcomed me into your family. As I feel the wind on my cheek remind me of the gift of your Holy Spirit to guide and comfort me. As I feel the rain on my face remind me of your constant refreshing that I receive each day. As I feel the cold of night please let it be a chilling reminder of the sacrifice you made for me on the cross. Help me to walk with you and, and Lord, be never far from my mind this day and always. Amen.