I Am God’s Masterpiece

In the beginning, God made man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 5:1, Job 33:4).  “He created man to be male and female” (Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 5:1-2; Mark 10:6).  “God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into His nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7).  We are His masterpiece. He made us from dust and breathed life into us.  This is remarkable.

Psalm 8:3-6 declares, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of Him.  And the son of man that You care for Him?  Yet, You have made him a little lower than God, and crowned him with glory and majesty!”  God created earth, and, yet, He considers us royalty.  We are crowned with His glory and majesty.

God gives us authority to be over all the earth including the animals.  In Genesis 1:26, God says, “let us make man in Our image [the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit], according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  God has given us a responsibility to take care of the things He created on earth.  We should be honored to have such a task.  God entrusts us with His creation.  Genesis 1:31 says, “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.”

God says we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).  Everything He created was good.  In fact, very good.  He is proud of His creations.  We are created by God and made into His image.

I Am God’s Beloved

We are on Day 9 of “God Calls You By Name” Series.  This week we talked about being a friend of God, being redeemed and forgiven by God, being a new creation in Christ, and being blessed by God.  I pray this series is touching your life and helping you grow spiritually.  I know it has blessed me by being reminded of who Christ is in our lives.

Today, we will talk about being God’s beloved.  The word, beloved, means to be adored, cherished, treasured, highly regarded, admired, esteemed, worshiped, idolized, and precious.  Some other words that describe beloved are sweetheart, love, and lover.  Slowly read the description above.  I am in awe of who we are in Christ.  We are loved, beyond comprehension, by an Almighty God.

First John 3:1 tells us to “see what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!”  In the English Standard Version, it states we are His beloved.  This is breathtaking!  We need to declare that we are God’s beloved.  We are precious in His sight!

Psalm 17:8 is a prayer to God saying, “keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.”  Deuteronomy 33:12 answers that prayer by stating, “the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields Him all day long, and the one the Lord loves between his shoulders.”  We are protected by God because of His unfailing love for us.  He shields us from danger every day and gives us warnings before we approach danger. 

In Matthew 17:5, God calls Jesus His beloved son.   How incredible is it that God calls us the same name as Jesus?!  Ephesians 5:1-2 instructs us to “follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk in the way of love just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”  We are to love others the same way God loves us.  We can only love like God by having a relationship with Him and experiencing His love.

You are God’s beloved!  I encourage you to believe that you are dearly loved by God.

 

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Share Your Story

This is a friendly reminder that I have a page called, “Readers’ Testimonies” where you can share your testimony on my page.  The purpose of this page is to encourage others by not being afraid to be transparent.  If you feel comfortable and if God is nudging you to tell your story, stop by my Readers’ Testimonies page to read other stories and share yours.

I pray you have a blessed day!!!

I Am Blessed by God

A blessing is defined as the approval that allows or helps you to do something.  It is also something that brings you happiness.  The Bible teaches us how to live our lives as a blessing.  Scripture also tells us about how God blesses us each and every day.

  1. We must trust in the Lord to be blessed (Jeremiah 17:7).  We can only accept God’s blessings when we trust Him.  One of the ways to trust God is by tithing (Malachi 3:10). He blesses our home and finances when we trust Him with our money.
  2. We must obey the Lord to be blessed (Deuteronomy 30:16; Proverbs 16:20; Deuteronomy 28:1).  God blesses us through our obedience.  When we obey His commands, He blesses us by increasing our faith.
  3. God blesses the righteous (Psalm 1:1; Matthew 5:6; Proverbs 10:6-7).  As long as we keep our morals and stay pure, we are blessed.  Matthew 5:8 says, “blessed are the pure at heart, for they will see God.”
  4. God blesses those who seek Him.  Psalm 119:2 states, “blessed are those who keep [God’s] statutes and seek Him with all their heart“.  According to Scripture, we must be committed to Christ to be blessed (Proverbs 16:3).
  5. We are blessed when we seek God’s helpPsalm 34:8 says, “taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”  Refuge means a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.  God is our shelter.  He is our umbrella in the midst of life’s storms.  He meets our every day needs (Psalm 20:4; Philippians 4:19).  God is our Healer (Exodus 23:35).  He is our Comforter in time of need (Matthew 5:4).

It is easy to miss God’s blessings when we are distracted by the world.  We miss blessings when we allow our emotions to override our trust in Christ.  God blesses those who are faithful in Him.  He wants to bless us, because we are His sons and daughters.  We are His children who He adores.  God gives us “mercy, peace, and love…in abundance” (Jude 1:2).

I pray God will “bless you and keep you and…make His face shine on you and be gracious to you” for all the days of your life (Numbers 6:24-26).

 

 

Jesus is My Bachelor

Second Featured Blog for the week: Barbie’s Blog

This is for the ladies who look at love in a distorted and unhealthy way. This blogger has many good points about who God is versus how we look at our husbands. Jesus will always be our husband, no matter you are married or single.

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Good morning y’all!

Whether you’re at work, in school, at a doctor appointment, getting ready for the gym, or heading on vacation, know that God is with you! I woke up this morning with a desire to share with you guys my interpretation of love.

Last night, I was at my best friend’s house watching the bachelor. If you haven’t heard of it, look it up for the sake of this blog post. It’s not the greatest show to say the least…especially if you’re a teenager seeking for the value of love in a significant other. Their definition of “love” is something that doesn’t even cut the surface of the true love that is found in Jesus Christ. As I watched the show, I couldn’t help but feel hurt for each girl who claimed they were “in love” with Ben (the bachelor). Given they only have about a month to…

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I Am a New Creation in Christ

God says we are a new creation in Him.  It says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away–look, what is new has come.”  We are a new creation through Christ.  We have to have a relationship with God to let go of the old life and live in the new.

Romans 6:6 says, “our old self was crucified with [Christ] so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.”  In this Scripture, it states our old self dies in order for us to have a new life with Christ.  We are no longer bind by sin; we are renewed by God.

“Because of God’s mercy and love, [we] have been made alive with Christ” (bible.org).  In Ephesians 2:4-5, it states “because of [God’s] great love with which He loved us, even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you are saved.”

We are saved because of the cross.
We are a new creation because of the cross.
We are born again because of the cross.

Let’s celebrate what God has done for us.  His mercy and grace saved us from our transgressions.  Jesus allowed us to be a new creation through His sacrifice.  We are no longer slaves to our flesh; we are alive in Christ!