5 MINUTE FRIDAY: OPPORTUNITY

Time to tune in to 5 Minute Friday, with The Gypsy Mama. Every Friday readers write for 5 minutes about a chosen topic, but they are not allowed to edit their work, back track or over think it. Today’s topic is Opportunity, so here is my 5 unedited minutes:

OPPORTUNITY

Go:

God was the first to take the opportunity to reach out. He looked at my lost soul and decided that I was worth the life of His only, perfectly blameless Son. He made it possible for me to reach into the depths of the holy of holies – to literally step in and know Him intimately. He gave me the opportunity to live with Him for all eternity, and all I had to do was to believe in His Son’s sacrifice.

I grabbed hold of this opportunity given to me with both hands. It is completely undeserved – receiving complete pardon of my sinful nature by only believing! What an incredible exchange!

Now I will endeavour to see God’s goodness in everything. It is all around me – I can literally taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps 34:8)! I will take every opportunity to think upon His goodness and provision, and be filled with His life and peace.

All that remains is the opportunity to love Him, because He first loved me. There is no effort in our relationship, just grace.

Stop.

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5 MINUTE FRIDAY: PERSPECTIVE

Time to tune in to 5 Minute Friday, with The Gypsy Mama. Every Friday readers write for 5 minutes about a chosen topic, but they are not allowed to edit their work, back track or over think it. Today’s topic is Perspective, so here is my 5 unedited minutes:

PERSPECTIVE

Go:

His vantage point is different from mine. When I look at me I see brokenness, fragility and sin. I see everything that should keep me away from His presence, and all that should exclude me from His grace.

What He sees is a completely different picture. When He looks in my direction, He sees a body that has been made whole by His Son’s death. He sees a strong woman, holy and unblemished. Instead of the faults that cloud my vision, He looks into the face of Jesus – and all He can see is my righteousness. No effort is required from my side other than to believe in His sacrifice. This washes me once, forever and perfectly.

Stop.

The unconditional love of God

I want to share something amazing with you. God loves you, and He is definitely not angry with you. We might hear this many times – but listen to this as if it is the first time you are hearing it.

“In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10

Through this verse it becomes clear that there is one thing that is even more important than our love for God: His love for US! He has so much compassion on us – we will never be able to comprehend the depths of His love and endearment towards us. Another verse that confirms this:

“…as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so have I sworn that I will not be angry with you or rebuke you. For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.” Is 54:9-10

God’s love is unconditional. He loves all the world like He loves His son Jesus. This is what God said about Jesus: “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased” (Matt 3:17). Because you are in Christ, you must hear these words as if they are spoken directly to you. God is well pleased with you!

We need to realize how much God loves us – focus on this today and it will change your life.

Jesus shows us God’s heart

God chose to demonstrate his glory through Jesus. You cannot separate God’s intentions from Jesus’ intentions. Jesus acted like a mirror to God’s character – showcasing it to the world through signs, wonders and miracles.

“He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power.” Heb 1:3

If you see Jesus acting kindly and showing compassion – know that it is God’s heart as well. If you see Jesus telling the adulteress He does not condemn her – know that this is God’s heart as well. Jesus only did what He saw reflected in His Father’s heart – and this resulted in people being healed, lives being saved and condemnation being taken away.

“So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].” John 5:19

God is good and kind, and He loves perfectly. He demonstrated this through the life of Jesus on earth. Never forget that!

Don’t forget who you are (3)

In the previous two posts we spoke about our positions as sons of God, not slaves of God.  Being sons of God, it follows that we are heirs of God. This means we will never lack any beneficial thing. Today I want to speak a little about your new natures as sons of God.

Firstly the Word tells us that we become a new creation the moment we believe in Jesus:

“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!” 2 Cor 5:17

Our natures change completely once we are born again. We become sons of God. The essence of a human runs through the veins of a newborn baby. The essence of God’s spirit runs through the veins of a newborn Christian. We now possess the authority and the power to speak life into dead situations. We can change events with what we say.  The same spirit which raised Christ from the dead now dwells in us (Rom 8:11), meaning we can now do the works that Christ did, and even greater works (John 14:12)!

Jesus raised people from the dead, miraculously fed hungry mouths, calmed storms, walked on water and many more incredible things! This is now our new identity – no threatening circumstances should intimidate us anymore!

Don’t forget who you are (2)

In the previous post I spoke about your new identity being one of a son, not one of a slave. The last quoted verse was Galatians 4:7:

“…Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.”

As a son of God, you are an heir of God through your faith in Jesus. Everything on earth – all the riches and treasures – belongs to God.

“For the [whole] earth is the Lord’s and everything that is in it.” 1 Cor 10:26

That means, as a son and an heir of God, you will never lack anything. All the riches and the treasures on earth are your inheritance through Christ. These don’t only include spiritual blessings (like healing, deliverance and freedom) but physical blessings as well. God wants us to prosper in all aspects of life!

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.” 3 John 1:2

If you are a millionaire your son won’t walk around barefoot in the middle of winter… How much more surely will God bless you, if He owns the earth and everything on it?

Don’t forget who you are (1)

Many Christians walk through life not knowing who they are. Most of the time they feel condemned, useless and devoid of power. God wants you to know who you are. First and foremost – if you believe in Jesus – you are a son/daughter of God (for all intents and purposes ‘son’, in this context, refers to both male and female genders).

“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith.” Gal 3:26

“And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father! Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.” Gal 4:6-7

You don’t have to fear God’s wrath like a slave does – you can approach Him knowing how much love He has for His children.  Your mindset should also move away from religious service (like a slave) to a loving relationship (like a son).  When in doubt, always refer back to the natural examples God gave us.  An earthly father will not love you more if you scrub his floors all day and look to the ground when you speak to him. God is no different – He is content and delighted if you tell Him how much you love Him and spend time with Him.