God is Life and the Giver of Life

life Giver

When you think of God, you have to hold in reverence the fact that he Gives life. Sure he is the creator, he is the Lord and Master. But to realize that our very lives are a gift from him and his desire is for our lives to be full, rich and meaningful.

So much of our Journey is life taking. Circumstances, relationships and spiritual warfare are constant takers of life. We face daily struggles and often they involve our most intimate thoughts, dreams and people. We would love to find a way to avoid the sucking down of the essence of us. We say things like Ï used to be so happy, so funny, so care free—but the forces we face have made emptied us our life. But, in the midst of it, God was there filling us with his spirit, his joy and his life.

As we draw on God, we are replenished with life. Often it seems it is barely enough for the day…but it is enough. We need to learn to cherish the life he gives and use it to drive us forward toward him. Then we will finally grasp what it truly means to have life and have it more abundantly.

God Bless You

Genesis 2

7 Then20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.

 

Deuteronomy 30

For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. the Lord God formed a man[a] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

 

Deuteronomy 32

“See now that I myself am he! There is no god besides me. I put to death and I bring to life, I have wounded and I will heal, and no one can deliver out of my hand.

 

Ecclesiastes 5

This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot.

Isaiah 38

“Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life.

 

Isaiah 42

This is what God the LORD says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:

 

John 6

As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

 

 

God is Light–How Beautifully Revealing

Let’s face it wintertime in Wisconsin means it gets dark early.  I mean at 4:30! What a challenge to endure dark evenings for months on end.  We do not enjoy dark.  We find ways to occupy us during the dark time, but few truly enjoy darkness as a retreat. We were made in God’s image. God is light and gives light.  When we are in a lighted place we are less tense, less afraid and less alone. As we look to understand who God is, we need to understand he is light.  His presence warms and enlightens.  He brings clarity and vision.  He uncovers the lost and hidden.  He grants joy in times where darkness would otherwise deflate and depress.sunsky

 

We need to come into his light.  We also need to relax in the clarity it brings. His light often exposes imperfections in us.  That is OK.  That is the only way we can correct them. But his light also exposes the beauty and wonder that is life and is YOU.  He brightens and turns the journey into an amazing journey. When we finally grasp and embrace the beauty of God and his light, then we can move forward in confidence and peace–even on treacherous grounds.  Help me, Lord to recognize, embrace and walk in the light that is you, and that you have provided.

 God Bless You

Genesis 1:3&14-15

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light

14. And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.

Psalm 118:27
The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine on us. With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.

1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

2 Corinthians 4:4
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

1 John 1:5

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all

John 8:12

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

God as the Sustainer–Matthew 6

So often we look at God as our Savior and Lord.  He is that.  God sent his son to seek and to save that which was lost.  But he also sent our Lord to provide a picture of the true nature of God.  One of the awesome aspects of God’s personality—is his desire to be sustainer of our lives.  He cares about us as his children and desires that our basic needs are met. He wants us to know he is the keeper and sustainer of our lives.

This sustenance is not only for the physical needs—it is also for the more important spiritual needs of our lives. He offers us His spirit and His word to guide us and lead us to become more like Him. Jesus frustration as he fed the crowds was not the fact they wanted full stomachs; it was the fact that ALL they wanted were full stomachs.  We have to desire the spiritual sustenance he provides because it s that sustenance that has the eternal impact—Help me, Lord to desire the eternal food you provide.

God Bless You

30 So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[c]

32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.”

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”