Whose Life Is It

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

Psalm 139:13-16

LORD Jesus, we humbly come before You this day to ask for Wisdom and Understanding from Your Word. We stand in awe, thinking about how fearfully and wonderfully You have made each one of us. You are our Creator. Help us to understand, and to acknowledge, that all things were created by You and for You. We praise You for You are before all things and by You all things consist. Enable us to live our lives as pleasing sacrifices who will give all glory to You. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

We might get sad or even upset whenever we bump into people who say: “Stay out of it! This is my body and my life. I can do with it however I please.” What is the viewpoint we have on our own bodies and lives, though? Who do we say we belong to? Who owns us?

Colossians 1:16-17 says that by God all things were created, and all things were created for Him, and all things exist by Him. That’s quite clear and powerful, isn’t it? But let’s get a bit more personal.

You know, I really love and prefer the KJV of Psalm 139:13 which says:

For thou hast possessed my reins:
thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.

Possess? Yes. If we look up the original word for “possess” in the Greek it is: qânâh. That word expresses that God has made us to purchase/buy us and teach to keep us. Now, how wonderful is that? Hallelujah!

Thinking of an upcoming surgery and worrying about some risks, and dwelling on the thought what could happen if, I have found great comfort in these words:

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

Psalm 139:16

Imagine that! All the days of your life were written in God’s Book before you were even born. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, outside God’s control. He made you, and He will take care of you, and He loves you. Yes, He loves you that much that He has sent His one and only Son to die for your sins so that you can spend eternity with your God and Creator. Amazing thought, isn’t it?

Live for Christ Jesus today!

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The Challenge of Control — Handing Over

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6
(emphasis mine)

LORD Jesus, we praise You. You are our God and Maker. Thank You for watching over us all through the night. It is You who gives us sleep during the night, and it is You who will wake us up again. Our lives are in Your Hands. Hallelujah! You know us so well, more than we could ever know ourselves. Help us to stay focused on You. Guide us through Your Word. Enable us to love You more and more each day. In Jesus’ wonderful name we pray. Amen.

Today’s post is the last of the three challenges for this week: Let go of control, know that He is God, and trust completely in the LORD.

We are neither a product which just happened to come into existence, nor are we the pure result of two people making love. God is our Maker. He made us and not we ourselves (Psalm 100:3).

He is not only our Creator. Psalm 139:1-4 tell us that
– God searches and knows us. (1)
– He knows when we sit down and when we get up. (2)
– The LORD understands our thoughts. (2)
– He comprehends our path and our lying down. (3)
– God is acquainted with all our ways. (3)
– He even knows each word we have said, are about to say, and will say in the future. (4)

But that’s still not all! The next verse shares with us that
He has hedged us in and holds us in His Hand. (5) How amazing to know this about our LORD and Savior! It’s so wonderful we can’t hardly grasp it, can we? (6)

The following verses reveal to us that we cannot hide from God, and there is no place where He is not present. (7-9) His Hand leads us and hold us (10) even through the dark night (11).

Precious sister, the LORD knows you, and He knows the beginning and the end. Imagine, He is even capable to understand your thoughts! Who else is? He not only knows each word you intend to say before you’ve ever said it, but He knows each tear you cry, too.

God is there for you during the darkness and while it is day, in sickness and in health, in poverty and in wealth, during the tough times and while you are enjoying the good times. Have no fear! For He is with you everywhere. His rod and His staff shall comfort you. (Psalm 23:4)

Don’t demand to have it your own way, girl. And, in desperate times, don’t despair when things are not going according to (your) plan. Let go of your own understanding, and know that God remains in control no matter what. Hand over to Him your worries, and let Him have complete control. Know that He is God and perfectly able to perform what He has promised in His Word.

Trust in Him and in His perfect Will with all your heart today.

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The Challenge of Humility

In the day when I cried out,
You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.

Psalm 138:3

LORD Jesus, we praise You that we can come before You at any time. Your Word says that You will hear us when we pray. When we are in our greatest need You are here to help us through it all. Enable us, O LORD we pray, to live in Your Strength and to seek You earnestly in the days of our afflictions. You are mighty to save us — not only from our sins but also from our anxieties and pains. Thank You, LORD for loving us so much that You went to the Cross to bear our sins and burdens. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Today’s post will continue with our next challenge: Humble ourselves and cry out to God. Hold on tight, please! This is going to hurt a bit. No need to worry, though.

It’s amazing what we can accomplish while in labor. We puuuuuuuuuush, and we breathe-breathe-breathe; then we puuuuuuuuuush, and we breathe-breathe-breathe — until the baby’s head is out. What follows, to push out the rest of the baby’s body, is “a piece of cake” then.

Remember what I have shared in Praise God and Shout for Joy

“The best advice my midwife has given to me shortly before the birth of my firstborn son was: “Relax!” Now, that’s hard to do when you are in labor pain. It seems impossible! But you know what? The more tense I’ve gotten, the more the pain increased. The minute I willfully started to relax was the minute when the pain became bearable.”

That’s right, the last thing we can think of while going through suffering is to lift up our hands to praise God. But, you see, He is the One who has the answer!

There are times of great sorrow and pain when we need to push — Press on! Then there is a time in between when we need to focus on our breathing — Relax! This diverts our attention away from the pain and toward relaxing. It will help us to get more oxygen, too.

It seemed like all was going well, but then I reached a point during labor when I wanted to give up. Keeping my focus on the breathing and relaxing became too hard and my own strength began to fail. That’s when I cried out:

“I don’t care how this baby is coming out. You’ll take it out — somehow! Help me! PLEASE!”

The doctor’s answer motivated me to endure and to press on until there was no more sorrow, no more pain, the labor had passed and the baby was born.

During the times of afflictions, there is a time to press on. Then there is a time to relax. And then there is a time to cry out for help! Let’s read Psalm 138:3 again:

In the day when I cried out,
You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.

Listen to what Matthew Henry comments on this verse:

It was a spiritual answer. God gave him strength in his soul, and that is a real and valuable answer to the prayer of faith in the day of affliction. If God give us strength in our souls to bear the burdens, resist the temptations, and do the duties of an afflicted state, if he strengthen us to keep hold of himself by faith, to maintain the peace of our own minds and to wait with patience for the issue, we must own that he has answered us, and we are bound to be thankful.

In the day of great sorrow and pain, humble yourself and cry out to the LORD your God.

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