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August 2015

Sunday, 02 August 2015

Can't Touch This (Significance) (1)
'...You are Mine.' Isaiah 43:1 NKJ


‘For I am yours… and you are mine.’ Yeah, ok, it might seem like a bit of a greetings–card cliché. But what about when we sing it in worship? We might know in our heads that we belong to Jesus. But really knowing that we belong to Jesus, in our hearts, can be a different matter. What does it mean? What difference does it make to how our lives look? The real sense of value that comes from knowing you’re a child of God doesn’t come from all the nice things He gives you. In fact, any material ‘thing’ can disappear at any time. God’s declaration that you are His, that you are significant because of that, isn’t a promise that He’s going to give you a free pass when it comes to troubles. His is a more lasting significance and a promise to be with you in those troubles: ‘I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned…For I am the Lord your God…you are precious in My eyes.’ (Isaiah 43:1–4 ESV) You are precious. Not what you’ve got, or what you have done—you. When your sense of significance is an inside job, rather than based on external things, nothing can touch it.

SoulFood: Ezek 37:1-14, Matt 27:50-53, 1 Thess 4:13-18

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd

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