Impart Grace

Impart Grace

Week 32 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was Ephesians 2-6.These chapters continue Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus.

Ephesians 4:29 says not to let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but what is helpful to build others up, that it may benefit those who listen. The NKJV, instead of saying that it may benefit those who listen, says that it may impart grace to the hearers.

When we speak positively – say things that will build others up – we impart grace to them. We see past their mistakes, and their flaws, begin to see them as God sees them – valued and treasured, because they are His children.

On the other hand, when we speak negatively – say things that will tear others down – we are doing the exact opposite. We remind them of mistakes they have made. We accuse and condemn. We’re imparting the law, and using reckless words that pierce like a sword (Proverbs 12:18).

What are you imparting through your words? Let’s begin to view those around us from God’s perspective. Let’s impart grace to our hearers, and build them up, instead of tearing them down!

10 Worship Song Suggestions, Part 2

10 Worship Song Suggestions, Part 2

Need a little bit of encouragement as you go about the rest of your week? Spend some time worshiping your Heavenly Father, refreshing yourself in His presence! Check out these ten worship song suggestions!

  1. Oceans by Hillsong
  2. At The Cross by Hillsong
  3. Greatly To Be Praised by Fee
  4. Holy Is The Lord by Chris Tomlin
  5. Like An Avalanche by Hillsong United
  6. Overcome by Jeremy Camp
  7. Jesus Messiah by Chris Tomlin
  8. Healer by Kari Job
  9. Glory In The Highest by Chris Tomlin
  10. How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin

Which of these worship songs is your favorite?

Click here to check out Called and Created’s Worship Our King playlist on YouTube for more great worship songs!

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A Letter From God, Part 2

A Letter From God, Part 2

 My Beloved Son Or Daughter,

Do you know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:19)? You were created in My image (Genesis 1:27). You display My splendor (Isaiah 61:4) to the world around you!

Out of all the people on the earth, I know and love you individually. I know when you sit down, and when you arise (Psalm 139:2). I have numbered each hair on your head (Matthew 10:30). I am familiar with all of your ways (Psalm 139:3). You are Mine (Isaiah 43:1) – someone whom I so love that I gave My Son for them (John 3:16).

You need not be afraid to draw near to Me, for My Son took your place at the cross, so that you could be made right with Me (2 Corinthians 5:21). There’s no sin you could commit that My grace doesn’t far exceed (Romans 5:20). Know this, and approach My throne of grace with freedom and confidence (Hebrews 4:16)!

When I look at you, I see My Son’s perfection covering you. In Him, you have been perfected once and for all (Hebrews 10:14). You don’t have to earn right standing before Me, for I have clothed you in a robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10). I have done this not because of anything you have done, but because of what My Son has done for you.

I have chosen you (John 15:16). I have lavished My love upon you, and called you My child
(1 John 3:1). Know that in My eyes, you are cherished, valued, and treasured.

May You Begin To See Yourself As I See You,

Your Heavenly Father

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Every Good and Perfect Gift

Every Good and Perfect GiftThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is James 1:17. This verse states that every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who doesn’t change like the shadows, which are constantly shifting.

Every good thing in your life is from your Heavenly Father. He isn’t the giver of that which causes sadness, heartache, and pain, but rather of every good and perfect gift. As our Father in Heaven, He delights in blessing us, and seeing us enjoy His blessings. That is the kind of Daddy He is!

Our God is unchangeable. In a world that’s constantly shifting and turning, He remains constant. The One who loves to provide for us, and desires for us to accept His good gifts, will continue to be our source of blessing. For your provision, look to the One who is the giver of all things good and perfect!

FRUIT of the Spirit

FRUIT of the Spirit

Week 31 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Galatians 3-6, and Ephesians 1. These chapters finish Paul’s letter to the church at Galatia, and begin his letter to the church at Ephesus.

Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruit of the Spirit as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Notice that these qualities are called the FRUIT of the Spirit, not the WORKS of the Spirit! In other words, gaining possession of these qualities isn’t something we are to do on our own. They are the natural outflowing of the Spirit of God that is inside of us. The closer we draw to Him, the more we will become like Him.

Do trees struggle and strive to produce fruit? No, they don’t. It’s just a natural part of how they function. In the same way, we aren’t to struggle and strive, trying to walk in the fruit of the Spirit by our own might. Like any fruit, it will grow naturally – as we get to know our Heavenly Father better, and allow His grace and love to transform us from the inside out!

Don’t treat the fruit of the Spirit as a list of qualities you’d love to have, but must constantly be working to try to live in. Treat it instead as fruit that you know will grow naturally in your life, because of the Spirit of God is living inside of you, and working within you!

Religion Says . . . God Says . . .

Religion Says . . . God Says . . .

Religion says that you must be perfect. God says that you have been perfected once and for all (Hebrews 10:14).

Religion says that you must earn God’s acceptance. God says that you are accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6).

Religion says that you must keep a long list of rules to be made right with God. God says that you are made right with Him through faith in His Son (Philippians 3:9).

Religion says that when you sin, God is displeased with you. God says that He remembers your sins no more (Hebrews 8:12).

Religion says that you must do everything right to experience God’s blessings. God says that they are free gifts of His unmerited favor.

Religion says that your sins will find you out. God says that your sins received their full punishment at the cross.

Religion says when you sin, to expect God’s judgement. God says that where there’s sin, there’s an even greater abundance of grace (Romans 5:20).

Religion says that you a servant who must earn the approval of their master. God says that you are His dearly loved child (1 John 3:1).

The fundamental difference between religion and a relationship with God is this – religion tells you what you must do. God tells you what His Son has already done.

God’s Favor Wherever We Go

God's Favor Wherever We GoLove the Newsboy’s song “Wherever We Go!” They came out with it a while ago, but it’s lyrics paint a great picture – in a slightly humorous way – of the favor of God that is upon us in Christ!

Psalm 5:12 tells us that God’s favor surrounds us as with a shield. God is on our side, and His blessing is upon us as His children. Because of this, we are a blessing wherever we go! This song captures that message so perfectly!

“Wherever we go, the blue birds sing, and the flowers bloom, and the grass gets green. It’s a curious thing, but it’s just our thing.”

“We don’t claim any know-how. We’re giving God all that. Wherever we go, that’s where the party’s at!”

Take a minute to listen to this song. Let is remind you that no matter where you go or what you do, God’s favor is upon you. He is working all things together for your good (Romans 8:28)! Believe that you are highly blessed, favored, and loved by your Heavenly Father!

Be Filled With Peace As You Trust In Him

Be Filled With Peace As You Trust In HimThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Philippians 4:6-7. These verses bid us to be anxious for nothing, but in everything, to present our requests to God, and they promise us that His peace will guard our hearts and minds.

What are you anxious about today? Is there something that’s causing you to worry? Why don’t you talk to God about it?  ALL things are possible with Him (Matthew 19:26)! Nothing’s too big for Him to handle. Nothing that bothers you is too small for Him to concern Himself with. As your loving Heavenly Father, He wants to take care of you, and meet all of your needs, in every area of your life.

When you bring you concerns before God, you can be at peace, knowing He is both willing and able to handle whatever it is that you’ve brought before Him. Your mind can be at ease, and your heart can be at rest, knowing that you’ve cast your burden upon the One with whom nothing’s impossible (Luke 1:37).

Instead of being anxious, present your requests to God, and allow yourself to be filled with His peace, as you trust in Him!