Saturday, May 25, 2013

Run to the Mailbox and Open that Invitation!

We get lots of invitations in the mail. There are invitations to attend something, win something and try something. Some of those invitations are great and we get involved with gusto. Others are not so wonderful and we often tear them up. Credit card applications, funeral plans, getting something for nothing ideas. We could apparently win a car, win a boat, win a fortune and more. It gets ridiculous sometimes. Invitations to participate in events and belong to groups and fraternities come to us as well. With every invitation comes something to sign and generally something to buy. It can get overwhelming to decide what you need to participate in and what you need to leave alone.

The Word of God sends us invitations that are incredible and out of this world! We are invited to participate in the simplest plan of salvation ever recorded. But it doesn’t stop there. We are invited to join God’s fraternal organization known as the family of God. Through this organization we are members of one family, children of one Father, partakers of God’s divine nature and more. It costs us nothing except willingness to participate. If we had to pay to participate in it, we could never afford it. It has been paid for us along with all the benefits.

Wonderful things are included in God’s Word for us! We get invited into fellowship with God! We get invited to pray, seek His face, live in His Light, walk His paths, and learn His precepts. Each invitation to participate in God’s activities is good for us and worth the effort. Responding to God is always in our best interest and for our highest good. Giving towards our faith is met with a tenfold response into our spirits. It’s just plain good for us.

There are other invitations sent to our hearts on an ongoing basis: unforgiveness, animosity, fear, anger, resentment, discontent, discouragement, disappointment, frustration, bitterness, wrath, malice, wrangling, worry – just to name a few. Every invitation that doesn’t line up with God’s Word and doesn’t match our new life in Christ should be torn up and thrown out. Don’t even think about participating in these things, for they promise a lot but only deliver more trouble to our heart, mind and spirit.

Oh beloved, God has delivered to you His invitation to all you will ever need! He has made a way for you to be free of junk mail and to have delivered to your heart all the wonderful blessings you will ever need! His invitation is free and it carries all the hidden delights your heart longs for – grace, peace, contentment, blessings, love, faith, joy. He knows you’ve gotten lots of invitations in the past. Some of them you opened and found that they were meant for your harm. Toss them in the trash heap and renew your fellowship with the Lord! He speaks to your heart and says Trust Me. I AM everything you need. In Me is fullness of all you are looking for – topped off with extreme joy! I AM your road to success, your way to riches and your trip to heaven!

Run to God’s mailbox, His Word, this morning and reach in and take freely and participate fully in all He has for you. It’s all sent to you from the Lord of Heaven and earth stamped with His incredible, magnificent love and sealed with His abiding care!

1 Corinthians 1:9 God will do this, for He is faithful to do what He says, and He has invited you into partnership with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 Peter 1:3 By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance.

2 Corinthians 1:20 For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!" And through Christ, our "Amen" (which means "Yes") ascends to God for His glory.

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