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I sincerely hope that, if your Mother is alive, you have taken care of her today. I ran across a survey this week that indicated what women wanted this year for Mother’s Day. The poll indicated that Mothers wanted: flowers (18%), spa day (18%), gift cards (15%), and jewelry (15%). I also ran across another article that indicated the worst gifts you could get. Number one on the list was a diet or fitness product. Number two was wrinkle cream. Roses came next. The article said instead our mothers want carnations on Mother’s Day. A pet, cleaning equipment, bath stuff, and potpourri also headed up the list of what not to buy for your mothers.
Suffering is part of the Christian's life. It is a part of our union with Christ in the He suffers with the Church and believers when they suffer but also that we suffer with others in that union. Suffering is very much a part of our union with Christ and it extends in both directions.
Disqualification can happen to you.
After God's judgment is poured out on Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham and Sarah journey to Gerar. Once again, Abraham tells the half-truth that Sarah is his sister in order to protect himself, and Sarah is taken by King Abimelech. Abimelech soon discovers through a dream that Abraham and Sarah have a special relationship to God. God threatens Abimelech and his household with death, if he does not return Sarah. Despite his sin in failing to trust God and speaking of half-truth that knowingly misleads Abimelech leading to the at least partial mistreatment of his wife, Abraham and Sarah, still receive protection, privilege and prosperity from God. Here is a vivid picture of how God's choice to bless his redeemed covenant people is not on account of their obedience to him, but despite their dispobedience. Rather than making a big deal about our choices and the role they play in our reception of God's blessing, the Bible makes a big deal about God's choices, and how they determine his people's reception of protection, privilege and prosperity.
God bestows privilege. God allows weakness. God provides power.
One of the spiritual blessings that we have in Christ is that God has adopted us as sons and daughters so that we might have the privilege, benefit and responsibility of divine sonship
You have a Place You Have privileges You Have Peace