I am FORGIVEN

Lately, I have been writing on Who I am in Christ. On previous writings on the subject, I explained  Who I am in Christ in relation to the Creation Account. Today onwards, I’m focusing on what He has done for us on that Old Rugged Cross. It is because Jesus died, He can offer AIUSUPPER#forgiveness. Because #Jesus rose from the dead, He can give us #life and #victory. Forgiveness, life, and victory give us identity. We now live #forgiven, abundant and victorious lives. Our lives are not perfect since we are still experiencing pain and suffering. However, our hope is firm because it is based on Lord Jesus’ victory over death.

In Ephesians 1:6-8, Apostle Paul penned that, “to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved. 
We have redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
 that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” (HCSB)

Yes my dearest friends, He favoured us above all. That’s why we have redemption in Him through His blood and the forgiveness of our trespasses. All of these we received through His riches and glorious grace.

Furthermore, in Romans 8:1 he penned, “tumblr_ns3zhy6Xh41tzsbpho1_1280Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus“(NIV). As long as we are in Christ Jesus, there are no condemnation for us. No one can condemn us into damnation. It is because Lord Jesus is our Saviour and Redeemer. Therefore, Paul continues in verse 38, saying, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither heigh nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the #love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NIV) Nothing can separate  us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Nothing can condemn us into damnation.

In conclusion, All my sins are forgiven before God. God will not condemn me for:

  • Bad things I have done
  • Good things I have left undone
  • Evil things I have said
  • Wrong things I have thought

YES! I am persuaded and convinced that all my sins are forgiven, so does yours. Let us with confident say this “I am FORGIVEN”. Amen!

(Photos by Robert J Agustin)

I am made to be an intensely relational human

Previously, we meditate and ponder on Genesis 1:26-31. Today,  Let us read and meditate on Genesis 2:19-24.

So the Lord God formed out of the ground every wild animal and every bird of the sky and brought each to the man to see what he would call it. And whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name.20 The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every wild animal; but for the man no helper was found as his complement.21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place.22 Then the
Lord
God made
the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man.
23 And the man said:

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This one, at last, is bone of my bone
and flesh of my flesh;

this one will be called “woman,”
for she was taken from man.

24 This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.” HCSB

What do these verses tells us who we are in Christ?

Yes! we are formed and created by our Lord God. Our Lord God affirms this to Isaiah saying that, “It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it. My own hands stretched out the heavens; I marshaled their starry hosts.“NIV(Isaiah 45:12) Furthermore, we discover that we are created to be God’s caretaker of His creation. God made me for caring responsibility. Today, we are told by our Lord God that He made us to experience a Christ-centered and loving relationship with all the living creatures. How does Adam do that? It is through the authority given by the Lord God, Adam named every one of them. These verses are very clear that Adam is the one who named every living creatures. Adding to this, Even Adam naIMG_3980med Eve as “Woman”, Adam’s bone and flesh. As his Creator, it is through naming, he is building a loving relationship with them. Our Creator God is relational. Our God is an intensely relational God who calls us to emulate his commitment to relationship.

The relationship is at the heart of the Christian faith, reflecting the fact that we as humans have been made for healthy and Christ-centered relationship. #Jesus did it! He named His disciples and loved them unconditionally.

In conclusion, God made me to relate to his entire creation:

  • I am made to love my wife/husband as God loves me
  • I am made to love humans as God loves me
  • I am made to love and enjoy God’s creatures and nature

Continue to #love and live in #Christ-centered relationship. God bless you.

I am made to be God’s caretaker of His creation

God created the different species of plants and animals. God created the different species of birds, insects and fishes. “This is what the LORD says‑your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone  In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him”. After creating all of them, God made humankind be the caretakers. Humans are responsible for creation as caretakers

According to Genesis 1:28, God made humans as the ruler of the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky and every creature that crawls on the earth.

God blessed theIMG_3203m, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” HCSB

God’s purpose in giving us his image is that we might rule the created order on behalf of the heavenly king and his royal court. So the divine image, however, it is defined, gives us the capacity and/or authority to rule over creation.

Furthermore, In Genesis 2:15-17 God commands that human to work it and watch over the garden of Eden. He even commanded them to eat from any tree of the garden, but except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 “The Lord God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it and watch over it.  And the LordIMG_3096 God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die.”
HCSB

In reality, as Christians, we are not being accountable to watch over  God’s creations and this earth. We think that this world is not our home and we are just living here for awhile. Furthermore, Joyfully we sing the song, “This world is not my home, I’m just passing through.” Which makes us think that we are not caretakers of this earth. It is creation mandate for us to be a caretaker of God’s creation. This responsibility is given to every individual to be the caretakers of God’s marvelous creation.

In summary, I am made to be God’s caretaker of His creation. God made me for caring responsibility:

  • I am made to help God in his ruling of creation
  • I am made to care for His earth

Let us be the caretakers of this earth. God bless you.

(Photos by Robert J Agustin)

I am Known

Yesterday, we came to a better understandcropped-bee2014.jpging that we are created in the Image of God and in His Likeness. Today, in the light of Psalm 139 and Jeremiah 1:5, we will continue to ponder and meditate
on “Who I am in Christ“.

Psalm 139 addressed the LORD (In Hebrew is YAHWEH). The Psalmist calls out and establishes a salutation and an understanding of what he knows God to be. He even flabbergasted on the omnipresence of God even in the most secret of places (v13-16) and glorified God for His massive knowledge of the future. In another word, Psalm 139 tells us that God has known us even before we were formed in our mother’s womb, our whereabouts, and our future. As it is written in Jeremiah 1:15,

I chose you before I formed you in the womb;
I set you apart before you were born.
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (HCSB)

God has chosen us even before we were formed in our mother’s womb. God has a special plan and purpose for us. Furthermore, as the LORD appointed Prophet Jeremiah for a specific ministry, so does the LORD appointed us for a specific purpose in our lives.

In conclusion, the Creator God made me and knew me before I was born:-

  • God made me
  • God knew me while I was still in the womb
  • God knows me better than I know myself.

He has a special plan for us, it is because He is our Creator and the One who knit us in our mother’s womb. Now, with great confidence, we can say that “I am known”. God bless you.

(Photo by Robert J Agustin)

I am in the Likeness of God

Today, I would like to share another important trait we need to know about ourselves. In Genesis 1:26.27,

Then God said, “LIMG_3959et Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”

 So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.” (HCSB)

The Book of Genesis says that God created us in His Image and in His Likeness. We were made to be rulers and stewards of the whole earth. God made me more than just an animal:-

  • I am created in God’s image
  • I am created to relate to GOD and Others in LOVE

Remember, You and I are made in the Likeness and Image of God. We are created as MALE and FEMALE. We are not an accident. We are not products or results of a Big Bang. We are not a result of the process called evolution. We are made in God’s Image and in His Likeness. Let us with great confidence say that, “I am in the Likeness and Image of GOD“. God bless you.

 

I am a CREATURE

Lately, some of my Bible readings inspired me to write on the theme “Who i am in Christ“. Let’s trace the story from the beginning. It is our crowning day as God’s most favourite intelligent beings. God created all things, visible and invisible. Because he is the creator, He is also the rightful owner of all things. As it is written in Colossian 1:16,“For by Him all things were created: things in heBEE3SALAaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him” NIV

In addition to being the rightful owner, God also rules over all of the creation; his authority is final.

According to Genesis 2:7, I am a creature that God formed(יָצַר – yatsar) from the dust of the ground, He breathed into my nostrils the breath of life, and I became a living being.

God made me:-

  •  Like a potter, God crafted me.
  • God made me with skill and intention
  • I am complex and complicated
  • I have God’s life-breath in me.

I am a creature. I am a living being formed in the likeness of God.

Smoldering Wick!

He will not break a bruised reed,
and He will not put out a smoldering wick;
He will faithfully bring justice.” HCSB – #Isaiah 42:3

On my previous blog, entitled “Bruised Reeds“, I intend to give special attention to the Book of Isaiah and especially on Bruised Reeds. Today, I would like to share and enlighten
the readers on the phrase “#Smoldering Wick“.

I would like to draw your attention to the verse, ” He will not put out a smoldering wick“. (Isaiah 42:3) In other words, the text is saying that a smoldering wick will not be extinguished. The Servant of the Lord or Messiah will not extinguish the smoldering wick. The message communicated by this phrase is a little different than the bruised reed. While I was typing this blog, the lights went out and electricity went off. This reminds me of my childhood experience, it is where we will light up kerosene lamp or candle when the electricity went off. I still remember, when the kerosene lamp running low of oil, the light begins to flickmy 075er. Before the light goes out totally, the light begins to grow dim and it begins to smolder. It will burn with the smoke and no flame. If you were standing near, the smoke would probably get in your eyes.

As I mentioned in my previous blog, it is just like the reeds, the smoldering wick represents people too. These are those people who started out well in spiritual things. Their lives were burning brightly with amazing spiritual brightness. Once, they had a good relationship with the lord and they were on fire for God. During the course of months or years, the oil begins to go out. The light begins to flicker. At this moment, their relationship with the Lord #Jesus had become faint and flickering. Yes, there is some spiritual life left, but  not so much of it. It is just about to go out totally.

Isaiah says that #Jesus came not to put off light and go to bed. It is not His desire to destroy the little faith that is left in us. It is His desire to trim the wick, to add oil to the lamp, and fan the flame. It is not His desire to quench the light but to bring it back to greater strength than ever before. There might be different ways that our relationship with the Lord may begin to flicker. It might be because of the sins that encroached into our lives. It might be because of the pride or selfishness sprouted in our heart. It might be because of the notorious politics and mediocre leadership in the church. Maybe it is the neglect of spiritual duties, such as personal prayer, family prayer, Bible studies, and Church attendance. It can be any reasons for our spiritual life begins to flutter.  Jesus has not come to put out the flickering flame of your life. He wants:

  • To Fan the Flame
  • To Give more Oil – in the form of Holy Spirit
  • Light to burning brighter than ever
  • To Revive your Soul

These are the things Jesus wants to do for you and for these reasons that He came to this world. Lord Jesus came to you who
are smoldering wick, to bring the light back in your life and to REVIVE your SOUL.

GOD BLESS YOU AND HAVE A GOOD DAY.

(Photo by Robert J Agustin)