We Are All Unique
Proverbs 3:1-4 New International Version (NIV)
1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
CAN ANYBODY HEAR ME?
I feel like screaming that sometimes. I can almost guarantee most of you too have felt this way. Have you ever felt as though you don't fit in with the crowd? That you just don't have what it takes to be like your peers? You feel alone and an outcast and you're on the outside looking in?
I have felt this way many times. Feeling like no one cares or are too busy to even talk to me. Much less being used in any type of ministry. I have felt as though what I had to say doesn't mean anything because I wasn't a well known pastor, preacher, teacher or prophet.
When we are faithful to what God has given us, told us to do and keep the love of God in our hearts, we will have favor and a good name with God and with men.
In 1 Peter 2:9 it says:
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
We are chosen? A peculiar people? That's what God's word says. How can God use me? I am a nobody. Many are nobodies. Just regular everyday people in the worlds view, But we are special and of great value in God's view. We can reach people that no one else can, because we have been where they are. Through the leading of Holy Spirit, we are well known because we belong to Jesus. We are in this mighty kingdom of God and can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
OH YEAH! THE CRITICS
Anytime you do anything for the Lord, the critics, judges and accusers with pop out everywhere.
The ugly face of the enemy shows up and tries to cause you to doubt. Even tries to cause the ones you minister to to doubt. All through God's word you find the enemy trying to kill, steal and destroy. from the Garden of Eden Genesis 3 to the Millennial Reign Revelation 20 the enemy is working. He is bound for a thousand years and is loosed for a little while to deceive again. Praise God that is not the end. We are victorious. Satan is cast into the lake of fire forever.
I love this story in John 9 where Jesus heals the man blind from birth. Then... here come the Pharisees... I almost here the music to the Jaws movie when they show up. They question and accuse and judge. They were trying to get people to doubt. They even called Jesus a sinner and said he didn't keep the Sabbath. This is just one example of how the enemy works.
Time To Rise Up
Isaiah 60: 1-5, 15-20
1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you:
All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters are carried on the hip.
5 Then you will look and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with joy;
15 “Although you have been forsaken and hated,
with no one traveling through,
I will make you the everlasting pride
and the joy of all generations.
You will drink the milk of nations
and be nursed at royal breasts.
Then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior,
your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.
Instead of bronze I will bring you gold,
and silver in place of iron.
Instead of wood I will bring you bronze,
and iron in place of stones.
I will make peace your governor
and well-being your ruler.
No longer will violence be heard in your land,
nor ruin or destruction within your borders,
but you will call your walls Salvation
and your gates Praise.
The sun will no more be your light by day,
nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you,
for the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
Your sun will never set again,
and your moon will wane no more;
the Lord will be your everlasting light,
and your days of sorrow will end.
Just as every snowflake is unique, every person is unique because God created him or her in his image.
Millions of snowflakes fall every year around the world, and yet no two snowflakes are alike! If a hundred artists spent a year designing as many snowflakes, they couldn’t come up with the same variety. Every single snowflake is completely unique.
Equally astounding is the variety of human beings who have lived, now live, and will live on the planet Earth. God has created each one of us as a unique creation!
Believe it or not—no one else is just like you. Your physical appearance, your voice and personality traits—your habits, intelligence, personal tastes—all these make you one of a kind. Even your fingerprints distinguish you from every other human being—past, present, or future. You are not the product of some cosmic assembly line; you are unique.
But the most important fact of your identity is that God created you in His own image (Genesis 1:27). He made you so you could share in His creation, could love and laugh and know Him person to person. You are special indeed!
The Bible reveals God’s total interest in you as an individual. The psalmist wrote in one of his most beautiful prayers, “I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). God knew you even before you were born. Then, and now, He has plans just for you, plans conceived in love.
As we appreciate God’s constant concern for us, we really begin to grasp the awfulness of sin. He loves you and me so much; yet how often we go our own way, turning our backs on Him. God’s designs for our lives are then blocked; His mercies do not come to the unwilling.
But even when we turn from Him, we are precious to God. He continues to love us even when we pay no attention to Him. He still sees us as individuals with great value (Psalm 139:17-18). God is not an unfeeling, cold-hearted ruler of the heavens. He feels our pains; He shares our sorrows. He cares, and He considers each one of us important enough to love.
We are all children of the Most High God. We are loved and seen the same in His eyes. He is no respecter of persons Romans 2:11. God bless you all.