Self image!

 Identity  Comments Off on Self image!
Dec 132017
 

“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God” (Romans 1:1).

These days-

– people never tire debating the importance of self-image!

We are told to understand-

– what formed our self-image,

– to consider how as parents we shape a child’s self-image,

– to help others with their self-image,

– to be concerned whether or not we have a healthy self-image.

…and the list goes on.

How do you view yourself?

Now compare your self-image to how Paul viewed himself.

He viewed himself as a servant-

– literally, a slave.

He belonged without reservation to Jesus.

He viewed himself as an apostle, one who had been sent.

His life’s work was to do what God sent him to accomplish as one appointed by God.

He viewed himself as set apart-

– specifically for the ministry of the Gospel, the good news of salvation in Jesus.

How he viewed himself affected what he did.

Viewing himself as a servant affected his attitude toward God and others.

What he did and why he did it was affected by understanding himself as one sent.

Being set apart affected his aspirations, what he hoped to accomplish.

We need to view ourselves like Paul-

– who saw himself from God’s perspective.

God formed his self-image!

Accepting what God wanted in his life enabled Paul to truly be what God wanted him to be.

Do you see yourself as a set apart sent servant?

The temptation is to be in control of your own life when instead you need to recognize that Jesus is Lord.

Ask God to help you be what He wants you to be.

(PA)

What a turnaround!

 God's love  Comments Off on What a turnaround!
Dec 122017
 
What a turnaround!

“The LORD’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compasssions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22, 23). In a general sense- – your emotions are a product of your thought life. If you are not thinking right, if your mind is not being renewed, if you are not perceiving […]

Bigger picture!

 Faith  Comments Off on Bigger picture!
Dec 112017
 
Bigger picture!

“So, when He heard that Lazarus was ill, He stayed two days longer in the place where He was…” (John 11:1-6). He stayed away from Mary and Martha and Lazarus. … longer? Nobody does that. If you hear that someone you love is in trouble, you get over to them fast. Three times in the […]

Every Second Experience!

 Sanctification  Comments Off on Every Second Experience!
Dec 102017
 
Every Second Experience!

“Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). This is a simple formula for a righteous lifestyle. We have a choice: We can live according to our fleshly desires for comfort and pleasure. Or we can trust the Holy Spirit to enable us to fearlessly serve […]

Be filled with the Spirit!

 Holy Spirit  Comments Off on Be filled with the Spirit!
Dec 092017
 
Be filled with the Spirit!

We cannot expect to have the Holy Spirit’s fullness in our lives- – if we are quite content to live without it. Check your motives! If we seek the Holy Spirit merely for our own happiness or comfort or liberty of soul- – it will be very unlikely that He will be given. His one […]