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Our Greatest Need

By Martha Noebel
CBN Staff Writer

CBN.com -- When asked, "What, in your opinion, is the greatest spiritual need in the world today?" theologian Dr. R. C. Sproul once replied, "The greatest need in people's lives today is to discover the true identity of God."

This is so true. God is exactly what we want and need, and we don't know it. He loves us unconditionally and is always there when we need Him. The problem is that we don't truly realize just how much He cares for us.

God sent His son Jesus to die for us because He loved us so much. If we have given our hearts to Him and asked for our sins to be forgiven, we can rest in His unfailing love. We need to encourage ourselves in that. What more do we need?

Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us (Romans 8:33-34, NLT)

He is a God worthy of our honor and our love. We should be growing in His love and grace and reaching out to others so that they can know, too. There is so much joy in being an active part of the family of God.

"In the time of my favor I will answer you and in the day of salvation I will help you. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and reassign its desolate inheritances" (Isaiah 49:8, NIV).

What a wonderful Savior! We have His favor and salvation. He longs to use us to restore others. We are His hands; we are His feet. We speak His words and lives are changed.

For the last several months, I have been working with my church by going into a low-income area of my community. We have been providing food and clothing, and this past summer, we conducted an outdoor Bible School. I know the greatest joy is being a part of helping others and seeing God work. I can really feel God's love for these people being poured into my life so I can allow it to pour back out to them. I love to see the glee in the faces of the children when I go to their community. It is wonderful to see the deep appreciation from the parents struggling to do the best they can. It is truly God's heart that we go to them and try to help them where they are.

If I don't go, who will? If you don't go, how will they know of God's great love for them?

Let's take a moment to ask God to show Himself to us in a special way today. Let's ask Him to fill us with all that we need to become more involved in what pleases Him. Let's get to know the true and living God and learn to know all we can about Him. It's an adventure, one well worth taking.

Martha welcomes your responses at dvtd2hm1@aol.com.

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