Thursday, March 27, 2014

Preparing for Easter ~ Place of Approval

[Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations…from everlasting to everlasting  Psalm 90:1-2  
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore God’s Presence, our dwelling place.  Are you dwelling in the presence of God? ~ Donna Howell Oswalt]


 “After His baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on Him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with Him.’” 

At the baptism of Jesus, Scripture tells us that God is well pleased with His Son, the Spirit rests on Him. The Trinity stands together before us in these ancient words, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The baptism of Jesus marks the beginning of His earthly ministry. With miracles of healing and teaching with authority, Jesus brings a new perspective to sin and forgiveness. Jesus comes to offer Grace. God approves! 

The Trinity, God in three persons, defies our finite intellect, but seeking approval is something most all desire. Too often we seek applause from the world instead of Jesus. Forgiveness Undeserved rescues us; Compassion Unmatched heals us. With unfailing Love, this mighty God calls us to be His children. Lord, my hunger for approval from the world magnifies my human weakness. Still, Grace stands before me willing and waiting, eager and endless, mending and mercy-full. There is holiness in Your presence. Count me alive in Christ. God approves! - dho

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