Lifeline, 3/9/2016

Lifeline 2016-03-08

One of the richest rewards of spending time with Almighty God through daily devotions is the cultivation of intimacy with Him. God desires to be known. In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, John the Baptist declares that Jesus is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29). Because the Lamb of God was sacrificed for our sin by being nailed to the cross, we now have access and opportunity to a relationship with God. The distance from God brought by sin has been bridged by the love of God and the life of Jesus. Sin separates! Love unites!

In addition to being revealed as the Lamb of God, John declares that Jesus has also come to “make known the Father.” (John 1:18) King David had a bit of this revelation as he penned Psalm 32. In verses 8-9, the psalmist highlights a key principle of intimacy with God. God the Father desires to teach us and instruct us as His children, not by bit and bridle, as He would a horse or mule. In other words, God’s longing is that we draw near to Him as Father so that we can see His gaze. As we approach Him as His children, confident in His love for us, He promises to instruct us and teach us in the way we should go.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you.” (Psalm 32:8-9)

A Grateful Son of a Loving Father,
Pastor Jeff
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