You Are His!

You Are His!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!

Jesus Came To Save Sinners

Jesus Came To Save SinnersWeek 36 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly over. This week’s reading was 2 Thessalonians 3, and 1 Timothy 1-4. These chapters finish one of Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica, and begin a letter to Timothy, one of his partners in spreading the gospel.

Why did Jesus come? 1 Timothy 1:15 states the reason very clearly – He came into this world to save sinners. That is the reason He came to this earth. We couldn’t save ourselves, so Jesus accomplished what we couldn’t. He gave His life for us, and offers us salvation, if we will accept it.

It was sinners Jesus came to save. Some of us want to try to be good enough on our own, and earn right standing with God. We can only truly be made right with God, however, when we admit that we aren’t perfect, and accept Jesus as our Savior, rather than trying to save ourselves.

If you know that you have made mistakes, and wonder how God could ever love or care for you, know that Jesus came to save sinners, not those who were perfect by themselves. Receive the salvation He offers you. Accept His grace and forgiveness today!

5 Tips for Reading and Memorizing God’s Word

5 Tips for Reading and Memorizing God's WordSpending time in God’s Word is a vital part of growing in our relationship with our Heavenly Father. It helps us get to know Him better, and learn more about His amazing love and grace. When going about reading and memorizing Scripture, it helps to have a plan. For direction and guidance in diving into the Word of God, check out Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan.

Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan was designed keeping in the mind the fact that sometimes life just happens, and there are days when flexibility is needed. It was meant to provide a readily practicable plan of action for reading through the New Testament in a year, and memorizing key verses from God’s Word. 1-2 chapters are suggested for reading each weekday – leaving time on the weekends either to catch up on missed chapters, or review favorite verses from throughout the week  – and one scripture memory passage is given per week.

Even with the best of plans, however, there are still some days that don’t turn out the way we thought they would. What do you do on the days when nothing goes as planned? Here are 5 tips for fitting Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan to your everyday life:

  1. Keep going – If you fall behind schedule, don’t throw in the towel! Keep on following the plan, and catch up a little bit at a time. (As mentioned above, the weekends are a great time to catch up on missed chapters. If you skip a memory verse, add it to a week when the original memory verse is easier.)
  2. Finish later – If you want to spend time in God’s Word in the morning, but don’t have time for the entire day’s reading, simply read a few verses when you wake up, and finish the rest later on.
  3. Set a reminder – Set a reminder on your phone – or another electronic device – to help you remember to do your scripture reading and memorization.
  4. Take a moment – For an easy way to memorize the week’s memory verse, write it out on an index card, and place it somewhere where you will see it often. Every time you pass by it, take a moment to repeat the verse to yourself. Pretty soon you will have it memorized!
  5. Write it out – Write out the memory verse for the week once each day with pen and paper. It doesn’t take long to do so, and it will help you commit it to memory.

Do you have any ideas or tips on making time to read and memorize the Word of God on a daily basis? To share, comment below.