Abba Hugs

When I speak of Abba hugs, I refer to those unmistakable, though often seemingly insignificant, ways in which Abba (Jesus’ term for the Father) shows us how much He loves us. During our recent trip to the Mediterranean, my friend Kristin said she sensed God saying that Kerry and I were “feasting on God’s goodness.” And so it was.

I could list the obvious ways in which God shows His love for us. We are so very blessed to have life, health, wonderful family and friends… And even the so-called blessings that come with living in a country that affords us a very comfortable lifestyle. All of those we receive with gratitude from the hand of God. I could add to that the enjoyment of going in such a wonderful vacation… But the Abba hugs I’m referring to are those little things that show us that we have a father who delights to give good things to his children – just because… Let me share with you one specific example to illustrate what I mean…

IMG_20160812_1119442In Chania, Crete, we were walking along the Venetian Port (marina), observing the delightfully clear water of the Mediterranean. It was extremely hot, and I verbalized how I would give anything to be able to jump in that water. So a man offered to take our picture. We exchanged pleasantries and he told us he’s from Australia but has a Cretan wife and they’re spending some time there. We parted ways and we continued our walk. He then came back and started talking again, and told us we should walk to the Egyptian Lighthouse – which we had seen but had no intention of walking to. So convincing was his argument that we made the long walk, in the heat, only to find that in the middle of the long trek there was a little beach where my desire was satisfied. We went in the water, from which we had the most perfect view of the lovely “Old Town Chania.” And I felt a hug from Abba, and sensed His delight in giving me my heart’s desire.

You could say it was just a coincidence. You could say we would have found that spot anyway.

Perhaps.

But perhaps God ordered our steps so we would have the information we needed to do what was in our heart but which we wouldn’t have known how to do.

As someone wisely said, “I find that the more I pray, the more coincidences I find.” And I find that the more I spend time communing with the Father, the more I see how He gives me the desired  es of my heart.

Are you taking time to notice the “Abba hugs” you are receiving today? Why not take some time to thank the Father for His goodness. It’s a good exercise for the spirit and the soul.


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Carriers of God’s Glory

1 Kings 6 describes the temple that Solomon built.  It is quite an impressive structure, with great attention to detail, and the “best of the best.”  It is massive, built with quality stones, cedar wood, all kinds of carving, and overlaid with gold.

In my mind I picture this and think of the churches and cathedrals I have visited that take my breath away.  The massive structures, with beautiful stained-glass windows, lots of gold, gems and artwork.  They are so ornate…

Then I think, Why?  Why would we build such ornate, lavish structures?

Because they are temples, fit for a King – and not just any King, but the King of kings.  The buildings display, in human terms, the splendor and majesty of the King.  It seems that the goal is to evoke a sense of awe and wonder for the glory of the King.

And yet… I am reminded that the glory of our King is magnificently displayed in the person of Jesus – in God the almighty, the King of kings, taking human form – the lowliest of lowlies, the servant of all.  Certainly our King is not like earthly kings.  His glory is beyond our comprehension.  In Jesus, He has chosen to forever have humanity be the temple of His glory.

Look at what Paul says in Acts 17:24-25 “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything”

Then in 1 Corinthians 6:19 he reminds us, “do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?”

Our King is crowned in glory and majesty.  And… wow… could it be that His glory is in me?

In Ephesians 1:15-18 Paul prays for us, “For this reason . . . I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints…”

Did you catch that?  We need a Spirit of wisdom and revelation to know the riches of His glorious inheritance IN the saints… Not FOR the saints, but IN the saints.

We are His glorious inheritance.  The scandal of the Gospel is that our King has chosen for His glory to show through the imperfection of human vessels.

You are a carrier of His glory!  His power is made perfect in your weakness.  Wherever you go, let His glory shine in your life.  Let Him be through you.  Let others see His splendor when they see you.  Let others be touched by His majesty when they come in contact with you.  You are a carrier of God’s glory!


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