"IN FAITH, HE..." Devotional from Cherbear
New Creature Carved by the Enemy / Molded by God
These first scriptures below are some I have claimed for my "life verses." Verse 11, I've embedded into my brain as a very worthwhile memory verse; However the following two are embedded into my heart! Please know when you read these, the God of the Universe is speaking to YOU! Meditate on them for they are most certainly life changing and life enhancing verses.
The Works of His Hand?
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29: 11-13
Go to the last seven words of the verses (Search for Me with all your heart.) We have an ever loving, all powerful God who saved us from sin and gifted us with a victorious life on earth and a glorious eternal life to be lived with Him in heaven. These verses show how urgent is His desire for us to seek Him with a whole heart, to find Him and begin resting in full knowledge of Who He is. As we seek to know Him, we will discover His loving intentions in the "molding" process of our lives. When we have questions about His intent and the way He is shaping our future, it could be we have not done enough searching!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians. 5:17
When we are young, we want to grow up so we can do everything we want to do, without restriction. We mature and find out that is never the case? We discover it is up to us to make the choices which will either carve us into the likeness of "our father the devil," or mold us into the image of Jesus, God's Son! It really is just that simple!
Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him. Hebrews 10:38
Can I make right choices without God's influence? I don't think so. With my "wanter" and Satan's darts just waiting to trip me up at every turn, I am not apt to find the safest roads to travel. God has a forever full view of the turns in the road of life which I personally will face. IN FAITH, He... is with me to guide and protect me from the collisions in life, if only I will listen and seek Him with all my heart.
But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8
God has some restrictions for us to think about. He wants us to listen to Him and have faith in Him and His Word to make the changes He needs to make in us. His plans are not to harms us, but to prosper and protect us from the evil one. We would greatly benefit if we would listen and in this aspect, remain as little children in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father; Not so much growing up, but growing wiser and maturing in Him.
But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:22-23
A Prayer to Share:
Loving Father God,
I see how You lament and desire so much to bring me into loving fellowship with You. I know Your plans are to mold me into a beautiful vessel which can be used for Your glory. I pray I will have a seeking heart and the wisdom to listen to all You have for me to do and learn. Help me surrender to Your will.
In Jesus Name, Amen