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Have you ever considered Ephesians 2:10?
“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”
Have you ever meditated on the fact that God Himself wants to take credit for all the good things that are in you and happen to you?
I know some will say, “There is nothing good in me,” or “Nothing good ever happens to me.” But, I know God, and I know those things just can’t be true.
When I look back over the 28 years I have known God, I can honestly say I have changed. Sometimes the changes were so small and so daily I didn’t realize they even happened, because I am not the one that brought the change.
Did you know that you live in, what God calls, the “dispensation of the Spirit”?
According to II Corinthians 3:8, it is the spiritual ministry of the Holy Spirit to cause men to obtain and be governed by the Holy Spirit. The verse goes on to say that it is attended with much glory. So it’s a glorious and desirable thing to be governed by the Holy Spirit. Verse 9 continues to say how infinitely more abounding in splendor and glory must be the service that makes righteous [the ministry that produces and fosters righteous living and right standing with God]!
It struck me today how hard even believers fight to not be governed by the Holy Spirit. When He starts to point some stuff out or gives a different direction than the one we want, we act like the children of Israel. They told Moses to put a veil over his face. They didn’t want to see God’s glory or hear His direction directly.
I lost a friend today, unexpectedly. My mind automatically went racing to all the fun times and things said, done and laughed about. I thought about the kind of person they were and if they had loved Jesus. Fortunately for them, they did.
My friend was not perfect. He made mistakes. But, none of that mattered to his friends and family, because you always felt loved. Isn’t that the key to this life? We leave people feeling loved. I did an inventory of how I had treated this person and if they always felt loved by me.
God’s love is just that: Love. It’s not judgment calls and harsh words. It’s just love. It’s love so big He would send His love, His Son, to die and make sure nothing would come between Him and me again.