I Have Called You By Name; You Are Mine

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

Nellie Belle completely relaxed at her 'master's' feet.

Nellie Belle completely relaxed at her ‘master’s’ feet.

When I read that verse in my morning devotional, I felt a calm come over me, I felt my shoulders relax and these truths go a bit deeper into my being.

We may think we are our own person, and we do have free will to help us think we are independent. Sometimes I lose sight of the fact I am redeemed, bought back with the painful price of Christ on the Cross. My total allegiance belongs to the one who paid the price for my freedom!

That is the same One who knows every one of us and He calls us by name.

Nellie Belle is my new Springerdoodle puppy. I prayed for weeks before I chose that name. I did not want to offend anyone I know by using their name. Nellie Belle, was the name I began to settle on. It seemed to fit even though I had only seen a photo of the tiny puppy. Just before she arrived I took a moment to look up the meaning of the name. I already knew that Belle means beautiful. Nellie means Shining light, or most beautiful woman. Now that I have Nellie Belle with me her name is being confirmed. God even knows the names of our pets!

Shining light; beautiful woman

Shining light; beautiful woman

We are not our own! I belong to the one who made me, fearfully and wonderfully in my mothers womb! Nothing about me is a mistake. Nothing about you is a mistake! Everything you and I have suffered, for any reason, is within God’s permissive will and is being used to make us more like Christ.

We belong! All humans have a longing for belonging. God says we belong to Him! There is something about reading “You are mine” that went deep in my being. That is when I relaxed, a little like Nellie Belle at my feet.

We are all so precious that He redeemed us. We all have significance because God calls us. We all belong to the Maker of Heaven and earth and to the universal body of Christ. We are not alone.

Abba, I pray we all let these facts sink in a little deeper. Our intimacy with you begins with us belonging to you, following your call in our lives and living like people redeemed at an incredible cost. You have made us valuable and significant no matter our place in this world because we are Yours! Thank You! 

Priests, Kings And The Glory of God

Fall's crowning glory to God

Fall’s crowning glory to God

Followers of Jesus are priests and kings! We are priest and kings to shine the light on the glory of God. This is a theme I sensed coming through during the 10 Days of Prayer and the Restore event last week. We are called to live so full of the Spirit of God that everyone we come in contact with is touched as they need by the Spirit! We are the aroma of Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:14-16)

Understanding who our Creator says we are is one of the most important things we can grasp. Peter makes it clear we are important!

1 Peter 2:But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. [Emphasis mine]

First, we are chosen! That’s a big deal. We have been bought with a price, The blood of His only son.

Then we are royalty! We are Kings with the authority to rule and reign here on earth. That is the gist of the cultural mandate Humankind was given at creation. (Gen. 1:26)

Before Jesus, one had governmental authority to rule like a king, or one had religious authority to minister to the Lord and our spirits, like a priest. They generally did not mix. Peter tells us we are both at the same time! It was a new thing 2,000 years ago and I believe our Creator breathing fresh life into this concept for His Church these days.

A priest is usually considered a religious leader who performs the sacraments. Peter tells us we are all priests, so we have free access to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are invited to “minister” to the Lord of Glory through prayer and worship  and to His creation, of land, sea, air and everything in them, especially people.

As we learn to walk by faith in these realities, as forgiven children, humble, yet increasingly with clean hands and a pure hearts we become increasingly full of the authority of our Creator. The glory of God is revealed in and through us. (1Peter 5:1)

These days I feel the sufferings Peter mentions in that verse and I sense the glory that is being revealed!

Dear One who made me,

Grant me the grace to understand and experience your love and forgiveness so deeply that your aroma wafts in every room I enter. May we all know our identities as chosen priests and kings! I desire to count on your righteousness so I do not have to prove myself or self protect. I long to see your glory in all the earth! To see signs and wonders, from healing broken, bones and cancer to healing broken relationships bringing forgiveness and joy to all involved. Whatever comes at me, may I yield to your process of making me into your image, daily, so your glory may be revealed!

 

I always recommend reading: Destined for the Throne, by Paul Bilheimer

Contemplate

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Personally, I contemplate best in nature. Being in creation allows my mind to breathe and think clearly. The light shines through

Today, I invite you to contemplate these photos. Whatever is on your heart, or your shoulders, lay them at the feet of Jesus and contemplate the beauty of His creation.

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What is He saying to you through the light, shadows and colors. Worship the one who made them! What do you see?

Breathe. Relax. Listen. Our Creator invites you to know the love, of God in a meaningful way. He speaks to each of us differently. Take time….

Once you have a peaceful connection, if you like, you can ask the one who knows you perfectly what He wants you to do with the things you just put at His feet. Or not=}

pathIn time, follow the path He shows you…. Staying in the presence.

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26

Becoming Whole

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Becoming Whole Conference October 6, 7 & 8

This letter is out a day early on purpose. This weekend, beginning Thursday evening, my church, Christ The Redeemer Anglican, 188 Elliott Street Danvers, MA 01923, is hosting a healing conference. Please find more information below. The information is adapted from the church communications because I am focused the conference. If you are anywhere in the area please come if you can.  Please pray for all of us hosting. There are nearly 200 registered already. The Isaiah 40 Foundation team is coming from Canada and Vermont.


God desires every last one of us, young and old alike, to be whole. Even the Greek word for salvation, sozo, includes the concept of becoming whole.  “To be complete, lacking in nothing”, this is God’s heart for us as a local church and the Church universal.

Our hearts’ cry is that God will form us together into communities that increasingly reflect God’s healing love and grace. We all have a long way to go, even the ones we might think are the most Godly. I don’t know about you, but I want to spend my life letting go of everything that entangles me. Let’s run for this prize of knowing Jesus, becoming more like Jesus, becoming a completely open and free-flowing channel of God’s love.

Christ The Redeemer’s October conference begins tonight. Lead by the Rev. Canon Alex Cameron and a team from the Montreal-based Isaiah 40 Foundation, the conference is designed to provide deeper insight into inner healing and to create and build awareness of God’s call to everyone to become channels of His healing love.

This will be an intensive time of teaching and ministry, to equip us for greater love and greater service. It is an opportunity for each of us to exercise humility, recognizing we all have room to grow, learn and change.

The conference covers foundational principles of our relationship with God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit; with ourselves as body, soul and spirit; and with one another. Participants also learn to reclaim and maintain these essential relationships to live more fruitful lives.

Attendance is free but a free-will offering will be taken to cover the considerable expenses associated with running it. Pre-registration is important so there are enough materials and food for everyone. That said, if you feel lead to come at the last-minute, please come!

Event Schedule:

Thursday evening Oct. 6th, 6:30 (sign-in),  7p.m.-9:30p.m.

Friday evening Oct. 7th,  7p.m.-9:30p.m.

Saturday Oct. 8th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Please pray for God to prepare everyone in attendance to receive everything God has to teach us in this time.