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Do You Know Me?

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Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:9 (NIV)

I often wonder what people think when they look at me. I have always been a bit self-conscious about the way I look and how I present myself. They say an average of 13 people watch you each day. When you live in a house of 5 that only leaves 8 other outside stalkers J Do people think I’m kind, loving and peaceful? Am I really who I say I am? Do I resemble Jesus at all? These questions are always running through my head.

On my best day of my entire life, I will still not even come close to the greatness that Jesus showed when he walked on this earth. Jesus tells us in John 14:9 that “anyone who has seen me has seen the Father”. I so want people to see the Father in me.

God has slowly but surely been washing off the wickedness in my life. I still have a very long road ahead of me to see victory over some of the things that I have subjected myself to in the 40 years of my life. My sanctification is happening before my very eyes each day with the help of Jesus, great friends, and a loving/praying family. I look forward to the day where everyone knows me for who I really am and I can be happy with the results.

Don’t fool yourself. The true epiphany in life is when your character meets up with your reputation. When you are who you say you are and the person everyone thinks you are.

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Hidden For You

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Matthew 7:7 NASB Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV  No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.

When you live with four kids, you never know what kind of conversation you may have at the dinner table. We’ve talked about everything from hurricane Irma, football games, and dance competitions and sometimes even at the same time. This week, for some reason my kids began telling “Knock-Knock” jokes. Of course, my youngest would repeat ones she just heard as though she was the one that came up with the idea so we heard all of them at least twice. Each time a kid would say, “Knock, knock,” someone would have to answer the traditional “Who’s there?” and on and on. It didn’t matter the outcome of the joke, you still had to reply the same way by asking who was on the other side of the “door.”

There are all kinds of doors in our lives that many times seem to be closed shut with no hope of opening; doors of opportunity, of destiny, of fulfillment. We seem to knock with no reply. A friend reminded me of an old saying that I thought was especially relevant: If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door. Jesus once told his disciples, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7 NASB) It is so encouraging to know that what God has hidden behind those “doors,” is not being hidden from us, but rather hidden for us. 1 Corinthians 2:7 says, “No, we declare God's wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.” Rest assured that God’s destiny for your life is not being held back from you, it’s being held for you!

 

 

 

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