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the fullness of God—in Jesus!

In the middle of this quite amazing description of Jesus, comes a statement that is mind-blowing…

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“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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grace in disappointment

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.” Psalm 100:1

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Gliding over the start of this Psalm to the Lord, this seems an easy task. After all, His joy is our strength. It is a great day, rejoice in it. (Rejoice = joy multiplied. -Kris V) His joy is in us. You get the picture.

But what about disappointment? What then? There are real troubles on this earth. Children grow up and go their way. There’s crabby people in stores. A day of pouring rain when I have Iris’s to plant. (I obviously live in a cushie world…)

I would suggest to you that this is exactly where we get to rise and shine. How do we as peeps of God respond?

Ryan and Sara Hall were on Bethel.tv this past weekend. They actually were the sermon. Fun! Ryan ran in the last Olympics—a marathon none-the-less!—and Sara did not. They still held the celebration party for Sara. This was my take-away. Of course there are disappointments. We get to choose. Sulk or smile. Rejoice or crab. Pray and release or harden our heart. Kill joy or spread even more joy.

The beginning of Acts 4 starts with two fishermen speaking boldly of Jesus. I somehow don’t see fishermen as having the gift of gab, but I could be wrong. Then they get arrested. Then they are asked to muffle it. Then they ask for even more boldness. Then they prayed, and the earth shook. Could it be the earth was pleasantly surprised at their response?

Then they give testimony of Jesus and grace covered them.

I stopped at the grocery store early this morning. The checkout lady looked uncomfortable and just plain crabby. I smiled and asked if I could release Jesus’ healing on her. She said, “No.” No? I told her how He loved her and left. Trying not to shake my head as I left the store. The No’s still surprise me.

My job? Shake the dust off my feet. Ask for more boldness. And I asked the Lord to bless her Abundantly! In whatever makes her happy. And in Him. Bring a smile to her face.

And the Lord covers us with grace and the comforter. Oh happy day.

And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” Acts 4:33

Could it be the earth was pleasantly surprised at their response?

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Chapter 4 of Doodling Acts – Join me!

like a rushing wind

Acts 2 Holy Spirit by Sue Kemnitzlike a rushing wind

Once again, I am reading through the book of Acts. And I thought, this time, how it might be fun (a.k.a. challenging) to sketch the book of Acts. I’d love to have people join me in this adventure. So – you artists out there – pick up your sketchbooks and pencils, or clay, or dance, or guitar and lets creatively do the book of Acts.  Jump in! What will the Lord think? The sketch I started with yesterday is posted on Facebook.

“And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:2

Have you ever seen this happen? We were at Jesus Culture last summer in Chicago and they showed videos of some of Reinhard Bonnke’s African meetings. There were thousands upon thousands of people there. What moved me the most was when Bonnke drew his arm across in front of him, and a wave of the Holy Spirit hit the crowd. Just like a wave at a football game, only better, the entire crowd went down under the weight and breath of the Holy Spirit.

That’s a Wow with a capital W.

I believe it is intimacy with Jesus that enables the mighty, might wind of the Spirit to blow through a place. Just like Acts 1 and 2. They knew Him. They knew His promise to send the Holy Spirit. They gathered. They worshiped. They prayed. They persevered.

Lets do it. Lets worship with childlike excitement. Lets pray with expectancy. Lets partner with Him and create. Lets keep it up until it happens!

What will the Lord do? What do you think?

Only believe!

Sue

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two cents

“I confidently walk in the room.

I had taken care that morning to make sure my garment was clean and brilliantly white. My hair combed and pulled up so as not to attract attention. My face, hands, and especially my feet were scrupulously scrubbed and my sandals had no stray threads. I’m so eager to see my friends and my God.

“As I passed the offering box, I threw in everything I had. Both of the copper coins. I was exuberant that I had coins to offer. Last week I just had a few seeds I had plucked on the edge of the field, left behind by generous land owners. I whispered to the coins, “Multiply!” right before I threw them in. I know my God will do it. He can do anything.

“There’s Jesus! He warms my heart. And then there’s His eyes. They burn right through me and let me know how loved I am. Very loved! He smiles with understanding as I toss my coins in. He has drawn me in and captured me for life. Just like His disciples. There’s more than meets the eye. He is love.”

As I re-read the story of the woman with the two small copper coins, I can’t help but re-enact that scene in my imagination. Is the woman hesitant or confident? Does she cower in her “poor-ness” or is she thankful for what she has? Does she have worry lines or smile lines?

Because Jesus loves her heart, I go with confident and thankful. Because she gives everything. Because she’s totally in love. Because she’s who God made her to be, the image of Jesus.

How’s your image today? Need to remind yourself of who you are in Him? Throw your two cents in–proudly.

“And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.’” Mark 12:42-44

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leave it behind

Bring faith. Bring confidence. Bring Jesus. Expect adventure. Leave the rest behind.

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“Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road.” Luke 10:4

Faith is having confidence in His promises. It “is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 It can’t be earned. It is a choice. You simply bring it. Really. Bring faith. It is earth, so sometimes you need to brush off the “Why didn’t…” and read the verse again.

Jesus didn’t hesitate. When He thanked the Father for the five loaves and two fish, how many people were fed? Without portion control. When Jesus stretched out His hand to heal, what happened? When Jesus looked Legion in the eyes, and told the demons to leave. They not only left, they jumped over the cliff and were dashed on the rocks below.

That is what we are to be about. Confidently doing the when part. Bring confidence.

We had an amazing testimony the last evening of class (visit NDSSM). Heidi was prompted by the Lord to give a $1,000 check to a specific person. She mumbled and whined a bit (sounds just like me!), but did finally do it. It was puzzling to the person she gave it to. No immediate need there. He was in the final stages of writing a book and had submitted it to Thomas Nelson Publishers. (I hope I have that right. I think I do.) Within two weeks, the publisher contacted her friend and said, “if you can invest $1,000 in your book, we will publish and publicize it.” That is huge! Wow! That’s our God at work! Bring adventure.

I had a dream a while back and when I put my hand, filled with the power of Jesus, on a powerful Godly man’s chest, he was filled with even more of the power of God. Only in a dream would I have approached a man of this stature and laid hands on him. When we pray, the power of Jesus flows through us. Take a bit of time to study your hands today. Do you see Jesus in them? See the scars that empower us to continue His work? Bring Jesus.

Forget the extra pair of flip-flops, the purse with lip gloss, and your credit cards. Keep your shoulders open for Holy Spirit to travel on you. And don’t get distracted by friends, even well-meaning friends, along the way! Bring the important stuff, faith, confidence, and Jesus. Expect adventure.

What could distract you today?

(This is a continuation of Luke 10:1-20 that we talked about on Sunday. Did you miss Luke 10:1? Click here…)

Sue
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This sketch is a commission for an unborn child. I’m not sure this is the finished product – but fun to give you a glimpse, my faithful followers. The name is Crowned with Love. How delightful is this—what an honor!

be a lamb

Truth be told, I didn’t like being a sheep very much, and now, here in Luke 10:3, Jesus says, “Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.”

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So – are you ready for the journey? Are your furry curls in place? Flip-flops on your hooves? A lamb? Really? As I thought about this, I pictured me as a lamb. Innocent, defenseless, prone to distraction and wandering off on my own, and naive. Yes – in reality – that often sums me up. And what’s that up ahead? A pack of mean-spirited, drool-y, big-fanged, sharp-clawed wolves. Yikes!

However, there is Truth. And that is, “…Christ in me, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27

What does this means in us?

  • There’s a King inside of me. The brilliant morning Star! Able to do anything and Who can provide all we need.
  • Victory is inside of me because the One who is victorious lives inside of me. We’ve read the end of the book. Jesus wins the age. For eternity.
  • The One in whom is all patience, kindness, gentleness, joy, and yes, even self-control is inside. These are the characteristics we have inherited!
  • I am held up by His strong right hand. “(It) shimmers with power and shatters the enemy.” (Ex. 15, The Message)
  • The strong mighty warrior is inside of me. Even on His white stallion!

Indeed, we can be a lamb because the lion of Judah lives inside of us and is in disguise.

Yesterday, Pastor Doyal gave me the honor of teaching for a few minutes in front of church, of which this post was part of. I woke up shaking. Not a great feeling, but real. Then I realized that I didn’t have to accept that shaking as fear. I chose to believe it was the Holy Spirit in me. And often, that feels like electricity and shaking! Thanks, Jesus!

Focus on Who is inside.Then we can be content to be a lamb. Fully dependent on the One who can fully do it all and be all!

Earlier in Colossians 1:27 it mentions, “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

Picture the riches. All He brings and grows inside of us. It’s a mystery and its good!

When you, as a lamb, look in the mirror today, Who is looking back?

Sue
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something greater

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Jesus continually amazes and delights me—His radical love for us.

On any average day, He turned thought patterns by 180 degrees. Having respect for the law and those in authority, He more often than not had little respect for their interpretation. Jesus show-cased “the greater…”

Take Matthew 12 for example.

One Sabbath, Jesus and the boys were out for a stroll in the grain fields, the disciples were hungry and stopped for a bite. A little grain on the side of the road, regardless of the day of the week it was. Jesus ruffled the proverbial pharisaical feathers when He did not take them to task for harvesting on the holy day.  The disciples were hungry, after all. Jesus let them eat. Jesus shows Himself to be the merciful one, the compassionate one. He wanted them nourished. (Did He also lead them to eat?)

Something greater….

As Jesus looked up, He spotted a man whose hand was crippled. It’s possible that He did not as much see a crippled hand, but saw a whole and healthy hand, and so was surprised by the pharisees question—whether or not to heal on the Sabbath. The answer He gave was brilliant. Who would not help a sheep that had fallen? Jesus, the tenderhearted shepherd, would of course restore one of His sheep, regardless of the day. It is the second bullet point in His job description, “destroying the works of the enemy,” and comes right after “love”.

Something greater…

And now, under attack, He escapes to pray. Jesus heads for the Fathers presence. To say thank you. To praise Him. To gather in the love of the Father. The perfect Sabbath activity. Though the other sheep follow—and they are all healed.

Something greater…

Think and re-think. Can we turn our thoughts and actions to be more merciful, gracious, and tenderhearted? I am the first in line…

His love and abundant blessings to all!

Sue
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