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adopted

Ephesians 1:5

In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.

According to the http://www.freedictionary.com the definition of predestined is to fix upon, decide or decree in advance. So, God in His love decided in advance that we were to be His adopted children. It was not a mistake. God did not wake up one day and say, “well, I guess I’ll adopt so and so.” He chose us to be His adopted children.

Usually, when a couple adopts a child, there really is no way to tell the extent of issues that child may have faced or will face due to the trauma in their lives. We have to be willing to take a chance and make a commitment to love that child regardless of what issues may come up down the road. God knows exactly what we have gone through, what sins we have committed, what mistakes we have made, what we will go through, and He chose to adopt us anyway! Nothing about us or our lives is a surprise to Him. He loves us that much!

He does require one thing from us though. We have to be willing to accept His son Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He made for us on the cross. We have to accept Jesus completely in order for our heavenly Father to adopt us. Let me put it another way, we need to accept the GIFT of Jesus in our lives to be adopted by God. There are no strings attached to receiving the gift of Jesus. It is a choice that we make on our own. It is a gift freely given, but we must accept Jesus into our hearts and our lives. God will never force Himself or Jesus on anyone.

The end of the verse says that it is His pleasure and His will that we be adopted children of the King. God does not want any of His children to suffer the consequences of not accepting Jesus. He loves us all and it is His will that WE ALL become His adopted children. Our Father does not want any of us to perish. It is up to us. The choice is ours to make.

I have accepted the gift of Jesus in my heart and my life. I know that I am the adopted daughter of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. I am a princess. I am comforted in my Daddy’s arms.

If you have been struggling with the decision to accept Jesus, I encourage you to open your heart today and become the adopted child of a loving and compassionate God. It is up to you. God is waiting with open arms for you. He decided even before you were born that He wanted to adopt you. Even though you are not perfect, God wants you to be His child!

If you need someone to guide you in taking the step of receiving Jesus in your heart and life, please contact me! I am here for you. I want you to know the love and mercy of my heavenly Father. You are in my prayers, dear friend, let me know how I can help.

God loves you and so do I!

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God sees the real me

1 Samuel 16:6-7

6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”

7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

I am 43 years old and have lived the majority of my life uncomfortable in my skin. I have never thought that I was good enough. I have repeatedly told myself that I’m not pretty enough, I’m to fat, my hair isn’t right, my clothes aren’t good enough, the list goes on. I have done this to myself my entire life.

I am starting to process the truth of God. According to the passage in 1 Samuel, God looks at our heart. God does not care about our outward appearance, He cares about the condition of our heart. David was the youngest of the brothers and was a shepherd. He was not Samuel’s first choice for king. But, God knew David’s heart and he was God’s first choice for king.

It is always good to take care of our health and our “temple”, but most importantly we need to take care of our inner “man.”

Matthew 15:18

18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.

Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and the truth of who He says you are. Don’t believe the lies of Satan, who wants you to think that you are worthless. When you feel the lies of Satan piercing your heart:

1. Say a Prayer- Surrender those negative thoughts to God. God wants you to believe the truth of who you really are, but you have to choose to surrender the negative thoughts to Him.

2. Reject the Lies- Reject Satan’s lies. Don’t buy in to his negative thinking. He will deceive you any time that he can and he delights in your acceptance of his lies. Don’t give him this power!

3. Accept the Truth- The truth is that God LOVES you! He thinks that you are beautiful just as you are! He loves you so much that every hair on your head is numbered (Matthew 10:30). Nothing happens to you that He does not know about. Your outward appearance does not matter to him. What matters is the condition of your heart. I encourage you to do your own research on your identity in Christ. Let the Word sink into your heart. Remind yourself several times a day who God says you are. His opinion is the only one that matters!

None of us is gifted with a perfect body or outward appearance. No, not one of us! We all have things about us that we wish we could change. Remember, my friend, that it is okay to love yourself just as you are. Maybe you do need to lose a few pounds (I need to lose about 60 and it is a struggle). Maybe you can’t afford designer clothes or the fancy car (It doesn’t matter! I can’t either, but simplicity is a spiritual discipline that Jesus modeled for us). Okay, so do what you need to do to be healthy, but remember that God would love you just the same if you never changed one thing about yourself, ever. God loves you as you are! I can’t say this enough.

Repeat after me: THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE LOVES ME JUST AS I AM!!! Keep repeating this until it sinks into the deep crevices of your heart.

Remember you can always contact me for prayer or encouragement. God loves you and so do I!

 

 

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