We Come as Children

Posted February 6, 2014 on Wordpress.com


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The Lord is impressing on me more and more how the only way we can enter His kingdom is when we approach Him as children… and there are many things I think about when I consider what that means…

I know for some of us, who grew up in abusive homes, being a child wasn’t all that great… and I am trusting God to show anyone reading this, how very much you are loved by the Father heart of God, and that somehow, through experiencing that love, your childlike heart will be healed and you can come to know your Father in heaven the way He wants to be known to you… as someone who deeply, extravagantly LOVES you…

And I was thinking of what my life was like as a child… yes, I had things to overcome, but I was very blessed in many ways also… I had a safe neighborhood to grow up in and spent lots of alone time exploring the woods and fields around my neighborhood, and at the lake where my family lived during the summer… and I could even ride my horse (bareback of course) all the way into another lake that was about 15 miles from our home… so I have some amazing memories from my childhood…..

And I thought how sad it is that by and large, our neighborhoods aren’t safe anymore, and then I thought “why aren’t they?”  Could it be because we lost the ability to believe they ever could be again? Has this become yet another stronghold (false belief) in our minds, something we have given over to the enemy so he can have dominion there instead of God?

That’s what a stronghold is, you know… anything we have come to accept as unchangeable that is not of God… like the corruption in our government, in our legal system, in our military… which led me to say out loud “by faith, Lord, I am declaring that we have only Godly men and women in every level of government in this country” – why not? The Bible says we have not because we ask not… or we ask without faith…

Then I was reminded of something someone said once that the reason we don’t have much faith in God is because we spend most of our time thinking about what God didn’t do in the past, or what He hasn’t done yet, instead of what He’s already done… that our faith is built by concentrating on what He’s already done… and thanking Him for it…

So let’s think about that for a minute… has God done anything for you in your life? He’s done a lot in mine… if you’re a believer, He saved you from eternity in hell… that’s worth celebrating, right?  For me personally, I don’t have time to tell you everything… but for starters, he saved my life when I was in two different car accidents where both cars were completely totaled and I didn’t have a scratch on me, even though I was covered in glass from the windows that were shattered… then there’s the time I was almost run over by a speed boat, and the way He saved me from a life of drug addiction and alcoholism, how he delivered me from abusive relationships, a spirit of invalidation, set me free from an emotional prison, healed me of chronic allergic bronchitis, healed my eyes, acid reflux, protected me from a man who was plotting to kill me, and the list goes on and on.  My God is a GOOD God – and His goodness overcomes evil .

So after we think about all the awesome things God has already done in our lives, it’s an easy step to segue into being thankful that He is faithful to complete the good work He’s begun in all our lives (Phil 1:6) and the world around us, and since we are to speak from a position of victory, as if it’s already been done on earth as it is in heaven (because His kingdom has already arrived in the form of Jesus Christ who now lives inside each of us who call on His name), we can pray with confidence, declaring that the things promised have already been given to us, and our bodies and our circumstances must line up, because “by His stripes, we have been healed” – and He forgives all our trespasses and cleanses us of all unrighteousness, every time we ask… so the devil has no right to torment us ever, unless we give it to him…

And I can say with confidence: Lord, thank you for healing the inflammation in my knees and other joints, the tinnitus in my ears, for replacing the mercury fillings in my teeth, and all the other things that afflict me from time to time, and for keeping me in perfect divine health until the moment you take me home… why not? Is He true to His word or isn’t He? Is He who He says He is, or isn’t He?

I say He is and He is… and we can and we should count on it… our life and the lives of those who are looking to us for direction are depending on it… and anything that is not of faith is not pleasing to the Lord…

I was also thinking of the term “born again” – that we have to be born again to enter the kingdom, and that it’s a daily thing… that God’s mercies are new every morning, so every day we get “do overs” and another chance to get it right, as if we are born again every day… with a fresh slate, or a fresh canvas… for Him to write on or draw on or paint on…

God is ALWAYS about redemption, restoring hope and love and perfect peace and joy and healing and salvation, to the lost and broken… may we always reflect these things everywhere we go.

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