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As a Little Child

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As a Little Child

Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.
Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.

Luke 18:15-17

Turn With All Your Heart

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Turn With All Your Heart

Now, therefore, says the LORD,
Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting,
With weeping, and with mourning.

So rend your heart, and not your garments;
Return to the LORD your God,

For He is gracious and merciful,
Slow to anger, and of great kindness;
And He relents from doing harm.

Joel 2:12-13

The Purpose of Teaching

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The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.

I Timothy 1:5

In His Steps

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In His Steps

For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
“Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;
Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten,
But committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;
Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree,
That we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed.
For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
I Peter 2:20-25

Broken and Repaired

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Broken and Repaired

Winter can be hard on infrastructure – especially water lines in cold climates.

Water bubbles to the surface. Obviously, there is a problem

“How will you fix the break? When will you shut off the water?”

“We will not turn it off. We do not want to interrupt the water supply to the community.”

Repair a large water main while under pressure? How do you do that? Skill and proper tools and extreme care are needed so as to not cause more damage and to not get hurt.

Backhoes, dump trucks, pumps, shovels, supervisors who know what must be done and how to do it, workers in wetsuits and rain suits down in the ditch with tools and repair kits specially designed to make while-in-service repairs.

How like life. Many repairs have to be made while we are-in-service. Repairs must be made on the job without major interruptions if they can be avoided. Age, abuse and trauma cause stresses and break downs. No matter. Repairs must be made. Healing can happen – while we are-in-service.

We need people who can see and reach out and heal and stand in the messy places of life. We need to yield ourselves to the healing of the Great Supervisor. Healers and healees must yield to the Great Healer who knows what must be done to bring healing to His children.

That is us. That is you. That is me. That is the body of Christ, the Church. His Holy Spirit keeps the water flowing while we stem the leaks and the breaks and the brokenness. He provides the springs of living water to replace the broken cisterns of our own making – the broken cisterns that cannot hold water – we renounce them and we long for the clear crystal of the water of life that only God can provide to quench our thirst for Him.

We are broken but we can be repaired. We can be repaired by the Master of Assemblies who knows how we are made and knows how to repair us while we are-in-service for Him. Repaired, we become repairers who offer the water of the Spirit of life to those around us.

Jesus is the One who can and will repair you. Will you open yourself to His brokenness? Will you see in Him that brokenness can be healed? Will you see in Him that He loves you in your brokenness and is ready to bring His healing into your hurting, broken heart.

Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. I Peter 2:24.

By His stripes, we are healed. By his stripes, you can be healed. Life can be hard on our infrastructure. Pain and sadness take a toll on your life, but you can be healed. You can be healed while you-are-in-service. While you live here in the difficulties of this life, you can be healed.

Jesus did the hard part. He lived and died for you. By his pain and brokenness and death you can have life. Accept His healing. Accept His love. Accept His healing. Today.

 

Death and Life in Philippians

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Death and Life in Philippians
Philippians 3:9-10
“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffering being made conformable unto His death.”

Christ’s suffering for us provides our justification.
Our suffering for others provides our opportunity to show others that the way of suffering is the way to victory because Christ’s power lives in us.

Our suffering for others,
As Christ did for others, does not appease God’s wrath.
BUT- Victory is possible because God’s wrath has been removed
By the suffering of Christ.

So – when we suffer, and live in victory over suffering
Our willingness to suffer with others as Christ did for us
Provides a pattern for suffering
And we become the imitation of Christ to them
Our lives become Jesus Christ to them because the fellowship of His suffering leads to and shows the power of His resurrection.

Suffering is how God touches our heart and makes us available to others
As we willingly suffer for others as Christ willingly suffered for us

When we are called to suffer,
We should think first –
How will this experience reveal Christ in my life and to those around me?
Thus revealing that our lives are an imitation of Christ
Rather than thinking about how we can avoid or retaliate.
How does this happen?

• This happens by us living in the power of His resurrection

His resurrection provides:
Power to put life into perspective -Philippians 3:7-9
Gain for me is loss to knowing Christ
Gain for me is hindrance to my life in Christ
Gain for me is to be found in Him and His righteousness
Power to endure crucifixion of my flesh –Hebrews 12:2
Look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith
Look forward to future joy to provide ability to endure the cross
Look forward to seeing God
Power to bear Spiritual fruit to God
I Peter 2:24 –live life of righteousness
Galatians 5:22-24 –Spiritual fruit is Love. Joy, Peace, Patience,
Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, Self-control…
They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh…
They that are Christ’s live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit.
I Corinthians 15:36 –seeds do not really come alive until they die
Resurrection only comes from death
The power of His resurrection can only be experienced as we daily die to self and thus by our daily “death” we are made conformable to His death.
His death – totally submitted to the Father’s will
His death – totally surrendered any and all personal rights
His death – totally focused on others

• This happens by us having the mind of Christ

Philippians 2:1 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy,
2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus

Amen

 

To Be Loved

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What does it mean to be loved?

It Means:

You are of immeasurable value.

I will never intentionally hurt you.

I will sacrifice for you.

I want you to be all you can be.

I want you to be exactly what God designed you to be.

You are priceless.

I love you.