Don’t forget this….

I’m getting older… Sometimes, as time passes we forget things that are important and we need reminders to help us.  I wish we’d never forget important things, but sometimes we do.  Where did we put that item?  What did that person tell us?  What was their name?  What was that telephone number?  How did I do that?  When did that happen? …

You’ve had a few “forgets” too, I can see! 😉  What’s frustrating is they tell me it gets worse as you as you get older! 😉

Thought about all of that as I read these words from the Bible this morning during “coffee with the Lord”…

“Listen to me! … Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He!  I am He who will sustain you!  I have made you and I will carry you!  I will sustain you and I will rescue you! … Remember this! Keep it in mind!  Take it to heart! … I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.  I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.  I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please… What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do!’” (from Isaiah 46)

God said that!  I can’t afford to forget it!  (And most of all, I’m very grateful for the reminder in the Bible!!)  Don’t let me forget this Lord!!

Imagine it… Father God point us out and saying, “That’s My child over there!”

It is a wonderful and affirming thing to hear someone say, “I’m proud to say, that is my son, or daughter over there” or “that is my family!” And it’s a wonderful thing when it is spoken in a personal way or a collective way! I think back on the times that I recall my parents “owning that I was theirs, with pride,” fondly.

This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read a passage where “Father God” spoke affirming words like that about His people Israel… But what He said about them can also be applied to us individually… personally, as His children! Just to hear the Heavenly Father say it… how wonderful!

So why don’t you read the following words from Isaiah 44 today and apply them to yourself as God’s child! I did! Revel in them, delight in them, be affirmed by them… most of all, live in light of what they declare about how God feels about you – one of His children through “new birth” (John 3:1-8)!

“Remember these things… for you are mine! I formed you; you are my servant! You will not be forgotten by me! I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.

“Sing, O heavens, for the LORD has done it! Shout, O depths of the earth; break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the LORD has redeemed [you] and will be glorified in [you].

“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: ‘I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself… who confirms the word of his servant and fulfills the counsel of his messengers!” (From Isaiah 44:21-26 ESV)

Can you imagine the Heavenly Father saying that about you? It’s true, you know! Here’s how Apostle John phrased it… “See what kind of love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called ‘children of God”; and so we are! … Beloved, we are God’s children NOW! And what we WILL BE has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is! And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself as He is pure!” (1 John 3:1-3)

God’s child – think of it! And He’s not ashamed to point us out as belonging the Himself! Wow!!

Pausing “Digging Deeper” Bible Study

Greetings friends… We’ve discovered that the day (Tuesday) and the time (3 p.m CST) hit many people right in the middle of a work week and make it difficult for people to participate in “Digging Deeper.”… Additionally the need to “key in your responses” in the format of the Zoom Webinar make it difficult for people as well. So WE’RE GOING TO HIT THE “PAUSE BUTTON” for awhile and “re-vision” Digging Deeper. Thanks for participating! And stay tuned and watch for further announcements. Dr. Bartel

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