“A bird is defined not by being grounded but by his ability to fly. Remember this, humans are defined not by their limitations, but by the intentions I have for them; not by what they seem to be, but by everything it means to be created in my image”
Man is not to be defined by man’s abilities or accomplishments or even lack of accomplishment. Man is defined by God’s thoughts towards man. God calls mankind his beloved sons and daughters, full heirs to His inheritance now. Not at some future point in time but right now. 2 Corinrhians 3:18 speaks of a man looking into a mirror and seeing God’s reflection. A mirror sees/reflects only what is directly in front of it at that exact time. Not some future point but right now.
1 John 4:17
English Standard Version
By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
In digging into grace and seeing things shift in my thoughts and understanding I believe there has been a shift inside of me and sometimes things like this may bring about new themes, Ideas, and perspective on other arenas of life also. The Mirror Word Bible (a paraphrase version by Francois du Toit has also give a new vocabulary to which to speak out and even sing out. Three friends of mine have taken this paradigm and used it to write a song to express this idea or chains of thoughts. If you have read the Mirror Word Bible you may really enjoy this.
The lyrics are below as well as links to the Chord chart and a mp3 to listen to it.
**I have not told them I am sharing this yet so I may take this post down if there are any issues with me posting this at this time.
** Mark clicked the “liked it” button so I’m assuming it’s staying up
He Made His Home In Me – Key of D
Whatever my God believes about Jesus
Is what He believes about me
What’s true of Him is quite true of me
Now I’ve become His glory
There’s not a thing I could do to set myself free
He paid the ultimate price for my liberty
The success of the Cross was full and complete
Now I’m innocent, righteous and holy
For He made his home in me
He made his home in me
He made his home in me
When I look into the mirror of His Word
The reflection I see is me
I’ve come to know now I fully believe
It was Jesus’ delight to reveal Himself in me.
Sin and shame have been defeated
He has called me son
No more distance or delay
For God and I are one
His delight is on me now
I’m covered in His love
I’m perfect and complete in Him
All hiding is done
For He made His home in me
He made His home in me
2015 – Mark Hendrickson, Dan Caudell, John Hendrickson
Contemplating from Romans and Hebrews this morning
There is a difference between a reward and a gift. One is worked for the other is given. It is for lack of understanding of one’s identity that changes a paradigm of “I can do this, it’s on my shoulders” to “it’s been done for me, striving is no more.”
Romans 4:1-4 (Mirror Word Bible a paraphrase)
4: 1 If we look at our father Abraham as an example and scrutinize his life, would you say that he discovered any reason for placing confidence in the flesh through personal contribution? (What qualified Abraham to be the father of the multitudes of nations? The only part he played was his unwavering belief in God’s faith in him.)
4: 2 If he felt that his friendship with God was a reward for good behavior, then surely he would have reason to recommend the recipe; yet it is plain to see that it was all God’s initiative from start to finish!
4: 3 Scripture is clear, “Abraham believed what God believed about him and that concluded his righteousness.”
4: 4 There is a large difference between a reward and a gift: if you have earned something through hard work ; what you receive in return is your due and certainly not a gift
It’s that revelation of that gift, that I do not have to work for a position or standing before God. That sin nature I have fought and struggled with my whole life has in the past crushed me. It has caused pain, depression, inferiority, and a feeling of failure. Identity, how God sees me, has made that view of sin nature far less daunting. I used to spend 90% of my time contending with my flesh. I based my relationship on my ability to control my sin management. The verse in Hebrews below, reminds me of Romans 6:10-11 ” For when he died, he died once and for all as far as sin is concerned. But now that he is alive, he lives for God.
In the same way, you too must continuously consider yourselves dead as far as sin is concerned, but living for God through the Messiah Jesus. “(International Standard Version)
I (God) have deleted the records of your sins, past tense a given, it’s already been done. Our confidence is firmly set in what He has done and how He sees us and defines mankind. It’s this definition that propels me to be or do. If I do a work or deed from this point on it is not out a self doing or self production (hope that makes sense). It is living out of Christ in me, Him living in and through me. He is love, He is love and because of that or through that I can now actually love people and want to see them as God sees them. It’s a paradigm shift. “We have a high priest in the house” and I am that house, I am His address! That freedom to approach Him with and in confidence knowing He sees me as complete, holy, sanctified, righteous, and not a work in progress but as a full standing loved completely son and or daughter. …
It frees you to see yourself not as you see you but how God sees you.
Hebrews 10:17-24 (Mirror Word Bible, a paraphrase)
10: 17 This is final: I have deleted the record of your sins and misdeeds. I no longer recall them. (Nothing in God’s reference of man, reminds him of sin.)
10: 18 Sins were dealt with in such a thorough manner that no further offerings would ever again be required. Nothing that we can personally sacrifice could add further virtue to our innocence.
10: 19 Brethren, this means that through what the blood of Jesus communicates and represents, we are now welcome to access this ultimate place of sacred encounter with unashamed confidence.
10: 20 A brand new way of life has been introduced. Because of his flesh torn on the cross (our own flesh can no longer be a valid excuse to interrupt the expression of the life of our design).
10: 21 We have a High Priest in the house!
10: 22 We are free to approach him with absolute confidence, fully persuaded in our hearts that nothing can any longer separate us from him. We are invited to draw near now! We are thoroughly cleansed, inside and out, with no trace of sin’s stains on our conscience or conduct. The sprinkled blood purges our inner thought-patterns; our bodies also are bathed in clean water. (Our behavior bears witness to this.)
10: 23 Our conversation echoes his persuasion; his faithfulness backs his promises. (His integrity inspires our confession.)
10: 24 Let us also think of creative ways by which we can influence one another to find inspired expression in doing things that benefit others. Good actions give voice and volume to the love of God.
That is my thoughts so far for this morning. Not necessarily fully thought out…