Thursday, July 5, 2012
Welcome to Day 186 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Hosea (2-3) is all about an adulterous Israel. Gomer, his unfaithful wife, represents Israel (and Judah). Hosea, the Lord, expressing unconditional love for her, in spite of her infidelity. It seems the Lord wanted Hosea to know firsthand what it was to be in relationship with someone who was unfaithful.
Chapters 4 and 5, Israel is again found guilty… Their sins are many…
5:4 “Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the Lord.”
Hebrews 2:10, “In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.”
God is not ashamed of us!
It’s so easy to come under condemnation.
Hebrews is all about the amazing work that Jesus did… our great high priest! But more than that, he is not just some distant, unconcerned priest. He is our brother. Proud of us.
Not because of what we did… He made us holy, so he now sees us as holy.
We have been set free from the power of sin and death!
Let this sink in… “He is not ashamed to call US brothers and sisters.”
Say that over and over and over again…
Now try it this way…
“He is not ashamed to call ME his brother!” (Or sister, as the case may be.)
I am Jesus’ brother…
We are fam–i-ly!
How cool is THAT!
Thank you Lord for the work you did so that I can now be called God’s child… your brother!