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A Shared Joy

DadAndSonWhat father hasn’t tried to share a joy with his son?

A sunrise, a field of bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes, a particularly tasty treat – we share not because we are lonely, crave gratitude, or need the affirmation, but because we enjoy bringing a wonderful discovery to someone we cherish.  When their eyes light up and they smile with delight – Wow!  Our attempts are not always received, but when they are there is something lovely about a shared joy.

Our heavenly Father created not because he was lonely, craved gratitude, or needed affirmation, but to share his great love for his eternal Son.  By the Holy Spirit he attempts to make his Son known and loved.  That wonderful Son we know as Jesus volunteered to do what was needed to remove all obstacles to sharing that joy and by the Holy Spirit attempts to share with us what he loves about his eternal Father.

His attempts are not always received, but when they are there is something lovely about a shared joy.

These things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves…Father, ….I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” – John 17

-fritz

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Shh!

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” — Psalm 91:1

God has a secret!

King David called it a place1 of God’s protection and a shelter from strife and pride.2 Job, (pronounced with a long “o” and best known for his personal suffering) said it was a place where wisdom lived but that it had only been heard of, never yet discovered.3

The apostle Paul called that place a mystery, hidden for hundreds of years … until NOW! He said he, actually, discovered it and so could we!

He wrote the mystery is found by getting connected, literally, to God through Jesus!

This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you” – Colossians 1:26-27

Not a euphemism, when joined to Christ we become a physical extension of himself — so much so that what we do in our bodies, good and bad, is what we are doing with and to Christ.4

When God looks at us he is seeing an extension of his son. Christ’s payment on the cross for sin, ours5. The Holy Spirit working in Jesus, now working in us. Our debts, his. Our bodies, his. Our needs, his. His closeness to the Father, ours. And when Jesus returns for us we shall be like him.6

This changes everything!

– fritz
1. Psalm 91:1
2. Psalm 31:20
3. Job 28:20-23
4. 1st Corinthians 6:13-17
5. 1st John 4:17
6. 1st John 3:2

Related Post: “Thin Places” — March 20, 2012

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Simon Peter answered [Jesus], “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” — John 6:60

There is a retired mechanic in the area who calls himself the “Honda Doctor”. Anything too old for dealers to fix he will.

One thing, though, he works on his own terms. He doesn’t need you but if you have an old Honda motorcycle you need him. He charges a flat hourly rate plus parts. Do his repairs take too long? Sometimes. Are the parts too expensive? Sometimes. Your only option is to either choose him to fix your bike or not and don’t tick him off.

God is like that in some ways. He works on his own schedule his own way. Does he take too long? Does he cost more than expected? Sometimes. Our only real option is to either choose him or not.

Fortunately for us he is good, loves us dearly, and works all things to our benefit.

The Honda Doctor doesn’t do that.

— fritz.

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[Samson’s] father and mother objected. “Isn’t there even one woman in our tribe or among all the Israelites you could marry?” they asked. “Why must you go to the pagan Philistines to find a wife?” But Samson told his father, “Get her for me! She looks good to me.” His father and mother didn’t realize the LORD was at work in this… — Judges 14:3-4

Every parent wants the best for their child — to make right choices, avoid heartache, and have a good life.

Sometimes it just doesn’t happen regardless how much parental love, encouragement, cajoling, even prayer is applied. Sometimes God has something else planned the parents can’t imagine.

Our children are just on loan to us and only for such a short time. We love them, try to help them the best we can, then we pass them on to God and his purposes trusting He knows best and is at work.

— fritz

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Hand-In-Hand with God

Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter … And her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz … And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said … unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this? — Ruth 2:2-6

A little background to highlight one important fact about how God works:

God commanded land owners not to squeeze all they could from their property. They could not reap the corners of their fields and if something fell to the ground during harvest they could not pick it up — it was left for the poor.

Boaz, a wealthy land owner, followed these commands with a generous heart even when many did not.
Ruth, a poor foreigner, went to the fields to gather and ended up married, becoming ancestor to Israel’s greatest king!

This was God’s grace to be sure, but what if Boaz was stingy or Ruth that morning had said, “I think I’ll sleep in today.? God’s grace works hand-in-hand with our compassion and diligence.

We don’t know when God’s opportunities will happen — but they happen more when we are diligent, faithful, and obedient to God’s word.

— Also see “Coincidence Or Answered Prayer?” – August 20, 2011
— fritz@langgang.com

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Sons, the report that I hear the people of the Lord spreading isn’t good! If one person sins against another, God will take care of him. However, when a person sins against the Lord, who will pray for him?” — 1st Samuel 2:24-25 (God’s Word Translation)

We have human judges for deciding matters between two people but when the offended party is God, himself, there is no one highter! It’s just not smart to make the God of the universe angry at you!

Once he was mad at you there was no where else to go … until Christ! Jesus loved us enough to satisfy justice on our behalf and bring us into God’s favor.

when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son — Romans 5:10

Who will pray for us?

He is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. — Hebrews 7:25 (New Living News Translation)

Jesus!

Sound Bite: Jesus is praying for me!
Prayer: Jesus, you have done what no judge on earth could do, you reconciled me to the God of the Universe! Thank you for continuing to pray for me before the throne! I need it. Amen!

Also See:”Just Too Tense”” – August 9, 2011
— fritz@langgang.com

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[T]hey sung a new song, saying, Thou … hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. — Revelation 5:9-10

Too often we act as if this present world and time are the only ones God has in mind for us.

Not So! We won’t be sitting in heaven somewhere eating bon-bons and playing harps when all this is over, we’ll have work to do! Stop thinking we are all headed to some non-physical existence and begin to notice the scriptures about a tangible future that God is moving us toward.

Sound Bite: We are only in phase one!
Prayer: “Jesus, help me to get and stay on board with your training program; learning all I can, growing all I can, knowing you have a greater purpose for me than right here and now. Amen.”

— fritz@langgang.com

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