Devotional – Formed, Known, Consecrated and Appointed

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“I formed you”

 “I knew you”

 “I consecrated you”

 “I appointed you” Jeremiah 1:5

When God sent a prophet to the nation of Judah He did not randomly choose just anyone.  No.  Long before God’s calling of Jeremiah God perfectly designed, specifically created and sovereignly appointed him for the task.

Jeremiah was not an accident; God specifically designed him to fulfill God’s purposes.

Jeremiah was not without purpose; God specifically created him to be a prophet.

Jeremiah was not alone; God intimately knew him and promised to go with him every step of the journey.

Jeremiah is not unique.  You were also designed and created by God for a very specific purpose.

Because you were specifically designed by God to fulfill His divine purposes, you can have confidence.  Maybe you wonder why God created you with a speech impediment? Moses said something very similar, “I am slow of speech and of tongue.” God responded to Moses by saying He is the Creator of the mouth!

Because God specifically created you for His purposes, your life has value.  You need not feel unimportant or even worthless.  You are important and your life has value—infinite value.  Why?  Because you are not an accident! God specifically created you.  God specifically created you to fulfill a unique purpose.  “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 ESV.

Because God desires an intimate and personal relationship with you, you need never to be alone or even feel alone. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8 ESV

Lord, I pray that today you would fill me with a real sense of Your presence, that You would reveal to me Your purpose for my life and fill me with the confidence of knowing that you designed and created me.

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Editorial note: Originally published March 21, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Jottings – To Rise Above the Visible

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“…in the call of God Abraham is called to a life of strangership on the earth, for the essential characteristic of the life of faith is strangership, but this founded upon citizenship elsewhere (Heb. 11:13-16). Faith dwells in the unseen with the substance of things hoped for (Heb. 11:1). The terms of this divine call is ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.’ The new course proposed calls man to rise above all visible influences and simply to rest upon God and His all-sufficient Word. Man had fallen into flagrant independence of God; the call is now to depend entirely on Him. Observe the character of the call of Abraham: it was not stated that he should separate from moral pollution and idolatry, though doubtless there were debasing and revolting practices connected with the idolatry; he was to separate from the associations of nature and of the earth. The call of God is a matter of great import: God’s voice from heaven reached the heart, and it awakes to the consciousness that it has to do with Him.”

 

A. Shepherd, “Practical Reflections from the Life of Abraham,”in An Outline of Sound Words. Accessed electronically on 8/28/14 here: http://www.stempublishing.com/magazines/OSW/11-20/osw16g.html

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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