The blending of creativity with God's handiwork can produce incredible results. Take a look at what God is creating in and through you...remember you are part of His creation…His handiwork.
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalms 139:13-16 NLT
Create something beautiful through your life today…reflect the glory of God.
Photo - Teri Metts
Words - King David
Creation - The Lord God
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV
Do you need God to do something specific in your life…your home…your job…your marriage…your family…your relationships. You know what it is…and God knows.
What do you need God to do in your life today?
“Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” “Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him. But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My Rabbi, ” the blind man said, “I want to see!” And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.” Mark 10:46-52
Jesus is asking you today..."What do you want me to do for you?"
There’s power in His name…power to…
…mend broken hearts
…bring rest to the weary
…walk through the valley of the shadow of death
…build back what the enemy has tried to destroy
Do you trust His name?
Will you call on His name?
He can touch a wayward child.
He can mend a broken heart
He can restore a marriage
He can provide a job
He can take care of your deepest need
He can heal broken relationships within a family
He can bring peace no matter what difficulty you face
He can remove worries and fears
He can restore what the locusts have destroyed
He can fill the deepest loneliness of the soul
He can make you righteous in His eyes
He can forgive your sins
He can heal you
He can save you
Call out His name.
“We love Him because He first loved us.” I John 4:19 NKJV
William Featherston wrote the words to this beautiful hymn in 1864 titled "My Jesus I Love Thee". Allow the words to this great hymn be your declaration to Jesus today.
My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.
I love Thee because Thou has first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree.
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.
In mansions of glory and endless delight,
I'll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now
There is no better time to tell Him that you love Him than right now.
Often times we find places change...people change...we change.
Are there places you've been to, or maybe lived, that you've gone back to visit and things have changed so dramatically they simply don't seem to be the same place?
Or maybe it's people in your life that are different. They aren't quite like they use to be.
Change is not necessarily a bad thing. Quite often it is needed and is good.
But, we can find ourselves longing for a constant...a consistency in life that is untouched by change...something that will always remain the same...something familiar...something untouched by a changing world.
Let me remind you that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NLT
He is that one constant in your life that never changes.
Take comfort found in the one who is and always will be the same...Jesus.
Who or what occupies your mind and controls your thoughts?
“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:6 NLT
Do you sometimes have something go through your mind and you wonder where in the world that came from?
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV
The more you allow the Spirit to control your thoughts, the better you will come to know God; then there will be fewer strongholds of rebellious, prideful thoughts.
God can change the way you think.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 NLT
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 NLT
“I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath! May all my thoughts be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD.” Psalms 104:33-34 NLT
Think about it.
“Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, “Listen, we’re going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true. He will be handed over to the Romans, and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. They will flog him with a whip and kill him, but on the third day he will rise again.” But they didn’t understand any of this. The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about.” Luke 18:31-34 NLT
Jesus knew what was coming and He tried to explain it to those closest to Him, but they didn't get it. They couldn't grasp anything beyond their own thoughts and ideas...a kingdom was to be established...Jesus would rule. The idea of Jesus as a sacrifice for their own sins was no where in their concept of what was to come.
As believers we can look back and understand what Jesus was explaining to the disciples. However, there are still many in the world today that don't know...can't see it...don't really care.
He knew His purpose...His destiny...God's plan.
His life was a journey to the cross with you in mind.
“And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.” John 17:19 NLT
“And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.” Galatians 4:3-7 NLT
"When the right time came..."
...our freedom was purchased
...we were no longer slaves
...we were adopted as His children
...God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts
...God made us His heirs
As children of God we all have a testimony of salvation, our life before Christ...the point where we received Christ...and our life in Christ.
“When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.”
Romans 5:6 NLT
Thank you Father, you are always right on time.
“My servant grew up in the LORD’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.” Isaiah 53:2-6 NLT
“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” 1 John 2:1-2 NLT
Advocate: someone who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person.
As a child of God you have no greater advocate than Jesus. Here's the evidence: “Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!” John 17:24 NLT
He was pleading your case in the garden the night before He was crucified.
He loves you that much.
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.” Romans 12:9-11 NLT
What does it mean to be part of the body of Christ? We are to...
“Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.” Psalms 15:1-2 NLT
“Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.” Philippians 4:5 NLT
“Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
Ephesians 6:7 NLT
Be sincere, considerate and energetic as you serve Jesus today. And don't forget to love others with genuine affection.
“But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, “You are my God!” My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly. Let your favor shine on your servant. In your unfailing love, rescue me.” Psalms 31:14-16 NLT
David makes three declarations to the Lord while pleading for the Lord to rescue him and show him favor. He declares: I'm trusting You...You are my God...my future is in your hands.
His declaration of trust is demonstrated by His understanding that the Lord is not just God but is his God, while also acknowledging that God is the one who holds his future in His hands.
Will you declare your trust in the Lord?
Do you demonstrate by the way you live your life that the Lord is your God?
Are you truly trusting the Lord with your future?
Maybe today you need the Lord to rescue you, or perhaps you long for His favor to shine on your life.
Remember God has an unfailing love for you. “But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.” Psalms 33:18 NLT
Bro. Joe Metts