Is God saddened when His Children choose to add to its simplicity or disobey His Handbook Guidelines for living?
Centuries ago, the pain experienced by Paul is expressed in a letter to the Galatian Church. Paul returned for a visit and discovered they had departed from his teaching and were back absorbing surrounding culture and ‘fitting in’ with others..
N.K.J. Gals, 4:19.
My little children for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you.
Paul likened his pain to the suffering experienced in childbirth.
(Does our GOD see and experience in 2021 the same pain as absorbing of culture in many churches continues to take away from the Message of the Cross for all humankind? }
Romans 8,29 expresses why the resurrection of Christ and then the coming of God the Holy Spirit should radically change ALL ‘Born Again’ Believers. We must know we are born again! Died to self.
For whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the Image of His Son that He might be the first-born among many brethren.
We must be ‘re-born’ into His Spiritual Kingdom …………..follow Christ crucified to self…re-born -resurrection.
THIS EARTH IS NOT OUR HOME.
As re-born children we must accept and KNOW that surrender to God the Holy Spirit allows the Divine Sanctifier to constantly inform and change us………All the days of our lives.
We do not need to DO anything or work on any program, This is GRACE, Divine Surrender to Our Great God of TRINITY..
In our last post we met with what the Shepherd is doing in our present realm, today we reach the final verse of this great Psalm and see the hope for our future.
Notice that “goodness and lovingkindness (mercy in KJV) will follow me.” Throughout Psalm 23 the sheep follow the Shepherd. Goodness and mercy following the sheep is the reward for following the Shepherd. If we want the benefits of being a child of God, we must follow Him each day. Let us elaborate on the goodness and mercy/lovingkindness of God.
In Psalm 31:19 the psalmist tells us that God reserves His goodness for those…
This U-Tube Song is inspirational, powerful and truthful.
Sometimes it takes a mountain.
Sometimes a troubled sea.
Sometimes it takes a desert, to get a hold of me.
YOUR LOVE is so much stronger than whatever faces me.
Saviour Lord, I need to TRUST YOU and BELIEVE.
What about the small daily irritations that rush in and overbalance us?
The washing machine floods the floor and the broken pipe
with a wrenching groan smashes the floor tiles. The phone rings. Your small son comes in. ‘Mummy I need to go toilet NOW’.
The time it takes to switch off the tap means the phone has stopped and Jimmy misses the toilet bowl by only a couple of inches, but the toilet will need to be thoroughly cleansed not just the seat but all over the outside and inside of the bowl.
Husband walks in and makes the quiet confident statement. ‘It looks very wet in here, love. Perhaps there is a leak somewhere.’ Maybe laughter later.
But think on this…….
Challenged in our faith or beliefs in an argumentative manner.
Irritations come in many shapes and forms maybe magnified in our thinking.
Can ALL of life’s Minor sins, irritations and mistakes be redeemed?
I believe they can. SURRENDER it ALL to HIM and leave it at the CROSS.
Remember it takes only a small irritation to create a pearl inside an oyster shell! Keep that thought in mind
Lord help us to surrender our minor irritations as well as facing all the bigger mountains and troubled seas of life. Give us the same courage and faith to believe that You can make inside us as YOU work on sanctification through Your Holy Spirit pearls fit for the KINGDOM OF God in the image of Christ the Pearl of Great Price.
Matthew 13:45-46 Parable of the Pearl
Christ’s illustration on the great value of THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
He loves us and in His EYES our value is incalculable.