Passages on my Mind

This passage really jumped out at me today…..

“And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.

But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.

But what does the Scripture say? ” CAST OUT THE BONDWOMAN AND HER SON, FOR THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN SHALL NOT BE AN HEIR WITH THE SON OF THE FREE WOMAN.”

So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭4:28-31‬ ‭

I see the correlation of Hagar and Ishmael with Sarah and Issac mirroring those still in Adam that have rejected Jesus with God’s children those reborn through Jesus Christ….over and over again in God’s word we see this distinguishing of two different teams so to speak, as early as the account of Cain and Able and then Seth being sent as the “redeeming child” in Ruth we see Moabite joined with Kinsmen redeemer Boaz, giving birth to Obed redeeming Naomi….and in Esther, Jewish girl marrying a Persian King which brings long awaited freedom to the Hebrews in its outcome, and the distraction of an evil conspiracy….in the NT the obvious and most important one Jesus coming and dying then rising again in complete victory over darkness, death and Satan, the grave lost its power and a way was made to make children right with their Papa!

And even in the to come part of things we see this divine separation of sheep and goats…….

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:31-33‬ ‭…….

What is the purpose in all this? I believe to show us over and over that those who put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are set apart for Him, become distinct part of an eternal family….look at this next verse….

“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:34‬ ‭

This is what I mean when I say we can learn so much from the whole Bible OT and NT because He shows us these same truths through out…..and I don’t know bout you but repetition helps me ground it in.

Another thing I keep seeing as I just thought about the wheat and the chaff analogy…..

“”As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭3:11-12‬ ‭

Another repetitive appeared……nothing can separate God’s kids from Him……not thorny weeds, the Hamans or Hagars, Herods, Jezebels of this world, not the goats, or anti christs……truly we can see over and over….

“But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:37-39‬ ‭

God’s Mercy

My mind became fixated today, stuck remembering what it couldn’t bear to see. Things done to me as a child that I couldn’t stop or understand. Then in an instant my mind kept saying Isaiah 43 over and over again, I just looked it up and saw the underlined verses helping me…….

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.

“Since you are precious in My sight, Since you are honored and I love you, I will give other men in your place and other peoples in exchange for your life. “Do not fear, for I am with you.

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:1b-2, 4-5‬a

When I Die

People describe in many different ways what they think it will be like when they die. Some even wrote songs about dancing on streets of gold beside crystal seas and others speak of only being able to imagine what they will think, do and feel…….the more I’ve wondered, read, prayed and dreamt the more I remember “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” for me that’s immediately jaw dropping it brings a sense of awe knowing I’ll be in His presence, experiencing His love in a way I hadn’t comprehend before, staring in wonder, beholding Who I’ve had faith in for so long, and never actually seen in this way. He who has sheltered and protected me, kept His promises concerning me, provided and strengthened me is the same one I believe I will melt before in wonder of His love.

Raw and Real

I often feel like I’m a nuisance to the world and it would be better off without me. It’s not that I don’t love the people in it, my children, friends and such it’s simply an inability to grasp my purpose or meaning in life. Yes I know it’s to glorify God and be a light that shows the love of Jesus through me. I’m not negating that one bit….I won’t say life has been hard or easy, I recall more sad than happy, I feel that I’m inadequate when it comes to socialization and well most things. I’ve hadn’t known stability, or closeness to people until recently and it frightens and delights me all at once. Guessing all of this is okay, and giggle even now betting God uses me currently and I don’t even know it or something along those lines….at least I hope it’s so.

Verses for a tough time

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;”

Psalms 139:23

“When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.”

Psalms 94:19

“This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me.”

Psalms 119:50

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

It’s Okay

I am who I am, where I am, how I am and that is okay.

God knows every detail about me, and loves , me as I am and for who He know I will one day be fulfilling His plan.

Papa doesn’t see all my failures, miss steps, or flaws, He sees His son in me and calls me beloved.

I’m learning many will travel in and out of my world, not all are meant to stay, and its okay when just Papa remains.

Some cant allow me as friend and that’s okay, for them I can still remain on what ever their terms need because Papa loves them thru me anyway

I know what its like to sit outside a circle of many and within with a select few, I trust Papa its suppose to be this way.

Lord Jesus you love me, hold me I pray, today outside of you I feel quite alone yet im thankful I now know….you love me, you accept me, you call me your own. it matters not who rejects me or allows me only so close, because im your child just as much as they, my siblings in Christ I choose to keep loving this way, no matter how long outside of their circles I must stay.