Holy Spirit said, “The most powerful thing you can ever do in your life, each time you believe the lie that you are orphaned, forgotten, alone and unloved, is to break that agreement.” He says we must break the lies that we are isolated, abandoned by God.
Because the truest truth is that we are not orphans. It’s that we were long ago chosen to be beloved heirs of an outrageously loving Father God.
That truth is so good, it’s hard to get our minds around. Because before our adoption, wrote the apostle Paul, we were “like corpses, dead in our sins and offenses.” But God chose us still. Before our adoption, “we lived by whatever natural cravings and thoughts our minds dictated, living as rebellious children subject to God’s wrath like everyone else.” That’s from Ephesians chapter 2, verses 1 through 3.
Eugene Peterson translates those same words like this: “It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.”
In this episode, we examine our own lives, our own hearts, and look for what God has done there. We consider how and when He’s shown us mercy and love and poured resurrection power into us and our circumstances.
Join us for hope in “The Hard and Lonely Place.”