Abraham’s Promise

shutterstock_127992746As a little girl I remember in Sunday School singing the song Father Abraham had many sons…I am one of them and so are you… so lets just praise the Lord… during the song we would make motions and movements with our arms and legs up and down as we sang the words left arm, right arm, chin up… Reenactments of those days with my little wee friends began to replay in my mind this morning.

I opened my bible to Romans 4 and clearly see the words Trusting God as the heading of this entire chapter. Revelation and insight is given as the truth is soaking in. Read along some of the highlights of Romans 4 MSG. The story we are given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.

If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift. But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift.

it was by embracing what God did for him that Abraham was declared fit before God…an act of God he had embraced with his whole life.

That famous promise God gave Abraham—that he and his children would possess the earth—was not given because of something Abraham did or would do. It was based on God’s decision to put everything together for him.

This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it. For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that’s reading the story backward. He is our faith father.

God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing.

When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”

He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.” But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.

We are sons and daughters of the promise! Now, that is something to dance and sing about! After reading this passage and the song was so fresh on my heart; I began to reflect how all of us, as numerous as the stars in the sky, are a part of one big family. An Embrace Family.

We all have a unique & special part to play! As we trust God to show us and reveal His plans to us. He will align our steps with His as He intricately designs and fashions our lives together.

This is what is speaking loud and clear at this moment..

But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, and you trust him to do it—you could never do it for yourself no matter how hard and long you worked—well, that trusting-him-to-do-it is what gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift. {Romans 4:4-5 MSG}

May I say a prayer over you.

God, I praise you and thank you for your sons and daughters. Bless them immensely. You have fashioned them together with so much purpose. May they be able to embrace the purpose you have given them. In the vastness of who you are will you reveal yourself to them as they trust you to do what only you can do! We are family and as we are joined together, linking arms together, connected and united for your Kingdom Purpose, you will bring Heaven on Earth to fulfill your desires. A sheer gift.

Written by Salina Duffy

 

Peace Feathers

shutterstock_134538623For the past year or more I have been loving anything having to do with birds; bird houses, bird cages, and bird feathers. And, hundreds of sparrows have taken up residency in my yard.

Last Saturday, I was driving down the road and I passed a familiar business. It’s an old house with about 100 bird fountains and other yard art (flamingos) that cover every square foot of the front yard. There is a sign facing the street that has two words. The first time I glanced at the sign, I thought it said, “water feathers”. My mind wondered briefly about what water feathers might look like. I thought about pulling over to check them out. Then, just before passing, I realized the sign said, “water features”. That was disappointing.

As I drove, I continued to think about water feathers. I imagined a white feather that glistened in the sunshine.  Then I saw a different feather. This one was a pale peach color and glistened slightly less than the first one. It was really beautiful. Then, I heard these words, “peace feathers”. I knew it was the Holy Spirit but I didn’t know what He meant. I felt in my spirit that the blanks would be filled in later. After arriving at my destination I didn’t think much about it again.

Then it was Sunday. At church, James Robison was the guest speaker. He spoke about the Body of Christ. He said, “Don’t just be in church, BE the church.” It’s so easy to get in a routine. The day to day gets away from you. You tell your friends things like, “We should get together soon.” But, before you know it, life happens and Wednesday becomes September and a year passes and you never get together. That family in need is too far away. Your Bible is collecting dust. “Praying” becomes a word you type in Facebook comments. And church becomes another part of your schedule rather than who you ARE!

After church, I was driving to the store. I thought about Jesus and his actual human body. His body here on earth was made up of cells and molecules, just like ours. Then, I had a vision of his spiritual body here on earth. His spiritual body is made of us, THE CHURCH. I had a vision of people gathering together and forming Christ’s body, just like cells and molecules.

I asked The Lord to give me another picture of the Body of Christ and I saw PEACE FEATHERS. They fell into a big fluffy pile of glistening, peach feathers. Then, I heard these words, “A soft place to land.”

We, the body, are called to be a soft place to land! We are not called to help people fit a mold or help them understand how wrong they are. When someone is tired from trying to do life on their own, they should see the church as a soft place to find rest, Grace, forgiveness, wisdom, truth, prayer, and LOVE!

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT)

Written by Crissy Terrell