Blessings of Obedience – Leviticus 26, 2015

If you are careful to obey my commands, I will shower my blessings upon you.

You will be fruitful and prosperous.March 6 b 2015 blessings of obedience

I will keep you safe.

I will bless you with peace.  You will sleep well – not fearful of anything.

I will remove all threat to your safety from your life.  Your enemies will fail.

Don’t worry about being outnumbered by the evil ones – I am on your side.  I will look upon you as my favorite child – providing for you and always being faithful.

My blessings will overflow in your life – one on top of another.

I will walk with you and live with you.  I will be your God and you will be my child.

I am the Lord your God who sent my only son to die for you so you might believe and live with me forever.

I gave you freedom so you can choose to stand faultless before me.  You can choose to walk closely beside me everyday.  You can choose to love me and listen to me.

You can choose to obey.

Thank you, Abba Father.

As God’s Chosen People

In the Old Testament, the Israelites were God’s chosen people.  Under the New Covenant in the New Testament, the church is God’s chosen people.december 14 2014. God's chosen people.

Not the church building.  The people of the church.

We are the church.

And Paul gives us clear directions in Colossians about how we – as God’s chosen people – will act when we let the Spirit of Christ live out loud in our lives.

God’s chosen people –

– are clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

– bear with each other, forgiving each other as our Father has forgiven us.

– love one another in a way that provides perfect unity.

– let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.

– wisely let the message of Christ inhabit our minds, our teaching and our praise.

We live a life defined by gratitude, giving thanks to our Father God.

So be it – Amen.

God’s Chosen People

For we are God’s chosen people –

a royal priesthood,Dec 21 2013

a holy nation,

God’s special possession.

So that we may declare the praises of God who called us out of the darkness,

out of our brokeness,

out of our emptiness.

Into his wonderful, magnificent light.

Once, we were homeless and without God.

But now we are the people of God.

Once, we knew nothing about God’s mercy.

But now we have accepted his mercy and we are forgiven – now and always.  We abide in his grace.

First, he chose us.

Now, we have chosen him and we are complete.

Amen!  Hallelujah!

Put On Love

Dec 14b 2013As God’s chosen people,

Put on compassion,

Put on kindness,

Put on humility,

Put on gentleness,

Put on patience,

Put on forgiveness – how much has God forgiven us?

And over all of these virtues, put on love which makes it all work in perfect harmony.

How do we do this?

* By letting the peace of Christ rule in our hearts everyday.

* By talking about God and sharing with each other what we have learned and experienced.

In your name and for your glory, dear Jesus.