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What Is Beneath Your Surface?

22 Apr

Every morning is another opportunity to greet our God and see what wonders He will perform. Sometimes they seem barely noticeable. Sometimes they are very obvious. It’s up to us to remain sensitive to everything around us. In order to see the wonders of our God, we have to realize that He is everywhere. Nothing happens by chance. We can’t fathom the depths of His understanding or of His love for us. But, if we pay close attention, we can see it in the world around us.

Spring is a wonderful season to see the freshness of new beginnings. Plants that have been dormant begin to wake up and put on new growth.  Some of them produce beautiful life on their old branches that look dead in the winter. Some plants die back completely to the ground. But, when the time is right, they look new all over again. Throughout the winter they may have looked dead, but their roots were alive all along. They were in a season of preparation – a season of growing deep and sturdy roots so they could later spring forth with verdant growth.

We can identify with the dormant plants. Inside of each of us are roots that have been growing deep. They have been receiving nourishment and becoming strong so that when the time comes for us to flourish, we will have been prepared to face life as it comes at us.

God always allows a time of preparation for each of us. He knows life is difficult at times and in His wisdom and His love for us, He takes us through a dormant period of preparation. We are not who we are because we decided to be. We belong to God and He knew us while we were yet in our Mother’s wombs. He had a plan for each one of us and a purpose for our lives.

We may not have been aware of it. We may not consider ourselves worthy. We may think it’s too late for us. But, stop! Think of the root system. It has been through the winter – it may have been a long, rough winter. God knows just when to wake up those roots and give them the nourishment they need to produce the lush, healthy growth that has been there all along.

None of our time has been truly wasted, though it may appear that way to us. The rough, hard times in our lives are not wasted. God turns everything around for our good, if we love Him and acknowledge Him as Lord of our lives. We can’t just give in to defeat.

God sent His son, Jesus, to die for us. We may not have looked so beautiful as some on the outside. But, on the inside, God has been working. He knows what our lives will produce if we will yield to Him. After all, He had a plan from the beginning for us. He knew us before we took our first breath. He knew each step we would take, each mistake we would make, every word we would speak – before any of it happened. His plans for us are good and not evil.

God is calling us to give Him control. Let Him be the loving, forgiving Father we need Him to be. He can make us beautiful. He can take all the unseen root system and make it flourish as He intended from the beginning. We will all be amazed at what God can do with our root system, if we will just let Him. Today is the day!

Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
NIV

Ps 139:13-16
3 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
NIV

 

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So, You Think You Are Not Good Enough!

4 Jun

After we read the story of Ruth and Boaz, none of us can say we are not good enough to be a child of God. Or, that we are not good enough to serve Him in some way. We look at our past – our history – where we came from. We look at all the mistakes we made and we are aware that all our friends and family know just what a mess we made out of our lives. So, we let our enemy, satan, convince us that we are not good enough to serve God in any special way.

Ruth was born into a pagan world, serving and worshiping idols. God presented Himself to her and to her sister-in-law, Orpah, by way of Naomi and her son. Ruth chose to follow God, Orpah did not.

Boaz was the son of Rahab, the harlot. God used Rahab to help His men at Jericho. She recognized that God was at work there and helped His people. As a result, God saved her and her family. Boaz, came from that family.

If you have asked Him to forgive you and invited Him into your heart, He has heard you and you are His. Scripture tells us that He scatters our sins as far from Him as the East is from the West! God remembers our sins no more. When you try to bring them up to Him, He doesn’t know what you are talking about.

Even if your friends and family remember every mistake you have made. God doesn’t. Just keep walking the walk. Listen to what God says about you. Keep reading His Word and let Him show you what He thinks about you. If you have invited Him into your life, you are born again. You are a new person in Christ. He sees you as whole and complete, through the blood of Jesus.

Jesus was persecuted, too. He did not defend Himself. As a matter of fact, the Scriptures tell us that “He spoke not a word” when people mocked Him and spat on Him. He knew who He was. He knew whom He belonged to. Let Him be your example.

Walking with God takes courage – He will provide that courage. You will find your strength in Him. Be constant. Keep walking with God and listening to Him. Be obedient, no matter how hard. In time, God will prove Himself to you and you will know that you know that you know, He is real. No one will ever be able to take that from you.

Ephesians tells us to stay away from silly arguments. A non-believer does not understand and will never understand until they give their lives to God. You be their example. You be their light. They are watching – no matter what they say, they will see God at work in your life.

Be encouraged. God loves you. He is not like us. We cannot come close to understanding His love. Let Him love you. Accept His forgiveness and forgive yourself. Trust God and let Him make you whole again.

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