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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Independence Day

On this Independence Day, it seems appropriate to reflect on what we celebrate. This day is a celebration of the birthing of an ideal, a dream that hadn’t existed before. The forming of the United States of America was a radical change from any form of government that had existed before up to that time. And for the last 240 years this land has seen the blessing of the Lord – a land of freedom, peace, prosperity and opportunity. It is indeed the land of the free and the home of the brave.
But what has made this country great is neither democracy nor capitalism, in and of themselves. Instead, it has been it’s foundation of a willing submission of all of its affairs to God. Read the words of Benjamin Franklin during the 1787 Constitutional Convention:

Mr. President:

The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other — our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ays, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own wont of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their  Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.

In this situation of this Assembly groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine Protection. — Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance.

I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that “except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall be become a reproach and a bye word down to future age. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human Wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, and conquest.

I therefore beg leave to move — that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that service.

That foundation of prayer caused this country to rise as a beacon of light to the world.
Is this country perfect? Its ideals are; but how they have been carried out leave much to be desired. We can see how our systems and structures have been corrupted by greed and self interest. But this was predicted by Alexis de Tocqueville when he studied the phenomenon of this infant nation and said:
“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”
I’m not writing this to make a political statement, but to call us back to the place of Prayer. It is to call us back to a place of willing submission to God for all of our affairs. For it is only when we are free from ourselves, and free to be other-centered, that we can have true liberty, and that our great nation can be healed.

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A Reflection on Violence

In the wake of the terrible events of this weekend in Orlando, it is normal to ask, What is going on? Why so much violence?
Not addressing this incident in particular, but thinking about the many incidents where innocent lives are cut short in senseless crime, I offer this reflection:
We live in a culture that has been teaching our children:
– That we come from nothing and are simply a product of chance and evolution
– That there is nothing beyond this life — no eternal repercussions
– That there is no such thing as absolute Truth — instead, as long as you believe it, it’s true for you, and everyone’s truth must be tolerated
– That it’s OK to kill a baby as long as he/she is still in his/her mother’s womb
– That there is no absolute morality; no objective standard of right and wrong (everything is permissible, except intolerance)
Furthermore, in movies and video games we celebrate violence, often rewarding extreme acts of murder.
And then we wonder why we see such disregard for human life? We wonder why the violence? And many blame the access to weapons rather than the mentality of those who misuse them.
The change in our society won’t come from external boundaries. We are dealing with values systems — a worldview that is conducive to violence.
There is a better way. Jesus — the eternal God made man — teaches us:
– That we are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image
– That every human life has dignity and worth
– That there is life after death, and God’s desire is that we spend eternity with Him (but He won’t force it on us)
– That God is absolute Truth — He made us, and He knows what is conducive (and what isn’t) to wholeness and human fulfillment
– That fullness of life is experienced only in relationship with Him
– That we don’t have to struggle to make it on our own; but God himself has done, on our behalf, what we couldn’t do for ourselves
– That salvation, wholeness, eternal life is freely given to anyone who will simply believe
This is good news!
Those who know, receive and believe Jesus would never kill for our beliefs; but we are willing to die for them.
Could it be that the solution to our problems comes to simply believing and receiving?
I believe so. And I’m willing to do my part, by letting Jesus live in and through me, and showing (and telling) the world the good news of salvation and LIFE.

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La llenura de Pentecostés

Este Domingo pasado fue el Domingo de Pentecostés – el día en el que celebramos el nacimiento de la Iglesia. Aunque no es tan ampliamente celebrado como la Navidad o la Pascua, el Domingo de Pentecostés es por lo menos tan importante para nosotros como las otras dos fiestas. ¿Por qué? Porque Dios nos creó para que viviéramos en relación con Él, y nos dio dominio sobre toda la creación. Su intención, desde el principio, era que camináramos con Él y cooperáramos con Él en el reino que nos dio. Todo esto se arruinó por el pecado. Pero Dios no es un dios lejano, desinteresado, sino el Dios completamente comprometido con Su creación. Él mismo ha hecho todo lo necesario para redimir y restaurar todo lo que la humanidad perdió por el pecado.

¿Qué hizo Dios? Se convirtió en uno con su creación. El nacimiento de Jesús (la encarnación de Dios) es el acto más impresionante de Dios – un acto que va mucho más allá de nuestra comprensión humana. Dios, el Creador, se hizo uno con Su creación. Él eligió unirse a la humanidad para siempre. Es por eso que Jesús (Dios hecho hombre) estuvo en la tierra durante 33 años, y dio su vida por nosotros. Pero eso no fue todo. Después de su muerte, Jesús se levantó de entre los muertos, garantizando que nosotros también gozaremos de vida de resurrección. Pero eso no es todo.

Antes de su crucifixión, Jesús les dijo a sus discípulos: “Les conviene que yo me vaya …” ¿Qué? ¿Cómo iba a ser bueno que Jesús se fuera? Creeríamos que todo sería mucho más sencillo si Jesús siguiera caminando entre nosotros. Pero Él nos explica: “Les conviene que yo me vaya, porque rogaré al Padre, y Él les enviará al Espíritu Santo, que no sólo va a estar con ustedes, sino EN ustedes “(Juan 14: 16-17; 16: 7).

Después de su resurrección, Jesús les dijo a los discípulos que permanecieran en Jerusalén y esperaran la promesa del Padre (Hechos 1:4). Y 50 días después de la resurrección, en el día de Pentecostés, se cumplió la promesa. El Padre derramó el Espíritu Santo “sobre toda carne” (cumpliendo así lo que Joel había profetizado– Joel 2:28-29), para que podamos una vez más participar plenamente de la vida de Dios.

Pentecostés no podría haber ocurrido sin Pascua (la resurrección); y la Pascua no habría sido posible sin la Navidad (la encarnación). Pero estas dos por sí solas no habrían sido suficientes para que pudiéramos experimentar la plenitud de la vida que Dios nos quiere dar.

Cuando Dios nos prometió la vida eterna, Él no sólo estaba hablando de pasar la eternidad en el Cielo (aunque eso es algo que ciertamente podemos esperar). Dios nos promete disfrutar de la plenitud de la vida en el aquí y ahora, como Él lo había deseado desde el principio. ¿Cómo la recibimos? Por medio del Espíritu Santo. Esta llenura fue inaugurada en el Día de Pentecostés. Para asegurarse de que tuviéramos todo lo que necesitamos, nuestro Padre amoroso derramó Su Espíritu.

Entre otras cosas …

* El Espíritu Santo nos revela el amor y la presencia de Dios

* El Espíritu Santo nos convence de que somos hijos (e hijas) de Dios

* El Espíritu Santo es la garantía de lo que Dios ha prometido

* El Espíritu Santo es el agente de nuestra transformación

* El Espíritu Santo nos enseña y nos guía a toda la verdad

* El Espíritu Santo nos da poder para conocer los planes de Dios

* El Espíritu Santo nos da poder para conocer la voluntad de Dios

* El Espíritu Santo nos da poder para obedecer al Señor

* El Espíritu Santo nos da poder para descansar en Dios

* El Espíritu Santo nos da poder para proclamar a Cristo

* El Espíritu Santo ora con nosotros conforme a la voluntad perfecta de Dios

* El Espíritu Santo nos ayuda en nuestra debilidad

* El Espíritu Santo produce su fruto en nuestras vidas

* El Espíritu Santo manifiesta la presencia y el amor de Dios a través de dones sobrenaturales

Hemos sido llamados a vivir en la plenitud del Espíritu Santo. Esta promesa del Padre “es para ustedes, para sus hijos y para todos los extranjeros, es decir, para todos aquellos a quienes el Señor nuestro Dios quiera llamar” (Hechos 2:39).

¿Estás viviendo en la plenitud de Pentecostés? No trates de vivir tu vida en tus propias fuerzas. Recibe el Espíritu Santo. Sé lleno de Él continuamente para poder disfrutar de la vida eterna.


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Pentecost Fullness

Today is Pentecost Sunday – the day in which we celebrate the birth of the Church. Though it is not as widely celebrated as Christmas or Easter, Pentecost Sunday is at least as significant to us as the other two. You see, God created us to be in relationship with Him, and gave us dominion over all of creation. His intent, from the beginning, was that we would walk with Him and partner with Him in the realm that He gave us. All of this was broken by sin. But God didn’t leave us on our own. He is the relentless God who goes to great lengths to redeem and restore all that has been broken.

How far did He go? He became one with His creation. The birth of Jesus (the incarnation of God) is the most stunning act of God – beyond our human comprehension. The Creator God became one with His creation. He chose to be united with humanity forever. So, Jesus walked on the earth for 33 years, and gave His life for us. But that wasn’t all. After He died, He rose again from the dead, guaranteeing that we, too, will rise again in glorious resurrection life! But there was still more.

Before His crucifixion, Jesus told His disciples, “It is good for you that I go away…” What? Good for us that He go away? No way! It seems that things would be so much simpler if Jesus was still walking among us. But He tells us why. “It is good for you that I go away, because I will ask the Father, and He will send you the Holy Spirit, who won’t just be with you; but will be in you” (John 14:16-17; 16:7).

After His resurrection, Jesus told the disciples to stay in Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father (Acts 1:4). And 50 days after the resurrection, on the Day of Pentecost, the promise was fulfilled. The Father poured out the Holy Spirit “upon all flesh” (also fulfilling what Joel had prophesied – Joel 2:28-29), that we might once again fully partake of the life of God.

Pentecost could not have happened without Easter (the resurrection); and Easter could not have happened without Christmas (the incarnation). But these two alone would not have been enough for us to experience the fullness of life that God wants to give us.

When God promised us eternal life, He wasn’t just talking about spending eternity in Heaven (though that is certainly something we can look forward to). He was talking about enjoying fullness of life in the here and now, as He had intended from the start. How do we receive that? By the Holy Spirit. And this was inaugurated on the Day of Pentecost. To make sure that we would have all that we need, our loving Father poured out His Spirit.

Among many other things…

* The Holy Spirit mediates the love and presence of God

* The Holy Spirit convinces us that we are sons (and daughters) of God

* The Holy Spirit is the down-payment (guarantee) of things to come

* The Holy Spirit is the agent of our transformation

* The Holy Spirit teaches us and leads us into all truth

* The Holy Spirit gives us power to know God’s plans

* The Holy Spirit gives us power to know God’s will

* The Holy Spirit gives us power to obey the Lord

* The Holy Spirit gives us power to rest in God

* The Holy Spirit gives us power to proclaim Christ

* The Holy Spirit prays with us according to God’s perfect will

* The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness

* The Holy Spirit produces His fruit in our lives

* The Holy Spirit manifests God’s presence and love through supernatural gifts

We are called to live in His fullness. This promise of the Father “s for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself” (Acts 2:39).

Are you living in the fullness of Pentecost? Don’t try to live your life on your own strength. Receive the Holy Spirit. Be continually filled with Him, that you may enjoy eternal life.


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La Voluntad Perfecta de Dios

¿Podemos conocer la voluntad perfecta de Dios? ¡Por supuesto! Y es mucho más simple de lo que pensamos. He oído a muchas personas hacer esta pregunta, esperando una respuesta definitiva que les indique claramente las decisiones que deben tomar – en cuanto a su carrera, trabajo, relaciones, etc. Esas son preguntas válidas, y si acudimos a Dios en oración, el Espíritu Santo nos guiará en todo nuestro caminar (Proverbios 3:5-6).

Pero la voluntad de Dios para nosotros es mucho más profunda que eso. Estoy convencida de que tenemos libre albedrío, y Dios nos da a elegir muchos de los detalles de nuestras vidas. A fin de cuentas, hagas lo que hagas, vivas donde vivas, la voluntad de Dios es que estemos EN Él, y que vivamos la vida CON Él. Lo demás, son detalles.

Puedo afirmarlo con certeza porque Jesús nos muestra claramente cuál es Su voluntad para nosotros en Su última oración por Sus discípulos. Te comparto aquí Sus palabras, como si nos las hubiera dicho directamente a nosotros (en lugar de estar orando al Padre). Quiero que escuches directamente lo que Jesús desea para ti:

Juan 17:6-26

Les he revelado quien es mi Padre.

Ahora saben que todo lo que el Padre me dio viene de Él, porque les he entregado las palabras que Él me dio y las han aceptado, y saben con certeza que salí del Padre, y han creído que Él me envió.

Le he pedido a mi Padre por ustedes, que los proteja con el poder de Su nombre – el nombre que me dio – para que ustedes sean uno con nosotros, así como mi Padre y yo somos uno.

Quiero que tengan mi alegría en plenitud.

Les he entregado la palabra de mi Padre, y el mundo los ha odiado porque no son del mundo, como tampoco yo soy del mundo.

No quiero sacarlos del mundo, sino protegerlos del maligno.

No son del mundo, como tampoco lo soy yo.

Quiero que mi Padre los santifique en la verdad; Su palabra es la verdad.

Así como mi Padre me envió al mundo, los envío también al mundo.

Por ustedes me santifiqué a mí mismo, para que ustedes también sean santificados en la verdad.

Le ruego a mi Padre por los que han de creer en mí por el mensaje de ustedes, para que sean uno.

Así como mi Padre está en mí, y yo en mi Padre, mi deseo es que ustedes también estén en nosotros, para que el mundo crea que mi Padre me envió.

Les he dado la gloria que el Padre me dio, para que ustedes sean uno, así como nosotros somos uno: Yo en mi Padre, y mi Padre en mí.

Mi deseo es que alcancen la perfección en la unidad, y así el mundo reconozca que mi Padre me envió, y que mi Padre los ama tanto como me ha amado a mí.

Mi deseo es que estén conmigo donde yo estoy.

Quiero que vean mi gloria – la gloria que el Padre me dio porque me amó desde antes de la creación del mundo.

Ustedes reconocen que el Padre me envió. Quiero que sepan quien es mi Padre, para que el amor con que Él me ha amado esté en ustedes, y que yo mismo esté en ustedes.

Vive tu vida en relación con Dios. Recibe el perfecto amor del Padre, para que disfrutes el ser uno con Dios – conforme a Su voluntad. Camina con Él, ábrele tu corazón, deja que Él cambie tus deseos… y vas a vivir en Su perfecta voluntad.


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God’s Perfect Will

Can we know God’s perfect will? Of course! And it’s much simpler than we think. One of the questions people most frequently ask their pastors is, “How can I know God’s will for my life?” It is usually asked with an expectation of definitive answers that will guide our decisions as to our career, job, relationships, etc. These are valid questions, and if we talk to the Lord, in prayer, we know that the Holy Spirit will guide us in all our ways (Proverbs 3:5-6).

But God’s will for us is much deeper than that. I am convinced that we truly have free will and that God lets us choose many of the details of our lives. At the end of the day, whatever you do, wherever you live, God’s will is that you be IN Him, and that you live WITH Him. The rest are just details.

I can say that with certainty because I hear it in Jesus’ last prayer, as He addresses His Father and expresses what He desires for His disciples. Here are His words, modified as though He were addressing us directly (rather than praying to the Father). I want you to hear directly what Jesus desires for you:

John 17:6-26

I have manifested my Father’s name to you.

You know that everything the Father gave me is from Him, for I have given you the words that He gave me, and you have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from the Father; and you have believed that the Father sent me.

I have asked my Father to keep you in His name, which my Father gave me, that you may be one, even as my Father and I are one.

I want for you to have my joy fulfilled in you.

I have given you my Father’s word, and the world has hated you because you are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

I don’t want you to be taken out of the world, but that my Father will keep you from the evil one.

You are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

I want for you to be sanctified in the truth; my Father’s word is truth.

As my Father sent me into the world, so I have sent you into the world.

For your sake I consecrated myself, that you also may be sanctified in truth.

I ask my Father for those who will believe in me through your word, that you may all be one.

Just as my Father is in me, and I am in my Father, my desire is that you also may be in us, so that the world may believe that my Father has sent me.

I have given to you the glory that my Father gave, that you may be one even as we are one: I in my Father, and my Father in me.

My desire is that you may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that my Father sent me and loved you just as my Father loved me.

I desire that you also may be with me where I am.

I want you to see my glory that my Father gave me because my Father loved me before the foundation of the world.

You know that my Father sent me. I made His name known to you, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which my Father has loved me may be in you, and I in you.

Live your life in relationship with God. Receive the perfect love of the Father, so you can enjoy being one with Him, according to His will. Walk with him. Open your heart to Him. Let Him change your “want to’s” – and you will live in His perfect will.


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Una herencia segura

“¿Cómo se hace una pequeña fortuna?”

“Heredando una gran fortuna y gastándola poco a poco.”

Esta es una broma común entre mis antiguos colegas en el área de Planificación de Sucesión. Vivimos en una cultura en la cual las posesiones materiales son importantes, y el asunto de dejar una herencia a los hijos de uno es digno de consideración. Tan así es, que existe toda una industria para ayudarle a las personas a planificar el bienestar financiero de sus hijos.

Pero este no es sólo un fenómeno del capitalismo occidental. Si vamos atrás en la historia de la humanidad, incluso tanto como 7.000 años, encontramos una preocupación por heredad en los primeros registros de la civilización humana. En la Biblia leemos que “El hombre de bien deja herencia a sus nietos” (Proverbios 13:22). Más aún, Dios mismo le está proporcionando una herencia a su hijo: ¡nosotros! (ver Efesios 1:18). Con esto estoy queriendo decir que el asunto de la herencia no es algo de tomar a la ligera.

Sin embargo, soy consciente de que vivimos en un mundo de recursos limitados y escasez; y que hay muchas personas que no tienen el privilegio de recibir una gran herencia de parte de sus padres. Algunos tienen padres buenos, con buenas intenciones, pero con pocos recursos. Otros, trágicamente, tienen padres negligentes. Cualquiera que sea el caso, la falta de una herencia puede ser una causa de heridas del alma. Muchas personas acarrean cicatrices de rechazo o decepción porque sus padres no pudieron dejarles una herencia.

En Génesis 37 vemos una de estas historias. Es donde Jacob engaña a su hermano y le quita la primogenitura y además la bendición de su padre. Puede uno oír el dolor en la voz de Esaú cuando “lanzó un grito aterrador y, lleno de amargura, le dijo:

—¡Padre mío, te ruego que también a mí me bendigas! . . . ¿No te queda ninguna bendición para mí?” (vv. 34, 36).

Isaac sólo tenían una bendición para dar. Esaú no sólo perdió su herencia material; sin también la herencia espiritual también. ¡Qué desdicha!

Cuando estaba leyendo esa historia, sentí que el Espíritu Santo me decía: “A veces te sientes como Esaú, pensando que tu Padre tiene una sola bendición para dar. ¡Pero Dios no es así! En Él no hay escasez. Él se deleita en dar, y se deleita en bendecir a todos sus hijos. Confía en Él. Nunca te va a faltar lo que necesitas.”

Mi deseo es animarte con estas palabras. Si eres hijo de Dios, eres coheredero con Cristo (Romanos 8:17). Tienes una herencia significativa, y nunca te faltará lo que necesites. Los recursos de Dios son ilimitados. Mientras estés poniendo tu confianza en fuentes naturales, podrás ser decepcionado. Tus padres terrenales te pueden fallar; pero tu Padre celestial no. Él es el Buen Padre, y puedes confiar en Él. En Dios tienes una herencia segura.


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A Sure Inheritance

“How do you make a small fortune?”

“You inherit a large fortune and spend it down.”

This is a common joke among my former colleagues in the Estate Planning business. The truth is, we live in a culture where material possessions are important, and the matter of leaving an inheritance to one’s children is worthy of consideration. An entire industry exists to help people plan for their children’s future financial wellbeing.

But it’s not just a phenomenon of Western Capitalism. If we go back as far as 7,000 years, we see in the earliest record of human civilization a concern for an inheritance. In the Bible we read that “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22). Furthermore, God himself is providing an inheritance for His Son – and we are it! (see Ephesians 1:18). All of that to say, inheritances are not to be taken lightly.

However, I am mindful that we live in a world where resources are limited – and often scarce; and that there are many people who don’t have the privilege of receiving a large inheritance from their parents. Some have good, well-meaning parents, but not necessarily a significant accumulation of resources to be handed down. Others, tragically, have neglectful parents. Whatever the case may be, the lack of an inheritance can be a source of wounding for a person’s soul. Many a person has carried the scars of rejection or disappointment because his parents failed to leave him an inheritance.

We find such a story in Genesis 27, where Jacob (the deceiver) cheats his brother out of his birthright AND his father’s blessing. You can hear the pain in Esau’s voice when he “cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, ‘Bless me, even me also, O my father!’ . . . ‘Have you not reserved a blessing for me?’” (vv. 34, 36).

Isaac only had ONE blessing to give. Not only had Esau lost his material inheritance; but a spiritual inheritance as well. Heartbreaking!

As I was reading this I sensed Holy Spirit saying to me, “Sometimes you feel like Esau – like your Father only has one blessing to give. But God is not like that! There is no shortage with Him. He delights to give, and He delights to bless ALL of His children. Trust Him. He has all that you need.”

I want to encourage you today with these words – if you are a child of God, you are a joint heir with Christ (Romans 8:17). You have a significant inheritance, and you will never lack what you need. God’s resources are not limited. As long as you keep looking to natural sources, you may end up disappointed. Your earthly parents may fail you; but your heavenly Father won’t. He is the Good Father, and You can trust Him. Your inheritance, in Him, is sure.


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Una lección de la bella y la bestia

Hace un tiempo fuimos a ver “La Bella y la Bestia” — el musical de Broadway.

Yo había visto la película animada – lo conozco bien, y me encanta la música; así que no esperaba ver nada nuevo. Pero hubo una escena que me llamó la atención. De repente vi algo que no había visto antes.

Para aquellos de ustedes que no han visto la película o la obra, aquí hay una versión corta de la trama:

Un apuesto príncipe – y todo el mundo en su castillo – ha caído bajo un terrible hechizo. Debido a este hechizo, él se convierte en una bestia, y todos sus siervos se convierten en objetos “animados”: un reloj, un candelabro, una tetera, y así sucesivamente. La única forma en que el hechizo se puede romper es si la bestia aprende a amar y encuentra alguien que lo ame como él es.

Entonces, en esta escena, Belle (una hermosa doncella) está en el castillo, y la bestia está expresando su frustración por quien – y entonces se detiene y cambia la frase y dice, “lo que me he convertido.” Entonces los siervos empiezan a cantar expresando su anhelo y la esperanza de volver a ser “humanos otra vez.”

¡Ahí es donde vi algo nuevo! ¡Esta historia es más profunda de lo que me había imaginado. Esta es una historia de la redención! La humanidad está bajo una maldición. Por lo tanto, estamos viviendo vidas sub-humanas, anhelando y esperando la redención.

¿Cómo viene la redención?

Cuando nuestro Príncipe – que se ha convertido en uno de nosotros – se entrega libremente su vida en amor perfecto y desinteresado. Y cuando recibimos libremente ese amor, somos regenerados – re-humanizados.

En la historia, la bestia pone a Belle en libertad. Decide no mantenerla cautiva y obligarla a amarlo, a pesar de que esta es su única esperanza de romper el hechizo. (El amor da libertad). Belle regresa voluntariamente para advertirle que se viene un ataque contra el castillo. Cuando llega el ataque, la bestia se niega a defenderse, y es apuñalado. Cuando está muriendo, en los brazos de Belle, ella de dice, “Te amo.” La bestia muere; pero entonces es levantado y transformado, de modo que vuelve a ser en el apuesto príncipe que había sido.

OK. Tal vez no sea un paralelo exacto. Jesús dio su vida por nosotros, y fue exaltado a la gloria así nosotros no lo amemos. Sin embargo, es fácil ver los elementos redentores que tiene esta historia.

Y yo me pregunto …

• ¿Será que el Espíritu Santo trabaja incluso a través de obras de teatro como “La Bella y la Bestia”, para despertar en la gente el sentir de que hay una vida mejor? ¿Será que Él usa esta obra para despertar en la gente la esperanza de la resurrección? ¿ Será que Él usa la creatividad humana para atraer a la gente al corazón del Padre?

• ¿Podría ser que nosotros limitamos al Espíritu Santo cuando decimos que Él sólo puede hablar a través de las páginas de la Biblia? ¿Será que lo limitamos cuando pensamos que Él sólo puede anunciar el Evangelio a través de la Iglesia?

• ¿Podría ser que este grupo de actores, tan talentoso, al usar los dones que Dios les ha dado (aún si no lo reconocen), están participando en la misión redentora del Padre?

• ¿Podría ser que tú participas con el Espíritu Santo de más formas de las que reconoces?

• ¿Podría ser que los caminos de Dios son mucho más altos que los nuestros, y que haríamos bien en no limitarlo?

Piénsalo…


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