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"Because of Who You Are" 

Who is God to you? In the bible The Israelites attributed many different names to God to describe the characteristics of God manifested in their lives through miracles, events, and experiences. When God provided for Abraham a ram to sacrifice instead of his son, Abraham called God Jehovah Jireh, "The Lord will provide". Often times when God did something awesome, the people built an altar or a memorial in that place as to never forget who God is, and what He has done. I try and journal as much as possible in order to document who God is showing Himself to be in my life. Here's a little bible study homework for you. Search all the names used for God in the bible and reflect on each. Write down if/how God has manifested the characteristic of each name in your life personally. If you have yet to experience a particular attribute of God, expect to soon as you determine to give God the glory today because of who He is. 

Genesis 22:13-14 13 Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. 14Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, "In the mount of the LORD it will be provided."

"I Love You Lord Today"

The bible says that God's loving kindness leads to repentance. The bible also says that he who is forgiven much loves much. For this reason the heart of the christian is filled with praise. Our love for God is nothing more than a response to His great love for us. There is something so sweet, special, and humbling about saying "I love you" to someone. When we are able to say this to the Lord in all sincerity, I believe it causes a revolution in our hearts as we are in that moment being transformed into the image of Christ. 

John 15:10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.

 

"Moving Forward"

The bible has much to say about "looking back", and far more to say about moving forward. Everywhere Jesus went He made people new and exhorted them to move forward, no longer in the way they formally were accustomed to. If you are a follower of Christ then you have been made new, you've been born again and moving forward following after Jesus is the only way to go. It can be hard at times to follow Christ, and difficult to resist the temptation to turn back. Even Jesus was tempted by Satan, but He did not turn back! Neither can we turn back, instead we must persevere just as Christ did in going to the cross for the salvation of the world, knowing that when He returns He will make ALL THINGS new. 

Luke 9:62 Jesus replied, "No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."

"Intentional"

We as human beings have limited vision. We can only see but so far and clear. For instance, from a valley we can only see the towering mountain before us, but from the kingdom of Heaven God can see all things without restriction, without the limitation of time and geographical boundaries. There is a story in the bible about a boy named Joseph who was sold into slavery by his brothers, and later falsely accused and imprisoned in a foreign land. Through it all Joseph trusted God. In the end Joseph was exalted to a position of power and influence, and became the provision for his brothers lives (yes the same brothers that sold him into slavery). Joseph became a source of life for his family when they otherwise would have perished because of a great famine. Regardless of what has happened or what has not happened in your life remember that it isn't over yet, it isn't too late, with God all things are possible. Trust God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. 

Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.