ponderings

proving ourselves

Goodness – how many times a day do we judge ourselves. We are concerned we are not measuring up to someone else’s life or ideals. Are their ways even realistic for our God designed lives? Is the communication open or were assumptions made?

Subtleties – oil and cold wax

This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
1 Corinthians 1:1-5

Lord help us each day to use the heavenly mirror and see ourselves as you see us. To know that Your love and sacrifice has cleansed us and continues to do so. Help us not to judge ourselves but make adjustments as Holy Spirit brings the conviction. Guide us in understanding the motives of our hearts so no matter what, we are following in your ways! Thank you Jesus for Your gift of redemption!

ponderings

measuring up

How many of you compare yourself to others and feel you are lacking?

Stories through the bible that share the same thought like Moses saying he didn’t have good enough speaking abilities to lead the people. Esther feeling she might not have the approval of the king to present her case. Isaiah saying he was a man of unclean lips. Then there was Paul, the author of most of the New Testament but a persecutor of believers before he encountered TRUTH!

These were not perfect people but GOD…. But God had a desire to use these as they were and to change the destiny of nations.

We are made in God’s image and likeness. Why do we feel we are lacking?

For many, we’ve listened to lies so long or abuse has come so deep or worldly ways were absorbed for so many years that we look in the mirror and see dimly. (1 Cor 13)

I stayed on Gal 2 last week and really felt these verses were a call to action. To see ourselves in a new light and really ask God what He sees in us. To REGULARLY ask! I will be journaling a bit deeper on this one this week and hope you’ll join me and even share some if you feel comfortable to do that.

Galatians 2:17-21 The Message
Have some of you noticed that we are not yet perfect? (No great surprise, right?) And are you ready to make the accusation that since people like me, who go through Christ in order to get things right with God, aren’t perfectly virtuous, Christ must therefore be an accessory to sin? The accusation is frivolous. If I was “trying to be good,” I would be rebuilding the same old barn that I tore down. I would be acting as a charlatan.
What actually took place is this: I tried keeping rules and working my head off to please God, and it didn’t work. So I quit being a “law man” so that I could be God’s man. Christ’s life showed me how, and enabled me to do it. I identified myself completely with him. Indeed, I have been crucified with Christ. My ego is no longer central. It is no longer important that I appear righteous before you or have your good opinion, and I am no longer driven to impress God. Christ lives in me. The life you see me living is not “mine,” but it is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not going to go back on that
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