Unconditional

 

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You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, through for a good person someone might possible dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.   Romans 5:6-8

 

 

It’s an ache you cannot escape. If you’ve never truly embraced God’s unconditional love, then chances are you always feel as through you’ve falling short. The subtle message constantly plays in your mind as you face unmet need, unfulfilled expectations, disappointments, and challenges. “The reason this is happening to me is that I haven’t adequately earned God’s love, I’m not good enough.”

Understand your Savior’s provision. While you were as utterly undeserving as you could possibly be, Jesus died to give you the greatest gift you could ever receive-salvation. He gave it freely-with absolutely no contribution on your part. And He did it because He loves YOU. And yet, there may still be areas where you’re engaging in religious disciplines in order to gain God’s approval, Each heart creates its own standards. But the telltale sign is always the feeling that you’re not measuring up.

Understand your struggle doesn’t honor the Lord; it actually belittles what Christ died on the cross. So ask Jesus to reveal where you’ve not fully accepted His unconditional love, and rest in Christ perfect provision of salvation.

(As you listen to the song Who You Say I Am, remember my friends you are a child of God and his love is Unconditional)

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

The Goal Before Us — TLP

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is […]

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Wisdom Speaks—Proverbs 15 — wateringcanblog

Have I mentioned that I’m a list maker? If you saw yesterday’s post, Planning for Wisdom, you read my bullet list for Proverbs 14. What I failed to tell you is that when reading through Proverbs, I make a list of topics I see as I read through each chapter. Sort of like a scavenger […]

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Greatness from humility — Success Inspirers’ World

It is humility that gives greatness;Greatness comes from humility;The humble best recognize the awesomnessOf the Almighty Creator;And give him the glory he is due,Reaping, therefrom, abundant rewards;The haughty believe in their power aloneTo achieve the success they desire;The humble knowThere is a God so mighty they are insignificantIn relation to him; The humble do not boast […]

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Bring Him Into Your Boat

matthew 14Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.                    Matthew 14:22-25

In Matthew 14, we read about the disciples being tossed by the wind and waves in their boat on the Sea of Galilee. Then Jesus came, walking on the water, in the fourth watch of the night. The fourth watch was the last part of the night, just before dawn. This means the disciples had been at sea, their hands probably blistered and bloodied from toil at the oars, for at least nine hours in the fierce storm. So we see that Jesus came to them at the last conceivable moment.

This reminds us that God’s delays aren’t necessarily His denials. Jesus had heard their first cries for help. he knew what He was doing all along. Why did He wait so long before He intervened? Probably because it took a long time for these men to exhaust their resources and completely trust in Him.

Lifeguards will tell you that often the hardest person to save is the one who is panicking. But when an individual is exhausted, when he or she has no energy left, the lifeguard can pull that person back in to safety. In the same way, sometimes God will allow us to get to the end of our rope, to the end of our resources, so we will finally cling to Him.

The disciples were exhausted and afraid, Jesus said to them “It is I, do not be afraid.” Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going. (John 6:20-21) For many of us, that is what Jesus is waiting for. He is waiting for us to say., “I can’t row another second, I can’t go another inch on my own strength. Please Lord, help me. Come on board.” If you will invite Him, He will step into your storm-tossed boat and take control. He will be there for you..even on the darkest night, just before dawn.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

Pray…when calm and not when in trouble !! — Success Inspirers’ World

There is a story of about a sea Captain who in his retirement skippered a boat taking day-trippers to Islands. On one trip, the boat was full of young people. They laughed at the old captain when they saw him say a prayer before sailing out, because the day was fine and the sea was […]

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Wandering Through the Wilderness — spiritbodymindrenewal

Jesus begins his Sermon on the Mount with the Beatitudes, a list of blessings for those people who when measured by the world’s standards would not be deemed worthy of such reward. These are the characteristics that society typically looks down upon, but Jesus doesn’t see the world as man sees it. Jesus […]

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Expect God To Act

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Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the Lord directs his love; at night his song is with me-a prayer to the God of my life.  I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?” Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.      Psalm 42:7-11

In our lives here on earth, we will experience pain, grief, sickness, and the death of loved ones. I know we don’t like to think about that reality, but since its true,we might just as well come to grips with it and stop running from it.

When you’re younger, you don’t necessarily understand this. As you get older, however, you usually experience the death of grandparents first. And then as time passes, your parents will die. (For me, I experience the death of my own mother as a teenager) As you continue to age, you know that day eventually will come for you, too, and your children will bury you.

Hard as those realities may be to deal with, there are situations that are even more difficult still. And those are the unexpected deaths that we encounter in the course of our lives. It might be the death of a sibling, a spouse, or a child.

No one every wants to bury their children. And suddenly we are made aware of our own mortality. Our world seems to come crashing down around our ears, and we cry aloud to God.

How does God feel about that? When we read the book of Psalms, we learn there were many times when David and the other psalmists told God exactly what was going on in their hearts. They cried out to Him and emptied the contents of their souls in His presence.

In Psalm 42, the writer says,”O God my Rock..why have you forsaken me? Why must I suffer these attacks from my enemies? Their taunts pierce me like a fatal wound; again and again they scoff, “Where is that God of yours?” (verses 9-10)

So the psalmist is saying, Lord from where I sit right now, it sure seems to me like You’re forsaken me..like You’re not even paying attention to me.” And then he corrects himself and says in verse 11, “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Don’t be upset, Expect God to act! “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans not to harm you, but plans to give you HOPE and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) (One of my many favorite verse) God does have a plan for your future my friend, you just need to have some HOPE.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen  

Put your plans in God’s hands — His Purpose In Me

Most of us tend to make plans in the beginning of the year, and that is good. But some people just let God out of their plans. We start planning every month, expectantly waiting that every goal could be achieved as planned. Our God is one of planning and He makes the bests plans. Why not take the first step this of putting all of our planning in God’s hands instead? We are starting the year and we still have time to do it.

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