Basic Child

Recently I was going through the register line at a well-known warehouse store. I happened to glance at the name tag of the man running the register – Rob, Front End.

There was a young man helping off-load my items. He was helpful, polite and friendly.  I took note of his name tag: Thomas, Basic Employee.  My heart sunk a notch for this young man. I had a hard time imagining him jumping out of bed in the morning, getting dressed and proudly putting on his name tag that indicated he was a Basic Employee. Is that a title any of us would be excited to display?

As I made my way to my car, I was thinking about Father.  When His Spirit regenerates a spirit giving new life – He doesn’t look at a single one and say, “This one is a Basic Child.”

Every single redeemed, blood-bought child of God is:

…a treasure to Him.

…precious in His sight

…His delight

…His inheritance

…His possession

…His chosen one

…rejoiced and sung over

…blessed with every spiritual blessing

…loved

…adopted

…redeemed

…forgiven

…lavished with the riches of His grace

…the Lord has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession… And the Lord has declared today that you are a people for his treasured possession… you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you… He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me… to be a people of his own inheritance… But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession… he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singingblessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing; In love he predestined us… you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons… In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us (Deuteronomy 14:2; 26:18; Isaiah 43:3-4; Psalm 18:19; Deuteronomy 4:20; 1 Peter 2:9; Zephaniah 3:17; Ephesians 1:3, 4-5; Romans 8:15; Ephesians 1:7-8)

There are no Basic Children of God.  Every single one is a treasured possession.  You are precious in His sight and He delights in you.  Under your name on your name tag it says: My Precious Child.

Blessings,

Diane Hunt serves part-time on the staff of America’s Keswick providing ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at dhunt@americaskeswick.org.

Broken Chains

 

Laws can be good or bad. It depends upon the character of the one making the law and the ultimate desired effect upon the person required to obey it.

Try to think of God’s law as the laws of God. Each individual law is a link in a chain strong enough to anchor us to God Himself. As we obey each law, each is secure. However, as we know, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When one link is broken, we are separated from God.

Jesus has anchored us to the Father by a chain forged out of His own obedience; a perfect chain, which He offers to us to grab hold of as we let go of our broken chains.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Romans 10:4

Carol Tirondola is on staff with the Partner Care team at America’s Keswick. She and her best friend, Mario, have been married for 35 years. They have 2 sons and 2 daughters-in-law that they call their “BFFs.” They also have 7 precious gems called grandchildren. Her family has savored many memories of the heart made at Keswick over the last 35+ years and she is thrilled to serve on staff!

 

Calling God Out

I will stay on this treadmill until You deliver me from anxiety.

I will read Romans 8 and not move on until You give me clarity and understanding.

I know a woman who made these statements.

Foolishness.

She was calling God out, making demands of the Almighty.

It seems she thought manipulation would somehow work with the Sovereign One. [Just the thought itself is contrary.]

Foolishness.

She subconsciously believed that deliverance and growth happened in a miraculous instant. As if the right phrase, the right thought, the right activity would, “poof” change her forever.

What she failed to grasp, at that time, was that the Sovereign God cannot be manipulated for her own purposes. That God has a plan and purpose for her life, for her suffering and her joys.

That God grows her in Christ-likeness in a gradual, progressive process of sanctification and that He uses everything that comes into her life to accomplish it.

God is not a genie in a bottle that can be summoned to do her will and she dare not call God out to do her bidding.

God used her season of anxiety and depression to grow His compassion for others deep in her heart. Her understanding and empathy for people who are suffering is far richer than it used to be.

God has used His Word over and over in her life to reveal Himself to her in ways she never would have imagined and it happened over years and years of Bible reading, not in a day or a week reading Romans 8 over and over again.

God has taught this foolish woman that He is sovereign, that He is good, that He is faithful and that He will conform her to the image of Jesus Christ in His way and in His timing not hers.

I know a woman …

that woman is me.

Blessings, Diane

Diane Hunt serves part-time on the staff of America’s Keswick providing ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at dhunt@americaskeswick.org.