This week’s memory verse is Isaiah 43:1. It tells us not to fear, because God has redeemed us, and summoned us by name, and we are His.
We have been redeemed. At the cross, Jesus paid the price to save us, and set us free. In Him we have redemption – the forgiveness of all of our sins (Ephesians 1:7). He bought us back at a high cost. Now we can have a relationship with the One who made us!
God has called us by name. He knows who we are. He is familiar with all of our ways (Psalm 139:3). He has numbered the hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30)! He cares about each of us individually, and He has a plan for each of us. He knows the plans He has for us, and they are for our prosperity, not our harm – to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)!
You are His! Wherever you go, God is with you. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, then He is your Heavenly Father, and you are His child. No mistake that you make, no failure on your part, can change that! None can pluck you out of His hand (John 10:28)!
Fear not. You have been redeemed and summoned by name. You are His!
believe what God says about you, rather than the devil’s lies. Sometimes, it’s easy to ignore what God has to say about us, and fall for the enemy’s deception. Your Heavenly Father says that you are His beloved, cherished, valued, and treasured son or daughter. Choose to believe His words, and accept them as truth!
approach God with the freedom and confidence that comes from with knowing that He is your loving Heavenly Father. You are a child of God, and as His child, you have the privilege of boldly approaching His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Use this privilege!
allow God’s love and grace to free you from condemnation and regret. You don’t need to constantly condemn yourself over mistakes you’ve made. Christ has paid the price for them in full!
trust in what Christ has done for your continued right standing before God, rather than your actions. You can never be good enough to earn righteousness. If what Christ did was enough to save you, then it’s enough to keep you in right standing with your Father in Heaven!
receive God’s blessings as the free gifts of grace they are intended. God’s blessing upon your life isn’t dependent on what you do, but rather on what Christ has done. His finished work has qualified you to receive all of the blessings God has for you!
What is love – true love? Is it something that can be forced? Is it an emotion we can simply conjure up?
Think for a moment of a mother and her newborn baby. She doesn’t have to try to muster up an attitude of caring for her child. A natural affection for her new son or daughter simply springs up within her heart – untaught, and unprompted.
It’s the same way with loving God and others. As we grow in our relationship with God, and get to know Him better, we will fall in love with Him more and more, simply because of who He is. His love will fill our hearts, causing us to truly love those around us.
Love that is forced isn’t true love. It’s a mere sense of duty or obligation, by which our actions are governed. It proves but a poor substitute for the genuine. If we are simply acting a certain way because we feel that it is the right thing to do, it won’t likely last as long as if it were true affection, birthed out of a knowledge of the amazing love of God.
When our love for God becomes a response to a real understanding of how much He loves us, and our love for others is simply an overflowing of His love filling our hearts, that love will be far more true, lasting, and genuine than anything we could conjure up on our own.
Where does your love for God and for others come from? Does it spring from your own efforts, or from your Heavenly Father’s love for you? To truly love God and others with an affection that’s sincere and genuine, draw closer to the One who loves you the most!
Picture a child walking alongside their father. They prattle on about whatever comes to mind. They are certain that daddy is listening, because he cares about everything that concerns them. As long as he is there with them, they are not afraid of anything. They know that he loves them and will protect them from all harm. They smile up at him confidingly, confidence in his love written all over their face.
This is how it should be with us and God. He is our Heavenly Daddy. He cares for us with a love which far surpasses that of even the best of earthly parents. He knows us intimately, counting even the hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30). He invites us to get to know Him better – to grow in a relationship that reaches deeper than any other ever could. Why do we so often turn down this invitation? Why do we shrink from the One who loves us the most? Why do we turn away?
In many cases we do this out of a sense of fear. We’re afraid to draw near to Him because we don’t feel as if we are good enough to do so. We’re always conscious of having done this wrong or fallen short of that standard. Such being the case, we don’t view ourselves as worthy to take Him up on His offer. Surely, we think, it couldn’t be meant for us anyway . . .
All the while we fail to see things as God sees them. Our wrongdoing did at one point separate us from God, but at the cross Jesus took our sin upon Himself so that we could be made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). Because of what Christ has done for us, God declares that He remembers our sins no more (Hebrews 8:12). Jesus’ sacrifice made us holy once and for all (Hebrews 10:10). Therefore, there is no longer any need for us to feel a sense of distance between ourselves and God.
Knowing this enables us, through Christ, to approach God with the freedom and confidence of a child running to their dearly loved daddy (Ephesians 3:12). Unlike some earthly parents, His love for us is unfailing. Allow His perfect love to drive away every sense of fear (1 John 4:18) and unworthiness from your life. Come to Him and assume your position as His child today.