Begotten

“You are My Son, Today I have begotten You” (Hebrews 5:5b).

Have you ever seen a post in social media that says, “How old were you when you realized that…” Then it goes on to explain some weird thing that no one ever knew that was there all the time like Arbys is pronounced R Bs for roast beef, or the red solo cup has measurements lines, or the candy corn one, or the milk carton one.  Well recently I heard a teaching on the word begotten, and somehow all these years, I missed this one.

I assumed that begotten and born were just about the same. But actually “born to…” refers to the mother and begot is from the father. No wonder the begot chapter of Matthew lists all men (even though giving birth is usually a lot more work than begetting).

But here is where my newest revelation was discovered. Psalm 2:7 prophesized what Acts and Hebrews reports, “You are my Son. TODAY I have begotten You.”  The Christmas cards that I have been sending had it wrong. TODAY does not refer to Bethlehem. This verse belongs on an Easter card. Jesus became God’s only begotten Son, not when He was born, but when He was resurrected. When He was glorified! That explains why He is called both Son of Man (Bethlehem) and Son of God (Jerusalem or more likely somewhere in a spiritual realm).

Although we are still considered children of God and joint heirs with Jesus, He is still the Only Begotten.

I never am ceased to be amazed at God’s astonishing plans which were conceived before the beginning of time…just for me…just for you.

He is, and always will be, in control.

*You’re not threatened by the war
 You’re not shaken by the storm
 I know You’re in control
 Even in our suffering
 Even when it can’t be seen
 I know You’re in control.

 Look up, child.

*Lauren Daigle

My People

Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that My Name may be there forever. My eyes and My heart will always be there (2 Chron 7:14-16).

I hesitate discussing this scripture at this time. It seems that every time a tragedy happens in our country that believers quote these words. They are powerful and meaningful, as is all scripture, but especially when we read a little further than verse 14. Since God cannot lie, every word from Him can be taken as a promise. In the next verse God tells us that He is attentive to every prayer made “in this place.” The context of this is Solomon’s prayer is in the newly constructed temple where God resided.

God still resides in the temple, but it is no longer a physical structure in Jerusalem. In Corinthians we are told that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. If God’s ears are attentive to our prayers, then Believer, it IS up to us, the “My people.

Lord, help me not to point my finger at others, and compare my life to theirs, but to recognize, admit, and turn from my own wicked ways. Forgive MY sin, Lord, and heal our land.

Great is Thy Faithfulness

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases for His mercies never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23).

 

One of the characteristics of God that is so amazing is His faithfulness. It is ideal in relationships to come to a point where you know that your spouse, or friend, or parent, or child would always be there for you. But even in the best human relationships, humans are, well, human. There comes a point where enough is enough.

 
And then there is Jesus. He loves us so much that He endured unbelievable physical pain, emotional pain and, as He assumed our sin, the spiritual pain of temporarily being separate from the Father. He never gave up and He never gives up on us.

 
His mercies are new every morning. I love these words. No matter how outrageously we sin, He is there in the morning with a fresh batch of mercy, forgiveness and love. It is something we can take for granted, not in a bad way by failing to appreciate it, but we can assume that it’s true without questioning it.

 
Read (or sing) with me these words and savor the depth of His love:
Great is Thy faithfulness
O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not
Thy compassions they fail not
As Thou hast been
Thou forever will be

 
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
And all I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord unto me
Pardon for sin
And a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer
And to guide
Strength for today
and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside

 
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord every morning new mercies I see
And all I have needed Thy hands hath
provided
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord unto me

 
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Songwriters: Thomas Chisholm / W.M. Runyan
Great Is Thy Faithfulness lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Hope Publishing Company

Be Anxious for Nothing

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:7).

 
At a time when fear and anxiety seem to rule the day and deciphering truth is next to impossible, another dear friend had these encouraging words to share.
Times are uncertain and opinions are not scarce but our GOD is not surprised by any of this. And his TRUTH is all that matters. HE IS IN CONTROL!

 
He knows each one of us intimately… down to the count of hairs on our head. He will not let a sparrow fall without Him first saying it should be so. How much more valuable are HIS CHILDREN to Him.

 
He will not allow any harm to come our way that is not first sifted through HIS LOVING hands.

 
We pray the peace of GOD that passes all understanding would fill your heart and overflow into the lives of those around you. That you would be overwhelmed with His peace in these times of trouble and turmoil. May God’s spirit dominate in your heart and drive the fear and anxiety away!

Why Pray

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:6-7).

 
In this time of many unknowns, misinformation, and blatant untruths, it is difficult not to be anxious. Yet scripture cautions us not to worry, but to leave our concerns in God’s hands. Sometimes it seems like God doesn’t answer our prayers—at least in the way we think He should. He may not heal a relationship, or furnish needed money, or cure a disease. So why should we present our requests to God if we can’t change His mind?

 
Although there is no formula for prayer, this verse gives us a guideline. We are to submit our requests “with thanksgiving.” Scripture tells us that in His unending love, the Father works all things together for the good of those that love Him. It is easier trusting someone who we know loves us and, even though we may not understand, in the long run, is working for our good.

 
If our requests are presented with thanksgiving, God’s plan may not change, but our viewpoint or attitude may. The second verse holds the answer—the peace of God which exceeds anything we can understand will keep our hearts and minds safely in union with Christ Jesus’.

 
God’s peace. Without God’s peace, the answer that we desire could never satisfy. God’s peace is the greater good, guarding us from sinning in our troubles and soothing our soul.

 
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.