Dear family and friends,
Praise the Lord if you are saved, chosen and embraced by the Father! He does love us so much!
The comfort through our restoration is a great work. Isaiah 43:1 tells us, "But now, thus says the Lord, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are mine!"
In John 1:12-13 we see this..."But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
We have been adopted, through the work of Jesus Christ, to become the Beloved of God. Not something accomplished in our natural ability, but done by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Born into the family of God! Think about this! Nothing in our own power could make us good enough to belong to Almighty God but, we try don't we?
I grew up trying to be worthy enough and failed miserably everytime. Until Jesus broke my bondage to sin and my desire to please myself first did I experience freedom to become His own. I couldn't free myself. Jesus did it!
John 15:15 says, "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you."
Verse 16..."You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He may give to you."
Verse 17..."This I command you, that you love one another."
Since we have been talking about God's Love and letting Him turn our doubts to belief, I now understand that without being His I can't possibly love others. Not the way of Agape, His way. Let's ask for Love first.
Now, since our new appointment as His child, we can see that this is True. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."
WE are uniquely reworked! Now we have a future and a hope! Philippians 3:20-21 says, "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; Who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power He has even to subject all things to Himself."
Isn't that exciting? As you look back to these verses do you see how much you are loved and how little you had to do to receive this gift? Nothing for everything! Our lives for His. Our home here for a home that He has prepared for us.
This love gives us a new identity. Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." His Masterpiece!
Do you recognize a masterpiece when you see it? I mean look around. There are many chosen of God who haven't quite believed they could be one. I would love to be a vessel that reflects the beauty of Jesus Christ in such a way that when someone sees me they see Jesus smiling at them.
The greatest work, the biggest harvest comes through the Love of God poured out upon one heart at a time. You are Loved so you can be loving. I needed this today! I want all that God has prepared for me! Do you?
Talk to the Lord right now where you are. Let Him speak fresh life into your heart, mind and soul. This world is toughened, hardened like steel, by evil. Only in separating ourselves to be in His presence can we make a difference in this generation. Will you give Him your ALL today?
God bless you and keep you in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Friend, amen.
Abundance is...being His masterpiece