As believers, we have focused our study, randomly stumbled upon or heard words from our children as they memorized scripture verses, but often times we have not “stopped” to contemplate what God is truly saying to us.
Vera Wallace writes this in Today’s Christian Woman:
Our relationship with Jesus sheds new light on who we are and what we do. God’s Word is full of information about your identity, confidence and position as a believer in Jesus Christ. Let the wonder of God’s perspective on you soak in. Do you fully realize what it means to be:
- Fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
- Precious to God (Isaiah 43:4)
- Cared about since your conception (Isaiah 46:3)
- God’s child (John 1:12)
- Jesus’ friend (John 15:15)
- Chosen by Jesus (John 15:16)
- Loved dearly by God (John 16:27)
- Free from condemnation (Romans 8:1)
- A temple—a dwelling place—of God’s Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16)
- Redeemed and forgiven of all your sins (Colossians 1:14)
Our culture is full of unrealistic “measuring sticks” – no need to mention them, as we know what they are, and we also know that we get caught up in trying to “live up” to those expectations. Many of you have experienced a loss of “confidence” in who you are and what you can do because of this happening. Remember this, Jesus is the answer. He must be the measuring stick; the centerpiece of our lives.
Speaking of centerpieces, Fall is one of my favorite times to decorate. I love the colors, hanging a wreath on my door, filling a container with fall leaves, and, what I think is artfully arranging a variety of pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn and other harvest items in an old red wagon. One of my favorites is a Fall centerpiece for my table. I like to think that all eyes are drawn to that delightful arrangement. Here is where I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to draw your eyes to what must be the centerpiece of your life, Jesus our Lord and Savior who loves us and allows us “in Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Why must Jesus be the centerpiece of our lives? We are His children because of His unmerited favor, undeserved mercy and His unfailing love, the wonderful result of new birth in Jesus through His death on the cross.
Dr. Benjamin Sawatsky, writing in Intimacy with God; Drawing Closer to the Almighty ( 2011, Book Villages) says “my tongue is still; it has no words but these:”
“I am Your son (daughter) forever.”
“I AM Your son (daughter) forever.”
“I am YOUR son (daughter) forever.”
“I am Your SON (DAUGHTER) forever.”
“I am Your son (daughter) FOREVER”
(I have taken the liberty to adapt this quote by adding daughter in order that it would be applicable to the reading audience).
Sweet friend, with you, I give all praise, honor and glory to God MY Heavenly Father for the confidence I have because I am a child of His.
Once more, fully depend on Jesus,