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In the middle of this quite amazing description of Jesus, comes a statement that is mind-blowing…
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created… And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, … the beginning, … And in everything preeminent [meaning paramount rank, dignity and importance]. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in him, … and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood.” Col. 1:15-19
All (meaning … all!) the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in Jesus. The fullness of God, in a human being. Can we even fathom the fullness of God. Easy answer. “No.” Jesus, spotless, the Father resting in You. Not parts, but all the fullness of God. That blows me away. All of the goodness, the desires of, the creativity, and the power of the Father, rests in Jesus! (Amongst over a million trillion other traits, I’m quite sure.)
All the goodness – is it any wonder that we are so in love with Jesus? Think of the extreme kindness and patience and gentleness and love that’s in Him. All the goodness of our Father.
The desires of…. What is the desire of the Father? To walk and talk with us. To be with us. Can it be so simple? Yes! Regardless of the Eve’s bite of the apple, Gods everlasting, eternal, desire is to have an everlasting, eternal relationship with us.
The creativity. Think of God at his art table, but after He says the word, and before He can even put it on papyrus, it’s done. (Do it Lord in my work!)
And the power. All power is His. The power to birth or to destroy. The power to bring into being out of nothing. The power that transforms: trees grow, flowers bloom, puppies turn into dogs, and children become worshipers and worshiping adults. We can help it to happen, but we can’t make it happen. The power to open and close. The power to free.
The fullness of God dwells in Jesus. Our Jesus, our Lord and Savior. He just keeps getting better—in our hearts and on us.
Take it a step further. Let Jesus dwell (live in and linger according to Mr. Webster) in our heart. And then the Father also dwells in our heart. Let that settle in our Spirit. It’s true!
My favorite time this week was when I asked the Lord to reveal an aspect of His character for that day and He showed me Joy. Cartwheels, giggly, jump-in-the-puddles type of Joy. So good. So good to remember. Joy that is strength to hold on to the end of the rope, knowing that God’s tied the knot on the end so we can.
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“O God, my God, how majestic is your name in all the earth.
You have set your glory above the heavens.” (Psalm 8:1)
I’ve been reading and re-reading Psalm 8. In the morning, before I go to sleep, and in the middle of the night sometimes. His majesty surrounds us. Take a minute to soak it in.
There are several things I picked up as I examined these beginning verses in the cheater notes in the back of my Bible. The word majesty originally comes from a word whose meaning includes, “expand.” Now – that’s the perfect picture of God. His Word, His thoughts, His goodness, on and on, forever. Even the universe expanding, which science has found to be true.
One of the descriptions of majesty, as it pertains to Psalm 8, is the breakers of the sea. Think of the sea, the Atlantic, or the Pacific, or my favorite sea, Lake Superior. The waves crash to the shore.
My mind turned to the little crabs that run from the waves. Have you ever seen them? The waves come in and they either run for higher ground or dig into the sand. They’re pretty funny.
Compare that to the surfers. Pastor Dave Housholder comes to mind. He is one who runs towards the water, towards the waves and the challenge. All the time! In another day and age, Hous would be one of David’s mighty men.
How can we be people who run towards His majesty?
Spend a little time reflecting on His majesty. Truly, we can’t live, really live, without it. And then – go surfing!
Question: Which do you want to be? A crab, or one who rides His wave?
This painting was done as a Christmas present / housewarming present for my daughter, Jessica. The Lord gave me the picture, just for her. It’s one of my favs!
Last night I watched the new documentary, Father of Lights.
Our God is a God of love. That, in a nutshell, is the movie. It was amazing to watch story after story of people spreading His Love. In bars, in the heart of India, in the midst of the unwanted in China, to Latin leaders in Chicago. Declarations of the great and huge heart of Jesus in the most unlikely spots. Story after story after story.
From the Father of Lights website, Darren Wilson (founder of Wanderlust) shares, “I went into making this film by asking the simple question: who is God? I wanted to know His character, His personality, and who He truly is.”
Which story struck me the most? What’s my favorite flower, sweetest songbird, or the most beautiful tree? How much more a favorite story of His love in action! A favorite is impossible, however, here are two snippets..
There was a story of a young couple, leading successful lives. He was a bank VP and they had a great house and great life here in the US. It didn’t say how they ended up at a meeting with Randy Clark, but Randy (what an instigator!) prayed for them. I’m not even sure if he laid hands on the man. I did, however, see the young man, filled with the power of God, fly across the room. And that powerful touch, that Damascus-type revelation of His heart, prompted them to sell everything and move to China. There, they run an orphanage that cares for the unwanted. The orphanage is beautiful, yet they mentioned the first rat-infested apartment they rented within days of moving to China. They love on these castoffs with an extravagant love. They hold each young and broken one close. Physically, simply, lovingly. A love that indeed reveals the heart of our Father.
And then there’s Todd White – taking His Love into meetings with Latin warlords right here in this country. Watching those gang leaders melt and, a few months later, confessing they couldn’t get enough Christian music. And wearing their new-found love and goodness.
You have to see this movie! The official release is in October. They are touring the movie throughout the US until then. I know we’ll show it at NewDay, once it is released. (Per Darren’s request.)
As for us, in our own little worlds. Spread some love. Give a hug. Kiss a fool.
God is Love. “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
Question: What’s your toughest situation? Can you, like our Poppa God, love first?
I just love these worshipers! So I’m sharing them again.
The story of Lazarus is in John 11. “Wakey, wakey. Rise and shine!” could be the subtitle.
As Jesus goes to raise the dead, He makes this statement, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” John 11:9-10
The statement seems to be out of context. But, as Jesus does so well, the statement is a call. And an explanation of what He is about.
“Are there not 12 hours in the day?” As long as the day is, be “open.” Dwell on the good He has done. Keep His stories close to our hearts, so they come easily and naturally. “Do good,” wherever He puts us. Oftentimes, it speaks louder than words.
Walk with me in the day. As we walk and talk with Him, the Fathers heart will be revealed. We will see Light.
We will not stumble. What a bold remark. As we purposefully stay in and with the Light, We will go to the dead and God will be glorified. What if we approached each opportunity knowing that in the light, we won’t stumble?
Can you see the people in the dark? Dead and buried spiritually? As my friend, Diane, asks, “what unreached people group has the Lord put in front of you?” What unreached person has the Lord put in front of you. Whom can be overcome with His kindness and joy?
A couple hints:
My hubby, Randy, has found an unusual way to connect with our son. He plays “Words with Friends.” I never would have expected that my prayer for daily contact for the two would include playing a digital game! God is amazing!
God will have His way. His Word will hit the target. But maybe, just maybe, only with and through you. Will you be the one to raise the dead? The one saying, “Wakey, wakey. Rise and Shine!” To shine the Light. Knowing darkness is impossible in the Light.
Question: Who, around you, needs the Light? Are you praying? Are you sharing? Are you bringing light?
Power. Light. Boldness. Whether this portrays the Bright Light that is Jesus, or the angels, I’m not sure. Maybe it changes. Maybe its both.