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And Such We Are…

November 18, 2017

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And Such We Are…

            1 John 3:1

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

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  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,  and goals of this world  are worthless.     The degradations  of this world  are an abhorrence  to God  and 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 realize  who we are  by faith,  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

 

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This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

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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