Matthew 18:20

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. More »

Romans 1:7

Romans 1:7

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. More »

Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. More »

Romans 5:1

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: More »

 

I Need a Mouth Guard

A God Incident

Buffing Out the Imperfections

And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. Ezekiel 36:26

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my behavior. I keep hearing in my head that I am not good enough, that I shouldn’t have said this thing or that thing. It’s pretty much a constant barrage of negativity that only I can hear. I know Satan is trying to discourage me and make me feel bad. Right now, the battle is fierce.

The good news is that God is countering. In my time with him he is providing Bible texts and thoughts and devotions that talk about how he keeps working. He doesn’t give up on us. We are his masterpiece after all. As the Master Artist, he has a plan for our lives.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

There are a couple of things I’ve realized on this particular journey.

  1. I am not alone in this. I know there are a lot of people out there that Satan tries to bring down with his negative commentary. Ignore him. He’s just trying to hurt you and God’s plan for your life.
  2. We can’t totally ignore what we know we need to change. I know there are character traits I need to grow (or eliminate). I know there are areas where I need to face my sin and ask God for help. I need to have a new heart and a new spirit that want to be more like Jesus. There are days when my heart is stony and stubborn. Those days I especially need to rely on God to change me.
  3. I also know that no matter what, God wants what’s best for me. He wants me to be more like him. He wants me to grow. More importantly, he is not giving up on this masterpiece until it is finished. He’s not giving up on your masterpiece either. He is going to keep chiseling, sanding, and buffing until his work of art, you, is complete.

In summary, ignore the mean voice, pay attention to where you need God’s artistic touch and be willing. God will do the rest. It’s his specialty as the Master.

–Elaine (Thought4theday.com)

Trust that Can’t Be Shaken

You Need to Feel the Storm

Have You Ever Answered The Question?

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:13-16 NIV)

The other night in a book club we looked at this verse. The answer to who do people say Jesus is can be as varied as the number of people you ask. In our society, it is sometimes thought of as politically incorrect to even ask. And we tread so lightly around this topic that we don’t really even think about it for ourselves.

As the conversation in the group turned to the next question Jesus asked “How about you? Who do you say I am?” we each shared who he was to us. Some of the answers were:

He gave me purpose

My Provider

My Best Friend

He shows me who I am and who I want to be

He gave me fulfillment and purpose

My Dream Maker

He is what I need

For every one of us, the answer is different. And for each of us individually, the answer varies at different times. One day I may recognize him as my Provider. The next day I may recognize him as my Dream Maker. Heck, even in the next moment I could recognize him as my Friend.

God is so multi-faceted. In the Bible, he showed up in novel ways to each person that encountered him. He is not a cookie-cutter God. For each and every one of us he will be something personal. He will show up how we need it, when we need it at exactly the right time. I praise Him for that! If he didn’t, the walk wouldn’t be so exciting.

How about you? Who do you say Jesus is? Make it personal.

–Elaine (thought4theday.com)