Our Proud Father

Proverbs / 8:22-31

Thus says the wisdom of God: “The LORD possessed me, the beginning of his ways, the forerunner of his prodigies of long ago; from of old I was poured forth, at the first, before the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no fountains or springs of water; before the mountains were settled into place, before the hills, I was brought forth; while as yet the earth and fields were not made, nor the first clods of the world. “When the Lord established the heavens I was there, when he marked out the vault over the face of the deep; when he made firm the skies above, when he fixed fast the foundations of the earth; when he set for the sea its limit, so that the waters should not transgress his command; then was I beside him as his craftsman, and I was his delight day by day, playing before him all the while, playing on the surface of his earth; and I found delight in the human race.
  • How romantic…  Jesus is playing like a Child on the floor (the surface of the earth) with his birthday gift (the entire human race) – which he loves.  I remember getting a red Tonka fire engine truck for Christmas one year.  My Parents sat back in our humble home on their humble couch with their cups of coffee and watched me play with the truck with smiles on their faces.  Man, I loved that truck.  Life’s twists and turns, ups and downs, triumphs and failures distract us from this way of thinking.  God is smiling from his Couch (Heaven) while his Son (Jesus) is loving on his gifts (us).  What was your favorite gift that you received as a boy?  Do we really remember that God is not just watching over our shoulder, but is also smiling at us as His “delight”?  To His Son’s “delight”?

Psalms 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!
When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you set in place — What is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him? R. You have made him little less than the angels, and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him rule over the works of your hands, putting all things under his feet: R. All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea, and whatever swims the paths of the seas. R.
  • There is power in the name of Jesus.  As it says in Philippians 2:10 (KJV), “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth”.  7eventh Time Down has a very powerful song playing on the radio right now called, “Just Say Jesus” – here is the chorus: “When you don’t know what to say; Just say Jesus; There is power in the name; The name of Jesus If the words won’t come cause you’re too afraid to pray; Just say Jesus.” Too often, the world gets in the way of our prayer, among most other things.  Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, you can always just say “Jesus” and things will instantly get better.  In a crowded room where silence is golden, just think “Jesus”.  Say or think it again, and again, and again……  Demons ran from Jesus.  The litmus test for a demon is if they cannot proclaim that Jesus is God then you know who they are.  Do we cry out to Jesus?  Are we so caught-up in our religious prayer traditions that we are missing out on the simplest, quickest, best fix?  What is keeping us from saying Jesus?

Romans 5:1-5

Brothers and sisters: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
  • What a treat for me this week; this is my favorite Bible passage.  I love it so much, that I have “Romans 5:3-5” stitched in the back of my Jesus Fish baseball cap.  We are justified and have access to Eternal life for nothing more than believing in God and his Son Jesus.  Something so simple, yet, at times, so hard – remember, simple doesn’t equal easy.  In the movie, “Do You Believe?“, the Pastor (played by Ted McGinley) gets asked, “Do you believe in the cross of Jesus Christ?” to which he replies “Yes”.  The man then asks him, “So, what are you going to do about it?”  This goes back to the Book of St. James where we are reminded that “faith without works is dead.”  We cannot stop at Faith alone – it’s our starting point to something so much deeper and infinitely better.  We must endure afflictions to build our character to have unwavering hope – and hope doesn’t disappoint, because it’s from the Holy Spirit.  I don’t like telling people, “Don’t get your hopes up.”  Like Bob tells us that he corrects his Kids when they use the word “hate”; I correct my Kids when they say this one about hope.  What afflictions are we enduring right now?  What are we hoping for?  What’s stopping us from keeping our hopes up?

Revelations 1:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; to God who is, who was, and who is to come. R.
  • He is coming again.  We’re playing out the final prophesy of the Bible right now.  God is, Jesus came, and the end is coming.  Rather than see that as an apocalyptic nightmare to fear, do we see it as a new beginning?  For us, our Families, our Friends, for everyone, for the earth, for Heaven?

John 16:12-15

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything that the Father has is mine; for this reason I told you that he will take from what is mine and declare it to you.”
  • Secrets are a funny thing.  Sometimes they’re fun to be a part of; other times they’re just a horrible mess.  Regardless, Jesus foretells in the Gospel of the secrets (we call them Mysteries) that he will share soon with his Disciples.  Can you imagine their trepidation and anxiety in hearing them?  What’s Jesus holding back?  He’s telling His Disciples that He will tell them Truth via His Holy Spirit.  I make it a point with my Kids to always tell the truth, but this Truth is different.  It’s Eternal.  What are we not being honest about in our lives?  What secrets do we need to share in order to confess them and release them from our Souls?

Published by Gregg McDonald

Gregg McDonald is a Founding Member of Men As Christ (MAC); an int'l Christian Faith Group that shares the Word of God with ~30,000 people around the world in 114 countries. He is all about Faith, Family, and Love and enjoys the opportunity to share God's love with everyone.

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