Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Sons and Daughters

Before He spoke creation, the God of heaven knew our names Formed in His reflection, we are His glory on display

And His heart is good, He is always kind With a cross He proved, He is on our side 

We are the sons, we are the daughters of God No matter where we go we're close to the Father's heart And though we stumble He will not let us fall We are the Lord's and He will never forsake His own We are the sons, we are the daughters of God 

His love He lavished on us and called us children of the King And in His loving kindness, He chose the lowly and the weak 

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When the lies speak louder than the truth Remind me I belong to You When I can't see past the dark of night Remind me You're always by my side (Repeat Twice) 

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I really like this song.  I heard it for the first time at church this past Sunday.  What does it mean to be a son or daughter of God?

The Lord is like a Father to his children, tender, and full of compassion to those who fear Him. For He understands how weak we are, He knows we are only dust.
But the love of the Lord stays forever with those who fear Him
Psalm 103:13

God is like a father.  He cares for His children (His followers) and protects them.  I've been protected from the demonic, suicide attempts, even from drowning in a pool once when I was little.  God protects us.  He has compassion for us.  He knows we are weak.  He knows we struggle.  But He still helps us and understands us better than anyone else.  People come and go but God is forever and will never abandon us!  He has promised to never forsake us.

"So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you."
Deuteronomy 3:16

This means no matter how alone we feel, we are never truly alone.  When we cry out to Him, He hears us and He collects our tears.

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
Psalm 56:8

Of course, a good father doesn't give his children EVERYTHING they want, but he does give them what they need.  God isn't a genie who grants you wishes.  Sometimes we do get what we want.  But God does provide us for our needs.  My husband and I are poor with very little income.  But God always seems to provide us our needs.

Of course, just because God helps us, this doesn't mean life will always be great.  Sometimes life gives us hell.  Jesus even promised us that life would be hard.  But we have the Creator of the entire universe on our side.  When we have nowhere else to go to and are begging on our knees for relief, He's there.  He wraps His arms around us and tells us, "I'm here."

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28

We have to hang on, because in the end, things will be good.  Of course, by in the end, sometimes that good doesn't happen until we meet Him in heaven.  Sometimes that "good" doesn't come until the next life.  But it's all worth it!  I heard this story recently where in a Muslim country, there was a father and son who were Christians.  Some Muslims came to them and told the father to reject Christ or they would chop off his sons fingers.  He refused and they chopped off his sons fingers right in front of him.  Eventually, both the father and son were killed.  Was this a good situation?  Of course not!  But they get to be with Christ now, and are no longer suffering.  When they are resurrected, they will have new bodies, which means the son who had his fingers cut off will have all his fingers back!

Sometimes we have to deal with tragedy in our lives.  I had a friend a couple months ago die from cancer.  It was a tragedy to lose such a friend, but I know she is no longer suffering and she is in the presence of God Almighty!

We are sons and daughters of God!  We are ambassadors of the Creator!

So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, "Come back to God!"
2 Corinthians 5:20

Instead of living like there is no hope, let's live like God is with us!  He is with us and for us, not against us!

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Romans 8:31


  1. From the non-Christian Epictetus who lived around the 2nd century A.D.

    If a man could be throughly penetrated, as he ought, with this thought, that we are all in an especial manner sprung from God, and that God is the Father of men as well as of Gods, full surely he would never conceive aught ignoble or base of himself. Whereas if Caesar were to adopt you, your haughty looks would be intolerable; will you not be elated at knowing that you are the son of God? Now however it is not so with us: but seeing that in our birth these two things are commingled--the body which we share with the animals, and the Reason and Thought which we share with the Gods, many decline towards this unhappy kinship with the dead, few rise to the blessed kinship with the Divine. Since then every one must deal with each thing according to the view which he forms about it, those few who hold that they are born for fidelity, modesty, and unerring sureness in dealing with the things of sense, never conceive aught base or ignoble of themselves: but the multitude the contrary. Why, what am I?--A wretched human creature; with this miserable flesh of mine. Miserable indeed! but you have something better than that paltry flesh of yours. Why then cling to the one, and neglect the other?

    The pagans knew what an honor it was to be a child of God. Would that Christians knew the same.

  2. "Jesus even promised us that life would be hard. But we have the Creator of the entire universe on our side. When we have nowhere else to go to and are begging on our knees for relief, He's there. He wraps His arms around us and tells us, 'I'm here.'"

    ^Good word, Allie! You're continually in our thoughts & prayers.