The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

God's grace is sufficent

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

I was reading in my wisdom booklet number 12 about what is means to glory in the midst of tribulation.
Definition: As in "the glory of God," brightness, splendor, magnificence, the highest honor, renown, fame, divine excellence. As an action, "glory," boast, be proud of, give direction.

As a verb–glory
Let him that glories glory in the Lord. (11 Cor. 10:17)

As a noun–glory
If you are buffeted for your faults, what glory if it? (1 Peter 2:20)

As an adjective–glorious
They refused deliverance that they might have a more glorious entrance into heaven. (Hebrews 11:35)

Verb: rejoice proudly, take pride, revel, boast

Noun: adoration, homage, eminence, distinctions, prestige, grandeur, magnificence, majesty

Adjective: resplendent, glowing, lustrous, celebrated, distinguished, majestic, supreme, grand, radiant, brilliant, illustrious, preeminent

Example: Paul learned to glory " infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, than am i strong" (2 Cor. 12:10)

Paul's glorying in the midst of tribulation is based on the abundant desire and power that God gave to him for spiritual achievement. The Lord said to Paul, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9)
Paul responded, "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me" (2 Cor. 12:9)
By glorying in tribulation, Paul was given the grace to write the epistles that now benefit us.

Application: List one or two examples of each of the following trials in your life:

1. Infirmities (physical weaknesses)

2. Reproaches (unjust criticism)

3. Necessities (daily responsibilities)

4. Persecution (rejection for Christ)

5. Distresses (pressures)

Determine how God is using these trials in your life to develop Christlike character, to reveal deeper understanding and insights from Scripture, and to strengthen your fellowship with the Lord and with others.

The consequence of refusing to glory in the Lord is regret.

Definition: To grieve, to lament, to be sorry for, to feel distress over a desire unfulfilled or an action performed or not performed.

Verb: bemoan, deplore, mourn, lament, be remorseful, be ashamed of, rue

Noun: sorrow, grief, remorse, contrition, woe, self-reproach, grievance, repentance

Adjective: sorrowful, grieving, remorseful, contrite, repentant, penitent

We can rest in the fact, that God uses our weakness' for His glory. Look back up the the list in bold. There are so many things that actually apply to our life!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Centurion's Faith

Matthew 8:5-13 & Luke 7:1-10
This common passage about the Centurion and Jesus struck me today. It screamed out in rhema's and passages to underline. In my bible, I underline interesting things in either orange or blue. Now these ten verses are coated in orange pencil. I do not think I had ever read the same account in the gospel of Luke, which is probably why it struck me differently.

Jesus had just finished speaking to the people and was coming into the fishing village of Capernaum. The village is located on the northwestern shore of the sea of Gallilee. As Jesus entered, there came a Centurion who had heard about Jesus and how He healed. This Centurion had a beloved servant that was paralyzed, in a lot of pain, and near to death. He beseeched Jesus on behalf of the servant. Jesus graciously answered this frantic plea with "I will come and heal him." The Centurion was stunned and so grateful that this healer would come to heal his servant. Humbled, he said that he wasn't worthy of Jesus even coming to his house.

I love the fact that he could have had a lot of "pride" because of his position in the army but he HUMBLED himself by calling him Lord and respectfully admitting is unworthiness. Then the Centurion continued on and replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” This Centurion probably command 80-100 men, so he knew what it was like to BE authority and BEING UNDER authority.

Jesus responded in wonder at the Centurion's faith, that He had not found such great faith in Israel. Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee." As Jesus spoke those words, the servant was HEALED. When the centurion returned to his house he found the servant was whole.

This story couldn't be complete with one last insert. In my bible, there is is a cross reference to Matthew 27: 54, which is the reference to when Jesus was crucified. We open up to the middle, the centurion and others that were with him, guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God." At this moment the centurion was changed. From his earlier words with Jesus, he had believed that Jesus was the Son of God. But when he standing there, hearing the last words of Christ, he realized that Jesus IS TRULY the Savior! Because of Jesus, the centurion was forever changed into a new man.