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We made it, dear friends! And although the journey to redemption is ongoing; a daily process that won't reach its conclusion until we are together with our Father in heaven...we can now see life through new lenses. I hope you have received encouragement from this amazing study, your time in prayer and that you found Truth to renew your faith in the Psalms. And I love the way Angela ended this study & the scripture she used to sum it all up. This is my prayer for you all...
14 ...I bow my knees [in reverence] before the Father [of our Lord Jesus Christ], 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name [God—the first and ultimate Father (Abba, Daddy God)]. 16 May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality], 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love]; 19 and [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself]. Ephesians 3:14-19 (Amplified version)
Deeply rooted and grounded IN LOVE...that's where we all want to be, right?! Isn't that what our souls are all searching for? It is a heart and soul connection that is God-shaped. In Colossians 2:7 it says, "Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the Truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness."
When I was a teenager I remember reading about God's love in one of my favorite books, The Divine Romance written by Gene Edwards. It was a concept that seemed so unreachable to me. The author describes it as an infinite mystery, hidden in God. Please take a moment to read this excerpt from the book and feel free to comment.
He was alone.
The first tick of time had never been sounded nor had the unending circle of eternity yet commenced. There were neither things created nor things uncreated to share space with Him. He dwelt in an age before the eternals, where all there was...was God. Nor was there space for anything else. He was the All...
He was also power.
Unbridled, unleashed...power; awesome, unlimited, measureless power. He was, and is, all power.
But that was not all. There was something else in Him...something that was very much His nature; the very essence of His being. An element in Him so vast it matched--nay, exceeded--all other elements of His being combined. The very essence of God, this...
He was Love.
Passionate, emotional, expressive...love.
And in this God, dwelling so alone, so all alone, there was no flaw. But there was a paradox; though He was alone, He also loved. Within the triunity of the Godhead, there was an ever exchanging expression of love, but there was no counterpart for Him to love. A love so vast, so powerful, was pulsating within this unaging God. Yet, there was no "other than" for Him to love.
And so, captive within this paradox, He dwelt alone.
It burst upon Him suddenly, this revelation. It welled up from deep within Him, then flowed the length and breadth of the endlessness of His being. Here was thought so awesome that never before, never since, has there been anything to which it might be compared.
Life pulsating, light blazing in newfound glory. Love ascended. The very being of God shook in the apprehending of this revelation.
And what was this revelation?
That there could be two!
...Within the council of the Godhead, He cried out, "I...the living God...alone...the One who is...I shall have a counterpart!"
Breathing the fires of His love, He declared, "There can be a she!"
An all-knowing God had brought forth a thought so exciting that even He trembled in its afterglow. Then, exulting in revelation, He consecrated His whole being to this one task: to have...a bride. For one brief moment the infinite solitude retreated.
Just before He launched this grand adventure, a very mysterious thing took place in God. In His very center an event occured which no other eye was ever to see, no other mind ever to conceive...the greatest mystery of all ages.
A thousand-million portions of God burst upward in escalating light. Each of these portions of God ignited into flaming brilliance...as if to proclaim that each had been chosen--even marked off--for some special, distant destiny.
What was this?
No one knew, for there was no one there to know. And no one would know, for it was a secret that would remain hidden almost to the end. Nor could any mind, save God's ever conceive the profundity of this vast mystery. An infinite mystery, hidden in God.
Isn't that awesome?!
In the last video, Angela encourages us to take a paper tape measure. Find our current age and tear it off. Then find the age that you hope to or think you will live to be and tear it off so the only part left are the years you have left on this earth. Look at it. Consider it. Our Redeemer longs to work in the remainder of those years...how will you live? Some days will be tough. But, dear One, God is with us. He promises that He will finish the work He has begun in you. I will end with the last prayer Angela wrote for us.
Redeemer, Father, Savior and Lord, be glorified today. Be exalted today. May Your Presence for this One be thick and sweet and the place she always longs to be. Keep her safe, wrapped in the robes of your glory. Keep her tender, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Keep redeeming her life and her relationships and her very soul. May she live for Your Name. Serve in Your Name. Love in Your Name. Because no name is sweeter, in Jesus' name we pray, amen.
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