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Love Story . . .

LOVE STORY . . .

Once upon a time far away and long ago – this is how many stories start, but this story is right here, now, and today!  The setting may seem to be somewhere else, but all of the things that have roots in the Scripture are here and now!  So – here we go!

We have heard that God is love and he wants us to love Him, but we have also heard really bad stuff about him.  We call them  ‘Acts of God’ which include tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and other mega disasters.  If there is a car accident and a child is hopelessly hurt or killed, we blame God.  Why do we do that?  Did we ever honestly attempt to figure out if God is responsible for all these bad things?  Is it possible that we as well as other created beings could be responsible?

We have heard the Bible stories so much that they sound all together too familiar.  We don’t even get what they are saying.  Jesus came as a baby, grew up, did some stuff, got a bunch of people mad and they crucified him, but He showed them and rose from the dead and then went up into heaven.  Who buys that?  Why does it matter?

We can look at this story in a different way.

Father God wanted a family that would choose to love Him.  So he did a really risky thing.  He made a special race of people who were capable of living on a level equal with Him but he gave them free choice.  They could choose to love Him or not.  The ‘or not’ part is where the risk is.

His first son was Adam was a created being and then he created his daughter, Eve.  They had it all!  He met all their needs by providing a garden that He Himself planted.  They could eat anything in the garden with the exception of only one tree.  He came to them every day and they walked and talked together.  They were learning about this amazing place.  Except for the garden, the planet was in a mess, and He wanted Adam and Eve to occupy it and make it all beautiful.  They were to make other children in the god-class.  They would be like Him but they would not be Him.  They would be able to do amazing things.  Everything was there for them to enjoy with meaningful work in establishing dominion as co-rulers.

But, the reason the planet was in a mess was that one of God’s heavenly created beings – a beautiful archangel named Lucifer made a choice and led a rebellion in heaven – and God exiled him to earth.  He raged around the planet because he had lost his most favored status.  He turned earth into a chaotic place with havoc everywhere.  The Scripture says, “the world was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep.”  The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.  And God said, “Let there be light, and there was light!”  He created everything that was made.

There Adam and Eve were on the earth, in a beautiful garden, and they were enjoying themselves, but Lucifer was roaming freely intent on spoiling Father God’s plan.  He took on the form of a beautiful serpent and began to dialog with them about the forbidden tree.  He did what he is still doing today.  He created doubt in the goodness and loving  kindness of Father.  He convinced Adam and Eve that Father was withholding something.  Father had withheld nothing including the knowledge of good and evil.  They just were not mature enough to understand it.  They lacked ‘No-Thing!’  But doubt had its way and the deceiver won the day.  They ate the forbidden fruit and started the cycle of sin that has created storms, accidents and disasters.  Now, the longer we live on this earth, the more the sin cycle creates chaos.

Father loves them and knew what they had done, but He came to the Garden anyway.  When they heard Father in the Garden, they hid, then they blamed each other and God explained to them what forces they had set in motion.  He killed innocent animals, shed their blood and covered their sin.  God’s love always covers.  The Scriptures say that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin.  Then He put them out of the Garden and set up angelic guards to protect the Tree of Life.

Father God knew from the foundation of the world that we would need to be rescued and He, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit put a wonderful plan into effect.  He would send his Son to earth to shed His precious, sinless blood and wipe out the sin that man put into effect by his disobedience and mankind would be restored to him.  All they had to do was to choose him.  Then God would teach them all the things he had planned for them from the foundation of the world.  As they draw near to Him, he draws near to them.  In His Presence is fullness of joy!

We can now eat from the Tree of Life and go back to the Garden-life and walk with Father because of the Son.  He sent the Holy Spirit to live inside us as our constant companion, guide and friend.  We can occupy and bring heaven to earth by walking with Father every day in Jesus name.

So, you have a choice.  I had a choice.  I chose Him.  I KNOW He loves me.  I KNOW He loves you.  Choose Him and prove His love.

It is easy to do.  The Bible says that those who call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved.  Read John 3:16, 17.  Find out how much He loves you and that He is just waiting for you to call out to Him.  Each of us come to the realization of who He is in a different way.  For me, I was driving down the road, listening to the radio preacher when God took over his voice and I knew for sure that He was real.  I just began to say, “I’m sorry Jesus.  I just didn’t know.  I didn’t know.”  So it isn’t a formula, it is a heart thing.  Ask Him to make Himself real and I promise that He will.

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Genesis 1, 2, 3

Matthew 26:28

Luke 22:20

John 15:26, 16:13

Acts 20:28

Ephesians 1:7, 2:13

Colossians 1:14, 20

Hebrews 9:12, 14, 10:19, 22

1 John 1:7, 5:8

Revelation 1:5, 5:9, 7:14, 12:11

Aside

A Hiding Place

A Hiding Place

Upon arriving at the farm, I would run up and hug my Grandmother, turn and go through the gate and around the back of the house.  I would run up the hill and through the meadow until I arrived at the deep canyon the small cold spring had cut through the sandy hills.  A hush fell on my soul as I entered.  A cathedral-like atmosphere surrounded me.  I followed the shade dappled path that had been worn by regular use.  I would slow as I approached the old tree that had up-ended and made a bridge from one side of the canyon to the other over the spring.  The quiet was filled with the sound of happy water and bird calls.  Gingerly, I would climb out onto the old tree and sit, soaking up the peacefulness of my hiding place.  My teenage heart would quiet and here I would sit and think wonderful thoughts.  I would sing and then be silent.  It was here I pondered the future with visions and dreams.  It was heaven.

Many decades later, I still go into the secret place.  Upon rising from sleep, I step into the everlasting arms of my Heavenly Father and rest in His Presence.  I listen and talk.  Here in my secret place, I am under His shadow.  I am at home.  I delight in being with Him and He is  happy to be with me.  It is a place of rejuvenation and preparation.  As the day dawns and the light brightens, I take each of my loved ones before the throne.  After the briefing from Abba (Papa), I move into the day.  He is my life and I am His child.

It is the place of encounter and love.  It is Heaven.

Any place can be a secret place.  It can be in the middle of a crowd or in a busy airport.  You quietly drop into your spirit and find yourself in the presence of the Lord.

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Scripture references:

Psalm 27:5
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.

Psalm 31:20
You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues.

Psalm 91:1
[ Security of the One Who Trusts in the LORD. ] He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 63:7
For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.

Psalm 57:1  Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, For my soul takes refuge in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge Until destruction passes by.

Psalm 36:7
How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

Psalm 32:7
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Psalm 119:114
You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word.

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