#5801 – Re-Presenting God

Good morning people who never tire of placing God before others.

In addition to our holy call to act and speak on behalf of God as His ambassadors (to represent God), we are equally called to re-present God. Let me explain by breaking it down into the prefix re and the word present.

The prefix re means ‘again and again (to indicate repetition)’. We see a great example of this in the following well-known scripture.

Romans 12:2 NIV Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

While the Word of God has infinite power, we all know that reading one verse only once will not bring about the transformation that we all desire. As the Bible repeatedly says (there’s the prefix re again), our metamorphosis comes from meditating on God’s Word day and night, and by continually keeping the Word of God in our hearts and on our lips. Again and again is imperative to the process of sanctification.

When we look at the phrase to present, we are talking about ‘to place before’. An example of this is when the king enters a room and someone says, “I present to you His Majesty King Charles.” We are also on the other side of this as we enter the throne room of God; we present ourselves (place ourselves before) God’s throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16).

Now, put the prefix re and the word present together and re-present means, ‘to place before, again and again’.

This is the call of God upon our lives: to place God before people again and again.

Let’s go deeper into this tomorrow.

 

#5800 – Representing God

Good morning people who glorify God by living a life that represents Him well.

There is a holy call for the people of God to represent God.

I am sure that we all know this conceptually, but what does it mean and what does it look like?

Let’s start by looking at the word represent. It means: ‘to be entitled or appointed to act or speak for (someone), especially in an official capacity’.

This sounds a lot like what prophecy is meant to be! The word prophecy in the bible means, ‘to speak by divine inspiration, especially to foretell’.

Combine the words represent and prophecy, and we see that we are called (entitled and appointed by God) to act and to speak for God, by speaking what we have received by divine inspiration from God. This is no trivial matter!

As people whose lives are not our own, we are now royal ambassadors. Literally speaking, this means that God is speaking through us, or put another way, we are speaking on behalf of God.

2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

To be an ambassador who represents God means that we speak and act on behalf of God. This is important, because there must be a congruency in our lives between what we say and how we live. God is dishonoured when there is a disconnect and hypocrisy between the two. Our lips and our lives matter dear friends.

Have you intentionally answered the holy call to represent God with your life and your lips?

 

#5799 – Nothing Too Trivial

Good morning people who come to God with everything that is on your heart.

There is nothing too trivial for God.

Some people wrongly believe that Father is only interested in “spiritual things”. Unfortunately, the erroneous separation between spiritual and natural has perpetuated this fallacy.

Jesus died for people, and people aren’t divided up into segments. It’s not like Jesus died for certain parts of our life, while the other parts remain unsaved and unsanctified. We have one life, and Jesus died for the complete person.

Therefore, we must understand that all of life is to be lived for the glory of God. As such, there is nothing that is off limits when it comes to talking with Father. If it’s on your heart, put it on your lips and talk to God.

W.L.Seaver in his reflection from Tozer’s words on Prayer said the following: “Every act of our lives should contribute to the glory of God, and Jesus Christ is our example in that He never once performed a non-sacred act. His life was filled with power and prayer!”

There’s to be no separation, and therefore, there is nothing too trivial for a child of God.

As you go through your day, talk to God. If it’s important to you, talk to God. If it’s worrying you, talk to God. If it’s annoying you, talk to God. If you lack wisdom, talk to God. If you are feeling stuck, talk to God. If you’re excited, talk to God.

You can talk to God about everything, and as a good Father, He loves to hear your voice and your heart.

Proverbs 3:6 NKJV In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

There is nothing too trivial for God.

 

#5798 – Fail Forward

Good morning people who step towards God in moments of failure.

I hear the loving voice of the Father say, “Fail forward.”

The truth is that we will all fail at times. Therefore, the question is not about if we will fail, but rather, what will we do when we fail.

It is all too easy to feel like giving up when we have missed the mark. I’m sure we have all had moments when we wonder if we can get up and go again. Sometimes moments of failure can be bigger than the failure itself. This is especially true if it is in an area of ongoing struggle.

Again, I hear the Lord say, “Fail forward.”

In other words, when you do have moments of sin, don’t stop, and most definitely don’t step back. These times are when we need to intentionally step forward towards our heavenly Father.

God is for you in times of challenge, and He still sees you as His beloved child. You don’t cease being loved because you feel lost. He doesn’t turn His head away or withdraw His hand. There is tenderness in His eyes towards His sons and daughters.

It is true that missing the mark requires repentance and it may even require working through some things. Restoration may be a process that needs to take place. But all of this does not change Father’s love for you. Like the Father of the prodigal son, our heavenly Father is ready to run towards us even if we have turned away in rebellion.

So, if you find yourself in a place of failure today, fail forward into the loving arms of your heavenly Father. He loves you dearly.

 

#5797 – Significantly Loved

Good morning people who are alive because of the immeasurable love of God.

I heard the Lord say, “You’re important in the context of My love.”

What a beautiful statement by our Father in heaven.

I’m not important because I’m always good, but because God is always good, and therefore, He always loves me.

I’m not important because of my abilities, gifts and talents, especially considering God gave me what I have.

I’m not important because I carry my natural family’s name, but because my name is written in God’s eternal book.

I’m not important because I can preach or prophesy or move in supernatural power, after all, all of this comes from God and is for the glory of God.

I’m not even important because I love God, because outside of receiving a revelation of God’s love for me, it is impossible for me to love God.

I’m important in the context of God’s love.

You are important in the context of God’s love.

John 3:16 NIV For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

1 John 4:7-10 NIV Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Thank You Father for Your love for us.