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The Most Glorious Revelation You Can Enter Into

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It saddens me that Romans 7:1-4 is such a neglected passage of Scripture by the Church, as it’s one of the most glorious revelations you will ever enter into.

There, we’re told that in Jesus Christ we have died to the law. A lot of people think that’s referring to ceremonial law, but if you continue to read you will see that coveting is spoken about, and we know that coveting is one of the big ten, listed in the Ten Commandments. So no, it can’t be ceremonial law. 

We have been delivered from the law, so that we 

might be married to another. 

You see, Adam plunged all of us into a relationship with the law; a relationship we were never intended to be in. Genesis 3:16 calls it the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” If you've ever wondered what that means, it just means the tree of right and wrong. This is the tree Adam was told not to eat from. We were never supposed to even know right and wrong.

When Adam and Eve ate from that tree, they plunged into the law. They went from having a relationship with a Person, to having a relationship with principles. That's why Genesis 3:16 tells us that it brought death. That death, beloved, had to be redeemed by another, we needed to be set free. Jesus did that for us. 

We have been delivered from the law so that we can now have a relationship with a Person and His name is Jesus! 

It’s also important to know that Romans 7:4 says that relationship is the only way to bear fruit. You will never bear fruit in the Christian life by following the law. You only bear fruit in the Christian life through expressing the living Life of Christ. 

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

John 15:5 (NASB)

The Christian life is all about fruit, and you can't have fruit if you don't have Life, and Life is only found in the person of Christ - it is never found in the law, that's why we had to be delivered from it.

Walk with Jesus, beloved, He alone can produce fruit in your life. We've been given a better principle, the principle of life instead of the principle of death. I hope this has encouraged your heart today. 


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The Purpose Of Your New Identity

We are saints: we are made new and holy! But have you ever wondered why? In this short video, Frank reveals the beautiful purpose of our new identity. Beloved, God lives in you, you are a radical entity!


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The Gift God Only Gives His Children

As parents we do very special things for our children because we love them so much - and God is no different with us! In today’s short clip, Frank shares the beautiful gift that God promises His children. May you experience His joy today!


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How to Praise God in the Wilderness

Do you long to see the power and glory of God in your wilderness? Do you wonder if it’s even possible to praise Him when you are facing such pain? Don’t miss Frank’s hope-filled video today, as he teaches us what God’s lovingkindness is all about, and shares how it is possible to praise God, even in the wilderness.

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How to Praise God in the Wilderness

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David says his hope is to see the glory and power of God in the wilderness, just as surely as he sees it in the temple in Jerusalem. He's saying that he doesn't need a building to find God, he doesn't need priests to find God, he doesn’t need sacrifices to find God, and here it comes - he doesn’t need a pastor to find God! You see friends, God wants to have a relationship with you, with no mediator other than God Himself named Jesus. Isn't that cool?!

Look what David says in verse 4, “Your lovingkindness is better than life.” You might want to circle the word lovingkindness; it's the Hebrew word “hesed.” It is the word for unconditional love in the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant word for “agape.”

We need to stop right there friends and really think about what he’s saying here, “Your lovingkindness is better than life.” Let’s talk about life; aren’t our lives our most precious possessions, the thing we hang on to at all costs? If a robber came up and pointed a gun at you, what would you do? You'd give him your wallet! Why? Because your life is more important than your money. If you get the dreaded word, “cancer,” what are you going to do? You're going to go through drastic surgery, you’ll take hideous chemicals into your body, why? To save your life! We fight for life with all we have. The Old Testament book of Job says exactly that in chapter 2, verse 4, “All that a man has, he will give for his life.” And it’s true.

What David says is radical, “Your love is even better than the choicest thing in my life called life itself. How can he say that? Well, let's think about it, what good is life without the love of God?

One of the things that brought me to Christ almost forty years ago now, was a little gospel tract that I received from a church I visited. It was called, “Is this all there is to life?” I opened it up after I had visited, I wasn't a Christian yet, but this is what it said on the first page, “A man is born, goes to school, gets married, gets a job, has kids, retires, and then dies; is that all there is to life?” That got me thinking, what is man really? Is he really just a bunch of protoplasm waiting to become manure? Or is there more to this thing? And that sent me on my search to find God.

What David finds, and his son Solomon wrote these words, “All of life is a vanity unless God is a part of it.” And so David, who knows the love of God, says, “My Lips are going to praise you.” And don't forget where he is when he says this, he's in the wilderness! His circumstances have not changed, all that has changed is his mindset - he's gone vertical.


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Pursuing the Truth Giver

Doctrine was NEVER intended to be an end in itself, but a means to lead us to the Person of Jesus!

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We Read Scripture to Get to Know the Author.

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Don’t limit your reading of Scripture to an intellectual exercise! 
It can be a dynamic exchange of life with your Father.

When we pick up our Bible, we hold in our hands a very precious commodity. The word 'Bible' itself is simply a translation from the Greek 'biblios', literally 'book'. The Book! The Book of all books to be sure. Inspired by God, men throughout history wrote down truths that God wanted us to know. Effectively, the Bible is the mind of God communicated to the mind of man.

The Bible reveals God to us through the Person and Work of Jesus. By observing Jesus in Scripture, we learn that God is our Father Who has adopted us into His forever family. I prefer to call the Bible “Father’s Word” because not only is it the mind of God to the mind of man, it is also the heart of God to the heart of man.

The Bible is written to each of us as if we were the only one on the planet. When you read it, imagine He's pulled you up onto his lap, and he's telling you the important things you desperately need to know... things about Himself, about ourselves, and the world we live in.

 In Philippians 3, Paul says he had learned that all the other wonderful things in this world are rubbish compared to knowing Him. I believe with all my heart that statement gives an important clue how we are to read Scripture. We are to read this book differently than we read other books. When we read the Bible, we read it to get to know the author.

Let me state it plainly. We have been trained to read books to learn what is in the book, but that is not how we are to read the Bible. Think back to when you were in school. You read a chapter in the history textbook - why? To learn what was in the book in order to score a good grade on the text. And after the test, you promptly forgot what you read as you plunged into reading the next chapter so you could take another test. And so it was for the Math book and the Science book and the Sociology book. 

Did you ever read the Math, Science, or Sociology book to get to know the author? Absolutely not! That was not the stated goal. The stated goal was to read the book to know what was in the book.

Put simply, we should be having a conversation with Father as we read, building and enjoying the relationship we share. As you read the Bible, I recommend you pray, thanking Father for what you've read and asking Him to explain it so you can understand it better. Though knowledge is important - Hosea says without it we are destroyed - the relationship we gain from that knowledge is far more important. God died, so that we could have a relationship with Him.

Don’t limit your reading of Scripture to an intellectual exercise! 
It can be a dynamic exchange of life with your Father.

I hope this insight inspires you to open the Bible more often and enjoy a wonderful conversation with the One Who loves you so much.

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Placed Into His Being

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We must have a proper view of God. How we view God is ultimately how we will view ourselves in relationship to Him, so it is very important to study Who God is. In I Timothy 6, we are told that God is blessed. That is a strange thought, isn’t it? Most times as believers, our focus is on how blessed we are because we know Him. But here, Paul states that God Himself is blessed. The word is makairos and it means happy, content or fulfilled. Think about that! Our God is a happy God, a content God, a fulfilled God. He does not know unhappiness, frustration anxiousness or fear.

Now certainly there are “things” that please Him, and there are absolutely “things” that displease and even grieve Him, like when we sin! However, NOTHING ever alters His deep sense of inner contentment. He doesn’t have a bad day when we sin. In fact, God NEVER has a bad day! Every moment of every day is a good day for God!

Why is it so important that we understand that? Because in the New Testament, when we place our faith in Jesus, we are told that we are placed “in Him, and He in us.” Therefore, that means that when we got placed in Him, we also got placed into Who He is!

We got placed into His contentment,
His rest, His fulfillment, His calm.

Jesus stated this plainly in Mt. 11 when He said for us to come to Him, that we might find His yoke which is easy and experience His rest! I love how the Psalmist put this, “How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” (Ps. 2:12) Take refuge from all the calamity, anxiety, fear, and unrest this world offers by resting by faith in Him, Who is blessed – so that – you too will experience His blessed rest and calm!

Wow!!!

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Side by Side or Inside?

The Holy Spirit is another just like Jesus, only now in the New Covenant economy, He lives inside us instead of beside us

The Holy Spirit is another just like Jesus, only now in the New Covenant economy, He lives inside us instead of beside us

Sometimes, I hear people say that they wish they could have walked with Jesus side by side. That is a nice thought, but unfortunately betrays a lack of understanding and experience of the glory of the New Covenant that Jesus established.

In John 14, when the disciples were concerned that He was leaving them, He told them that when He went away, the Father would send "another" comforter. Here is a great choice of words by the Holy Spirit written word. He did not choose the word "heteros" which means another of a different kind. He chose instead the word "allos" which means another of the same kind.

When Jesus went away and returned to His throne, LISTEN,
He sent back One, the Holy Spirit, Who is another just like Jesus Himself.

Now let's ponder Jesus for a minute - He was so patient with the disciples, He defeated temptation, He had compassion for the hurting and the struggling, He rescued the adulterous woman from condemnation by the community of legalists, He intimately conversed with the outcast Samaritan.... hmmmmm, no wonder they did not want Him to leave. Where in this world are you going to find a friend like that, Who is so loving, and gracious, and merciful, and POWERFUL!?

The answer is, "INSIDE YOU!"

The Holy Spirit is another just like Jesus, only now in the New Covenant economy, He lives inside us instead of beside us. No my friend, as good as it would have been to see Jesus on the outside, it is more glorious to experience Him living inside us through the presence of the Holy Spirit, Who is another just like Him. The compassion, mercy, grace, and power of Jesus lives inside me through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

This is the glory of the New Covenant!

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Mansions

Is that what heaven is really all about? Living out our days in the hopes that we are one day going to get a huge house to live in?

Is that what heaven is really all about? Living out our days in the hopes that we are one day going to get a huge house to live in?

So what is God talking about when the New Testament speaks of us getting a mansion? Let's think about that for a moment. Is that what heaven is really all about? Living out our days in the hopes that we are one day going to get a huge house to live in? Let's not trivialize the heart and purpose of the Bible in such a way! The Apostle Paul did not say that there was "one thing" that he pressed on for - to get a big mansion! What did he say? My "ONE THING" is to KNOW CHRIST!

The passage on "mansions" is found in John 14. The key to understanding John 14 is to read it in light of John 13. CONTEXT!!!

In John 13, Jesus has told them that He is going to go away, and they cannot go with Him. They are saddened by this news, of course. But then He tells them to not be troubled because He is going to prepare a place for them, in the Father's house are many "mansions". In doing so, He says that He will return for them again, and receive them unto Himself, that where He is they will be also. The heart behind this passage is an intimate relationship, not a construction project.

What troubled them is separation. Once you have tasted God, you want all of God, and cannot stand the thought of separation from God. Now focus on the word "mansions".... the word is really dwelling places or as I would translate it "abidings". Jesus is going to prepare places for "abiding",  places where He and us can live together in union. And note that He says as soon as He prepares that place, He will return and we will be received unto Him.

May I suggest, that this has nothing to do with mansions in the sky that we have to wait for one day when we get to heaven in order for us to be able to have Jesus receive us! In the context, the place He went to prepare is us! Rom 6 tells us that He took us to the cross. There He killed our old man, our old sinful self and resurrected us brand new creations (II Cor 5:17). Having now been "prepared", having been made right, He the RIGHT ONE could now come back to us and live in us, through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Now He could receive us unto Himself so that we could be with Him (seated in Heaven right now Eph. 2:6) and so that He could be with us wherever we go. 

This is our true "ONE THING" --- to know Christ! The Greek word for "know" there is ginosko which means to know by experience. I do not believe that God made a bunch of big houses for us to dwell in in heaven, but I do believe He "prepared us" as the place of His own residence so that we could be with Him and experience Him forever.  And it all is starting right now and continuing in union with Him when we leave this earth.

WOW!

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Where We Should Fix Our Eyes

In the many years that I have studied the Bible, I have loved reading the letters of Paul because he ministers to my mind. He provides me with truth.

In the many years that I have studied the Bible, I have loved reading the letters of Paul because he ministers to my mind. He provides me with truth.

Did you know that the only New Testament writer that uses the term “anti-Christ” is the Apostle John? As I have meditated on that, I have come to the conclusion that is as it should be. John was the one known as the beloved Apostle. John was the one who laid his head on Jesus' breast at the Last Supper. John was the only one at the cross. John was the one Jesus entrusted his earthly mother too when he was about to die.

In the many years that I have studied the Bible, I have loved reading the letters of Paul because he ministers to my mind. He provides me with truth. But I have loved reading the letters of John because he ministers to my heart. So I find it fitting that the one who was so in love with Jesus, should be the one who recognizes that which is not of Jesus, that which is “against” Jesus, which is what the word “anti” means. 

I believe this speaks volumes to where we should fix our eyes. Ours is not to be concerned with identifying or searching out what is wrong, but rather to so be devoted to Jesus that anything contrary to Him will be readily identifiable. The one whom Jesus loved, he is the one who saw that which was not of Jesus. Let it be so with us, may we see Jesus so intensely, that all that is anti-Jesus will be readily identifiable in our hearts and minds.

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Why Did God Create Us?

I think it has something to do with I John 4. "God is love... and love is FROM God".

I think it has something to do with I John 4. "God is love... and love is FROM God".

Why are we here? Why did God create us?

Have you ever pondered these questions?

I have heard the "answers" as I am sure you have as well.  God created us to worship Him. God created us to obey Him. God created us because He was lonely.

I don't think so. Creating us had NOTHING to do with God "needing" anything.

Jn 5:26 says "God has LIFE in Himself."

If you have LIFE, if LIFE is your nature, then you don't need anyone or anything.

Then why did God create us?

I think it has something to do with I John 4. "God is love... and love is FROM God". God created us because He wanted to share His LIFE and LOVE with us. It was not about us being here to do something for God, but us being here so God could do something for us... LOVE US!

The verse goes on to say that we, in turn, LOVE God and others because that is what LOVE from God does.

Hmmmmmmm... Think about it!

Why did you have kids?

Did you have kids to worship you and obey you? If you did, you are in for a rude awakening!!!

No, you had kids to share your life and love with them. Where did you get that idea?

Perhaps from the original first Lover Who wanted to share His LIFE and LOVE. (pretty cool to be so loved)

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So, What Is Prayer?

Prayer is seeking to experience Jesus in ALL that we do.  Driving on the interstate, shoveling dirt, changing diapers are all opportunities to be praying without ceasing because they are all opportunities to live in the Spirit at the same time we are living in this physical world.

Prayer is seeking to experience Jesus in ALL that we do. Driving on the interstate, shoveling dirt, changing diapers are all opportunities to be praying without ceasing because they are all opportunities to live in the Spirit at the same time we are living in this physical world.

PRAYER!

I don't know about you, but that instantly puts an image in my brain of heads bowed and eyes closed, but I do not believe that is what the New Testament teaches prayer really is. Paul said we should be "praying always" - if we did that, how could we ever get anything done? It would be kind of hard to drive to work with our eyes closed and our head bowed, don't you think?

Further, have you ever read the account in the Gospels where the disciples were unable to cast out a demon, then Jesus Himself cast out the demon? When the disciples asked Him why they could not cast the demon out, Jesus told them that this kind of demon is cast out only by prayer.

BUT READ THE PASSAGE CAREFULLY! Jesus Himself DID NOT PRAY when He cast the demon out! The event is recorded in three different gospels and none of the writers says Jesus prayed first. (But I think He was praying...)

So, what is prayer?

It is an attitude of humble and intimate sharing of the relationship
we have with God as we go through our daily lives. 

It is simply remembering we are not in this life, facing the circumstances of life, by ourselves and with our own resources. We are in union with God.

My personal conviction is that the disciples could not cast out the demon because they were using "prayer" or the name of "Jesus" as a formula or method (which we are all prone to do).  Ours is a journey of faith in a Person. We do not reduce this incredible reality to a question of "what works" but "Who works".  Prayer is seeking to experience Jesus in ALL that we do. Driving on the interstate, shoveling dirt, changing diapers are all opportunities to be praying without ceasing because they are all opportunities to live in the Spirit at the same time we are living in this physical world.

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When The Icing Melts...

I have my  Zoe  life to enjoy even in the darkest days that I experience in a fallen world. 

I have my Zoe life to enjoy even in the darkest days that I experience in a fallen world. 

There are two main Greek words used in the Bible for life. One is the word baios from which we get biography. It refers to life as man lives it. The other word is zoe which refers to life as God lives it! The dynamic of what the Bible teaches is that we have the potential to experience both of those at the same time, which is something the unbeliever cannot do. 

An unbeliever has baios life bestowed upon him by God, and he lives his life in this world. When we place our faith in Jesus, and He takes up residence within us, we now have the opportunity to experience and express the "zoe life”.  We experience life as God lives it, at the same time we experience “baios life". Amazing!

I want to illustrate it this way. Zoe life is like having cake. Cake is a wonderful and sweet thing to have. Cake can often come with icing, and cake and icing are really what I want to have most in this life. Icing is when baios life, is going very well. Icing is when the kids are happy and obedient, and my spouse is happy and content, and there is money in the bank, and I am feeling really good. That is cake and icing, and I really love icing with my cake.

The problem is that baios life, life in this fallen world, is all too often not a very good thing. Very often my kids are in trouble, and I am at odds with my spouse, and there are bills piling up, and there is no icing for me. BUT HERE IS THE KEY! I still have my cake, and will always have my cake. No one and no circumstance can ever take away my cake. I may prefer to have icing, and it may hurt to not have the icing, but I HAVE MY CAKE! I have my Zoe life to enjoy even in the darkest days that I experience in a fallen world. 

Let me put it another way. There may be tears of sorrow and grief cascading down my cheeks (no icing, fallen world baios life), but at the very same time because God lives in me, I experience peace, joy, and rest (cake; Zoe life).

Praise God for this wonderful mystery, now revealed, Christ in us, our hope of glory! (Col. 1)

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I Seek To Live The Same Way...

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Every once in a while, we will read something or hear something from someone, and it is instantly knit to our spirit and we never forget it.

This happened to me several years ago with my friend Lynn Hiles. We were in a restaurant and he told me these words:

"I want to so live my life, that when I go to heaven and see Jesus, the first thing
He will say to me is 'Man, I had a blast hanging out in your body'.

Isn't that awesome? Thank you, Lynn. I seek to live the same way...

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Thoughts on Rest

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Have you ever thought about this?

"It was God's idea that we enter into rest?"

WOW!!!

Isn’t that just so cool? So many people think that when it comes to the things of God, we absolutely, by necessity, have to PERFORM! Somehow, someway, we are supposed to DO SOMETHING that puts a smile on His face! 

A friend of mine told me that he had a wonderful conversation with a skid row bum as he sat down with him on the street. They talked sports, politics, economics, and weather. He said it was a wonderful conversation. After about 45 minutes, the bum asked my friend what he did for a living, to which my friend said, “I am a Bible teacher.” Instantly, the bum said and I quote verbatim, “Well, I want you to know that I share my whiskey with the other drunks!”

Isn’t that fascinating? A wonderful conversation between two men about so many diverse topics, but as soon as the conversation turned to God, “PERFORMING” entered into the conversation.

Isn't that sad?

Have you ever pondered this incredible thought, that it puts a smile on God’s face when we take Him at His Word and “rest?"

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Maintain A Spirit Of Quietness

Paul appears to say that we are going to have to stay focused and work hard to maintain a spirit of quietness.

Paul appears to say that we are going to have to stay focused and work hard to maintain a spirit of quietness.

I have had a verse from the Thessalonian letters heavy on my mind of late.

"Make it your AMBITION to lead a quiet life..."

That is a very hard thing to do in a complex world that places so much demand on us from all directions! Paul appears to say that we are going to have to stay focused and work hard to maintain a spirit of quietness.

Interestingly, Hebrews says much the same thing. "Labor to enter into rest." When all our lives have been lived under the law and performing to achieve, it is going to be hard work indeed to change the direction of our lives toward quietness.

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Father Is A Name of Summation

He is so grand, glorious, and magnificent that no one name can adequately describe Him.

He is so grand, glorious, and magnificent that no one name can adequately describe Him.

On the final night of His life, Jesus prayed what has been called His “High Priestly Prayer” in John 17. It is one of the most incredible possessions we have because it takes us into the “dialogue of God”. In it, we are afforded the privilege of listening in to “God talk” between the Father and the Son. Amazing! 

In that prayer, Jesus declares that He has finished the work that He was sent to do. He states that “Father, I gave unto them (us) your name!” Now think about that! Throughout the Old Testament God manifested Himself through a multiplicity of names. El Shaddai, Elohim, Yahweh, Jehovah Rapha and so on. This is as it should be, because really, how do you describe God?

He is so grand, glorious, and magnificent
that no one name can adequately describe Him.

There was one name however, that was not used in the Old Testament that Jesus used throughout the Gospels. In fact, in His communication with God, the religious world was scandalized at how freely and intimately Jesus used this name - - - Father! I believe with all my heart that this is the name that Jesus was referring to in John 17.

All those other names, though they contain wonderful truth about the nature of the Father, are limited in their scope. Father is a name of summation. It wraps up in one word all that He is and longs to be to us. A father is strong, a father is a provider, a father is a protector, a father loves his children and desires and implements the best for his children, and we could go on and on. It really is, the name above all the other names for God, the name that He desperately wanted us to know, the name He sent Jesus to herald to us.

This is so important to understand because most people get their view of the Father from distorted sources. They view our heavenly Father through the lens of their own earthly father. That is so potentially destructive because so many earthly fathers are horrible fathers. Please understand, even the best earthly father is a hideous distortion of what our heavenly Father is really like. Others get their understanding of the Father from religious leaders, renaissance art, and a faulty understanding of the Scriptures and end up with a heavenly Father that they are desperately afraid of in His awesome glory. No, my friends. The Father is love. That is what it says in I John. And our Father wants to be known for who and what He is really like. Maybe I could put it this way if I could be so bold? He is tired of so many others telling what He is like in their own distorted views, so He sent His Son to herald once and for all what He is all about. “I am your heavenly Father, and so you could know Me and how much I love and care for you, I sent you My Son to provide you with a visual so that once and for all you would know what I am really like!"

Who is God? Oh, He is omnipotent and omnipresent, and sovereign, and omniscient and all those other glorious attributes. But He is above all else, My Father, which means that He is omnipotent and omnipresent, and sovereign, and omniscient and all those other glorious attributes to me personally as my Abba (Papa) God!

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Kissed Into Existence

I believe we could say that He "kissed us" into existence.

I believe we could say that He "kissed us" into existence.

Let's talk about a "kiss"... or better yet, define a kiss.

Two mouths coming together to exchange tongues and salivic fluid. Isn't that an exciting definition? Doesn't really make someone want to kiss --- does it?

I found a better definition in the dictionary:

Two lips meeting together as a way of expressing love, affection, and devotion. Hmmm.... I like that a lot better.

Why all this talk about a kiss? Let's think about this for a moment. 

When God created in the book of Genesis, the text says, He spoke and it was so. All it took was a spoken word, and there were all kinds of life on this planet.

But when it came to man, God did not create by speaking. The Bible tells us that He breathed His breath into man and man became alive. In other words, I believe we could say that He "kissed us" into existence.

From the very beginning of our creation, God was communicating that He loves us,
has affection for us, is devoted to us, and is crazy in love with us.

I believe He kissed us into existence so that we would never doubt that love that He has for us. "For God so loves the world..."

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Those Who Are Crushed In Spirit He Makes Whole

Though others may not be able to come to our aid, God is able and promises to do so.

Though others may not be able to come to our aid, God is able and promises to do so.

Psalm 34:18 is one of my favorite verses in all the Bible, for obvious reasons. I personally believe that every believer ought to have this verse as one of their favorites.

It says, “The Lord is near to the broken-hearted,
and saves (makes whole) those who are crushed in spirit.”

I trust you now know why I say it is one of my favorites “for obvious reasons.” We all live in a world that we were never designed to live in. We were designed to live in a garden paradise called Eden, and if you had not noticed it yet --- “THIS IS NOT IT!” The result is that we all experience things that we were never designed to experience like sorrow, and rejection, and betrayal, and loneliness, and pain. These things can literally crush our spirit. They can leave us in desperate need of someone to “come near” to us and begin the “WORK” of making us whole again.

One of the problems in finding such a one though is that the others who might be able and desirous of coming to our aid are also dealing with their own struggles from living in this fallen world. Very often they are unable to do so because of all that this fallen world has placed on their own plate. This can leave us “feeling” terribly alone and promote a serious spirit of hopelessness deep in our soul. That is the great glory of this verse from Psalm 34:18.

Though others may not be able to come to our aid, God is able and promises to do so.

I am reminded of the words of Asaph in Psalm 73, when he realized this great truth about God he declared, “Who do I have in heaven but you oh God? And who do I have on earth, but you oh God.”

Though we may “feel” alone and desperate and think that nobody cares, that is not the truth. God is near! And not only is He near, He is actively working to unleash all that He is to all that we need in the moment of faith as we trust Him.

If you are broken-hearted today and crushed in Spirit, I pray that you will cry out to Him Who is near to you, and that your experience will be as David’s was in Psalm 23, that He will restore your soul!

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