Family

Family

As a small child and the baby of six the sounds of chatter and activity was constant in my home. Older brothers and sisters with their family running in and out the door. The smell of something always being prepared and cooked. Plates clinking and pots and pans clattering along with voices discussing whatever was foremost on their minds. Laughter and yes even angry voices raised in disagreement could be heard in my home, but these sounds were comforting to me because this was home. This was where life happened and love was woven through every fibre of disagreement, every meal serviced, and every laughter heard.

As I grew older the lack of privacy took its toll and I thought that having my own place, by myself, was what I desired. God never intended for us to be alone and even said “It’s not good for man to be alone.” [Genesis 2:18]. This type of isolation can lead to all sorts of problems… depression, addictions, and opens the door to the enemy to work through. I know because I suffered from an addiction brought on by being alone. I would go to bars looking for company and brought home more than I bargained for. I came to believe no one cared because I was alone. I suffered from depression and could be in a crowded room and felt like I was the only one there – I was lonely!

Today, I know Christ and I now know that He is always with me and will never leave me [Deuteronomy 31:6], He is my comforter and my strength [Psalm 28:7], He is my redeemer [Job 19:25], my strong tower [Psalms 61:3], and my prince of peace [Isaiah 9:6].

I now have two other people living in my home and although this took some getting use to, this morning I had to smile as I listened to the noise of activity going on around me and thought… This is home. We each have our on quirks and ways of doing things, we may disagree on some things, and like different foods, but we are all are bears of the image of God. For whatever reason God has brought us together and we are a family.

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Accepted

Many of us walk around striving to do better or be better so that we can be ‘accepted’ and/or ‘loved’ by a certain group or maybe it’s a certain some body. Our whole lives we’ve believed a lie, that we have to work at being accepted. This is what the ‘world’ tells and teaches us, but that’s not what the word of God says. First we have to understand that what the ‘world’ thinks of us doesn’t matter – IT’S WHAT GOD THINKS OF US! If we are right with God, He’s on our side and as Romans 8:30 says “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

God is the creator of Heaven and Earth and everything in them, and His deepest desire is to have a personal relationship with all His children. This means you bring to Him the good, the bad, and the ugly. He’s your Father and He loves you! Nothing you’ve said or done is a surprise to Him, nor will it make Him love you any less. If you believe Jesus is who He said He is, and accept the precious gift of forgiveness His blood paid for you, you’re not going to be denied access to His kingdom just because you messed up. Here’s a fact (truth) – WE ALL MESS UP! Since the fall of Adam, and we’re born into Adam, we have believe a lie – that we are created for ourselves. We were created in God’s image! The image of God is love (Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 for the definition of love)! This is who we are to become, AGAIN. Restored back into our original created value, the image of Jesus, who is God.

The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5

In the book of Joshua there’s a prostitute named Rahab. Rahab lived and worked in the city wall of Jericho. The people of Jericho had been hearing rumors and stories of this group of people that was redeemed from Egypt by this powerful God for years, and now here they were right across the river, advancing towards them. Fear does not even begin to describe how these people must have felt, but only one person turned and believed God was who He was. “When we heard this, we lost heart, and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on earth below.” Joshua 2:11

Because of Rahab’s faith, she and her whole family (get this – her whole family because of her faith!) was saved from death and destruction! Later on in Joshua 6:22-25 it describes how after the LORD’s army took Jericho, Rahab and her family was saved and it says “…and she lives in Israel to this day.” Joshua, Jehoshua (Ye-ho-shu-a) is a foreshadowing of Jesus, Yeshua (Ye-shu-a). This whole story reveals God’s love for His children and what we must do to be accepted into His Kingdom. BELIEVE!

When Jesus was born, God was so excited about having His children back, that He sent a whole heavenly host to declare “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:14 And then, as soon as Jesus died, God couldn’t wait any longer – He ripped the current opened that had been separating Him from His children from top to bottom! I believe He was down on one knee with His arms wide open laughing with joy and scooping us up into His embrace!

Rahab sold her body for a living and was labeled a prostitute, but God saw her for who He created her to be and called her His daughter. I was addicted to crack and was labeled an addict, but God saw me for who He created me to be and calls me His daughter. I don’t know your past, and it doesn’t matter. God has a future for you. Leave the past in the past and move forward with God. He will change your life!