Posted by: heisourstrongtower | July 12, 2012

Jesus Calling – July 13th

I WANT YOU TO EXPERIENCE the riches of your salvation:  the Joy of being loved constantly and perfectly.  You make a practice of judging yourself, based on how you look or behave or feel.  If you like what you see in the mirror, you feel a bit more worthy of My Love.  When things are going smoothly and your performance seems adequate, you find it easier to believe you are My beloved child.  When you feel discouraged, you tend to look inward so you can correct whatever is wrong. 

Instead of trying to “fix” yourself, fix your gaze on Me, the Lover of your soul.  Rather than using your energy to judge yourself, redirect it to praising Me.  Remember that I see you clothed in My righteousness, radiant in My perfect Love.

Ephesians 2:7-8 – in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 

Hebrews 3:1 – Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. 

Psalm 34:5 – Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

Jesus Calling for Kids – July 13th

Constantly and Perfectly Loved

My Love and salvation are not just waiting for you in heaven; they are here for you now.  I want you to know in your heart the Joy of being loved constantly and perfectly – today and every day. 

You are so hard on yourself.  You judge yourself on how you look, behave, and feel.  You look in the mirror, and if you like what you see, you feel a little more worthy of My Love.  On good days, it’s easier to believe that I love you. 

But when you’ve had a rough day – when you’ve said and done things you know you shouldn’t – you look in the mirror with shame and feel that you’re not worthy of My Love.  But that is not what I see.  When I look at you, I see My beloved child.  You are covered with the radiance of My perfect, everlasting Love – no matter what kind of day you’ve had.

My Reflections:

I think God is really trying to get a message across to us about how He sees us as opposed to how we see ourselves.  The devotion in “Trusting God” yesterday was titled “The Look of Love” and it was about a woman who was feeling shame and regret about the sins from her youth.  She was not feeling worthy of love from her savior and I believe she had a deep-rooted fear that if anyone knew what she had done, they wouldn’t love her either.

God’s love for us is not based on our condition…God’s love for us is based on Jesus’ position, on the cross.  This is a truth that we need to write on our hearts.  Another important point that some people may not understand about our Savior’s love for us…we don’t have to clean-up to come to Jesus, we come to Jesus and He cleans us up.

Stop looking in the mirror with shame, stop beating yourself up over past mistakes and sins, stop basing His love for you on your performance.  He loves you so much that He sent His Son to perform the ultimate sacrifice for your life.  No greater love is there than this, than a man would lay down his life for his friends.

Look to Jesus, not to the things of this world.  Let His love radiate from you, so that others will want what He has given to you.  “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.”  Isaiah 60:1

And wouldn’t you know that the “Word of the Week” this week on the Many Strands page, just so happens to be “love.”  Click on over to the page and listen to the music, look at the pictures with verses and answer the questions that we have been sharing about God’s love.  He has a message for us and we need to open our ears in order to hear what He has to say.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB5BlYsn6nk

http://www.facebook.com/ManyStrandsOfOneAccordOnLineBibleStudies

 

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