Perfect Father and Perfect Son

 

Perfect Father and Perfect Son

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Fathers have we all

Though some refuse to earn their title

And some abuse the privilege

And some do all they can

And find themselves only men

 

But one Father have we all

Perfect in love

Father to rebellious children

And Father to a perfect Son

And yet He gives all to all

and all to One

 

Father of the perfect Son

For all eternity they are one

With Him and through Him

And for Him have all things come.

And the earth is the Father’s gift to His Son

 

The Father proclaims His perfect Son

With every letter of History He honors Him

The One born perfect as Adam,

The One who will defeat the serpent

the One promised to Abraham

The One to bless every nation

 

The One like Isaac, sacrificed

And received again from the dead

His only Son, whom He loves.

 

The One faithful as Moses

in all God’s house.

The One who will be

forever a holy priest

His own blood being

the only needed sacrifice.

 

The One who will rule

on the throne of David

for all eternity

The one who will build the Lord’s temple

That will last eternally

 

The One to bring peace to all nations

The One to bring peace to all creation

 

Of His Son He tirelessly shouts

He joyously shouts

He shouts with all His zeal

My Son Cometh!

My only Son

Whom I love

 

What has the Father done for His Son?

He proclaims Him since the dawn of time

He makes Him the answer to every need

 

Does he coddle Him?

Tell Him that He should never feel pain?

No

For to His Son is the greatest glory

And so, to His Son, He gives the greatest pain

And so, to the cursed earth, He sends Him

To become a curse

And to the sinful people He gives Him

To become sin for them

 

And in every moment the Father leads Him

For all eternity they are One

But now humanity is in the Son

Now He is tempted as everyone

Now he is mortal

But the Father is ever with Him

Ever leads Him

And the Son learns obedience

Perfectly He follows

Obedient till death

Even death on a cross

 

And there the Father leaves Him

And there the wrath of God is drunk

to the dregs by His perfect Son

And there all humanity is judged and found guilty

And there God proclaims the worth 

He has given the imperfect children.

And there the Perfect Son is punished for all

 

And the earth shook and the sun went dark

for what light dares to shine when it’s maker dies?

And then death began to realize…

 

All its power had gone out

for with the Son all sin died

And death had no hold

And the Son came to life

 

And now death desperately clings

to each one in his care

for it is only time

that keeps them there

 

For when He returns

the grave will give up everything

And when He has judged the earth

even death will be found guilty

 

At the right hand of the Father

sits the Son

Above every power

of earth and heaven

 

And now, not only they are one.

For the Father has given to the Son

an inheritance of souls

And no one can snatch them

out of the Father’s hand

For they are His gift to His Son

 

And from the pain that He endured

All glory has been given

All authority has been given

For He was made perfect

by His suffering

 

And here is the inheritance that

The Father gives his perfect Son

An eternal throne

An eternal kingdom

All glory and honor and power

 

The Father has made Him

the hope of the nations

And He has given Him

authority to judge and rule them all

 

And so the Father has made the Son

the only salvation

To be one with those He has saved

That they may be with Him in His death

and live in Him in His resurrection

 

The Son is Salvation in Himself

And in His life we live

And forever more will the Son

delight in His brothers and sister

And they will delight in Him

And the Father

will delight in His children

To them forever He rejoices

you are mine, whom I love

 

Kara J ❤️

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Family and Ministry Part 3

Family and Ministry Part 3

 

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Now, I am still waiting for the promises of God for revival and more official seeming ministry.

I have a husband and a darling toddler. I have been tempted to say that I have passed by the time in my life where I was free to go anywhere and do anything for God, but I just need to be faithful to what I have.

What most of us have, is a family. And who said that family is not a great promise? 

There are people who, like Abraham, only want to be able to have a child or even find a Godly spouse. These are also things that we can wait on God for and wait in faith and contentment in the Savior. 

But when it comes to having a family and feeling like “ministry” has passed me by or is out of reach… 

Well, I am so excited to explore what God can do in the most intimate relationships I have. God’s glory is in us. He is the promise. So why can the family not be a glorious ministry of its own, that is focussed on a specific few?  

Family is the backbone of the world He created and the symbol He uses for explaining Himself. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Family is extremely important to God.

The fact that God sent His Son, that fact is the foundation of all salvation. The unity of the Father and the Son is the unity that God brings us into as His children. And that is now our identity: God’s children.

It is not surprising to me that He uses having a family to cultivate those He is preparing to use. 


Of course, we can always be jealous of those called before they even knew what hit them and were whisked away into a great ministry.

Jeremiah for example. Samuel, for another. 

But God is patient with us in bringing us up in Christ. And we must be patient to wait in Him and trust his timing. Or really, not worry about the future at all. Be in the present with the Father and the Son, our bridegroom. 

No “call” is worth more than simply being in relationship with the One who calls. It is knowing God that has worth, and what He gives worth to, has worth.

And He gives such worth to family.

It is not what I do that will help or save me or anyone else. If He has purposed my life this way, then this is the only life of worth for me. And as long as I am knowing God more,

what does it matter if He works now or later in some national way? 

Perhaps there should not be such a glorification of a “call” or “promise” and such little glory associated with the family life. Perhaps we should see family as a holy and worthy call.

It is such a blessing to be able to learn from the patriarchs and to fully be thankful for this time in my life.

To fully embrace it and seek God in it.

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I thank you God for Your wisdom and for the opportunity to learn patience and to not only believe what You say but to keep on believing and to keep pressing into knowing You and knowing Your heart.

Thank You for blessing me with a loving husband and a little boy.

Thank You for this time of seeking You for You, so that when the other promises come, it will still be about seeking You for You.

It will not be my distraction. It will just be You working through a vessel that has been shaped for years in a fire of everyday life.

It is an adventure to walk with You, my Father, and to learn what You say love is and to learn Your voice.

Amen.

KaraJ ❤

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Family and Ministry part 2

Family and Ministry part 2

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There is another beautiful lesson from the patriarchs. – I need not worry if I messed it up.

I’m sure Moses was worried when he had to flee from Egypt, even though he thought he was called to rescue the Jews from there. 

He killed a man and ran, and I’m sure he wondered if he had messed it up. 

In fact I don’t think he wondered. I think he was sure. He raised a family elsewhere and all of his own ability and even desire had left by the time he was called by God. He was old and not able to physically or verbally free anyone. He actually straight up refused to go when God called him. And even that did not stop God’s will for him.

Hear this. Your failed attempts to bring about what God has said He will do, will not stop God.
And your failed desire to even hope for the things God said He will do, will not stop God.

He created you. He created you for Himself. He will fully make Himself known to you and He will fulfill all He has promised. 

The same was true for Abraham. He had a slave woman’s child and focussed on his family for twelve years till God came again to say he would have a promised son. Abraham, like Moses, also wished that God would just honor the life he then had.
He asked God to bless the son he had and not bother with the promised son any more.

 It is interesting that both men of promise spent most of their lives having families before the promise came and it came when they could not do what was promised in their own strength at all.

 But I do not have to follow in the mistakes of their stories. I can learn from them. I do not have to despair and say, I’m the reason it hasn’t happened yet, or I messed up too bad and missed it, or it’s been too long and there’s no way I can do it. The waiting period can be done in faith.

You can keep pursuing God in faith that He will do everything He has said, and it will be His strength and His time.

Deep down, we don’t want it any other way. We want God to be glorified. But we don’t realize that our attempts at doing things for His glory are what get in the way of what He is doing. Because we are attempting. We are striving. We are doing works we hope glorify Him. But what we forget is that it is God’s works that speak for themselves. It is our surrender that glorifies His works. 

Surrender usually comes from a long road of learning. There seems to be a family phase for some, or a desert phase for others. A time of growing through trial and through relationships and through everyday life.

KaraJ ❤ 

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Family and Ministry Part 1

Family and Ministry Part 1

 

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After I got married I began to go through the Bible studying what it says about family.

When I got to Abraham I realized a similarity between him and Moses and the lives they led.  

Abraham was a simple man who wanted the basics in life. All he asked for, all his life, was a child. Then God came to him and told him, What you desire most I will give you…and then some!

Abraham just wanted a son. God gave him the promise of a son and descendants as numerous as the stars and eventually the One Son who would be the blessing to all the world. Naturally, Abraham was overwhelmed and all about it…till it didn’t come right away.

The burden actually fell harder on Sarah, it seems, and she felt she was the reason he was not getting his blessing. So they tried to make God’s promise happen with Sarah’s servant girl. That mistake brought about a generation that is still enemies with the promised son’s generation to this day.

This was not too unlike Moses, who wanted to deliver his people from bondage and even left his princely position to do so. But he also felt like he needed to bring it about himself and the consequence was his own people thinking he would murder them and him having to flee the place.

 I love that the promises God gave them were desires they already had in their hearts.

I have had many desires. Mostly to be involved in spreading revival in America and even more than that, to walk in the power of the Spirit so that it is His power that moves people and nothing I say. 

These have been things I have wanted and yet wondered if they were not for me. Like the two disciples who asked to be seated on Jesus’ right and left in His kingdom. They did not know what they asked and it had not been meant for them.

 But later God confirmed each desire at different times through His Spirit and through different people. And like with Abraham and Moses, He confirmed to me greater things than I had asked for.

 It has been a few years and the promises have not seemed to happen. But it is evident through the lives of Abraham and Moses that what God promises, God will do, and anything we do to make it happen faster will simply cause trouble.

Nevertheless, it is so easy to feel like Sarah and try to figure out what is wrong. But there is nothing wrong. God is, Himself, our promise. Contentment with this is so important. And contentment is an insultary word. He is a better promise than anything I can accomplish in my life. He is the eternal reward. Knowing Him is the only point and the whole point! His glory is the only glory that is.

 What I am saying is this: I need to grow in intimacy with Him so that when the fruit is made in me, it does not distract from the One who made it. It is so easy and natural to get caught up in what we do for God, when it is oneness that He wants. 

We must not be the prodigal son who uses things for himself but we must also not be the other son who thought his works were all his father wanted. 

There is only one Son, in whom we all live, and His works are perfect and His work is finished.
Praise God! Faith and rest in this, is our righteousness. And this is the way Christ bears fruit in his branches. 

Part 2 next week ^_^
Grace and peace,

KaraJ ❤ 
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Poem of Identity

Poem of Identity 

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I need no longer hold to my pride
For there is nothing left to defend or hide.
Every evil, every failure mine
Is a memory of a different life

I need never be offended
By the hate that’s shown
for a life that’s ended

And the truth will be proven
by the fruit of a new heart given

Love those that hate
For it’s only my pride
that can be offended

And offence only comes
When I am fighting
to justify myself

But that self does not need
to be justified.
It has already died

I am a new man
The old has gone.
The righteousness of God has come
And it is by faith from first to last

Faith that the old has gone
And the new has come

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In The Hands of God

In The Hands of God

Who is the God who

has taken away my work?

Who are You who

has told me not to move?

What will I do and

how will I stay sane

If I cannot slave away?

 

What shall I control

and of what can I worry?

What will I think about

If my life is no longer my worry?

And my goodness is no longer my glory?

 

May Your glory be awesome!

For I have been stripped of all else to look upon.

May You be amazing!

For I have nothing else to know.

May You fill well!

For I have heard a powerful, strange song

that has left me all empty.

 

What is this gospel that has taken away the might of my arm?

Who is this God who has stripped me of my planning?

What shall I do with this mind and this time?

You stand alone, all my other options you have consumed

and cast aside.

 

Lord I have heard of You

Now, I must see that you’re amazing!

For you have left nothing else for me.

You are a sufficient additive.

Show me what kind of a sum.

 

A terrifying gospel

That leaves me powerless in Your hands.

with nothing to do

but to rest in you.

 

When You said to Israel,

“I will make you new

And this will all be

Despite what you do”

I said amen, with tears in my eyes.

But now I’m in dread

of the God who has said

it is finished.

 

Oh may You be mine

And may You be gentle.

For I have nothing left.

But I dread the God who consumes.

 

I have known You as Love.

I know you as conqueror.

Sing soft to me.

For I have lost myself

And I know not what to do in You.

What knowledge could prepare me?

 

Rejoice rejoice! Your light has risen upon you!

But here as Your clay, I pray you are safe.

 

HIM:

What you fear

is your peace at last.

Worry not for the future

Pay no penance for the past.

Dwell here as you are

In the form you are molded so far.

And be in my hands

and know who I am.

 

What shall I control

and of what can I worry?

What will I think about

If my life is no longer my worry?

And my goodness is no longer my glory?

 

May Your glory be awesome!

For I have been stripped of all else to look upon.

May You be amazing!

For I have nothing else to know.

May You fill well!

For I have heard a powerful, strange song that has left me all empty.

 

What is this gospel that has taken away the might of my arm?

Who is this God who has stripped me of my planning?

What shall I do with this mind and this time?

You stand alone, all my other options you have consumed

and cast aside.

 

Lord You better be amazing!

For you have left nothing else for me.

You are a sufficient additive. Show me what kind of a sum.

A terrifying gospel

That leaves me powerless in Your hands.

I got up to throw away a crumb and You had spring cleaned the kitchen! 

 

When You said to Israel,

“I will make you new

And this will all be

Despite what you do”

I said amen, with tears in my eyes.

But now I’m in dread

of the God who has said

it is finished.

 

Oh may You be mine

And may You be gentle.

For I have nothing left.

But I dread the God who consumes.

 

I have known You as lover

I know you as conqueror.

Sing soft to me

For I have lost myself

And I know not what to do in You.

What knowledge could prepare me?

 

Rejoice rejoice! Your light has risen upon you!

But here as Your clay I pray you are safe.

 

HIM:

What you fear

is your peace at last.

Worry not for the future

Pay no penance for the past.

Dwell here as you are

In the form you are molded so far.

And be in my hands

and know who I am.

Free Part 2

Free Part 2

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Psalms 73:3

“For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills.”

-Freedom from worry that the wealthy have vs. freedom that the Godly have from wealth and worry-

What person doesn’t have some sort of worry or burden concerning bills or debt, especially when a large family is involved? 

What person doesn’t want, what seems to be, some overall luck in life?

So much of the Old Testament talks about the provisions and blessings given to the godly and righteous. But, in David’s eyes, this blessing seemed to be poured out on the wicked even more than the righteous.

Psalm 73:13-14

“Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments.”

Not only were the wicked blessed, David felt cursed. 

Where was his justice? He was innocent and righteous but didn’t feel blessed. But those who were wicked, and cursed God and mistreated others, they had all the wealth and fortune of the world.

He was lamenting the seeming ease of people who were both wealthy and wicked.

Our needs are always before us and our wants are endless. And there is always someone that has everything, it seems.

Even the rich are hardly content. 

And just as the poor are always with us, the rich are always with us as well, as they sport an ideal seeming life.

But David had the mind of a man and not of God, in this issue. And then he came into God’s presence and realized the truth. 

Psalm 73:16-17,19-20

“When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny…How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakes; when you arise, Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.”

Never underestimate the importance of a season. For a season the wicked may flourish but soon they will not even be remembered. For a season you may feel downtrodden. But it will not last. 

John 8:31-32

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

As children of God, we do not need to focus on the problem. The need or desire that we have on earth is just that. An earthly problem. Freedom is not freedom from problems or needs in the sense that we never have them. Freedom is had in Christ in any situation, as David learned well. David relied solely on God’s teaching and the truth that was revealed set him free.

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Anyone who pays attention to life on earth knows that we are not free from ever having troubles. But the Spirit of God that is in us, He is greater than the world, than our hearts and greater than any enemy. 

He is the satisfaction and the overflowing cup. His presence makes the earth appear as it really is. It is overflowing with the glory and beauty God. It is also always changing from season to season. The cares of this world are part of a past dead life. The Holy Spirit is our new life in Christ. Our victory and great joy. The Spirit of the Father and the Son that unites us to Both and reveals Them to us.

Like David, our freedom is found when we come into the presence of God and are reminded of Him and His truth. 

Jesus told his disciples, 

Luke 12:27-28

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!”

And again, 

Matthew 6:31-33

“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

I know these are probably verses you have heard since childhood, but I hope you will read them with the faith of a child. They are as true as salvation. God is our good shepherd and He will always provide for and bless those who come to Him.

David did seek God and God’s kingdom first and David was never lacking what he needed. And, in time, David had the wealth of Israel at his disposal. 

And what of the wicked he envied?

God reminded him of the outcome of their life. Their riches and ease in life would not transfer to eternity. Their wickedness would be repaid in perfect justice. But David had, and has, God almighty, His presence and His provision. It is true freedom of mind and soul that gives peace whether in times of plenty or times of want. 

And what is our end?

True rewards await those united to the Son. Eternal friendship and unity with our Maker and our perfect Father. A place prepared for us in his home. 

1 John 3:2

“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.”

Do not forget the true treasures we have. Relationship with our Creator and our Savior. He has wealth, but He Himself is the treasure we are created for.

There is a very important lesson that is to be learned when it comes to freedom in finances. The lesson is not to have so much money that you never have to worry. Especially because those who have this can still lose it at any time. But we are to have faith so as to never worry. A perspective of one who is in the world but not of it. To build up our treasure where it cannot rot or be stolen. And that treasure is earned by relationship and fellowship with God. 

2 Kings 19:14

“Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord.”

Come to God and honestly lay out to Him what your troubles are, even if they are small, even if they are huge. Tell Him. 

God is the Father who loves to prove Himself faithful.

He will not, however, give you something to your detriment. Though sometimes, if you ask enough, He will give it and allow you to learn for yourself that it was not what you wanted.

The main thing is this: If you have a need, ask God. If you want something, ask. That doesn’t mean don’t work or don’t do what you can! It doesn’t mean be lazy. There’s plenty of proverbs about working hard and generally being wise with money.

But we are talking about worry and bondage. Do not let your needs weigh you down or worry you. 

You can pray for God to bless the work of your hands as well as to bless you in ways you cannot do anything about. 

Just do not come to God for only what He can give you. Again, He is your treasure. Come to o Him for Him, and trust Him to provide everything else. You can trust Him to be a providing Father. It is as simple as that. That is what most of the Psalms are about. They tell of David’s laments to God and always end with his praise for God’s goodness, glory, protection and provision.

God loves to prove Himself faithful. He is the faithful Father for us as He has always been for Israel and for any who believe. He will answer those who ask Him in faith. He loves His children. 

Just don’t expect it to always be your own timing. And don’t think that waiting means you weren’t heard. It is persistent faith that builds our integrity and strengthens our faith further. 

I want to stress one thing again. Yes, God knows your needs, but nothing will benefit you like taking a moment to actually say the words to God. Tell him your needs, your worries and even your wants. Spread them out before God like Hezekiah. Know that His love is yours and His attention is yours. He is, after all, inside of you, clothing you, and the rock that holds you steady. 

And He is the perfect Father. 

He frees us to be His children. To take His hand and be led through this life He has given us. Delight in Him and be free from worry about the present and the future. 

In His Son, you are free. 

KaraJ ❤ 

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