Are You Worthy Of God?

This morning the presence of God's Spirit was so strong in my time with Him. I love my time with Him. It makes such a difference in not only my day, but my entire life! I love to listen to anointed worship music during my morning meetings with Him. A worship song started to play proclaiming "You Are Worthy". It was a powerful song that blessed and encouraged me immensely. Certainly, Jesus is worthy to be surrendered to, served, praised, worshiped, exalted, and I could go on all day!

As we ponder His "worthiness", we are often reminded of our "unworthiness". We realize there is nothing we could have done to be worthy of God. The truth is, God chose on His own, to make His love and affection available to us. He did it, not us. "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9) 

God chose to give mankind His gift of grace through Jesus. The Bible says Jesus, who didn't even know sin, became your sin and my sin to make us the righteousness of God, in Himself. Only through Jesus can any of us can ever become acceptable in God's eyes. (See 2 Corinthians 5:21) That's how much God loves the entire world! (See John 3:16)

Let me now interject a different perspective. God looks upon you, saved or unsaved, and says "You are worthy." You are worthy! How do I know that? Because He sent Jesus to be the payment for your sins. Your part and my part is to receive this indescribable gift by trusting our lives completely to Him. We simply begin by believing in Him. God has done His part. He has done it because he loves you and all the world...so much.

When I ponder all this from my own perspective, and marvel over His love for me, I can get a tendency to feel unworthy. This is because I know I could do nothing on my own to be deserving of His love. Lost in my own sin, I was completely helpless. "For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly." (Romans 5:6) But now that I've entrusted everything to Him, and His Spirit lives in me, I also see things from His perspective. I am worthy! He is my righteousness. When the enemy comes and attempts to tell me I am not worthy, I always say, "I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!" The devil never argues with that because he is quite aware his lunch was eaten by Jesus over 2,000 years ago. He can do nothing to change that.

Be careful that you don't hinder God's activity in your life by thinking you are unworthy of Jesus as a believer. You have been made worthy by the blood and sacrifice of Jesus. This is grace. If you understand grace, you should understand that grace is a whole lot about you. But grace is not from you. Grace is God's choice to love you. The only thing about you and me that caused God to make this choice is His love for us. It's not about anything we have or have not done. You are worthy of Him, because He loves you.

Oftentimes I think about how much I love Connie. And there are times I think about how much she loves me. Sometimes I even wonder why she loves me as much as she does. That's because I wonder about that through Steve's perspective. But I always come back to one thing: Outside of God's grace in healing our marriage, I simply believe her. I believe she loves me for who I am. What a joy! There are things about me she loves, because it's me. I didn't develop a plan of step-by-step plan of action to get Connie to love me. She just loves me because it's me. What a blessing! The love that Connie and I have for each other is based on that unconditional love God has for us. We didn't discover it until we both surrendered our lives to Jesus a long time ago.

You have been made worthy. That's grace. Put your confidence in Jesus. Know that He can and will use you. Yes, you and I are not worthy in ourselves (not one bit) to serve the Living God. But we've been made worthy. Let this be a comfort and an encouragement to you.

Keep Doing What You're Doing!

Have you ever felt like what you do doesn't really accomplish much? I mean perhaps you are on a mission to accomplish something God put in your heart. It might be a certain job or business you are building to provide a good future for your family. It might be a ministry God called you to do. It might be an education you signed up for. If you're like me, sometimes it seems that nothing is really happening. I don't think I'm alone in this!

I feel like God spoke to me one time about this as I was actually attempting to encourage someone else. I was telling them that I felt God was saying to them to "Keep doing what your doing." Wow! Those words (which came out of my mouth to encourage someone else) actually spoke directly to me, and I've never forgotten them! "Keep doing what you're doing."

Perhaps that is an encouraging word (phrase) to you. Many times we do what we believe God wants us to do, but we don't see immediate results. We don't even see progress so we contemplate quitting! But many who have succeeded at what they do, succeeded because they kept on doing what they were doing, even though at times it was a drudgery! Someone once told me that a champion is one who never quits. Think about that one. No one ever wins who drops out of the race. You'll never win the race if you don't finish the race. It's the same principle. You'll never succeed if you stop doing what you're doing. So...keep doing what you're doing.

God won't or can't give you new, fresh steps to take if you quit walking. (I think I might just be taking to someone right now.) This is because you have to keep walking in order to take the next step. The next step could be the first step of your break-through. It could be the very step that produces tangible results you would've never seen had you quit and stopped walking. Hello?

My friend I have a message for you. Yes, you. Keep doing what you're doing. Take yet another step. Embrace yet another day. This could be the day that progress becomes your reward. Here it comes again, "Keep doing what You're doing!"

And another thing, stop comparing yourself to others. They have they're own destiny. They have their own personal case of "Keep doing what you're doing." You can't "do what they're doing" and accomplish what God designed for you to do. 

I'll close with this awesome Scripture verse. "Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary." (Galatians 6: 9) Let me translate that: "Keep doing what you're doing!" Your break-through is coming. God has a proper time. His time is the best because He knows best. Oh come on. I'll say it just one more time, "Keep Doing What You're Doing!"