Be Your Own Kind of Remarkable

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Remarkable – worthy of attention; striking

We all know remarkable people.  We call them remarkable based on an attribute of their character, such as kindness toward others or their love for the Lord. 

But so many people want to fit into what the world defines as worthy of attention.  Maybe that’s to look a certain way, or be a certain way or have certain things.  But what Christian wants to be like the world?  After all, Jesus taught us that we are not of this world, even though we are in it.

 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.                 John 17:14-16 ESV

  What does that mean?  Well, to be in the world is to be in the place of the world but to be of the world is to be defined by it. For example, I used to work in a hospital. Therefore, I would be in the hospital.  But I was never of the hospital; the hospital was not who I was.  

It took me a long time to realize that God truly did create each of us as unique and remarkable human beings in His image. Certainly, we can all agree that we know that, but do we really live like we know that? I dare say most of us do not.

I was saved at twelve years of age and I certainly had a different worldview than I do now.  Even though I surrendered myself to Jesus, I was pulled toward the things of the world.  I wanted to be popular and successful, to name a few.  And in my younger days, I certainly thought I knew a lot about Jesus and the Bible.

Now that I have matured as a believer and follower of Christ, I find my desires and worldview have changed.  I’ve learned that I only need to please ONE.  I’ve learned that obedience to my Saviour and Lord is the definition of success, not what others think of me.

 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14 ESV

 The psalmist wrote the scripture above.  I want to encourage you by reminding you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.  Now’s the time your soul knows that very well.

Today, focus on who you are in Jesus Christ.  You are fearfully and wonderfully made.  God’s works are wonderful and you, my friend, are one of His works.  He doesn’t expect you to be sinless, Jesus took care of that on the cross.  He expects us to sin less as we walk with Him.

This Christmas and ever day, feel your freedom in Jesus!  Let yourself be your own kind of remarkable!

Share in the comments someone you know that is remarkable and why!

-Wendy

True Love Part 2

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 ESV

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 ESV

How would you describe “true love”? Do you get that sweet, warm feeling when you think of love? Maybe you think of commitment as true love. Or maybe you think of acts of service for someone whether they ever know it was you who acted on their behalf.

Imagine you are dying, but the doctor hasn’t told you that yet. Someone you don’t even know finds out you are dying and gives the doctor your cure which he has to hold until you ask for the cure. You finally are told you are dying and there is nothing YOU can do about it. BUT Someone has the cure for you, all you have to do is ask for the cure and it will be given to you. You immediately ask for the cure and it’s given to you. You are healed! You can hardly believe how close you came to dying and you realize that the cure is available for everyone, they only have to ask. Wouldn’t you tell everyone you know?

Well God loves us so much that He provided the cure for me and you BEFORE we ever knew we were sick (sinners). Jesus is the Cure and all we have to do is ask Him to save us.

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
— Romans 10:9-10 ESV

That’s love! If you’ve received His free gift of salvation, are you telling everyone you know? It’s the best gift ever!

True Love Part 1

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
— John 3:16 ESV
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What is “True Love”?

John 3:16 is the perfect definition for “true love’ in my opinion. God loved the world, us, me, you, so much that He gave His ONLY SON, so that whoever (me, you) believes in Him should not die an eternal death in hell, but have eternal life in Jesus.

Whew! Now that’s love! I’m pretty sure I’d never be able to sacrifice either of my children for anyone. But God did.

He did it knowing that the majority of people would never trust in Jesus. He did it knowing that most of the people would never give Jesus a second thought. He did it for you!

That’s true love. God loves YOU so much that He sacrificed His Son, Jesus, so that YOU could say yes to salvation! WOW! That’s not all. Jesus went to the cross on our behalf because He was willing to be sacrificed for us!

That’s true love. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I do things unwillingly. I may go, but I go kicking and screaming. Jesus went willingly to the cross to pay for your sin so that you would have the choice of trusting in Him for salvation or not!

Let that sink in a minute. Yes, I know that God knows who will and who will not get saved, but the cross of Christ was for everyone. That means He died in our place whether we accept His gift or not. Certainly, if we don’t accept the gift of salvation, we will stay on the road to hell and be there for all eternity.

BUT we don’t have to go the hell because before we were conceived, Jesus died for us so that we could choose Him. He made the way for us.

Some people say if you love someone let them go and if they love you they’ll come back. I guess in a way, that’s what Jesus did. He loved us so much that He died for us. He paid our eternal debt. But in order to accept His payment on our behalf, we have to put our trust in Him.

If you are looking for love, look no further. Jesus loves you. YOU. You. No matter where you are in life, no matter what you’ve done in life, no matter how you feel about yourself-Jesus loves YOU and He wants to save YOU.

If you are a believer in Christ, praise the Lord! Stand up and remember to Whom you belong. Jesus loves YOU; always has and always will. Serve Him in thankfulness and gratitude because Jesus truly loves YOU!

Self-control - Fruit of the Spirit Episode 10

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
— Galatians 5: 22-23

Self-control

I shudder at the thought! Sometimes I think I have a lot of self-control, but then I lose it! Thankfully, the Holy Spirit has it and is developing it in me. I’m so grateful the Lord has patience with me (us, mankind).

I have often told classes that I’ve taught you know when the Holy Spirit is truly controlling me - my mouth stays shut! Now, folks I’ve taught leave a meeting or class with me and will laugh and say, “Ms. Wendy, the Holy Spirit was controlling you!” He’s still working on my face! But face or no face, words not said is great! You can’t take those back.

On a more serious note, self-control is definitely a character of the fruit of the Spirit. As the Lord matures us in the faith, He lovingly teaches us about love and grace. First of all, He lavished His love and His grace on us in salvation. But it doesn’t stop there! Day by day, He conforms us into HIs image. Throughout life as we are conformed, we are seasoned with love and grace.

The more we understand about God’s great love for us, the more we can practice self-control. So many things are just not worth an argument. Through the Holy Spirit we have power, love and self-control.

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7

Our pastor recently preached on wisdom and how with wisdom we learn to let a lot of offenses and irritations go. Relying on God’s love and wisdom, we practice self-control.

I’m certainly not a pro at practicing self-control, but thanks be to God I am better than I used to be. This week, let’s seek God’s love, grace and self-control!