Daughters of the King

“The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.” Psalms 34:15

One evening, I arrived home and didn’t have the key to the door. Needless to say, my husband who I love, was inside sleeping like a rock. He didn’t hear me knocking on the door like the police. He didn’t hear me ringing the doorbell repeatedly. He didn’t hear me throw a bucket next to the window. That man was completely knocked out. So I yelled next to the bedroom window, “Baby, open the door!” Seconds later, there he was standing at the front door. I asked him, “You didn’t hear all of the noise I was making?” He said, “No!” “So what woke you up?” He said, “I heard your voice.” It is not our emotional fits, tantrums, and pouting that gets God’s attention. His ears are attentive to our voice. God hears you and if you know He hears you, you know you have the petition you have asked of Him. His ears are attentive to your prayers and when you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. Let God hear the cry of your heart, let God hear your voice!

Prayer: Father God, thank You for watching over me and being so attentive to my prayers. You hear my voice and You draw close to me when I draw close to You. When I face difficult situations in my life, help me to always stay reminded that You do hear me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Read James 4:8; 1 John 5:15)

MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST

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The Nature of Reconciliation

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  2 Corinthians 5:21

Sin is a fundamental relationship— it is not wrongdoing, but wrong being— it is deliberate and determined independence from God. The Christian faith bases everything on the extreme, self-confident nature of sin. Other faiths deal with sins— the Bible alone deals with sin. The first thing Jesus Christ confronted in people was the heredity of sin, and it is because we have ignored this in our presentation of the gospel that the message of the gospel has lost its sting and its explosive power.

The revealed truth of the Bible is not that Jesus Christ took on Himself our fleshly sins, but that He took on Himself the heredity of sin that no man can even touch. God made His own Son “to be sin” that He might make the sinner into a saint. It is revealed throughout the Bible that our Lord took on Himself the sin of the world through identification with us, not through sympathy for us. He deliberately took on His own shoulders, and endured in His own body, the complete, cumulative sin of the human race. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us…” and by so doing He placed salvation for the entire human race solely on the basis of redemption. Jesus Christ reconciled the human race, putting it back to where God designed it to be. And now anyone can experience that reconciliation, being brought into oneness with God, on the basis of what our Lord has done on the cross.

A man cannot redeem himself— redemption is the work of God, and is absolutely finished and complete. And its application to individual people is a matter of their own individual action or response to it. A distinction must always be made between the revealed truth of redemption and the actual conscious experience of salvation in a person’s life. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: Isaiah 28-29; Philippians 3