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Such We Are

November 14, 2014

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Such  We Are

See  how great  a love  the Father has bestowed  upon us,  that we should be called children  of God;  and such we are.       1 John 3:1

We can think  of ourselves  in so many different ways  —  as a son,  daughter,  mother,  father,  by the job we hold,  the sports we like,  our political views,  our ideals,  the movies we like  to watch,  our goals.     Everything we do  in life  identifies us  and says  who we are.

There are also many things  in life  that help form  who we are.     Most important  of all  is when we realize  just how much God  has loved us  in Jesus Christ.     When we see  and understand  how Jesus  was willing  to suffer  so greatly  and die  for us,  just so that we could be forgiven,  that changes  our hearts  —  it forms faith  within us.

When we see  that God Almighty  actually now thinks  of us  as His dear children,  that’s a miracle  that has taken place.     It’s a miracle  because  we really have become  a child  of God.     Everyone  who believes  that Jesus  is their Savior  becomes a child  of God.

As a child  of God,  we no longer belong  to the world.     We know heaven  is our true home,  so we don’t highly value  the things  of this world  any more.     Now we can see  how everything  our heavenly Father stands for  is a treasure  that we never want  to lose.

Children  of God realize  that all the loose morals,  pride,  arrogance,  greediness,  lustfulness,  false religions,  and goals  of this world  are worthless.     The degradations  of this world  are an abhorrence  to God  and to His children.

With the treasures  of God  in hand,  God’s children gladly strive  to be just  like their heavenly Father.     As Paul says  in Ephesians 5:1-2,

Therefore  be imitators  of God,  as beloved children;  and walk  in love,  just as Christ  also loved you,  and gave Himself up  for us,  an offering  and a sacrifice  to God  as a fragrant aroma.

When we find out  who we are,  the pressures,  products,  and media  of this world  can only be seen  as a sham  that wastes  our lives  and defeats us eternally.

As we abide  in the love  of God,  we remember  who we are  —  beloved children  of God  —  and we joyfully say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank you  for loving us  and making us  Your own dear children.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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