Heavenly Advice for Children and Parents – part 5 As children and as born again children in the Family of God, each of us has a need to belong, a need for God’s love and a need for encouragement. The Bible’s only perfect parent to child relationship is the relationship between the Heavenly Father and…
Heavenly Advice for Children and Parents – part 4 As children and as born again children in the Family of God, each of us has a need to belong, a need for God’s love and a need for encouragement. The Bible’s only perfect parent to child relationship is the relationship between the Heavenly Father and…
God is relentlessly trying to get us to submit to His will for our lives. As our example, Jesus, the Son of God, submitted to the Heavenly Father. Jesus submitted all the way to the cross, as it was the Father’s will for the Son to die for our sins. The Apostle John wrote, “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.” (1 John 4:14)
When we understand God’s Marriage Picture, it informs and answers many things for us. God’s Marriage Picture is Jesus Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5:22-33). When a marriage is done God’s way, it preaches John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Susan Segawa, Pastor Drew’s wife, shares publicly for the first time, her painful past of child sexual abuse and her road to forgiveness and healing. It’s wise to remember that we can grant forgiveness right away to someone who has hurt us, however the path to our healing from their sin may take some time.
While Joseph was in Egypt, God gave him grace and wisdom to forgive – and to also figure out, that what others used as evil against him, God is able to use for His good and to help many people (Genesis 50:15-21). In a similar way, God used Susan’s tremendous pain to draw her close to Him so that she could receive Christ’s forgiveness and to also forgive others and heal. Thus, from her youth, she developed a personal relationship with the LORD, a love for God’s Word and the ability to become a worshipper. Today, Susan is not only a victor in Christ and a survivor, but God used the pain and suffering – in His hands – to direct her into her calling in the ministry of Worship. “And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.” (Psalm 27:6)
One of the songs Susan wrote as a teenager that was produced as fruit from the pain of her childhood years, is In God’s Own Time, which is shared in this audio message. This song comes from Psalm 27:14 – “Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”
As Christians who have been born again, we cannot live in our old nature, for that way is dead. Christians now have a new nature, which is in Christ. We must learn to live in this new nature so that it’s possible for us to give godly grace, forgiveness, love and mercy to others. The butterfly can serve as an illustration for us, as a butterfly has a new nature and can never go back to living in its old nature, as a caterpillar. Everything’s new, including its food source, way of eating, its mobility and its appearance among many other things.
Paul teaches in his letter to the church at Ephesus that they, as Christians, need to first know important doctrine about Jesus Christ. In chapter 4, we read Paul’s instruction about church life within the body of Christ. Paul teaches us to walk worthy of our calling within our local fellowship and gives us great practical ways on how to do it. He instructs the Christian to bear with one another in love, so that we may endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, and not give in to the devil’s tactic, which is disunity.
Jesus Christ bought the church, owns the church, builds the church upon Himself and builds the church His way.