And He prayed

I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. (John 17:20-26 NKJV)

Jesus knew what was before Him. Every detail from His arrest to the Cross. He knew what He would suffer; all of the pain and agony. But He stopped and prayed. He prayed for “those who will believe in Me through their word”. The word of His disciples. Jesus was praying for His Church. The Church He knew would be established by His shed blood and the power of the Holy Spirit and through the words that would be given to His disciples. Jesus was praying for you and for me. Jesus prayed that “they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me”. He was praying for His Church, to be one in Christ, so the world would know the Name of Jesus. He saw the greater need.

I’m reminded that my life at one time was headed to eternal suffering and death. I’m reminded of the man whose name was Mark, who set aside what he was facing; his suffering, his cancer, his daily challenges and how he took me by the hands in his office, in the middle of a busy day and prayed for me. And two days later, I’m reminded of when I knelt before Jesus and asked Him to forgive me. The single most important day of my life when I called upon the Name of Jesus and was saved. This man lived out every day demonstrating the love and compassion of Jesus and took time for me because he, too, saw the greater need.

Who will we encounter? What will we need to set aside? Will we demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus as Mark did for me? Will we see the greater need? Will we pray?

Oh dear Jesus, thank You for praying for us. You knew what You would be facing, but yet again, You set that aside and saw the greater need. You saw those whose lives would be trapped under the burden of sin and You prayed. You prayed that we too, would believe. That we would be one with You. Oh thank You Lord. May others see Jesus in me and know that You love them with an everlasting love and desire for them to call You Savior and spend eternity with You. In Your Holy Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Matthew 18:10 NKJV – The little girl story I’ll never forget

“Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.”

Nancy and I were reminiscing the other day, back a number of years ago to a very special meeting we had with a little girl in the hospital. We were asked to visit her and to pray for her. She had terminal cancer. We were so blessed to go. We took her a teddy bear.

When we arrived her parents were with her along with some family friends. After some time for everyone to get comfortable, I was asked to pray. I sat down next to her and took her little hand in mine. I remember feeling that this little girl and I were connected someway. While I prayed, the little girl stroked my hand with her other hand. Time seemed to stand still. This little sweetheart of a girl went to be with Jesus a few days later.

I share this with you because prayer is a direct connection with the heart of God. I didn’t know if she would be healed. I just knew that I had to pray. What happened in her room that night changed all of us.

Nancy and I look forward to when we will see her again. She lived a very short life of 5 years, but I will carry her story until I see her again. She was very special, showed no fear, and her story will now touch a world.

Precious Lord, thank You for the opportunities that You give us to pray for others. I am so grateful that You gave me an opportunity to pray for this little girl. I rejoice that she is standing with You in heaven. Help us Lord to hear Your still small voice and respond in obedience. Lord, you capture our prayers and surround them with your mercy and grace and then take them heavenward for You to answer. Always for Your purpose and our good. We give You praise, Lord. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Psalm 19:14 NKJV – My declaration

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

I look at this Scripture as a prayer of humility that seeks God’s intervention into our whole being as we recognize where our all in all comes from. David prayed that he could not bear that a word or thought of his should miss being accepted by God. It didn’t matter to David if his human actions were accepted by others here on earth. What mattered was that his thoughts were witnessed by the Lord.

This scripture verse declares what lives very deep in my heart and all too often, I forget to declare it. It would serve us very well that we declare this verse before we start our day. Before we begin to walk, and work, and go about our lives. Before we even speak another word, we should lift our voices to heaven and make known this request.

Having a prayerful relationship with God is vital for a believer. This is where we can draw our strength from, where we can feel God’s protection, where we receive God’s wisdom, where God restores us, and where the Holy Spirit empowers us to live in this world. The world would like for us to just go about our day and “Just do it”. Get about what needs to be done. And sometimes the world wants us to believe it doesn’t matter what we say or who we push around, as long as we get the job done. Well, that’s not good. I’ve been a victim of that and I must confess a partaker in it as well. I have been caught up in the rush of things and have failed to recognize that my actions were not acceptable in God’s sight.

There are times where we just have to slow down, realize where we are and what we are doing and ask ourselves, “Is all that I am saying and all that I am doing OK with God?” It reminds me in a way of what my mother used to do with two adventurous twin boys who had no intension of slowing down or stopping. She would always say, “I’m going to count to ten before I say something or do something that I’ll regret.” When we heard that we knew we had gone too far. And Mom understood she needed to stop and take a breath.

Friends, David understood how important it was to honor God in all he said and did. He could not even bear the thought of failing in this area. Join with me in declaring this Scripture each day. May the Lord receive it and may He return favor and blessing to all of you.

Dear Lord, I declare that my words and my thoughts are pleasing unto You. Lord, You are my strength and my Redeemer. May all that I say and do give glory and honor to You. Help me Lord realize that it doesn’t matter if my words and actions are accepted by the world. It only matters that I can demonstrate Jesus Christ Alive in my life. Help me and teach me to walk always in Your ways. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Isaiah 14:3 KJV – How could you love someone like me – Part 3

And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve

God, You are so wonderful. Thank You, Lord, for my testimony of Your great love for me. I love You, Lord. None of this is possible without You.

Part 3 – How God Enables

But I wanted more. I wanted to serve my Lord. I wanted to do whatever God would lead me to do. But again, I thought, I didn’t even know where to start. My friend and coworker Mark was a musician and vocalist and he was very gifted. We talked about his unselfish obedience to the Holy Spirit when he prayed with me in Part 1. Well, as I continued to attend church, I felt that one of the coolest things in “my” church was its choir. They were very talented and I always felt blessed to hear them and join with them in praise from the congregation. I remember praying once, “Lord, if I could just worship You in song like they do.” Yup. Really. That’s what I prayed. I was still a fairly new believer. Just a little over a year old, I think. And God answered again. Praise the Lord!!!

I asked Mark at work one day, how does someone get to sing in the choir? He said, “You just show up for practice.” Sounds silly. But it was true. So I went and I found myself now in the choir with my very own choir robe. WooHoo! I had always loved to sing and now I was serving God in praise and worship. What a blessing that turned out to be. Glory to God!!!

Well, lots of things transpired over the years with the choir. One thing led to another and I found myself leading some worship during our Wednesday Night Service from time to time. In 2006, I joined a Praise and Worship Group called “UnDone” and we ministered inside and outside of church. Other opportunities came to serve and I tried to be as open as I could with all that came my way. I was nominated to serve on the church’s Board as Board Secretary. I was ratified and served for 6 years. Praise the Lord!!!

One particular summer I was asked to help out with Vacation Bible School. I said yes, and my wife Nancy partnered with me. I thought how hard could it be to tell kids about Jesus and have fun at the same time. Well, I learned a great deal about 9-10 year old boys that year. By the end of the VBS, I was bruised and sore and tired and said, “Lord, I’m not gifted in working with kids. Praise the Lord.” Well, God had different plans. By the next year in September, I found myself on a mission’s trip to El Salvador working with children. God led me to a small village just outside of San Salvador that first night. And on a street corner, just on the other side of a steel fence, the local pastor began to shout over a loud speaker in Spanish to come. He said he told them to come hear the man talk about Jesus. My then pastor, who I came with, gave me the opportunity to speak. I am so thankful to him for it because that night 16 kids gave their little hearts to Jesus. It was there in El Salvador that I accepted my calling to work with kids back home. For the next 6 years, Nancy and I worked together alongside of our children’s pastor as lay teachers and support to our KidzBlast Children’s Ministry. Glory to God!!!

And that leads to today or at least what’s happening now in my life. Back in 2009, I began to feel God wanting me to study His Word and gather up some notes and begin writing a daily prayer devotion. I didn’t know how to respond, but kept it in prayer and set it aside. I was loving children’s ministry and felt I just couldn’t leave. In 2010, our church along with many dozens of other churches hosted a Convoy of Hope outreach in our local community. I was asked to lead the Intercessory Prayer team. Praise the Lord!!! In 2011, I felt a tug on my heart to spend more time in prayer. That I was in a time of preparation. That God was going to move Nancy and me out of children’s ministry. We both prayed and Nancy had told me she felt there was a gifting in me for prayer. Again in 2011, I was asked to lead another intercessor team for a 2nd Convoy of Hope outreach. Glory to God!!! In the summer of 2012, I was given the opportunity to lead a group of prayer warriors pray over our city-wide revival meetings. God moved so greatly in that prayer time. Praise the Lord!!! At the end of those meetings, I was approached by a friend and pastor and he asked me if there would be some way I could help with organizing a regional prayer network. So with the help of three community pastors and some wonderful prayer warriors, a monthly Intercessory Prayer Gathering is held at our local YMCA which Nancy and I facilitate. Glory to God!!!

Fast forward to February 2013; Nancy and I said farewell to the children of KidzBlast for now and told them we were moving into leading a Prayer Ministry at our church. In July of 2013, God brought to fruition the prayer devotion He spoke to me about in 2009. He began to give me words, thoughts, He led me in His Word and on July 8, 2013, this devotion began. Praise the Lord, again!!! I am not qualified or nor talented enough to write every day without God’s hand upon this devotion. My only prayer is that God is glorified.

I started out in Part 1 with “How could you love someone like me?” God did and continues to love me. But I am not the only one that God loves like this. God loves you and everyone else just as much. In fact, He can’t love you any less. He loves you with an everlasting love and desires to bless you. Please don’t take my word for it. Take God’s Word for it. You see, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV)

Is this the end of my story? I pray it’s not. But what I have shared with you can be duplicated and heard over and over again with everyone that has called upon the name of Jesus. God demonstrates His love by Saving Us, Restoring Us, and Enabling Us. He is no respecter of person. He cares for every breath you breathe and every step you take. He’ll pour out His love and blessings on everyone. God bless all of you.

I humbly submit to You Lord. Continue to take me on new journeys with You. Guide me and lead me and all of my days, I will praise Your Holy Name. Amen and Amen.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

 

Isaiah 14:3 KJV – How could you love someone like me – Part 2

 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve

Welcome back. In Part 1 of this devotion, we heard of a man who lived a life outside of the will of God and it pushed him to the point of making a decision to take his own life. But praise the Lord that God had a different plan. We learned that God used a man named Mark to minister to him when this man initially thought he was in control. God led Mark to pray for him that day and two days later, this man found himself in church and then at the altar and finally giving his life to Jesus as his Savior. Glory to God!

Today, we examine how God began His plan of restoration in the man’s life and redeemed everything that the enemy had taken away. Today’s devotion:

Part 2 – How God Restores

Well, this man continued to come to church. He was open to Godly leading from Mark who discipled him over many, many months. How blessed he was to work in the same office as Mark. God really had His hand over all of his life. Eight months would pass and he would encounter his first real test of faith.

He had just returned home from being away on business and he pushed the play button on his answering machine to listen to the messages. The first message was from his brother. The message was to call him as soon as he could. Something had happened to their dad. He quickly dialed up the number of his brother and listened as he was told that dad was in a very bad way. He was told to call his mother for the details.

His mom lived in Florida with his dad. They were retired. He called his mom to find out that his dad had been kidnapped, beaten, left for dead in the woods, and was not doing well at all. Mom asked, “Can you come down and help?” He was stunned. He didn’t know how that could have happened to his dad, but he told his mom he would come down as soon as he could.

Since he had just returned from a 2 week business trip, he didn’t see how he could possibly put enough funds together to get down and see his mom and dad. It would take some time for his expenses to be paid from the previous trip. He went to work and began to think about what he could do. He remembered that though he didn’t have the answer on how he could afford the trip, he knew at least he could pray. So he did. He also took time to post a prayer request on his workplace’s prayer chain.

A few hours went by and he received a phone call from someone on the prayer chain to tell him that he was going to Florida and that he would be able to see his dad. He wondered how could this be. He was told that the Plant Vice President had heard about his dad and what happened. The Plant Vice President had provided the necessary funds to purchase a plane ticket to Florida. And he also arranged for expense money to be given to him. He was overwhelmed. God had answered his prayer. A few days later, he would be in Florida.

He sat in his seat on a flight to Florida waiting for the runway to clear before takeoff. Some fog had rolled in and it was going to be a little while. But he had time. On to Atlanta, then on into Orlando. He had some time. He prayed again. He prayed, “Lord, you’ll have to help me with this. I’m still a new believer. I have no idea what I’m to do or how I need to help mom and dad. How could anyone know what to do if they were in the same place as I am?”

Well about an hour had passed and the flight took off. He arrived safe in Atlanta where he called his mom and told her that in a few hours he would be there. Mom said she would arrange for his pickup at the airport. Well, with the delay at the initial airport, his flight from Atlanta to Orlando had already departed. He would now have to find an alternate flight. He called his mom and assured her he was still on his way. As he waited at the gate of the plane he was told he was on standby on, he heard a young lady talking. She had been waiting for 36 hours to get a flight to Orlando. It was spring break. She, too, was on standby. About 6 more hours passed, when he heard his name called. He went to the desk and was told he had a ticket and it was time for him to board. He thought about the young lady waiting for 36 hours. He thanked God that He had intervened on his behalf. He finally arrived in Orlando and found his mom. Soon he would see his dad.

They got to their home and his dad came to the door. He was shocked to see the man at the door. He couldn’t recognize him as his dad. This man was unclean, unshaven, and had bruises all over his back. The man had broken fingers. He looked awful. But when this man spoke in a timid and quiet voice, he realized it was dad. But Dad was never a timid and quiet guy. He always spoke with conviction and integrity. But now it was different. The man said, “Dad, we’ll do this one day at a time.”

You see, his dad was carjacked at a gas station after stopping for gas after work. His dad still worked though he was “retired”. He liked that. Sometimes, mom did, too.

His dad was told to get down on the floor between the seats in his van. Over the next 3 hours, his dad’s assailants beat him while they drove around. When his dad would put his hand over his back to block the repeated blows, the assailants broke his fingers. Then when they got bored with his dad, they took his dad’s belt and put it around his dad’s neck and began to hang him. They opened the side door of his dad’s van, and dumped his dad in the woods to die. But dad didn’t want to die. He put his hand behind the belt and when they raised him to hang him, he passed out. His assailants thought they were successful in getting rid of the witness. But, God had a different plan. When his dad woke up, he crawled out of the woods on his hands and knees and signaled someone walking their dog for help. His dad told him that this was the hardest point of the ordeal. His dad said, “I didn’t want the people I called out to, to think I was a vagrant. I just wanted help.” The rescue squad came and took his dad to the hospital and then the fire department called his mom.

Well, they took one day at a time. The detective bureau at the Sheriff’s office was a big help. He spoke with them daily. They were tracking down his dad’s van. They had a victim advocate working the case and she was a blessing. Dad had to restore his identity by getting a new drivers’ license, social security card, etc. Everything you have to do when someone takes your wallet and identity from you. Each day, Dad would get up and he would seem to get stronger and stronger. He cleaned himself up and began to be the strength he had always remembered dad to be. Then a few days later while watching the evening news, something startled the man and his family. There being displayed, live on TV, was an arrest being made. You know. Like the “OJ Simpson kind of thing”. Pictures overhead from a news chopper. They were showing three men being pulled from a vehicle and being arrested. Right there, on TV, in front of this family was a picture of his dad’s van. They had found his van and found three men in it that shouldn’t have been in it. God allowed the man and his family to see His justice being served.

The detective’s called and this family had to go to the Sheriff Department’s Forensic Lab to retrieve the van. His mom was really angry and bitter. She said she would never ride in the van again. He said he would take it somewhere to be cleaned up and it would be alright. He told his mom he would pray over it and ask God to bless it. He went away to find an auto detailer.

A few hours later, he returned to his mom and dad’s home only to find the news media all over the place. There was a big satellite tower in the front yard and camera’s everywhere taking pictures. His dad was there doing an interview for the local news station. They had heard of his dad’s story. He heard the news anchor ask his dad, “What were you feeling when this happened?” And on camera, in a live broadcast over entire the Orlando area to thousands of television sets, He heard his dad say, “I knew this is not how I was to die. I prayed, Jesus save me.” He was amazed. He was overwhelmed. The neighbors all came out. It was a sight to see. His mom wanted her turn with the camera to give her point of view, but praise God, He had different plans. You see, his mom always spoke what was on her mind.

The man began to talk to the people from the news channel and found out the reporter was a woman of God herself, and the main camera guy, GREW UP IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD OF THIS MAN!!!

This man went home a few days later. He stayed with his mom and dad for 11 days. They witnessed miracle after miracle. This man never forgot. He prayed, “God if You could make a way for the world to know this story. Not for my glory but for Yours.”

When this man returned to work the following Monday, he went to see the Vice President and Plant Manager to say “Thanks”. And God moved again. In the waiting area just outside of the Plant Manager’s office this man told the story. People began to come out of adjacent conference rooms just to listen. God gave this man his first pulpit.

He started with a simple prayer to help him help his mom and his dad. His dad prayed, “Jesus, save me” and the story continues with God being glorified on a local news channel for a whole city to see and ends in front of this man’s peers for them to hear as well.

God restores. He loves us with an everlasting love. In our darkest hours, God hears us, God answers us , and God delivers us.

Remember how I said in the beginning of this blog, that God would redeem everything the enemy took away from this man. Well, there is more. This man’s children, both his daughter and son, also gave their lives to the Lord, shortly thereafter. And, God blessed the man again when God brought His choice to him to take as his wife.

Well, as you may have already guessed, this is my testimony. I share it for one single purpose and that’s to give glory to God; My Savior, Redeemer, and friend, Jesus.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at how God continued to work in my life as I began to serve Him as He called me. Part 3 examines, “How God enables.”

Heavenly Lord, thank You that You hear our prayers and answer them. Thank You that in our darkest hours You are near. Closer than a whisper. Thank You that we can place our trust in You to be our protector and defender. Help us Lord to always call upon Your name. We love You Lord. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Isaiah 14:3 KJV – How could you love someone like me – Part 1

And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.

Today begins a 3 part Prayer Devotion entitled, “How could you love someone like me”. The foundational scripture comes from the Book of Isaiah, chapter 14, verse 3. God is speaking here to the children of Israel as they were held captive in Babylon. God is making a promise that He will again deliver them from bondage as He once did in Egypt. But His blessing is going to take on two characteristics. God is going to work to make a blessed change in their present state and also in their spiritual state.

(1.) In their present state. The children of Israel, they shall have rest from their bondage; the days of their affliction, though many shall have an end; and the rod of the wicked, though it is long, it shall not always lie on them.

(2.) In their spirit. They shall have rest from their sorrow and fear, sense of their present burdens and dread of worse things to come. Sometimes fear puts the soul into a torment (confusion, upheaval, turmoil, uproar) as much as sorrow does. Those who are freed from the bondage of sin have a foundation laid for true rest from sorrow and fear.

But this 3 part devotion is not a study on what God accomplished in the children of Israel. The focus will be on what God accomplished in the life of someone who too was trapped in bondage and now is free.

Part 1 – How God Saves

He went to work on this particular Friday because he had extra work to complete. There were very few people at work that day because most everyone was working a 4 day work week. Mark, his boss, was working with him. They were the only ones in their group that was working that day. It was Friday, July 17, 1999.

It started out to be a regular sort of work day. But something changed. He began to have thoughts of his past. The past of being a drunk and a drug user that included all of the bad things that go along with that. How he neglected his duties as a father. How he would waste money and time getting drunk or high on the weekends. Going to drug houses and the things that go with that. Can anyone imagine the heartache that he encountered when he would bring his little daughter with him to the drug houses only to wait until she fell asleep so that he could satisfy his desires?

That Friday, he began to feel awful. So much so, that he couldn’t concentrate on his work. It got harder and harder and he began to feel pushed into a corner and out of control, squeezed. He didn’t know what was happening to him only that it had to stop. It was the hardest emotional and psychological attack that had ever happened to him. He was shaking and not feeling well. Then came the thoughts of taking his life to put an end to it all. Only then did he realize that it was the one year anniversary of his divorce. He then began to remember all that divorce meant to him and his children. He thought that if he took his life, he would not be a burden to anyone and he wouldn’t have to re-live the things going through his mind.

Mark was his boss at the time. He gave Mark a lot of respect and thought of him as a good person. Mark was someone he could like and get along with. They had a mutual respect and friendship for each other as coworkers. He thought to himself that he probably could get Mark to let him go home early for the day. That way he could take his life. He had the means to do it; he just had to get Mark to say he could go home.

He went over to Mark’s office to talk to him. He said, “Mark, it’s the one year anniversary of my divorce and I can’t keep my mind on my work. Can I go home?” Mark said, “Can I pray for you instead?” He said, “OK” and he sat down on the empty chair in Mark’s office. Mark held his hands and Mark began to pray. He never had a man pray for him before. He began to cry. Mark then told him that he went to church and wanted to know if he ever went to church. He said no and that he hadn’t gone in a long time. Mark gave him the phone number of the Pastor and asked him to call the Pastor and find out when church is on Sunday. Mark asked if he would think about coming to church that coming Sunday morning. He told Mark that he would think about it. He remained at work that day and didn’t go home. The next 36 hours or so he can’t remember.

The next thing he remembered was waking up on Sunday morning and getting ready to go to church. He didn’t want to, but kept getting ready and actually drove to the church. When he parked he still didn’t want to be there, but the church door opened and there stood Mark.

Mark took him to Sunday School and then had someone sit with him in the service while Mark led worship as the worship leader. Then the Pastor began to preach and he felt something different happening in him. That sermon had his name on it. He began to cry again and then the Pastor said there was someone there today that didn’t want to live the life he is leading any longer. The Pastor then said I want him to come up here to the altar. There is someone waiting for him and His name is Jesus. He immediately went to the altar to pray but didn’t know how. Right then and there, Mark put down his guitar and came down to where he was kneeling and asked if he knew what was happening. He said no, but he didn’t want to live like he was living any more. Mark then led him to accept Jesus as his personal Savior. They hugged each other and prayed for over 2 hours.

Two days earlier, he had plans to take my life. On Sunday, July 18, 1999, God had different plans and saved him from eternal death and gave him eternal life. That was 15 years ago and this is now.

Just as God worked in the lives of the children of Israel to make a blessed change in their present and spiritual state, God worked in this man’s life. He didn’t realize that there was a God who could love him. He wondered, “How could you love someone like me?” God poured out his love on him that day. And his life was never the same.

Tomorrow, we’ll look even more deeply into this man’s life when Part 2 examines, “How God Restores”.

Heavenly Lord, thank You for the cross. Thank You for meeting us at our time of need and giving us Your Son Jesus to forgive us, cleanse us, and set us on the path that You have chosen. Help us Lord to live a life that gives You the glory. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Ephesians 2:10 NKJV – The fingerprint of God

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

I’ve had the privilege from time to time to watch master craftsmen at work. I’ve watched stone masons, glass blowers, wrought iron workers (blacksmiths), carvers, and those who craft fine furniture. All of these men and women were obviously gifted by God to bring beauty out of inanimate objects. Objects that have no life, yet once complete, they have personality and charm. They’ve spent countless years honing their craft. Some of them craft because of the sure joy in seeing the finished product, while others craft as their profession.

We see here in this verse that God has given us a name; a title if you will. We are “His workmanship”. God crafted us with His own hands, cell by cell and He continues to mold us into His image as a potter molds clay. He shapes us, forms us, polishes us up to do His work. Now, I’ve seen some amazing work by master craftsmen. I’ve seen work that was truly beautiful. But none of it can stand to the work God does in His children. We are alive and not inanimate. His desire is to craft us in a way that is unique to each of us. We are one of a kind. We are a “Special Edition”; a Masterpiece. We are God’s prize possession. Not for sale, and yet used for His glory.

Some craftsmen sign their pieces to let people know the origin and the artist, thereby giving that piece an increased value. Each of us have God’s fingerprint on us. That’s His signature line. His fingerprint tells everyone who crafted us and our value lies in the eternal mercy and grace of His Son, Jesus.

Can you make me a promise? Will you spend some time in prayer thanking God that He created you to be His workmanship? Will you thank God that by His mercy and grace we are one of a kind?

Dear Lord. Thank You that each of us are Your workmanship. Your one of a kind masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus. Help us understand that You are continually shaping us, forming us, molding us, polishing us for Your good pleasure so that we can walk in Your will for Your glory. Before time began, You already had a picture of what You wanted to accomplish in us. And You perfected that picture through Your Son, Jesus. We give You the glory. We give You the praise. Thank You Lord that we carry Your fingerprint. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!