This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 1 John 4:17. This verse says that as Jesus is, so are we – that in this world, we are like Him!
When we look at ourselves, we see our mistakes, our failures, and our imperfections. When God looks at us, He sees the righteousness and perfection of His Son covering us. You are not who you once were! You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are in Christ. He is your new identity!
As Jesus is, so are you! As He is accepted by God, so are you! As He is loved by the Father, so are you! As He is in perfect right standing before the Most High, so are you! As He is free from sickness, fear, depression, discouragement, despair, and anxiety at God’s right hand, so are you!This freedom is available to you for the taking – receive it!
Begin to view yourself in this light. See yourself as God sees you. Find your identity in Christ!
Does God ever seem distant to you? Like He’s far away? Do you just wish He would make Himself real to you?
Did you ever consider that maybe this has less to do with Him, and more to do with how you’re viewing Him?
Sometimes we tend to see Christianity as merely a religion – a set of dos and don’ts that we must follow if we want God to be pleased with us. We think that there’s this level of perfection we must reach before we can truly get close to God, and we’re constantly aware that we don’t measure up to this standard. We feel like we’re not worthy to draw near Him, and therefore get the sense that He’s far away.
Religion portrays God as cold and distant, and only concerned with how good we are, but that’s not who He is. He is our loving Heavenly Father, who, because of Christ, accepts us and calls us His children. He is with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9), and will never leave us (Deuteronomy 31:6).
Begin to view God in the light of Him being your Daddy in heaven, who is always with you, and cares about you deeply, and see how much more real He will seem!