Let Freedom Reign

freedomAs our Heavenly Father, God delights in giving good gifts to us, His children (Matthew 7:11). Sometimes, however, a false view of who we are can ensnare us, making us feel unworthy to receive all that He has for us.

Listen to what God says about you personally:

  • You are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  • You are a conquer through Him (Romans 8:37).
  • You are a child of God (1 John 3:1).
  • In this world, we are like Christ (1 John 4:17).
  • You have in you One who is greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).
  • Through Christ, you are an heir (Galatians 4:7).
  • We are given victory through Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57).

If you belong to Christ, you have the Spirit of God on the inside of you, and there is freedom where the Spirit of the Lord is (2 Corinthians 3:17). Let the chains of the enemy’s lies, which tell you that you aren’t worthy to receive from God, fall from your heart. Feel His freedom wash over you, enabling you to receive all of the blessings made available to you as His beloved child. Let freedom reign!

Our Daddy

daddyPicture a child walking alongside their father. They prattle on about whatever comes to mind. They are certain that daddy is listening, because he cares about everything that concerns them. As long as he is there with them, they are not afraid of anything. They know that he loves them and will protect them from all harm. They smile up at him confidingly, confidence in his love written all over their face.

This is how it should be with us and God. He is our Heavenly Daddy. He cares for us with a love which far surpasses that of even the best of earthly parents. He knows us intimately, counting even the hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30).  He invites us to get to know Him better – to grow in a relationship that reaches deeper than any other ever could. Why do we so often turn down this invitation? Why do we shrink from the One who loves us the most? Why do we turn away?

In many cases we do this out of a sense of fear. We’re afraid to draw near to Him because we don’t feel as if we are good enough to do so. We’re always conscious of having done this wrong or fallen short of that standard. Such being the case, we don’t view ourselves as worthy to take Him up on His offer. Surely, we think, it couldn’t be meant for us             anyway . . .

All the while we fail to see things as God sees them. Our wrongdoing did at one point separate us from God, but at the cross Jesus took our sin upon Himself so that we could be made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Because of what Christ has done for us, God declares that He remembers our sins no more (Hebrews 8:12).  Jesus’ sacrifice made us holy once and for all (Hebrews 10:10). Therefore, there is no longer any need for us to feel a sense of distance between ourselves and God.

Knowing this enables us, through Christ, to approach God with the freedom and confidence of a child running to their dearly loved daddy (Ephesians 3:12).  Unlike some earthly parents, His love for us is unfailing. Allow His perfect love to drive away every sense of fear (1 John 4:18) and unworthiness from your life. Come to Him and assume your position as His child today.

The Right Path

pathAre you at a crossroad, wondering which way to go? Contemplating what move to make? Trying to figure out what comes next?

When pondering the future, rest assured that God has a plan for your life. He knew you before you were born. He tenderly fashioned you in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). You are NOT an accident! God made you, and He has a purpose designed specifically for you. He knows the plans He has for you (Jeremiah 29:11), beginning with a close, intimate relationship with Him and continuing on into an abundant life (John 10:10) filled with meaning. No matter what you feel or what those around you may say, choose to believe this.

The plans God has for you are good! They are plans to prosper you, not to harm you – plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). As your Heavenly Father, He delights in seeing you thrive.  Don’t be afraid to follow His path for you.

He wants to lead and guide you in all He has for you, if you will listen. He promises that “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’ (Isaiah 30:21).”  Amidst the busyness of everyday life, take time to communicate with Him and hear His voice of guidance. Wait for it expectantly, confident  that you are His child and He wants to communicate with you. When He shows you which way to go, follow His direction. He has great things in store for you!

Whatever point you’re at in life, know that God has a plan for you – a marvelous plan, which He wants to guide you in walking out. If you’re in need of direction, take time and ask Him to show you the next step. Pray to Him, and He will answer you (Jeremiah 33:3). Trust Him to lead you down the right path for your life.

God Loves Me

heartGod loves me. How many times have we been told that God loves us? After hearing it so often, we sometimes fail to recognize the significance of these oft-repeated words.

It was God’s love for us that prompted Him to send His Son to save us. We had transgressed His commands repeatedly and gone our own way, yet He loved us enough to give His life for us.  It takes strong, passionate, selfless devotion to do something like that – the kind of love God has for us. He demonstrated His love clearly by giving His son for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). Considering what He’s done for us, how could we ever doubt His affection?

1 John 4:19 tell us that we love because God first loved us. Only by comprehending the greatness of His affection for us personally can we begin to truly love Him, those around us, or even ourselves. Many people judge themselves very harshly. They dislike so many things about themselves. Nothing about them ever seems good enough in their own eyes.  Because of how they view themselves, they fall for the lie that they are unlovable. Their pain gives them more of a tendency to lash out at those around them. The people they hurt are more apt to spread the pain further, and so it continues. Yet it all stems back to not understanding the undying affection of the our Lord and Savior. This is why it is so important for us to grasp the width and length, and height and depth, of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18-19).

God loves us. He wants us to understand that. Not merely to give mental assent to the fact, but to truly believe it in our hearts. He wants to show us how much He really cares for us. All we need to do is to be willing to listen. I challenge you to ask God to reveal His love to you. He stands ready and waiting to do so. Take time to consider what His Word has to say on the subject. Discover the reality of His love for you today!

Here are a few of the verses that speak of God’s great love:

  • God has lavished His love upon us, in calling us His children (1 John 3:1).
  • The Bible’s definition of love is this – that God loved us, and sent His Son as a sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10).
  • The love of our Heavenly Father endures forever (Psalm 107:1).
  • His love reaches to the heavens (Psalm 36:5).
  • Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:38-39).

The Purpose of Called and Created

cross What is the purpose of Called and Created? Is it just another site among the millions of others already on the internet?  What sets it apart? What is it aiming to accomplish?

Called and Created is all about sharing what Jesus has done – how “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians  5:21). Our right standing with God is offered as a free gift which we receive through faith. It is “not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). This is the gospel, the good news of Christ. It is the power of God save all who believe (Romans 1:16). It is what transforms lives.

The significance and life-changing influence of the gospel does not start and finish when an individual receives salvation (though this is the initial and most important step of the journey). It continues on to impact every part of our lives in which we are willing to trust in Jesus’ redemptive work. It accomplishes what our effort and all our own strength is incapable of bringing about. Only when we turn to God, trusting in His grace and mercy, does lasting change takes place.

God longs to reveal the truth of the depth of His love and grace to each of us, daily deepening our understanding of all His Son accomplished on our behalf at the cross. As we experience His boundless affection for us, we are capable of proclaiming the good news of what Christ has done. Called and Created aims to share this good news. This is the purpose of Called and Created.

We are part of His family (called by His name).  As we experience His grace and mercy, we display it to the world around us (created for His glory).  May you realize that you are called and created!

Why Called and Created?

small logoWhy Called and Created? What does it even mean? This name comes from Isaiah 43:7, where God speaks of those who are called by His name and created for His glory. What do these phrases signify?

To better understand, consider how we inherit our father’s last name upon birth. People call us by this name. It is a sign that we belong to our particular family. It’s the same when we received salvation. Having been born again, God is now our Heavenly Father. We are called by His name, declaring us part of His family.

Before becoming part of the body of Christ, we were separated from God – without hope and without Him in the world. (Ephesians 2:12) Still, because of His great love for us, while we were as yet dead in our transgressions, God made us alive with Christ. (Ephesians 2:15) Our eyes were opened to the truth of the gospel, and we made the decision to receive His offered salvation. As recipients of His unequaled goodness, we show off to the world His incomparable grace. We were created for His glory – to display His mercy and kindness in our own lives, that others might recognize it and respond by turning towards and glorifying Him. Having experienced His surpassing love, we possess the privilege of sharing it with others.

Called and Created is more than just a name for a website. It tells us who we are and explains our purpose. We are God’s children – called by His name. We display His love and grace – created for His glory. This is the significance of Called and Created.