How Do You Approach Your Relationship with God?

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How do you approach your relationship with God? Do you view Him as your Heavenly Father who loves you more than you can imagine, is pleased with you because of Jesus’ perfection accredited to your account, and whose grace towards you far exceeds even your worst mistakes? Or do you view Him more as a taskmaster who has a whole list of demands that you must live up to if you want gain His approval and favor?

Does it really even matter? Yes, it does! It matters very much, in fact, because how you view God and approach your relationship with Him directly affects every other area of your life!

If you are demand-focused, thinking that God requires you keep a bunch of rules perfectly if you want to be right with Him, you will probably be demanding in your relationships with others. If you have this kind of a mindset, you will likely be stressed from trying to do everything perfectly, and walk around with a constant sense of condemnation for all the ways you fall short. If, however, you realize that your relationship with God is based on what Jesus did for you rather than what you do, you will begin to experience the peace and joy that comes with this knowledge. You will find it more easy to show grace to others as you open yourself up to God’s grace. You will feel at rest and stable as you build your life upon the solid foundation of Christ’s finished work!

Check out these scriptures that share the good news of God’s amazing grace, and allow them to impact how you view God, and how approach your relationship with Him!

  • God no longer even remembers the wrong things you’ve done (Heb 8:12).
  • He has promised to never rebuke or punish you (Is 54:9).
  • He is gracious, compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in love (Ps 103:8).
  • He saved us because of His mercy, not because of the good things we’ve done to try to be made right with Him (Titus 3:5).
  • We are freely justified by His grace (Rom 3:24).
  • We have been made right with God because Jesus took our sin upon Himself (2 Cor 5:21).
  • Our Heavenly Father does not treat us as our wrongdoings deserve (Ps 103:10).

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

Christian Q

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be a Christian? Have you ever had someone ask you that question, and found it difficult to explain to them clearly what being a Christian is all about?

Simply put, a Christian is someone who has received God’s gift of salvation. A Christian understands that . . .

  • They have done things that are wrong, and the wrong things they have done separated from God. (Ephesians 2:12)
  • No matter how hard they try, they can’t save themselves. We can never be good enough to earn a relationship with God, because He is perfect, and no matter how hard we try, we just can’t be perfect. (Romans 3:10)
  • Jesus took their place. The payment for doing things that are wrong is death. Jesus took our place, and died for us. Because He did that, we can have eternal life – a relationship with God that begins now, and will last forever! (Romans 6:23,
    John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • God offers us salvation as a free gift. When someone gives you a gift, you reach out and take it! God offers the gift of salvation to each of us. We simply need to receive it! (Ephesians 2:8-9)

If you’ve already accepted Jesus as your Savior, this is what that decision meant. If you haven’t received God’s gift of salvation yet, accept it today!

Aren’t sure where to begin? Simply tell God that you know you’re an sinner, and can’t save yourself. Tell Him you want Jesus to be your Savior, and that you receive His gift of forgiveness and salvation. It’s as simple as that!

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He’s Worthy Of Praise

psalm 145 3This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 145:3. This verse says that God is great, and most worthy of praise – that none can fathom His greatness!

Our God is most certainly great, and worthy of praise!  He is the One who created the earth – who called forth light in the darkness, who spoke the earth into being, who set life in motion, and made everything we see.  All throughout the Bible He did great and mighty things, and still does them in our lives today, if we will ask Him. He has always existed, and always will, yet He knows each of us personally, and wants us to get to know Him.

He does so much for us. He gave His Son so that we could have eternal life, and a relationship with Him. He love us, regardless of the mistakes we have made. He accepts us as His children. He gives each of us many blessings, some of which we don’t even recognize, and often forget to thank Him for.

Take some time to praise God today for who He is, and what He has done for you. Give thanks to Him!

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!

Grace and Godliness

Grace and GodlinessWeek 38 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was 2 Timothy 4, Titus 1-3, and Philemon. These chapters finish Paul’s letter to Timothy, a partner in sharing the gospel, and include his letters to Titus and Philemon.

Titus 2:11-12 states that the grace of God, which offers salvation to all people, has appeared. The grace of God teaches us to say no to ungodliness, and lead godly lives in this present age.

Sometimes, we think that if we truly proclaim the grace of God – the news that our standing before God isn’t based on our efforts and our actions, good or bad, but on what Christ has done for us – people will feel like it gives them a license to sin. These verses,  however, teach the complete opposite. The say that it is God’s grace that teaches us to say no to ungodliness, and to live godly lives.

When we really recognize and accept the truth of God’s grace, it begins to transform us from the inside out. It starts by changing our thinking from a religious mindset of dos and don’ts to an actual relationship with God. This change is reflected in the way we live our lives.

Look at it this way – have you ever had somebody tell you not to do something you normally wouldn’t do anyway, but after being told to avoid it, you began to really desire to do it? This is the way the law works. The very commandment not to do something often stirs up within us a desire to do the thing we are told not to do. God’s grace, on the other hand, draws us to live in a godly manner based out of a relationship with God, for the closer we draw to Him, the more we become like Him!

God’s grace doesn’t give us a license to sin. It teaches us to say no to ungodliness, and draws us to live godly lives out of love to our Heavenly Father. Ask God today to reveal His grace to you in a greater way than ever before!

My Declaration Of Freedom

My Declaration Of FreedomStarting today, I declare that I am no longer a slave. I am a child of God.

As God’s child, I no longer need to feel afraid or ashamed to stand before my Heavenly Father. I will no longer experience a sense of unworthiness in His presence, for I know that He has made me worthy by sending His Son to die for me, and become my righteousness.

I have been saved, redeemed, forgiven, and made right with God. When He looks at me, He no longer sees my sin. He sees Jesus’ righteousness covering me. I am in Christ
(2 Corinthians 5:17), and I am accepted, loved, cherished, and treasured by God, just as He is (1 John 4:17).

I recognize that it is the devil who wants me to feel condemned, defeated, depressed, discouraged, and worthless – like I don’t matter. These feelings are not from God. They never have been, and never will be. Therefore, I refuse to accept them. I am not a slave, who has to earn the approval of my master. I am a son or daughter of the Most High, to whom His approval and affection are freely given, without stipulation.

I refuse to accept the mindset of a slave – thinking that my relationship with God is based on my actions, and that when I mess up, my standing before Him suffers – and I refuse to attempt to bring others under such slavery. Instead, I will share the message of reconciliation, with which I have been entrusted – the good news that God has reconciled the world to Himself through Christ, and is no longer counting their sins against them
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19).

I am not who I once was. I am a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). I am a completely different person. I have been perfected once and for all by the only Perfect One  (Hebrews 10:14).

I choose to believe what God says about me, rather the lies of the devil, who is the deceiver of the brethren (Revelation 12:9), and I will ask for God’s help to distinguish His truth from the lies.

This is my declaration of freedom, of sonship, and of unfailing right standing before God, who is my loving Heavenly Father.

My Declaration Of Freedom

God’s Unmerited Favor

God's Unmerited FavorOld Covenant, and New Covenant. The law, and God’s unmerited favor. The two are vastly different and very distinct, yet so often we have a tendency to try to mix them together.

Sometimes we, while acknowledging Christ as our Savior, still have this feeling that we must act a certain way to merit God’s fellowship. When we fail, we get the sense that God is angry with us. We know that Jesus died for our sins, yet we still feel like there is something we must do to continue on in unbroken relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Where do these thoughts and feelings come from? They are the result of trying to mix elements of the old covenant of the law with elements of the new covenant of God’s grace. Though we understand that Jesus came to save us (John 3:17), we sometimes feel that we must do something to try to merit our salvation, and God’s blessings in our lives. We get caught up in the mentality of system of the Old Testament, in which mankind was rewarded for obedience, and punished for wrong-doing. That was how man related to God under the old covenant. In the new covenant, however, because of what Jesus has done, the blessing of redemption and relationship with God – as well as all of the other blessings promised in His Word – are free gifts of grace, which we need only receive.

God loved us so much, that He gave His only Son for us (John 3:16). We have been justified by Jesus’ blood, and saved from God’s wrath through Him (Romans 5:9). Romans 8:32 (NASB) declares that “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” If God gave Jesus for us, how will be not also give us all the other good things His Word promises? Our righteousness is apart from the law (Romans 3:21). Because we have been made right in God’s eyes, we are now qualified to receive all of His blessings, including on-going, undisrupted relationship with Him.

Rather than trying to mix together parts of the old and new covenants – bits and pieces of law and grace – let’s receive the good news of the gospel in its entirety. Instead of relying on our own good works, let’s depend solely on Christ’s finished work at the cross. Let’s accept God’s blessings as free gifts from a loving Heavenly Father, rather than rewards of merit for good behavior. Let’s abandon the mixture, and receive God’s unmerited favor on our lives today!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”