Anchored In God’s House

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The Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the church in Rome. This letter presents theology om a logical, organized way and focuses on salvation, as a gift from God, through grace, by the blood of Christ Jesus. Romans 8:12-17 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.  For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry “Abba,” Father. The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now it we are children then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Do you wonder about the disruption and confusion in today’s world? There is an answer: We have lost our homing instinct, we have become “world citizens.” As a result, many people have lost direction. The relationships in our lives are not coincidence. there is a reason the verse says, A man had two sons.” It is a silhouette of our connectedness with God. The devoted child of God sometimes longs for heaven with the same deep longing that we have for our birthplace implies our parents home, our childhood memories, our brothers or sisters. No wonder the first commandment that deals with human relationship starts with “Honor your father and mother.” (Exodus 20:12) He who understands the wonder of parenthood also understands the wonder of God’s loving Fatherhood, and of being a child of God. 

Being lost is being without God, without anchors or connectedness unattached and unrestrained, this is perdition itself. Salvation is being inextricable anchored in God and confessing I know to whom I am entrusted. This is eternal life! This is heaven. And so our earthly attachments grow into eternal anchors. We don’t come from nowhere and we’re not on our way nowhere. We are attached to our Father for now and eternity. His word teaches me: “See how much our Heavenly Father loves us, for he calls us His children and that is what we are. (1John 3:1)

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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Jesus Calls Us

 

Matthew 4   As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fisherman. “Come, follow me, “ Jesus said, “ and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.                     Matthew 4:18-22

I wonder how many of us if Jesus was still on earth and he ask us to follow him would we drop everything at that very moment and do it? In the book of Matthew it talks about the beginning of Jesus public ministry. John the Baptist had been put to death; and Jesus had withdrawn to Galilee, not because afraid of Herod Antipas, who had put John to death, but because he had a different vision of the future. There was agitation all over Judea for a king, for someone to avenge John’s death. Jesus’ vision of the kingdom was one of nonviolence. He was not interested in revenge not even for the death of his cousin and friend but for peace. 

For Matthew, this scripture was enough to justify Galilee, rather than Jerusalem, as the center of Jesus’ ministry. It is a call for a response to God’s action. God is making a new world. Get a new sense of direction and purpose and become part of that new world. Repentance is not only about remorse, but, more important, about a change of direction.

The contrast of light and darkness is a familiar theme in describing this life direction. Jesus, in fulfillment of the Scriptures, has ushered in an age in which the repentant will move toward the realm of light, and ways from darkness, the shadow of death. The light had dawned because Jesus has arrived. Jesus issued his called to discipleship, knowing the culture, heritage, and economic status of these fisherman. He asked them to leave what they knew and were comfortable with, to come and embrace a new lifestyle with different values and goals. 

What is Jesus asking us to do? Jesus is issuing a similar call to modern, would-be disciples. We come from diverse cultures,. different worldviews, and different places on the socio-economic ladder. We, like the disciples of old, are also called to leave the comfort and predictability as we enter a life of service to God. 

The call of fisherman to become disciples is significant, because it is the beginning of the church. Jesus took the initiative, he sought out these men in the midst of their work. The call was both a command and promise. The command was to follow him. The promise was to become “fishers of people”

Peter as well as Andrew, James and John left everything and everyone to follow Jesus. He issued a powerful appeal that made disciples. And it made a real difference in their lives. How do we become disciples of Jesus Christ? It is not a great mystery. We simply follow him, Jesus calls some us to adventure of serving in the mission field in a foreign land. Others are called to adventure close to home, serving God’s people through service organizations and schools, through food pantry, legal assistance, volunteering and voting, offering prayer and healing. There are so many ways for God’s people to follow Jesus into the adventure of serving. Where do you hear, God is calling you to join Jesus in the adventure of being his disciples? What row is yours to plant? What need in your church, or community, or in the wider world cries out to your heart? How will you respond to Jesus when he says “COME AND FOLLOW ME”

Grace and Peace to You My Friends 

God Is Know as El Roi

Genesis.pngAbram’s wife Sarai had a servant girl named Hagar, and Sarai told her to laid with her husband because Sarai was unable to have a child. Sarai grew impatience waiting for God to bless her and her husband with a child. After Hagar did what she was told to do Sarai grew angry at her and her husband Abram, so Hagar ran away from her.

The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert, it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. And he said, Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going? I’m running away from my mistress Sarai, she answered. Then the angel of the Lord told her,.”Go back to your mistress and submit to her. The angel added, I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.” The angel of the Lord also said to her. You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the Lord has heard of your misery. He will be a wild donkey of a man, his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility towards all his brothers. She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her, ” You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have seen the One who sees me.” This is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi, it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.                                                  (Genesis 16: 7-14)

No matter how difficult our circumstances, we never solve life’s problem by running away. God will find us, God knows us by name, God sees and hears our cries, God is concerned about our burdens and our cares, God knows our future.  In the book by Wendy Blight she ask this: Are you, like Hagar in a place of wildness today? Take a moment and reflect on your own life right now, right this very moment. We find El Roi throughout the pages of Scriptures. Today we can find him in one of the favorite chapter in the book of Psalm, and it is Psalm 23 The Lord is My Shepherd, and he can be your today. El Roi is also Elohim our Creator. He knows us inside and out. Nothing is hidden. Our every hurt, doubt, fear, and need is on display before him. So when our Creator El Roe “sees” our need. He will come to us, meet us, feed us, refresh us, and renew us, just as He did Hagar.

In the midst of his suffering, David wrote your road and your staff, comfort me. (Psalm 23:4) The rod and staff are tools of the shepherd’s trade. The shepherd wielded the rod to protect his sheep by driving off wild animals. Clearly, the rod and staff in the hands God gave David comfort and should give us assurance as well. God never slumbers. He never takes a catnap. His eyes are always upon His kingdom.

 

Grace  and Peace to You My Friends

Insomnia

Psalm 4.jpgFor all of us at one time of another we seem to have trouble with sleeping thru the night, rather it is because of a dear one who is sick, being worried over bills, or the outcome of any situation, we just cannot sleep peacefully at night. For me when those times have come into my own life, I simply open the word of God and begin to read the following words in order to have a restful night.

In peace I will lie down and sleep for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:8

Yes, my soul, find rest in God, my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation, he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God, he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him for God is our refuge.                      Psalm 62:6–8

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give your rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.       Matthew 11:28-30

He will cover you with feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge, his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.                          Psalm 91:1-4

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.                                         Psalm 42:5

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.         Hebrews 3:1

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, will surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:6-7

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them. He carried them on His aloft                        Deuteronomy 32:11

You are His Beloved. Although you experience many difficulties in your life, he shields you all day long. You cannot imagine what your life would be like if God was not protecting you continually. The adversity he does allow you to experience is ultimately for your good and His Glory. You can rest secure by trusting that God protective Presence is with you always, no matter what trials you may be enduring. You must be clear about one thing above all else: You are most assuredly the one that the Lord loves! In fact, He loves you so much that he carries  you through your toughest times. Beloved, you can rest between His shoulders like a lamb tenderly carried by its shepherd.

Sleep well God’s little children

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Encouragement

ThessaloniansThe book of Thessalonians was written by Paul who was a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul praised the Thessalonians for their faith, giving his readers instructions on how to live in a way that pleases God. He also provides them with information about Christ’s second coming.

Paul tell us, now bothers and sister, about the times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, Peace and safety, destruction will come on them suddenly as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.  1 Thessalonians 5:1-3

I know that with a lot of talk over the years when so many people are trying to tell you that they know the exacted time when Jesus will return and I am here to say that no one knows when that will be. In the Gospel of Mark hear these words from Jesus But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father, Be on guard! Be alert!. Mark 13:32-33 While we are waiting for that day to come let us remember to always encourage one another, love one another, because we never know what kind of battle someone maybe dealing with. The way that you would like someone to treat you with kindness, love and encouragement, we should do the same.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends