Monday, May 23, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, May 23, 2022

What Does God Want For Me?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.”


That classic passage by Marianne Williamson in her book, Return to Love, is a powerful argument against preventing our dreams from turning into reality. God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27) and during creation he called everything that He had made good (Genesis 1:31). He declares that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).  He has given us everything that relates to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). He says that we are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).  Since God gave us His only Son, Jesus Christ, would he not freely give us all things (Romans 8:32)?


Some of us have convinced ourselves that we should not be prosperous although Christ impoverished Himself so that we could be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).  Others have convinced us that we should not expect to be healed because everybody does not get healed. This is not to glorify worldly success according to the world’s standards but for the children of God to turn to Him and turn from defeatism to victory, from poverty to prosperity, and from despair to hope in the true and living God.  We may be challenged or anxious in our current circumstances, but God wants us to know that we are to be successful in all that we do. 


Genesis 1:27

New International Version

27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.


Genesis 1:31

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31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.


Psalm 139:14

New International Version

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.


2 Peter 1:3

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3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.


Deuteronomy 28:13

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13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.


Romans 8:32 

New International Version

32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things.


2 Corinthians 8:9

New International Version

9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.







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