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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Drop in the Ocean (part 2)

There is too much emphasis on self-esteem in our society today.  Everyone is a winner.  No they are not!  Among the most important things for kids to learn is not how to win, it is how to LOSE!

You CANNOT be whatever you want to be.  No way!  That is a lie that well-meaning parents tell their kids. 
We are teaching an illusion that "if you just believe in yourself, you can do anything."  YOU CAN'T!  Life does not work that way.  There are limitations and God has designed you and gifted you for a specific purpose, a specific calling.  What happens when the powers of positive thinking doesn't work?   We crash big time!  We lose faith! 

The most quoted verse in the Bible:
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭

While that is true - it is often misunderstood.  God will give you the strength to do what He has called you to do - to do His will (not your will), His plan (not your plan).

The verse we should quote the most:
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭

Life isn't always good.  Sometimes it sucks.  We hurt.  We lose.

“He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭33:7-11‬ ‭

Our God is a God that you cannot exaggerate.  We are not the masters of the universe.  He is.

God is really, really big and we are really, really small:
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boasting your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”
‭‭James‬ ‭4:13-17‬ ‭

Life is short, we are all going to die, we should live in His will and die in peace.  Life is like a vapor and it vanishes away.  We are designed for eternity - to rejoice in heaven and praise God forever.  

The path of significance does NOT lead through self esteem.  It cannot be based on our own value or worth.  It must lead through  our relationship to God and His live for us.

“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭100:3‬ ‭
Two truths:
1. He is God
2. We are His.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:29-31‬ ‭

God is the one who gives us worth and endows us with value.  So don't be paralyzed by the fear of failure.  Your are not responsible for the outcome, you are responsible for being faithful for what you are called to do!

Live for Him.  He is a big God and we are His.  What is God calling you to do today?

God is so big.  We worship a God we cannot exaggerate.   Our understanding of Him is just "a drop in the ocean."  Our worth and value are found completely in Him.  So what step or risk or adventure is He calling you to do today?

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