December 22, 2014

CHRISTLife — FORTY: Embracing A Glorious Future

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What an opportunity, privilege, and awakening we have experienced in the last 39 days of this study.  We have been made aware again, or perhaps for the first time, that God created us because He loves us.  He created us on purpose to have a relationship and fellowship with Him.  We didn’t come crawling out of some swampland.  We came out of His heart.

We discovered that the ideal mirror to look into is not our bathroom mirror but the mirror of God’s Word, which is His Truth and His Love.  It is the “reliable, unchangeable grounds for accepting ourselves.” (Ruth Myers)

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

1 John 3:1

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Yes, we each came into this study with images of ourselves influenced by our past; many of those were negative experiences, failures, and hurts.  But God chose this time, this study, and each of us to destroy those images and replace them with His image of us from His Word, transforming our minds to line up with His mind.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern  of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Romans 12:2

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For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

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But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:16

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Through this study we have begun to recognize and accept God’s description of us, His followers.  We “have chosen the way of Truth” (Psalm 119:30, NKJV).  I flipped back through the book, CHRISTLife, and was blessed to read again what God calls us:

created, child of God, daughter, called, chosen, loved, saved, sanctified, desired, beloved’s, bride, quilt-free, blessed, clean, redeemed, forgiven, righteous, purified, justified, alive, alert, new, holy, victorious, obedient, Christ-like, delivered, united, fruitful, transformed, temple, priest(ess), filled, complete, receiver, empowered, strong, enlightened, belong, accepted, approved, friend, citizen, servant, worshiper, worthy, delighted in, favored, honored, royal, nurtured, satisfied, secure, treasured, competent, beautiful, bold, confident, overcomer, anointed, purposeful, witness…and more!

Wow!  After reading those I’m breaking out into a little song and dance—what about you!?  Those affirmations fill me with hope, and confidence for now and for my future. As Ruth Myers said, “In God’s unlimited view, He sees our increasing glory as His Spirit transforms us into finished works of art.”

…Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

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Ladies, these “works of art” (us!) weren’t created to hang on some museum wall and gather dust.  We weren’t even created to walk this dusty earth forever.  Oh no, God has created us for purpose: “’For I know the plans I have for you,’” declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).  Our hope will be complete when we meet Jesus face to face (Isaiah 33:17).   Our future will be for all eternity, worshiping and serving in the presence of our King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 1:5-6).

Time after time in the Scriptures, God shares His desire and plan for us to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.  Here are just a few passages for you to look up as you study today:

John 3:14-17, 17:2-3
Psalm 16:11
Romans 6:22-23
1 Timothy 6:12
Titus 1:2, 3:4-7
1 John 1:2, 2:25
Jude 1:21
Revelation 3:5

Ecclesiastes 3:11 even tells us that He has set eternity in the hearts of men, even though we can’t fathom everything He has done for us.  God loves us, God has chosen us, God planned from before time began for us to spend eternity with Him.  That desire is in His heart, and He placed it in our hearts—and Jesus went to prepare a place for us (John 14:1-4).

If you have given your heart to Jesus, then you have everything you need to spend a glorious future in the very presence of our Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  It’s time to embrace your true and deepest identity, for “God is the strength of your heart and your portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).   “I AM Who God Says I Am!”

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

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Dear Lord, we have completed the study of this book, but I pray that we never stop studying from Your Book what You have to say to us and about us.  Thank You for loving us and choosing us to be Your children so that we can spend both here and in Heaven a glorious future with You.  I pray that You, the God of peace, will sanctify each lady in this study through and through.  May their whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.   The One who “…calls each of us is faithful, and He will do it”(1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).  I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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About Clella Fox

Clella Fox - Blog Contributor
Clella lives in Ohio with Steve, her husband of almost 44 years. She has been a follower of Christ most of her life. She is the mother of two married daughters, and the happy nana of six grands. She also has a very active 10 month old Havanese pup, Muffin. Over the years she has done many ministries in the church. She has been involved in numerous short-term foreign mission trips, as well. She and Steve have a passion and calling for Royal Family KIDS, a ministry to foster children who have been taken out of abusive situations. It provides lots of positive experiences and memories for these children through summer camp, and club and mentoring during the school year. They founded The Starfish Alliance Inc. (501c3) to help administrate this outreach. Clella loves God's nature, reading, crafts, and travel. She especially loves studying God's Word and learning along with other believers. She joined Girlfriends Coffee Hour about a year ago and loves the fellowship!

Comments

  1. coleen hayden says:

    thank you, clella, for praying over us! (echoing your prayer for you and our sisters!) oh, i love that verse in ecclesiastes 3!!! thanks for outlining the additional verses to study on, too! <3

    • Clella Fox says:

      You’re welcome. It was amazing to see how many verses refer to eternity, Heaven, etc. These were just a few besides the ones Mrs. Myers’ shared. There is much more to say about eternity with our loving Father!

  2. I am on a quest to find out what it is to “be made whole”. The lepers were already cleansed of their spots when the one returned to Jesus. Jesus said to him “Be made whole”. It seems there is more to being made whole than just physical healing I think self image and knowing who we are in Christ, which has been the major essence of these studies, has a lot to do with being made whole. Laying down insecurities, growing away from lifelong defense mechanisms and moving forward to a life of being made in the image of Christ and therefore acting like Him has become my goal thru this study.

    • Clella Fox says:

      Excellent insight, Martha! I’m agreeing with you and now you have me thinking about wholeness. This needs to be shared on our FB study page. :)

    • coleen hayden says:

      agreed, clella! oh, martha…SO true! i think that ‘there is more to being made whole than just physical healing…” is communicated so clearly in the context of 1 Peter. praying for you as you reach towards those goals with God’s grace and help, martha! <3

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