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What about his wife?

on Tuesday, 21 October 2014. Posted in Blog

(based on John 8:3-11)

the wife

Was she standing in the shadows as her husband’s mistress was dragged to the center of the square? Was she angry? Did she feel shamed? Was she desperate for justice? Was she shocked when tradition was ignored? Did she fume when the first stone was dropped, or did she experience relief?

How did Jesus minister to her in His action? Certainly, He knew who she was. How did He love her through her time of pain?

She was not forgotten; of that I am certain. He would not sacrifice one to prove a point to many. Jesus always looks for the one. Was it a look of compassion, void of pity? Was it a kind word of understanding? Was it the words He wrote in the dirt? Those drawings challenged the men, and brought freedom to the woman.

I know this: if she was seeking God, Jesus found her. He would not leave her broken.

What he offered her was the example of forgiveness. She had been deeply wronged, yet Jesus let the “other woman” walk away without punishment. She saw what she must do. Did she embrace it, or did she walk away wounded and vengeful? There is a lot to think about here.

Later, Jesus would face the same choice. As he hung on the cross betrayed by his friends and punished for crimes he did not commit, he, too, had a choice. He responded with “Father, forgive them…” (Luke 23:34).

 

What do you want the world to know about your generation?

on Friday, 15 May 2015. Posted in Blog

The voice of twenty-somethings.

generation

I can’t write a book, about the next generation, without their words. I posed this question to a number of them. “What do you want the world to know about your generation?” My hope is through their words you will experience the Lord’s love for His children. You will hear the heart cry of our future church. This will inspire you to step forward and build them up. Encourage them with your experience. Simply invest in them and see God’s Kingdom flourish.

“We are really good at acting like we have it all together, but often when we say “it’s okay” what we really mean is “life is falling apart but I don’t want to bother anyone with my problems.” Also we may act like we know it all, but we don’t. At least for me, I really need the guidance of the older women in the church so that I can become who Christ wants me to be.” – Caitlin 24

“That even though our generation doesn’t seem to care with all that the materialistic things the world has to offer, there is a good mass of us who still do, and are working to change the world in Christ’s name as we speak. There are some of us who want to unite together, regardless of race, age, Christian denominations and the factors set aside to change the world for God.” – Lauren 23

“Just because we go about things differently and value certain things (like self-expression) higher than our parent’s generations, it doesn’t mean our ideas are bad or that we don’t take life and responsibility seriously.” – Annie 24

“We are creative and passionate but lack direction. We love all the opportunities we have but are overwhelmed by all the possibilities.” – Mark 22

“Just because you've met one person in my generation doesn't mean you've met us all. We are individuals, with our own opinions, work ethics, and dreams. Don't assume you know what we're thinking, because when you do, you drive a wedge between us.” – Christina 26

“I would have to say that I would want the world to know that my generation is hard working and ready to step up to the plate!” – Jessica 22

“I would want the world to know that our generation is not made up of mindless technology zombies as we are usually portrayed, but hard-working individuals ready to be taken seriously for our ideas”. – Amber 23

“We are the last generation that isn't afraid to get our hands dirty.” – Matt 31

“I want the world to know that my generation cares. We care about the world and other people. I feel like most older people write us off as "too immature" and they don't really listen to what we have to say.” – Elizabeth 19

“I guess what I want people to know about my generation is that we have a lot of growing to do. I mean look. We are all so glued to our phones, even myself at times, that we forget to enjoy the things in life we did before electronics took over. You know what I mean? There are so many things to do! Girls always post on Facebook and Twitter about what their goals in life are or "relationship goals" and it's all these pictures of couples out hiking and going on vacation and horseback riding. But what are generating doesn't understand is that you can actually go do those things... Instead we just imagine what it's all like... We day dream about all these goals but our generation doesn't put effort into it. Effort has died. I miss when we were kids. We actually went and walked to our friend’s house and socialized. Socialization has turned into social networking. There's no talking only tweeting.

Maybe I was only supposed to put something positive lol but recently there hasn't been anything. I mean we have come great advances in technology but it's also taken over ourselves. Our generation to me, myself included, is we have a lot of growing up to do. We look at this generation that's growing up as 10 year olds with iPhones and we look at them negatively when we are who they look up to! We are a terrible influence” – Taylor 22

“I want people to know that my generation now understands why our parents said "no" when we wanted to hear "yes." We understand that they wanted to protect us from such harmful and evil things in the world.” – Brandis 28

“It's a tough question, I don't usually think about generations linearly. Culture can be shaped by its circumstance, but every date is still relevant. There is a big emphasis within every generation to talk about character differences. People might not have locked their doors back in the day, but I still think we are all more or less similar, I would imagine people are just as good now as they were in the turn of the century. If anything has changed I would say it’s our own personal epiphany that we are good for the world and God has something in us unique and worth displaying. All that to say, I would like for our generation to be known as intergenerational, that they had meaningful relationships with generations above and below their own , that communities were connected to each other by the rise of God's love and by the desire to have a family.” – Alec 20

The Millennials have something to say. The tattoos, the piercings, the beards, and the clothes are all decorations. They are not a reflection of their heart. They don’t mean the same thing as it did when we were young. It is a sign that they are different. Most of it are fashion statements. This is their message: “I am an individual, I’m not like you. Take time to hear me!” Are you listening? Do you see the incredible potential here? I am firm believer in the pursuit of dreams but so many don’t know how to do this. They also don’t comprehend the work it takes to get to a goal. Just like us they need encouragement to press on.

3 Steps to End Mom Guilt

on Wednesday, 01 October 2014. Posted in Blog

(or at least reduce it significantly).

MOM guild

 

The other day, I whipped up some homemade mac-n-cheese for my daughter’s swim team. I love to cook! An organized kitchen is a bigger challenge. Occasionally, I forget an item or two and they spoil. As I reached for the flour to make a roux, the bag seemed stuck and then the bottom ripped off. Yes, this was odd. With further investigation, I discovered a rotten bag of potatoes. Hidden from view, they made a mess on my pantry shelf. I cleaned it up, but then there was another mess forming. This time, the mess was in my mind and dripping into my spirit: Mom Guilt.

   “I bet other women don’t find this mess in their pantries. Why can’t you keep things organized?  Why is your house not as clean and orderly as all the other Moms you know? Why are you a failure?”

I’m not sure that is what actually went through my head but the feelings such words would produce were there. Your weakness will be different than mine. Possibly you yell too much, you have poor time management skills, or maybe you spend too much money - all can lead to Mom Guilt. How do we fight against such negativity that gnaws at our confidence? We need to ask the following questions:

  1. Are we comparing our weakness with the strength of others?  We are not expected to be good at everything. We will never be perfect. Say that out loud. I WILL NEVER BE PERFECT. Do not put that expectation on yourself.
  2. Remember, you are God’s child.  Repeat 1 John 3:1 (NIV) “3 See what great love the Father has lavished on us (replace with your name), that we should be called children of God!” And that is what we are! Your worth is measured by who you are, not what you do.
  3. Commit to grow in that weak area. Investigate tips that change the bad habits you have developed. The point is to improve you. The Holy Spirit lives in us (1 Corinthians 6:19). Make room for Him, ask Him to guide you through and empower you for change. Remember to give yourself grace when you repeat your weakness.

God has the power to change each of us, but we need to be patient in the process. When you feel frustrated with yourself, go back to step one and start all over again.

 

Five steps to care free living

on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. Posted in Blog

carefree

 

God told me to lighten up. Yep, in worship I heard the Lord say, “Why are you so serious all the time?”

“Well, Lord, this is a dark world. There is a lot of pain, and a lot of work to do.”

“Yes, but you are my child. In that, you have much JOY. Show it.”

Okay, I have my instruction. As always, I have to ask, how?

1.Really give your burdens to Jesus. We explain them to Him, but we still hold on to them. They hang over us like a dark cloud. Every time the thought of them comes into our heads, we need to release it over to Him. It takes practice, but it will make the difference between prayer and worry.

Matthew 11:28 (NLT) Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."

2. Don’t over-commit. An open space in our calendar doesn’t require us to fill it. We need to leave time to play and rest without guilt. This one is hard for me, but I am working on it.

Proverbs 31:25 (NLT) She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

3. Find joy in everything we do, even the mundane. Our joy  is not dictated by our circumstances, but by our position in God’s Kingdom.

Romans 14:17 (NLT) For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

4.Allow yourself to wonder over God’s creation. Stop and look around you. Look at your hand and marvel at its ability to do   the simplest task. It is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Relish the beauty of a baby, or the delicate details of a flower. Take it in, and be awed.

Psalm 65:8 (NLT) Those who live at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your wonders. From where the sun rises to where it sets, you inspire shouts of joy.

 5.Take time to dance. You don’t have to actually dance, but    you can dance in your spirit. Worship Him in all things with      exuberant joy! Let your soul cry out to the one who has lifted  your burdens, and delivered you from your cares.

Psalm 149:3 (NLT)Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp.

Let’s practice this. Work on being joyful, even child-like. Deliver your burdens and lighten your load because our God is doing great work in us and through us! Share your experiences below. How do you give your cares to Him?

 

Loving your neighbor means be nice at the mall.

on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in Blog

love neighbor

She despises back to school shopping. Anticipation of Black Friday gives her nightmares. Holiday shoppers transform her into Scrooge. She is in retail.  Imagine the following scenario:

Crowds of people push their way through the store she manages. Tempers flare over long lines. Out of stock must-haves produce frustration. Anger mounts and spills over all who happen to be in its wake, including the staff of the tiny shop. Anger spews, and the shoppers become self-focused. Their time is more important than everyone else around them. Frustration wins the battle over self-control. Criticism pours out all around them. This is why she hates retail.

As a community we need to keep these feelings in check. Other shoppers and store clerks are precious people created by God. Even if the staff is inept, we need patience, kindness, and self-control. This is why we need the Holy Spirit. Proverbs 15:1 (NLT) reminds us: “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Keep in mind when we are in public, we may be the only kind person others see all day. We need Jesus to get through stressful situations, but more important they need to see the Holy Spirit in us.  Now is the time to harvest the fruit that has been growing in you!

Ordinary to Extraordinary

on Tuesday, 23 September 2014. Posted in Blog

extraordinary

Last week, I watched a Discovery Channel special on Dr. Kent Brantly. While caring for Ebola patients, he, too, contracted the virus. He recovered, and gave God the glory. People like Dr. Brantly are heroes. He is an ordinary person just like you and me. What he did, however, is agree to follow God’s extraordinary plan for his life.

Did you know that is what God hopes for each of us? Most days are ordinary, but we need to be prepared to respond when called to do the extraordinary. We are to be confident, as His children, that God will provide all that is needed. We simply need to be obedient and follow His lead.

God did not call Dr. Brantly to contract Ebola. Receiving God's healing was not the doctor’s greatest accomplishment. The beauty he exemplified to us is his willingness to care for sick people despite any risk to himself. He stressed the importance of treating each patient with dignity and respect. This is what is extraordinary about this man: he practiced medicine in a difficult, even dangerous, environment. He did this all to the glory of God.

God is not calling all of us to go to Africa, nor does He want us all to be medical missionaries. We are each called to our own mission field, in the place He has brought every one of us to right now. Go out there with a willing heart, and watch God do the extraordinary through you.

Did you mess up again?

on Monday, 28 July 2014. Posted in Blog

 only grace

It was one of those days yesterday. I came face to face with my imperfection. In those moments, my sin is magnified by my own pride.  Frankly, I have this weird wobbly view of myself. I swing from shame to pride. Oh to stay in the middle and accept myself as Jesus does.

I’m getting better at this. My gut wrenching guilt is relieved by God’s presence in my life. We each need to take responsibility and then accept the forgiveness. I’m learning to stand on the promise of Psalm 65:3 (NLT) “Though we are overwhelmed by our sins, you forgive them all.”

This is the source of our CONFIDENCE. It is not about our performance, it is about what Jesus accomplished. Ephesians 3:12 (NLT) says “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” With Jesus there is no shame and no fear, only grace. 

Do you want to see yourself as the Lord does? As His child, our potential becomes possible.

Dream On

on Wednesday, 28 May 2014. Posted in Blog

dream

Dreams ignited by our passions are powerful. Spurred on with purpose, we endeavor to produce God inspired results. BUT what if the dream only belongs to me? What if our inspiration is simply internal desire? How do we know if God is directing us down a path?

So often we are encouraged to follow our heart. What if our heart is misguided and we don’t know it? We need to ask questions:

Is it based on truth and supported by God’s word?

If the path we are on is unbiblical, step away and move on. 

Do we need to break ties with others to pursue our dream?

Sometimes there are toxic people in our lives. Our relationship with them does not honor God and it is time to sever it.  This is rare. Our society teaches us to run when it gets tough. We need to use caution in breaking relationships, especially when it comes to marriages, family members, and our church family. This needs to be done with caution and counsel.

Many times these difficult relationships need to be resolved. Scripture reminds us that conflict builds our character. Our response builds fruit of the Spirit if we invite the Holy Spirit to guide us AND we yield to that guidance.

God has planted the seed of your dream. Pursuing it may be difficult but we see His hand in it. Encouraged by His Spirit we move forward.

What is motivating our heart?

Ambition and self-promotion detract from God’s plan.  Courage is necessary to step out in God’s plan but blatant arrogance is as damaging as not acting. Could we still follow God’s plan if we had to do it anonymously? If you received no credit, would you still do it?

Are you offended? Are you taking action because of someone else behavior? Deal with the offense FIRST, then follow God’s plan. The inappropriate actions of another can cause us to act (human trafficking or other social injustices) but when the action is perpetrated by a friend seek to forgive and restore.

Is our community supporting our decision?

Present your dreams and plans to others. Are they supporting you? If not take a step back and revaluate.

Is the timing right to pursue the dream?

Jumping ahead of God can cause our plan to fail. Take a step, what is God telling you? What are others telling you? Sometimes we barrel through with the right plan but at the wrong time. Don’t be afraid to act but don’t act rashly.

These are tough questions. Often we don’t see the answers ourselves because we are too close to our dreams. Ask those around you for insight. Look to those with Godly wisdom to counsel you. We need each other for encouragement to follow God’s path.

 

Dress to Impress

on Friday, 18 July 2014. Posted in Blog

How do dress when you mentor a millennium

dress to impress

 

It is the age old struggle of womanhood. What to wear? As much as we hate to admit it, it plays a role in our life every morning. The clothes we put on reflect a bit of our personality.

Yesterday, I was meeting a young woman for coffee. Oh what to wear? Always looking to impress I donned a red V-neck t-shirt and jeans. I finished the whole outfit with my snazzy sneakers. I know the image is not exactly impressive but here is the deal; our clothes don’t matter.

sneakers

Mentoring a millennium can be intimidating. We have to initiate but they have the power to dismiss us. Why do we even risk it? We risk because it is the right action to take.  How do we make a good first impression? Be ourselves! Yep, that is all we have to do. If you are comfortable in your own skin the outer covering doesn’t matter.

How to dress to impress a millennium:

Put on:

  1. confidence.  Our relationship with Christ determines our identity and our confidence. Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT) “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”
  2. humility. We don’t have to have all the answers. We recognize our own inadequacy but we give what we have.  Ephesians 4:2 NLT “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love”.
  3. authenticity.  We need to be ourselves. Recognize we are characterized by what we do not by how we appear.

2 Timothy 2:2 (NLT) You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.

There you have it.

1 Peter 5:5 (NLT) In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

 

Enough

on Wednesday, 13 August 2014. Posted in Blog

enough

I have never been hungry. I’ve never known poverty. I have always had enough. That is a powerful statement.

I HAVE ALWAYS HAD ENOUGH.

Certainly, I have had struggles, but I’ve been given abundant grace. “When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” Luke 12:48

As we build our community, it is not to be exclusive of others. It is so we can strengthen ourselves and serve others. We invite those we serve to join us and build more extensive connections.

We are called to be like Jesus.

            Jesus loved.

                        Jesus served.

                                    Jesus sacrificed.

                                            Jesus brought us into His family.

We are to get our hands dirty. We are to risk discomfort. We are to enlarge our community. We have been given much. We each need to ask: What am I going to do with it?

Faith Trumps Knowledge

on Monday, 23 June 2014. Posted in Blog

faith trumps knowledge

 

I like to think of myself as clever.  Problem solving and advise giving are two of my favorite past times.  Here’s the issue with that; sometimes we’re not supposed to figure things out.  There are mysteries in life that are unexplainable.  Knowledge is good, but misused or overused it can inflate my ego. 

As a science teacher, I believe our opinions must be based on fact not emotion. Taking a stand is necessary as a Christian our foundation is built on truth not on hearsay. James 1:5 (NLT) says “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” Intelligence is a gift until it becomes more important than our faith.

Proverbs 3:7 “.Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.  Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”  I love this.  We have been given the ability to think and process knowledge.  That is a good thing.  Yet, it is always a problem when we take situations into our own hands.  Even when I can figure it out and manipulate a situation, I’m not supposed to do that.  I need to dash my pride to the ground and take on a spirit of humility. 

Does this mean we live life as fools? Certainly not. Faith requires risk, risk that defies common sense. Mother Teresa appeared foolish to many. Countless others have followed in her footsteps and powerfully impacted peoples lives. These individuals have given up careers to fight poverty and injustice throughout the world. God defines wisdom differently than we do. 

God will give us wisdom when we ask. However, His ways often confound the smartest people we know. The bottom line we are to live a life based on faith, rooted in our trust in Jesus. He will ALWAYS walk us through EVERY situation. He is the only being that is omniscient. HE KNOWS ALL SO I DON’T HAVE TO HAVE THE ANSWERS.

Have you ever struggled with “being wise in your own eyes”?  What did you do to keep that ego in check?

 

Five mentoring skills anyone can master!

on Friday, 06 June 2014. Posted in Blog

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Discipleship is not about what we have or have not done. Accomplishments play into it but what we share as much from of our struggles as we do our victories.  Sharing life is more important than sharing advice. Availability plays a stronger role than teaching knowledge. Hopefully we each have some wisdom to share but our confidence comes from our identity in Christ, not our achievements. Too often we say I have nothing to offer, when in reality we have everything necessary. Simply sharing our time, tells others they are important. This is what Jesus did with the disciples, he shared life with them. Are you willing to make yourself available?

  1.  Pray: King David yearned for God’s direction. Psalm 143:10 says” Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” Do you hear his heart? We need to pray a similar prayer. We need to ask. Pray with expectation, He answers.
  2. A willing heart: We have to want to mentor. We let God send you. We need a heart like Isaiah in Isaiah 6:8 “Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”
  3. Say hello. Greet the person every time you see them. Call them by name. Make them feel important. Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) "Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.  I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."
  4. Time: They need your time, someone to listen to them. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT) For everything there is a season,  a time for every activity under heaven.
  5. Get out of your comfort zone. Go where they are comfortable. Ask them where they would like to meet. If they don’t know then suggest a pubic location like a coffee shop. Genesis 12:1 (NLT) The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.”

Questions or comments? I’d love to continue this conversation. Leave a comment and I will get back to you! 

 

Five Ways To Lovingly Impact Your Community

on Thursday, 05 June 2014. Posted in Blog

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Do you want to impact your community for Jesus? Then love.

  1. Be Kind - Love all even when they don’t deserve it. Love is a gift. It is not earned it is delivered. Rude people are dumbfounded by loving responses. Extend grace and watch it impact others around you. Maybe not the first time or the second but continue to extend it and it will make a difference.
  2. Be Respectful -Loving others compels respect because it is respectful. It doesn’t demand it or require it, it drives it. This is not an immediate response. It takes time and is produced after years of reputable behavior. Our reputation will dictate the respect we receive.
  3. Accept Others - Accept everyone as they are. Our exterior does not reflect the interior. Often we judge others based on their appearance or life situation. Take time to get to know them. Spend time with them; our acceptance may have an eternal impact.
  4. Take a Stand - Love protects others. Love stands with those who are mistreated. We speak up for the voiceless. Our friendship is a haven for those who are impacted by the poor choices of others.
  5. Admire Justice but avoid Judgment - Love fights for what is right. Love does not allow others to take advantage of extended kindnesses. We are to follow justice without being judgmental. Oh is that a fine line! We are to lovingly correct but still allow others to make mistakes if they refuse to change.

1 Corinthians 13 (NLT)Love Is the Greatest 13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

God are you there?

on Tuesday, 19 August 2014. Posted in Blog

What do you do when you feel like your prayers aren't answered?

God are you there

Sometimes I wish I could just have it my way.  Press a button, and bam! Prayer is answered.  Everyone is getting along, no one is sick, and there is enough of whatever is needed. Of course, that is not the way it works. God is not our fairy godmother or a vending machine. He is God.

When we feel our prayers are ignored, the circumstances can feel monumental - yet we know our God can move mountains.  As a child of God, we stand on what we know instead of how we feel. Our feelings are valid. God created us to be emotional beings. Our emotions are a response to circumstances, but they do not drive our circumstances.

So, what do you do when you feel your prayers are unheard?

1.         Let God know you believe He can move mountains. (Matthew 17:20) Not sure that is true?  Then pray, “I believe but help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)

2.         Praise God for who He is. Remind yourself that you serve the God of the universe. THE CREATOR! The one who can make all things new, including our circumstances. (Revelations 21:5)

3.         Tell Him you trust Him with your problem and with your feelings. Ask Him to replace your concern with peace.  (Isaiah 26:3)

4.         Pray until you feel a release. I don’t understand why sometimes we pray once and others it is an ongoing battle. It is not my job to figure that out. My job is to pray. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

5.         With Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have the authority to speak to God at any time. He welcomes you as Holy because of Jesus. He wants you there. (Hebrew  10:19)

Unheard prayers can lead to frustration. Our frustration can lead to lack of faith. This can cause to give up on a prayer. KEEP praying. Persevere He does hear you.

1 John 5:14 (NLT) “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.”

God Given Right

on Wednesday, 09 July 2014. Posted in Blog

right

Sometimes I get stuck on a word. I hear the Holy Spirit whisper as it penetrates my being. “It is your right to grasp it. Share it because it is their right too.”

John 1:12 (NLT) declares “But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.”

Our right, in the Greek the word is exousin. It means: privilege, force, capacity, competency, freedom, mastery, delegated influence, authority, jurisdiction, power, right, strength. (from Strong's Concordance)

That is a huge word. From this verse we learn what he gives as well as our responsibility.

He gives us:

  1. The privilege, the gift of family. We are His children.
  2. The force necessary to change our identity, our family name
  3. The capacity to enter His family.
  4. The competency to represent His family well.
  5. The freedom from sin to be part of His Holy family.
  6. The mastery over sin and death.
  7. Delegated influence and authority over darkness in this world.
  8. The jurisdiction that comes with His kingdom.
  9. The power necessary to remain in His family.
  10. The right to be called His child
  11. The strength to continue in faith as His child.

Our job:

  1. To believe.
  2. To trust.
  3. To rely.
  4. AND TO LIVE as His Child.

The message sums it up beautifully. If we want Him and believe Him then "He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.”

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