The weather was so nice yesterday and staying inside just wasn’t an option. I asked a friend who is quickly becoming a good friend, if she wanted to ride somewhere for lunch. I love spending time with this lady because I am always edified, built up and she speaks God’s truth. We were backing our bikes out of tight parking spaces and she mentioned that a certain situation had made her feel overlooked and inconsequential but what got her through the situation was that she knew who she was in Christ and that was what really mattered. There was nothing I needed to hear at this moment more than this and as I took off for the 50 miles back to Gillette, I knew this was something I had to think and pray on.
The list is quite lengthy, we are God’s Child, justified, Christ’s friend, we belong to God, we are a member of Christ’s body, assured all things will work together for good, established, anointed and sealed by God, a citizen of heaven, holy and blameless, forgiven, a saint, salt and light of the earth. We are chosen by God and we have hope, are included and we are God’s workmanship. That is to name just a few of the most important facts we can ever know.
It is important that we realize who we are in Christ because if we do not realize the love God holds for us and just how deep and really unconditional that love really is, we cannot be filled with the fullness that God offers. We were purchased at a steep price, don’t let that price go to waste, use it to fight for what Satan will try to steal.
Be it health issues, work issues, family issues, or if others unleash unfaithfulness, untruths, manipulation, rebellion, illusions, deceitfulness or any other malady born of satan, remember who you are in Christ. It is the most significant fact of your life. Learn to see yourself as God sees you. God’s opinion is really the only one that counts. Your true identity is not what the world or current circumstances around you says you are, your true identity is who God says you are.
Know the truth, think the truth speak the truth, believe the truth. You are one of God’s CHOSEN people. Period, plain and simple. Claim this truth as yours and become who you already are. Thank you Tina Bennet for reminding me of this.
I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4)
John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Loved and purified. 1 John 3:3

Established, anointed, and sealed by God. 2 Corinthians 1:21

God is always with me and never leaves me Hebrews. 13:5

God chose me to bear fruit John. 15:16
God is my Father, I am His child. John 1:12
I am a joint heir with Jesus, sharing His inheritance with Him. Romans 8:17
I am  one spirit with God. 1 Corinthians 6:17

God’s spirit and life live within me, I am God’s temple
I am a temple of God. His Spirit and his life lives in me. 1 Corinthians 6:19
A member of Christ’s body. 1 Corinthians 12:27• I am accepted. Ephesians 1:6
A Saint. Ephesians 1:1
Forgiven and Redeemed. Colossians 1:14
Complete in Jesus Christ, I am filled by my God who is ruler over every ruler and authority . Colossians 2:10
I am free from condemnation. Romans 8:1
The old has gone and the new has come because I am a new creation in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17

When needing wisdom I can ask for it and He will give me what I need. James 1:5
Chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. Colossians 3:12

God gave me a spirit of power, or love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
God’s fellow co-worker. 2 Corinthians 6:1
Seated in heavenly places with Christ. Eph 2:6

Jesus’ friend. John 15:14
We have direct access to God Ephesians. 2:18
I am helping to build up Christ as a spiritual house, I am a living stone. 1 Peter 2:5

We have been given exceedingly great and precious promises by God  so that through them we can participate in divine nature and escape corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:4
God will help me to do what He desires me to do. Philippians 2:13

Dottie
……………………….and so I ride

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Jesus is not my buddy, He is much, much more!

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God is holy.

There is a certain feel-good giddy, emotional free for all when it comes to our relationship with Christ. We love to talk about the comfort we get, the feeling that God is always there for us, He is our best friend, the fact that we can let Him wrap His arms around us and tell us everything will be ok. There is nothing wrong with the concept that Jesus is our friend, that He is our buddy. However……………..

It seems to me  that thinking like that can lead to the erroneous notion that our glory is almost as important as Gods glory. We must never forget that the grandeur of God is on a scale that we can’t even imagine let alone live up to.

God is holy.

A friend in earthly terms can at times be undependable, can have their attention diverted to somewhere other than you, can even at times turn on you, an earthly friend can be frustrating, impatient, demanding and can fail  us.

God won’t.

God is holy.

Oh we may experience all those emotions as we strive to walk with God but His attention is steadfast and unconditional and always directed towards greater good.

It could be that we have been conditioned in this life to see God as much less than He actually is. I think that we as humans tend to lose sight of the actual grandeur and holiness of our Lord. We tend to look at our relationship with Jesus for many things other that what it really is.  It isn’t purely about the feel good  emotions, He comes to us and gives us forgiveness and atonement for sins. That is something no earthly friend can offer.

God is so much bigger than we tend to think of Him, I honestly think our perceptions get distorted and we try to fit Him into the earthly box we have built for Him. He is so much bigger. God is not limited by earthly boundaries.

God is holy.

We don’t have to wonder if God is going to respond to our texts or phone calls, or how He will respond, we don’t have to wonder if He is really listening or if He “gets” what we are telling Him. We don’t have to feel silly or worry about being humiliated for our earthly failings. We can talk to Him  without abandon and without fear of revenge. He will  keep our secrets but may make us reveal those very secrets in ways that help us and not hinder. His relationship with me is not based on making Himself feel better or making Himself look good.

God loves us for who we are, not in spite of who we are! God is the only one capable of that.

God is holy.

What is holy?

How holy is holy?

R.C.Sprout makes an insightful observation:

“The Bible says that God is holy, holy, holy. Not that He is merely holy, or even holy, holy. He is holy, holy, holy. The Bible never says that God is love, love, love, or mercy, mercy, mercy, or wrath, wrath, wrath, or justice, justice, justice. It does say that He is holy, holy, holy, the whole earth is full of His glory.”

From Bible.org

To be holy is to be distinct, separate, in a class by oneself.

To be holy is to be unique, with no rivals or competition.

To be holy is to be morally pure.

To be holy is to be holy in every aspect of ones nature and character.

Holy calls attention to all God is. His love is holy, His justice is holy, His mercy is holy, His knowledge is holy, His spirit is holy.

Exodus 15:11

1 Samuel 2:2

Psalms 86:8-10

Psalms 24:3-5

Isaiah 6:3-5

I think I will focus on that this day.

Dottie