Remembering who we are in Christ and what He has done-and is doing-in us is important. It keeps us fresh.
22 What a person desires is unfailing love; better to be poor than a liar. 23 The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble [the troubles of this life].
When we see the whole story of God’s unfailing love for us displayed through Jesus Christ, we learn to fear the LORD in the correct manner. I am reminded of one of the characters in The Chronicles of Narnia refer to Aslan (Jesus) in this manner, “He’s a good lion–not a tame one, but a good one.”
We’ve discussed before God’s greatness and His goodness. The fact that He is great allows Him to be good, and His goodness is what makes Him great to us! I start my week (after Sunday) reminding myself of His greatness and His goodness and praying them over my family.
Card #1: Ephesians 1:16-23
I have not stopped [do not stop] giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of [spiritual] wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better [more fully]. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people [our inheritance IS His people, His family], 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way [it is through His church–us!–that He fills everything in every way].
This passage describes His great power. THIS is the GOD we serve!
For this reason [the one mentioned above] I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every [His] family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell [abide, rule] in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in [His] love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know [through experience] this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God [His love, peace, joy, hope and grace!].
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
This passage describes His great love for us. THIS is WHY we serve Him!
To him [Jesus, Jude’s big brother!] who is able to keep you from stumbling [falling] and to present you before his glorious presence without fault [blameless] and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
This passage gives me my hope for today and the future. I don’t fear the Day of Judgement because of THIS VERSE knowing that I will be blameless and will be presented to the Father with great joy–both mine and Jesus’.
These passages are how I start my week. I pray them over my family. Today, I pray them over you.
Heavenly Father, I praise You today for Your greatness and Your goodness. Thank You for going to such great lengths to buy us back. You gave us the gift to be able to choose, and, regretfully, we chose sin. But, through Your great love, You have made a way back to You through the shed blood of Jesus! We are now a part of Your family and will enjoy all the benefits of Your inheritance soon! In the meantime, we are enjoying getting to know You in our inner being. Grow us in You, O LORD.
I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ, particularly those who are part of my Proverbs Club, that they would experience You on a great and intimate level today as they read Your Word and walk with You. May we all walk in step with Your Spirit today. I love You, LORD. My life is Yours. Amen.
NOTE: Bryan used the word, Propitiation, yesterday. One of its meanings is, “to make compatible.” I love this meaning! Through the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus, we have been made compatible with God–His Spirit comes and lives in us! WOW!