Saturday, April 16, 2016

"Who Am I?" to "Who I Am..."

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We shared the four videos from our church's Easter series of drama/sermon combinations.  It's time we gave Todd Parsons a chance to bless us, again.  In today's thought, Todd takes us to the final moments on the Cross.  Let's take a look at the passage, then see what God is showing Todd.

Psalm 22:1-5   My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping Me, and from the words of My roaring?  O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You hear not; and in the night season, and am not silent.  But You are holy, O You that inhabits the Praises of Israel.  Our fathers trusted in You: they trusted, and You did deliver them.  They cried unto You, and were delivered: they trusted in You, and were not confounded.

For you and I, we doubt God in our trying times, but if it were not for Christ, we most likely would not know to trust our heavenly Father still. On the Cross when Christ was forsaken of His Father for three hours, we know of the account of Him crying out "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" Yet in Psalm 22 we see this account written, quite some time before the Cross. When Christ was in His trial He cries out to the Father, but we also see Him reckon on the character and nature of the Father that He can be trusted.

Do we know, this day, that since the fall in the garden, man as a whole has not known the character and nature of God. God's character and nature came into man's heart as questionable by the deception of the serpent. We all have need of this question being resolved. As part of Christ's purpose, He came to show us the character and nature of the Father, John 17:4,6,26, and it is also seen in Psalm 22:22. Without knowing the character and nature of God, Satan has provoked in us to be asking the question, "who am I?". When we know the character and nature of God, that question of "who am I?" becomes "who I am..." When we know God, we know who we are because we were in the beginning created in the image of God. Knowing His image, defines with surety and clarity "who I am..."

Another point is that I leave being governor of my own life and I trust the Lord to be my Governor... Simply put, I am the clay, and He is the Potter. He molds me and makes me...  He directs my steps and not me His...  I am His...and He is mine is not a matter of ownership, but a matter of covenant relationship and fellowship as son and father, as bride and He is so are we...

     Of So Great Love, we are, tjp

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