The Real You

“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ”

Philippians 1:6  

I am pretty certain none of us see ourselves the way God see’s us. After all, we are all born into a world of sin that has infected each of our lives. It’s for that reason we must be Born Again. When we open our heart to Jesus He begins to open our eyes to all He has for us, His purpose and plans. Jeremiah 29:11 puts it like this, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Yesterday I read this quote that said, “God does not see us in our failure; He sees what we can become. We see the past, but God sees the future. We see a mess, but God sees a message. God can change everything in our story—if we will let Him.” It’s true, loved one and my hope and prayer today is you see what God see’s in you.

Are you aware that because of Jesus all your sins have been paid for in full. When God see’s your life He doesn’t see your failure, He sees what you can become. Because of sin you and I see the past along with all its failings and mistakes. Like the quote stated, we see a mess but God sees a message because He sees our future and what He has hoped for us. We forget too soon that God never wastes a hurt. Only God can take what the enemy would mean for evil and turn it to good. Keep in mind that God is always working, preparing us for the best which is to come.

As I was studying Psalm 54 this week I read the back story in 1 Samuel 23 about when David learned the Philistines were attacking the city of Keilah, so David and his 600 men went and delivered them from the hands of the Philistines. Saul got word that David had won the battle against the Philistines and sent his army to go and besiege the city and to capture David. The Philistines were enemies of the children of Israel so you’d think that Saul would have celebrated the victory but his jealousy of David far outweighed the joy he might have known. David prayed and asked the Lord if the men of Keilah would give him up to Saul even after what David had done for them in protecting their city and God said, Yes, they would give David up. I thought to myself, “God, why would you allow such a thing?”

The answer is pretty simple. God was preparing David to become king. David is in training to become the next king of Israel and the Lord was allowing David to learn painful lessons that would serve to make David a great king. God is seeking to do the same thing in me and you today too! God is preparing you for greatness. Like David discovered, people will fail you, some will even stab you in the back after you have helped them and put your own life on the line. The lesson though painful is painfully good, God is faithful all the time. You can count on God to complete the work He has begun in you! You can trust God because He has your best interest in mind. You have a future and a hope because of Jesus!

I have this little interaction with our oldest grand daughter when she comes over to the house. I will whisper to her, “Hey, have I told you…” and she will cut me off and say, “YES Opa I know…” as I continue to tell her, “you are beautiful and you are a genius.” She acts like she doesn’t want to hear it but its obvious by the smile on her face that she loves to be told she is beautiful and intelligent. I do believe she is beautiful and that she is very very smart. I also believe there is going to come a day in her life where she is going to feel anything but beautiful or smart and on that day I want my constant reminder to her to help her always know there is someone that no matter what, loves her and thinks the best about her and wants the best for her. I want to help her understand the heart of God for her.

Today my hope is to help you by reminding you that you too are loved by God. You are not defined by your worst moments. You are not defined by your greatest accomplishments. You are not defined by what others think of you OR what you think about yourself. You are not defined by what you do or fail to do. You are defined by what God has done for you. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Everything about you and I today is determined by the Cross. Because of what Jesus has done for us we are free, freely forgiven! Our past is forgiven and our future is secure because God’s love is unchanging! Come to Jesus and rest in Him today knowing most of all that you are loved, always have been and always will be just as Jeremiah 31:3 declares, "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

“For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely (with full assurance) that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.”

John 17:8  




Michael Osthimer





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