Sunday, February 26, 2017

Made by God

Psalm 139:13

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

            Are you confident in your own skin?  Why do we doubt in our created being?  You are an original masterpiece created by God, in His own image.  Isn't that mind-boggling, to know there is no other just like you?  Each of us were designed with His purpose in mind. We often get caught up in 'our' perceived flaws, instead of considering our uniqueness.  Our Creator gave each of us just what we needed for 'His' will to be done.  That's a fundamental issue, we are not here for ourselves, but for Him.
           When we are lacking in a certain area, He blesses us with the help of others.  There is no "I" in the Church.  "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ."   We help each other as one team working for the kingdom.
           God is the giver of all things, whether we think things are good or bad.. they are blessings from His perspective.  It is hard to perceive sickness as a blessing, but it can be. " It’s worth noting that after all of Job’s trials and even with the lessons God taught him about life, God never told him why he was suffering. It’s enough to say that God doesn’t have to answer to us or explain anything."   Illness can draw both you and others to God in prayer, fellowship, and worship.  Sometimes hitting rock bottom is what we need to look up to the Rock upon which we can stand.
            When we "are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed", God defends us. There is no better way to make sure you are in agreement with God, as you fight your battles, than to turn to Scripture.  His Word stands the test of time, because it comes from God, not man.  From 'The Joshua Code', "“All Scripture . . .”The little three-letter word all is very inclusive. It means what it says: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” The psalmist said, “The law of the LORD is perfect” (Psalm 19:7). King Solomon said, “Every word of God is pure” (Proverbs 30:5). Some find it popular today to contend that they believe only part of the Bible, not necessarily all of it. They say, “The Bible contains the word of God, but it is not necessarily the word of God.” But Scripture defends itself, saying, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.”"
           Who do we turn to for forgiveness of all our sins?  Who could love us despite our daily failings?  Only God loves like that.  Romans 5:8 " But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."   What saving grace He provides to all who believe in Him... an everlasting love through His faithful promises.  "But from everlasting to everlasting  the Lord’s love is with those who fear him."

    Psalm 103: 1-5
Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

       As I apply this blog to my own life, I know that God created me to be an example of strength through Him, despite my physical weaknesses.  My journey has been a time of spiritual growth because of His faithfulness to me.  He has blessed me with family, friends and caregivers that help me to make the most of each day.  He forgives my past, present and future sins because He loves me and paid my debt on the Cross.  So yes, I am confident in my skin because it is just flesh but my soul is secure in Jesus Christ.