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We have been studying the early stories in the Bible and my goodness, it is a bunch of failure and heartbreak. Things seem so hopeless and yet, God does something amazing in each and every situation to redeem the person and/or situation.
So often we feel like a failure in life. We aren’t successful in our jobs. Marriages are crumbling. Children don’t seem to have a relationship with the Lord. Relationships are broken. Sin has overtaken us. But there is hope. There is always hope.
We need to look back at those people of faith in the beginning of time. Adam and Eve – the very first family- totally messed up and broke the one rule God had. And then later their son murdered their other son. Abraham and Sarah lied to the rulers of the land because of their fear. Jacob was a deceiver and had a totally dysfunctional family. Moses was a murderer and later let pride get in the way of seeing the promised land.
What do we do when we feel like a failure? When you feel hopeless, what should you do?
You love God, the very one who loves you no matter what.
Listen to the great Jewish Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
This isn’t a pep talk. It isn’t a formula to be successful in life. It isn’t even a set of standards to live up to. It’s an encouragement to just love your God. To be in His presence. To soak up His essences and become like Him. To be in communion with Him, continually. He wants so much to be in a relationship with you and share all that He has for you.
So turn your attention to the Lord. Love Him. Love him with all that you are.
This is our true ID….our imprint. We have His stamp on our lives because we love Him. We leave a mark….His mark…on the world when we love Him, because His love is powerful. His love is strong. His love makes us brave.
Love God and love others. This is your True ID.
***Thanks to John Ketchersid for another great sermon 10/11/15.
When I chose BRAVE as my One Word of 2015, I had no idea the path of bravery would take me into a closer walk with the Lord and lead me toward freedom in a way I’ve never experienced before. Sure, I’ve done a couple of brave things this year. I’m in a new job. I started an Etsy shop. I began sharing my artistic attempts online. I said yes to things I would have said no to before, just so I could say that I was being brave.
But what I am finding is that God is orchestrating a path into a sweet communion with Him through all this bravery. You see, bravery is not really being brave. It’s being scared silly, yet taking the step to do it any because you know Who has your back and Who will catch you if you fall. It’s about being okay with failure and enjoying the process in spite of the failure. It’s about holding the Hand of God while leaping out of the boat, trusting that He can make you stand firm, knowing He loves you and has a great plan for your life.
I’m so excited to be alive in this year of Jubilee and cannot what to see what all God has in store. It is going to be a year of growth, bravery, solitude, and freedom….and so much more, I’m sure.
Have a blessed Monday!