|Posted on August 27, 2016 at 7:50 PM|
Web Ministry and Online Worship Vibrant and Still True Devotion
Author, Joan L. Dutkin
Who are you and what is the meaning of life?
You are each wonderfully and fearfully made. You're Marvelous!
Psalm 139:14 "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well."
God made you!
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his creation, created in Christ Jesus...
".. created in Christ Jesus" Well, what does that mean? To Genesis where it all began.
Genesis 1:26-28 "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..." (Plural)
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1
That is God's Son Jesus Christ, the "Word made flesh" spoke of in John 1:14.
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son..."
God is watching, nothing is hidden, He is attentive.
Psalm 139:3 "You carefully observe me when I travel or when I lie down to rest; you are aware of everything I do."
Want a relationship, get closer!
"Draw near to God and He draws near to you."
God is a God of His Word, His word never returns void.
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isaiah 55:11
The Bible is His instruction manual.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16
When you go through the Fire it's for a purpose.
"And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God."
Consider Noah. He was being ridiculed by his neighbors for building a colossal boat in the middle of dry land, he looked ridiculous but he was faithful. He became the founding family post flood.
The Meaning of Life and What's it All For?
R E V E L A T I O N:
1. "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." You were created to bring God pleasure! That is the meaning of life.
2. Treasures in Heaven: Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and consuming insect destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor consuming insect destroy and where thieves do not break in or steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Emphasis on the word "heart!" We will get back to this.)
Good News! God is Love...
1 John 4:8 "The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love."
*The Son Jesus Christ is the Key!
"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (*Reference the spiritual exercise below.)
If you want the God experience, it's available to you, "ask and you shall receive" I recommend getting humble, fast and pray and meditating on scripture. Flex the soul!
Joel 2:12 “Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting..."
Psalm 46:1 "Be still, and know that I am God..."
"But if you seek the Lord your God from there, you will find him, if, indeed, you seek him with all your heart and soul." Deuteronomy 4:29
Let's get Holy Spirit Fire hot.
Jesus Christ said: Revelation 3:15-17 "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."
Getting to the "Heart" of the matter! The heart is a spiritual place.
Proverbs 4:23 "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it."
Proverbs 23:26 "... give me your heart
and let your eyes delight in my ways"
Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a pure heart, O God"
The Miracle: A Spiritual Exercise.
Based on scriptural principal of Romans 10:9 "... if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved" I present this prayer
for the love of your heart and soul. Shall we confess with our mouth?
"MY LORD JESUS CHRIST, I BELIEVE IN MY HEART THAT GOD RAISED YOU FROM THE DEAD. ENTER MY HEART TO BE EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE AND EVERYTHING THAT THE BIBLE SAYS THAT YOU ARE FOR ME. SHOW ME WHO YOU ARE TO YOUR GLORY, IN YOUR NAME JESUS CHRIST I HUMBLY PRAY, AMEN."
Remember who you are and act accordingly.
Children of God, called to be Saints, a citizen of Heaven and given great strength!
John 1:12 "But to all who have received him--those who believe in his name--he has given the right to become God's children…"
1 Corinthians 1:2-4 "To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints..."
Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Philippians 3:20 "But our citizenship is in heaven..."
Warm Hugs I Love You, Joni Dutkin