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!
Week 17 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was Acts 6-10. These chapters speak mainly of the spreading of the good news of what Christ had done, the story of Stephen (the first martyr), the conversion of Paul, the apostle, and Peter preaching the gospel to the household of Cornelius, the centurion.
The Apostle Paul wasn’t always a believer, bringing the gospel to many, and writing letters that would someday become a part of the New Testament. At one point, he was a persecutor of all who believed in Christ. After his encounter with Jesus, however, he was completely changed. Despite his past of threatening the church, God chose him to proclaim His name to others (Acts 9:15).
No matter what you may have done over the course of your life, know that God has a plan and a purpose for you. If you are in Christ, then you are a new creation
(2 Corinthians 5:17). You are no longer who you once were, and God wants to use you in ways that are beyond your wildest imaginings. Don’t allow your past actions to prevent you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life. Find and follow His purpose for you, leaving your past in the past, and stepping into the future that God has for you!
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This week’s memory verse for Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Jeremiah 29:11. This verse speaks of God’s plans for us. They are plans to prosper us, not to harm us. They are plans to give us hope and a future.
God has plans for your life. He hasn’t forgotten you or left you on your own. He will never leave nor forsake you
(Deuteronomy 31:6). He is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).
Our God is a good God. His plans for you are good. As your Heavenly Father, He has your interests at heart. He desires for you to live the best quality of life.
Here are some scriptures that speak of the goodness of our God:
He is the giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17).
He gives what is good to those who ask (Matthew 7:11).
We are invited to taste and see that He is good (Psalm 34:8).
The one who seeks Him will not lack any good thing (Psalm 34:10).
He is good, and His love endures forever (Psalm 107:1).
All the days of our lives, His goodness and love will follow us (Psalm 23:6).
This week, take courage in the fact that God’s plans for you are good. Place your trust in His amazing goodness and love!
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Many people look forward to the New Year as a fresh start – another chance to get it right, and to do better than the preceding year. All of us make mistakes. Many of us long for a new beginning, apart from the circumstances of our past.
For those of us who are in Christ, we are new creations. The old has past, and the new has come
(2 Corinthians 5:17)! We are no longer who we once were – without hope, and without God in the world (Ephesians 2:12). We have been born again, and are now God’s children (1 John 3:1)! Our sins have been removed from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalms 103:12). Because we are in Christ, we have been qualified to receive all of God’s blessings. He is willing and able to restore all that we may have lost. Past choices – either our own, or those of others, which have affected us – do not need to dictate our future.
God has made available to you a whole new way of life through His Son’s work at the cross. However, you can’t live a new life until you realize that He has made all things new. His love and grace, and the truths of His Word, hold the power to transform you from the inside out. This year needn’t be one of failure. Because of His unmerited favor on your life, it can be your best year yet! The question is, will you receive the new life He offers you? Will you accept all that Christ has done for you, and the blessings made available to you in Him?