Tuesday, August 27, 2013


Jesus is all I need. My heart trusts in Him. The problem is never with Him.  He is perfect and righteous. From Him comes All I need. He does not disappoint.

Monday, August 26, 2013

These are exactly what I need right now.
 Jesus knows what will happen, and I am glad I have a safe place to fall!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Christ's Preeminence

“For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him, all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church: who is beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.” –Colossians 1:16
When Paul, the author of this passage, is writing to the church in Colosse from prison in Rome, he is describing the magnitude of who God is, what He has done for us, and how He is sufficient -- contradicting the false teachers that were preaching a ‘fake gospel’ to the Body there.  In the study passage, he emphasizes God’s greatness with phrases such as “for by Him all things were created”, “He is before all things”, “by Him all things consist”, and “He is the head of the body (church)”.
The word heaven, in verse 16, means what comes to our minds: the entire universe. That definition is simple, but profound in the light of what Paul is trying to communicate: God is the Creator, and all things are under His feet, even the entire universe! The definition of the word thrones surprised me; it means “a chair of state having a footstool”. Basically any authority in this world, or anybody who has power, influence and a say.  The word principalities means “angels or demons”, or the supernatural realm.  God created all of this, and it is ALL underneath His feet! All of this was created by Him, with His very breath, His very words, His very life.  Because of His superiority to the creation, we are alive! We survive and exist and consist. When Paul says that all things were not only made by Him but for Him, I immediately think that God created us to love Him back, to worship Him and to have a relationship with Him, not just to exist.  What else would we be created for? If all of these things are under His feet, and we are in Him, what does that say about us?  I have the same power inside of me that raised Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11)!
Jesus is the head of the church. In a family, the father is the ‘head’ of his home. That means he leads, corrects, and has a relationship with his wife and children.  Head means “anything supreme, chief, prominent, or the corner stone”. If an earthly father leads his family in the way he thinks is right, how much more will Jesus lead His children, His church, in the right path (Pro. 4:11)?  Jesus is the foundation of the church, the cornerstone, the canon-tested (and proven) Messiah – He will not lead us astray.
What did Paul mean by saying that Jesus is the firstborn from the dead?  He obviously didn’t mean the first person to ever die. In Romans 8:29 Paul writes that Jesus is the ‘firstborn of many brethren’. If He is the firstborn, then we are to follow in His footsteps and do what He did. In the study passage Paul phrases it as Him being the ‘firstborn from the dead’. That doesn’t just mean that we die… the word ‘from’ indicates that He has risen! He was the first to overcome Death with the Impossible Life.  He has given us a way to do the same, if only we die to our flesh, clothe ourselves in Him and rise to newness of life.
When Paul is writing to the Colossians of who God is, he is so sure and confident that God is everything that he is describing! He is declaring God to be:
  • The Creator
  • He is before all things
  • By Him all things consist
  • All things are made by and for Him
  • The Head of the Body of Christ
  • The Beginning
  • The Firstborn from the dead
  • The Preeminent One
One of the things that is so amazing about Paul’s attitude while writing this letter is that there is no self portrayed through his words.  The study passage was written while in prison, and in Colossians Paul did not complain about his surroundings or ask for anything for himself. It was all about Jesus. Is my life all about Jesus? In my dark times do I find joy and peace in praising the name of my King? Can I make a list like the one above and rejoice in all that He is?
He is to be first in everything (“that in all things He might have the preeminence.”). The meaning of the word preeminence is “to be first, to hold the first place, to be above or before others, superior, surpassing, to be first in influence”.  To be first in our influence is saying a lot about who is actually first in our lives! If I am listening to other voices or other distractions, how can Christ be my first influence? For Him to be first in my life I need to remove distractions and other influences.The church in Colosse had been given a false Gospel and were being focused on legalism (ie, distractions) by other teachers after the church planter (I’m supposing Epaphras) had left. The entire book/letter of Colossians is telling them of how sufficient Christ is, and how we need to focus on following Him, not other distractions (in the book Paul mentions ‘new moons’, ‘sabbaths’, etc).  That applies to my life as well as the Colossians. The things mentioned above are not bad things in and of themselves, but when they become higher than Jesus, or a distraction from focusing completely on Him. I don’t focus on new moons and sabbaths, but other things sometimes grab for my attention or ‘suck me in’.  I need to remove those things or tune them out or severely limit them, so that I can always have JESUS running in my thoughts, my words, and my actions.
If I had to sum up what this passage is about, I would definitely focus on the fact that Christ is preeminent. He is to be first in every aspect of life. He is to be first in my influences. That means no distractions! The King of the universe created every single thing, even the things beyond my comprehension, and yet this very same God wants to have intimacy with me. Will I die to my flesh daily and allow Jesus’ life to run my life? Will I choose to live the way He asks me to?  He is worthy! He is deserving of everything I can give Him, since He first gave everything for me. We love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). I should consider dying to my flesh a daily privilege!

Monday, May 6, 2013

the Lord hath sworn

Ahhh!   It's good to be back. :)  

So, have I mentioned that God is good? Really good, amazing, and holy..... ALL THE TIME?  In case you didn't know, my family is adopting a sibling pair from Colombia! We call them JJ on the Internet.  If you want to read the AMAZING testimony about how it all got started, read savedtolove.blogspot.com.    After a testing of faith when we discovered that we could no longer adopt JJ, the couple who was originally pursuing them dropped out, and we got the kids! Yes!  Well.... not so fast. It turned out that the orphanage refused the letter of intent, and had placed JJ with an Italian couple...   because mom and dad had biological children.

Fast forward one week ago.  Sweaty kids, badminton rackets, swishing sounds.  Cheers after beating a really tall guy in my class soon turned to dismay as I lost game after game, and ended up in ninth place on the board.  Well, I did win one other time. Right after I looked towards the door of the gym and saw my mom's sobbing figure.  The first thought was "who died; who's hurt; are you okay".  The next thought was "she's smiling and laughing while crying..... what is going on?"   So I ran over, and before I could even ask what happened, she blurted, "They've backed out! The Italian couple has backed out and the orphanage wants to know if we want JJ!"  I stood in shock, then smiled, then excitedly explained everything to my friend standing next to me with a confused look on his face, then hugged that friend's sister who did know our story and had been praying with us, and then whooped my next badminton challenge.   God is faithful... the Lord hath sworn!

So, this has to be quick, because I still have my math to finish up, but seriously!  God is an awesome God! How many adoptions do you know of where two.... TWO.... families have backed out, and God has shown himself strong, worthy, and unfailing?     Well, you've seen one if you're reading this!  So I just wanted to put God's goodness out for all to see! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

The LORD hath sworn.  He's promised. He does not fail.  Ever.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

reality check.

Sometimes I feel like life is so mundane, that my life is so boring, or that God can not really use me for the BIG impacts both He and I desire.  I'm not old enough to go do things or go to places I would love to, and I just can never seem to reach that level of 'spiritualness' that makes me feel good.  Life seems to be for those other people, the ones that are older or wiser or whatever.  And then that check in my spirit comes.
It's not about how I feel, or even about me.  A really gripping image was presented in a book called crazy love by Francis Chan.  He gave the analogy that you are an extra in a movie, and you are so excited that you go around telling everyone you know about this movie about you. Then your friends watch it and are like "dude, we saw the back of your head, that's not a movie about you".  But we act as if the movie of life is all about us when every single scene is purposed to bring GLORY TO GOD. All that we were created for was to bring glory to the creator, to the One behind it all.


Every single action we take, every breath, blink, heartbeat, it's all for Him.  Every single thing on planet earth was created for Him... including us.  So why can't we get that into our heads?  He loves us too much to leave us in the state of mind that life is about us. When you are dead, no one will care about the clothes you wore, the car you drove, the phone case you showed off, or even your grades. Sure, we get caught up in all the business of these things. But how many of us are thinking about how we leave this earth? Will we leave a legacy of being Christ-like?  Will our friends proudly tell their children of their friend who gave up everything and forsook this world to follow the footsteps of God Almighty? Or are we concerned that we don't have the newest shoes, purse, or clothing item? Think about it. We have a two second scene in God's movie of life. How will we use the precious time alloted to us? God is screaming at us "reality check!", and we just relax and go shopping.  Is this life making a difference, creating a dent in history, being written about in the Lambs Book of Life?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

to be a used vessel.

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The fact that God Himself is wooing me... to be His pure and spotless bride... unfathomable.  I am so imperfect, so far from His standard. Yet He wants me.  He sees what men don't. He sees the beauty inside, the light that has been so diminished because of sin.  And He woos me.  The word "woo" literally means 'to pursue; to seek to win.'  Jesus is pursuing my heart.  He is wrapping His gentle, loving arms around me and asking me to lay it all at His feet.  That's just it. To fall in love with my Lord I must leave everything. "Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house." (Ps. 45:10)  Nothing else has any value once you have found the one whom your soul loves.  The odd thing is, I'm not completely in love with Him myself.  I'm still in a process.  I'm learning that as you give up yourself to find Him, He fills you with what really matters - Him.  I am so ready to be rid of me, but it is such a struggle to give up all my fleshly desires to seek His face!  But He does keep His promises, and one of them is that those who seek will find!  I know and am fully assured that my God will keep His promises! He has filled me with a faith from Heaven. What my God says was not said in vain.  The words of God Almighty are the words of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! He is faithful, always, to forgive me and welcome me back into the circle of blessing. To be inside of His arms, protected and cherished, is such an amazing thing!  To know that my choice to give up myself, and my decision to let His blood cover me, is allowing me a place in His heart, and a spot to worship in Heaven!  To know that my life could end this minute,  but I'll still be His.  Because at the throne of God, I ca point to Jesus and say, "He is all I have to say.  He is everything. My Lord died for me."  And to see my Beloved speak in my defense, on my behalf!  What kind of love is this?  It is a love that is so perfect, so righteous, so blindingly right, that it demands my very life. But for a Man who gave His best-his life-for me, how can I do anything less than give my insignificant life for His purposes, and His holy, righteous desire?  To be a used vessel for Jesus is counted a privilege!     

Saturday, February 16, 2013

i can't help but love.

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He just wants me.  Simply asks me to give my life.  Life for life. It's that simple. I don't have to put on an act for Him.  He sees all, knows all, feels all my joy and pain with me.  What a blessing it is to know that He is not at all like other humans! He is, infinite in His wisdom, sovereign beyond our comprehension, and totally unstoppable.  He created the heavens and the earth, everything in it and everything out there in space.  He's the Victor who will take me home to be with Him forever. Me. He desires to take me home. His home.  The place that will forever be His, regardless of our choices.  With a billion angles singing His praises, He should be content up there.  But my God is a jealous God. He wants me. and you.  He walked these dusty, earthen roads and pointed to humans like us. "Follow me."  It's crazy! The God of the universe, of heaven, wants us to follow Him.  To join Him in paradise - a place that is perfect because He is. He sees the heart.  Not the mistakes. He can push those aside with a whisper of a breath - He already did.  On the cross, His longing for His bride spilled out in the form of death. And He died so that we wouldn't have to.  Love at it's zenith.  He is the ultimate sacrifice!  Not because He felt obligated to die, but out of love. Love.  Everything He is.  He died to defeat death.  Death begets life!

I sit here in awe, overwhelmed. I can hardly fathom what He's done!  And all He asks is for me to follow Him! Of course I will accept His offer. Why should I care what everyone else thinks?

Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, [that] someone said to Him, "Lord, I will follow You wherever You go."  And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air [have] nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay [His] head." The He said to another "Follow Me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father."  Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the Kingdom of God." And another also said, "Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house." But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." Luke 9: 57-62

But not only did Jesus die and ask us to follow Him, He asks us to give up - to lay down - our very lives.  And if we do follow Him- I can't look back. My old man is gone. Dead. Forget to say goodbye; follow Jesus with reckless abandon! Let the dead bury their own dead - Jesus died so that we may live and have eternal life!  NOTHING ELSE MATTERS NOW. No one who begins to work, and looks back, is fit for the kingdom of God.  I have to keep the prize always before my eyes! Keep my heart focused on Jesus.  No looking back.  I can't. My old man is long dead and gone. Even a quick backward glance could cause me to stumble.  I want to win this race, and will keep the Lord's sacrifice and unending love before my eyes.

Because when you're in love, you're not distracted with the other lovers of the world. You can't help but give your all.

Friday, February 1, 2013

only what's done for Christ will last.

There are just times when I am so frustrated.  I get so conscious of other's mistakes and mess ups.  All I can see is what is wrong with them.  There are the times when I can't simply understand what made a person say that to me, or why they would say that.  There are times when I simply want to throw a temper tantrum or throw something up against the wall. There are those times when I want to do the right thing, but can't help but be blinded by the Flesh. Until I cry out.

I've been going through the above lately, just wondering why some things bother me or why people say what they say.  I try to make them perfect. But I can't.  I want to force my convictions on someone, make them see the way I see on a matter. A friend I have doesn't see eye to eye on the topic of dating. Does that give me the right to force the 'no dating' thing down her throat so she can be 'more like Jesus'?  Am I in control here, or is He?  I don't control people. They have choices. People choose to believe what they believe.  I can't force my beliefs on them. People choose to say what they say. I can't control that. They have choices.  But so do I.

I can choose to return a snide remark with one of life or death.  I can choose to stay silent and pray my life lives out what I say when someone doesn't see my way.  I can choose to show Love. I can choose to show Jesus.  He is always waiting to be chosen, to be sought after.  I can choose to seek His face in prayer, in study.  If I say I believe all this, then I'd better be living it out.

"But wilt thou know... that faith without works is dead?" 
James 2:20

"Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?"
James 3:11

I tell others about my faith. Let my life be the proof that Jesus is alive! Do I live out what I advise my friends to do? Am I giving them the talk, but not backing it up?  I can choose to be the one that people say lives what she says.  Others may not agree with me, but I know that their opinion can't sway mine!  Jesus is my God, and what He says goes! Jesus is in me.  He's the captain of this ship. I lighten the load when He orders me to.  I can't be the ship and the captain at the same time. I would crash; everything would be a mess.  So my life is either fully devoted to Him or not.  I cannot be bearing bad fruit saying I am of His vine. I need sweet waters to back up the words! Words without action is nothing. Just filling empty space.  Everything I say must be backed up by actions.  Always.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

look like love.

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It's up to you and me to leave a legacy. If we're all they ever see I wanna look like love. 
//Britt Nicole

My Lord is love. My Lord is peace. He is joy. Self-control. Gentleness. Patience. Kindness. He is just. Mighty. So overwhelmingly good to me.  He is the Prince of Peace. The King of all Kings. Lord of Lords.  Salvation. Savior. The Intercessor.  The Lamb that was slain.  The Resurrected Life.  My life. My All in All.  My Redeemer.  My Everything. Words cannot describe just how good and loving my God is.  Just how amazing he is.  When all else fails -- He remains.  He is. Was. Always will be.  There's no stopping my God.

What's just as amazing is that He's inside of me.  What He is capable of, I am capable of. Through Him. Only through Him can I -- can we -- live out His plan.  He's the Creator. The only One capable of anything. It's only by His choice that each and every one of us live each day.  Without Him our lives - our universe - wouldn't exist.  What an amazing joy to give your life and heart to Him.  So, when all else fails, let me be found in the Rock of my salvation! May I look like Him, live like Him. May I look like Love.

  1 Corinthians 13

Saturday, January 12, 2013

of fathers and faith.

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What an encouragement my father is!  What an example of what a man of God is to look like. Better yet, the faith that has been coming out of him lately has been so inspiring.  During a long hour and a half drive a couple of days ago, just him and I had such a God-filled talk. About what the Lord was doing in each of our lives.  About the common denominator of the past few days and weeks: faith.  What an increase of faith I receive listening to my father share his heart, watching his eyes fill with tears at remembering a word he had received years ago, and now seeing the application of that long forgotten word to his present life.  There has been a girl at our church who has been very sick lately.  When  my dad heard about it from our pastor, he began to pray. It wasn't just "Lord, make so-and-so better". No, these were prayers of faith! Casting the sickness out of the girl's body with authority!

These conversations and prayers aren't the only thing that has boosted my faith recently.  My father has a close friend, who owns a gym, and trains quite a few people.  A big guy, while training, fell and hurt his ankle or knee, and couldn't get up and walk.  Immediately my coach (with all the other people around)  walked over to the guy, laid hands on him, and told the man to get up and walk.  The guy was completely normal again! He was healed!  Many things like this have been happening lately.  It's not just for "Bible times", but for today. It has been boosting my faith, and my father's.  In fact, when hearing about the sick girl from church, he and a few men went over and prayed for her.  With faith, and with authority from Heaven.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater [works] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." 
John 14:12

We have authority from Heaven. God has given it to us.  When we accept Jesus into our hearts and become His, we are one with Him. We're considered Christ's brothers! We're a child of the King. We get the same authority Jesus had here on earth!  (And Jesus still has that authority, by the way). We have the power to watch someone get healed, to rise up and walk!  We have the power, in Jesus' name, to command the enemy to flee. Faith comes through prayer. If we are not constantly abiding in Christ, and seeking His face in prayer, how are we going to have faith to believe that someone will be saved, or healed?  Faith is for today.  Prayer is for today.  More than ever, because the world shuns it and says we're foolish. But don't the wise things of God confound the wise of this earth?  If our God tells us to do something, then I will forsake everything to do it! This is the cry of my heart right now: "Jesus, fill me with faith from above!"

May each and every one be filled with faith,  filled with the passion and resolve to do anything for Christ! We're called to our Lord's glory! I'm running after the prize, and I will run until I attain it! If others think I'm silly or delusional, well then, so be it.  I'm for Jesus!

"Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this [which is done] to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done."  
Matthew 21:21

"And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you."  
Matthew 17:21 (emphasis added)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

trials and tribulations.

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Back in the day before there were factories and machinery to do work for us, there was a process called threshing. It involved wheat, and it involved separation.  You see, on it's own wheat has no value. It is only when the wheat berry has gone through tribulation that it has value and purpose.

Tribulation: an affliction, trouble, etc.

When threshing wheat, the berry would have to go through tribulation. It would go through extreme discomforts to be brought to the place where it could be used. People or workers would beat the wheat to get the chaff to stop clinging to the berry.  Then they would throw up the wheat (along with the aforementioned chaff), and the chaff would blow away in the wind while the wheat came back down. The tribulum, a board with nails, rocks, and spikes protruding from the surface, would be placed facedown on the wheat (which was on the threshing floor) and pulled by horses to separate the chaff from the wheat. The wheat berry would go through this many times to brought to this useful place -- a place where it could help, and not just sit there.  While threshing wheat I'm sure the workers never thought, "Oh, the poor wheat! I am just beating it to death! I'd better stop and give it a break." No, of course not. I'm sure they were looking at the imaginary loaf of bread in their minds as they threw baskets of wheat and chaff into the wind.  

When God allows us to go through hard times, tribulations, does He think that He's hurting us?  That He should stop and give us a break? No! Romans 8:28 states that "all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord".  All things.  When we go through tribulation, then, why do we look at it as 'hard times' or say to ourselves and others "This is simply a terrible time!" Why don't we look at it as it is?  God allowing His life to be formed in us through trials and tribulations! 

"His winnowing fan [is] in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
Matthew 3:12

I want to be the wheat that gets stored in His barn! I want to be the one that gets accepted into His kingdom, into Heaven, because I obeyed and surrendered my flesh to Him in those times of trial.  Every day we are faced with the tiny trials, the small decisions that give liberty to either the Spirit or the Flesh.  In 2011 my family went on a missions trip to Mexico, and I saw a sign hanging on a wall that told the story of some fable.  It was about a man telling his grandson that two, hungry dogs were fighting inside of him. One was all good, and the other was all bad.  The grandson asked which was winning. The grandfather simply responded with, "The one I feed the most."    Which are we feeding the most? The Holy Spirit inside of us, or our old man, the Flesh?  When the Lord allows us to go through trials and tribulations, it is because He loves us! He loves us so much that He can't leave us in this place of mixture.  When we go through through our 'hard times', even though it may be painful (which most of the time it is), He is simply separating the chaff from the precious wheat. He has a grand design, an amazing purpose for our lives, and to use us He needs us. He doesn't want or need our sin, our chaff.  He needs what He created to fulfill His plan.  Yeah, life is tough. I'm the first to admit it, trust me! But when looked at as opportunities instead of stumbling blocks, the Lord can use all things for His glory and His praise.

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."  
John 16:33 (emphasis added)

Am I allowing His life to be formed in me?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

call to glory.

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Oh, for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer's praise! How great is my God! My Savior! How He loves me, I can never comprehend. Why He sacrificed Himself for me, I'll never understand the boundless wonders of His heart!  But to give myself back to Him for His service, I gladly do! I fling my self at His precious feet...break my box of precious spikenard upon the holy ground upon which He stands.  How holy is my Lord!  This night, where the stars shine gently above the gray, dark clouds which cover the sky, I am filled with such a peace. A peace that comes from above. He is all that needs to fill my heart.  He is everything.  His manifold wisdom will forever confound me, but to it will I look. To Him will I look. He is my all!

His arms are wrapped around me, whispering to me His great promises. Though this world throws out many little and great distractions, I press in, I close in, lean in closer to hear His voice. Listening for His holy word.  His command. "Lord, what would you have me do?"  Here I am, send me.  God is always speaking. Every moment of every day.  But are we listening?  He is forever whispering His will, His desires for the Body of Christ. Are we listening?  I desire to be so close to Him, to always keep my eyes upon His, to watch where He points me to go. "Go unto all the world and deliver My gospel to those who don't yet know the limitlessness of My Love!"  Will I go?  There are orphans lost. Physically and spiritually. There are people chained. Physically and spiritually. Do I have what it takes to give up my time, my money, my desires -- to go unto them to SAVE them? As Jesus did?

I lean in to hear Him. As His tender word reaches my ears, my heart breaks.  Am I willing?  I am sweetly broken in His presence, quiet as it may be, while in the background I listen to the rich conversation of the wise.  Will I ever be as wise and discerning as they are? As my parents and their friends?  Lord, come into my heart and grow me! Stretch me! As Your presence surrounds this place where I am, I am drawn.  I want more.  It's like I'm seeing for the first time!  You want me to be so surrendered.  So broken. So break me. And then heal me.  Make me vulnerable to You, to be used.  Use me, Father!  Consume me.  Come inside of me.

With everything I do, may it be to bring glory and honor to the King's name.  I will GO. I will be spent. Wherever He leads me, I will follow.  I want to be wise, with His wisdom.  With everything He is.  I am confident that though I may stumble, I won't fall, but be drawn ever closer! May this and everything be for the King and His glory.  He is calling. I want to answer Him with my life. He is calling us all to attain His glory! To attain His life!  I will press on with everything. Hold me accountable. Hold me to His standard.  I am called to glory. His glory, His life.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Lord, make me more like You!

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When we talk or ask each other about our New Year’s resolutions, we usually have something in mind like “eat healthier”, “get better grades”, etc.  While those are good things to aim for, is that what we should be so definite and earnest about? To make a resolution means to resolve, to determine to do something. To resolve means to come to definite decision... As this new year is just now upon us, I’ve been thinking a lot about my resolutions, and I do believe every Christian should have this at the top of his/her’s list...

Lord, make me more like You!

There’s nothing more important than becoming more and more like our Heavenly Father. He created us in his image*, and that doesn’t just mean two arms, two legs and a head. He is LOVE, and He created us to be like HIM!  The reason He died for all of us down here on earth was because, first of all, He wanted to have a personal relationship with the people He created, and to do that, we needed to be brought back to what we were in Him before the Fall.  When our Lord made us (in His image), He made us worth far more than gold!  We are precious in His sight**. He sees our worth. He sees what are in Him. Not what we are outside of Him. Why would I ever be so selfish to think that I'm anything outside of Him?  If He loved us so much to DIE, why would we ever just sit back and say a simple "thank you", thinking we're all that great on our own without Him and that we can handle our own lives??  Shouldn't we be prostrate before Him, weeping with joy, and vowing to serve Him forever -- wherever we go or whatever we do? I want to do that... I want to serve Him.  This year, more than I ever have before. I want to be so in love with my Creator, with my Savior, that I don't care what I look like to this world!  He needs to be my Life. My Breath. My All In All. My One and Only.  My Everything.

I pray that this year the cry of my heart would be "Lord, make me more like You!" I don't want this world. I don't need this world.  All I need is the Lover of my Soul, the One who created me. I am precious in His sight! I don't need the world's opinion! I don't need your opinion! I know what my God says about me, and what He requires of me.  I pray that I would be listening to His sweet voice, that I would be drawn into His presence through prayer.  May every one of us purpose to make the Lord our priority this year!

*Gen. 1:27
**Lam 4:2