October 2013 archive

Where is God?

By Hayley DiMarco

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“If your life is off track, if you are unhappy and can’t figure out why, know that the joy probably left when you started thinking more about yourself than about God, more about your worries and your dreams, more than his thoughts and his plans. When the God Girl (or guy) isn’t continually thinking about ways to make him happy and to please him , she risks falling into the pattern of “me.” As a God Girl you can’t blame God for the distance between you; your distractions are most often what remove him from the center of your life. You can return to him today–just seek out what pleases him and determine to do only that.

Devotions for the God Girl

 

Under Attack

By Hayley DiMarco

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Your worry makes you the center of everything. When you say “I just feel like I’m under attack,” or “everything in life is against me,” because hard things are happening, you subconsciously take your eyes off of God and put them onto yourself. For the believer, life is never an attack, you are never a victim. No, all of the impressions of difficulty and attack are simply pressure under the mighty hand of the potter who is molding you into a vessel fit for his service. To see yourself in the devil’s hands or any other’s rather than the potter’s is to reject God’s very word (see Isaiah 64:8, ESV).

The next time you are tempted to worry, complain, or bemoan the tragedy that is your life remember who you belong to. As a child of the King, nothing ever happens to you that He hasn’t allowed for your good. Not the interruption, the delay, or the attack; it all serves His purposes. If you cannot see Him as involved in your life, as sovereign and as perfect, then your life will be one dilemma after another. If God steps back and lets life happen to you, if he carelessly allows Satan to attack or someone to harm you, then worry is a necessity. But if you believe in the God of the Bible then you must know that is never the case. After all, “Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and bad come?” (Lamentations 3:37–38, ESV) See your circumstances through the filter of God’s love and you will have no need to worry again.

Beggars wear rags

By Hayley DiMarco

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I must confess that when I see people begging on the street or selling homeless newspapers and they have on nice clean and new looking clothes, I immediately think it’s a scam. “If he was homeless he wouldn’t have on clean clothes,” I tell myself. It’s got to be a scam. What is he trying to pull over on people. Maybe that sounds harsh but think about it, success, accomplishment, even cleanliness, doesn’t go with poverty. So dear beggar, please don’t get all cleaned up to ask me for money, I will assume you are pulling my leg, pretending to be “out of gas,” making a quick buck. But let me see your true condition. Don’t try to impress me with your wealth to get my charity.

In the same way, sinner, don’t think you have to get all cleaned up in order to be accepted by Christ. There is no need to wait until you have fixed yourself, gotten your life together, proved to him your love, or done everything he has asked you. Your cleanliness isn’t access to the throne, your rags are. We make little of his grace when we believe that we have a part to play in our own salvation. Whether it is doing more for his kingdom or getting your life together, there is nothing you can do to convince him to accept you but present your sins to him and thank him for his cleansing blood. It is by grace you have been saved, not by your works, not by your goodness, or your cleanliness, but by his grace and his grace alone. Don’t wait til you’ve done everything you ‘need’ to do before you drop at his feet! Come like the beggar in your tattered clothes and kneel before him. He isn’t impressed with your works or your Sunday best, he isn’t more inclined to save you when you are cleaned up, but asks only for your dirty rags that he might make them white as snow.

“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)