“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
- Psalm 139:14 NIV
How wonderful are the works of our God! For he has made all things by the power of his word and sustains them by the same. The Lord is strong and mighty [Psalm 24].
The understanding of the God we serve is the beginning of a fruitful and meaningful glorious journey. The Psalmist realizes this and proclaims the praise that is well-deserved to the supreme God.
We must know who we are; the verse says, ‘I am fearfully and wonderfully made’. When we know who we are and what God has put in us, only then can we begin to appreciate his kindness and his Lordship.
If we don’t know that God is powerful, then any threat that looks powerful to us will overcome us because we have not realized that there is one who can fight and overcome on our behalf. If we don’t understand the blessings of God as well, then we may continue to live in a beggarly manner that insults the gifts that God has freely given to us.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Creator of all things. This is a powerful revelation for any believer to understand!
It gives us a sense of direction and purpose. It is easier to work when you know what tools you have been equipped with.
God has given us the greatest gift that we could ask for. Not only has he made us in his own image which gives us access to a great number of privileges, but also, even when we had lost this access, he sent his only son, Jesus, to bring us back to the access that we had lost.
We are wonderfully made. The bible says that the things that God has planned for those who love him; eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, and it hasn’t even been thought of by men yet. This is a mouth-watering proclamation that should drive every believer to searching out deeper realms of understanding in order to uncover these hidden treasures of his promise.
God has not made us to be mediocre. Jesus taught us that we are the light of the world, and must shine to show a difference. We only begin to be what God has made us to be when we know what he has given us to work with.
We are legislators of God’s kingdom upon the earth. The bible teaches us by Peter the apostle that we are a chosen race by God, a royal priesthood and a called-out people, called to show forth the marvelous things of our Father. The life God has planned for us is not one that is marked by failures, defeat and mediocrity. Jesus was made poor so that we may be rich – spiritually and physically [2 Corinthians 8:9]
Everyday, we have to be renewed in our minds, and continue to train our minds in the thoughts of God towards us. We learn the things of God every day.
Like the bible says in Romans chapter twelve; we must be transformed by the renewing of minds. It is an action that goes on for as long as we are here on earth. At every turn we take, the devil is trying to make us forget whom we are by compromising on the word of God that we have received.
It is just as the parable Jesus spoke about the seed sower. You see some seeds fall on the rocky soil where there is little soil. They accept the word when it comes. When they hear that they are fearfully and wonderfully made, they praise God for it. They are happy about the revelation they now have and are energized. But, shortly after this, when issues begin to arise that seem to test the word that they have received, they are quick to give up on the revelation that was once a light to them. Such is the tragedy of many believers.
We will grow daily together as we search out the scriptures and continue to understand the mysteries of the kingdom. God wants us to learn and benefit from his kindness, his love, his mercies and the abundance of blessings that he has freely given us.
The first step to enjoying your victory in Christ is to know who you are in Christ. Without a proper revelation like the Psalmist, of our standing in Christ, it is going to be a journey that seems to negate the truth of God’s word in our lives.
God wants us to experience total freedom and restoration.
Join us on this blog as we walk through various topics that strengthen the believer. The word of God is quick and powerful and can transform us!
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The power of repentance on emotional distress.
Isaiah 57:15 “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Repentance is an act that has weighty implications on your spiritual life. It seems like an ordinary word, but I want you to know that it’s very act is so powerful that it has real impact and effects in the spirit realm and also your mind. God says He only dwells with him who has a contrite spirit. The word contrite means; feeling or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming. To be contrite means to be repentant of a wrongdoing.
How to repent
The proper way to repent and be contrite is to talk to God by yourself. While it’s not a bad idea to talk to a friend, counsellor or a loved one, that is not repentance. Confessing your faults to a friend is not repentance. Confessing your sins to a parish priest or pastor is not repentance. And you don’t need an intermediary between you and God in order to repent! Here’s what you need to do, and let it be from the depths of your heart; You reach out to the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world and tell Him you’re sorry for your sins, mistakes, disobedience and wrongdoings. 1 John 1:7 ‘But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.‘ You ask Him to forgive you and cleanse you with His precious blood, then you ask Him to give you grace never to repeat that sin or mistake again. Yes, you also need to ask Him to give you strength to overcome whenever the enemy wants to tempt you in that particular area of sin or weakness you just repented of. Jesus Himself is your Advocate, and not your best friend, parish priest or pastor (See 1 John 2:1).
When to repent
Repentance is not an act you do only when you got saved and accepted Jesus into your heart and life. Rather, it is something you do as much as required. You see, in this life, there are many snares and temptations that the enemy (and the worldly system he rules) throws on the paths of God’s children, and at times, God’s children fall for it. That is one of the reasons why repentance is a continuous practice.
1) You repent every time you sin, err, or make a mistake. You are prone to mistakes often. You know, the Bible commands you to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (See Galatians 5:16). There are times you’re not watchful and the flesh kind of slips up on you! But at such times, the Lord expects you to repent, get up and move on!
2) You repent whenever you are disobedient to God. Many times, God’s children disobey His instructions, either deliberately or because of the cares and busyness of life. The devil, who is the spirit of disobedience (see Ephesians 2:2) also causes God’s children to disobey Him at times, and he achieves this by offering them a ‘seemingly better way’ which always ends up in trouble and affliction… The way out of such a situation is repentance!
3) You repent every time the Holy Spirit convicts you. There are times you’re wrong without knowing it. You miss it in this area or that area and you just don’t know that you’ve grieved the Spirit of God. He then begins to move in your heart and starts to stir your conscience. You begin to feel unrest in your heart, you seem to hear the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit in your heart trying to get your notice and attention to a particular issue… That is the Holy Spirit convicting you, and your proper response is to find out from Him where you’re wrong and then repent immediately!
Two (2) Fruits of repentance
Matthew 3:8 ”Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance”.
Repentance is humbling yourself before God, acknowledging His mercy and grace! That is why it is written that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (see James 4:6)
If you humble yourself before God, you will have His grace and mercy manifesting in your life, and these fruits of repentance will be yours!
1) Repentance brings emotional peace and rest! This is a wonderful thing. Every time you turn away from sin, mistakes, or disobedience, one of the first things the Lord does is that He fills your heart and mind with His peace! A supernatural peace, that improves your total wellbeing. Divine peace, that protects your mind and emotions with a God-backed assurance. Philippians 4:7 “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.
The peace of God is divine and it gives total rest and calmness to the mind and emotions, it kicks out troubles, anxiety, fear, and emotional stress.
John 14:27 ” Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
2) Repentance shuts the door against the enemy! Yes, you might wonder how true this is… But I assure you, it is absolutely true. Remember, God is always drawn to the humble and contrite of heart according to His word in Isaiah 57:15 “…I dwell with him who has a contrite and humble spirit”.
When you repent before God, the door through which the enemy has been coming in to cause emotional distress and troubles is shut against his face! Repentance brings God in and takes the devil out. It deprives satan of any legal ground and in turn gives you the legal right to confront the devil and command him to take his hands off your mind and emotions!
Learn to do these things and experience the supernatural peace of God!