As He Is, So Are You!

As He Is, So Are You!This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 1 John 4:17. This verse says that as Jesus is, so are we – that in this world, we are like Him!

When we look at ourselves, we see our mistakes, our failures, and our imperfections. When God looks at us, He sees the righteousness and perfection of His Son covering us. You are not who you once were! You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are in Christ. He is your new identity!

As Jesus is, so are you! As He is accepted by God, so are you! As He is loved by the Father, so are you! As He is in perfect right standing before the Most High, so are you! As He is free from sickness, fear, depression, discouragement, despair, and anxiety at God’s right hand, so are you!This freedom is available to you for the taking – receive it!

Begin to view yourself in this light. See yourself as God sees you. Find your identity in Christ!

No Need For Fear

No Need For FearWeek 37 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was 1 Timothy 5 -6, and 2 Timothy 1-3. These chapters finish Paul’s first letter and begin his second letter to Timothy, one of his partners is spreading the gospel.

2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Over and over throughout the Bible, we encounter verses telling us not to be afraid. Here are a few of them.

  • Joshua 1:9 – Do not be afraid or discouraged. Why? Because your Heavenly Father is with you wherever you go!
  • Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is our light and salvation. Whom shall we fear?
  • Isaiah 41:10 – We are not to be afraid, for God is with us.
  • Isaiah 41:13 – God tells you not to fear, for He Himself will help you.
  • John 14:27 – Do not be afraid. Do not let your heart be troubled.

What are you afraid of? Know that with God on your side, you have nothing to fear. Place your trust in Him!

Shout For Joy

Shout For JoyThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 100:1-2. These verses say to shout for joy to the Lord, worship Him with gladness, and come before Him with songs of joy.

Our God is a good God. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift in our lives (James 1:17). He sent His Son to save us. His grace is far greater than our mistakes (Romans 5:20). His love for us is unconditional.

Doesn’t all of this make you want to give thanks to Him? Worship is our response to God’s goodness, love, and grace. When we know who He is, and what He has done for us, it causes us to desire to praise Him!

Let’s shout for joy to the Lord, rejoicing in His amazing grace and unconditional love. Let’s worship Him with gladness, giving thanks for all He has done for us. Let’s come before Him with songs of joy, praising Him for who He is as our Heavenly Father!

Far Above All We Could Ask Or Think

Far Above All We Could Ask Or ThinkThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Ephesians 3:20-21. These verses state that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, far above all we could ask or think, and that to Him be the glory.

Our Heavenly Father is able to do far above all we could think, and all we could ever ask of Him. All things are possible with Him (Matthew 19:26). Nothing is too hard for Him (Jeremiah 32:17).

Do we truly believe this? Do we dare to ask God for whatever it is that we need? Or do we put limits on what we feel that He is capable of? Do we ask Him for even the little things in life, let alone the big things?

No matter what it is that you are facing, no matter what miracle you may be in need of, know that it’s nothing God can’t handle. He desires to work in your life in incredible ways, if you’ll ask Him. The question is will you?

Life More Abundant

Life More AbundantThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is John 10:10. This verses says that while the thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus came that we might have life more abundant.

John 10:10 states that it is the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. It is not God who does these things. He isn’t the author of pain and heartache in our lives, for His desire is for us to experience the abundant life that His Son came to give us.

When Jesus died for us at the cross, He paid the price for our sins in full. Because of Him, we have been made righteous. God has lavished upon us the abundance of His love and grace. Jesus’ finished work guarantees that there is no longer anything standing in the way of us experiencing God’s blessing, and the abundant life He desires for us!

Ephesians 3:20-21 declares that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, far above all we could ask or think. The question isn’t whether He is willing for us to live in the abundance He has made available to us, but whether or not we will receive it.

Jesus came that YOU might have life, and have it more abundantly! Do you believe that God wants you to live in the abundance that Jesus came to give you? Will you receive and begin to walk in it?

Making Wise Media Choices, and Spending Time In God’s Word

Making Wise Media Choices, and Spending Time In God's WordWeek 33 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was Philippians 1-4, and Colossians 1. These chapters cover Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, and begin his letter to the church at Colossae.

Philippians 4:8 tells us what kind of things to be thinking about – whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. One thing that affects our thoughts in a greater way than we may sometimes think is our choice of media. What are we watching and listening to? What are we reading online? Does it match up with the kind of thing Philippians 4:8 says that we should be thinking about?

What goes in our eyes and ears often ends up in our minds and hearts, and what’s in our heart will come out in our life. Therefore, our media choices often impact us more than we may imagine.

An excellent choice of what to be filling our minds with is God’s Word. It truly possesses all of the qualities mentioned in Philippians 4:8, and Psalm 1:2-3 says that those who meditate on and delight in the Word of God will prosper in whatever they do! Let’s be intentional about making wise media choices, make sure to spend time in God’s Word!

The Lord Is Good – Taste and See!

The Lord Is Good - Taste and See!This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 34:8. This verse bids us to taste and see that the Lord is good, and states that those who take refuge in Him are blessed.

Here’s a review of a post I wrote on this verse a while back –

“Our God is a good God. He has many blessings available to us, His children. He wants us to walk in and receive them.

Psalm 103:2 tells us to praise the Lord, and to not forget all of His benefits. All throughout His Word, God speaks of the blessings that are ours in Christ. As our wonderful Heavenly Father, He knows how to give good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11). In fact, every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17). Therefore, the question to ask ourselves in determining whether something is from God if the thing in question is good and perfect. If it is not, it’s probably not from Him.

God is not the one who steals, kills, and destroys. Rather, He sent His Son that we might live an abundant life (John 10:10). He gave Him for us while we were completely undeserving. He accepted us into His family. He cares for us as any loving parent cares for their children. He continues to lavish unmerited favor and love upon us each day of our lives. Such a God truly is amazing. What are you waiting for? Taste and see His goodness today!”

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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!

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!