He is good. Then he quietly exclaimed, “If I take this seriously, I will have to become a different man by the time I get back to the dorm!” This opened the opportunity to introduce him to new birth in Christ as the basis for living the self-emptying life, and I saw in a new and refreshing way the truth of David’s words: “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul” (Ps. Random acts of kindness are often what we think of when dwelling on this character trait. Thanks for this review, Michele. And those are empowered by your grace. The very character and essence of God is love.Incredible, lavish, unconditional love. reflect your glory. . Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. This is so true.

Help Us Share God’s Word. What’s true is found in his word. In the middle of this application of the emptying principle, Paul presents himself as an exemplar of this ethical ethos (1 Corinthians 9), using the same logical structure there as in Philippians 2. Thanks for sharing! He strengthens us by His Holy Spirit when our struggles feel too big. I want to see and hear you clearly. He reminds us to live out His ways, to seek to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16 and Leviticus 11:44-45). She’s such a good thinker. Through Christ, the perfect reflection of the image of God, we will discover how God’s own attributes impact how we live, leading to freedom and purpose as we follow his will and are conformed to his image. Yes, yes, Michele, I love that emphasis on being rather than doing. You know how much I love to share books, Donna. .His will does not need discovering. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Blessings to you. The infinite beauty—and I am focusing on the manifestation of his character and his worth and his attributes — all of his perfections and greatness are beautiful as they are seen, and there are many of them. He just asks us to trust Him — to recognize His leadership and sovereignty in our lives.

Some days we may not feel it. 10 Attributes of God to Meditate on Each Day: “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1. Not us.

But the clerk is tired and somehow thinks I gave her $20, so she offers me $15 in change. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Many people think God is angry or distant. By basking in God’s presence. If we, as followers of Christ, are truly abiding by His Word, then we will reflect His character. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Today I was reading from Ezekiel and Romans. All rights reserved. The very character and essence of God is love. I love the intro that you gave to this piece–children just automatically want to mirror those that they love! If you find yourself facing uncertain times right now, go to God. Jen Wilkin helps answer this question in her outstanding book In His Image. but we thankfully receive your gifts. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!” Psalm 91:1-2. “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love,” Psalm 103:8. And I’m pleased to hear your response, because I try to give readers a sense of the book’s content so they come away with something from the review–without stealing the book’s thunder in the process! Guide me!” As a response I was directed to read this: But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Other days we might even think we’ve been left on our own in difficult situations. Sure, we are also called to participate in God’s work. Confess sin. But in the moment we turn toward God, the veil is taken away and the shutters are opened. He will take great delight in you; in His  love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing," Zephaniah 3:17.

The results were predictable yet frustrating: The vast majority of students used Ellen White’s comments to conjure up a near-infinite number of ways a given commandment could be broken, would plead guilty to breaking the command in multiple manners, and then conclude that the commandments were impossible to keep. I like the focus on working out who we should be rather than just on what we do. Because God is all-knowing, we can trust that he knows everything we’re going through today and everything we will go through tomorrow. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. Both of these books sound like such good, and needed, reads. I hope you know that!

Here are 10 attributes about God, things that are true of His character, that you can trust: God is unchangeable, unshakeable, and unstoppable. Christ was both the law and the gospel.”2 When I press most people as to what this means, I get very vacuous answers. Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you shine for Jesus! “we . Personal application: Just as Jesus would not let the disabled man remain crippled, think of a way to show sincere kindness to someone who may be hurting – physically, spiritually, or financially. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9. We can’t shine without light no matter how hard we try. We can see how we share all of these character traits with God only as we see how they fit within His perfect plan laid out for us in His Word. Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's Facebook page, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives. We are called to wash our windows to enhance the reflection of God in our lives. I call this approach the Personal-Power (PP) model. God’s very character throughout His word is one of deep compassion and grace for His  people. It happens when we are intertwined with Jesus. And when life circumstances shake us to the core through struggles or hard times, there is nothing that can hold us secure except the One who created us. Jen Wilkin is an author and Bible teacher from Dallas, Texas. This book sounds wonderful! I would like to propose that the Ten Commandments are vital tools given by God to teach us how to reflect His character in our lives. Learn how your comment data is processed. Can God change your life? (2 Corinthians 3:18 JB) The Bible has an answer: Be like the very image of God. His  word reminds us that nothing is impossible for Him. You can apply this in your local church by looking after little ones in the nursery or covering for veteran Sunday school teachers so they have a few weeks off. Thanks for pouring out truth with a generous heart!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes on him will not perish but have everlasting life,” John 3:16. John 8 records that as He rebuked the crowd by calling attention to their own sin, He reached His hand out to the woman in forgiveness. And one day, He promises to wipe away every tear. I keep hearing so many good things about both of these books. Rather, I am addressed as a potential perpetrator, one who has the power to steal (or lie, murder, etc.). Sam Allberry, speaker; author, Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? Others view him as disinterested in their lives, too busy, or feel like they could never measure up. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone,” 1 Chronicles 29:11-12. So basic to the good news and yet overlooked as we think we can ‘do’ spiritual growth. But in the moment we turn toward God, the veil is taken away and the shutters are opened. If you want to be like someone, even if that Someone is God, you study their actions and do your best to imitate and replicate them. We are called to be so Spirit-saturated that our cup is overflowing. Thanks, Bettie, for popping in to read and to encourage! God sees every pain and struggle. I know you have a lot of irons in the fire (and plates spinning, too!) We become like what we behold, and in this case the priority to behold Him in all His glory is clear! Thank you, Kara. His character of holiness is worthy of our worship and praise. It puts an entirely new perspective on my Christian life. Personal application: Ask God to give you an extra measure of strength to resist your temptation, and then don’t give in! In a dark world, God’s holiness and light shine brightly. I link-up with a number of blogging communities on a regular basis. My assignment seemed to drive students to conclude that the Ten Commandments cannot be properly kept! Pray His words back to Him. He reminds us to live out His ways, to seek to be holy as He is holy (, In a world that often leaves us feeling alone, overlooked, and disregarded, God says this over and over in His  word: “. Linking up today with Faith-filled Fridays, Five Minute Friday and Faith Jam. Here’s how you can reflect God’s radiance in your life: Give your all to the One who gave His all for you. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. He is mighty and powerful and is at work in every detail of our lives. He reaches for us, chases after us, knows us by name, and He sent his only Son so that we might have a chance to live free.

“reflecting like mirrors” (JB) He understands the pain of loss, and He sees our hearts when we feel broken.

Don’t ever think the pit you’ve dug is too deep for God to reach. '”, “What does it profit me to make the right choice if I’m still the wrong person? We never have to fear because God reminds us He is for us, and that is the most powerful force we can have surrounding us.

Crossway+ members receive 30% off books. Nice reviews, Michelle! “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.

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