A Kiss from Father

bride_warriorYou are my work of art created in Christ Jesus.  Nothing you have done or will ever do can mar the beauty I created.  I am a master craftsman.  I created you.  See yourself as I see you.  How could you be more beautiful or perfect?  You are the bride adorned with beauty.  You are altogether lovely!

Pursuing God

entwined heartsA wonderful thing about God is that we pursue and apprehend him continuously.  If we only pursued and never apprehended, we would grow weary and discouraged.  But because God is infinite, we can continuously pursue and apprehend him for eternity.  What is even more awesome is that God pursues us.  God pursues us with his love, his grace, his mercy, his loving kindness.  So we are in an infinite, but ever changing, loop of pursuing, being pursued, catching, and being caught.  I picture it like this –  a child and their father running and chasing each other – laughing as they “catch” each other.  In the same way, our heavenly Father overtakes us with his love, and we fall into his arms as a child with loving abandon.  Can’t you see him laughing with us? How truly magnificent and wonderful our Father is.

Who Are You in Christ?

bride_warriorIf we truly understood who and what we are in Christ Jesus, would it change the world?  I think so.  The early followers of Christ lived a supernatural lifestyle, and turned the known world at the time upside down.  I believe they knew who they were in Christ and lived from that place instead of trying to achieve something they already had.  The following list from the writings of Paul describe who and what we are in Christ now.  It isn’t a description of what we are trying to become.  Let us strive to grasp the reality of who we are and live from that place of total victory.

 

From Galatians:

Dead to the Law

Alive to God

Crucified with Christ

Christ lives in us

Children of Abraham

Redeemed from the curse of the law

Children of God

Clothed in Christ

Heirs of the promise

Children of Promise

Born through the Spirit

Children of the free woman (Sarah)

Living by the Spirit

Free

Adopted by God

Led by the Spirit

From Ephesians:

Blessed with all spiritual blessing of heaven in Christ

Holy

Faultless

Adopted Sons

Free

Forgiven

Stamped with the seal of the Holy Spirit

Raised with Christ and placed with Him in heaven

God’s work of art created in Christ Jesus

Brought to life with Christ

Fellow citizens with the Holy People of God

Part of God’s household

Brought close to God

A new man

Reconciled to God

Holy Temple in the Lord

Dwelling place of God in the Spirit

Body of Christ

God’s dear children

Children of light

Filled with the Spirit

Glorious, with no speck or wrinkle, holy, faultless

From Colossians:

Free

Forgiven

Fortified with His glorious strength with all power

Rescued

Transferred to the kingdom of Christ

Reconciled

Holy

Faultless

Irreproachable

Christ in us, the hope of glory

Living in Christ

Rooted in Christ

Built up on Christ

Fulfilled in Christ

In Christ circumcised – the complete stripping of natural self

Buried with Christ

Raised up with Christ

Brought to life with Christ

Hidden with Christ in God

Our life is Christ

Chosen of God

Holy people whom he loves

Home

Sunrise

The starting point?  I don’t know the starting point.  The result?  Yes, I am all too familiar with the result.  Fear, anxiety, depression, illness, confusion – a long list of dysfunction.  Amazingly, despite my journey of self-destruction, my Father continued to sustain, preserve, and guide me to His destiny.

My eyes unveiled, dawn breaks forth, freedom calls me to new territory.  New territory in the Kingdom of God – set aside especially for me by my glorious Father.  He’s been waiting for my return.  He never once stopped looking, scanning the horizon for me.  “Father, I’m home!”

 

From the Heart of a Child – a Journal and Conversation with Father

This is something a little different and a bit personal.  It is journal and conversation with our heavenly Father told from the perspective of a child.

 

Today I got lost. I couldn’t find my way home. Dark. Cold. Rain. My tears mingled and merged with the rain.

“Papa, where am I? Have you forgotten your little girl?”

“Child, I will never by any means leave you or forsake you. I love you with an everlasting love, and I am the light of your feet. Child, look up! Your deliverance is at hand.”

 

I got saved today. Lying in the grime all alone, my tears ran out. But someone beautiful picked me up, washed away the grime, wrapped me in warmth, and mended my tatters.

“Papa, how? Why?”

“My little lamb, how could I not search for you and find you and bring you home? I sent my beloved Son, because I love you. I gave him for you – to save you, to heal you, to love and protect you.”

 

I received a beautiful, glorious robe today. Jesus gave it to me. It’s called the Robe of Righteousness. He gave it to me for free, but it cost him so very much. He bought it for me because he loves me.

“Child, wear the robe always. You honor and glorify my Son when you accept the gifts he gives you. Be consumed in our love.”

 

I discovered a great treasure today – Me! I am like a treasure chest with marvelous treasures hidden inside waiting to be brought out. Papa, showed me this story about the Kingdom of God. It is like a man who found a great treasure, and sold all that he had to purchase it. Jesus gave up everything to purchase me, because I am of great value.

“It is hard for me to understand, Papa. I don’t feel worthy?”

“My jewel, you are worth the best of heaven coming to earth to save you. No one is “worthy”, because all have sinned and fallen short. But you are of great value and worth it!”

 

 

No Orphans In God’s Kingdom

131231_untitled_0062Jesus came to reveal Father –  Abba (Daddy) Father.  Paul says we can boldly come before the throne of God.  Why?  Because we are His little children running to our Daddy.  There is no fear, disapproval, condemnation in Daddy’s eyes.  Only love pours forth from his throne to his children.

It requires a child’s heart to cry out, “Daddy” and to enter the King’s domain.  How do we get a heart of a child again?  Simply ask Daddy for it.  Ask him to reveal his love, his heart for you.  Let Holy Spirit heal you and give you a new heart.  It may feel like you are being broken into a million pieces, but the end result of a restored heart is worth more than all the gold in the world.

Two Viewpoints

dove2I see two viewpoints regarding our relationship with Father God being proclaimed by Christians. One that sees us, even as followers of Christ, as slaves. We are to work to do the will of God and be obedient servants. We are sinners saved by grace who perform to be acceptable and valuable. It may not be stated quite so bluntly, but that is the gist of it.

The other viewpoint is that Father loved us so much, he sent his son, Jesus, to buy us out of slavery. We were purchased with a great price and then adopted as sons.

So which viewpoint is correct? Paul clearly states that Christ was the firstborn of many sons of God. He also says that all of creation groans waiting for the sons of God to be revealed (Romans 8). In Galatians 4:6-7 Paul states, “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

So are we slaves/servants or sons/daughters? Seems clear that Jesus made it possible for us to be sons and daughters of the most high God. Jesus made it possible for us to call God, “Abba (Daddy), Father. The slave/servant mentality is the attitude of the older brother in the parable of the Good Father (a.k.a the Prodigal Son).

What I see in myself and in other Christians is a tendency to not understand that Jesus made a way for us to be children of God living from Father’s inheritance. When we act and teach from the viewpoint of the slave, we dishonor Jesus. To be truly victorious, we have to fully grasp that we are children of God, adopted into His family, living from inheritance, and hidden in Christ. Father has freely given us all things in Christ Jesus. Let us not dishonor Him by acting and believing like the older brother.