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MORE ABUNDANTLY THAN YOU CAN ASK or THINK

 Very often we view God as a judgmental, vindictive, angry deity sitting in the heavens waiting to pounce on us when we disobey. When the Enemy is successful in getting us to think such thoughts, he has almost won the battle.  That is not God’s character or his disposition.  He is, as the song goes, ‘a good, good Father’!

Today’s reading in 2 Kings 8 & 9 concerns the Shunammite woman whose son Elisha raised from the dead. He warned her of a coming famine and told her to depart to a safer land - which she did.  Upon returning after having been gone for 7 years, not only did the king return her land to her, he also returned ‘all that was hers and all the produce of the field from the day that she left the land even until now.’ (2 Kings 8:6). The Lord continued to bless her life after raising her only son back to life. 

The Lord’s plan for you is not simply to save you but to bless your life. He wants to give you an abundant life now and a fruitful life today. Our responsibility is to believe Him and obey.  It really is that simple.  Sure, we will face difficult days, hard circumstances and strong trials but He will walk through those trials with us and even bring good out of those crises! Additionally, your Father wants only the best for you and gave His only Son for you to prove it. ‘Trust and obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus - but to trust and obey’!

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WISDOM FROM BONHOEFFER

I have been reading some of Dietrich Bonhoeffers’ works. I enjoy reading his works. He was a no-nonsense person. If you don’t know, he was also a pastor, seminary professor and theologian who was martyred at the hands of Nazi’s during WWll for speaking out against Hitler. He called Christians everywhere to resist Hitler and his beliefs. He called Christians to stand up for God’s word, living holy lives to the point of his death for the name of Christ. I was taken back at his literal expectancy that Christ must soon be returning during those dark days of WWll. I live a comfortable life and I must confess that I sometimes lose sight of the fact that Christ will indeed return. When I am made aware of my joy of ease, I am ashamed.

But what does all that have to do with marriage one may ask? Well Bonhoeffer was engaged shortly before he was imprisoned. He never married. He witnessed marriages, not the least his parent’s Christ-like marriage; but he also witnessed what can happen in marriages when Christ is not the foundation of that marriage….not that much different than our days now.

In his book, Letters and Papers from Prison, Bonhoeffer wrote, “Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Rom 15:7 ESV) In context, these verses speak of our higher purpose for our personal salvation. Bonhoeffer brought them to home by applying the principle to our marriages.  He said,  “No human fellowship, least of all a marriage can survive without living together in the forgiveness of your sins. He exhorts us: don’t insist on your rights, don’t blame each other, don’t judge or condemn each other, don’t find fault with each other, but accept each other as you are (italics mine) and forgive each other every day from the bottom of your hearts. From the first day of your wedding till the last, the rule must be: Welcome one another……. For the glory of God.”  That, Bonhoeffer wrote is God’s word for your marriage. He said to thank God for it; thank God for leading you thus far; ask God to establish your marriage, to confirm it, sanctify it and preserve it. All so our marriages will be…”For the Praise of God’s glory.”

Oh Lord, help us to live together in the forgiveness of our sins, that our marriages would be for the praise of YOUR GLORY!

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