Saturday, June 21, 2014

Recognize Your Worth

1 Corinthians 6:19-20- "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

You have been bought with a price. That price was the blood of sweet Jesus that He shed for you on the cross.  As Christians, we are no longer our own, but we become the humble home for God to live in and through us.  Let that sink in, you are the home of God Almighty if you have received Him into your life.  You are a light for God in the dark world.  Other people should see Christ in you.  God living in us, making us not our own is not scary or confining but liberating, exciting, and wonderful! We should be glorifying God with our body and our attitude.   It's all God's anyway! God doesn't set limitations for punishment or to take happiness away from us.  He frees us and wants us to enjoy life.  He gives us boundaries to help us enjoy life more and avoid major problems. I want to be a servant for Christ, I want to love Him so much that I can always just confidently and humbly answer with a yes when God speaks to me to do something. This is not an easy task. Not something I can say I do currently at all times. I want to be able to always trust Him with everything! God controls the universe, He loves the whole world, and He deserves our trust and respect. Being in love with Jesus is a joy! And oh how He longs to help us! Ask for God's help wherever you need it! When I read 1 Corinthians 6:20, I can't help but just feel encouraged and amazed when I read the words, "For ye are bought with a price:" I mean, that's a pretty big statement.  That shows the vastness of God's great, abundant love for His people.  Remember as you make choices, that you are a vessel that God is using to shed light on the world. Make choices that glorify God.  Make decisions that show off God to the world.  When you fail to make the right choice, ask for God's forgiveness and ask Him to help you in the situation.  He wants to help even when you make mistakes.  Also remember what you're worth.  You, my friend, are worth the blood of Jesus.  He shed it for you.  Don't ever feel down or discouraged or think that you, the you that God made is not good enough.  God made you, you because He wants to use your personality for a special purpose in His Kingdom.  You are bought with a price by the God who made the universe!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

He Loves Me and I Can Trust Him

I visited the beach recently and reflecting back on the trip, I can think of so many things that God shows us through His creation.  He tells us His thoughts toward us are more in number than the sand. Psalm 139:17-18- "How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee."  If you've ever seen sand, you know that it is innumerable.  You can't count it, there's so many grains in even a handful, you can't count the sand! Imagine if every one of those grains was a thought God had about you, and He thinks about you even more than that! He makes the waves on the ocean never cease.  He creates and places natural instinct in the sea gulls to skim the water in search of fish and dive in and grab their dinner.  I watched a horseshoe crab come up on the beach in a wave and it knew to try to get back in the water and swim back to the deeper part of the ocean away from the shore.  Watching the sunset that God paints each day is amazingly beautiful.  If He does all of these things for nature, don't you know He loves us more? He tells us that in Luke 12:24, "Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?" I was reading a book while at the beach and was so encouraged to remember that if I'm trusting God with my eternal salvation and security, I can trust God for every area of my life.  I think seeing God's care for nature can be so encouraging.  So beautiful. 
     Remember when you see God caring for the ocean, the birds, or anything in nature, He cares for you so much more.  Every area of you, the real you, the you that no one else knows, He loves it. Every. single. part. of you - He loves. He can take care of every single part of you too.  I've realized sometimes I get ahead of God, I try to make things work for me in my own timing. My personality is the "very go-getter type A" personality.  There is nothing wrong with that, God made me that way for a purpose.  He wants to use that part of me, but there is something wrong with it when I try to get ahead of His timing.  When I try to search for myself because maybe God seems too slow at the time.  That is wrong.  God is never too slow.  His timing is perfect and getting ahead of Him causes problems. I'm being reminded to trust Him, trust His timing, trust that He can take care of every single area of my life.  And I can wait. And I can be happy and complete in Him while I wait.