This second week of Lent has given us important action verbs of faith from Ephesians- brought near, united as one Spirit and family, founded in Christ, privileged in faith and having access to Almighty God. What a week filled with truths in the midst of panic, fear and doubt due to the Corona-19 virus. New words have occurred- social distancing and self-quarantining that seek to limit and restrain us. The truths from Ephesians are free, open and available even in a crisis. They will transform our lives, assure us in faith and move us forward together in Christ. Let the truths from Ephesians 2 and 3 seep into your soul and let the Holy Spirit use them to transform your faith. Let them replace any fears you are feeling.
- we are brought near to God through the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13
- we are one in Spirit. Ephesians 2: 14,18
- we are united in Christ as He is our foundation and chief cornerstone. Ephesians 2:19-23
- we are part of God’s family plan that is filled with His blessings in Christ. Ephesians 3:6
- we are privileged to show God’s love and the good news of Jesus to the world. Ephesians 3:7-11
- we have access to the Father in prayer. Ephesians 3:12
Blessings as you worship today- in most places virtually, as we practice social distancing due to the Corona-19 Virus. Our church service will be live streamed on YouTube today-you can tune in at 10:30 am PST to hear our worship band and Pastor Aaron Gonzenbach preach from the Word. You simply type: wearecrossroads into Youtube and it should take you there.
Blessings as you seek to live fearlessly for Him,
Mom and Dad on their 50th Wedding Anniversay
Dad in his 50’s.
Psalm 103:13 “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.”
Proverbs 23:24 “The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.”
Sunday is Father’s Day and it’s approach has caused me to think reflectively about my earthly father, Henry Beecher Chrisp. He was a loving father, but demanded that we behave well, work hard, show respect and not give up easily. He loved to work with his hands building things and to fish. Dad loved the outdoors by cultivating flowers, growing a vegetable garden or simply taking a hike or ride through the forest. He had a deep faith in God. He showed me God, the Father, through his compassion and love for me. Dad was always one to love what we did and took pride in our accomplishments.
I hope your own father reminds you of God, the Father, in some personal way. I felt blessed and fortunate to have a father who loved me and wanted the best for me. I know all earthly fathers are not like that. Fortunately, we all have a perfect Heavenly Father we can look up to and depend upon. He will always be there for us and promises to never leave us or forsake us. Thank you Lord.
Have a blessed Father’s Day filled with good memories or activities with your father.
Because Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the dead, I have been adopted as God’s child. Through my faith in Jesus, I enter into a Father/son or daughter relationship with God. Scripture uses the word adoption to describe our new relationship with God because of Jesus the Son. Romans 8:14-15 “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” God’s indwelling Holy Spirit leads and guides us in the Father/son or daughter relationship. Paul again wrote to reassure the Galatians of this wonderful fact in Galatians 4:4-7 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” And Paul wrote to the Ephesians that God ordered this to be so in love when He sent Jesus. Ephesians 1:5-6 “In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” What wonderful assurances we have that through Jesus we are Sons and Daughters of the King.
I am a daughter of the King, and I can call God my Father or ‘Daddy’. Be encouraged today because of this personal relationship you have with the Father because of the Son. Thank you Jesus!
Suggestion: Pray today with the focus that you are God’s child and He is your heavenly Father. See and feel the difference.
Because Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I have the Father’s love. Knowing you are loved gives power, affirmation, hope and joy. Knowing you are love by God the Father fills us with confidence, hope, security, and comfort. Scripture speaks frequently of God’s love for us. Jesus was talking to the disciples about God’s love and his imminent return to the Father shortly before His death in John 16:27-28. “For the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God. 28 Yes, I came from the Father into the world, and now I will leave the world and return to the Father.” Jesus said I am dearly loved by God because of my love for Him. God loves that I love Jesus! When you think about one of your loved ones, aren’t there things you really love about them. Maybe it is the way they smile, maybe that they always hug you so tightly or say loving things to you for no reason except that they love you. This little portion of scripture gives us a glimpse into God’s character and love. He loves us dearly- not a little bit of love but a special love that is close to His heart. The motivation for this dear love is because I love His son. Isn’t that like a good Father? As earthly mothers and fathers, we love the kids that love our kids. We cherish them and want our kids to associate with them. Being a good Father, God loves and cherishes us with a special love because we love Jesus. What a privileged and heart warming thought to ponder today!
Suggestion: Think about your love for Jesus. How has He brought you to faith, and provided you with hope, joy, security and comfort. Know that the things you love about Jesus makes God the Father love you even more.