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Monday, December 18, 2006

28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 15

Day 15. You Matter.

While it's true God's confidence rest in His ability and not ours, it's equally true that God believes in each of us and desires to use us to accomplish His purposes on this earth.

It's possible circumstances have beat you down. Failure has labeled you. You have disappointed yourself. Others have told you again and again (with and without words) that they don't think you're going to amount to much. Maybe you've come to the place where you really don't even believe in yourself anymore.

But it's not so with God. He knows you most (He knows every flaw, crack, failure, weakness, possibility, strength), yet believes in you more than anyone on the planet. He also remembers that He formed You out of nothing but His own brilliant idea and divine imagination. You are the unique design of the Creator. He made you with purpose and love. He has plans for you, dreams for you, a role in the story for you. And He believes in you so much that he ultimately sent for you a Son of life to die and free and rise and fill your broken soul.

Believe it or not, there's a baby laying in a manger...because God was convinced you couldn't make it on your own, but was determined for you to taste mercy and feel His arms holding you tight forever, whispering, you matter so much to Me.

Father, open our ears to hear You say how much You dream about all that our lives can be. Open our eyes to see Jesus, Your sure bet that we can live lives of purpose forever. Break the lies of unbelief that have wounded us, and let the little seed of faith plant hope again that we are precious and beautiful and treasured and loved by You.

"The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endured forever--do not abandon the works of your hands." Psalm 138:8

18 Comments:

  • needed to hear that this morning.

    He is such a good faithful God.

    He has taken us by the hand and kept us. Isaiah 42:6

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/18/2006 11:23 AM  

  • Yes, Lord, for Your sake. Because it tells of Who You Are.

    You are wonderful. And merciful. And worthy of all our affection and praise.

    Thank You, Lord Jesus.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/18/2006 11:33 AM  

  • "The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."
    Jeremiah 31:3

    How can I understand this love?! I just can thank You, Lord! You're so Amazing and Awesome and Glorious in everything You do and so GRACIOUS for loving such a creature like me!! Thanks for always whispering to me that You really care about me and love me!

    God is Great!

    God bless y'all!

    By Anonymous RODRIGO SOARES, at 12/18/2006 11:33 AM  

  • So true....thanks for the beautiful reminder!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/18/2006 12:02 PM  

  • I needed that! Thank you for reminding us of this! Though the world around me may push me down and tell me lies, I will listen to oh God I will open my ears and hear what you say about me because what you saymade to serve you and you have purpose for my life, I put my trust in you you define me Oh Lord! You are so faithful your love is indescribable I am humbled at your feet that you choose to love me though I have sinned against you, thank you for this love thank you God! I love you Jesus! May I be more like you each day!

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 12/18/2006 12:26 PM  

  • I just wanted all of you to know how grow of a blessing you are to me.

    By Blogger jakegoforth, at 12/18/2006 12:36 PM  

  • Thank You, Lord, that Your Word never fails us...
    Thank You for being IMMANUEL (Matthew 1:23)...

    One of my favorite praise choruses from back in the day during my college years:
    He is here, alleluia!
    He is here, amen!
    He is here, holy, holy!
    I will bless His Name again.
    He is here, listen closely,
    Hear Him calling out your name.
    He is here, you can touch Him,
    You will never be the same.

    Prayers for this generation...

    By Blogger Sandra R., at 12/18/2006 12:58 PM  

  • Wow Louie, this post felt like it was for me. I had to cry when I read it. It has so much to do with what I said in my last post. Confidence!

    Sometimes we have doubts, doubts in ourselves, but to know that God never doubts about us, is amazing!
    But sometimes so hard to think of.

    I wish I could be in Atlanta, have been wishing that for ages..haha, but it's great that I can be a little bit part of this journey! Thanks Louie for the post, Thanks to the Passion team for their hard work. And takes to God, the Giver of life and the Creator of everything! Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever!

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 12/18/2006 1:13 PM  

  • Great verse, Rodrigo! Check out these clips continuing on from that passage in ch.31 of Jeremiah:

    I will build you up again...

    Again...you will dance...

    There will be a day when the watchmen cry out..."Come let us go up to...the LORD our God"..

    Sing with joy...
    Make your praises heard...

    See, I will...gather them from the ends of the earth...
    A great throng will return...

    Hear the word...
    Proclaim it in distant coastlands...

    The Lord will ransom...

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Blogger Kendra, at 12/18/2006 1:30 PM  

  • wow...I needed that. I have a disability,and I go through a lot b/c of it. Its hard at times living in a world where you feel judged or that people dont understand.
    Thanks for what you wrote.

    I Can't wait for Passion!!

    By Anonymous Lauren, at 12/18/2006 3:24 PM  

  • I've been journeying along with these prayers but haven't commented yet. Today was such an encouragement and confirmation. God's desire is for the nations to glorify Him. His plan is us. He believes in the power of Himself through us. What an awesome reminder today! Thanks!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/18/2006 4:52 PM  

  • Praise God...he uses someone like ME!! His love is infinite!! How great is our God?

    By Anonymous Catherine, at 12/18/2006 6:09 PM  

  • I really needed to hear that today.

    We serve such an amazing Creator who never, ever gives up on us!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/18/2006 6:20 PM  

  • "God plus one faithful saint makes a majority in any situation".
    Thank you God- for Your Sovereign Hand in every situation, and that there is no authority over us that you don't have Authority over!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/18/2006 8:35 PM  

  • Thank you Lord. Release me to be simple in you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/19/2006 1:43 AM  

  • I just noticed a little typo I made. I meant thanks instead of takes.

    By Blogger Jacoline, at 12/19/2006 5:50 AM  

  • 268gen,
    wow...
    wonderful God...
    great post...
    thanks so much~

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 12/19/2006 6:03 AM  

  • right on the money Louie!! thanks.

    O Lord You have searched me and known me, You know my sitting down and my rising uo, You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a waord on my tongue but behold, O Lord You know it altogether. You have hedged me behing and before, and laid Your hand upon me.
    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, it is high I canot attain it.
    Where can I go from Your spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there, If I make my bed in hell behold You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me.

    For You have fromed my inward parts, You covered me in my mothers womb. I will praise You for I am FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE. Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

    ~Psalms139:1-10,13-14

    No Matter what the world says about me and what I can or can not do or if I will be this or that in their eyes , God You love me just as I am and YOU know my full potentail, I thank You that YOU give me the chance to be who YOU have planned for me to be.

    By Blogger eliz, at 12/19/2006 11:17 PM  

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