Tuesday, September 18, 2012

All You Need is Wrapped Up in the Gift of God's Son!

We had a hard time having babies.  Our first daughter was born after total bedrest the first trimester. Our second daughter was born after fertility issues. Our only son was born after the doctors said there’d be no more babies.

As like all young married folks, we wanted to reproduce little Dannys and Rebekahs.  We fed them, clothed them, played with them and provided for them. To see our grown children now, you would say they indeed look like us.  When our oldest daughter was six years old I gave my life to Christ. We spent the next 18 years attempting to reproduce again. Only this time we wanted to reproduce our life in Christ in the lives of our children. We became focused on spiritually feeding, nurturing and clothing them in Christ and the Word of God.  It is an ongoing work and even though they are grown now, we look for any similarities to Christ being reproduced in their lives.  We pray for them daily, we seek God’s face on their behalf and every chance we get we speak Truth into their lives. We are not perfect parents, but Christ’s heart in us helps us focus on the realities of God’s promises in our own lives and in the lives of our children and our children’s children.

Oh beloved, are you struggling with your past? Maybe you didn’t know that you could live a life that was pleasing to God. It could be no one spent time sowing Truth and Love into your life. Maybe now someone is attempting to beat you down or make you give up. Run to the mirror of His Word and see! If you have given Christ your heart and walk in newness of life you can be sure that your Father in Heaven is reproducing Himself in you! When He sees you He sees His Son and our likenesses are growing more and more like Him as we get closer and closer to Heaven. He speaks to you this morning and He says, “You are my child. I have all you need wrapped up in the gift of My Son. Won’t you open this gift today? Won’t you let Me love you and speak Truth into your life? Won’t you believe Me, The Lord of Heaven and Earth? I love you and I’m on your side and I have even prepared an eternal home for you. Come and fellowship with Me and see. I will take what was pronounced as destruction over you and resurrect you to a new and living way! Trust Me and live! Trust Me and let Me finish the Work I have had in mind for you for eternity!

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Ephesians 5:1  Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

1 Corinthians 15:49  Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.

Colossians 3:10  and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him.

2 Corinthians 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

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