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Experiencing the Gift of New Birth – Part 2: Relying on God’s Power

November 24, 2012

As we come to the Lord, we come as a little child, relying not on ourselves, but on God’s power.

We rely on the power of God’s love.

Today’s Epistle reminds us: Christ has offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins.”

We are loved this much! We are invited to receive this love as a free gift, to receive Jesus’ life within us. What is your rock-solid foundation? It is nothing we do. Rather, it is God’s love, faithfulness.

In today’s Children’s Talk, we sang a song about “living each day on the promises in God’s Word.” And I shared with the children the words of Isaiah 43:1-3, which give one promise of God from Holy Scripture by which I try to live:

I, the Lord, created you. I have rescued you.
I have called you by name; now you belong to me.
I will be with you, I am the LORD, your God, the God who saves you.

Romans 8:38-39 reminds us that God’s love is more powerful than anything else in the entire universe:

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things preset, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We rely on God’s power to transform.

Hebrews continues: “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

We rely on God’s power to bring us into the closest possible intimacy with God.

Hebrews says: Therefore, my friends, […] we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh).”

Through Jesus, we enter into the Holy of holies. Through him we are the temples of the Holy Spirit, with God in us.

The joy of our confidence and intimacy as God’s beloved children to me is captured by the picture at the bottom of this posting, which was on the cover of our November 18 Services, with these words from Hebrews under it.

And we rely on God’s power to keep God’s own promises to us, for all eternity.

The passage from Hebrews concludes: Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.”

The promise is that God will be ours, and we God’s, for ever and ever.

Second Timothy 4:6-8 says: From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord … will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”

Do you long for the Lord’s appearing? Do you long to see him face-to-face? He has promised that that your longing will be fulfilled, and he is faithful – he laid down his very life to make it come true.

Come to the Lord, and rely on him and his power, and you will experience a relationship of love that begins now and never ends.

(This is adapted from the sermon at our November 18 Services.)

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Embedded below are chants of Psalm 130 and Psalm 131 in the BCP, which pick up on the themes of coming to the Lord as we are and relying on his strength, rather than our own.

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