I reunited with an old friend yesterday, and the Spirit was powerfully present. Eric Ebeling is a man of God. God shows up through people like Eric because to behold Him in his person would no doubt be overwhelming in every sense of the word.
The goodness and presence of my Father has impressed me my entire life. My dad baptized me in a little Kansas town called Hoxie, and of course I received the gift of the Holy Spirit, but when I pause and reflect on my Father’s love I continue to be amazed by its reality. It’s not a pipe dream. It’s not a crutch. It’s not something human beings invented because we are weak. We are weak and broken, but God’s love empowers us to cope. It also empowers us to be strong and victorious. Here’s proof as if you needed it.
…for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1.7
I drink my coffee knowing that there will be tests to follow when I pull out of the driveway, but this verse empowers me through the Spirit to not only face my fear but to conquer it.
We’ve never been puppets on a string. We could argue about predestination and election, but it would get us nowhere. But what we can unite on is the divinity of Jesus Christ. He’s been where we are in this very moment, and He walks with us every step we take in this life.
He loves you. He loves me. He loves the entire world (John 3.16). He longs for everyone to come to know the Father, and he has conversations with the Father about us. There are 7 billion people on the planet, and there is not a one the Father doesn’t long to embrace. We know it as a Chris Tomlin song, and that is true, but is indeed a good good Father.
I love you guys to the moon and back!