Monday’s Musings #246 & Leaving A Spiritual Legacy

Leaving A Spiritual Legacy & Monday's Musings #246 | What Joy Is Mine

We recently attended the memorial service of a dear friend. He was 69 years old. Young in my book. His heart was tender physically and spiritually. I am glad to have known him in my lifetime.

Grief is real during the Christmas season. People do go through hardship and tribulation even through a season such as Christmas where joy is the promotion. Yet this Joy we celebrate during this time of the year is bigger than any grief we can endure, even death.

As I sat in my sweet friend’s service, I listened to the words spoken about him and the message given in each instance someone spoke. That message was Jesus. Jesus and the gospel was what my friend wanted conveyed in that moment. He loved Jesus and lived that out daily. He wasn’t perfect but he was an example of someone who aimed to live and speak the message of God’s grace and mercy through Jesus Christ.

He never promoted himself but truly desired for people to see his Savior in his life. His service had this message written all over it. I watched his wife of many, many years celebrate her husband’s spiritual legacy.

Isn’t that what we should desire? To leave a spiritual legacy that reflects and demonstrates God’s amazing grace founded in His Son, Jesus Christ, and what He did through the cross, His death and His resurrection. My friend reminded me that this life is short and we ought to redeem the time we are given to reach others for the kingdom of God. What else could be of more importance?

This Christmas season, as we humbly celebrate the birth of our Savior, let us ponder the gift of God, the Father, of His Son to a broken people who needed saving. May we then reflect this salvation towards others around us and be bold in spirit to share Jesus with them as we move into 2017.

May you and yours have a joy-filled Christmas and Happy New Year.

So grateful to have you visit today. I appreciate you.

Monday's Musings #246 | What Joy Is MIne

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We Are Greatly Loved

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As children of God, we can know without a doubt that we are a people greatly loved by a good and amazing God. Daniel learned about this great love in a moment of consternation. A hand reached down and touched him setting him to tremble on his hands and knees. Then, the Lord said to Daniel, “O Daniel, a man greatly loved…” (Daniel 10:11) See, how the Lord refers to him?

Daniel was chosen and directed by the Father just as we are chosen and directed by the Father. Can we not appropriate this title as well? A woman/man greatly loved? Do we embrace this great love given to us by the Father?

Once, we rioted in our sin. We were slaves to it. It entertained us and fed us. It also kept us separated from our Father in heaven. Sin does that. It takes our eyes off of our awesome God. But Jesus came. He lived among us. He spoke words of comfort to us. He healed the brokenhearted. He suffered cruelly. He carried and died on a cross. He rose again to sit at the right hand of God. He now reigns forever and ever. This friends, is the great love found in Jesus Christ gifted to us by God, the Father.

And although we know we are greatly loved, we don’t often grab a hold of it wholeheartedly. So, how do we embrace this truth of being greatly loved?

~ We believe without a doubt in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God the Father. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

~ We trust in the written Word of God which we “accepted…not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

~ We have confidence in the certainty that “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

~ We are humbled by the fact that when we do sin, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

~ We relish in the reminder that “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

~ We cling to the reassurance that “If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” (2 Timothy 2:13)

~ We understand when suffering comes upon us “that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

See, we are greatly loved, Beloved. We need to embrace this love and think on it daily. We ought to hold tight to it and let our hearts focus on this love God gives us.

 

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God’s Indescribable Gift

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Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15)

Christmas Day has come and gone but the Gift we celebrate on that day remains. Jesus, the most beautiful gift anyone can receive, is never unavailable. We can rejoice in this!

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing…Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100: 1-2, 4)

For unto a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Jesus born a precious babe had a greater mission ahead of him. He came to save the lost and broken. God did this—sent His only Son—to rescue and redeem us sinners. So undeserving are we yet He gave so freely.

He…did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all. (Romans 8:32) Still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him. (Mark 12:6)

Today, let’s give thanks for what God did for us through His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. It is is His goodness towards us that He would give such salvation.

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of Men! (Psalm 107:21) Bless the Lord, o my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! (Psalm 103:1)

Let us have the heart of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. (Luke 1:46, 47)

Have a blessed Lord’s Day.

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Why the Idea of Self Esteem Is Not Biblical

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The other day I was given the opportunity to teach our children why self esteem is not biblical. Today’s post is going to cover what I wanted my children to understand about terms like self esteem & self confidence. What does the Bible say about them? And how we need to help our children understand the danger of allowing these seemingly positive ideas into their hearts.

Self esteem defined is “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities.” That leads to the term self confidence, which is defined as “a feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgment.” Scripture says, Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 26:12) Matthew Henry’s commentary on this verse says, “one who has such a conceit of his own abilities as makes him opinionative, dogmatical, and censorious; and all the use he makes of his knowledge is that it puffs him up.” 

Self esteem, along with self confidence, dangerously promotes certainty in one’s self and abilities which can lead to the sin of pride and decrease our need for God. It can cause us to be blind to an awesome God and His presence in our life. This way of viewing ourselves–this so called self esteem–draws us away from our relationship with and dependence on the Lord and places our focus on and trust in ourselves. And when self is on the throne of our heart, there is no place for our heavenly Father. He cannot share our heart with anything or anyone else. He is jealous for us. Exodus 34:14 says, “for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.

Where the idea of self esteem elevates self worth and trust in what we can accomplish on our own, grace and mercy humbles us to realize that we are not our own and it is God who plans and purposes our life to His glory and our good. Self esteem finds us walking in our own way and not the commandments of God. We begin to praise our own efforts and not what the Lord is doing. We begin to be more prideful and humility is pushed to the wayside. Proverbs 29:23 points out the danger of pride,One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.Lastly, recognition  and praise by others becomes more important than pleasing God and doing His will. The Bible warns us that “men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.(2 Timothy 3:2)

What we need to remember is that our worth is found in Jesus not self. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. ” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Once we become children of God, we no longer live a life settled on what we want but we begin to focus on what God desires for and of us. How we view ourselves should be through the lens of our salvation and grace received through our Savior, his life, death and resurrection. You are not your own, for you were bought with a price,” it says in 1 Corinthians 6:19. 

When we embrace looking at ourselves through our faith in Christ, we see we are more valuable than ever. We have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  (Galatians 2:20) This is the JOY of finding our worth in Jesus. We see we are God’s workmanship and He delights in us. We are loved with a never ending love. When God looks at us, He sees his Son. We are found worthy in that fact alone and that’s something to rejoice in. We are valued more than the birds! (Matthew 6:26) And the Lord looks after them well. 

So, self esteem is not a biblical view of who we are. It is a worldly one. Who we are, our worth and our confidence are founded on our faith in Jesus and nothing else. And because we are created in the image of God, we are so very valuable. We are a “treasured possession(Exodus 19:5) and “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people for his own possession.(1 Peter 2:9) John Piper says, “Our joy in this sphere comes not from self-acceptance but from our intense sense of the mercy of God accepting us into his fellowship.” Amen!

 

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Monday’s Musings #177 & The Indissoluble Relationship

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When I married my Love, we married for life. We are going on 24 years and it was never a thought we would ever not be married. However, marriage is work. Good, hard and love-filled work. Every investment to love unconditionally and wholeheartedly, to forgive willingly, to protect and hold close intentionally, to serve cheerfully, and to cherish and adore each and every day is worth it. It reiterates Song of Solomon 2:16, ” My beloved is mine, and I am his.

Concerning marriage, this verse should motivate each of us to love our spouse intentionally and with JOY. They are God’s gift to us. This verse reflects the bride’s view of her relationship with her bridegroom. She belongs to him and he belongs to her. Not just today but for all the days to follow. They are one and adhere to a mutual bond of affection and love for one another. There is certainty that their relationship will be lastingindissoluble! They will only have eyes for each other.

It’s not about finding the perfect person but the person who compliments you. It’s seeking the one who is your counterpart, equally yoked, and completes you. Their heart is for you alone, desiring to spend their life with you and none other. “I am my beloved’s and his desire is for me.” (Song of Solomon 7:10) 

Concerning faith, this verse reminds us that upon receiving Jesus, we belong to him forevermore. We are His and no one or nothing can separate us. There is security and comfort in knowing we are Christ’s beloved. It is a communion with Him—not only a covenant of His love—but an ample and deep relationship. All He has promised in the gospel, all he has prepared in Heaven, is ours! It is an indissoluble relationship—unable to be destroyed! We are his by creation—“Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are His.” (Psalm 100:3) We are his by redemption—“I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.” (John 17:9) As Spurgeon spoke, “Which is the greater miracle — that he should be mine, or that I should be his?” 

Here we are again friends. Another week to share with one another and with others who visit. Thank you for so faithfully linking up and encouraging. You are a blessing.

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