Why am I here?

John 17:4-9 (KJV) I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

When I first became saved I considered what was my purpose on earth.  Just love your neighbor as you love yourself. That sounds nice. But what do I want for myself?  Peace of mind, a right relationship with my Heavenly Father and my neighbors. I want a love that transcends beautiful words, and cool sayings. I want a love that goes beyond programs, events, and stuff.  But a love that demonstrates what it means to be loved.  My purpose then is to be Jesus to others as He has been to me. I can by no way nor means do that in the flesh. I become seriously miffed at myself sometimes when I miss an opportunity to share the love of God with someone who needed it, or even when I do something stupid that might cause someone to think, “Well if that is what it mean to be a Christian then I don’t want to be that!” The reality is that I am here for Christ to live through me. I will make stupid mistakes, but so will my friends, and brothers in Christ and God still loves us. So, we pray for each other, uphold each other, and encourage each other to reach out to people whom the world has left on the “unwanted and undesirable” pile knowing that God has my back even when I make mistakes. He has sent me, and He has sent me because He lives in me and believes that I will go forward in His name and not my own.  My purpose then is to be “Him” and share His love with everyone I meet.  Father, please give me that desire every second of every day – because people need you now more than ever before AMEN!!

The Saving Grace of God

 

I have shared this story almost every day since the first day that I determined it was one I had to share. Not sharing it was no longer optional for me. You see My Good, Good, Father looked down from His throne in Heaven and saw a wretch like me covered in the filth of my sins. Headed straight to the never ending flames of hell and said to Jesus, “We have to rescue her from herself. The devil is determined to sift her like wheat and throw her out to the wind! She sins in her thoughts, with her words, and her actions and there is only one penalty for sin – Death – Eternal Death!  What’s more everyone around her is in the same state! That is not why we created man in our own image.  We created them to have communion with us!”  So, Jesus came and took upon Himself my penalty of eternal death and offered to me, you, and everyone in our community not just a life from worry – Because as human beings we will choose to do that – but a life free from the condemnation that comes with

Gal 5:19-21 KJV the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, drug addiction, [unplanned pregnancies, severe depression and suicidal tendencies.]

Father thanks for offering all of us deliverance from the “guilt trips” of life. Thank you for giving us the gift of joy. Not the kind of joy that one experiences from a personal high, but the kind of “joy” that never ceases even in the midst of significant challenges. The kind of joy that comes from forgiveness. The joy that comes from know that your love will always be there. That you will never withhold it from me even when I screw up – I mean royally screw up.  Because your word tells me that

 Ro 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

I no longer have to live in fear of eternal damnation or “retribution” as we would put it. Father, I know that you will be with me until the  “end of the age.”   I know that I don’t deserve it but your love is permanent and there is nothing that I can do to erase it. I am so thankful for that. Your promises have never returned to you void and they won’t now.  So, thank you for the gospel of salvation that says come before you and confess my sins.  Open my heart to you, and you will take up residence in that place where my thought life is controlled. And even when I screw up you will still love me because you are my Good, Good, Father and your mercies never change.  Thank you, Father. So friends if you do not know Jesus today. Watch the greatest story ever told and get back with me.

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