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.Deuteronomy 30. (Read)

The Lord put on my heart back in November to read through the Bible – cover to cover. My pastor encourages to “read scripture slowly” so I haven’t been following a “Read your Bible in a year plan” but instead 1-2 chapters sometimes 3 a day. One of the challenges I’ve had over the years is to f o c u s and dig deep into the Old Testemant. I was a skimmer of the OT before but WOW how God has been using it to speak to me and making it come alive and relatable to my today. 

Our Father desires us. ALL of us.

“Ex 34:14  Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”

He wants to prosper us and desires us to remain in Him. God is not pushy or a God of force. He wants us to want Him — above all else. As I was reading Deuteronomy 30 the Lord put three words on my heart. Obtain,Remain and Sustain. So I pulled up google and searched “define…” and typed in each word to dig a little deeper than Jessica’s definition of these words 🙂

Obtain. “to come into possession of; get, acquire, or procure, as through an effort or by a request”

Proverbs 8:35 “For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.”

Remain. “to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified”
John 15:4 “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

Sustain. “to support, hold, or bear up from below; bear the weight of, as a structure.”

Psalm 54:4 Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.

He is OURS. We GET to serve and live with Him FOR Him. We are priveldeged enough to obtain His salvation. In order to fulfil His plan we must remain in Him — not of this world or fleshly desires. When we remain in Him — He sustains us. He gives us the strength, love and support that we need to walk out His will.

Be encouraged today that HE is Emmanuel — the WITH us God. We don’t walk through mountains or valleys alone because God is the Constant One. 

If you didn’t have time to read Deuteronomy chapter 30 earlier — it’s talking about the ones who are -coming back- to His goodness. God has laid out the paths of life or death. They got to choose…so do we. I love how it mentions it’s not difficult to obtain His favor. We don’t have to ask someone to cross the sea and bring it back – it’s IN Him and He abides IN us now! The same God who provided for the Israelites and redeemed them time and time again is the same God who redeems us TODAY. He is restoration! I encourage you to read the whole chapter.

All He asks for is our heart — pure, deep, aching love for Him that continues so much so that He is the ONLY one who can sustain us because after all we were created for HIM by HIM.

Father,

Thank You for choosing to create me. Thank You for giving me grace and eternity when I deserve hell. Thank You for new mercies every day. Father forgive me for the times I haven’t remained in You. Forgive me for the times I chose my agenda over Yours. Help me to chase after You with all that I am. We all crave something more and God You put that crave there for a purpose on purpose — to continually remain IN You. Help me seek You more. Help me love louder — without demand or expectations — simply because You love me. Be my sustainer in the mountains and the valleys. I welcome You to lead, guide and direct — every area. Help me to keep pure intentions and focused on YOU. Your kingdom come – Your will be done. Amen.

Xoxo,

Jess Fox
PS. If you haven’t read the Bible through — today is the day to start! Transformation in your life starts with saturation of the WORD💛

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Beautifully Created One

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Beautifully Created One

How do you view yourself? Are you harsh on yourself? Are you constantly wishing and thinking of things you could change about yourself? Do you find yourself wanting to be in someone elses shoes?

God has created each person individually for a specific purpose. Maybe you are called to be a pastor, a musician, a health professional, a counselor….these things should not label who you are but what you do. So often people label us according to our occupation, social status or hobbies…but we are so much more!

We are a child of God! A conqueror, a friend in time of need, an encourager, a blessed one, a peacemaker, a delightful one, a disciple, a messenger, a worshiper…the list goes on.

Throughout my pregnancy all I could think about was how awesome God is! He formed each of us with purpose in our mothers womb. Seeing my son form from 5 weeks in utero to meeting him when he was born showed me how thoughtful God is of each of us. How the precious hands that start out looking like flappers grow into beautiful tiny hands with fingers that may lead others into worship by playing instruments one day, by a tiny mouth that forms that may spread the gospel one day, by beautiful feet that will allow you to go where God has called you to go.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)

The main point I’m trying to get across is that God loves you & wants you to view yourself the way He does. He was so thoughtful when He created you. A challenge to you is when you look in the mirror call out things God calls you as: I am a child of God, I am beautiful because I was made in the image of God, I am a conqueror & fear has no hold on me, I am beloved, I am cheerful, I am a peacemaker, I am a loving person, I am kind, I am confident.

Proclaim these things over your life & very quickly your perspective will start to shift about yourself.

xoxo,

Jess