Holy Vessels not to be Defiled

 

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Hi Everyone,

I apologize for not posting on my blog these past couple of weeks. I have been on vacation for the past week, and I have been enjoying the joys of guzzling through books, taking time in nature, and being with family. Before I jump into the devotion for this week, I would like to share a testimony of the Lord’s goodness to me. As I have mentioned a lot recently, this past year has been a year of health trials for me. I have been struggling with debilitating migraines. Our God is a God who reveals mysteries and solves tricky problems. He hears our prayers and is attentive to our needs. After dealing with this burden for so long, the Lord has taken my migraines away completely. I went from having migraines three times a week to none at all. I praise God that He has blessed me with this new kind of freedom.

I have been continuing my study through the book of Daniel. One key theme throughout this book which has stood out to me is Daniel’s response to the city of Babylon which he lived in. Let me set the scene for you before Daniel arrives. Babylon is a glimmering city filled with all the worldly pleasures that you can imagine. There is an abundance of rich and fattening foods to stuff your mouths with. Maybe they had chocolate truffles, cakes, and fanciest of coffees. The gist is they had all sorts of scrumptious foods. Plus, they had treasures of gold, silver, and bronze. The book of Revelation described another Babylon which is a picture of how Satan traps us with earthly things. This figurative Babylon is depicted as a prostitute who trapped men in sexual immorality. I can imagine that the Babylon Daniel was placed in was known for sexual sin and prostitution.

Now Daniel is about to enter the picture. King Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon at the time, not only captured God’s holy vessels from the temple in Israel, but he also captured the Lord’s people. Daniel was one of the captives.  However as soon as Daniel arrived in King Nebuchadnezzar’s palace, he was determined to stand out like a sore thumb and remain faithful to the Lord God who was faithful to him. Daniel 1:8 (ESV), “But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king’s food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.” Daniel recognized that not only were the golden goblets from God’s temple holy vessels, but he too was a holy vessel, given an honorable purpose.

We also live in a world that focuses on immediate gratification. We live in a Babylonian culture that focuses on our physical pleasure and happiness rather than soul satisfying joy. Often times we associate happiness with joy, and we muddle the differences between the two words. According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, happiness is “a pleasurable or satisfying experience” (emphasis mine).  However, Rick Warren defines joy in this way: “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation” (emphasis mine again). There is no assurance or security in a temporary circumstance. The pleasure of movies, wealth, food, and sexual sin will not last. If that is what we choose to secure ourselves with, we will be left empty. We will fall like the great city of Babylon fell.

2 Timothy 2:20-22 (ESV), “Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” When we were redeemed, God cleansed us and made us righteous before Him. We were given a holy purpose like Daniel. We were made to be set apart. Will you join me in resolving like Daniel did to not defile ourselves with the Babylon around us? Will you join me in pursuing God’s will for our lives rather than the fleeting pleasures of this world? We are holy vessels. You are holy.

I want to thank you all for reading my blog. Thank you for remaining dedicated to my page despite my lack of posts recently. May we all be bold this week and act as a beacon of light in this world. I hope you have a blessed week with plenty of coffee to go around.

In Christ’s Love,

Sarah

 

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All-Consuming Insecurity

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Hey All,

Let’s talk about insecurity. I know that we all have dealt with self-insecurity in some way. As we discussed in one of my previous posts called “A Security that Falters”, if we are depending on the flesh, we cannot be truly steady. When we are unsure of ourselves and our futures, we tend to hide behind a mask of criticism so that other people are not paying attention to our own faults. Criticism can come in many forms; as a lady, I know that is quite easy to fall into a pattern of gossiping without noticing that I am doing so. It can seem harmless, especially when the person who is being talked about is unaware that she/he is being talked about. However, according to Scripture, there is a consequence for our actions. Galatians 5:15 (ESV), “But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” Criticism is a difficult habit to break which stems from a heart that is not completely living in God’s freedom. It stems from a heart that is consumed with their self-image.

I remember that there was a time when I was sick for a little under a year with a physical illness, and I struggled with deep insecurities. I was consumed with negative feelings toward myself. As I have learned over the years, physical illnesses can open up a place for spiritual attacks from the enemy, especially when they are long-term and uncertain. No matter how much encouragement I received, I could not be broken free of this brokenness within my soul. Through my physical healing, I also received inward healing. I was reminded of God’s all-consuming love for me that could swallow up my insecurities in an instant. I had at times tried to convince myself that I did not have a problem, and that I was simply being humble. According to Beth Moore’s Daniel Bible study, “thinking little of ourselves is still constantly thinking of ourselves.” God revealed to me that nobody was to blame for my emotional issues except for myself. By that I mean that nobody felt those negative feelings I felt about myself. I liked to play a blame game and divert the problem from my own heart and try to pin point it on other people. Now I am free! Oh, praise God, I am completely free!

For example, Aaron the brother of Moses, was a Bible character who struggled with insecurity. His insecurity ended up causing some problems for him. One time while Moses was up on Mount Sinai, the people of Israel asked Aaron to make an idol for them. Aaron buckled down under pressure. He was insecure about his identity in the Lord, and in his ability to stand firm. He built the idol. When Moses returned, Moses was furious and asked Aaron why he had done this terrible thing. Aaron turned to the blame game rather than owning up to his actions. Exodus 32:22-23 (ESV), “And Aaron said, ‘Let not the anger of my lord burn hot. You know the people, that they are set on evil. For they said to me, ‘Make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him’.”

As believers we are no longer enslaved to sin. According to Galatians 5, what does a life of freedom in Christ look like? Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV), “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” A life of freedom is not characterized by insecurity and criticism of others. Those shackles that we used to be bound to are broken. I don’t want to live a life that is consumed with my image, and a life that turns to the blame game when life gets “uncomfortable”. Life is going to be awkward sometimes, and people are going to notice your flaws, but we are supposed to live genuinely. I want to be able to say, “Yes, I am an imperfect human being, but I serve a God who is perfect; He never fails.” I am consumed with Christ and unashamed of it.

Thank you all for reading. May we not get caught up on our own self-image but have a Christ-centered attitude towards ourselves and towards the people around us. I hope you have a blessed week with strong coffee.

In Christ’s Love,

Sarah

But there is a God…

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Hey Everyone,

Do predicaments in life ever seem to be overwhelming and unsolvable? Do you ever feel like the storm swirling around you is simply too much? Well, the Bible teaches us that God is sovereign over everything, over the circumstances that seem like chaos to us as human beings. Nothing that you are dealing with is too complex or too trivial for the Lord. He cares deeply for our physical and emotional needs. God is sovereign over everything. He is sovereign over the crummy days when everything seems to be crashing down upon your shoulders. There is a recurring message throughout Scripture which says, “The Lord is sovereign”. If we do not grasp that truth, then we are missing out on experiencing God’s full power through Scripture. Before we take a look at some examples of God’s sovereignty in Scripture, I would like to lay out the definition of sovereign for you. According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, someone who is sovereign is “one that exercises supreme authority within a limited sphere.”  Our God is the ultimate in sovereign – he exercises supreme authority over all of creation, not just within a limited sphere. He is limitless. Now let’s dig into Scripture and get our hands a little dirty.

  1. Daniel: As I had mentioned in my previous post, I am currently going through the book of Daniel with a Beth Moore Bible study book. Daniel and his friends were working for the king as wise men in his palace. The king made a decree that all the wise men would be killed for not being able to make known to him his dream and to interpret it. Daniel was caught in a precarious and sticky situation which could end in his death and his friends’ deaths. He immediately ran to the Lord in prayer. He recognized the power that the Lord had over this situation. The Lord then revealed the dream to Daniel in order that he would share and interpret it to the king. When I was reading today, two verses stuck out to me. Daniel 2:27-28 (ESV), “Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days.” God can do what is impossible with man. He rules over situations. He has the power to give us answers to difficult questions, discretion in dangerous situations, and wisdom to make choices.
  2. Hannah: What is the deepest desire of your heart? Think of it now and remember it because later in this post we are going to discuss that more in depth. For Hannah, a Bible character in 1 Samuel, her greatest desire was to have children. Her husband, Elkanah, had another wife besides Hannah, who had given Elkanah children. The other wife would taunt Hannah for being barren. Hannah, just like Daniel, ran to the Lord in prayer. There is relief and power in handing over the longings of our hearts to our sovereign Lord. Hannah could not open her womb to have children. No human could open Hannah’s womb. There was a predicament, but there is a God who can bring life out of the barren wombs of our own lives. 1 Samuel 1:27 (ESV), “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him.” Do you believe that the Lord hears your requests, sees your longings, and most of all has the power to fulfill them? Do you believe that God can satisfy that desire which you thought of at the beginning of this paragraph? Isaiah 58:11 (ESV), “And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Scripture says that the Lord can satisfy us when we are dwelling in a barren land. He refreshes our souls and tends to our needs and cravings. His answers sometimes just end up looking different then we had expected. His ways are superior to our own.
  3. The Bleeding Woman: The story of the bleeding woman who had faith in Jesus’ healing power, is definitely close to my heart. Health troubles have a history of following me. As some of you who have read my blog for a while or know me personally know, in 2013 I struggled with a sickness for nine months that brought pain, weakness, and emotional messes into my everyday life. Praise God for when things seemed uglier and a surgery was scheduled, the Lord healed me. Then about a year ago I started having another health issue: migraines. They do not seem to have a pattern, and they threaten daily to steal my joy. They try to take me back to the place of brokenness I was at last time I was sick. However, this time I am leaning on the Lord and seeking Him daily. He gives me strength to fight and he satisfies my soul. I have no doubt that the Lord can heal me if it is in His will. Luke 8:46-48 (ESV), “But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.’And when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling, and falling down before him declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed.  And he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace’.” The Lord is sovereign over physical illness and mental illness. He can command diseases to flee from our bodies.

As we have seen through these Scriptural examples, nothing is impossible with our Lord, the supreme authority over everything. Therefore we should be hitting the floor with our knees bringing our circumstances before Him first rather than immediately running to our fellow men to help us. Prayer is powerful, and the Lord always hears us. Let us be warriors of prayer.

Thank you all for reading! I hope you have a blessed week. As always may your coffee be strong.

In Christ’s Love,

Sarah

A Security that Falters

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Hey Everyone,

Today I would like to discuss the importance of true security. The devil lurks around every corner calling to us in an at times seemingly harmless and friendly tone, showing us the sensual pleasures which the world has to offer us. The devil tries to convince us that these ways of the flesh will support us and make a steady foundation. Let me take a moment to define security for you. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, security is to have “freedom from danger” and “freedom from fear or anxiety”. The deceiver wants us to believe that we can remain in our sins without being discovered, and that we are unstoppable. We can continue to cruise through the lanes of life, following after our selfish ambitions. Sin cannot save us. Jesus Christ died for the sake of redeeming us from these deadly sins. The devil is devious and a master craftsman. He places death inside an appealing form like the evil queen from Snow White did with a ripe and brilliantly red apple.

In the Scriptures Jesus tells a parable of two men who lived upon different foundations. One foundation faltered, and one foundation persevered. Matthew 7:26-27 (ESV), “And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” A foundation which is built upon lies from the devil will collapse like sinking sand under the pressure of life’s trials. Isaiah 47:10 (ESV), “You felt secure in your wickedness, you said, ‘No one sees me’; your wisdom and your knowledge led you astray, and you said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me’.” We have to understand that we live in the midst of a culture which depends heavily upon deception, selfishness, and greed. However, we must not live like the world, because we are redeemed by our Lord Jesus Christ. We were saved to live a life free from captivity in sin.

How then, should our foundation as a believer compare to the life of a non-believer which clings to false security? We should be constantly mediating on God’s words of truth and His promises. Matthew 7:24-25 (ESV), “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” As long as we are keeping our eyes on Christ, and living with an eternal perspective, we will not be overcome by the ways of the world or the trials which we suffer. Spiritual forces are constantly attempting to trap us and draw us back to living in a life of captivity. This is what we are to do in the middle of spiritual warfare: “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV). Let us be alert warriors, following the calling which God has given us for our individual lives. Satan is no longer our master, and he cannot stop us.

I have been reading Beth Moore’s “Daniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy” Bible study lately. I have been learning about how Daniel was thrown in the midst of a city filled with sin and appealing fleshly temptations. However, Daniel was not swayed from his faith because of what was going on around him. He remained strong in the faith and clung to God’s promises as he served the king of Babylon.

King Nebuchadnezzar chose men of wisdom and understanding to be eunuchs in his palace. Daniel was not wise because he relied on his own knowledge, but he was wise because he trusted fully in the Lord. He kept his eyes on Christ daily, even when he was instructed to cease praying. He did not fear man, because his security was in the Almighty God.

May we take today as an opportunity to analyze and reflect on where our current foundation lies. Are we clinging to false security in earthly things which do not last or support us, or are we leaning upon God’s promises which remain true for all of eternity? Could it be said that we are like Daniel and fully relying on the Lord rather than upon ourselves?

Thank you all for taking time out of your day to read my blog. I greatly appreciate you. May you have a blessed week and may your coffee cup overflow ;).

Peace be with you,

Sarah

When Tragedy Strikes

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Hi Everyone,

These past couple weeks have been filled with tragedies for our country, especially in Orlando, Florida. I am sure you have seen these stories shared numerous times on your Facebook feed and talked about 24/7 on the news. The thought that life is unpredictable and any day we could be hit by a tragedy like that is frightening. However, as believers, we have the gift of hope because we know the One who holds our personal futures and the future of our country in His hands. Nothing slips by Him that He did not expect. He is never shocked and never overwhelmed. A few months ago I was watching a live Periscope stream with Gretchen Saffles of Life Lived Beautifully Ministry, and she said something which has stuck with me since then.  The Lord has frequently spoken this into my life, “Faith trumps fear.” If that is true then we were made and redeemed to be fearless in the Lord. These trials should not cause us to quake in fear and to crumble under the weight of anxiety. We are strong in the Lord.

How then, are we to respond when tragedy hits? When Israel went into captivity as a result of their sins, Jeremiah instructed the Israelites to mourn over the tragedy and to cry out. Jeremiah 9:20 (KJV), “Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbor lamentation.” The Lord is not insensitive to what goes on in our world, He is deeply saddened about all the lives which have been taken due to violence, illness, and poverty. It is difficult to wrap our minds around why God would allow these terrible tragedies to occur. As believers who trust that our God is a God of wisdom and a God who has the power to heal all the brokenness caused by sin, our first response to these awful incidents should be to run towards the Lord and cry out to Him with wailing. We are to bring our brokenness before His throne and lay down these burdens for others and for our world at His feet. Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV), “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

As we pray let us beg the Lord to sing over and clothe our aching world in the hope and peace which only He can provide. A song called Sing Along by Christy Nockels proclaims a beautiful message of how we should react to the hurts of our world. The first verse and chorus says,

“From babies hidden in the shadows
To the cities shining bright
There are captives weeping
Far from sight
For every doorway has a story
And some are holding back the cries
But there is One who hears at the night

Great God
Wrap Your arms around this world tonight
Around the world tonight
And when You hear our cries
Sing through the night
So we can join in Your song
And sing along
We’ll sing along.

Our futures are unpredictable to us. We can quickly get caught up in anxiety over what is to come. However, in the love of Christ there is no fear for we know He is in control of all, and He is running alongside us in this journey called life. We are told in the Scriptures that our God cares for every single worry we hold in our hearts. He cares for each sparrow attentively; therefore we know that He will provide for us even more carefully. Proverbs 31:25 (ESV), “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” The Proverbs 31 woman believes the truth of Psalm 91:4, that she is secure under the refuge of her Lord’s mighty wings. That security is not dependent on circumstances going on around her. The Lord will remain her shield no matter what President runs her country or what terrorist tries to steal God’s glory and the joy of His people. The Bible says we shall not be overcome because the Lord is with us. No matter what happens to our physical bodies, our souls will forever be in the hands of God. We have an eternal promise of hope to lean upon. As mighty warriors of the one true King, we can say Psalm 27:1 with boldness, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Instead of turning to worry which steals our joy in Christ, let us turn to the Lord, the Prince of Peace. Let us turn our fears over to Him and grip tight to this truth, Revelation 21:4 (ESV), “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

My friends, before I go, I would like to pray a prayer for myself, my fellow believers, and our world.

Dear Father God,

Sin has left us broken and only you can mend and heal us. You are the ultimate doctor. Please wash us clean in your hope and peace. Fill us with it. We are in desperate need of you. Please take away all the anxiety we have stored within our hearts. Please remind our souls that you are in control of our “chaos”. Please help us as believers to be brilliant flames radiating Your glory in the midst of darkness and tragedy. All glory, honor, and praise be to You, my Lord and my Hope.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thank you all for reading. Let us be surround our world in prayer today, dear prayer warriors. God bless you and have a wonderful week.

In Christ’s Love,

Sarahtragedytragedy

The Purpose Filled Mundane

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Hi All,

I am currently writing to you from a hotel room. My family and I are on a lengthy road trip. I have to tell you that this has been such a splendid trip so far. It is always a pleasure to get away from the typical hub bub of ordinary life, especially when it involves family bonding. There are no people that I would rather pile into a van with for twenty hours. Anyway, speaking of ordinary life, I have noticed that I often get casual about life and sink into a haphazard routine. When we are caught up in a cycle of doing the same things and following to do lists, we can lose sight of life’s beauty. We forget that each moment of our lives was predestined before our birth and is filled with God’s purpose.

The “simple” moments we share with family at the dinner table, conversations with a co-worker during break, or cleaning a messy house after your rambunctious children have trashed the place are all beautiful to the Lord. The presence of the Lord does not only reside in the mountain-top highs of life when all is Pinterest-worthy. The Lord’s presence resides with you in the moments when you are sleep deprived and drinking a cup of lukewarm coffee just trying to study the Bible, but your kids are wildly running around you. He is there when you are falling apart over a failed relationship with a friend or significant other. A book which I definitely recommend on this topic is Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman, and here is a quote from there, “What gives moments meaning is not the moments themselves, but the presence of Christ with us in the midst of them.”

This week I have been going through Psalm 139, and three verses about God’s presence in all circumstances stood out to me. Psalm 139:7-10, “Where shall I go from your Spirit?  Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” Isn’t it amazing how the Lord is constantly pursuing us wherever we go? We cannot escape Him.

According to scripture, how does the Lord see our lives? Jeremiah 1:5, ““Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” The mixture of excitement and mundane of our lives are purpose filled and appointed before the beginning of time. As I reflected on this sweet truth, I questioned whether I was looking at life with this perspective. Am I seeing the simple moments of doing schoolwork and of routines as precious? As we go our separate ways, and I continue my trip, may we all not miss the beauty in our daily lives. May we see each day, each hour, and each minute as a purpose-filled gift from God.

“It is ingrained in us that we have to do exceptional things for God—but we do not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the ordinary streets, among ordinary people—and this is not learned in five minutes. —Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest”

Thank you all for reading. I will talk to you soon.

In Christ’s Love,

Sarah

Made in His Image: Not Defined by Numbers

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Hi Everyone,

In my season of life, the Lord has been showing me the burdens in my life that must be thrown away in order for me to truly be free in Christ. I shared my need to toss paralyzing fear and perfectionism. This week once again, I am going to begin this post by quoting a verse which God has been constantly speaking over my life. Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” I know you are probably sick of this verse, but I cannot seem to shake it off my shoulders. The passion to live audaciously and wildly is freshly brewing in my heart. In order to carry that passion out in my life, there is simplifying which must be done.

This week as I have been digging deeper into the book Wild and Free by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan as well as studying for the ACT, the Lord has reminded me of my identity in Him. Much of our fast-paced world and our lives revolve around numbers. Our days are limited to 24 hours. Our success is weighed by how many items on our lengthy to-do-list have been accomplished and scratched off or the number of righteous works we perform. Our self-worth is based off of the number of followers, likes, and friends. Our intellect is determined by our test scores like the ACT test for example. However all these numbered items here on earth are merely variables. They are not constant. If we weigh our worth according to those scales, when they do not work out as planned, we will feel worthless. Our salary can change; friends and significant others may not remain faithful; our popularity can dwindle. I often find this form of inner dialogue going on within my heart: “Sarah, it is great that you got this and that done, and I applaud you for the effort, but that is not enough. You did not get this and this and this done. Therefore, today was not a productive day.”

The only definition of ourselves which we should listen to is the one given to us by our Abba Father from the beginning of time. Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” We were made in the image of a perfect, holy, lovely, and majestic God. When we view ourselves as children of God made in the image of the eternal King, as His workmanship, the earthly things which try to define us will seem fleeting and weightless. Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” The Lord called man and woman “good” because He made them in His image. Our number of talents and accomplishments has nothing to do with the grace that God showers upon us. We do not earn the Lord’s favor by our actions. Psalm 16:2, “I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” This quote from Wild and Free puts this verse into perspective, “…Where you sit, you are still that creation He calls good. Not because you’ve done anything to earn it, but because you were made in the very image of the God of all good.” –Jess Connolly.

Our God is not limited or defined by numbers. He is always in action. The 24 hour day does not contain Him. His majestic name is not weighed by the number of Christians who glorify His name. He is sovereign and triumphant because that is His very nature. His nature does not change. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. If the Lord who cannot be defined by things on this earth calls us His workmanship and speaks purpose over our lives to make His name known, who are we to define ourselves with trivial and non-eternal things? James 4:14, “yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” Our time on earth is brief, and it is easy to slip into a routine of satisfying numbers and quotas and calculating our worth in that which is fleeting. A life striving after numbers will bring upon ourselves discouragement and depression. The purpose of the Lord brings meaning to our life because we have the knowledge that our existence as a believer will continue on for all eternity. Without Christ, the mentality of accomplishing as much as you can before you are buried in the ground is futile. Praise God for the hope that only He provides!

Matthew 25:21, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” Oh how marvelous that day when I enter the Lord’s presence will be. The Lord does not look at numbers. He peers into the deepest crevices of our hearts, and He sees beauty in us for we are made in His image.

May we not forget that our worth comes from our God-given identity. Numbers do not define our God nor do they define us. Instead of feeling unsuccessful because you only accomplished a few items on your to-do list, try turning it around and saying, “I may not have done everything, but what I did do, I did wholeheartedly for God’s glory.” Our lives are all about making the Lord known and glorifying Him all of our days.

Thank you all for reading, and I will talk to you all soon. May your coffee be strong, and please pray for me as I take my ACT this Saturday. I would greatly appreciate that.

In Christ’s Love,

Sarah

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