Forgiven Much, Love Much

Forgiven Much, Love MuchWeek 7 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly over. This week’s reading was Luke 3-8. These chapters speak mainly of Jesus’ baptism and genealogy, when He was tempted in the wilderness, Him calling His disciples, several of His encounters with the Pharisees, as well as some of His miracles, teachings, and parables.

In Luke 7, we read of a woman approaching Jesus while He was having dinner at the house of one of the Pharisees. She wet His feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, kissed them, and poured perfume on them. This woman had lived a sinful lifestyle, but in Jesus, she found something different than she’d every experienced – One who was full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Her many sins had been forgiven, resulting in a great love for her Savior. She had been forgiven much, so she loved much.

In the same manner, when we catch a glimpse of the fact all of our sins have been completely forgiven because of what Christ has done for us – that they have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12) – our natural response will be a deep sense of love and gratitude towards our wonderful Savior. His grace will kindle within us an abiding affection for Him.

Know that all of your sins have been forgiven, and that they are remembered no more (Hebrews 8:12). Ask God to give you a fresh revelation of His amazing forgiveness and love!

When You Look At The Sky

When You Look At The Sky“Your lovingkindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” Psalm 36:5, NASB

You are loved with an affection that reaches to the heavens! Your Heavenly Father cares for you in a way that surpasses all imagination. He pursued you to the point of sending His Son to save you by giving His life for you at the cross. No matter what you may be going through, know that you are not alone or forgotten. Your name is written upon the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:16). His love for you knows no bounds!

Your Heavenly Father’s faithfulness reaches to the skies. He is there for you whenever you need Him. He will never abandon you or leave you on your own, no matter what circumstances you may be going through. You can put your trust in Him, with complete confidence in His great faithfulness.

God’s love and faithfulness are beyond measure. Next time you look up at the big, broad sky above you, remember that you are loved with an affection that reaches to the heavens, and that there is One whose faithfulness towards you stretches to the skies!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.” 

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He Is With You

He Is With YouGod is our light and salvation (Psalm 27:1). He is always with us, as a mighty warrior, to save us (Zephaniah 3:17). With Him on our side, we have nothing to fear.

Our God is a good God. His plans for us are for our prosperity, not for our harm (Jeremiah 29:11). Those who seek Him lack no good thing (Psalm 34:10). No matter what your circumstances, trust that your Heavenly Father will take care of you.

Let us set our hope on the Lord, for He will never disappoint. We can place our confidence in His goodness and love. Regardless of whatever situation we may find ourselves in, we will be kept in perfect peace if our mind is stayed on Him (Isaiah 26:3).

The Lord is with you. You have nothing to fear. He is a good God, with good plans for you. Set your hope on Him, and see His provision manifest in your life!

Come To Him

Come To HimWhat are you in need of today? In what area are you experiencing lack? Come to your Heavenly Father. Know that He will supply all of your needs (Philippians 4:19).

Your Daddy in heaven knows what you are in need of before you even ask Him (Matthew 6:8). He sees, He cares, and He wants you to know that He will provide. No matter what your present circumstances, trust that He will take care of you. He is both willing and able to make a way even when it feels like there is none.

He is always with you. He will never leave you on your own, and He wants you to cast all your burdens upon Him (Psalm 55:22). He bids you to be anxious about nothing, but rather to present your requests to Him (Philippians 4:6). There’s no detail concerning you that’s to small for Him to notice, or situation to big for Him to handle, for what is impossible with man is possible with Him (Luke 18:27).

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart, rather than depending on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). As you acknowledge Him in all of your ways, He will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6). You are righteous in Christ, and your prayers avail much (James 5:16)! Instead of looking to the circumstances taking place around you, look to your Heavenly Father, confident that He loves you and that when you call to Him, He will answer you (Jeremiah 33:3)!

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God’s Amazing Affection

God's Amazing AffectionThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Romans 5:8. This verse declares that God demonstrated His love for us in Christ dying for us while we were still sinners.

Very rarely for even a righteous person will someone dare to die (Romans 5:7), yet Christ died for us while we were still sinners. Though there is not one of us that is righteous in and of ourselves (Romans 3:10), Jesus gave His life for us, that we might be saved. How great is the love that would do this! How overwhelming to know that we are cared for in such a way by the King of Kings!

God gave us the best He had to offer. He didn’t spare His own Son, but gave Him up for all of us (Romans 8:32). He proved beyond a shadow of a doubt just how greatly He loves us. It is our privilege to enter into relationship with Him – to be His children, and to be able to call Him our Heavenly Father.

Know that you are loved by the Most High! He loves you so much that while you were still a sinner, He sent His Son to give His life for you, to redeem you. He has bestowed lavish love upon you, in calling you His son or daughter (1 John 3:1). Rest in the assurance of His amazing affection!

The Veil Has Been Torn

The Veil Has Been TornWeek 7 Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Mark 11-16. These chapters speak mainly of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, some of His encounters with the Pharisees, words He spoke to his disciples regarding the end times, the last supper, and His death and resurrection.

Upon Jesus breathing His last, the curtain in the temple split in two (Mark 15:38). In the Old Testament, the temple curtain separated the Holy of Holies – the innermost room, where God’s tangible presence dwelt – from the rest of the temple. Only the high priest was allowed to enter Holy of Holies, and that only once a year, with blood to offer for his sins, and for the sins of the people. The temple curtain separated sinful man from the presence of a holy God.

Because of what Christ has done for us, however, we have been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). We have been made perfect forever by His sacrifice (Hebrews 10:14). Jesus’ death at the cross paid the price for our wrongdoings in full. When He died, the temple veil, which had separated mankind from the presence of God for so many years, was torn in two. Every barrier that stood between us and Him was done away with in Christ. Our sins have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). Our part is simply to receive the salvation offered to us like the free gift that God intended it.

Know that today, because of what Christ has done for you, there is no longer a wall of separation between you and God. The veil has been torn! Approach His throne of grace with the boldness and confidence (Hebrews 4:16) that comes from knowing that nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38-39)!

“At the cross I bow my knee, where your blood was shed for me, there’s no greater love than this. You have overcome the grave, glory fills the highest place, what can separate me now . . . You tore the veil, you made a way, when you said that it is done.”

Faith In God’s Promises

Faith In His PromisesSometimes the winter can seem to last forever, causing one to long for warm sunshine, bright blue skies, the beautiful flowers of spring, and the cheery singing of birds. Even on the coldest days of winter, however, we don’t doubt the coming of spring. We know that no matter how things may look at the time, it is on its way.
Faith In His Promises

 

In the same manner, we can trust that no matter what our circumstances, God’s promises to us are true, and that they will come to pass in our lives. Despite how things may currently look, we can be confident in the knowledge that whatever we ask for, in faith and believing, we will receive (Mark 11:24).

What are you believing God for? Know that those who ask will receive (Matthew 7:6). Have faith in God’s promises to you!

Faith In His Promises

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The Gift Of No Condemnation

The Gift Of No CondemnationRomans 8:1 says that there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ. Today, no matter what you have done or failed to do, there is no condemnation for you in Him!

Why is there no condemnation for those who are in Christ? Romans 8:2 gives us the answer – because the law of the Spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death. No matter how hard we try, we never can live up to the standards of perfection detailed in the law. Every time we try, we end up caught in a cycle of trying and failing, trying and failing, over and over again. 2 Corinthians 3:7 calls it the ministry that brought death, engraved on stones, and 2 Corinthians 3:9 declares it the ministry that brought condemnation. 2 Corinthians 3:9 goes on to say, however, that if the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is that which brings righteousness!

Through Moses was given the law, but through Christ came grace and truth (John 1:17). We are made righteous through faith in Him (Philippians 3:9). If we believe in Him, we are NOT condemned (John 3:18)! Know that you are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Receive His gift of no condemnation, and walk in the freedom He desires for you!

Robe of Righteousness

Robe Of RighteousnessImagine waking up to a fresh blanket of snow covering the ground, carpeting it in a layer of white. Everywhere you look, everything appears clean and bright. No matter how dreary and dismal your surroundings usually look, the powdery mantle lends an air of freshness to all it touches.

Just as the snow covers everything upon which it falls with its dazzling beauty, our Heavenly Father has clothed us in a robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10). It is through the lens of this righteousness that He views us. When you look at the snow, you don’t see the ground it covers, but rather its fresh brilliance. In the same way, when God looks at us, He doesn’t see our wrongdoings and failures. He sees us as new creations in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), clothed with His righteousness, which we received through faith in Him (Romans 3:22).

Next time you see a new blanket of snow covering the ground, think of the robe of righteousness with which your Heavenly Father has arrayed you. Remember how He sees you – perfected once and for all in Christ (Hebrews 10:14). Know that you have been made right with God through faith in His Son, and what He has done for you!

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Priceless Love

Priceless LoveThis week’s memory verse for Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 36:7. It declares that God’s unfailing love for us is priceless, and that in the shadow of His wings, people take refuge.

God’s love for us truly is priceless. Its value is beyond compare. No amount of money can equal its worth. We can’t earn it. We can’t do anything to deserve it. It is given to us freely, simply because our God is love (1 John 4:16). The love of Christ surpasses all knowledge (Ephesians 3:19). It behooves us to become rooted and established in that love (Ephesians 3:17), asking our Heavenly Father to help us to begin to comprehend its height and depth, and length and breadth (Ephesians 3:18).

In the shadow of the wings of our God, safety is found. If we call Him our refuge, and dwell in Him, no harm can or will overtake us (Psalm 91:9). He is our every-present help in troubled times (Psalm 46:1). His name is our strong tower (Proverbs 18:10). Because He is for us, none can stand against us (Romans 8:31). In Christ, we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37)!

Enjoy the priceless love of your Heavenly Father. Take refuge in the shadow of His wings. Know that He is for you, and loves you dearly as His own son or daughter!