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Wonderfully Made | Psalms 139

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We are wonderfully made by an ever-present God. There is something both comforting, sobering and completely scary about the majesty of God being with us.

Wonderfully Made | Psalms 139

God is with us all the timeI love reading how King David processed this very reality in Psalms 139.  He recognized that God knew him entirely, including his actions, thoughts and motivations. David meditated on how God was always watching, as if enamored by his every move. Like a friend who can read your mind and finish your sentences, David’s Lord thoroughly understood him. Indeed, God went before and after him as if to prepare the way and protect his blind spots.

Even before David was conceived, the Creator carefully designed his form and with immense power brought him into existence.  David responded, “Such [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high [above me], I cannot reach it” (Ps. 139:6 AMP). God’s presence humbled David as he soberly considered the weight of hosting Him at all times in all places. This divine company also invoked a since of confidence.  In verses eight through 11, David spoke of his assurance that God would even go to the darkest place to be with him, lead him and take hold of him.

Soaking in An Eternal Identity

No matter what abundance or despair David was facing, he knew that God’s supremacy and sovereignty would not be limited. Like a kid belongs to his daddy, David belonged to God, but in a much more personal and eternal manner. The fact that he was a wealthy king, beloved warrior, successful conqueror, well know musician and much more, all seemed to fade away in the light of this truth.  We can hear him soaking in his identity form the source of life Himself, “For You formed my innermost parts; You knit me [together] in my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well” (Ps. 13:13-14 AMP). David stood tall as he admired God’s intricate and skillful masterpiece knowing that he was a work in progress.

A Divine Awakening and Purpose

wonderfully made psalms 139David’s love for his Maker propelled him into action.  He knew that God affectionally appointed each day with his good in mind.  David affectionately addressed God: “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You (Ps. 139:17-18 AMP).  His future was before him even, though it had not yet taken shape.

David had a choice to live in light of these truths or completely ignore God all together.  Yet, knowing and meditating on God’s character brought him to joyfully and willing push away everything contrary.  His heart started hating the wickedness that distorted God’s goodness and he desired to physically remove himself for anything that minimized God’s glory.  Then, as if God placed a mirror in front of him, David prayed for his own spiritual freedom.  David unconditionally submitted himself to his King of Kings with a devotion to live in such a way that pleased Him and with a desperation to stay close.

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God knows everything and is all-powerful.  He designed us for a particular purpose and has the ultimate authority over us. Yet, He does not force us into His service.  He is a gentleman who wants our hearts more than our labor.  Psalms 139 reflects this very important aspect of our personal interaction with the Creator.  God is always present, available and ready to interact with us.

The second we turn to Him with a genuine heart, we will find Him.  “Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way” (Ps. 139:23-24). David’s prayer challenges us to dive into His goodness and His unconditional love, with an unconditional surrender.

Surrender Removes Obstacles

As we draw close to the Lord in this manner, our desire to have a deeper friendship with Him will bud new life. This personal connection roots and nourishes us as we experience God’s character first hand.  God is continuously calling us to follow Him down the path of eternal life. We must only look to Him and allow the obstacles to be removed.  It is in this place that our story begins to align with our divine destiny and our identity is found in our Heavenly Father.  For we are wonderfully made by an ever-present God.

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A Masterpiece In Progress Living The Good Life

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A Masterpiece In Progress Living The Good LifeA Masterpiece In Progress by Hannah Rico Fletcher

For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]. – Ephesians 2:10 (AMP) 

My family and I had the pleasure of visiting Roatan, Honduras.  It is known for diving which means clear water and beautiful reef.  Each day centered around the baby blue ocean and soft white sand.  From the shore, you could see the fish playfully moving in and out of the rocks and reef.  We brought our own snorkels and practiced with the kids in the shallows. The masks allowed us to fully engage, explore and appreciate the underwater world with every size, shape and color of fish.  It was a little taste of heaven.

Living the Good Life

masterpiece living the good life which GodSeeing and swimming with a sea turtle has always been on my bucket list.  So, a wave of joy came over me when my husband pointed one out in the shallow reef.  I swam as fast as I could to keep up with him as he gracefully moved through the reef. He kept looking back at me as if to simply acknowledge my presence and continued along his way.

His beak was spotted with shades of yellow and orangish-brown.  His neck had cracks and bumps that seemed to reflect a purplish-blue. His shell was a combination of amazing plates of armor perfectly placed and unified.  I rubbed my hand on his back and felt the soft and even mossy surface. Soon after the turtle led me to a 20-foot drop off. I soaked in the beauty of how my new friend moved as he disappeared into the deep blues of the ocean.

I was completely out of breath and an overwhelming sense of thankfulness came over me.  I had no idea how I was going to find my way back to my husband through the shallow underwater maze and I didn’t care.  I had just seen an outstanding masterpiece and I wanted to remember every detail.  The artistry and elegance was a testimony to the existence of a masterful Creator. 

Seeing what God Sees

A Masterpiece In Progress Living The Good Life (2)I know this same Designer made me but honestly it is hard for me to think of myself with such awe.   When I look in the mirror I am not captivated with an overwhelming sense of thankfulness.  As I go about my daily routine, I forget that God considers me a work of art that needs to be treasured and guarded.  Instead, I feel normal, wooed by this world and life passes mostly without consideration. This really got me thinking about the disconnect between how God describes me in Ephesians 2:10 and how I see myself. I seemed to be missing something.

If the word masterpiece was meant to describe my physical appearance, accomplishments and deeds, I would continue to be faced with my shortcomings. It seemed to me that I could either strive to improve or accept a sense of failure (either on God’s side or my own).  Then I realized my focus was off.  I was never meant to be the main character. Instead, I am the work of art testifying to God’s craftsmanship in a continuing creative process.

A Masterpiece In Progress

Like a potter sitting down with fresh clay, God sees my potential (Isaiah 64:8). The truth about my lack makes His strength, grace and compassion shine. He started by offering a full spiritual transformation from death to life.  Instantly, I was completely redeemed by my acceptance of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment for my sin. Freed from the burden of past failures and the striving effort to be worthy; I am compelled to daily submit to His refining work.  He gently and intentionally strips away my old sin nature and continues to mold and shape me.  

As I humble myself, soak in His love and walk in the good works set out for me, I find myself identifying more with who God is and less with the old me and this fallen world.   I now look in the mirror and see God’s goodness and find joy in the process. I was created and designed for this very purpose: to be a testimony to God’s goodness and be fruitful accordingly.  His commitment and promise to accomplish His work in me is awe-inspiring and supernatural. I see my growth but God sees His masterpiece.

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Destiny Assessment Introduction

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Destiny Assessment: Before You Start

The Destiny Assessment exists to help you discover the unique purpose for which God created you. We are going to use this guide as a tool to facilitate discussions as we encourage each other to use our specific giftings as we glorify God and aim to be a blessing to the world. To take full advantage of the process, let’s take some time to cover our meeting with prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to lead our conversation.

Be Still & Know I Am God (PS 46:10)

The God of the Universe created each of us uniquely and for a distinct purpose. This means that we all have a divine destiny, but if that is our focus we are missing the main point. The key to experiencing life in abundance is all about who God is. The reason why is very simple, we are made in His image! In Genesis 1:27, it states “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them;  male and female he created them.”

Destiny Assessment IntroductionSurprisingly, self-confidence is not the answer to living out our destiny with excellence. Ego is a distraction. This explains why John the Baptist says that Jesus “must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30). In his book, The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer states “It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate. If we would bring back spiritual power to our lives, we must begin to think of God more nearly as He is”.

If our divine destiny is nothing else, it is spiritual. To be truly vibrant in this life, we must first address our own picture of God. What we believe about God will affect everything in our lives, so it is important to recognize that God’s character is not defined by humans. When we take this step of faith and submit our perception of Him to what He has revealed to us in the Bible, the result is liberating. The perception through which we view God can either lift our expectations about the meaning of life to heroic possibilities or mute our destiny completely. The higher our view of God the more we will understand the potential of our divine calling.

What God Has Prepared  | Destiny Assessment

As it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor. 2: 9-13, 16)

Personal Application and Destiny Assessment Discussion

Before you dive into the results of your Destiny Assessment you want to make sure your heart in in the right place.  Begin with prayer and take some time to inventory what your lives say about who you believe God to be.  Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to a fuller understanding and appreciation of God.  Use the following summary of the divine attribute as a guide to compare your view of God to what He has revealed about Himself. Journal or Share your first impressions. (Later, you can take all the time you need to soak in these incredible truths about God and how they can be better reflected in your life.  Make sure you record your personal process.)

Divine AttributesThe divine attributes from A. W. Tozer’s, Knowledge of the Holy

  • God Incomprehensible: Our minds cannot conceive an image of God that comes close to the reality of His majesty. Our intellect cannot perceive God’s greatness and our deepest understanding will always come short as it strives to perceive the whole of God’s character.  (Ez. 1, Rom. 11:33)
  • The Holy Trinity: There is one true God, who exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They express different but equal characteristics of who God is and they share the same will.  (Father- Gen. 1:1; Son- Col. 1:16; Holy Spirit- Job 26:13, Ps. 104:30)
  • The Self-existence of God:  God has no origin, source, cause, starting point or beginning.  He is and always has been eternal and unchangeable in His word as well as in His nature.  (Ex. 3:14)
  • The Self-Sufficiency of God: God does not need anything or anyone to exist, be adequate, complete, faithful or true to all His promises.  (Jn. 5:26, Is. 40:28)
  • The eternity of God: God exists completely out of time and is unaffected by it.  He is everlasting and His kingdom is eternal (Dt. 32:40, Ps. 90:2-4, 2 Peter 3:8)
  • God’s Infinitude: God is limitless, immeasurably large and great. (Ps. 145:3, Is .46:5, Job 5:9)
  • The immutability of God: God is perfect and will never fail to be completely flawless.  He is and always was the one and only eternal God. (Heb. 13:8, Mal. 3:6, Ps. 102:25-27)
  • The Divine Omniscience: God is all knowing and has no need to learn or discover new things. His knowledge is perfect and does not change. (Ps. 147:5, 1 Jn. 3:20, Ps 139:1-6)
  • The wisdom of God: God has infinite understanding and flawless precision.  He sees everything in focus and in proper relation to each other.  (1 Cor. 1:25, Jam. 3:17, Rom. 11:33-36)
  • The Omnipotence of God: Nothing is too hard for God.  His power is infinite without restrain or limit. (Eph. 1: 18-21, Is. 14:27, Mt. 19:26, Gen. 18:14)
  • The Divine Transcendence: God exists and is exalted far above and apart from the material world.  (Gen. 1: 1-31, Is. 55:8-9, Is 40:22, Ps. 95:3-5)
  • God’s Omnipresence: God is always present everywhere simultaneously. (Ps. 139:7-10, Jer 23:24)
  • The Faithfulness of God: God is always loyal to His word, character and promises. (Ps. 86:15, Ps. 119:90, Dt. 7:9)
  • The Goodness of God: God is the standard of being moral, virtuous, kind, honest, truthful, righteousness. (Mk. 10:18, Rom. 2:4, Ps. 145:9, Ps. 86:5)
  • The Justice of God: As the all-powerful ruler, God has the right to judge both heart and conduct.  He is impartial, perfect and always conforming to truth, fact and reason. (Job 34:12, Ps. 9:7-8, Col. 3:25, Rev. 20:12-13)
  • The Mercy of God: The goodness and kindness of God is offered to us despite our guilt because He is forgiving, compassionate, kind, sympathetic, and benevolent. (Tit. 3:4-5, Pet. 1:3-4, Eph. 2: 4-7)
  • The Grace of God– God bestows His blessing, favor, benefits and salvation abundantly as a gift so that we are fully equipped to walk in righteous and do His will.  (2 Cor. 12:8-9, Heb. 4:16, Jn. 1:14, Acts 4:33)
  • The Love of God– God is the definition of love.  He is pure, casts out fear and brings peace.  His love has no beginning, no end and no limit.  It is incomprehensibly vast and bottomless.  It is given freely and sacrificially.  (Jn. 3:16, Rom. 5:8, 1 Jn. 4:7-8, Ps. 86:15)
  • The Holiness of God– God is morally excellent, infinitely perfect in righteousness, purity and goodness. He is our standard. (1 Pet. 1:16, Hab. 1:13, 1 Sam. 2:2, Ex. 15:11, Is. 15:11)
  • The Sovereignty of God– He rules His entire creation without limit.  He is all knowing, all powerful and free to do as He wills, anywhere, at any time in every single detail without interference. (Col. 1:16-17, Ps. 24:1-2, 1 Chr. 29:11-12, Job 42:2, Prov. 16:4)

Misconceptions, Misunderstandings & Misrepresentations

Position the attitude of your heart to humbly receive God’s correction and encouragement. Allow Him to help uncover anything that is holding you back for a fuller understanding of His character. (If it’s is helpful, use the following definitions) 

  • Misconceptions- a view or opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding
  • Misunderstandings– a failure to understand something correctly
  • Misrepresentations- the action or offense of giving a false or misleading account of the nature of something

Your Personal Experience With God

Destiny Assessment IntroductionTake the next few minutes to journal or share your story. (If it’s is helpful, use the following outline)

  • Start by: Identify an attribute of God that your story most highlights (If it’s helpful, use the previous list as a resource). For example, “My story demonstrates how God’s power and love is greater than my circumstances.”
  • Before you received Christ: How did you live and think?
  • The Gift: How did you receive Christ?
  • The Change: After you received Christ, what changes took place? Describe your personal relationship with God.
  • Today, God is calling me to: How are you applying what you have learned?

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An Encounter With The Majestic | Personal Experience

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January 18, 2017 Where Divine Destiny Meets Devoted Paths

Sometimes there is no substitute for personal experience. I remember a time when I was 16 and sitting with my sisters and a few of our closest friends. We were bored so we started brainstorming some adventurous options to fill our evening.  We all threw out our best ideas and nothing seemed to stick until bridge jumping was proposed.

Just the thought of it was exhilarating. Excitement filled the room and the energy surged as we piled into the car. We headed to a spot where the railroad tracks crossed a river. The closer we got to our destination, the darker it was and the more the adrenaline built.

We arrived to the riverside, parked the car and started through the tall grass to the bridge. One by one, we climbed a maintenance ladder leading us to the top of a lookout point. The platform wasn’t big but we managed to all snuggle in, each of us taking a turn up front to scope out the challenge at hand.

The one guy that had been there before, jumped right away to reassure us that it was safe enough. He put on a good show which bragged of his bravery. Another followed and survived. It was my turn to take the plunge. I stepped out. My heart was beating a mile a minute. I looked down and the water was rushing below.

There is Nothing Like Personal Experience

With one foot on the edge, I heard everyone chant “ONE! TWO! THREE!” and nothing. My hands seemed to have a mind of their own. They gripped the cold metal handrails in a self-preservation protest.

My mind told me I would be fine and my heart felt more alive than ever. Yet there was an inner battle raging which forced me back like a gut reaction. Despite my desire to be courageous, my mind was spinning with excuses to play it safe.

“I heard once that some kid jumped into a snake’s nest in the water. What if something like that happened?”

“This was crazy! Too far! Too dangerous! Too risky! What if… I could land on a passing log? What’s the point of jumping off this perfectly good bridge!”

“Maybe I could just sit on the sidelines for a second, have let my heart settle for a minute!”

Just then my younger sister whizzed by me with an impatience that shocked me out of my apprehensive mind space. All the sudden my focused changed and I realized how much fun everyone was having without me!

I didn’t want to be left out of anything that could potentially satisfy my desire to feel alive. But if I was going to jump off the bridge that night I needed to let go of the railings and the fears that held me back. All I had to do was take one small step off the edge and then gravity would do the rest. I still smile when I think about it.

An Encounter With The Majestic

My personal experience on the bridge that night reminds me a lot of my interaction with the majesty of God. No matter the source, majesty is very exciting to encounter. Think about the magnificence of a wild horse, the grandeur of a cliff side overlooking a valley or the magnificence of the waves in the ocean. There is something about the dignity, power and authority that draws you in like a magnet.

With some things in life, there is no substitute for the richness that personal experience offers.  Bridge jumping falls into this category, hands down.  The idea and logic of taking the plunge was nothing like being present on that platform and no picture could ever capture the feeling.  I have found, this is also true when it comes to the majesty of God.  It took bravery to stop judging Him by the words and actions of others.  I had to let go of so many misconceptions, fears and sometimes even pride to encounter Him on a personal level.

I could have played it safe but deep down I knew that my understanding of God’s character contradicted itself.  Either God was the all-powerful, limitless, creator of the universe who could not be tainted by imperfect institutions or people or He was made up and irrelevant.  I had to see for myself, so I took a baby step and started reading the Bible.  The more I read to more I realized I had no clue who GOD really was.

Nothing This World Can Satisfy

Surprisingly, as I read His Word I realized that God shared my distaste for the mundane path I was on.  His truth was jumping off the pages of the Bible to exposed the lies I had believed and the traps I was falling in.  I started to find comfort in all the rules I once hated because I felt God’s love trying to protect me.  Yet, I didn’t have to change and be good to win His attention.  Like gravity, His goodness and unconditional love began to sweep me off my feet. 

Only after I started personally encountering God myself did I understand the Bible’s explanation for that lingering emptiness I felt.  I was not living out the purpose I was created for.  The Bible says that it is our destiny to be God’s beloved and He eagerly waits to be ours.  For me, the word “destiny” reaches deep down to a longing for a supernatural mix of purpose and blessing and that is exactly what I found.

Jaco Costa Rica Personal Experience Majesty of God #DivineDestinyDevotedPathsFor 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. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord (Jeramiah 29:11-14a NIV)

I now know that no matter what I have done, where I have been, or what I did believe about Him, God does not change. He is not hiding his plan from me or from you. He announces it loud and clear. Nevertheless, we have to be brave and let go of our misconceptions, fears and sometimes logic to encounter Him as our own personal experience. For His ways are higher than ours. And nothing we can imagine can compare to what he has planned for us.

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity.

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