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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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what is freedom?

This is a guest post from my hubby, Randy. Great thoughts! Enjoy.

Today we celebrate 236 years of independence as a country. The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence states:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Eagle Wings by contemporary Minnesota artist Sue Kemnitz

What is freedom?

Many great thinkers have tried to bring definition to freedom. Most have decided that freedom can only be defined by what it isn’t, by where the lines are drawn. Our legal definition of freedom, of independence, is that which emanates from our Creator. It emanates from God—it is a gift from God

Freedom is not the absence of restraint, nor is it doing whatever you please.

Freedom is the privilege and power to become all that God wants you to be.

Freedom is the opportunity to fulfill your potential to the glory of God.

Freedom is knowing that God has created us with tremendous potential. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Freedom is accepting that by living through and with Him “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)

Freedom is not settling for less. David Crone from The Mission in Vacaville, CA compiled a list of decisions that define who they are. In fact they call them “Decisions that Define Us.” One of my favorites and one I have used at work is:

“We have decided that it is better to fail while reaching for the impossible that God has planned for us than succeed settling for less.”

Freedom is knowing the truth. In John 14:6, Jesus declares, “I am the way, the Truth and the life.”

Freedom is simply accepting God’s abundant Grace and Mercy:

“When I say… ‘I am a Christian’
I’m not holier than thou,
I’m just a simple sinner
who received God’s good grace, somehow”
Maya Angelou

“I thank God that I fear not” – Thomas Paine, 1776.

Question: What is freedom to you?

Happy Independence Day!

Randy
(Sue’s other half.)

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