Receive and Give

Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things.

Who, O God, is like you?

Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again;

from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.

You will increase my honor and comfort me once again. Psalm 71:19-22 (NIV)

It is winter in our part of the world. The cold is biting and all the flowers and beauty of spring are hidden until their appointed time. The word ‘desolate’ may come to mind. We go through winters in our personal lives also. Events pierce our hearts with a bite and swift blade that cuts us off bringing the scent and look of death into our lives. We flounder and look around with bewildered eyes that see only pain. We may know that God is still here and that He is powerful and Creator God and yet we wonder if He is still here for us personally or has He left to care for someone else.

There is no one and nothing like our Lord! He is not limited by time and space. He is not limited to how many of His children He can hold or advise at one time. He is not limited! In times of blessings and great joy we must infuse ourselves with the knowledge of who God is. We must inhale the truth and splendor of God so that when we are pierced and leak out our stored up knowledge we can still live on what we have hidden in our hearts!

There is rarely a day that goes by that I do not speak to someone who is disillusioned and frustrated with the established church. They find little that invites them to come and receive fresh bread from God’s table of wisdom and knowledge. They report stale, re-used bread that has been on the table year after year. Worship is designed so that they must conform to it and accept what has always been and does not come to where they are and draw them in.

Jesus came to show us how to “Go and make disciples” not wait for them to come to the synagogue and learn what always has been. Jesus took the Scriptures and served the people fresh bread in parables that could be understood and received by the people in their present state. He did not expect them to learn Hebrew and buy nice clothes so they could come to synagogue and THEN hear how much God loved them. He sat on the side of the road with them in their sweaty work clothes and made sure they were comfortable before He brought them un-comfortable words! Those words were fresh and rang with the truth of the Living God!

God’s promises are true. God is faithful to keep His promises. Receive His promises! Live in His promises! Take His promises to others! Today!

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