Heart of the Father is Obedience to the Father

By: Morgan Johnson
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One of those moments you are reading your children’s Bible to your daughter and the Lord starts to speak to your heart… “Abraham asked his son to climb on top of the wood. Isaac didn’t understand, BUT he KNEW HIS FATHER LOVED HIM. And so HE TRUSTED HIM. He climbed up onto the altar and Abraham tied his boy to the wood. Isaac didn’t struggle or try to run away, he just lay their quietly and didn’t make a sound.”

Most of the time, when I hear this story shared, I hear about Abraham’s love for his son, and Abraham’s obedience to God. However, what gripped my heart as I read this to Bella Grace was Isaac’s confidence in his Father’s love. This children’s Bible points out that as he bound him up and put him on the altar, the Bible doesn’t state any struggle. I believe Isaac trusted in his father’s voice, just like Abraham trusted in God’s voice. I believe that the scripture was hiding such a beautiful lesson in the beloved Isaac. He was God’s promise to them, and Abraham’s only son. What volumes that speaks to me as a parent to two beautiful children and to me as a daughter. I want to be found faithful listening to my heavenly Father’s voice, even when I don’t understand because I know that He LOVES me. As I obey the Lord and love my child, the Lord will lead us through every situation. I want to obey every command out of LOVE trusting and knowing God has my best interest in mind. I want to love my children well that they know every decision we make as a family comes from love. Clearly, the situation looked bad, but as he yielded to what his father told him to do the Lord honored both the son’s obedience to his earthly father and Abraham’s devotion to God through loving his son.

Filled to Overflowing

By: Morgan Johnson
Morgankids
Luke 5:4-11 When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.” When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.” When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him.One of my favorite stories……..Why? We try so hard and get nothing, then we lend an ear to Jesus. Jesus tells us how to do it. We listen, then obey and he knows how to fill our nets so much it’s over flowing, bursting, we won’t know what else to do other than be amazed!
Beth Moore says this story shows her:
1.) “Christ knows more about our jobs than we do.” -Praise God!
2.) “Christ honors our submission even when our only motivation is obedience.” -yikes!
3.) “The same job subjected to Christ’s authority can yield entirely different results.” -now that’s what I’m talking about!
4.) “Christ’s willingness to empower us can overwhelm us.” -Amen!

Philippians 4:8

Verse of the Day

Throughout life, we encounter hurdles, obstacles and distractions that take our attention away from God.  Today, when you come up against these things, take a breath and instead focus on the things described in Philippians 4.

Philippians 4:8 : Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report – if there is any virtue and if there is any praise- think on these things.

~Bella Image

1 Peter 3:4

Verse of the Day

As you prepare for the week ahead, remember how God asks us to treat others, displaying His love and grace to ALL we come into contact with.

1 Peter 3:4 : You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

~Bella Image

Proverbs 31:25

Verse of the Day
Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, celebrating the Proverbs 31 mothers and mother figures in your life.  As we go through this week, remember that each of you have the strength described in Proverbs 31:
Proverbs 31:25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

~Bella Image