More Than A Conqueror

conquerorThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Romans 8:37. It says that we are more than conquerors in Christ!

Whatever situation you might be facing today, know that in Christ, you are more than a conqueror! At the cross, He won the victory over the devil and all of his schemes, and He has given the victory to us! His stripes provided our healing. The chastisement He endured purchased our peace (Is 53:5). He became poor so we might become rich (2 Cor 8:9). By His sacrifice, we are made righteous, and qualified to receive all of God’s blessings!

Whatever you are in need of today, it has been made available to you because of what Christ has done for you. No situation can defeat you, because you have the One with whom nothing is impossible (Lk 1:37) on your side! Know this, and begin to walk in the victory that is yours in Christ!

He First Loved Us

He First Loved UsThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 1 John 4:19. This verse says that we love because God first loved us.

“The first and greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and the second is like it – to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). However, there are times when our love for God may fall short of this standard, and people whom we may have a hard time loving. If we are trying in our own strength to truly love God and others, we will never be able to do so perfectly.

The good news is that it isn’t about our love, but rather God’s love for us! When we begin to truly understand the width and length, and height and depth of the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18), we will begin to fall in love with Him. We won’t have to struggle or strive to love Him more. Our love for Him will be a natural response to His love for us.

As we are filled with the knowledge of the love of God, that love will overflow from us to those around us. We’ll find ourselves freely giving out the love that we have freely received (Matthew 10:8). It won’t be about us endeavoring to show love in our own strength, but rather about God’s love flowing through us.”

Excerpt from the previous post “Focus On His Love For You.”

The God Of Hope

The God Of HopeThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Romans 15:13. This verse says may the God of hope, as we trust in Him, fill us with joy and peace, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may overflow with hope.

Have you ever been in a situation that made you feel hopeless? No matter what we are facing, there’s no need for us to be without hope, because the God of hope is with us! If we ask Him, He will fill us with His joy and peace, which the world can’t take from us. As we fix our eyes upon Him, we will be lifted out of hopelessness, and overflow with hope!

God is the One from whom our hope comes (Psalm 62:5). If we place our hope in those around us, they will let us down, for try as they might, people make mistakes. God, on the other hand, is perfect. He will never let us down. Therefore, if we place our hope in Him, we will never be disappointed!

Allow the God of hope to fill you with joy and peace. Trust in Him, and find hope, regardless of your circumstances!

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!

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!

Blessings For The Righteous

Blessings For The RighteousThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is
Psalm 5:12. This verse tells us that God blesses those who are righteous, and surrounds them with His favor as with a shield.

How are we made righteous? Do we become righteous by doing enough good deeds, trying to obey all of God’s rules, or by being a ‘good’ person? Romans 3:22 gives us the answer to this question. It says that righteousness is given through faith in Jesus to all who believe. We can never be good enough to become right with God on our own. The only way for us to truly be made right with Him is by trusting in Christ’s finished work at the cross.

If we have faith in Christ, then we are righteous – not because of what we have done, but because of what He has done for us. God’s Word says that He blesses the righteous. Know that if you have placed your faith in His Son, His blessings are yours! Also, know that His favor surrounds you as with a shield. Wherever you go, and whomever you come in contact with, God’s unmerited favor is upon you! As you go about your day, expect success, for your Heavenly Father is on your side!

All That He Has Done For Us

All That He Has Done For UsThis week’s memory verse for Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Isaiah 53:5. This verse states that Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities, that the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and that by His stripes, we are healed.

Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, and crushed for our iniquities. Sin must be punished, and Jesus took our sins upon Himself, suffering the punishment that we deserved. Through the giving of His life for us at the cross, He paid the price for our sins once and for all.

When we do something wrong, we experience this feeling, deep down, that someone must pay. It’s hard for us to truly be at peace when we are plagued by condemnation, guilt, and shame over failures. God wants us to rest, however, in the knowledge that the chastisement for our peace was upon Christ – that He has paid the price for each and every wrong we have ever committed, or ever will commit. Knowing this, we can experience the true peace that God wants us to walk in.

By Jesus’ stripes, we are healed. He purchased our healing. He bought back our health and wholeness. With every lash He bore, sickness and disease met their end. Because of what He has done, all manner of illness and infirmity has no right to remain on our bodies. The stripes that He bore guaranteed our health and healing, if only we will receive them.

Jesus did all of this for you and me. Through His death, He paid the price for our sins, for us to experience peace, and for divine health and healing to be ours. Let’s give thanks to our Savior for all that He has done for us, and walk in all that He has provided for us by giving His life on our behalf!

Forget Not All His Benefits

Forget Not All His BenefitsThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalms 103:2. It bids us to bless the Lord, and not to forget His benefits.

Many in the Body of Christ today feel that our focus should be seeking the face of God, rather than just His hand – as if going after what He can do for us is a self-centered misuse of our time and attention in our relationship with Him. In Psalm 103:2, however, we are told quite the opposite – that we are not to forget His benefits.

Psalm 103:3-5 goes on to list some of these benefits:

  • Forgiveness of all of our sins (verse 3)
  • Healing of all of our diseases (verse 3)
  • Redemption of our life from the pit (verse 4)
  • Being crowned with love and compassion (verse 4)
  • The satisfaction of our desires with good things (verse 5)
  • This satisfaction of our desires leading to our youth being renewed like the eagle’s (verse 5)

God loves us dearly as His sons and daughters. Because of His great love for us, He delights in blessing us. He wants us to receive these blessings. To refuse them, in fact, is far greater selfishness than to accept them with eagerness, joy, anticipation, and thanksgiving. Bless the Lord, and forget not all of His benefits!

Forget Not All His Benefits

He Gave His Son For Us

He Gave His Son For UsThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Romans 8:32. This verse asks the question of how God, who gave up His Son for us, will not freely give us all things, along with Him.

We can’t save ourselves. Try as we might, we simply can’t earn a relationship with God. The only way for us to be saved was for Jesus to come, take our sins upon Himself, and give His life for us. God knew this, and out of His great love for us, didn’t spare His Son, but gave Him up for us. He gave the very best He had to offer, that we might become His children. How amazing is the affection that prompted Him to do so!

If God gave His Son for us, how can we possibly think that He would withhold from us any of His blessings? After giving us His best, do we really believe that He would refuse us the healing, provision, peace, joy, prosperity, or anything else, that we are lacking? By giving us Jesus, He proved once and for all His willingness to bless us in ways that are far beyond what we deserve.

God did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us. This is the kind of love He has for you. Trust in that love, and His willingness to bless you. Come to Him with your every need, confident that He both can and will supply!

As Far As The East Is From The West

As Far As The East Is From The WestThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 103:12. This verse declares that God has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west.

Sometimes, we may feel a sense of distance between ourselves and God – as if our sins are separating us from Him. If we have received Jesus, however, and placed our faith in Him, then we have been made righteous. The very sins that we feel are causing division between us and our Heavenly Father have, in truth, been completely done away with. Each and every one of them has been forgiven, because of the blood that Jesus shed for us. They no longer need cause a feeling of separation in our relationship with God, for in His eyes they have been removed far from us.

The problem comes in when we allow a sense of guilt and condemnation to cause us to draw back from God, and be afraid to approach Him because of the wrong we have done. We simply don’t understand just how complete is the forgiveness that God has given us. When He looks at us, He no longer sees our sins, but rather Jesus’ righteousness covering us. Our sins no longer separate us from God. They simply cause a feeling of separation because we believe that they are still there, standing between us and Him.

God has removed your sins from you as far as the east is from the west. In Christ, your forgiveness and righteousness are complete and secure. Trust that because of what He has done, your mistakes and mess-ups no longer need to cause even one moment of a feeling of distance between you and your Heavenly Father!