black hole

 

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep.” (Genesis 1:2)

 

Our lives were a black hole before Him.

 

Formless and void. Covered in darkness. But the Spirit of God moved and introduced Light. He called us “out of darkness and into His marvelous Light,” so we can now be called “children of Light” (1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 5:8).

 

Aren’t you glad that His creation of you doesn’t stop with the initial light?

 

Day by day, moment by moment He continues to create us into His image. Separating light from darkness, yielding seed, bearing fruit. He continues moving toward His goal for us and accomplishes that which concerns us. “The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting (Psalm 138:8).

 

Developing us gradually.

 

Processing us patiently.

 

But always working with the end in mind. Seeking that we look like Him and bear fruit that lasts. “But He answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working” (John 5:17). “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 2:26, 28) (Jesus said:)“I chose you…that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain” (John 15:16).

 

Faith is our only initiative. Jesus made that point Himself, “This is the work of God, that you believe” (John 6:29). The One Who has called us into existence, will also consummate our transformation. “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). God is faithful and has a great track record to prove it. After all, “not one of the good promises which the Lord made to the house of Israel failed” (Joshua 21:45). When He creates, His Spoken Word has power and never reverberates back into His ears without producing what He says. “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

 

Let’s not only believe that He is: the Creator — the Almighty — the only true God. Let’s also believe that He completes what He begins. He rewards those who wait expectantly for Him to finish what He starts. “He who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6). “God…Himself (will) perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10).

 

“Hallelujah, Lord. I believe.”

 

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; But the LORD will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you” (Isa 60:1-2).

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unity

 

Holy Father,

 

Despite the turmoil around us, You stress unity. It was Your desire that we become one just as You are one with the Spirit and the Son (John 17:11, 21). Indeed, Father, this was the commandment that Your Son gave the disciples just before going to the cross. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another,” He said (John 13:34, John 15:12).

 

Love. Unity. Faith. That is all You ask. By unity through love, we are to pour out our love to You through loving others (John 14:15). Not by busily acting nice. But by believing in Your love for us and loving others. Not by doing a bunch of religious duties. But by trusting Your love for us and allowing that to unite us. Unity is the litmus test for our love and faith.

 

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper,” Your Son said (John 14:16). Yes, if we are to use this body that You’ve given us to be united in love, we are going to need assistance! You have already sent the Helper, Father. Thank You! He grants truth, life and Your constant abiding Presence (John 14:17,19). With Him, our great Love-Helper within us, we have the availability to abide in Love. And when we abide in Love, it’s obvious that we are able to keep Your commands – the command to Love and Believe (John 15:10).

 

Unity isn’t when the church decides  to agree with our minds, is it, Father? No, we are united because we all have Your Holy Spirit. We can lift up our voices to You with one accord because the Source of who we are is all the same — You (Acts 4:24)! When we have fellowship with Your Spirit, the natural result will be a union of spirit (Philippians 2:1-2). How simple to be of the same mind, intent on one purpose.

 

But, Father, I know my own tendency. My natural inclination immediately wants to supersede Your spiritual thoughts and words by being selfish and conceited. I have my own opinion regarding our government, our country, and our churches. Grant me humility of mind (Philippians 2:3). May Your attitude not just be buried somewhere deep within me, but actually flowing into my thoughts, emotions, and actions (Philippians 2:5).

 

Encapsulate all that is built up in our churches against knowing You (2 Corinthians 10:5). Dissolve this with Your love. Unite our own desires with Yours, so that both what we do and what we want delights You (Philippians 2:13). May union with You erupt into unity with others. Even so, Lord Jesus, come!

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