I am in awe as he works his wonders

There is no one like God.  No one comes close and that’s the wonder, the amazing thing about God.  Whilst we are modelled on him, we cannot begin to measure up to his holiness, we can try, we can have a desire to become more like him every day, but we will never achieve that goal.  But, don’t let that put you off.  To aspire to become more like God is surely the best aspiration to have.  As we change it feels good, as we change that change is noticed by others, it has an affect; it’s like your light is shining that little bit brighter and we know that people are attracted to the light.

  • Micah 7:16-17 – Our God, no one is like you. We are all that is left of your chosen people, and you freely forgive our sin and guilt. You don’t stay angry forever; you’re glad to have pity and pleased to be merciful. You will trample on our sins and throw them in the sea.
  • Exodus 15:11 –  Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you – majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?
  • Exodus 34:6-7 – And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, ‘The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin

 TAKEN AND GONE

God has taken my sins and flung them into the sea, everything I ever did wrong, every thought, act and deed, gone, sunk to the bottom of the ocean, forgiven, free from sin and free from guilt, no guilt trip coming from God, he doesn’t stay angry, he has pity on our frailty, and that’s why he’s happy to trample on my sins, banish them to the depths of the ocean, who among the gods is like my Lord, there is no one to compete he has no equal, he has no rival, majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, I am in awe as he works his wonders, the Lord who is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, quick to bless, abounding in love and faithfulness, love overflowing from his fountain of grace as pardon is granted to those seeking your face, forgiveness given for our wicked behaviour, those who sin and rebel now fall to their knees in gratitude for your love and mercy, drink of your living waters, and never go thirsty

My thirst for love satisfied by the one who died for me

Part of a talk I heard yesterday showed me that we can only love others to the extent we know in our hearts that we are loved.  Likewise, we can only accept others, forgive others, cherish others and see others as precious and valuable if we know in our hearts that we are accepted, forgiven, cherished, precious and valuable.

This was one lesson that spoke to me, the “forgiven” aspect was clear.  I get that forgiving is sometimes a process.  I greatly admire those who forgive immediately and don’t get hung up on it.  I have struggled with forgiveness and I wrote on a piece of paper, I need to forgive my brother.

How God knows us!  Later in the same meeting there were some words of knowledge and the third one caused my heart to skip a beat and a lurch in my stomach.  God wants someone to reconcile with their brother. WOW. 

Just goes to show God knows our struggles, our needs and he wants to be an encouragement to us.

AS MUCH AS

Loved, a bridge to loving others, experiences shared, perceiving their needs because I was loved first, my thirst for love satisfied by the one who died for me, true love given selflessly. 

Accepted, part of God’s family, adopted daughter established with royalty, now I can accept those who surround me

Forgiven, set free, no longer condemned, hemmed in on each side by guilt and shame, blamelessly I sit at the foot of the cross, redeemed at no cost to me, forgiving others so that I can be free.

Cherished, respected and revered, no longer living in fear of condemnation, those days are past and so at last I see that I too can cherish those close to me

Precious to my Father God, beloved and prized, opening my eyes to how I should treasure all those whose lives impact me

Valuable, a precious diamond in his sight, his light reflected in my eyes, my prize to value those around me, praise God for friends and for my family.

Amazing Love how can it be?

Had the most awesome day today at our Ladies conference, the theme Outrageously Loved.  Yet again God let me know personally how loved I am as a word of knowledge was given which was for me.  That’s a whole new blog entry but for today was just so inspired by all the different types of love I wrote this:

God’s Love

Sacrificial Love, he died for me

Conquering Love, claiming victory

Embracing Love, he cherishes me

Saving Love, he ransomed me

Forgiving Love, my sins are gone

Sharing Love, apportioned to me

Repeating Love, mine for Eternity

Partnering Love, he works with me

Unrelenting Love, he never gives up on me

Obsessive Love, guarding me jealously

All-knowing Love, he knows me intimately

All-seeing Love, he sees my every need

Passionate Love, his banner flies over me

Outrageous Love, it’s dazzling me

It’s OK to admit my imperfection

Sometimes I reflect on what could have been.  But then I realise that although I went astray, that wasn’t a surprise to God.  After all he chose me, he wrote my name in his Book of Life, so he must have known what the outcome was going to be.  Sure, I went down the wrong path, but he called me back.  He kept a check on me and he gave me another chance and for that I am eternally grateful, what a loving, forgiving and awesome God we serve.

Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

1 John 2:1 – My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

NO SURPRISE

Nothing in our lives is a surprise to God.  My destiny not dependent on my being perfect, God knew I would make mistakes, that’s why God gives perfect grace, God does not turn his face away when we go astray, it’s OK to admit my imperfection, the resurrection saw to that, Jesus who was in himself perfection, a sinless man, carried the can for us all on the Cross,  victory secured, he furrows a path through the valley for me to walk through, the God of love who pursued me understands me perfectly, he knew me before I was created, God is within me and I will not fail, as surely as he took those nails in his hands and feet for me I will claim victory, the sovereignty of God saw to that for me, King of Kings he resigns supreme, Lord of Lords I hear his words, one day at his name every knee will bow, and I choose to bow right here, right now, God I may not have always followed the path you chose for me, freewill getting in the way of my destiny, but here I am use me now, choose me, allow me to be serve, reserve a place for me in your warrior army as I take part in this incredible journey.

Emissions of stinking pride and lust

Reflecting still on God’s immense love for me and this was echoed loudly in my daily Bible reading from Isaiah 43.  I am getting a better feel for what that love really looks like; adoption into God’s family, a family without borders, a family without secrets, without the mess and guilt that comes with human families.  An eternal Father, that is an eternal Father who will always be by my side no matter what, who will always treat me with love and respect and who will be proud to be known as my Daddy.  My eternal Father sees me as “priceless”, “precious and honoured” in his sight.  Wow and I thought that Jesus dying for me was priceless yet God sees me as priceless, go figure that one out!

  • 1 John 3:1 – See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
  • Isaiah 43:1 – Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
  • Isaiah 43:4 – Since you are precious and honoured in my sight and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life
  • Psalm 17:7 – Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.
  • Song of Solomon 2:4 – Let him lead me to the banquet hall and let his banner over me be love.

 LOVE CAME DOWN

This world is broken, period.  A dark and soulless place, the human race struggling with selfish ambition, competition, vying for position, emissions of stinking pride and lust, vanity, insanity, profanity, humanity on the edge yet God looks down, hand outstretched, come to me all who are burdened, all who need rest.  Heavy hearted?  I have not departed, I never left you, my love for you never ending, I’m sending you this reminder, do not fear for you are mine, call out to me and I will call your name, cast your shame on me, precious and honoured in my sight, priceless, you ain’t seen nothing like this, love, honour and respect, not to mention your debt blotted out because his love came down, and he wants all to know that you are his adopted child, hand-picked to sit at his side, see the great love he will lavish on us, answer him and be called a child of the one true King.

I gain nothing from being devoid of emotion

As I sit down to Blog today I feel this verse on my heart:

1 Corinthians 13:13 – And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I have been battling over the last few days with my feelings for my brother.  When someone dies it stirs up a lot of emotions and thoughts and my mind has been spinning a lot of the time.  If I just put it out there, I didn’t get on with my brother and if I’m honest I didn’t like him much.  OK that’s it in black and white, how does that sound and what kind of Christian does that make me?

But, and it’s a big but, I did love him.  I am really coming to realise that now, I loved him.  If the truth be known we can love someone without liking who they have become or their personality, we can love them because there’s a bond, a shared connection, and I love him because I can see that like me he was damaged, like me he got things wrong and like me he needed God’s grace.

I am reminded of the film sliding doors, how different could we both have been given a different start in life?  We will never know but what I do know is that the greatest gift is love and while it may be too late to say it to his face I can say it here in this Blog, Andy I loved you, I’m mad with you for dying young but I loved you.

LOVE, A GIFT

Love, a gift, a precious gift, love lifts me up it fills me with hope, love helps me cope with anything the world throws at me, love changes my status from sad to happy, love, a bond, a shared connection, a reflection of your thoughts towards me and mine towards you, a complex series of emotions that express my connection to you, if I have no love then I am nothing, I gain nothing from being devoid of emotion, a human reaction to difficult interaction, yet there is no satisfaction in being free if there is no love, I gain strength from my Father above, on earth as in heaven, reminder that I am that new creation, without God I am nothing, by his Grace I’m forgiven.

Princess, don’t let that crown slip

God sees our every weakness, nothing can be hidden from him and there is nothing he doesn’t understand.  Be confident as you approach God today, he already knows what you need and he is a gracious and merciful God, waiting to provide, wanting to bless us. Don’t allow negativity a foothold in your mind.

Hebrews 4: 14-16 – Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

CONFIDENCE

Approach God’s throne with confidence, own the room, keep your chin up, don’t let that crown slip Princess, talk to yourself like God talks to you, as one who is loved, cherished, do not be tempted into negative self-doubt, what’s that all about?  Our high priest is Jesus, think about that, Jesus Son of God, ascended into heaven, seated at God’s right hand; that demands some confidence, our intercessor recognises weaknesses, he empathises with our fragility, he sees our Achilles heel, it’s real to him, he’s walked the earth, tempted as we are, yet free of sin, and that’s the thing, because of his perfection, his failure to yield to temptation he was the perfect sacrifice, his life for ours, his life given in mercy and grace, doesn’t that underline for you that you have a place in his heart that cannot be taken away, today as you approach your Lord and Saviour, head up, walk tall, he gave it all to see you thrive, be strong, be free, be alive.