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“And you are Christ’s, and Christ’s is God’s.” -1 Corinthians 3:23

I read this the other day and it blew my mind in the sweetest way possible. Out of this one verse sparked so many needed thoughts and much encouragement from the Lord.

To be honest, lately it has been a struggle to get into the Word as deep as I want to. After graduating Bible College and being constantly submerged in the Word, I have found it difficult to get to the level I want to in my personal devotions. I know it’s just a season, as every Christian can go through. So moments like these are so cherished.

Right now, I’m going through the book of 1 Corinthians in my devotions and I’m finding that it’s SO rich. This verse in particular stood out to me the other day.

I am Christ’s. Christ is God’s. Therefore since God and Christ are both one, I am God’s. I belong to Him. There is no one else I’d rather belong to. This beautiful realization left me in awe of the Lord and His love for me.

So, if I belong to Him, my actions, thoughts, and words should be glorifying to Him. If I belong to anything, I should act like I belong to that thing. When you belong to an organization, or company, or even are in a covenant relationship such as a marriage, your actions, thoughts, and words will naturally reflect that thing. Likewise, since we belong to Christ, our actions, thoughts, and words should reflect His nature.

How is this possible when we are so wicked at our core? It’s only possible through Jesus and Him alone. When we surrender ourselves to Him daily, and as for a fresh filling of His spirit, He gives us the supernatural strength to overcome our flesh and glorify Him.

This leads me to my other thought. Since we are Christ’s, and since we belong to Him, how does this affect how we view ourselves? That’s not to say our eyes should be constantly on ourselves; they really shouldn’t at all. But how do you view yourself? If you’re constantly talking yourself down, that’s a form a pride. But on the other extreme, if you’re constantly thinking highly of yourself, that’s also pride. Maybe a better question to ask yourself is, how does Jesus see you?

He sees you as completely cleansed, washed, and redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Simple. Beautiful. Fact.

We see ourselves as rotten human beings (that is the partial truth). But, that title alone is a lie from the enemy. Yes, we are, but that’s not the end of the story.

If you have believed upon the name of Jesus and have surrendered your heart and life to Him, you are no longer a sinner in bondage to your sin. You’re a sinner who has been saved by grace. Your identity has been completely altered. Yes, the fact that you’re a sinner remains true, but your identity seen by Jesus is the total opposite. He sees you covered in the blood of Jesus, which was ultimately the payment for your sin.

Therefore, there is no longer a need to see yourself as a terrible person with no hope. Since you belong to Christ, you are a new creation, someone with a new identity in Jesus Christ! Your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and you WILL spend eternity in Heaven with your Savior.

Now what do you do? What is your response now that you know you belong to the One Who saved you?

a prayer from tozer.

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“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.” -A.W. Tozer

Stumbled upon this quote by one of my favorite pastors and authors today, and so many thoughts came to my mind. It honestly perfectly sums up what every Christian is probably going through. Whether you’re going through a dry season in your walk or a fruitful season, this quote speaks so many truths. We should constantly be in this state of mind and of heart; meditate on the goodness of the Lord and remain in a state of thirst for Him whether you feel like you need more of Him or not. Stay in a state of wanting to constantly be filled by the Lord in the times of plenty and in the times of famine. Desire for the Lord to grow you in love and in mercy and allow Him to woo you and pursue you. And as the hymn says, “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love”, we should allow the Lord to lead us and guide us when we go astray, and even when we don’t go astray.

This should be the cry of our hearts every single day, in the good times and in the bad times! Personally, as I adjust to a new job, new home, new friends, new church, etc., I want this to be my prayer to the Lord. Even in the midst of the all the new things in my life at the moment, I want my heart’s one desire to be for the Lord. I want to remain thirsty for Him and for His Word. Amidst all the business of life that will undoubtedly come my way, I want to keep my eyes focused on Him and all that He has for me in this new season. I want to daily be filled by Him and His Spirit so that I can better be used by Him. Just because it’s a new, busy season doesn’t mean that I forsake communion with the Lord. In fact, I need to be saturated daily in the Word of God for strength, wisdom, and guidance.

So friend, check your heart. Talk to the Lord, and pray these things into your life.

pondering redemption.

“Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand.” -Nehemiah 1:10

After completing 2 years of Bible College, I feel like my walk with the Lord is stronger, but at the same time, I feel like I still don’t know anything. I feel like if anything, all that I’ve learned at Bible College has left me more in awe of the Lord and more at a loss to describe Who He is and what He has done. Yes, the more we know about the Lord, the closer we get to Him and the better we know His heart, but at the same time the more we know about the Lord, the more we realize the vastness of His character. So even after graduating Bible College, I am at a loss to describe the beauty of my Savior and my Redeemer. He is just that amazing.

This afternoon as I sat in one of favorite coffee shops with two good friends, reading and writing, I read this verse in Nehemiah. It just made me sit a ponder the Redemptive nature of our Lord. We are His servants. We first need to realize that and grasp that. We are bondservants of the Lord unto freedom. We are slaves to Christ and it is the most joyful thing ever. It is not a slavery unto bondage, but unto freedom. With that knowledge, what is my response to the Lord practically?

One thing we all need to be reminded of daily is that Christ has redeemed us by His great power and strong hand. He is sovereign. Yet, He gives us the choice to be His bondservants. Let that sink in. Friend, Jesus has redeemed you. He has saved you from an eternity of bondage to your sin. That is the God we serve. Ponder that, meditate on that, rejoice in that. Since God redeemed you, He can overcome anything you are worried about or struggling with in life. Every little worry and anxiety, Christ holds it in His hand. He died for you, therefore He can and will give you the strength to endure through life’s hardships. Let Him reign in your heart.

Meditate on the beauty of redemption today.

 

eternity.

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Tonight I was reminded of the beauty of eternity. Gosh, I can’t fully wrap my mind around it, but it’s baffles me to a point where my brain kind of hurts. God, the God of the Universe, the One Who created me and loved me at my darkest point, and saved me despite my sin, that same God wants to spend eternity with me. What.

Also reminded tonight of how infinite God is. Here on earth, we are constantly learning more and more about the character of our Savior. What an incredibly exciting life we have as believers! We get to dive deep into the mind of God through the study of His Word, through life experiences, and through the people He places in our lives on a daily basis. But take a moment to think about heaven and eternity. If God is infinite, which is a fact, then heaven is going to be an amazing time of getting to know God even deeper. We will be dwelling with Him. Again, how mind blowing is that. Dwelling with God. Wait a second. When you live with someone, you really get to know them. And for the most part (actually all the time), that person is finite, therefore you can only reach a certain point with them until you can officially say that you know every ounce of their being. But with God, that’s not the case. We will be living with Him, yet we will never fully know Him. Every moment in heaven we will be learning more and more about our God.

As I sit here with my lovely friend, enjoying Starbucks, people watching, Chuck Smith sermons, and simply taking it easy after a long day, I feel so blessed to be serving this very same God I just told you about. What a privilege and an honor it is to be called one of His very own children.

Ponder heaven, dear friend. Ponder the perfection and the beauty it will be.

xoxo, Sarah

end of the semester musings.

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As I reminisce on this past semester of Bible College, I am completely blown away. The Lord is faithful to finish the work that He has started in us. Guys, be encouraged. Me, a worthless, sinful human being cannot escape the grace of God. He is SO gracious and merciful to us even when we fail.

Just to be transparent, I have definitely failed this semester. Looking back, there were so many things I could have done better. And as I look back at failures, the glory of the God is only magnified. God takes our failures and uses them for His glory. He uses our mistakes to teach us and grow us. Isn’t that amazing? We serve a God who turns yucky things into something beautiful. Beauty for ashes.

This semester has been the most testing semester I’ve had yet. I have experienced the real Christian life, and the spiritual battle that it really is, instead of living with the spiritual high and in the bubble that Bible College can be sometimes. It has been packed with spiritual warfare like no other, with 21 credits, hard classes, leadership responsibilities, teaching God’s Word to girls, discipling, and then trying to keep myself alive. I have felt weak and useless more times than none. I have been physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted, but the Lord has instructed me to lean on Him for complete strength because I cannot do it on my own.

Amidst all the craziness, the Lord keeps reminding me to give Him all the glory. So looking back at this semester through all the ups and downs, I have realized that I have done nothing. Absolutely nothing. I cannot take any credit, praise the Lord for that. To God alone be all the glory. He alone works in and through me. Even in the times where I did not fully surrender my will to the Lord’s, He still used my weaknesses for His glory. Because His strength is made perfect through my weakness. What an awesome promise.

There were definitely days during this semester that I did not walk in the Spirit. Do I regret that? To an extent yes. However, the Lord is so merciful. His grace is sufficient for me. I have failed so much, yet He has not given up on me. I have succumbed to my flesh, yet the Lord has been faithful to teach me and guide me in the way He wants me to go.

As a result, the Lord has grown me, and I believe He has further equipped me for ministry. He has confirmed my calling for women’s ministry and discipleship more than ever. And all of it through the fire, through possibly the hardest most testing season of my life.

But isn’t that what the Lord does? Testing comes through the fire and the purging.

Honestly, I’m just so excited to serve my King for the rest of my life.

-Sarah