Thursday, August 29, 2019

Our Identity in Christ, #1

Who do you think you are?  

Our identity is found:

Not on World
Not on our Self-image
Not on our gifts
Not on our social or      financial position


         Psalm 139 

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!

We are uniquely crafted by God - His design, and we are fully known by God.

He is a God of awesome creativity

God not only loves me, but he LIKES me.

Ephesians 1:4    Even as He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

God's plans completed

Satan has feared the people of the Jewish nation as a people blessed by God and understood and that through them he would be destroyed.   He has sought to destroy them first.

In the times of the Pharaoh in Egypt he thought making them slaves would kill them off, they would be too tired to procreate.   When that didn't work he incited the Pharaoh to not allow any boys to live, only girls, hoping to kill off the promised seed that way.  In all their hardships in Egypt there were those who held onto God as seen in the midwives.  So a people suffering didn't turn against the LORD God Almighty.

Altogether, the people of the Jewish nation have been very blessed in intelligence and ability, perhaps beyond all other nations.   This has been hated by Satan who though he didn't succeed in destroying God's purpose for them, hates them because they were God's chosen instrument to bring his only Son into the world.

God's plans to date have been completed and I believe his final purpose will stand.  Praise you LORD God Almighty

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

1 John 1:5-7

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 

Romans 13: 12

12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

2 Corinthians 4:6

 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

John 1:

 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Psalms 36:

For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light do we see light.

First - the nature of light is to reveal itself.

We do not turn the light on in our lives.  But as we turn to Him we see His light, and it shines in our hearts.

The only things we know about God is what the LORD reveals to us.  He lets us know that He is there. Without God acting first, we have NO light.

LORD God Almighty, help me to walk in YOUR light, and know you - the LORD in whom there is NO SHADOW of turning.  As clearly stated in: 

James 1:17 (KJV)

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, 
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Thank you for your great gift of light, and life, and sonship, bought at the price of your Son's life,, to give us forgiveness of our sins.  And as son's to walk in your light.