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Am I just fingerpainting?

When I was young, I loved to fingerpaint. I was pretty good at it, I think. 🙂

I am not an artist in the sense that I have never taken time to learn how to really paint. I am fairly sure I wouldn’t be great at it but I could be better than I am.

Do I want to fingerpaint or do I want to paint? One requires growing and growing up.

Jesus challenges us to grow up. Will I?

“So come on, let’s leave the preschool fingerpainting exercises on the Messiah and get on with the grand work of art. Grow up in Christ.” (Hebrews 6:1) 

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What is your God-created identity?

March 25, 2013 1 comment

Jesus had a great way to simplify what He was saying. He was very direct and didn’t beat around the bush.

So, He challenges us to grow up. We know we are children of God and live in His World (Kingdom). We know He is in charge of our lives when we let Him be. So what is holding us back? Actually doing what we know to do. Jesus challenges us to live out our God created identity. We are His children. Are we living like it?

“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Matthew 5:48

May we grow up and live our God created identity every day.

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Am I willing to suffer and mature? Will I rejoice and be happy?

Jesus, the Son of GOD, came to earth and suffered for us. Imagine that. Take a minute to think about it.

He felt everything we, as humans feel. Anticipating His death for us, he cried in the pain of anticipation. He offered up prayers as He got ready for this awful sacrifice. They were the prayers of a priest.   He is now the most High Priest. Because He is GOD’s Son, God answered His prayers and honored His sacrifice for us. In GOD’s world, we are all now a nation of priests. We intercede, with Jesus, on behalf of all who are in need of Him.

Now get this, he was God’s very own Son. He didn’t have to do any of this for us. He came to earth and learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered. He didn’t have to suffer.

We sometimes wonder, why do we have to suffer? Well, we join in the ministry of Jesus by sharing in suffering,  just as Jesus did. By suffering, Jesus arrived at the full stature of his maturity. Imagine the Son of God having to mature. He did as a man on earth. In that maturity and perfection, Jesus became our priest. In his death and resurrection,  he became the source of eternal salvation to all us who obey him.

While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. (Hebrews 5:7 The Message)

Can I hope unswervingly?

Flag of the Areopagus of Eastern Continental G...

Flag of the Areopagus of Eastern Continental Greece (1821-1825), with symbols of faith, charity (love), and hope (First Epistle to the Corinthians, chapter 13). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an essential item. Without hope, I am lost every day. In fact, every minute of every day.

And so, when I am filled with Him and the power of His HOLY Spirit, I hope unswervingly. I don’t deviate from hope at all. This leads me to maturity. This leads me to completeness.

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

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Can I respond with blazing fast speed?

July 10, 2012 2 comments

My Father is helping me. He is bringing out the best in me. He is helping me to have a God-formed maturity. This is unlike our culture that is always dragging me down to its level of amazing immaturity. It is interesting how our culture assaults us everyday. So very subtle that it is hard to even recognize it. What I need to recognize is what He wants from me and to respond to it with blazing fast speed.

So … I take my everyday and completely ordinary life — my sleeping, eating, going-to-to work and just walking around life — and I place it at our Father’s alter as an offering. I embrace our Father’s desire for me. I see my place in Him. I see His love for me. I fix my attention on God. He changes me from the inside out.
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“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it.” ~~Jesus

June 13, 2012 2 comments

Wow. Jesus is direct. Grow up!!

OK, that makes sense. We can be very childish. We live in God’s World (Kingdom). He is in charge. We know it. We need to act like it. We need to live like it.

May I live like I know I am living in God’s World, where He is fully in charge.

“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it.” ~~Jesus (Matthew 5:48 The Message)

No fear

In our Father’s house there are many, many rooms. But the one thing there is no room for is fear. Every room is filled with His love. In fact, the more His love forms in me and matures, this love just pushes out all fear. It is banished!!

Fear can cripple me and my faith. So I pursue my Father’s love. I seek to have it mature in me. Be well formed. That pushes out the fear.

There is no fear in love ; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 1 John 4:18

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“It is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening.” ~~Apostle Paul

October 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Am I mature in God’s ways? Am I eating solid food? Can I teach others God’s what God is saying and doing today?

I can teach others if I cultivate the habit of listening to God. I can be of help if I learn from what I am hearing. Being able to distinuguish what is right is something I must practice. It doesn’t come easy but it produces growth for me and my family.

I want to be mature. May I listen and learn.

I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong. Hebrews 5:11-14

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Staying ready

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

We are children of God but we are becoming like Jesus. Being children isn’t the end game. Sometimes we think it is. But the end game is not to be children but to become fully mature in God.  

Jesus life is our model. And our hope is that when we see Him, we will become like Him. And for that we have hope and look forward to His coming.

The focus now is staying ready. We should run the race knowing that we will gain the prize. The purity of His life becomes our standard. Are we there yet? No. Do we run to gain the prize? Yes!!!

But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own. 1 John 3:2-3

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