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A little while back, when I was out shopping, a tag attached to an item from the clothing line of a character from a popular tv show caught my eye. The tag had on it the words “It’s All About You!” Looks like Hollywood has discovered something that we as Christians often just pass over!
How many of us have had somebody at some point say to us “It’s not about you?” We say these words with good intentions, as a reminder to give God the glory rather than ourselves, but in the process, we often forget that with God, it is all about us! Watch this video clip, and discover how God really has made it all about you!
Did you ever consider that maybe this has less to do with Him, and more to do with how you’re viewing Him?
Sometimes we tend to see Christianity as merely a religion – a set of dos and don’ts that we must follow if we want God to be pleased with us. We think that there’s this level of perfection we must reach before we can truly get close to God, and we’re constantly aware that we don’t measure up to this standard. We feel like we’re not worthy to draw near Him, and therefore get the sense that He’s far away.
Religion portrays God as cold and distant, and only concerned with how good we are, but that’s not who He is. He is our loving Heavenly Father, who, because of Christ, accepts us and calls us His children. He is with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9), and will never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6).
Begin to view God in the light of Him being your Daddy in heaven, who is always with you, and cares about you deeply, and see how much more real He will seem!
This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is
Psalm 5:12. This verse tells us that God blesses those who are righteous, and surrounds them with His favor as with a shield.
How are we made righteous? Do we become righteous by doing enough good deeds, trying to obey all of God’s rules, or by being a ‘good’ person? Romans 3:22 gives us the answer to this question. It says that righteousness is given through faith in Jesus to all who believe. We can never be good enough to become right with God on our own. The only way for us to truly be made right with Him is by trusting in Christ’s finished work at the cross.
If we have faith in Christ, then we are righteous – not because of what we have done, but because of what He has done for us. God’s Word says that He blesses the righteous. Know that if you have placed your faith in His Son, His blessings are yours! Also, know that His favor surrounds you as with a shield. Wherever you go, and whomever you come in contact with, God’s unmerited favor is upon you! As you go about your day, expect success, for your Heavenly Father is on your side!
Week 29 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was 2 Corinthians 6-10. These chapters continue another of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.
2 Corinthians 9:8 says that God is able to abundantly bless us, so that, having all we need at all times, we’ll abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:11 echoes this, stating that we will be in every way enriched, so that we can be generous on all occasions.
God wants to bless us abundantly, so that we, in turn, can bless others, out of the abundance that He has given us. He wants us to walk in His provision, so that we can be generous towards those around us. In and of ourselves, we can never be deserving of His blessings, but because of what Christ has done for us, we have been made right with God, and therefore qualify to receive all of His blessings!
We can’t give out what we don’t have, and our Heavenly Father wants us to know that He is both willing and able to prosper us, enabling us to bless those around us. Will you receive His provision?
Have you been really busy this summer? Longing for a break? Wish you could just go on a vacation?
Why not have a “staycation?” Clear your schedule for the weekend, and just relax and have fun with your family! Here are 5 ideas of things to do for some family fun during your summer staycation –
1. Have a movie marathon. Rent a few of your favorite movies, and sit down and watch them together.
2. Outdoor game night. Spend the evening playing outdoor games, such as croquet and Botchee.
3. Family Outing. Go somewhere in the area that you all enjoy. Visit the zoo, play a game of mini-golf, go bowling, etc . . .
4. Go on a picnic. Pack yourselves a lunch, and enjoy it outdoors!
5. Board game tournament. Choose a couple of your favorite board games to play together.
Which of these activities will you do as a family during your summer staycation?
Going on a road trip this summer? Listen to these songs as you travel!
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This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 16:11. This verse says that our Heavenly Father will make known to us the path of life, and that He will fills us with joy in His presence, and eternal pleasures at His right hand.
Do you feel depressed? Discouraged? Defeated? Are you in need of joy? Spend some time in God’s presence. Let Him reveal to you just how much He loves you, and just how amazing His grace really is. Begin to understand that you are valued, treasured, and cherished by Him, as His beloved child. Know that the One who created the universe knows and cares for you personally as your Heavenly Father, and let that knowledge bring you joy beyond what you’ve ever experienced before.
God loves you. He knows what you are feeling, and He doesn’t want you to be filled with defeat, depression, discouragement, anxiety, fear, or worry. He wants you to experience the fullness of joy that his found in His presence. Draw near to Him, and allow Him to fill you with His surpassing joy!
Week 28 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearing its end. This week’s reading was 2 Corinthians 1-5. These chapters begin another of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 contains some amazing truths! These verses tell us that:
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 is full of wonderful truths for us, as believers! May God use these verses to reveal to you who you in Christ more clearly than ever before!