Experience True Change

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In War Room, as Elizabeth begins to pray, we see change take place in more than just her marriage and the life of her husband. Elizabeth herself begins to change, as well! At the beginning of the movie, she is angry and frustrated, gets into arguments with her husband when provoked, and doesn’t make the time to spend with her daughter that the little girl longs for. As the movie progresses, she begins to invest more time in her relationship with her daughter and respond to her husband in a gracious and loving manner, showing him respect even when he doesn’t deserve it. Her husband takes note of the difference, and wonders what’s going on. Here’s what happened – as she began spending time with God, she started to become more like Him!

As believers, we are to follow God’s example (Ephesians 5:1). The problem? No matter how hard we try to do this, we end up failing. Why? Because God is perfect and in and of ourselves, we aren’t. Even if we’re doing the best we possibly can, we will still fall short one way or another. The answer? Spending time with God, allowing His love and grace to transform us!

Have you ever found yourself using your mom or dad’s favorite expression, or thinking something was cool that you had previously disliked because your friends at school were into it? The people we spend most of our time with really do influence us. Spend enough time with someone, and they will rub off on you. In the same way, if you’re spending enough time with God, He will begin to rub off on you. You’ll become more like Him without even having to try hard, just by taking time to hang out with Him. You’ll be transformed effortlessly!

If you’re having a hard time living the way that you know you should, don’t give up! Instead of struggling on your own, focus on spending time with God, getting to know Him better, and experience true change in your life!

The Giver of Every Good and Perfect Gift

The Giver of Every Good and Perfect GiftWeek 41 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Hebrews 11-13, and James 1-3.

James 1:17 says that every good and perfect gift comes from God, who doesn’t change like the shifting shadows.

“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!” – Excerpt from previous post “Every Good and Perfect Gift

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!

Our Unchangeable Savior

fallThe days grow cooler. The sun sets earlier. The leaves change color. Fall is upon us.

This world is in a constant state of change. Winter gives way to spring. Spring switches to summer. Summer turns to fall. Fall leads back into winter. Additionally, we experience change in our own lives on a regular basis. In the midst of this continual transitioning, there is One who endures unchanging. Seasons may pass. Circumstances may shift course. People may alter. In spite of all of this, our Savior remains constant.

Hebrews 13:8 (NASB) guarantees us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” He doesn’t change with the passage of time. He’s no different now than He was thousands of years ago. The same Healer who assured the leper of His willingness to cleanse him (Matthew 8:13) desires for us to experience healing today. The same Deliverer who refrained from condemning the woman caught in the very act of adultery (John 8:11) continues to offer us the gift of no condemnation through His sacrifice at the cross. The same Redeemer who was accused of eating with tax collectors and sinners (Matthew 9:11) still invites you and I to come to Him and experience His love. He is our unshakable foundation, and He is worthy of our trust. Put your faith in the security of our unchangeable Savior.

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.” 

His Word Stands Forever

flower“The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (NASB)

Things in this world are subject to change. There are many beginnings and endings. The grass, which grows so green all summer, turns dead and brown with the coming of winter. Leaves change to brilliant colors and fall from the trees each autumn, then decay and become part of the soil. Snow falls down from above, then melts away under the warmth of the sun. Flowers are here today and gone tomorrow. Amidst the variance of things around us, we have been given something to hold onto which is enduring.

Unlike our surroundings, God’s Word stands forever. It never changes, for God will not alter what His lips have uttered (Psalm 89:34, NIV). Furthermore, His Word produces results. It will not return to Him empty, but will achieve the purpose for which He           sent it (Isaiah 55:11, NIV).

Don’t be afraid to believe in God’s Word and what it says about you. “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.” When He speaks, He acts. When He promises, He fulfills (Numbers 23:19, NIV 1984).  Stand on His promises, which are yes and amen in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20, NKJV). Declare them over your life. Expect results – you are trusting in the word of our God, which stands forever!

The Purpose of Called and Created

cross What is the purpose of Called and Created? Is it just another site among the millions of others already on the internet?  What sets it apart? What is it aiming to accomplish?

Called and Created is all about sharing what Jesus has done – how “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians  5:21). Our right standing with God is offered as a free gift which we receive through faith. It is “not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). This is the gospel, the good news of Christ. It is the power of God save all who believe (Romans 1:16). It is what transforms lives.

The significance and life-changing influence of the gospel does not start and finish when an individual receives salvation (though this is the initial and most important step of the journey). It continues on to impact every part of our lives in which we are willing to trust in Jesus’ redemptive work. It accomplishes what our effort and all our own strength is incapable of bringing about. Only when we turn to God, trusting in His grace and mercy, does lasting change takes place.

God longs to reveal the truth of the depth of His love and grace to each of us, daily deepening our understanding of all His Son accomplished on our behalf at the cross. As we experience His boundless affection for us, we are capable of proclaiming the good news of what Christ has done. Called and Created aims to share this good news. This is the purpose of Called and Created.

We are part of His family (called by His name).  As we experience His grace and mercy, we display it to the world around us (created for His glory).  May you realize that you are called and created!