A Brand New Creation

We are not children of God until we actually receive Christ’s saving work in our life (John 1:12). Regeneration is the lovely word, which describes what happens to us.

Jesus plugs us into His power supply and charges our battery. What we were blind to before we received His to salvation is now more than obvious to us (John 3:3).

He makes us a new creature and everything about us changes for the better (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to God instead (John 16:8).

Through regeneration, we turn from unrighteous decisions and live and walk in God’s truth and righteousness (Roman 6:1-2, 15; 2 Corinthians 7:10). Everything we think, say and do is motivated from our desire to bring glory to God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Living in continual sin proves that we do not know God’s Truth and that He does not live in us (1 John 2:4-6; Romans 3:23). However, Salvation is just a prayer away (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9).

It is a free gift from God, which we cannot earn for our self, but was earned for us by Christ’s willing suffering of the horrendous death on the cross (1 Peter 2:24).

God plainly sees all that we do in secret. He rewards our righteous deeds and disciplines us for our transgressions; because He loves us and does not want us to reap the degradation of sin any longer.

His desire is for us to walk in step with His Spirit every moment of our day. He has a perfect plan, which will unfold for us as we patiently obey His Word (Ephesians 2:10).

Prayer:
Father God, You intended for us to enjoy Paradise from the beginning of time. When sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, we lost the benefits of living in Your presence. Bereft, we comb the earth looking for the fulfillment, which only You can supply.

Once we come to Christ, You restore our link to You and You will also restore to us the blessings of Paradise in eternity. In the meantime, You bless us with Your presence, make all things new and lead us by Your Spirit as You give us the desire and the power to walk in Your Salvation and Sanctification (Philippians 2:12-13).

Thought for the Day:
Once God convicts us of our sin, our lost condition and our need for a Savior, we accept His free gift of restoration through Christ’s grace and by faith in His faithfulness.

WHO LOVES YOU – Part 1 – The Love of the Father

God is head over heels in love with you (1 John 4: 8-11). God’s love is a spiritual, physical, mental and emotional “high”. Human love is merely a shadow of His love.

If the earth’s axis tilted a degree in any direction, if the stars fell from the sky, if a large solar storm erupted on the sun, if the oceans exceeded their boundaries, if animals no longer had an innate fear of man, if all the molten lava in the earth erupted at once, we would all die.

God’s hand, keeping the earth in perfect balance, keeps us all living and breathing and existing on planet earth. The natural order of the universe proves to us that God loves us.

When we repent of our sin, we realize that God actually chose us and adopted us as His beloved children. With God’s love, we do not need another person in our life in order to feel loved, affirmed and validated.

God constantly draws my attention to the fact that He is touching me with evidences of His love through a variety of means. I call them God’s Little Hugs.

He reveals His love through things like a bird’s outstretched wings, a perfect rose, a lady bug, the shapes of the clouds, the waves of the sea, the seasons of the year, a red cardinal chirping through my open window and in the numbers on the clock.

Escaping a devastating calamity is another occasion when we feel the love of God. When we see His hand protecting us from sudden and sure destruction and danger, our hearts swell with incredible gratitude and love for God.

To realize that God actually intervened for you makes you feel so precious, cared about and loved. At times like these we feel His love surrounding us and keeping us safe.

His love flows through us and out of us to everyone He brings into contact with us. He restores us with His joy and upholds with His generous Spirit (Psalm 51:10-12).

Prayer:
Father God, when our heart is open to Your love, we can feel it pouring over us like a waterfall. We are drenched with Your continual love. Even the cells in our body are full of Your love.

I often feel like I am wrapped in a soft, fluffy blanket of Your love. Your love gives us such a sense of security. Unsurpassed peace and joy flood our soul – our mind, will and emotions. We give You all the glory and praise and depend on Your love and Spirit to fill and guide us through every moment of our life.

Thought for the Day:
All through the day, I have learned to watch for the unexpected ways that God tells me, “I love you!”

Commit Your Way to the Lord

God already planned every aspect of our life before we were ever born (Ephesians 2:10). His plans bring us prosperity and hope, with a future in Him, which does not include evil, disaster or harm (Jeremiah 29:11). As we obey Him and keep His commandments, He increases our life with His blessings (Deuteronomy 30:16).

God calls us to commit to the Lord Jesus everything that we think, say and do, because He is the One who inspires our dreams and goals (Proverbs 3:5-6, 16:3). The Lord is our shepherd and He supplies the needs of our body, He restores our soul and He also strengthens our spirit (Matthew 5:6; Psalm 23:1-4; Philemon 1:25).

After Jesus cleansed us from our sins, He retired to the right hand of our Father God in the heavenly realm. He is superior to the angels and His inherited name is much more excellent than theirs. Jesus is the physical representation of what God looks like, and is the radiance of God’s glory. His prevailing Word sustains everything in the universe (Hebrews 1:3-4)

As we worship our Lord God, He pours out blessings of food and water, and removes sicknesses from among us according to His divine plan for our life (Exodus 23:25). He meets all of our needs through His glorious riches (Philippians 4:19). He abundantly stores up good things for those who reverence Him, and He opens the eyes of those who take refuge in Him (Psalm 31:19).

Prayer:

Father God, You abundantly bless those who follow Your instruction and who trust in You. You open the floodgates of heaven on those who faithfully tithe of their income (Malachi 3:10). You tell us to avoid those who do not walk in Your ways, not to take the advice of the ungodly and not to hang around with those who practice iniquity and mock You (Proverbs 16:20; Psalm 119:2; Psalm 1:1). You call us to be peacemakers, and You bless our efforts to do so (Matthew 5:9). We thank You for giving us a place in Your Kingdom and we look forward to the day it will come to the earth (Matthew 6:10).

Thought for the Day:

Taste and see that the Lord is good and blesses everyone who takes refuge in Him. – Psalm 34:8