Monday, August 27, 2012

The God of my Salvation

Life is a funny thing to figure out at times! As I sit on a plane flying home from Dallas, I’m reflecting on the great time I had shared the past two days with a young man I have had the privilege of discipling. As I sat and talked with Jordan and his wife Brandi, and we talked about life, our faith, about friendship, and about the greatness of our God! I was overwhelmed with gratitude and thankfulness. I thought about when I turn on the news and here how bad things are in our country, how the world is falling apart, how there is nothing left to hope in, I have the God of all creation who cares for me. I understand what the writer of Habakkuk was feeling when he wrote the words below.

Habakkuk 3:17-19
17 Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19 GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places.

I understand because that's how I feel, even though things look hopeless, there is the God of hope. Who will give you the things that matter in life, like friends and family who love you.  A God who will give you hope when the world only feels despair, who can bring clarity when the world only senses confession. Yes I can say I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God thank you for be able to make me makes sense of the craziness of life and the hopelessness that it can produce. Thank you for being my hope,

Your Son

Friday, August 17, 2012

But you are a Chosen Race

One thing I am coming to understand is this; in life it is often hard to see myself as God sees me. This may be due to the fact that I often allow my failure and my sin to define me. If you are anything like me, it is hard for you not to be defined by such things. So when I read a passage like 1st Peter, chapter 2 verses 5-10 I have to take a step back and remind myself of the truth of whom I am.
         Verse 5 starts out by saying “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you my proclaim the Excellencies of him who called you.”

I have to say to myself, that the creator of the universe sees me differently that I see myself, he sees me forgiven because of what Jesus Christ did for me on the cross. When I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior everything changed. All my sins, past, present, and future were forgiven and will never separate me from God. I’m not saying that I don’t have to fight against sin, I do. But I now fight against sin knowing that I can over come sin, because Christ has over come all things. I also now fight sin, not out of fear but out of love for the one who loves me, and who died for me.

When I remember these truths, I remember who I am in Christ and that I am not defined by my sins or my failures, but will only be defined by my God. I am His and he will never let me Go