Carve the very nature, the very heart of Jesus into me, Lord.
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“…THE LORD JESUS WILL OVERTHROW WITH THE BREATH OF HIS MOUTH AND DESTROY BY THE SPLENDOR OF HIS COMING…” (v 8 NIV)
Too easily, we humans think ourselves to be so mighty, so ultimately invincible. Some throughout history have mistaken themselves for God. How silly we can be…
How utterly awesome and mighty YOU are! With a mere breath You take out any person who sets up a throne meant to supplant Yours.
I see here in this verse how great and marvelous You are … and then … what Paul writes a bit further along just sends my jaw to the floor and moisture from my eyes…
This spectacular, all-powerful God of the universe, Creator of all things … CHOSE me, CALLED me, LOVED me, ENCOURAGED me and STRENGTHENED me (v 13-17)
“GOD PICKED YOU OUT AS HIS FROM THE VERY START. THINK OF IT: INCLUDED IN GOD’S ORIGINAL PLAN OF SALVATION BY THE BOND OF FAITH IN THE LIVING TRUTH… THE LIFE OF THE SPIRIT HE INVITED YOU TO …IN WHICH YOU GET IN ON THE GLORY OF OUR MASTER, JESUS CHRIST…” (v 13-14 MSG)
Thank You, Father, for choosing me, for deciding to make me Your child. Thank You for the invitation to walk alongside You as You are at work in this world. Thanks for using me to touch lives daily.
“MAY JESUS HIMSELF AND GOD OUR FATHER, WHO REACHED OUT IN LOVE AND SURPRISED YOU WITH GIFTS OF UNENDING HELP AND CONFIDENCE, PUT A FRESH HEART IN YOU, INVIGORATE YOUR WORK, ENLIVEN YOUR SPEECH.” (v 16-17 MSG)
Do that, Lord Jesus! Do that — all that! Here’s my stale, frazzled heart — ready for You to exchange or refresh! When You put a “fresh heart” in me, You affect my ATTITUDE. When You “invigorate my work,” You affect my BEHAVIOR. When You “enliven my speech,” You affect my TALK, which begins with my THOUGHTS. Thank You for giving me Your love, Your help, and Your confidence, as You remain intimately involved in my life. Amen.