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He Came for Me

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SCRIPTURE

“This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’- and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then other will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:15-16

 

OBSERVATION

Jesus came to save us…ALL of us! He chose us and knows us by name. Paul speaks in this verse regarding to himself as a the “worst sinner” and he was one of God’s chosen. That means we, who sometimes feel like are the worst sinners, have been covered by God’s grace as well. He showed mercy to Paul and extends that same mercy to us. There are no degrees to sin. We have all sinned and have fallen short, even Paul, one of God’s very own. The Lord chose us and we are not overlooked or disregarded. Our sins have all cost us something and in our human minds, we may put different sins into different categories based on the degree to how bad the sin is….BUT, God doesn’t separate them into categories. All of our sins are covered by grace and mercy. We don’t deserve it but he gives it to us with nothing in return but our heart!

 

APPLICATION

What an awesome God we serve! We are not just lost in the shuffle or just one of many but He really does know us by name and loves us! Our human minds cannot fathom how He can know us individually, but He does. He is infinite in all His ways! I’m so grateful for His grace over my life. Because of this, I will never be the same and I will tell others about His goodness. He has extended much patience over me and continues to show me just how great and loving He is. In the end, He didn’t come for selected special ones…He came specifically for ME and I chose Him back! Not because we are perfect but because He is GOOD!

 

PRAYER

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for your patience over me and that you chose to come for ME! May my life always reflect your goodness in my life and how merciful you are! Thank you Lord for your forgiveness and for giving us hope beyond ourselves. I am forever grateful that because of you, I will have eternal life and be forever changed! Amen!

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Blessed Are The Disciplined?

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SCRIPTURE

Psalm 94:12-13, "Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD, and whom you teach out of your law, to give him rest from days of trouble, until a pit is dug for the wicked.”

 

OBSERVATION

Being blessed in wisdom literature is usually associated with health, wealth and longevity of life. Yet there is a blessing in being disciplined by God. God’s discipline is an expression of his love for us as his genuine children because he loves us enough to correct us. God corrects us with his word. Beyond the natural law of reaping what you sow, the blessed are lovingly reproved and corrected by God-breathed scripture. In other words, there is a blessing for not just learning from the consequences mistakes but from actual direction, conviction of the Holy Spirit through his word. The result of God’s loving discipline is relief from days of trouble.

 

APPLICATION

Blessing comes in many forms and I need to welcome the blessing of God’s discipline. Hebrews 12 specifically identifies enduring hardship as one of God’s loving discipline to his children. Don’t resist God’s discipline but welcome it with open arms. See it as an expression of the Father’s love to give me rest in days of trouble and relief in times of tumult.  When I discipline my children, teach them out of God’s word. Let it be rooted with the depth and weight of the inspired of God.

 

PRAYER

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for lovingly blessing me with your discipline. I’m so grateful that I don’t have to suffer from the consequences of my sin to gain wisdom. Thank you for your inspired word that is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path. May I never resist nor complain of your heart work in my life. I pray that you would help me discipline my children with your love, discernment and wisdom. I love you. Maranatha!

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