Nov 29 2010

He calls you by name

The gospels of Matthew and Luke record the events of angels sent to prepare certain people for the birth of Jesus.

In Luke 1.13, “…the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your petition has been heard…”

In verse 30, “The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.”

In Matthew 1.20, “…an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”

There are two common elements in each of these verses, two components that the Lord encourages us to learn throughout the Bible.

The Lord wants you to understand that (1) you should not be afraid and that (2) He knows you by name. Both of these points are made in Isaiah 43…

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine. (Isaiah 43.1)

The Lord knows you personally, thoroughly and He calls you by your name. He has not forgotten you and you are never ignored. His eyes are forever on you. Therefore, the sovereign God of the universe, is overseeing your life at this very moment. Unless you have deliberately sought to live outside of His perfect will, in sin, you have no reason to be afraid. God loves you; He has redeemed you through His Son; He calls you by name; and, if you have trusted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you belong to Him.

May the knowledge of His presence in your life through Jesus Christ bring you complete peace in every area of your life.

Nov 1 2010

Your path, your destination

We are all on a journey in life, approaching a destination. For each person, the destination reached will fit the path chosen.

In other words, you choose your path in life and that path will take you exactly where it leads. It’s utterly foolish to think that you can walk a path of godlessness, selfishness and deceit, and end up at a destination marked with godliness, love and truth.

A hellish life will not lead to heavenly rewards.

The Psalmist writes …

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139.23-24)

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Mar 18 2009

Made for God’s glory

“We were made for His glory.”

The words were spoken in conversation at a pastor’s meeting yesterday. I have referred to Isaiah 43 (see verse 7) many times over the years, but this time was different. The words had special emphasis – as though God Himself, with highlighter in hand, was focusing my attention and saying, “take note of this, it’s important.”

As so often happens in my relationship with God, another stepping stone had been placed before my feet, a puzzle piece discovered, a directional sign unveiled.

“…Made for His glory.” I do not, I cannot realize the full significance of those words, yet, there they are. The words remind me that I am not my own, that I have purpose outside of myself. That purpose points not to me but to Another.  That purpose is to allow God to make Himself more clearly known through me, to be exalted through me.

This life of mine is a journey and the goal of the journey is to know and glorify my God.

There is no greater purpose for all other purposes of life are contained in the one: to glorify Him.