A WORD for the Week

Let There Be by Talia Steinhauer

One of my favorite sayings is, “How cool is it that the same God that created mountains and oceans and galaxies looked at you and thought the world needed one of you too.”

 

Have you ever really thought about that saying and the magnitude of its meaning for your life?

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. Genesis 1:14-15


The same God that created all of that, with his words, knows that you have an important role to play on this earth. Think about all of the time and

money that we have spent on studying the universe. The same universe that was created by the same God that created you.

So how do we repay God for creating us? We sin. We disrespect him. We deny knowing him. Yet he never stops loving us, because the same God that created the galaxies sent his one and only son to save you from your sins and bring you to heaven with him.

Take a moment tonight to walk outside and look up at the moon and the stars. Send a prayer of thanks to the God that he not only created the universe all around you, but that he created you, and cleansed you by the blood of his Son.

A WORD for Women

275. We are Different by Carolyn Webb

The headline read “Christian woman running naked on freeway”. I’m not sure exactly why the news service decided this was newsworthy. Was it because the event was on the freeway, because it was a woman, because it was a Christian, or a combination of all three? The reality is that it made news because the behavior is not what is expected. I had a conversation with a coworker that made a similar point. She was explaining the behavior of another coworker that was irritating her and ended the conversation with “and she claims to be a Christian.” It appears that people hold Christians to a higher standard than the general population, and perhaps Christian women to an even higher standard than Christian men.

 

The reality is that on our own we really aren’t any better than non-Christians. God’s word tells us through the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians chapter 6 verses 9-10, “Do you not know that the wicked will

not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers wills inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were.” (NIV84)

 

The difference is that we know our Savior has paid the price for our sins, and we try to live a life that displays our gratitude for that priceless gift. “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (I Corinthians 6:11, NIV84) We did nothing to gain God’s favor. It was all done for us through Jesus. “Are we to continue then in sin that grace may abound? By no mean! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6: 1-2, NIV84)

 

As God’s children, we try to live a God pleasing life, but it is a constant struggle. “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing that I hate.” (Romans 7:15-16, NIV84) As Christians we expect ourselves to be different. Others expect us to be different. It is only through the redeeming work of Jesus that we truly are different.

A WORD for Women

344. Waiting without Worry by Janet Gehlhar

I’m waiting for an answer from God.  I’ve been waiting for many months.  I don’t want to worry, but I confess that I’m impatient as I wait.  What if God is telling me that it is best for things to remain as is?  What if God says I have to wait many more months?  What if . . . Well, the “what ifs” are leading me away from God.  Enough of that!  How can I wait without worry?  What does God tell me in His Word?

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 says . . .

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

 

I Peter 5:7  says . . .Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.hn 14:27 says . . .

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27 says . . .

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

 

Reading these passages reassures me  - again – that it isn’t about me and my timing.  He truly understands my angst and reminds me that He will take it all.  I desperately want peace, and He has already given it to me. God is handling everything.  Amazing isn’t it? 

 

I will continue to “cast my anxiety on God” every morning, and be reminded that He has a plan, He cares and He will do what is best.

A WORD for Women

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