Apr 13 2011

Children of God

Rebekyah Brewer

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1

I happened to read something that melted my heart on what it means to be a Christian. I picked up a book on my nightstand called Knowing God by J.I. Packer. It is one of those books I have been reading for the past 3-4 months along with several others on my nightstand. I love how God works and speaks to me sometimes. His timing is so impeccable. It just happened to be on the chapter called “Sons of God.” In this chapter J.I. Packer identifies a Christian as someone who calls God their Father. He makes the following statement:

“If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thoughts of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thoughts that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all.”

In this chapter J.I. Packer talks about the uniqueness of Christianity in our relating to God as our Father compared to the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, God was seen as holy separate and completely unapproachable because of his absolute holiness. If someone touched the arc, they were immediately killed. The high priest had to enter into the Most Holy of Holies inside the Temple, with a rope tied around his leg in case he was killed by God’s presence and could be dragged out. The Mountain that the Israelite came to in the OT was a fearsome sight and they were told to stand back. Everything in the Old Testament regarding God was all about “stand back”. God is holy. Continue reading

May 9 2010

Safe Behind Jesus

Rebekyah Brewer

IMG_0408 Has Jesus split your world into two since he has entered your life?  Has he turned your world completely  upside down? This does tend to be the mark of his presence and of his power when he enters into life.   The earth quakes, the wind tears, the rocks shatter, and the sky thunders at his presence. How much more so do our lives and hearts as he enters them? 1Kings 19:11-12, Isa 29:6, Matt 28:2, Matt 27:54

The presence of Christ in our life has extraordinary effects in our heart and in our lives. The silent begin to speak, the possessed and addicted are set free, the blind see, the deaf hear. The proud are humbled, the humbled are lifted up. The weak are made strong, the strong are made weak. The coward is made courageous, the broken are healed, the rebellious bow low in submission, the crooked go straight, the thief learns to give, the murder learns to lay his life down instead of attacking, the unloving become loving, the ignorant fools become wise men and teachers of men. The insane become theologians declaring the glory of God.  The lonely are set in families.  The lion lies down with the lamb. Continue reading