The Blogger Herself

The Blogger Herself

Friday, July 15, 2011

An Invitation FOR YOU!

                  I'm having a rally back to blogging party today, and you are invited!  This however isn't the only party I'm inviting you to today.  Many of you have prayed since February for my mom and my family, when we found her cancer had returned.  She is getting over a recent staph infection, but she is doing great, and this week we were given the WONDERFUL news that she is in remission!!!!!!!!!  Thank you for praying for her and us!  Please continue, she has been through so much!  She is doing well!  I've sure been praising our Lord!
         Here is something neat that Lord is showing me through his word!  He is revealing so much about his invitations to us, not only for initial salvation, but even deeper than that alone, but all other invites hinge upon the wonder of inviting us to salvation!  Upon that He invites into his family!  See Eph 1,  If you have ever been disowned by a family member or even felt neglected by one, it is comforting to know that In Christ, believers are given a forever invitation into the family of God!  Romans 8:15-16 and John 10 28-29    Second, which is what I want mostly to write about is the invitation to dwell on and his love!  To be  honest there has always been a part of me that has been fearful of focusing or dwelling on God's love too much.  Here's what I mean, if I focus too much on his love for me, then will I be less obedient or focus less on his holiness?   However this week I was confronted with the truth that God invites us to meditate on his love!  "May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 2 Thess. 3.5  CLICK HERE   "Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love." Ps.48:9 Here it is and finally...   "so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,"  Eph. 317:18 Found Here So before I move on to my to my next thought, Tell me your thoughts on diving into the love of God?  I'm reminded that what enables one to love God is that HE FIRST LOVED US!     
     The final invitation I am discovering is that God eagerly invites me to call him father. See John 1:12 Romans 8:15-16, Eph. 1:3 Isa. 9:6.  Father isn't a term we use much today, but dad daddy or papa may be more common.  Sure I address my prayers as Father, but it has never been a term that excites me or makes my heart leap for joy, but I think this bible study is already beginning to change this.  Father was not ever meant to conjure up words in mind, like distant, absent, or unaware, that word when referring to Father God is referred to is fully aware, LOVING, PRESENT INTERESTED, ABLE, STONG, KIND WISE, STEADY.  You get the idea don't you?  So I guess the question we must answer, is will we accept or decline his invitation to join his family, to dwell in his love, to Father/in some cases mother us?  Love your thoughts!  Have a lovely weekend!      


Dylan said...

Isn't God awesome?!
I'll be saying some "Thank you!" prayers!

Oh- and to answer your question, if you could pray for my continued recovery, and for the ability to stay strong when the 3 people who hate me (for reasons I still don't know why- the most they will give me is because I am different because I have a mental illness) are bitter and cruel, that would be awesome!

Thanks for the invitation! I am definitely celebrating with you!

Molly said...

Yay for TJ blog posts! Double Yay for dwelling in God's love.

You wrote, "To be honest there has always been a part of me that has been fearful of focusing or dwelling on God's love too much. Here's what I mean, if I focus too much on his love for me, then will I be less obedient or focus less on his holiness?"

Welp, here's my two cents. I've discovered that obedience and worship need be, for me, a response to basking in his love. True, honest obedience and worship flow out of my gratitude and joy. However, when I start from the other side with obedience or worship they get turned into tools I use to earn God's love. blech. Probably not a genuine place nor what God wants from me!

Such great news about your mom!! Reason to par-tay indeed!

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Faith Imagined said...

It is so exciting how much God wants us to be His children! He is such a loving and caring Father!

What a pure blessing your mom is in remission! YAY!