Carve the very nature, the very heart of Jesus into me, Lord
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IT’S WHO YOU KNOW
“Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, LIVE YOUR LIVES AS STRANGERS HERE in reverent fear.” (v 17 NIV)
Thank You for allowing me to call You, “Father.” Yet I know that living the role of being Your child calls me to be different. A child born by Your Spirit becomes different from those born through flesh. You call me to live as a stranger in this world and to impact the lives I encounter as I go, anywhere I go. Help me to do that today.
IT’S WHO KNOWS YOU
“Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacrificed blood, you know. He died like an unblemished sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought … GOD ALWAYS KNEW HE WAS GOING TO DO THIS FOR YOU. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.” (v 18-21 MSG)
How amazing to ponder the thought of how You’ve had Your eye on me even before You created all things! Your eternal presence is everywhere, at all times, outside the human time line, yet working within it as well!
You’ve seen where I’ve been, the side roads I’ve taken that led me away from Your will. While I was wandering, You supplied directions or a road map or an unmistakable billboard — all to lead me back into Your ways.
Thanks for being so intricately involved in my life and so intimately acquainted with me. I trust You, Father, with my heart, my mind, my life, my future. Keep making me just like Jesus. Amen.