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Who Do They Look Like?

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And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18, ESV)

When we look at Jesus, we can see God with flesh on.  We get a picture of what God’s like and who He is. But when we look at the person of Jesus, we also get a picture of who we are and who we’re supposed to be as human persons — what it means to be made in the image of God.  The beautiful thing is, God didn’t make us for sin. He made us for Himself.  He made us to be God inhabited, God possessed, and He made us so that Jesus could shine out of our lives.

Jesus is the one we’re to model our lives after.  And as sin came in the first Adam, redemption, deliverance, joy, love, and laughter all come in the person of Jesus. Do you know what God wants to do in our lives? When people look at you and when they look at me, He wants them to see Him.

Have you noticed when a new baby is born, we don’t even wait until he’s minutes old before we all say, “Who does he look like?”  “Well, he has a little bit of his grandpapa, and a little bit of his daddy, and a little bit, oh look, he’s just like Grandma Sue!” The baby is just born, and we see who he looks like.

And that’s what God’s doing. He’s asking, “Do they look like Me yet?”  And that’s why He lets some of the trials, the tribulations, and the difficulties come. He has worked life to where it is too big for us. We can’t love the babies we birth or the husbands we sleep with, we cannot even love the neighbor next door without the presence of Jesus.  Without Jesus, everything I touch is tainted by sin or my own self-interest. He wants to cleanse us and set free so that when people look at us, they see the reflection and the image of Jesus.

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An Update from Beth

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Dear Precious Praying Friends,

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye Heavenly Host. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Radiation is through! Yippee!! Jesus is so amazing! My last day was Wednesday. When we drove down our street after the last treatment, there were pink balloons on the mailboxes, signs on our door, and a praise Jesus sign in the neighbor’s yard! Al and I felt like the children of Israel did in Psalm 126:3 when they returned to Jerusalem after their exile in Babylon. “The Lord has done great things for us and we are glad.”

Thank you with all our hearts for standing with us for the past ten month triathlon, as Carolyn Johnson says, of surgery, chemo, and radiation. The funny thing about cancer is, when the treatment is over there are lingering side effects. Some will get better and some things will never be the same.

I was reflecting with Jesus on this as I awakened Thursday morning. He was so sweet and again gave me Isaiah 43 and 44.

But now thus says the LORD,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.”
(Isaiah 43:1-2 ESV)

Jesus has been with us in the fire this year. “We have not been burned.” I am very red but not scorched thanks to your loving prayers. We lived through all the treatments and I never thought I could. It is a miracle!

Thus says the LORD,
who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters ….
“Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.”
(Isaiah 43:16-19 ESV)

Jesus is doing a new thing, even though it’s not quite clear. Verse 16 says, “He is making a way in the sea and a path in the mighty waters.” The reality is, no one can make a path in the sea – only Jesus!!

When you and I cannot see a path into the future and don’t know what He will permit or allow, we can remember as Psalm 77:10-14 says, we can remember and meditate on His goodness and talk about His faithfulness in the past and realize once again all the miracles of His sustaining love that He has worked on our behalf. Verse 14 sums it up. “You are the God who works wonders” (77:14).

After my mother, Elsie Kinlaw, went to be with the Lord Jesus, we found in her prayer journal this marvelous quote, “I don’t have to be afraid of tomorrow, because Jesus has already filled tomorrow with Himself.” What a glorious way to live – loving, trusting, and enjoying Him even with cancer and recovering from cancer!

I love you, precious friends. Thank you for standing together with us “back to back.”

Love,

Beth

“We don’t make our way, or find our way. We follow Him!” – Samuel Chadwick (Oh, happy thought!)

 

The World’s Best Kept Secret

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Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)

We feel so strongly about the message of the Holy Heart because it is the best kept secret in Christendom. The evil one would like to keep it that way. But the reality is, the blood of Jesus Christ can free us from the guilt of sin, the love of sin, and the power of sin, and recreate us into the person He intended us to be before the foundation of the world. ( See Ephesians 1.)

Matthew 11:28-30 is a personal invitation to come to Jesus Himself—not a church or a spiritual performance, but to the person of Jesus Christ. He is inviting us to enter into a relationship with Him that results in rest for our souls. So what is the world’s best kept secret? Simply this: Jesus alone can bring the rest we all long for.

How do we respond to such a glorious invitation? It is simple. Jesus says, “Come to Me.” We are to turn our faces toward Him, even with all our baggage.Then, we are to take His yoke: take His will and His way in exchange for my will and my way. When we come to Jesus and allow Him to take our anxieties and selfish self-centeredness, He replaces it with not only His will, but with Himself. He becomes our new center—the core of our being.

When this intimacy is a reality in our hearts, His love fills us and compels us. We no longer live for ourselves, but for Jesus. He becomes the center of our being by the power of the Holy Spirit and we are filled with His glorious, other-oriented, agape love. What freedom!

This is the power of the message of the holy heart. God can transform my being by giving me a new center. By the power of the Holy Spirit, His Presence indwells my heart and fills me with His love. No longer is the center of my being me: now it’s  Him. My deep rest comes from knowing I am no longer alone and in charge. He is with me, and in me, and will take care of me.