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As Beloved Children

January 13, 2019

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As Beloved Children

Most beloved children have a great desire  to be just like their daddy.      They look up to their dad  as he helps them and they love the assurance  he gives them.     With their dad nearby,  they feel safe and secure.     It’s just a good feeling.     Just because their dad is good and strong,  they want to be  just like him.

We need  to look at our heavenly Father  and all the ways He has shown love  and care for us.     There is no greater safety  or assurance for us  than what is  with our Lord.     We need to learn  to be just like Him.     That is why Ephesians 5:1 reminds us,

Therefore,  be imitators of God,  as beloved children.

As we look at all the good things  God has done  for us  in all of creation  and the salvation He gives us  in Christ,  we see how good and right  He is.    Wouldn’t it be wonderful  to be so good and right — just like our heavenly Father?     There is no deviousness or wickedness  in our heavenly Father.     He is always patient,  kind,  good,  and loving towards us all,  as He forgives us  for our wrongs  and has mercy on us  when we fail Him.

As we pay attention  to our heavenly Father  in all of His goodness  and strength,  we see  that He hates everything evil  and has promised us  that He will destroy all evil.       That will be a great relief!     Then bad things won’t be happening any more.     Our God has promised us  that no murderer,  idolater,  liar,  witch,  sorcerer,  or filthy person of any sort  will be able  to enter heaven.

Ephesians 5:1 told us  to “be imitators of God”.     That means we,  too,  should hate everything evil   just like God does — which would include all lies,  witchcraft,  sorcery,  and other wrongdoing.     All those things  are being glorified  by many these days.     So many laugh and joke  about loving evil things.     Actually,  they are mocking God  and making out like they are better  than God.     They joke  that their evil  is more fun  than trusting God.

Even though  God would like  to save them  and have mercy on them,  they don’t give a hoot  about being saved  from anything evil.     Nevertheless,  God still patiently extends His offer  of forgiveness and salvation  through faith  in Jesus Christ.     But,  they just laugh at the mere suggestion.     That is why God says  in Isaiah 65:2-3,

I have  spread out My hands  all day long  to a rebellious people,  who walk  in the way  which is not good,  following their own thoughts,  a people who continually  provoke Me  to My face.

It is not good  to provoke the LORD God Almighty  like that.     He made us.     We did not make ourselves — and we cannot save ourselves.     We can’t even take our next breath  without God allowing it.     Those people  who choose to love  what God hates  will someday find themselves  locked out of heaven  and any happiness  they might have hoped for.

It shouldn’t be all that hard  for us  to figure out  that we are blessed  when we learn to love what God loves  and hate what God hates.     That is why 3 John 1:11 says,

Beloved,  do not imitate  what is evil,  but what is good.     The one who does good  is of God;  the one who does evil  has not seen God.

I don’t know about you,  but I want  to know God  as my heavenly Father  for all eternity.     Just because God has shown so much love  for me  in Jesus Christ,  I want  to do my best  to imitate Him  and do only what is good.     I know I won’t be perfect at it,  but my heavenly Father lovingly forgives  and helps me  along the way.

As God’s beloved child,  we gladly say,  “Hallelujah!     Abba!     Father!     Your love and forgiveness  are marvelous beyond words.     Help me  to live  as Your beloved child.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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