Freedom

I was doing my daily devotion a couple days ago and I’m in Hosea right now.  This passage particularly struck me:

“Come, let us return to the LORD.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.

2 After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.

3 Let us acknowledge the LORD;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;

he will come to us like the winter rains,

like the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:1 – 3 (NIV)

“After two days he will revive us, on the third day he will restore us.”  Israel (and all of us) came to glory the third day of Christ’s death.  Easter morning is predicted here!  “that we may live in his presence.”  God made Himself accessible to us only through His son, who revives us.  What’s the natural response?  “Let us acknowledge the LORD, let us press on to acknowledge him.”  Paul says it another way in Phillipians 3:14 – “I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.” (Amplified)

From Of First Importance:

“Salvation is not merely an objective reality to be wondered at, a theological dictum to be debated about, a philosophical theory to be speculated about—not even merely a marvelous subject to be preached about.

It is a divine reality entering the human being to transform his fundamental disposition, cleanse him from sin and unrighteousness, redeem him from bondage and corruption, impart to him the nature of God, recreate in him the image of Christ, make him a child of God, a member of the household of God, and qualify him through the gift of the Holy Spirit to live a life of true discipleship in the midst of a world almost destitute of the consciousness of God and eternity.”

—George W. Peters, A Biblical Theology of Missions (Chicago: Moody Press, 1972), 63-64

For my Facebook readers, if you’re tagged in this note, I want to share this with you, but I also need your prayers.  The Perspectives task force is deciding between two different locations to hold the spring 2009 course in Springfield – Northside Christian and Glendale Christian.  Both have great reasons for hosting the course, but we’re trying to seek out the Lord’s direction for the future.  Would you please pray that we follow God’s calling for this next year in our host site?  Also, if you have anything that the Lord leads you to share with me on this decision, feel free to comment.

It’s the Fourth of July!  May our celebration not only extend to our freedom in this country (and honoring those who serve it), but our freedom in Christ!  Grace and peace.  CDL

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