Friday, July 15, 2011
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!