Father’s Love

Waves Ocean RocksYour love is an ocean that I am drowning in.  I sink into its depths with great delight.  I inhale it and become intoxicated with your goodness and mercy.  Your love flows eternal – waves that constantly beat at the stony cliffs of our hearts.  Wave after wave until the walls erode and crumble at the insistence of your love.

Dance with Me, Father!

space-galaxies-stars-2560x1440[Reposted in memory of my Dad  (1943-2016) who is now dancing through the universe with our heavenly Father]

Dance with me, Father!

Let me stand on your feet as we twirl through the universe.

Let us laugh as we round the stars hand-in-hand.

Let us sing to the galaxies as they glisten in unspeakable splendor.

Let me lay my head on your shoulder as the dance draws to an end.

Let your lullaby of love draw me to sweet sleep.

Then dance with me again, Father, in the universe of dreams.

Love Letters from Jesus: Unity

entwined heartsI love you with an everlasting love.  A love that will not die and cannot be defeated.  You live in me; I live in you.  Come to the fullness of understanding our unity.  I challenge you to fully open yourself up to my love.  I’ve demonstrated my love for you at the cross.  I’ve demonstrated my love for you through the Holy Spirit.  This is enough, but I long to give you even more.  The fullness of the Spirit is available to my children.  Long for it, and pursue it.  Seek and you shall find.  I give only good gifts to my children.  It is not impossible to know me.  Take time to seek me.  I am waiting for you – ever eager to meet with you.  I love you in all truthfulness, all faithfulness. A love forever.

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!

Love Letters from Jesus: Undying Love

bride_warriorMy Beloved one, I love you with an undying love.  A love the grave could not conqueror.  A love your sin and rebellion could not conqueror.  Relish my love.  Let me ravish your heart. I cherish you.  My love will never, ever break your heart.  I pick up the pieces others have left.  I mend every tear, every hurt, every worn and tattered place.  The world doesn’t understand such love.  But it is real.  Come and experience a pure, joyful, unconditional love and acceptance.  The Father waits for the prodigal heart to return to Him.  I come to draw you into our embrace.

New Man

I was reading Ephesians chapter 2, and thinking about the way Jesus created a new man through the cross. Isaac (representing Jews) and Ishmael (representing Gentiles) through the cross are one new man reconciled to God in Christ. Both now have free access to the Father. As I contemplated this, the following equation came to mind which I hope blesses you.

(Isaac + Ishmael) x the cross = (the new man)^Christ 

In other words, Isaac plus Ishmael times the cross equal the new man raised to the power of Christ.

So let’s subtract any thoughts from our minds that tell us “we can’t”, and replace them with, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.  It is His power operating through us – Christ is in us, and we are in Christ.  Now that is some math I like!

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.

Are You Digging Up A Corpse?

corpseRomans 6: 1-11 (ESV)

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Roman 6 clearly states that we died with Christ. Our former self was crucified with Christ. Basically our former sinful self was killed and buried. Once someone dies, he no longer belongs to his former master. He can no longer be punished for former misdeeds. A dead person no longer transgresses.

So with Christ we were crucified and died. Then a new man was put in our place. The new man is not sold as a slave to sin. The new man has been bought by Jesus Christ. Because the new man belongs to Jesus, the new man is a slave to righteousness.

So here is the question… Are we digging up a corpse?

Lack of victory in our walk with Christ could be a sign that we are carrying a corpse around.

Paul says, “You must see yourselves as being dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11 NJB).

Sometimes we read scripture like Romans 6 and water it down by making it completely symbolic. But it is not just symbolic. We were baptized into Christ’s death and were thus buried with him (our water baptism is a picture of this). The self belonging to sin was destroyed, and we are freed from the slavery of sin. We live a new life in Christ Jesus. This is a kingdom REALITY. We must literally see ourselves this way.

What are we going to choose to be –

– A new creation joined to Christ living by the law of the Spirit free from sin and death, or

– A rotten corpse spreading death and decay, a slave of sin?

Father’s desire for each of us is to choose life. He proved it when he sent his beloved son, Jesus Christ to die for us. But Christ didn’t just die for/as us. Christ arose! Christ lives so that we also can be resurrected and walk in newness of life!

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

Baptism of Love

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Bookworm.”

I read an awesome book by Leif Hetland titled “Baptism of Love”. It has really made me aware of how much we need the Holy Spirit’s help to truly love. Jesus didn’t say that they will know we are his disciples if we refrain from choking each other. Nor did he say to tolerate one another. He said to love one another as he loved us. A very difficult assignment if we are walking carnally.

To truly love others as Jesus did is not something humanely possible. At least for me, it is not possible without supernatural assistance. Leif describes in his book, how he received the baptism of love by the Holy Spirit, and how it radically transformed his life. Loving the “unlovable” requires such a baptism.

My personal prayer is to receive such a baptism of love. I also pray that the Church (every denomination) will be open to believe in and receive more of the fullness of God and the Holy Spirit. A supernatural love, a supernatural life – that is normal Christianity.

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