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You Are Loved ~ Week 5

Continuing through the “You Are Loved” study with Good Morning Girls we are focusing on Trusting Him!

As we studied through
Psalm 84,
Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalm 9:7-10
Romans 8:28-30
& John 10:27-30
we’re reminded that God made us, knows us, and controls all things!

He asks us to:

Proverbs 3 verses 5 and 6 ☺
Photo Credit: Amy Taylor

We need to remember that God is our sun and shield and He grants favor and honor as He blesses those who trust in Him. God wants us to lean on Him – Him alone – not self, nor other people. I’ve come to think some of my disappointments in others come because I was leaning on them too much. I still find myself doing this and once again find myself alone to learn He is with me and He is the only one I need to and can trust fully. By fully trusting in Him I’m giving Him all the glory He desires of me. No this is not an easy task… being human can cause me to be unconscious of being selfish and not leaning on Him 😦 when I greatly need Him the most. He created us to be glory to Him.

That is the true purpose of our lives – to bring God glory (Matthew 5:16). This life is not about me, and it is not about you either. It is all about God and telling others about Him through the lives we have been blessed to live.
~ Angela, You Are Loved, Chapter 5

We need to consciously take time to look back on (keep a journal maybe) how God has been faithful in the past to help us to trust Him for the present and future! Take time each day to thank Him for being for us, with us, and in control of all things.

Trusting as best I can,
HL

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Next Step – Day 24

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A 30-DAY GUIDE FOR NEW BELIEVERS
by JOHN D. BECKETT
DAY 24 AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE
How do I keep my focus on that which is lasting and most important?

It is hard for us, when we are studying for an exam, changing the baby’s diaper or closing a business deal, to give much thought to eternity. Most of the time, our focus is on doing the next thing — that which is right before us.

But King Solomon, to whom God gave great wisdom, said, “[God] has also set eternity in the hearts of men” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV). That is why, even in the press of the daily round, something deep within us calls out to understand the eternal — that which is lasting and most important. (This yearning, by the way, is evident in the search questions that have prompted people to read this study, such as “What is there after this life?”)

Our window into the eternal dimension is through the Bible. (By the way, I would question any source, other than the Bible, that says it knows what eternity is like, or what the future holds.)  Jesus described eternal life this way: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).

The scriptures assert that the promise of eternity is as certain as the reality of this life. When Jesus said, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV), He was affirming a direct and immutable link between believing and eternity. When we give ourselves to Jesus, He joyfully and emphatically opens the way for us to be with Him forever. Eternity profoundly impacts our lives here on earth and on into the next life — life after death.

Our intimate and timeless unity with our Lord and our God is so wonderful, it infinitely overwhelms any price that is paid or any suffering that is endured in this life — even life itself! Eternity, including the next life, is what we were designed for, a truth the Apostle Paul embraced:

[He has] raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6,7).

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body (Philippians 3:20,21).

If you have such a perspective — an eternal perspective — it will be your mainspring of true hope, giving you the stamina to persevere, whatever the trial. Paul said: ” … tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5: 3,4).

However rewarding or challenging your day-to-day life is, by comparison to God’s eternal purpose for us, it is but a moment, a vapor. Thank God that His plan for you is so much larger, so much more extraordinary than you can ever possibly imagine. He has, indeed, set eternity in your heart and will take infinite care that your deepest longings will be eternally fulfilled.

Key Scripture Lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:24).
Key Thought I have been designed for eternity.
 
Copyright © 2006 by John D. Beckett

To keep my focus on that which is lasting and most important I have to try my best to remember that wherever I go, He is with me. Additionally, by staying in His Word, learning more, prayer, building a closer relationship, and helping me to trust more. I know that He is carrying me through this life on earth, helping me to succeed as He wills.

Next Step – Day 23

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A 30-DAY GUIDE FOR NEW BELIEVERS
by JOHN D. BECKETT
DAY 23 TRUSTING GOD FOR THE FUTURE
Is my future safe in His hands?

As we grow in our relationship with the Lord we find we can trust Him for more and more. When Wendy and I were beginning our family, we spent long hours talking about what kind of world our children would encounter. (Probably every generation has had such concerns.) While we still wonder where this troubled world is headed, our confidence has grown that the future is safely in God’s hands. More than just trusting Him in whatever happens, we trust Him for whatever happens.

Undergirding this trust is an understanding that history is not just mankind’s story. It’s the Lord’s story (His-story!). It has a beginning and an end. It is not circular, as some religions contend, but linear. Three major markers define the trajectory of man’s journey.

  • Creation. The Bible’s opening phrase is, “In the beginning” (Genesis 1:1) and Jesus was present: “He was in the beginning with God” (John 1:2). From that point, history unfolds systematically and progressively.
  • Redemption and Restoration. The birth, death and resurrection of Jesus became the fulfillment of God’s plan for a restored relationship with His creation — and the fulcrum upon which all world events turn.
  • Consummation. History will culminate in what Paul calls the “consummation,” or “summing up,” when God will “gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth — in Him” (Ephesians 1:10).

We are now in that period leading up to the consummation. The times ahead will likely witness increasing challenge and difficulty throughout the earth, but we can rest securely in the confidence that God is firmly and fully in control.

So where do we fit in? From our limited perspective, day-to-day events may seem random and detached from each other, like individual threads on the underside of a tapestry. But from God’s perspective, nothing is random. He views the tapestry from above and sees an exquisite pattern. Each person and each event has a purpose, whether a birth, a death, an election result, a military defeat or a technological breakthrough (like the computer you are using right now).

How future events will transpire, we simply don’t know. But God knows — and again, we can trust Him implicitly. Not that we should have a passive, “come-what-may” attitude — but rather the opposite. As Jesus directed, we are to be watchful, very attentive, especially as the end draws near (see Matthew 24:42).

One of my favorite scriptures defines the rules of engagement and the focus of our affections as we walk through the present toward the future:

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1,2).

Just imagine — pioneers of the faith watching you as you run the race! How timely is the advice that you shed all that weighs you down and keep your eyes firmly fixed on Jesus, the One who has already won the victory.

Memorize these verses from Hebrews and let them be your daily inspiration. Come what may, be certain that the Lord, who was there at the beginning, who has been present throughout, will write the last glorious chapter.

Key Scripture I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 21:6).
Key Thought The essence of history is His Story. Because of His love and care for me, I’m part of that story.
 
Copyright © 2006 by John D. Beckett

Trust Him, Seek Him, Stay in His Word…

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