How Does God See Me?

How Does God See Me

Sometimes, we view ourselves in a very different manner than God views us. We can’t seem to see past our mistakes, our failures, our problems, our imperfections – all the ways in which we fall short. Is this really what God sees? What if we could begin to see ourselves through His eyes? How would the way we view ourselves begin to change? It’s time we ask ourselves the question “How does God see me?”

How does God see us? Check out these verses to discover the answer!

In His sight, we are precious and honored. He loves us! (Isaiah 43:4)

He calls us chosen, holy, and dearly loved. (Colossians 3:12)

If we have faith in Christ, then He sees us as righteous. (Philippians 3:9)

When He looks at us, He sees His sons and daughters. (1 John 3:1)

This is who He sees when He looks at you – a precious, honored, chosen, holy, righteous, and loved child of His! Begin to see yourself in this light!

Black and White in a World of Gray

Black and White In A World of Gray

People in this world believe many different things. Dozens of view points can be found on any given issue – political, moral, religious, or otherwise.  Opinions on a variety of significant subjects are becoming more and more diverse. In spite of this diversity of opinion, no one wants to state or even imply that someone else could possibly be wrong. After all, what’s right for me may not be right for you! To many, it appears that the truth is a very subjective thing. Yet there are some things that simply are the truth, whether popular or not.

In spite of the current philosophy that truth is subjective, truth does exist, in its full shades of black and white. Though we may seem to live in an age of gray, where anything goes, truth isn’t dead. It is still very much alive, and it impacts us, whether we like it or not.

So you admit that truth does exist. Deep down, you’re tired of all the wishy-washiness of everyone around you. You want to know that you know what’s real, what’s right, and what isn’t. How are you ever to discover the truth in a world of wavering opinion?

Ultimately, there’s only one place to turn for truth – God’s Word!

The Word is God-breathed. It is inspired by Him (2 Tim 3:16). It’s words are the words of the One who created the world around us, and everything with it. He was there from the very beginning. He gave being to all we can see. Don’t you think He would know the truth from the lies? And don’t you think the words He speaks to us would therefore be true? His Word presents truth in it’s true hues, beyond the gray in which our society is entrenched.

The truth doesn’t cease to be the truth just because you refuse to believe it. What God’s Word says is true, whether or not you want to accept what you find in it. Believe it or not, the Bible speaks – either directly or indirectly – to many of the key issues we face on a daily basis. If you search its pages, you will find answers!

When you discover the truth as set forth in God’s Word, don’t be afraid to stand up for it! You don’t have to go after everyone you encounter who believes something different, but don’t be intimidated by them into believing lies. And don’t let opposing opinions of others keep you from standing up for the truth when you are in a position to do so.  Dare to be different, relying on God and His Word to discover the truth, for black and white do still exist, even in a world of gray!

Your Mistakes Can’t Keep God From Loving You!

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Have you ever wondered how God can love you in spite of the mistakes you make? Do you feel as if all the times you’ve messed up surely must make Him love you less? Like your failings somehow separate you from His affection?

Guess what?!? It’s not true! God doesn’t require you to be perfect for Him to love you. There’s only one person He ever expected perfection from, and that’s Jesus! He didn’t send His Son to save those who had it all together. He sent Him to save those who had messed up – those who knew that they didn’t have it all figured out. Need proof? Look up Matthew 9:13, which says that he didn’t come to call those who were righteous, but rather that He came to call sinners! Or what about Romans 5:6, which says that it was for the ungodly that He died?

Do you want to know the reason God gave us all the rules in His Word? Not so that we could struggle to be good enough to become right with God, but rather to show us that we weren’t perfect, so that we’d know we needed someone to save us (Romans 3:20). God poured out His wrath and the punishment for our sin on Jesus. Now, He promises to never be angry with or rebuke us again (Isaiah 54:9). In fact, He no longer remembers our sins (Hebrews 8:12). If He no longer remembers them, how can they keep Him from loving us?

If you’ve received Jesus as your Savior, know that you are God’s child. He loves you, and cares about you very much. He always will, regardless of your actions. Stop beating yourself up over your mistakes, and accept your Heavenly Father’s love for you!

What Does God’s Word Have To Say About Love?

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Valentine’s Day is coming up – a day that’s all about love! What does God’s Word have to say about love? Check this out!

Definition of love – God loved us, and sent His Son to be the sacrifice for our sins.
(1 John 4:10)

Why we love – Because God first loved us! (1 John 4:19)

Proof that God loves us – Christ died for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8)

The measure of God’s love It reaches to the heavens! (Psalm 36:5)

What God’s love prompted Him to do – Give His Son for us (John 3:16). Make us alive with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-5)

What can separate us from His love  Nothing! (Romans 8:38-39)

Words that describe God’s love – Unshakable (Isaiah 54:10). Unfailing (Psalm 36:7). Everlasting (Jeremiah 31:3).

God’s Acceptance Of You Isn’t Based On Your Perfection!

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Do you ever feel the need to be perfect? Does it seem like there’s this standard you have to measure up to? Do you ever feel like no matter what you do, you just end up falling short?

The world around us can sometimes make us feel like we must constantly strive for perfection, and no matter what we do, we just can’t seem to measure up. Sometimes, this mindset can carry over into our relationship with God. Maybe you think that He expects perfection of you, and that when you fall short, He’s disappointed and angry with you. Perhaps you feel that for Him to love and accept you, you must live up to a certain standard. If so, know that this is not the case!

God doesn’t love you because of who you are, or what you do. He loves you of who He is – because He made you, and He is love (1 John 4:19). Even when you mess up, He still cares about you in a way that no one else can. He accepts you not because you are a good person, but because at the cross, Jesus gave His life for your sins so that you could be made right with Him.

God’s love for you is unconditional. Know that His acceptance isn’t based on you achieving perfection. Believe that He cares about you!

The Real You!

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Who are you really? What is the real you like?

We all wear masks – masks made up of how we want others to view us. Masks that make us look like we’re perfect, like we have it all together. We paint on a smile, hoping that others will believe that what’s just a mask is actually the real us.

Everyone says to just “be real” – to be yourself, and to show people who you really are. If we were to take off the mask of how we want others to see us, what would be find? Some who’s broken? Flawed? Far from perfect? Someone who doesn’t have it all together, and has insecurities that they are constantly trying to hide?

This sounds depressing, doesn’t it!?! If this were the real you, wouldn’t you rather wear a mask!?! But thankfully, it isn’t!

In reality, this brokenness, this imperfection, this insecurity, is really just another mask hiding who we truly are. Often, it does such a superb job of hiding our true identity that we believe that it is the real us. But it isn’t.

The real you can be found only by looking yourself in the mirror – the mirror of God’s Word! It is the only place where your true identity can be found, because you are who your Heavenly Father says that you are!

Who does He say that you are? He says that you are a new creation (2 Cor :17). He says that you are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21). He says that you are one of His chosen people (Col 3:12). He says that you are His dearly loved child ( 1 Jn 3:1). These are just a few of the things He says about you!

To find out who you really are, spend time in God’s Word. Allow Him to show you who He says you are. Discover the real you, underneath all the masks!

What Are The Christmas Carols We Listen To Really Saying?

carolsEver listened to a Christmas carol during the holiday season, and wondered what the song was talking about? Most Christmas carols have a really neat meaning, but because of the way they are written and the language they use, it can be hard to tell what they are getting at. Find out what a few of the carols we listen to at Christmastime are actually saying!

Silent Night 

“Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright round yon virgin, mother and child, holy infant so tender and mild. Sleep in heavenly peace.”

Quiet and holy night. Around the mother and baby, everything is calm and bright. The baby is holy – the perfect Son of God. He is calm and quiet. Sleep peacefully, Baby Jesus!

Hark The Herald

“Hark the herald angels sing, ‘Glory to the newborn King! Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.’ Joyful, all ye nations rise. Join the triumph of the skies. With angelic hosts proclaim ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem!’”

Listen to the message the angels are singing. They are singing “Glory to the newborn King!” Their message is of peace on earth and God’s mercy – that because of Jesus, we can have a relationship with God! Everyone, rise and rejoice. Declare that Christ is born in Bethlehem!

O Holy Night

“O holy night, the stars are brightly shining. It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ’til He appeared, and the soul felt His worth. A thrill of hope. The weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!”

On this holy, special night, the stars are shining brightly. Jesus, our Savior, is born! We were stuck in sin – trapped by the wrong things we had done – filled with guilt and condemnation, until Jesus came, and we realized what He did for us. We have hope! Rejoice! God is doing something new!

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

“God rest ye, merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay. Remember Christ, our Savior, was born on Christmas day to save us all from Satan’s power when we had gone astray. O tidings of comfort and joy!”

Be at peace. Don’t lose hope. Remember that Jesus, our Savior, was born at Christmas. Even though we had wandered away from God, Jesus would save us from the power of the devil. This news brings peace and happiness!

O Come All Ye Faithful

“O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant. Come ye to Bethlehem! Come and behold Him, born the King of angels. O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!”

Everyone who loves God, and has for a long time, be happy! Feel victorious! Come to Bethlehem, and see Jesus, the King. Come and worship Christ!

Repost from Generation Arise, my site for teens and young adults. For more fun Christmas posts like this one, check out generationarise.com!

The Word Became Flesh

john 1 14This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is John 1:14. It says that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld  His glory – the glory of the Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus – when the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us. He was literally God with us (Matthew 1:23) – God in the flesh! Why did He come? He came to save us! The little baby who lay in a manger would one day grow up to be our Savior, giving His life for us.

Jesus came from the Father, full of grace and truth. He showed those around Him God’s grace, and His heart of love for them. He came to establish the new covenant of God’s grace, under which we receive salvation by faith as a gift of grace, rather than trying to be good enough to earn His acceptance.He forever changed the way we relate to God!

The Word became flesh. He was full of grace and truth. Give thanks to God for sending His Son!

Holy Is The Lord God Almighty

holyWeek 46 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading is Revelation 2-6.

“‘. . . Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”” Revelation 4:8, NIV

Our Heavenly Father always has existed, and always will. He is completely holy, and worthy of our praise. Take a minute to worship Him with this song by Kari Jobe!

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Have you ever head someone speak of the Holy Spirit – sometimes called the Holy Ghost – and wondered what they were talking about? Who is He? What does He do? How does He impact our lives today?

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