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Two Fine Questions

For quite a while, from 2008 to about 2012, I studied and studied a manuscript from a conference I had gone to in Washington D.C.

This study was about our true identity. It was written and taught by Graham Cooke .

Graham maintains that our identity is made up of two things; Who we are on earth, and how we are know in heaven.

Our PERSONALITY – made up of who we are on earth;

and our PERSONA – made up of how we are known in heaven.

When you understand who God made you to be, or how you are known in heaven, it changes your perception of your circumstances.

When you understand who God made you to be; you can look at things a different way during awful conditions.

“Why is this happening to me?” and “Why this? Why now? Why me?” are questions we would ask from our personality.

They cause us to be victims.

“What does this mean?”

and

“What shall I do?”

These are questions we would ask from our persona.

They help us to be victorious!

Those have been the two most helpful questions to me in times of trouble.

These questions have changed me from a victim, to a victor!

I get to CHOOSE! I can ask myself these two questions and then take action. 

These questions may seem over simplified, but knowing what the words say, and actually putting them to work in your life are two different issues.

The level of difficulty is often disproportionately boosted.

I worked on installing those thoughts and ideas into my heart and mind for more than four years.

I still have to break out the lesson once in a while for a re-cap.

How in the world can you change the way you think?

I did it by reading scripture over and over about just who God says I am and what He thinks of me.

Here are some important things that God wants us to know. I hope you find them helpful.

  • The most important thing that God says about me (and He says it about you to by the way) is this;

Psalm 139:13-16 (ESV)

13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance:
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

  • We are not mistakes. We are not accidents. No matter what we’ve been told.

 Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

  •  He made us just how we are, and He gave us purpose.  All different, and gloriously unique!

2 Samuel 22:20 (ESV)

He brought me out into a broad place;
    he rescued me, because He delights in me.

  • He delights in us and wants to rescue us from the chaos of this world!

Deuteronomy 32:10 “He found him in a desert land, and in the howling waste of the wilderness; he encircled him, he cared for him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

  • He loves us so much. He rescues us from our wasteland. We are the apple of His eye!

John 3:16-17 (ESV)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life; For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

  • He loves us ALL the same.

If we are born again in Him, then we can always know and remember that He is there for us; even if we are not in Him, we can know that He wants us to be.

I know I’m going long here, but I’d like to share just one more thing with you today.

The words from this song by Morgan Harper Nichols, states my position on what He thinks of me (and you) very well.

It reminds me of how He cared for me, even when I was unaware of Him.

The Storyteller

On a Sunday evening I’m
looking back over all the years
and where I’ve been
Looking at old photographs
I’m remembering
you were right there
and you have been ever since

With every page that turns
I see your faithfulness

Oh the mountain where I climbed
The valley where I fell
You were there all along
That’s the story I’ll tell
You brought the pieces together
Made me this storyteller
Now I know it is well, it is well
That’s the story I’ll tell

There were some nights that felt like
They would last forever
But you kept me breathing
You were with me right then
And all that you have done for me
I could never hold it in
So here’s to me telling this story
Over and over again

Oh the mountain where I climbed
The valley where I fell
You were there all along
That’s the…

Source: Musixmatch

Please join me again next time for part two.

Heartbeat of God

Quiet.

Solitude.

Peace.

They can be difficult to find in this age of gadgets and schedules and noise, each clamoring for our attention.

There is a used to be a quote on my desk that told how the secrets of God were often whispered by angels and small children.

Now children have no formal training. They have no degrees. What they do have, before the distractions of life reach their minds, is a pure heart.

Psalm 51:6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.

Think of it. A wee little one nestled underneath its mother’s heart, safe from all of the outside influences. He hears his mother’s heartbeat. He knows that sound intimately. It is there in the quiet, that he is safest. He can sense his mother’s love for him there. His heart is pure and unblemished by sin.

Psalm 139:15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

What a shock on that little system when it comes out into the reality of a cold, cold room. Full of noise and movement, no wonder he is born screaming!

From that point on, the memory of his mother’s heartbeat begins to retreat from his memory.

While it is true that we cannot go back into our mother’s womb and again feel the sense of safety we had there, we can do one better.

Isaiah 45:3 I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.

Our Father has given us the opportunity to feel safe again. We will be able to hear a soothing heartbeat again. This time is different in that the heartbeat we hear will be His.

Mark 6:31b he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

A problem lies here.

We either don’t know what He has made available to us or worse yet, we won’t receive it.

Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones all those God sends to her! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.

I strongly recommend that if you are one who won’t receive, that you re-evaluate, and give Him a chance.

Try Him for a month. Take Him for a spin.

See if you can indeed receive the peace that I’ve been speaking of.

For those of you, who don’t know Him, seek Him out. He so wants to love on you and give you rest from the noise in your life.

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.

Then, there are some of you who just forgot. You’ve been overcome by the cares of this world. You grew weary, and you forgot.

Return! Return to Him!

Chronicles 30:9c  For the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him.”

When we grow weary, and I say when, not if, then we need to speak to ourselves from God’s word. That is how He sustains us, and we regain our strength.

Psalm 27:8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.

Deuteronomy 4:29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

 

So. Are you interested in hearing the heart beat of God?

 

Please enjoy the following music while you while you consider your next move.

Jon Thurlow – A Life That’s Worthy – Your Voice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o46f1FacQXQ

 

More on the heart beat of God.

We’ll be exploring what that means, right here, in the future.

Until then remember – You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

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Psalm 139 (NIV)

1 You have searched me, Lord,

and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;

you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;

you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue

you, Lord, know it completely.

5 You hem me in behind and before,

and you lay your hand upon me.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too lofty for me to attain.

 

 

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?

Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;

if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me

and the light become night around me,”

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;

the night will shine like the day,

for darkness is as light to you.

 

 

13 For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place,

when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;

all the days ordained for me were written in your book

before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!

How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them,

they would outnumber the grains of sand—

when I awake, I am still with you.