Posts Tagged ‘Relationship’

HOW GOD SEES US

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Day 278

“Do not consider his appearance or height,
for I have rejected him. The Lord does
not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart”
1 Samuel 16:7

Self-esteem is the occupation of our culture. In fact, the word itself has taken on a new life and culture. You cannot number the books, media shows and other forms of expression that center on self-esteem. Eliab, Abinadab, Shammah and their other brothers probably would have run right out to get some self-help books, go on talk shows, and ultimately get into a self-help group over their rejection by the Lord. Why is there this occupation with the self?

Being accepted and rejected are real. Identity crisis hits young people early. Many enter and live in adulthood the same way. Natural man wrestles with his identity because of our sin nature. As a child of God we take on a new nature in Christ. Unfortunately, many Christians do not walk in this and start thinking God is rejecting them. Not true.

The entire bible is the story of God pursuing us. He tells us, that if even a mother forgets a baby at her breast, He will not forget us; “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands: your walls are ever before Me” (Isaiah 49:15-16). He made atonement for us, for the past, the present, and the future. He has given us life and then sealed (guaranteed) our salvation by imparting the Holy Spirit to live in us. He has prepared a place for us to dwell with Him in eternity.

“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me;
Your love, O Lord, endures forever”
Psalm 138:8

THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Day 272

“Then I said, ‘Here I am'”
Hebrews 10:5-10

What is the most outstanding characteristic of our Lord Jesus Christ? It is the reason why He subjected Himself to become man, suffer, and die for us.

Christ stated His purpose when He said, “Here I am . . . I have come to do your will, O God.” His whole purpose and supreme object in all that He did was to please His Father. He lived for God His Father. It is a great revelation of the holy relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

That love and relationship is extended to us. He came to do what we did not do – obey the Father perfectly. He demonstrated how to live solely for God. Because of that obedience, He saved sinners. By living for God, doing His will, the Father’s purposes are accomplished.

Christ’s life shows us how to live. He said He only spoke what the Father told Him and the works He carried out were the ones the Father had given Him to do. He lived to serve others. He was despised and rejected; He suffered and never thought of Himself. He did nothing for Himself. He lived only for the glory of God.

Now that He has made a way for us, we are to walk in the same spirit.

“I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart”
Psalm 40:8

THE GOD OF MUCH MORE – PART 4

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Day 247

“Christ reconciled us to God by dying for us, surely now that we are reconciled we may be perfectly certain of our salvation through His living in us” [vs 10, J.B. Phillips]
Romans 5:6-10

Christ stands at the center of God’s redemptive divine plan. It is through His sacrifice that we live. His death and resurrection has made it possible for us to be cleansed, saved and translated into the kingdom of God to become a child of God.

Jesus Christ, Son of God, Second Person of the Holy Trinity, our Savior, gave Himself so we may live and enter into an eternal relationship with Him and His Father. He is our Helper and now through Him we receive deliverance from the power and dominion of sin. He has made every provision for us to live in holiness and enjoy a joyful relationship with the Father. We “have been set free from sin and have become slaves of righteousness” (6:18.

There is “much . . . much more;” our sins are forgiven for the past, the present and the future. Paul declared, “…it is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). What more could we ever ask? We have been richly and deeply blessed by a loving Father who freely gave of Himself. True love is the voluntary placing of other lives ahead of one self. It is an action, not an intent or sentiment.

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us!”
1 John 3:1

THE GOD OF MUCH MORE – PART 3

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Day 246

“…it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved [daily delivered from sin’s dominion] through His [resurrection] life” [vs 10, Amplified]
Romans 5:6-10

At one time, we were enemies of God. Our life now is in Christ as His friend. While we were God’s enemy, Jesus died for us. How much more now that we are His children and friend will He do for us? Now we are objects of God’s love [Ephesians 5:2];

  • God’s grace [Ephesians 2:8-9];
  • God’s power [Philippians 2:13];
  • God’s faithfulness [Philippians 1:6];
  • God’s peace [John 14:27];
  • God’s consolation [2 Thessalonians 2:16-17]; and,
  • God’s intercession [Hebrews 7:25].

There is more:

  • He lives in us;
  • He has blessed us with with every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)
  • He continues to deal with sin in our life by delivering us daily (Romans 5:6-10);
  • He meets us each day with grace and mercy Lamentations 3:22-23);
  • He has established us in Him (Ephesians 1:11);and,
  • He has sealed us for our inheritance in Him (Ephesians 1:13-14).

All praise and glory to Him who has rescued us.

“If God be for us, who [can be] against us?—Who can be our foe, if God is on our side? He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?” Romans 8:31b-32, Amplified

HE KNOWS YOUR NAME

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Day 209

“I have called you by your name; you are Mine”
Isaiah 43:1

When considering that God is the Creator of all things and that the expansive universe is His, it is hard to believe and understand that He knows you personally. We have nothing in our experience to understand how this is possible. Should the leader of our nation decide to visit you to discover how common people live, someone would check you out and give him your name. He’ll remember it for the brief visit and that’ll be it.

Our Father does know you by your name. He knows you personally and He doesn’t forget who you are. No, it is stronger than that—He knows you intimately because you were known by Him before you were ever formed in your mother’s womb. There is no person on the face of this earth that knows you more intimately than your heavenly Father. And because He has redeemed us, He says, “…you are Mine.” We are a “peculiar treasure” above all people.

What great freedom this gives us to build our relationship with our Father. Because He knows us so intimately, we have no need to be on guard or defensive. We are able to truthfully talk with our Father about our concerns. But, even more than that, knowing we are accepted in Him in Christ, we are able to build an intimate relationship in knowing Him as our Father. His desire is for us to know Him more and more each day.

“In love, He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will—to the praise of His glorious grace,which He has freely given us in the One He loves” Ephesians 1:5-6

NUMBERED WITH TRANSGRESSORS

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Day 189

“It is enough”
Luke 38:1

What a rebuke!

Christ is instructing His disciples about the change that was to take place and the fulfillment of Isaiah 53 [about Him]. Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, Son of God, incarnate Man is about to become numbered with the transgressors. The hatred of God, the wickedness of man and the evil one are about to be poured out on Christ.

Christ was preparing His disciples to bring the Gospel to others. They were now to strip themselves and go with what they had in their hand. No more would they be covered as children by the father. Now they would stand in their own right under His banner and carry out His work. Their provision now is not in ‘things,’ but in Him alone as their strength and help.

Yet, these men still focused on the natural and wrestled with His words! How much it’s like us.  Anything, but resting wholly in Him. Christ is about to take the wrath of your sin and all of mankind’s on Him, and they worry about little things! God has come out of heaven to set us free from sin and death and we worry about little things!!! He not only has set us free with salvation, He continues to redeem us with grace and mercy in our lives, lifting us out of the pit when we fall. ‘IT IS ENOUGH,’ He says. Lift your head up, the King of Glory has come.

“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye
lift up, ye everlasting doors and the;
King of Glory shall come in”
Psalm 24:7

CHRIST IN US

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Day 173

“Christ is all that matters”
Colossians 3:11

When all is said and done, Christ is all that matters. But, we are so occupied with life, details, news, relationships, business, family matters and everything else, we get lost in it. Instead of focusing on Christ we focus on the temporal. Yet, Christ is the only issue.

God the Father sent His son to redeem us. He paid a great price that defies understanding. Why the God of the Universe, who can command the armies of heaven and legions of angels to do His bidding, lowered Himself into human flesh and lived in humility among us is beyond comprehension. And why He would even consider us wretched people to be His sons and daughters defies all logic and reason. But, He did. And He did it out of love.

And now to us who are weak, unworthy, untrustworthy, lacking love and sometimes just outright sinners, He sends Christ who lives in us. It wasn’t enough He did all this for us, but He chose to take residence in our hearts. And He doesn’t jump in and out of us according to our condition of life. Cold, dull, don’t care, sinful, He is living us. He’s ready to reveal Himself to us. He’s ready to strengthen us and give us power. He is ready to do the impossible and make all things possible. Yes, when all is said and done, Christ is all that matters.

“And be sure of this:
I am with you always”
Matthew 28:20

TRUE COMMUNION

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Day 163

“Is not the bread that we break
a participation in the body of Christ?”
1 Corinthians 10:16

Communion cannot be reduced to a liturgical practice or ritual. In fact, Paul warns us that we are to discern the body of Christ. And he points out that some of those that haven’t are weak and sick. This is a very serious warning. The body of Christ is the church, its many members are one body.

True communion relates to the body of Christ and our participation in it. At the Last Supper Christ humbled himself and became a servant washing the feet of the disciples. He told them to do the same. He chose to have a meal together and be a servant. We are called to do the same – love others more than ourselves, honor others, be a servant laying down our lives, owe no man any debt except love.

This is true communion; I lay down my life and live for others, and build them up in Christ. God gave us the body of Christ to work out our salvation while we walk this earth. As we participate in it, partaking of one loaf, though we are many, we find communion with Christ and our brothers and sisters.

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together
in unity! It is like a precious oil poured on the
head, running down on the beard . . . For there
the Lord bestows His blessing. Even life forevermore”
Psalm 133

THE GOOD PART

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Day 141

“Mary has chosen the good part”
Luke 10:42

There is a great revelation about the heart of the Father in John 15:14-16, where Jesus says, “I no longer call you servants . . . Instead, I have called you friends.” There is nothing greater than being His friend. Unfortunately, many do not see themselves as His friend.

Martha was a servant. When Jesus visited her, she dutifully served Him by continuing preparations while Mary went and sat at His feet. This disturbed Martha to the point of her interrupting Jesus with a protest about Mary not helping. Jesus revealed the difference between a servant and friend when He rebuked her for being worried and bothered about so many things. Much of Christ’s work today is being done by servants instead of friends, and in the course, they lose the joy, comfort and peace by being entangled in worry and troubles.

Servanthood is a great attainment, but it is not the highest attainment in Christ. Martha was right doing her duties, wrong when Her friend arrived. She should have set everything aside for Him. There are many believers, few servants, and even fewer friends. Servants desire to move the hand of God while a friend desires to know the heart of God. A servant measures things by results, a friend yearns to please the Father. A servant focuses on faithfulness, a friend on love. A servant is willing to work for the Master, but a friend wants to be with the Master. It is far more demanding to be a friend – it requires an investment. Let’s strive to be His friend.

“I have called you friends, for all things
that I have heard from My Father
I have made known to you”
John 15:15

DELIGHT IN THE LORD

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Day 124

“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love”
Psalm 147:11

God is the all-satisfying end of our longings. Our fulfillment is in Him and Him alone. For many though, it is they who are the center of being a Christian. It is what God does for and gives to them that have the focus. To be sure, we are thankful for our salvation and His gifts, but maturity brings us to a much greater fulfillment in Him.

The gospel is one of grace and it brings glory to God. When we recognize that we had nothing to do with our being His child, except to come home, and that God gave us His love freely and not because he was obliged or had to, we enter a new understanding of who He is and His great glory. He then becomes the center of the gospel, not us, and His glory is exalted on high.

“They love to make their boast only in the Lord [1 Corinthians 1:31]. This is to be our true state – to boast and take delight in the Lord. We love God for who He is and not what He does for us. This brings us a rest and whether we are in good health or sickness, joy or tribulation, we are steadfast in our delight in the Lord. God then becomes the beginning, middle and end of all that we do in life. He is our All in All.

“From him and through him and to him are all things;
to him be glory for ever and ever”