YOU’RE SPECIAL                                                                                                                         Andy Hollifield 1-31-17

You’re special! Everyone likes to hear that don’t we. Especially when it comes from someone who is special to us. What if God said it to you, how would you like that? Well good news; he did. In the book of Deuteronomy 7:6 “For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a SPECIAL people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” There you have it. From Moses mouth to your ears what God thinks about you. You might be thinking that the book of Dueteronomy was written for the Jewish people and you would be right. The only thing is, that when Christ was rejected of his own people (John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.) he made himself available to whosoever would accept him. (12) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God even to them that believe on his name. That opened the door for all of us and made us partakers of what he gave to the Jews. This scripture plainly says “as many as believe on his name.”

Now since we have established that you are special, let’s look at the definition of the word. Of a distinct or particular kind or character. Unique, having a specific function or purpose. Distinguished or different from what is ordinary or usual. Extraordinary, exceptional, as in amount or degree, and finally particularly valued. You ought to be feeling really good right about now. To think that God thinks that highly of you. Just so you don’t get to thinking more highly of yourself than you ought to, read Deuteronomy 7:7. “The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: (8) But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharoah king of Egypt.” It wasn’t because we were anything in ourselves, but because he loved us. That was all the reason he needed. When I think of who I am and some of the things I have done and still to be counted special in his eyes, what great mercy and love. Ephesians 2:4 “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us.”

Think about that for a minute. If there wasn’t anything great about us then why would God set his love on us? Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. We could go on with scripture after scripture and could never answer the question of why. Romans 5:6 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Now it’s getting even worse. That verse said we didn’t even have any strength and were weak. We were weak, ungodly, sinners. How could God possibly set his love on us. Not only that, it gets worse. The book of Isaiah says in chapter 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our rightousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind have taken us away.” Now according to the scripture we are also dirty and our works are as filthy rags. We have no beauty because like a leaf we fade away. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it said “our iniquities like the wind have taken us away.” It’s beginning to look like we were just completely without hope isn’t it? If our sin and wickedness has taken us away from God, how could he possibly love us? We like to think that “God is love” and he is. Isaiah 59:2 said “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Ephesians 2:11 “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; (12) That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: (13) But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Thank God! We were weak, ungodly, filthy, undeserving, ugly, dead, sinners that were separated from God without hope and without God, but, I love that big little word don’t you? But by the shed blood of Jesus we are made nigh to God. We couldn’t come close to God’s presence on our own but when Jesus died on the cross, he made a way to where we could get to God. Even though we had no rights to God’s blessings he gave them to us anyway. Psalms 38:4 gives an accurate picture of where we were when God saved us “For mine iniquities have gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.” Now here is the good part from Psalms 103:3 “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;” Verse 10 of that chapter gets even better “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.” Isaiah 53:5 says ” But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” I am thankful that Christ stepped in for me. He took upon himself the chastisement that was the penalty for my sin and the price just so I could have peace. Isaiah 53:11 says “He shall see the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.” Jeremiah 5:25 said our “…sins have withholden many good things from you.”

I am thankful that in spite of my sins, Jesus died for me. He gave me forgiveness when I repented of my sins. I’m glad that in Isaiah 53:11 that when God saw his perfect Son on the cross, that he was satisfied with “the travail of his soul.” No other sacrifice was sufficient. Revelation chapter 5 says that a search was made in heaven and earth and beneath the earth and there was none found worthy to be the sinless sacrifice for sin except him. I am thankful he was willing to go, considering what I am. He knew me and still died for me. Now that’s love because he definitely got the short end of the deal and did it anyway. He must have really thought I was special. He must have really thought you were special cause he did it for you too. Don’t   let anyone beat you up for your faults and failures. God thought you were special enough that he gave his only begotten son and he gave his life just so you could be born again and have forgiveness of your sins. You must be pretty special to him. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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