August 25, 2008

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Do you ever feel like that necklace I talked about in my video blog today? Like you're kind of a loser, maybe worthless or no one really cares? Well depending on the day or week or whatever, sometimes I feel like that. Once in a while it's justified because I do something stupid. :( But for the most part, it really boils down to me letting my emotions or my circumstances rule the day. That's why it's so important that I (we) have and keep an intimate relationship with God. That only happens through His Word and prayer. The moment I start pushing God aside, my emotions and human thinking take over and that leads nowhere fast.

Remember how I said I treasured that $6 necklace that no one else wanted? Well that's how God is with us. Only the cool thing is, He treasures us so much more than that. There are tons of examples of God's love for us in the Bible, but I landed in Ephesians today. So take a look at Ephesians 2:4-10. I really love verse 10 because it lets me know that "We (that's you and me) are God's masterpiece (NLT) or workmanship (ESV)." There is no doubt that we are valued highly in God's eyes. That is definitely something I want and need to hold onto.

So how about it? Has God's Word changed the way you value your life? I want to hear from you! Tami W.
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I think we need to be careful about humility. Calling ourselves "losers" and "lame" casts an unfavorable impression on our Father and Savior. When someone says something derogatory about one of my children I immediately am offended and move into defensive mode. I think that's how God feels about us. Of course, He's perfect, so he doesn't act the way I do. But as a loving Father I think He takes issue when anyone speaks ill of one of His children -- even when His children speak negatively of themselves! Failing to do what we know is right today doesn't make us a "loser". It only makes tomorrow (or the next opportunity) all that much more important.

Greetings;

From the time I was accepted Jesus as my Savior, He through His word, teachers, preachers and His Holy Spirit teach me daily the value of my life and the life of others. It has been a long journey on rough terrain and a narrow path. but, He has carried me through and continues to this day.

Life no matter the circumstance is to be valued, protected and nurtured. We all come from different backgrounds and circumstances, but, Christ has shown us through His sacrifice, death and resurrection how valued each one of us are.

No matter where we are in our journey with the Lord hold fast to His unfailing love and faithfulness. Hold on to His word daily for there you will find peace, comfort and unconditional love.

I know exactly what you mean. I remember just earlier this year my past keep coming up and reminding me that I was such a disgrace, and so I cried out to God and asked him how long will I be judged by my past failures in the eyes of those who love me most-and God gave me Colossians 3:1-3 "Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God." (NLT) Ever since then I walk with my head held high because I know that God values me and that my past failures have been washed away with the blood of Jesus, and when God looks at me he sees the blood of his Son covering all my mistakes. I praise God for his Word that lives and continues to show us that we are his treasure.

Lynn's comments concerning derogatory statements about ourselves and others is spot on. I agree that a loving God takes issue with it. However, I think Tami was referring to feelings that we all have from time to time rather than particular statements that we vocalize. I tend to let feelings of inadequacy and worthlessness take over when I'm not walking close to God and allowing his love to permeate my heart and mind. I can relate to the story of the $6 necklace! Reading Ephesians 2:4-10 brought me to tears this morning. God's Word definitely changes the way I see my life. It brings balance to my unbalanced feelings on either side of the pendulum. When I think I've got it "all together" or when I think I'm a loser...the Word reminds me that I am not my own! My value comes from my Redeemer. I have nothing to boast about or to be ashamed of. Praise God!

Well, to answer your question, I have passed out of death into life and that's because God's word has changed me from the inside out!

I love this passage in Ephesians. When I was a young believer and became a mother, I had such a deep, surprising love for my child! God used His Word to alert me to the fact that it wasn't just my daughter who was deeply loved and precious...it was me as well. I am also His workmanship. "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." Psalm 139:14 I guess I try to value the lives of everyone (including my own)because of God's Word. That was a big change in my life.

Yes, there are times when I do feel worthless or I feel that no one really cares. I know its my emotions getting the better of me. So, whenever I find myself feeling that was I would go into the word which is a constant reminder to me that I am worth something in the eyes of God and that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Exodus 34 is very disturbing. Why would a God who is "merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abundant in loving-kindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression" make innocent children suffer for the sins of their forefathers? ("visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children's children to the third and fourth generation") that sounds like the longest grudge ever .....

Melissa, here are a few comments in response to your question.

When interpreting a passage, it's always important to notice the context before you make an application. The context of Exodus 20:5, 34:7 and Deuteronomy 5:9 (where this expression occurs) is the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments was the basis for Israel's relationship with God. So the "sins" of the fathers being discussed is the sin of rejecting a relationship with God. When a father leads his family away from a relationship with God, it does have a generational affect.

However, also noticed in Deuteronomy 20:5 (the first place where this idea occurs) the verse ends by saying: "to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me" (italics mine). Unfortunately when one generation hates God (i.e. rejects a relationship with Him), the next generation usually does too. So they receive what they justly deserve. But when a generation arises that does not hate God, you can be sure God doesn't punish them in the same way.

But what about other sins like murder, robbery, or adultery? While it's true that all sin affects our children, God does not hold our children responsible for our individual sins. Jeremiah 31:30 says, "But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge." When Jesus' disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?", they were expressing the same idea. They were suggesting that this man may have been born blind as a punishment for his parents' sin. But Jesus said, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him" (John 9:3-4).

Allen, Biblical Correspondent at Back to the Bible

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