“The Beginnings”

“The Beginnings” – Part 2 of The Beginning

Beginning

How exciting to be part of the wondrous things our God is doing in the world! We are headed rapidly to the grandest new beginning of all time when He recreates the earth and returns it fully to a reflection of His glory.  In the mean time, I am learning from my times with Holy Spirit, praying and studying His Word, that we, the body of Christ, need a refresher course regarding “the beginnings” we have already received. In fact, too many of us are focused right now on the end of our beginnings instead of the amazing times in which we live. Fear is overtaking many in the church as they look at the apparent growing darkness in the world and wonder if they will survive the bad things going on and/or those situations described in Revelations. Some are into debating how much suffering and wrath God will pour out and how long they will go through the punishment before Jesus’ return. And, others are totally focused on the rapture of the church and hiding out praying He will get them out of here as Paul says: “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

Yes, things are getting a little crazy in the world, but let’s pull back from that fear, ditch our obsessive focus on the rapture, receive the good news that “God so loved the world” and “All good things come down from the Father of lights above”and stop hiding out from wrath and judgments that have not come. Grab truth of God’s word! Really, believe the Word, we are still in the time of GRACE! And, it’s very hard to be salt and light while hiding. In fact, Jesus said we are to let our light shine! Instead of overreacting , let’s look at who we are in Christ Jesus and what we are suppose be doing until His return, for we are not to have a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. If that is the case, then we are to be walking fearlessly in love and power and thinking like our God!  Let’s begin to live in our beginnings that are new every morning and stop focusing on when they will end and how hard life has become or believing the lie that God is judging us all and pouring out His wrath. Maybe things aren’t as bad as we think!

In my last message, we looked at two grand and magnificent “In the beginning” statements. The first occurred in Genesis Chapter 1 when God said “let there be light!” And the second occurred in John Chapter 1 explaining that Jesus, the Word incarnate, is that Light. Humankind had a glorious beginning of being one with God and, frankly, blew it. The really hard to believe part is this: When God said “let there be light” all things were created through that Light, through Jesus Christ. Knowing humankind would mess up (because He is omniscient and all knowing), Jesus created everything and created Adam and Eve anyway. The plan for our redemption was in place at the dawn of all creation…Selah.

So, when His timing was just right Jesus came to earth. God sent Glory Himself, the Light of the World, to restore  the oneness with Him we had thrown away. Christ Jesus became our blood soaked sacrifice, once for all bridge, back to relationship with the Father. Wow! What a wonderful new beginning for humankind!

Now there is a wide open door for every single one of us to experience a personal new beginning for all eternity and those gracious new beginnings He generously gives us daily. And, that my precious brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, is what we are suppose to be focusing on. Our job is to have relationship with a loving, wonderful, gracious, glorious, magnificent God through Christ Jesus. Then, with Holy Spirit’s help, we are to model Christ, to be a reflection of Him in the world, to be demonstrators of the Father’s love, grace and mercy just like Jesus was when He was here. We are to be people of hope, secure in our beginning, our salvation and relationship with Christ. To believe God is good with open arms full of new beginnings and to share that Good News.  He has chosen YOU for that purpose of relationship, of walking in new beginnings, and of sharing those beginnings with others. He has chosen YOU to be a blessing and person who blesses! He has chosen YOU to stand against the evil pouring out in our world (that is the darkness going on, not His wrath) and bring His loving light into every situation.

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.  2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

More on “in the beginning” and our role in “new beginnings” is on my heart. Watch for my next post.

With Love and GREAT JOY in our Lord,

Rev. Cheryl

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The Beginning

The Beginning – Part 1

As I was praying and asking Holy Spirit to guide me in what to read and study the next few weeks, I heard in my heart so clearly: The Beginning. Amazingly, a moment later I opened my Bible randomly and it was to the book of John Chapter 1. The first words are “In the beginning.” That “coincidence” certainly convinced me that I had received a “God-impression!”

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So, I started my study on “the beginning” with John chapter 1: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” I had written across the top a while ago; This Word is Jesus and Jesus is this Word! The chapter goes on to say: “He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Those first verses got me thinking about creation and Jesus the Son of God, the light of the world. Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. 

Everything that was made, was made through Jesus. All good things, all things with a purpose to bless, from the very beginning of our world were created through Jesus. When light appeared it overcame the darkness,  What was void and formless it goes on to say, began to take on form and pattern. That pattern it says in John Chapter 1 was ALL reflective of Jesus, the Word incarnate, the Light of men.

So, the beauty of a flower, the intricacy of a living being, the complexity of a human being, the sweetness of a kitten,  the strength of the mountains, the loveliness of a grassy meadow, the power of rushing waters, the stunning majesty of a sunset or sunrise, the orderly pattern and design of the nature and the heavens, the spectacular variety and creativity found in our world (and so much more) are ALL a reflection of Him through Whom it was created.

Much gets blamed on God, but nothing dark, ugly, diseased, evil, deadly or malformed came from Him. That all that bad stuff entered our world when the first of humankind, Adam and Eve, opened the door for darkness to rule instead of light. These evils and banes in our world are reflective of the work of that old serpent, the devil and our human willingness to partner with his twisted and perverted plans to make God’s lovely creation hideous.

The most marvelous thought about this first day of studying “the beginning” is that even as all creation was formed through Him, Jesus knew the door to darkness would be opened and the purity and beauty of His creation would be tainted and twisted by evil. The magnificence of creation, the beginning, is that He also knew the end and all that would happen in between, including His death and resurrection. Yes, including the plan to redeem humankind and give us the opportunity to answer Him when He calls our name out of darkness into His marvelous light.  And, eventually, when the time is right, He will remake the entire earth into a place that is once again, totally reflective of Him.

Now, we have that which reflects Him in part. Soon, very soon, we will have “The Beginning of all Beginnings” when He revisits the earth as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  In the mean time, my prayer is that we all learn how to be reflections of Him in the earth as much as is possible. Let us step into our personal new beginning and be His light in our world.

Peace and Joy in our Lord!

Rev. Cheryl