Sustenance from the archives+: Day 6 – Belong

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To live as God’s child is to know at this instant, that you are loved by your Maker not because you try to please Him and succeed, or fail to please Him and apologize, but because He wants to be your Father. Nothing more. All your efforts to win His affection are unnecessary. All you fears of losing His affection are needless. You can no more make Him want you than you can convince Him to abandon you. The adoption is irreversible. You have a place at His table.
Max Lucado
Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine

“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, ‘Abba, Father'” (Romans 8:15, New Living Translation).

“But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because we are His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, ‘Abba, Father'” (Galatians 4:4-6, New Living Translation).

“God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:5, New Living Translation).

In God’s House, you are not a foster child. You belong to Him. Chosen. Beloved. Accepted. 

NB: This post is a slightly revised version of a post originally published on this blog as “Adoption Irreversible,” on July 6, 2015.

To read posts for Days 4 and 5 (FMF) of the series, “Sustenance from the archives+,” please click on the link below.

Day 4 – Why & Day 5 (FMF) – Share

 

Advent Week 4: Day 6 – LOVE

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Prayer

Ancient of Days. Jehovah Shalom. Father.  May our faith (our abiding trust in You and Your promises) be constant, our hope (confident expectation of eternal salvation) be unwavering, and our love (unselfish love for others, growing out of Your love for us) be deeply rooted and maturing. Thank You for Your love.

 

 

Advent Week 3: Day 6 – JOY

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Prayer

Father, we accept the psalmist’s invitation to sing for joy to You, YAHWEH. We shout aloud to You, the Rock of our salvation, even if we do so through tears. Even if our days may seem long and our nights unending during this Advent season. We sing for joy because You are our Refuge and our Fortress and You are with us every moment. Immanuel. And joy is found in You.

 

Reasons to Praise: Day 6 – Know

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A loved one’s pain that I could hear and sense although the conversation was occurring via telephone and thousands of miles separated us. A loved one’s pain was what brought this beloved Psalm to mind most recently. This Psalm that begins with some of the words I find most comforting in the Bible:

“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah” (Psalm 46:1-3)

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Selah. Indeed. A good, good place to rest for a while.

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God is my refuge and strength. A very present help.  Not a I-am-coming-as-soon-as-I-can-help-but-a-right-there-right-now- when-you-need-Me-help. The Psalm continues to this verse that is another exhale-that-breath-you-were-not-even-aware-that-you-were-holding-moment, verse. The verse comes across as both a whisper but a firm command, “Be still and know that I am God” (verse13).

There is a knowing that can only come in being still. I chose to obey, Abba because I need the reminder of Who You are. I purpose to stop my striving and my efforts and do what You say because You never ask me to do anything that I cannot accomplish with Your help. I need to know Who You are because Who You are is all I need in every situation.

This post is number 6 in the series, “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.