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by Carlos Areyano
07/05/13
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Zechariah 13:9
"I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure. I will refine them like silver and purify them like gold. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'These are my people,' and they will say, 'The Lord is our God.'"

God uses the word "will," and he does because it's a certainty. A certainty for what you may say? For restoration among the people of God, his chosen sheep. There comes a time where we become stubborn and inpatient and we wander off the path. We as sheep, become filthy when we wander off to where we must not be. But even when we do, God says, "I will make them pure." Can you picture that love? Can you picture his passion? That even when we make mistakes, God is willing to restore and heal.
We must understand that God does not change at all. His love, his thoughts, his passion for us. Think about Gold, lets say a unique ring. Imagine how beautiful it looks brand new. Lets say 100 years pass by, how does it look now? Not the same. But it doesn't mean it ought to stay that way. It doesn't mean it should stay that way. Many would not ignore it brand new, but some may overlook it when they can barely tell what it is. However, it's not the same with God, our creator. He does not see us as we are but as we can be. He doesn't treat us for how we are, but for who we truly are: his prize possession. Think about it, we will never stop being his children even if we mess up. But indeed God will correct us. Even through this process of restoration and rebuilding our scattered lives and faith.
And so God says, "these are my people." He recognizes who we are. Do we truly know who we are?

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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