Author: Beth
•Tuesday, April 20, 2010

If we are to be Christians who live in determined obedience, it must be because we first have joyful faith. I attended a conference last month in which the pastor explained that our first need is to be completely dominated by what Christ has done on our behalf. We need to soak ourselves with who we are in Christ -- to be well acquainted with our privileges. It is then that we will be enabled to follow through with the steps to obedience. Last Lord's Day, I was also reminded that one of the most powerful ways Satan can attack a person is by causing them to doubt their identity in Christ. Not knowing (or remembering) who we are in Christ can be one of the most debilitating weapons, because we are zapped of our spiritual energy, confidence, and vitality.

With this in mind, I thought I would start by sharing this list (feel free to add to it!) which has helped me to remember this beautiful, incredible, truly awesome thing that it is to be a child of the King. Take some time today... read it slowly... let it sink into the depths of your heart. If you are a believer, this is what you have in Christ.

Believe it.

35 Things Which Became Mine When I Trusted Christ

Ephesians 1:3 ~ "all spiritual blessings"

1. An acceptance that can never be questioned (Ephesians 1:6)

2. A forgiveness that can never be troubling again (Ephesians 1:7)

3. A seal that can never be violated (Ephesians 1:13)

4. A position that can never be challenged (Ephesians 2:5-6)

5. A citizenship that can never be alienated (Ephesians 2:19)

6. A life that can never end (Romans 6:23)

7. A relationship that can never be severed (Romans 8:14-17)

8. A righteousness that can never be tarnished (Romans 3:21-22)

9. A judgment or punishment that can never be repeated (Romans 8:1)

10. A justification that can never be altered (Romans 3:24)

11. An inheritance that can never be stolen (1 Peter 1:3-5)

12. A preservation that can never spoil (Jude 1:1)

13. A wealth that can never run out (Philippians 4:19)

14. A peace that can never be disturbed (Philippians 4:7)

15. A joy that can never be suppressed (John 16:22)

16. A love that can never be understood (John 17:23, 26)

17. A grace that can never be exhausted (2 Corinthians 8:9)

18. A strength that can never weaken (Philippians 4:13)

19. A power that can never be overcome (Matthew 28:18-20)

20. A salvation that can never be lost (John 10:28-29)

21. A deliverance that can never be stopped (II Corinthians 1:10)

22. An assurance that can never be disturbed (Philippians 1:6)

23. A nature that can never be corrupted (1 John 3:9)

24. An access that can never be broken (Romans 5:1-2)

25. A comfort that can never be forsaken (John 14:16)

26. A Living Word that can never be destroyed (I Peter 1:23-25)

27. An intercessor that can never turn me away (Hebrews 7:25)

28. A resurrection that can never be questioned (1 Corinthians 15:20)

29. A destiny that can never be changed (Jude 24)

30. A glory that can never be dimmed (I John 3:1-2)

31. A santification that can never be marred (1 Corinthians 1:30)

32. A hope that can never be quieted (Titus 2:13)

33. A priesthood that can never be defiled (1 Peter 2: 5,9)

34. A union that can never be separated (John 14:20)

- a member of His body

- Branch in His Vine

- Stone in His building

- Sheep in His flock

- Bride of the Bridegroom

35. A completion that can never be equaled (Colossians 2:10)

Author: Beth
•Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Father, I want to know Thee, but my coward heart fears to give up its toys. I cannot part with them without inward bleeding, and I do not try to hide from Thee the terror of the parting. I come trembling, but I do come. Please root from my heart all those things which I have cherished so long and which have become a very part of my living self, so that Thou mayest enter and dwell there without a rival. Then shalt Thou make the place of Thy feet glorious. Then shall my heart have no need of the sun to shine in it, for Thyself wilt be the light of it, and there shall be no night there. In Jesus Name, Amen.
AW Tozer
Author: Beth
•Monday, April 05, 2010
While walking around church this week, I saw some of the happiest little violets ever nodding their little heads all over the ground. YEAH! That is a sure sign that my favorite season has arrived to stay. They reminded me of this darling little story that has also been a favorite for some time now. Enjoy, and be encouraged today! :-)

The story is told of a king who went into his garden one morning and found everything withered and dying. He asked the oak tree that stood near the gate what the trouble was. The old oak replied that he was sick of life and was determined to die, because he was not tall and beautiful like the pine. The pine was all out of heart because it could not bear grapes like the vine. The vine was going to throw its life away because it could not stand erect and have as fine fruit as the peach tree; and so on through the garden.

Coming to a little purple violet, the king found its bright face lifted as cheery as ever. "Well, violet, I'm glad amidst all this discouragement to find one brave little flower. You do not seem to be the least disheartened."

"No. I'm really not an important flower, but I believe that if you wanted an oak or a pine or a peach tree or a lilac, you would have planted one; but since I know you wanted a violet, I am determined to be the best violet I can be."