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August 30, 2013

Father’s Business

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Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that all of you sought me? know all of you not that I must be about my Father’s business?

Jesus told us to follow Him. That means to follow His example of being about the Father,s business. Our question is what is our Father God’s business. Jesus showed us the Father,s business is about love, healing and forgiveness. We are to love all of God’s creation. We are to heal rather than cause harm and we are to forgive. We all fall far short of those three virtues. When we have a critical thought or say a harsh or critical word we are not acting I love and we are causing harm. When we refuse to give up a hurt we are not forgiving. We seem to enjoy evaluating others. This is the same as judging. We judge by our standards rather than God’s love. Jesus once said whoever is without sin cast the first stone. They all put down their stones and turned away. We must out down our criticism and judgemental thoughts and words and get on being about our Father’s business; love, heal and forgive.

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December 4, 2011

Advent 8

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Ro 15:6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We celebrate the 8th day of Advent – the start of our 2nd week.  We are told to join together with one heart and collectively, as one mouth, glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  When we are together with other Christians what do we do with our mouths.  We seem to find a lot to talk about and even some things to disagree about.  We spend a good bit of time talking to each other.  How much time do we spend speaking and singing praises to God?  How much time to we testify to His glory by giving Him praise for what He has been doing in and through us since we last met?  Let us on this day share with more than one of God’s love and give Him the glory for what we have in our lives – freedom to do this.  There are so many things He has given us and blessed us with.  Let us glorify Him – not so much because of what He has given us as more for what He has done for us – the One Whose birth as a man we prepare to celebrate.

November 4, 2011

Left His Throne

Jn 3:13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven —the Son of Man.

No other being has ever willingly stepped down from a throne and a beautiful home full of praises to come into the humblest of state.  He walked through dangerous times, went to school, learned obedience to His earthly parents and withstood  persecution so we could know His Father.  What He has done is beyond the scope of our own finite  minds to understand.  The cost is greater than we’ll ever know or experience ourselves.  Just these facts alone should be enough to make praise and thanksgiving well up inside of us.  If Jesus was obedient, how much more should we be obedient to His Word.  We can start by praising Him and reaching out in love to our fellow man.

July 12, 2011

Good Parent

Jer 11:8 But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubbornness of their evil hearts. So I brought on them all the curses of the covenant I had commanded them to follow but that they did not keep.

 A good parent today is considered to be one who disciplines lightly and demands little.  They give children most everything they ask for.  They talk with soft voices and calming words.  Punishment is usually just a slight please don’t do that.  We Christians hope God’s grace and forgiveness come through like these parents – soft and gentle when we need correction,0k when we’ve gone the wrong way.  God loves us too much to be soft and gentle.  Our eternal lives are at stake if we choose the wrong way.  He allows us to walk through trials and difficulties like they did in Jeremiah’s day to get our attention and bring us back into fellowship with Him.  When we find ourselves up against hard circumstances we need to look to God, find where we made the wrong turn, confess our sin and choose to walk on in obedience to God and the way He has for us.  Then the grace and love come through to us in a very real way.  My motto is: when things get tough don’t complain, praise God, learn and walk.  This is the way to spiritual growth.

June 21, 2009

Happy Father’s Day

 

Ro 8:15-16  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”   The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

 On Father’s Day we take time to honor our earthly fathers and think about the fathers who have passed on.  Hopefully, you have a Father even more important than your earthly father.  If you have received the Holy Spirit by accepting Jesus, the only Son of God by birth, you have been adopted as “sons” (or children) of God and may address Him as “Abba”, or Father.  If you have this privilege, be sure to take time today to thank Him for adopting you into His family.  As I have written in an earlier devotion, we are only God’s creation until we come to Him through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  Not only should we thank Him today, we should thank Him and praise Him every day.

 Happy Father’s Day, God my Father.  Thank You for loving me.

June 18, 2009

Father’s Day

 

Jn 6:40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

Father’s Day is this Sunday.  In preparation for it meditate about your heaveinly Father as you prepare to remember or honor your earthly father.”

 Nowhere in the Old Testament is God addressed as “Father.”  After His ONLY Son, Jesus, came in the form of God’s creation of ma, Jesus searched mankind’s language for a word which would best describe the kind of love God, the Creator, has for the people of His creation.  Jesus chose the word “father.”

 We were born as God’s creation.  We are adopted by Him as His children when we receive His ONLY begotten Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior.  Only then can we call our Creator God our Father God. 

 Meditate on the word “father” and praise God if you have been adopted as one of His children.

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