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Like a Little Child

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Seeing God as Father

Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.

Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created.

(John 1:12-13; Romans 8:14, 16-17; Matthew 7:9-11; James 1:17-18)

God goes by many names that describe His nature and character. But you can just Him… Dad.

When God wanted to put His love into terms we could understand, He painted Himself in the biblical imagery of a Father, not the kind who rants and raves, fussing about the way you keep your room or teaching you how to drive by pounding the dashboard every time you change lanes in traffic. Not the kind who’s tied up (again) at work, or only visible from the waist down behind his morning paper, apparently unconcerned with the things that matter most to you. Neither is He a doting grandfather, mindlessly doling out dollar bills so you can buy your fill of candy and bubble gum. This Father who asks you to walk with Him will ask more of you than anyone possibly could, your life, in fact, for the privilege of being on personal terms with the God of the universe. But in return, you’ll receive a love that’s so complete and unconditional, so honest and pure, so rich in mercy and long on patience, that you’ll want nothing more than to please Him, to make Him proud of you, to find your reason for living in His gentle smile.

“God will go out of His way to make His children feel His love for them and know their privilege and security as members of His family.” – J. I. Packer

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Tomorrow’s Reading: Not only do you get to enjoy a close, personal relationship with God the Father; this new adopted family of yours includes a big brother you’d love to be like.

 

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Happy 4th of July!

 

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Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, etc.

Not just the USA has the freedom, but thank God for sending His son to die on the cross for our sin and giving us a chance to get to know Him. Thank You Jesus for setting us FREE! You have broken the chains from sin and we can have FREEDOM in Christ! As you may celebrate today, celebrate today as it’s your independence day in Christ Jesus.

So to the world, Happy Independence Day in Christ!

 

Psalm 119:32
I run in the path of your commands, for You have set my heart free.

Psalm 119:45
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out Your precepts.

Luke 4:18-19
The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because He has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

John 8:32
Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.

John 8:36
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Ephesians 3:12
In Him [Christ] and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

 

JESUS BLESS YOU!

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Gossip is a Destructive Use of the Tongue that is Condemned in the Bible

Image     Gossip is one of the most common and damaging sins of the tongue, but it is alive and well in the church today. How can you be sure if something is gossip? Gossip has several characteristics. First, it is usually information that we have not verified. Second, even if it is true, the information is not being discussed by people who intend to help in the situation. Finally, you can be certain it is gossip if you wouldn’t want the subject of the conversation to hear your words. The Word of God says: “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29).

Pray that you will have the strength to obey the Lord and follow His example of treating others lovingly: “One thing… will I seek that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple (Psalm 27:4).

Pray the confession to the Lord to keep your life free from sin and in close fellowship with Him: “Hear attentively the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that comes from His mouth. For He says to the snow, ‘fall on the earth’; likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength (Job 37:2, 6).

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind. As you agree with God’s will, voice your affirmation of His Word: “The Son of Man has come to save that which was lost… it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish (Matthew 18:11, 14).

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:

  • Greater contentment,
  • Self-control in speech and action,
  • Forgiveness of someone who has hurt you with harsh words.

Close with this prayer to God: “Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name” (Psalm 63:3-4).

“They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,” (Romans 1:29). “Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to” (1 Timothy 5:13).

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