Saturday, July 21, 2012
Galatians 1:10-12 AMP Now am I trying to win the favor of men, or of God? Do I seek to please men? If I were still seeking popularity with men, I should not be a bond servant of Christ (the Messiah). For I want you to know, brethren, that the Gospel which was proclaimed and made known by me is not man's gospel [a human invention, according to or patterned after any human standard]. Nor indeed I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but [it came to me] through a [direct] revelation [given] by Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
Are you a people-pleaser or a God-pleaser? Many times throughout my life I have been guilty of trying to please the people around me to the point of totally ignoring my own needs or what I felt God wanted. This has been an area of weakness in my life and as I've sought the Lord's directions He has reiterated to me that only what He wants from me is important. This morning as I was praying the Lord spoke this to my heart:
“Quiet yourself before Me, Child, and I will speak to your heart. Focus your eyes on Me and not the things going on around you. Still yourself in My presence and lean on Me. Be not pressured to conform to the world or the demands or expectations of other people. For I am your God! You are answerable to only Me. Do not hesitate to do My will at My direction. Be not afraid of men! Do not look at their faces or listen to their words. Listen only to Me and follow My directions. Speak boldly whatever I tell you with confidence that You are safe in Me. Be the leader that I have called you to be. Do not cave in to please man. Be firm and stable in your walk with Me. Be confident in who you are in Christ. I will direct you and lead you in the way you should go. Look not to the right or to the left, but look straight into My eyes. I will direct you with My eye upon you.”
Paul said in Galatians 1:1 “PAUL, AN apostle--[special messenger appointed and commissioned and sent out] not from [any body of] men nor by or through any man, but by and through Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and God the Father, Who raised Him from among the dead--
Paul marched to the beat of a different drum, so to speak! He recognized that His calling and commission came from God alone. It was not through any group of men, but God Himself called him and sent him out to be His special messenger. God picks those that He wants to use, but sometimes we feel pressured to do what people think we should do regardless of what we feel God wants from us.
1 Thessalonians 2:4-6 AMP But just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the glad tidings (the Gospel), so we speak not to please men but to please God, Who tests our hearts [expecting them to be approved]. For as you well know, we never resorted either to words of flattery or to any cloak to conceal greedy motives or pretexts for gain, [as] God is our witness. Nor did we seek to extract praise and honor and glory from men, either from you or from anyone else, though we might have asserted our authority [stood on our dignity and claimed honor] as apostles (special missionaries) of Christ (the Messiah).
Paul said that he has done his best to please God, not man, because God is the One who tests the hearts. In doing that he had to overcome the temptation to flatter men and say things that would lead to his own promotion in the lives of the people to which he was ministering. He also faced the temptation to receive praise and glory for himself instead of pointing them to the Lord. Those types of temptations always come with the ministry. People flatter you and if you do not nip it in the bud at the very beginning you will begin to feel special and above all the rest, as if your ministry is “yours” and not the Lord's!
Jeremiah 9:23, 24 Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 refers back to the Jeremiah verses:
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”
God chooses people to proclaim His gospel by His own standards, not the world's standards. He does that so that He can receive the glory from them as they fulfill His calling in their lives. He wants the glory to go to Him, not to man. It is only as we follow His leading that we will be able to please Him only. Man cannot have any hold over us if we want to be God-pleasers. Sometimes what God asks us to do makes no sense whatsoever to the minds of men, but we must be God-followers to be God-pleasers!
Have you ever been guilty of trying to please men over God? It is an easy trap to fall into! At this point in my life I am getting better at being bold enough to stand up and say, “no, I feel that God wants me to go in this direction, or say this”. It is with that in mind that I am seeking the Lord's directions regarding this blog, whether it should continue to be a daily teaching blog or if I need to put some variety into it with a shorter blog on some days with a thought challenging statement instead of a full-blown teaching. If I am not careful my desire to feed the sheep will over-ride what I feel I am hearing from the Lord. There comes a time in people's lives when God expects them to come to Him for revelation and not be dependent upon others to feed them.
There is a website that has a camcorder set up in an eagle's nest in Decorah, Iowa. It is a great way to watch the eagles from the time they lay their eggs until the babies are thrust out of the nest as they mature. The mother and father eagles take turns in staying with their babies 24/7 until they are old enough to get ready to leave the nest. They bring in fish to feed them and when they are little they pick the bits of fish off the bones and put it in the mouths of the little eagles. But as they grow older they bring the fish in and lay them in the nest and the babies are responsible to pick the meat off the bone themselves and feed themselves. The parents prepare their babies as they mature or they will not be able to provide for themselves when they leave the nest. So it is, with teachers of the Word. It is our responsibility to direct people to the Lord so they can get the manna from Him themselves. We feed the sheep but not to the point where they become dependent upon the teacher, but as a road sign that shows them the way to the Master. It is my desire that I be a teacher of the Word that leads people into the presence of God so they may gain understanding and revelation directly from Him.
Father, I continue to seek Your directions for this blog. I ask You to speak to my heart clearly the direction You would have me to take. I give the glory to You, Lord, for all that You are doing in the hearts and lives of people through what You say through me. Lord, I desire that You be exalted and that people's eyes are turned to You and not to a person such as me. Father, I pray for my friends that they would seek You for their daily manna, a fresh word from You each day. I know the temptation is there for them to read devotionals and gain understanding of You through another person, but the ultimate revelation comes directly to them from You, Lord, not through anyone else. You want them to hear Your voice, not the voice of the Priest. That's why You tore the veil into in the Temple when Jesus died on the cross, so people could come directly to You and not have to go through a Priest. Father, may I always turn people's eyes to You, Lord, so they can learn to come directly to You and not be dependent upon what I say that You have spoken to me. I desire that they have a living and vital relationship with You, Lord, for themselves. Thank You for drawing them by Your Spirit to Yourself. May You be glorified in all that I say and do. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Directions for life; fullness of joy; and pleasures forevermore all flow from being in the presence of the Lord. Are you trying to make it through life on your own; under your own power and ability? The Lord says in His word that you can have all that you need and want from Him, as you come into His presence.
As a young woman going through so many challenges in my life, I would get up early in the morning, while it was still dark and sit in my rocking chair in front of the sound system listening to worship music; just rocking back and forth basking in the presence of the Lord. It was at those times that my soul was quieted that I could feel the presence of the Lord. During those restful moments was when I gained the strength to face the day, wisdom for the decisions of life and the assurance that whatever life brought to me, my God was there with me to help me through the tough times. As I set a pattern for my life through those devotional times, I have learned to draw strength from the quiet times with the Lord in the morning. His word has become a life-line to me as well as His presence. The Holy Spirit saturates me with His anointing as I worship Him and fills me to overflowing with His love and compassion. He is my strength and salvation, my stronghold in the time of trouble. Won't you draw near and receive the manna that comes through hearing His voice?
Isaiah 30:15 For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not.
It is in returning to Him and resting in Him that salvation comes. Quietness and confidence are both by-products of returning to the Lord and resting in Him. But so many times we are too busy to quiet ourselves before the Lord to hear from Him. We insist on “doing” things our own way and under our own power only to find that we are frustrated and disappointed when things don't work out the way we think they should.
Psalm 63:1-5 O GOD, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. And my mouth shall praise You will joyful lips.
Here the Psalmist is proclaiming the love that he has for the Lord and how he longs to be in the presence of God. He knows that the satisfaction and contentment for his soul only comes as he communes with the Lord. Praise and adoration for God flow from his lips in his personal time of worship. He comes to the Lord early in the morning and basks in His love until he is filled with worship and praise.
As I read and write about the Lord I feel a stirring within my belly. A drawing of spirit to Spirit. My soul is satisfied with the Lord and I am refreshed. He has become my life, my breath and my reason for living. I am constantly drawn to Him with a hunger and thirst that is unquenchable, and when I come into His presence I am filled to overflowing. Cares and concerns fade into His capable hands and I am comforted in knowing that He is my God, my refuge in the times of trouble. When I am with Him I am safe and secure in His care.
Acts 17:24-28 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. “Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, “so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; “for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'”
God created us with a God-shaped vacuum within that only He can fill. And yet, so many times we run around trying to fill it with all sorts of other things: shopping, food, relationships, bigger and better “things”. Those things will never fill the void that He created for Himself that He might inhabit His people and bring satisfaction and contentment as we “live and move and have our being” in Him. He is not far from us, just a prayer away!
Friend, are you searching for something today that will bring contentment into your heart? Look unto Jesus; draw near to Him and He will fill the void within. Worship Him and bask in His presence and He will fill you to overflowing. He will take away the cares of the world and replace them with His joy, His strength and His peace. Paul said in Philippians 4:11-13 that he had found the secret to contentment:
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
He learned to be content and satisfied regardless of life's conditions because he came to Christ and drew his strength from Him.
The Amplified Bible says it this way in Philippians 4:13: I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient through Christ's sufficiency].
Do you lack strength for the journey? Come to Jesus and let Him fill you with His strength! Are you tired and overwhelmed with cares for family and friends? Christ will infuse you with His inner strength so you will be ready to face whatever lies ahead. He will give you the sufficiency, His very own, so that you can meet and exceed the problems and challenges of life. Come to Jesus and receive life and that more abundant!
John 10:10 AMP The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, til it overflows).
Father, I thank You for giving Jesus to die for us that we might experience Your life and that in abundance! Thank You, Lord Jesus, for laying down Your life for us that we might trade our sin for Your righteousness! You are the Lord and are worthy of my praise and adoration this morning! I yield myself to You for You to fill me to overflowing with Your very presence. Fill in all the nooks and crannies of my heart today, Lord Jesus. Grant me Your vision for the future, Your compassion for the lost and hurting and Your ability to overcome the challenges of life. Thank You, Lord, for the fullness of joy that I find in Your presence. I pray for my friends this morning that You would reveal Yourself to them as all that they need in this life, Lord. Cause their eyes to be opened to the deceit of the enemy who is trying to pull them away from You. Give them a hunger and thirst for You that is unquenchable and cause them to desire to come into Your presence to worship You and be refreshed. Thank You, Lord, for hearing and answering my prayer this morning. I believe I receive when I pray because Your word tells me that if I will come to You praying in accordance with Your will that I will have those requests that I have made of You. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my requests! In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Matthew 10:1 And when He had called His twelve disciples together to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
Jesus sent His twelve disciples out among the people after He had anointed them with His power. He gave them specific instructions of where to go and what to do.
Matthew 10:5-8 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. “And as you go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
God doesn't expect us to do a job that He has anointed us to do. He will always equip the called. If you are trying to do God's work under your own power and ability, there will be no anointing to succeed. Man's ways do not achieve the success that God has through His anointing.
Recently I was walking and praying about the direction I need to take in a ministry that I am leading. It seems as if I had reached a place where I didn't seem to have the effect on the growth of the ministry as I would have liked. As I was talking with the Lord about this situation He very quickly spoke to my heart saying:
“Do not look at the numbers; look at the impact you are having on the ones who are there. I had only twelve disciples and yet they changed the world with the anointing that I gave them.”
With that being said, I was reminded of the story of the man who was walking along the beach after the high tide had come in and deposited a great number of starfish on the beach. They were all lying out in the direct sunlight dying from lack of water. The man was walking along trying to pick them up and throw them back out to sea so they wouldn't die. Another man came along and chided him for trying to pick up all the starfish. He said, “What you're doing is of no use, you will never be able to get all of them picked up and thrown back out to sea. You might as well quit, you won't be able to make a difference in them; there are too many.” To which the man replied, as he picked up a starfish and flung it out to sea, “made a difference to that one.” You see, it's not that God expects us to save the whole world, or be able to minister to every person on the face of the earth. But He has given each one of us a sphere of influence; a place to make a difference in the hearts and lives of maybe just one person or a small group of people. Some are given a few to minister to and others are given larger groups of people. But if we all do our part, the world will be reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus gave His disciples instructions as to what to do. He started His instructions with “as you go”. As we go about our daily lives we are to look for opportunities around us. Who needs your smile today? Who is hurting around you that could use a word of encouragement? Maybe it's just your family that you are supposed to influence for the Lord. It would be better to effectively touch one person for Jesus and the kingdom of God than to miss that one in looking for the masses. How many times do we feel that we don't have a ministry because we are thinking about the world-wide ministries that we see happening on television or hear of crusades that minister to thousands of people at one time. And yet, Jesus said, “as you go” preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
What has God done for you that you could give to someone else? Has He given you a testimony? Of course, He has. You may not think it's anything, but God has done something in your life that you can pass on to someone else. We'll never know the impact we've had on the masses, through ministering to the individual, until we get to heaven. Maybe God has anointed you to pray for people, but you don't see that as important as the ones who minister the word of God or have a great healing ministry. But God sees your part as just as great a ministry as the one who is out in front of the people.
1 Samuel 30:24 “For who will heed you in this matter? But as his part is who goes down to the battle, so shall his part be who stays by the supplies; they shall share alike.”
God looks at your prayers for others as being a part of the ministry that the person has who touches them with the gospel or with healing hands, ministering one on one to that individual. Paul said that we are fellow workers with God in His field in 1 Corinthians 3:9:
For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building.
He was talking to the Corinthians about their striving over who was the best according to what they had done; how many they had baptized. He corrected them by saying:
1 Corinthians 5:5-8 Who then is Paul, and who is Apolos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apolos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
We are each nothing in and of our own power or initiative. God is the one who gives the increase; the One who brings in the harvest. Some of us plant and others water the seed sown in people's lives, but God is the One who gets the credit for changing them; for working miracles in their lives. He is the One to be praised and exalted, not the one doing the ministering. If we will each be faithful with the sphere of influence He has given us we will be rewarded for doing our part and not trying to move over into an area to which He hasn't called us. Our part is to listen to His voice, obey as He instructs and leave the results to Him.
As we are faithful to minister in the little things, God will bring more and our sphere of influence will increase.
Matthew 25:21 “His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
Luke 16:10 “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.”
God looks at the faithfulness of your heart in relation to how you respond to the needs of those around you. If you are faithful in ministering to the “little” people, or small groups, He will give you the “masses”. There are no overnight “world-wide” ministries born. Every minister begins where He is, touching the lives of the people around him. As he is faithful with the few, God moves him into larger areas of ministry.
Zechariah 4:10 For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
Have you said that you are of no significance to God? Have you been disappointed because you don't feel that you have an effective ministry? God is saying to you today, “do not despise the day of small beginnings. Just be faithful in the little things and I will bring the increase.”
Father, I thank You for every opportunity that You give me to share Your word or Your healing touch with another individual. You are awesome and I thank You for including me in Your ministry to those around me! Thank You for bringing the ones to me that You want me to touch for Your kingdom and glory! Father, I pray that we will all be aware of the opportunities that You place in our midst. Help us to see people as You see them; to be able to recognize when they need a smile or an encouraging word. Father, don't let us pass by those who need to hear a word from You through us. Cause us to be bold in our witness and ready to minister to whomever you bring to us, whether it's one person or a thousand. Give us eyes to see as You see, hearts of compassion for the lost and hurting, and boldness to step out in faith believing that You will flow through us as we obey Your directions. Thank You, Father, for Your anointing to minister. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Isaiah 40:27, 28 Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the LORD, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
Has it ever seemed to you that God didn't know where you were or what you were going through? That it seemed as though He had just forgotten about you? I think we have all felt that way at some time or another. But the word says that He never faints, nor is weary and His understanding is unsearchable. He understands everything about us. He never tires or becomes weary in dealing with our problems. He is the One who is always there for us! He will never fail to pick us up and carry us through the difficult times.
Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
He gives power to the weak!
Power – Hebrew word koach; Strong's #3581 definition – strength, force, capacity, power, wealth, means, or substance. Generally the word means “capacity” or “ability,” whether physical, mental, or spiritual.
God looks into your situation and sees exactly what you need. Then He gives you whatever power it is that you need. It may be strength for your weariness; the capacity to obtain financial means; or the force to withstand a difficult situation. Whatever it is that you need in your situation is what He provides. He knows exactly where you are and what you are going through! Be assured that He will provide the “power” for your weakness! He increases strength when you feel as if you have none. Even those who are young and strong can't withstand all the things that come against them. But when God comes on the scene they are able to soar above the difficulties and run as though they were never wearied. Their stamina is increased as if they are renewed in strength for the journey!
The way that all this comes to you, Child of God, is through “waiting” on the Lord!
Wait – Hebrew word qavah – means to wait for, look for, expect, hope. Qavah expresses the idea of “waiting hopefully”.
A good illustration of “waiting on the Lord” is of my little granddaughter waiting for Grandma to come see her for Christmas. Before I got there I got a call from my son saying she was standing at the window watching for us to come up the driveway. She had been saying that Grandma was coming all day long and she was waiting with expectation for Grandma to appear. She didn't sit in the chair and say “maybe Grandma will come today”. She knew that if Grandma said she was coming that she would be there any minute. She waited with expectancy for Grandma's word to be fulfilled! That's how we wait on the Lord. It's not a passive inactivity, but a hopeful expectation that God will do what He has promised. We think about what He has said, we talk about what He has promised and we expect it to come to pass. We expect Him to do what He has said He will do!
We all go through times where it seems that what we have believed God for will not ever come into manifestation. It is at those times that we have opportunity to grow weary.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
There is a “due season” for every seed that is sown. We have seed-time and harvest. We plant the seed, wait for it to germinate and mature and then we receive the harvest. While we are hopefully waiting on the Lord, expecting Him to fulfill His word in our lives, we need to be busy doing good.
We should be about the Father's business during the “waiting” season.
Season – Greek word kairos – Strong's #2540 definition – opportune time, set time, appointed time, due time, definitive time, seasonable time, proper time for action. Kairos describes kind, or quality, of time.
Due season, kairos, the proper time for action, the set time before the manifestation of the promise. While we are waiting on the Lord we should understand that it is not a time to grow weary, lay down on the job, or have a negative attitude; but it is an opportune time to do what God has called us to do; to continue doing the right thing in our situations, expecting God to fulfill His word to us at any minute.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
Friends, God has a perfect plan for your lives; and a time for every purpose in that plan. He knows all about you and is working in your situation to bring into manifestation those things that He has promised. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says that “the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him”. He is watching the loyalty of your heart so He can come to your rescue, to show Himself strong on your behalf. He sees your heart; He is not sleeping on the job or failing to notice the pain that you are experiencing. Don't give up on Him. Lean on Him; rely on Him and depend on His faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:25 The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.
The Lord is good to those who look for, expect and hope for Him. He is moved by our faith, not our need. He sees the need in our lives, but He responds to our faith in Him.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
The two responses of faith is believing that God is who He says He is; that He is the Lord God Almighty, the Creator of the universe and all creation. The second response is believing that the Lord will reward you for diligently seeking Him. When we wait on the Lord we are saying to Him that we believe in Him; we are expecting Him to do what we have asked of Him and we look forward to the manifestation of it with hopeful expectancy!
Are you waiting on the Lord for a promise to be fulfilled in your life today? If you will do your part, in exercising your faith, to believe, He will do His part to fulfill the promise.
Father, I thank You for never sleeping or growing weary in handling my problems. Thank You, Lord, for giving me new strength as I hopefully expect You to do what You have promised. Father, I am thankful that You have given me the measure of faith and as I exercise that faith You cause it to increase. Thank You for strengthening me when I grow weary and for giving me the power that I need to meet the situations that I face in life. I pray for my friends, Father, that You will renew their strength as that of the eagle that they might soar above their problems. I pray that they will trust You to handle every situation that they face in life. And I ask You to give them a new awareness of how You are working in their lives. Thank You, Father! I believe I receive when I pray and I ask these things in the name of Jesus! Amen.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Psalm 33:13-15 The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.
In my younger years I had a very low self-esteem. I had gone through a lot of abuse and life's disappointments piled heavily upon me. When the Lord began to bring me out of this He had me go through the word and highlight scripture verses that spoke to me of His love for me. Then when I would feel down all I needed to do was go back and read the highlighted verses to reinforce in my heart the great love that He had for me. I read them out loud so my eyes could see and my ears could hear and the reinforcement would be multiplied to my heart. This verse is one that really spoke to my heart.
Please notice that the word says “He fashions their hearts individually”. He could have just said “He fashions their hearts”, but He added the word “individually”. I believe He added that word to show us that we are not a number to Him; we are not formed out of a cookie cutter mold, but He formed each one of us as a unique individual. We are important enough to Him that He formed us, fashioned our hearts and watches over what we do. God is interested in each one of us.
Psalm 139:1-6 O LORD, You have searched me, and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me, Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.
Child of God, He knows everything about you and not only does He know you but He made you just the way He wanted you to be.
Psalm 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.
The Hebrew word for “covered” there means “wove”. God wove you together when you were in your mother's womb. Some translations say He “knit” you together. When you knit or weave an item with yarn or thread each individual strand is carefully tied together; interwoven with the next one. That's the way you are as an individual. You have been complexly woven together just as God wanted.
Psalm 139:15-16 My frame was not hidden from you, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth, Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
God pictured in His mind what You would look like as He formed you. His patterned you after the picture He had in His mind of you. His eyes saw you before You were formed and He wrote in His book all the days that You would experience. He knew exactly what You would be going through each day and what difficulties you would encounter; the joys that you would experience as well as the hurts.
He understands your feelings because He made you as a person who would laugh and cry; be able to identify with other's needs and hurts and feel happiness as well as sorrow. The NLT says in verse 16:
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
God is intimately involved in your life. He understands why you feel the way you do. There is no need to be disappointed with who you are or how you act as He made you and is changing you by the day. He is involved with every aspect of your life.
Psalm 139:7-10 NLT I can never escape from Your spirit! I can never get away from Your presence! If I go up to heaven, You are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, You are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there Your hand will guide me, and Your strength will support me.
There is no place where you can go to get away from God. He knows every step that you take and your destination even before you go. This was very comforting to me as I prepared to leave my home in Missouri to move to Tennessee with my husband. Even though I didn't know anyone here in Tennessee but my husband I was assured that God knew where I was going and would be here with me. He never runs away from us or leaves us to our own defenses when we are in uncharted territory. He is right there with us supporting us each step of the way! Even great oceans cannot separate us from Him.
Psalm 139:17, 18 NLT How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, you are still with me!
Have you ever walked along the beach and thought about how many grains of sand there are? It seems like as far as you could dig there is sand. It is everywhere! That's how many thoughts God has of you. You are always on His mind! He loves you! He is still there when you wake up in the morning. He doesn't walk out on you while you are still asleep!
Psalm 139:14 NLT Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it.
God doesn't make junk! He makes the best quality and puts His best efforts into His creation! We need to thank Him for His work in creating us instead of hating ourselves because we don't think we look the way we should or act as we should. When we see the flaws in a piece of quality furniture we say it has character; it isn't just like the next piece and yet when we see things in ourselves that indicate our humanity, we often belittle ourselves instead of thanking God for making us who we are!
Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
God didn't quit when He created you! He continues to work in your life every day. He will perfect or complete whatever concerns you. He doesn't forsake the work of His hands!
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Child of God, He has begun a good work in you and He will continue to work in your life until Jesus returns. He will complete the work He has begun in you. Look up to Him when you feel discouraged. Tell Him about your problems and allow Him to wrap His loving arms around you. Don't be discouraged over the disappointments that you see in yourself. We are “human” beings; not “perfect” beings! We are individuals formed by the Master's hands; created in His likeness and image to do what He has created us to do and be.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
God created you in His image and likeness and gave you dominion over all His creation. The only one that He didn't give you dominion over was another person. All other created beings and the earth was given to man to subdue and have dominion over. He intended for His man to be above and not beneath; the head and not the tail; to be prosperous enough to give a supply for the needs of those around him. God created you as a winner; not a loser. When will you begin to live up to what you were created to be?
Genesis 1:28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God blessed man after He created him! And He is still passing out His blessings on your life as each day passes! Enjoy the life God has given you! Don't feel that you have been cheated because you don't have something that someone else has. Give every day to God and thank Him for what He has done in you and for you! Enjoy where you are on the way to where you are going. Don't wait to be happy when this or that happens, or you get to something certain stage in life. Enjoy every day and live as if it is your last one!
Father, I thank You for creating us in Your image and likeness! Thank You for making us just the way you wanted each of us to be as individuals! And thank You for continuing to bless us and work in our lives. May we each live up to the potential that You have placed within us, being the over comers that You intend for us to be and taking our rightful place in You over the forces of darkness that try to hinder us from living our lives to the fullest. May You be glorified in Your creation today, Father. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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