Posts Tagged ‘Compassion’

Becoming Flesh

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn 1:14)

This verse is arguably the most profound and exciting statement in the Bible. We know Jesus came to seek and save the lost, but the good news goes much farther than that. Salvation is not merely the removal of our sins, it is access to life as a new creation. Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us to offer a radical transformation of what it means to be human.

Christmas is not only about Jesus; it’s about you and me!

True Humanity:

When John wrote that Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us, he used an ancient image the Jews were familiar with. The word he used that is translated “dwelt” literally means “to pitch one’s tent”. It was a reference to God’s dwelling among the Israelites in the tabernacle, a special tent that was the precursor to the temple of Solomon (Exod. 40:34-38). The difference is that the Word, “Jesus” didn’t just dwell among humanity, He became human. He actually put on flesh and became like us… in our frailty and our vulnerability.

As the perfect human, Jesus comes to define everything it means to be human. Whatever Jesus is, that is what He has made humanity to be in Him. To be fully human is to know God (Jn. 17:3)! To be fully human is to live in the knowledge that He loves us, wants us, and will never let us go. Jesus heals and restores our full humanity, becoming for us the Glorious Revelation of how God feels about humanity.

“For God so loved…” (Jn. 3:16).

Jesus shows us what life is all about. It’s about walking in communion with God, being in relationship with the One who created us, loves us, dwells among us, and adopts us as His own precious children. In becoming flesh, Jesus showed us the Father’s love and compassion toward us. He “pitched His tent” among us, because He wants to be with us… to identify with us. God didn’t turn His back on sinners, He came to live among them, to love them and to heal them.

Our Victory

“Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Rom 12:17-21)

Christ “spoiled principalities and powers” and triumphed over them. He overcame evil with good! Every believer shares this mighty conquest of Calvary to the full. Jesus has absolute command over the forces of evil and confers this authority to His disciples as He says, “Behold I give you authority… over all the power of the enemy” (Luke 10:19).

We have Already Won!

In Christ, your enemy is defeated. He has no power over you. As a matter of fact he cannot find you… “For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3). The only influence he has against us is that which he has stolen by deception or we have given by negligence.

Walk in His Authority:

We must not be drawn into lengthy ”fights” with the Devil, because he is more cunning than us in the ways of deception. We have been called to enforce Christ’s Victory! The enemy craves attention. He always wants to make a scene, so the focus is on him. Don’t indulge in his tantrums, but remember that you have the mind of Christ! You carry an anointing from the Holy Spirit and you know things revealed inside, in your “spirit man”. I want you to realize that you will win every battle -every time, when you rest in His victory. There is peace in the midst of every storm. Clothe yourself with Christ and do good, then your battle is won!

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience”. (Col 3:12)

Be Different:

Live today by the fruit of the Spirit. Don’t retaliate, don’t avenge, don’t hold a grudge, don’t get angry…trust the Holy Spirit’s anointing within you to give you the ability to respond with love. Re-present Christ in every situation. It will allow you to enjoy God’s favor and peace in your life… joy unspeakable and full of glory!

The Victory is Ours!

Invasions of Heaven

The most incredible ministry moments for me are those that come as a surprise. Its not so much that I find myself unprepared, as much as, some moments just sneak up on us as new information. A child is born blind… what will God do? A family is left homeless and struggling for shelter… how will God provide? A father is without a job… where will God lead? Amazingly… Heaven has an answer for every difficult situation! But they require us to take some risks and move in faith!

When Heaven Touches Earth:

I like the Bible story about the man who comes to Jesus for the healing of his son. Heaven comes to the rescue! This son had dealt with an issue of epilepsy for many years and it had often caused enormous trauma to the whole family. The boy had fallen into the fire and there was no relief in sight… until Jesus released an invasion of Heaven!

As the father was trying to get answers from the ministry of some “faithless” disciples… all seemed to be at a stand still. Jesus was up on the “mountain of transfiguration” with Peter, James and John (Mk. 9:2-13). As the mountain top experience comes to an end; the three disciples and Jesus come down the mountain to find an argument over the healing of the boy. Those remaining 9 disciples had accomplished nothing. They found a much more comfortable setting in an argument about theology with some local scribes.

Isn’t that just like church folk… so many of our services seem more interested in sermons, than demonstration! We should be prepared to meet with God and all we find is empty words and powerless religion. Jesus made the most accurate statement, “Oh faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” The question must be answered…

…how long shall we allow ourselves to talk about miracles, rather than host an invasion of power into our impossible situations?

Jesus now has the father in front of Him with a question… a question that I believe was an honest cry of human frailty. He asks Jesus, “If You can do anything – have compassion on us and help us?” Without hesitation Jesus addresses the impossible situation with the touch of Heaven and the boy is made whole. Nothing is impossible if you believe!

But there is a surprise for all who peer into this story from the outside… “are we ready to take some risks?”

Some things can only be accomplished through prayer and fasting (Mk 9:29).

  • First we all need a fresh revelation that helps us see! Notice this was an “unclean spirit” and Jesus called it “a deaf and dumb spirit” as He rebuked it and cast it out (Mk 9:25). The revelation leads to the correct response. We know that revelation is given as we tune into Heaven… thus the need for prayer and fasting.
  • Secondly… We are disciples, called to advance the Kingdom of God! We must rise to the occasion and believe for the impossible. Although we may have a lot of knowledge about how it works, God is looking for those who have some faith. People of God are carriers of power and authority… and called to the impossible.

A Faithless Generation:

A faithless generation has no clue about advancing the Kingdom of God… they do not understand the words of Jesus when He taught us to pray, “on Earth as it is in Heaven” (Mt. 6:10). To rid ourselves of the harsh label as the “faithless generation” requires that we become a people who recognize and release what we carry. New information offers us an invitation to host Heaven’s influence. God wants to bring freedom to the captives among us, but has given authority and power to us… for the purpose of treading upon serpents and scorpions and overwhelming all the power of the enemy (Lk. 10:19). We must carry and release the power of God and host invasions of Heaven… on Earth. Shake off the label, we are not a faithless generation.

Although being faithful means taking a few risks… but Heaven itself is waiting!

Truly Human

“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn 1:14)

This verse is arguably the most profound and exciting statement in the Bible. We know Jesus came to seek and save the lost, but the good news goes much farther than that. Salvation is not merely the removal of our sins, it is access to life as a new creation. Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us to offer a radical transformation of what it means to be human.

The Christian holiday of Christmas is not only about Jesus; it’s about you and me!

True Humanity:

When John wrote that Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us, he used an ancient image the Jews were familiar with. The word he used that is translated “dwelt” literally means “to pitch one’s tent”. It was a reference to God’s dwelling among the Israelites in the tabernacle, a special tent that was the precursor to the temple of Solomon (Exod. 40:34-38). The difference is that the Word, “Jesus” didn’t just dwell among humanity, He became human. He actually put on flesh and became like us… in our frailty and our vulnerability.

As the perfect human, Jesus comes to define everything it means to be human. Whatever Jesus is, that is what He has made humanity to be in Him. To be fully human is to know God (Jn. 17:3)! To be fully human is to live in the knowledge that He loves us, wants us, and will never let us go. Jesus heals and restores our full humanity, becoming for us the Glorious Revelation of how God feels about humanity.

“For God so loved…” (Jn. 3:16).

Jesus shows us what life is all about. It’s about walking in communion with God, being in relationship with the One who created us, loves us, dwells among us, and adopts us as His own precious children. In becoming flesh, Jesus showed us the Father’s love and compassion toward us. He “pitched His tent” among us, because He wants to be with us… to identify with us. God didn’t turn His back on sinners, He came to live among them, to love them and to heal them.

Encountering Love

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isa. 1:18)

We have all watched loving adults bend low or kneel down, making themselves small so they can be face-to-face with a child. Parents do this instinctively out of a desire to connect and be present with the child. Out of loving desire to relate to small ones, big people make themselves temporarily small. This is how God reasons with us…

Face-to-Face: (Exod. 33:11) “…as a man speaks to his friend”

Our God loves us – and likes us! He desires to be face-to-face with us, longing to express love directly… seeking close relationship with us. God became small, taking the form of a man and becoming a servant (Phil. 2:6-8)… offering us forgiveness for all of our sin. This is the Christian story. God, coming to us as a baby, a child, a humble man. God coming to us in Jesus. The astonishing claim Jesus made was that if we have encountered Him… we have seen the Father. To encounter Jesus is to discover the Father’s heart… the One who made us, and loves us more than we could wrap our mind around. Jesus was our face-to-face encounter… and it begins with compassion, mercy and forgiveness!

Encountering Love that Forgives:

Jesus came to show us the love of the Father. But Jesus was not well received. People did not expect to see such love. Instead, they expected to see what we often expect to see in God… rigidity, harshness and stern enforcement of the rules… judgement, distance, rejection and exclusion. Instead, in Jesus, they encountered radical love… love that revealed the answer to a sin problem – forgiveness!

…in Jesus, we encounter radical love…

Jesus embodied God’s incredible love… love that included the outcast, that honored women, that respected and blessed children, that embraced enemies, that touched the contagious and healed the diseased, that extended hope to the rejected and confronted abusive religious hypocrisy. He revealed a love that valued relationship over rigid rule keeping and lived among the sinner, rather than a castle or mansion. Jesus told stories of God “the-waiting-Father” who runs like a servant to welcome us home and who sweeps like a woman to unearth her lost treasure. What was He searching for? Gold? No – someone to receive His love!

The Encounter:

Jesus had encounters with people in all sorts of odd places… like beaches or rivers, hill sides or gardens, in grave yards or vineyards, at wells or pools of Bethesda. Meeting was for encountering something bigger than belief systems… it was for transforming the heart. Imagine the impact of Jesus, time and time again… His love reflected the heart of the Father in ways that deeply moved the poor, weak and broken. Forgiving Love is revolutionary, it heals the heart, delivers the soul and changes the way a person thinks about themselves and others. Its uniquely God’s heart, because it is so… counter-culture, other worldly… and supernatural.

The Apostle John said it best in this statement: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on (or given to) us, that we should be called the Children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him” (1 Jn. 3:1). Incredibly… in the encounter of beholding love… we come to know Him! We come to see His mercy and unyielding passion toward us. We experience love, by feeling the lifting of a burden we could never have been free of on our own. This is forgiveness… and it is truly the encounter of a lifetime.

  • Forgiveness is an encounter of love… by the only One worthy to be called – “Savior”!

…Can I introduce you to My Savior?
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (Jn. 3:17)

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