Saturday, October 14, 2006

WordPoints - October 14, 2006

What the Son of God Came to Give Us
All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows
the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son,
and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
Matthew 11:27

As God Incarnate, Jesus Christ reveals God to us in a manner that surpasses any other means of revelation. God had spoken in a variety of ways before (Hebrews 1:1-3), but it was in His Son that God revealed Himself fully. The apostle John wrote, "No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him" (John 1:18). In Jesus Christ, God was "spelling himself out in language that man can understand" (Samuel Dickey Gordon).

But God did not reveal Himself to us merely that we might have a better intellectual understanding of His nature. The main aspect of His nature that needs to be reinstated in our minds is His trustworthiness. When Adam and Eve fell into transgression, it was only after the tempter had broken their confidence in God that they were willing to set aside His will, and if the damage of sin is to be repaired in us, we must learn how to trust God again. In Jesus Christ, what we see is that God can indeed be trusted. He can be counted on to die for us rather than betray us! "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32).

Let us not, however, be naive about this matter. God did not show Himself to be dependable just so that we might sleep better at night. The demonstration of God's perfect power and love leads us to trust Him, but we are led to trust Him so that we might once again obey Him! "You are my friends," Jesus said, "if you do whatever I command you" (John 15:14). In His Son, God is restoring what was lost in the Fall. He is inviting us to follow where He leads, perhaps through dangerous territory, to a realm where once again we can know Him and enjoy Him and eat of the tree of life.

The mission undertaken by the Son, was not to show Himself as having
all power in heaven and earth, but to reveal His Father, to show Him
to men such as He is, that men may know Him, and knowing, trust Him.
It were a small boon indeed that God should forgive men, and not
give Himself. It would be but to give them back themselves, and less
than God just as He is will not comfort men for the essential sorrow
of their existence. Only God the gift can turn that sorrow into
essential joy: Jesus came to give them God, who is eternal life.

George MacDonald
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5 comments:

kimmiey said...

Anne, Praise the Lord for your unwavering attempt to spread the Word. With Faith, as with Nutrition, you have taken up a crusade to share your knowledge with all who do not know the truth. I applaude you and am so proud of you.

Children are in deed precious, and all that God has waiting for them is so important for them to understand.

I issue a challenge to all today who have teens in their households, or even younger.

Change their negative attitudes to God filled Days!

I have seen with my oldest son that being raised in church and leading him with all I can is still sometimes not enough. We must use every day to show them something new about their faith in God and what HE has in store for them.

When they are faced with peer pressure, and the flaming arrows of satan attack them daily - we as parents must re-program daily from their negative thinking, encouraging them that with God all things are possible, and they should be quiet in God to find their future.

I see what the hate and negativity has done to my oldest, but what the positive and loving has done for my youngest. Two boys, raised in the same home, same values, but programmed different through experiences and 'nature vs. nurture'.

Never miss an opportunity to spread the seed of the The Good News to your children - even if you THINK they KNOW. You would truly be suprised what they DON'T know.

Teach them to be thankful for all, seeing the good in all, and learning that they are capable of anything which is grounded by God.It begins as soon as they can understands, and does not stop until YOU take your last breath.

Teens are so in need of this message, and there are not enough of us grown-ups taking time to teach what we THOUGHT we taught before.

There is nothing more sorrowful than to tell your son you believe his salvation is in danger because of his lifestyle. He was raised right, wasn't he? So we think.

Showering them with material things to make up for time not spent with them will teach them that they can get something for nothing. They can simply turn on the guilt and get what they want.

Don't believe me? Wait until your 2 or 3 year old turns 9 or 10 and pouts or gets angry because they haven't gotten their way. Worse yet, watch the temper tantrum of a young child in a store, and how the parent reacts, and look forward in your mind 10 years or so.

We, as a society, are teaching our children that bad behavior earns things and that by simply making parents feel guilty they can manipulate and recieve what they feel they are entitled to. These are the same children who will be leaders and adults in this world one day. Are you scared yet?

Believe what the Bible teaches.Teach it to your child daily. It is the only guide book we have.

Anti-Christians will say we use the verse "Spare the rod and Spoil the child" to justify beating our children. So far from the Truth! If these people would take the time to read and to know - they would see that God has given us children as a gift, to raise for His Divine purpose, and to discipline in a Godly way.

Every child is different, and sometimes there is no need to spank. My kids got to the point very early that all it took was the "look". But, as they grow older and they are exposed to the world, and bad things creep in - negativity daily - our discipline must change to a higher plane. We should be positive - we must work harder to keep them in God's guidance, while seeking God's guidance for ourselves to show and teach them in His way.

AND -our responsibility does NOT end when they turn 18. I emphasize this because this was the thinking of my parents and most of their generation. I turned 18 and was sent into the world to fend for myself (actually for me it was 17 when I was pushed to marry. What a lifetime decision I WAS NOT READY TO MAKE!)

For as long as we walk this earth, we are to guide our children, show them through love how to find God's Word and make it work in their lives. Our job as a parent never stops - and indeed, begins again when we become Grandparents.

All of this is heavy on my heart as I watch my two sons, raised the same way - one headed toward God and His Will, the other a slave to the world.

I pray for all parents who are experiencing what I am, and encourage you daily - as you awake - praise God for what you KNOW He is doing in their lives. BELIEVE HE IS WORKING AND PRAISE HIM! Keep talking when they will listen, and turn them over to Him.

Thank you for this opportunity to "speak", and I challenge ALL of you who read here, to make a point each day to touch the life of a young person. They are not only our future, but they are the Future of God's Work in this world.

Love, Kimmiey

Funky-Redhead said...

Is this your long time friend, Kimmiey? That you have spoken about so often?

Anne said...

Funky-Redhead - YES! How did you guess? This is my friend since we were 12 years old. Can you tell she's pretty passionate?

Kimmiey - What in the world are you doing here?!!! Thanks for joining in!

Anonymous said...

Food for thought... *Delicious*

FruitfulSpirit said...

Wow just so deep. I had to read twice. This one was good. Thanks again for sharing the word!