Wednesday, September 18 2019
THROUGH HIS WORD
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 NIV
DADs, in Hebrews chapter 4, the author refines the theme of chapter 3. An entire generation of Israel lost out on their “inheritance" of the Promised Land due to a lack of faith.
*Israel failed to trust in God at the borders of Canaan - Numbers 13—14, which led to an entire generation wandering the desert, rather than finding their "rest" in the Promised Land - Hebrews 3:16–17.
Here, the author points out that the rest promised by God is still offered, through Christ! It is through Christ and His Word that we are “reMADE."
The razor-sharp truth of the Word of God will separate what is truly spiritual from what is faithless.
DADs we should make every effort to obtain our "inheritance" in Christ, which is something separate from our eternal salvation.
DADs...be confident, knowing Jesus can uniquely sympathize with our temptations and sufferings.
DADs…dive into your “inheritance” today and be “reMade!"
To God be the glory!
DADs...“Get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day God gives you!
Wednesday, September 11 2019
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.
Romans 6:4 NIV
DADs, the apostle Paul informs us in Romans 6:6:
"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin."
In other words when we were submerged in the waters of baptism,
"our old man was crucified with Christ, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”
Once this has occurred, "just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life" (verse 4).
DADs, every Christian, then, is a new man, no longer living the old life of sin and slavish obedience to human nature. Paul says later in the chapter that, "having been set free from sin, [we] became slaves of righteousness" (verse 18).
Does this mean our temptations and sometimes falling short of the glory of God is over? No. Like the prodigal son, because we are “with Him” we also know where to come home when we stray or become distracted.
A home that is full of forgiveness and unconditional love.
“With Him" DADs we have been reMade through His death and resurrection.
“With Him" in both His death and resurrection Paul writes in Galatians 2:20 one of my favorite verses: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”
DADs…grab on to this new life TODAY! "With Him" all things are possible!
You are reMADE “with Him."
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To God be the glory!
“Get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you!
Wednesday, September 04 2019
In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free.
DADs, one year ago this Labor Day, my DAD was made whole, free from all ailments, as he passed away from this place we call earth, and into his heavenly home with Jesus.
Nonetheless, although my head understands the promise of God’s eternal healing, my heart still aches for my DAD.
I miss my DAD!
My only solace in my hurting heart, is knowing with confidence that God is my refuge.
The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord have never forsaken those who seek you.
DADs, whatever reason you are suffering and hurting today, or along your life’s journeys, you are not alone. There is a God who loves you completely and wants to heal your deepest hurts. He wants YOU to experience His perfect peace and surrender your burdens to Him.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
DADs…lay each burden at His feet and release yourself from the yoke of hardship. Trust that the Giver of Life has come to heal, restore, and redeem your brokenness.
DADs…whatever your pain, whatever your sorrow, whatever your loss, whatever makes your heart ache…for you and for all you love…make your heart ached known to God, and acknowledge His healing that only He can provide!
To God be the glory!
DADs...“Get in the game”…Today is game day…and so is every day…God gives you!