Monday, December 30, 2013

Ever Feel as if You’re Not Good Enough for God?


Photo by Dr. Ashraf Fekry (flickr)
“I’m not sure why I’m so afraid to let you move in. Maybe it’s because sometimes I’m not a very
good person, and I’m afraid I’ll disappoint you.” 

When the woman looked again into His eyes, she almost changed her mind. I’ve never seen such kindness before! Her voice dropped to a whisper, “I do love you, Lord. I’m just not ready.”
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Have you ever believed God is disappointed in you? Perhaps you think He’s getting weary of your constant “messing up.” Or maybe you find yourself putting off your quiet time due to a recent relapse into sinful behavior. A few of you may have resisted asking Jesus into your hearts because you think you’re not good enough.

I want to encourage you with this week’s verse. Pay special attention to the second sentence:

Ephesians 3:17 (Amplified Bible)
May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love.

What an amazing verse. Try to imagine what it would be like to be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love by the One Who loves, even when you’re at your worse. I can’t think of anything more appealing than to be secure, especially when I don’t love myself or when I’m devastated due to poor choices I’ve made.

This verse has significance for those who have never felt ready to invite Jesus to come into their hearts, as well as for those who would like to experience the security His deep abiding love provides.

Inviting Jesus to make His permanent home in your heart (life) happens when you come to the understanding that you have sinned and cannot “make it right” by performing enough good deeds. You realize and accept that only the finished work of Jesus, God Himself (dying an agonizing death for your sins), can make you “eligible” to enter heaven. In addition, Jesus’ death and resurrection allows you to live as you really want to live, rather than being a slave to your sins and bad habits.

This is also referred to as becoming “saved, “born again” and “asking Jesus to become your Lord and Savior”: (Lord: giving Him authority over your life; Savior: thanking Him for saving you from hell and the oppression of sin.) Once you’ve asked Jesus to become your Lord and Savior, then you can begin to experience a new sense of security in your relationships with God – and with others.

Jesus loved me, and you, so much that He died on the cross for sins He never committed so we could live for Him now, and one day spend eternity with Him! How beautiful is that?

Instead of setting a goal for this week, I’d like to end with a very special prayer (similar to one I prayed many years ago):

Lord, I am not the person I want to be. I am a sinner and I am unable to change without Your help. Thank You for dying for my sins. I want to be rooted in Your love so much that I become founded securely on Your love. The only way I know how to do this is by giving You my heart and life (all that I am). I want this New Year to be different; therefore, I am asking You to be my Lord and Savior, by making Your permanent home in my heart. Thank You, Jesus. There is no god like You!
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Note: This blog is for anyone who desires a deeper walk with Jesus. I have another accountability blog for women only: CoffeeWithSheryl.com. (Once on the blog, click on the Current Goals tab to see several practical links regarding specific behavior issues, including: quiet time moments, immediate goals (setting task-related goals), addictions, eating/exercising habits, being a better wife/mom, etc.)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Don't Get Caught in the Currents of the World, Walk on Water!

When I met Joshua Wesson, I was immediately impressed with his humble heart. His love for God was so evident that I asked him if he would like to write for the Memorizing Scripture Blog. After reading his post (below), I decided to share it with the ladies on the Coffee with Sheryl blog, too. I love this post. Read it at least twice; there's so much to glean!

Don't Get Caught in the Currents of the World, Walk on Water!

Photo by Bill Selak (Flickr)
Jesus told them, 'This is the only work God wants from you, that you believe in the One He sent. (John 6:29).

So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves he became terrified and began to sink (Matthew 14:29).

Devotions are not words on a page. It is a lifestyle yielded before God. Have you become yielded today? Well does your schedule show it? Jesus is worthy of our affection.

If we miss His awesomeness, His glory, His beauty, His holiness, we have missed it!... He is the Son of God, our Savior; He is the only One Who was able to bear the sins of humanity and redeem us all. There is no one else who could do that; nor is there anyone else with such deep love and compassion as to desire to do that. He is so beautiful and mighty in every way. It is this Jesus I worship.

The world seeks to come between my worship to Jesus. From the time I wake up to the time I go to bed, my attention is demanded to so many other things - even Bible study or prayer can become a hindrance to the intimate work God wants to do in my heart. One of the truths about the Christian lifestyle is that we must contend for our faith, for our intimacy with Jesus. Jesus said that the works we are to do is believe (John 6). If only we set our hearts and eyes on Jesus, I assure you, you will believe.

A good illustration of this is the ocean. There is always a current seeking to pull you farther away. Most of the times you don't even realize how far you are drifting until you look at the focal point (your towel, beach chair, etc, on the shore).

Similarly, Jesus is our focal point, the ocean is the world, and unless we keep our eyes on Him we will be dragged far from where we ever wanted to go and will be diverted from our True Love.

I challenge you: walk on water.

Don't get caught up in the currents of this world. Lock eyes with Jesus, take His hand, and walk on water! Believe...

During the holidays in the midst of the business in our schedules, I encourage you to fix your eyes on Jesus. Get alone with Him, seek Him in prayer with friends, worship Him for who He is (yes, with all your heart!) in corporate worship. Give to Jesus the worth He deserves: our devotion.

Devotions are not words on a page. It is a lifestyle yielded before God. Have you had a love encounter with Jesus today, this week, when? Fix your eyes and your heart on Jesus. He alone is worthy!
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Please share (via the comment link) your thoughts about Joshua's post.

Note: This blog is for anyone who desires a deeper walk with Jesus. I have another accountability blog for women only: CoffeeWithSheryl.com. (Once on the blog, click on the Current Goals tab to see several practical links regarding specific behavior issues, including: quiet time moments, addictions, eating/exercising habits, being a better wife/mom, etc.)
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