1) The Church is a family – god created fatherhood
The importance of discovering your IDENTITY as sons and daughters:
Recovering place as sons and daughter
Image bearer : God puts his breath into us that we may breath exhale and inhale his life
3. In this world your may have 10,000 teachers but only few fathers 1 Cor 4:15
Elijah’s ministry: to restore the heart of the fathers to the sons·
Mal 4:1-6 : 5“Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the LORD arrives. 6 His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse.”
REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE
IT IS A TRAGEDY WHEN YOU FORGETS WHO YOU ARE, WHEN YOU FORGET YOUR PLACE AS SONS AND OR DAUGHTER:
From Simba: Look out there. Simba, you have forgotten me, you have forgotten who you are, you have forgotten me. YOU MUST TAKE YOUR PLACE IN THE CIRCLE OF LIFE. JUST REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE: YOU ARE MY SON AND THE ONE TRUE KING..
We are who we are because of who God is – not because what we have done to earn or to loose. It is a gift planted in you… You are not your own mistake …he is in dwelling you, impregnating your being and becoming… Yes, even your defects too are part of His plan ….he weaves everything in your story, the good the bad and the ugly into SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL to bring glory to himself.
In this video, SIMBA is NOSTALGIC about his FATHER, he looking at but his reflection on the various water(s) of life, asking for a revelation in him. In the same way, like Simba, in quiet reflection, knowing who he was , you too, looking at the THE FINISHED WORK OF THE CROSS, can get similar encounter with God… YOU TOO MAY REFLECT CHRIST…. Don’t look at mirror and see your defect but see GOD REFLECTION AND LIFE IN YOU…remember who you are: Christ in you the hope of Glory Col 1:27…, Like the Son who is the first born, Col 1:15: we who are image bearers Reflect the image of the invisible God…
Read James -1:23-25 ( Forget NOT Your Image) — PRODIGAL—
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: … 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (WE Are most like our father when we take care of orphans, widows & those in distress)
YOU LOOK LIKE YOUR FATHER
2 Cor 3:18 we all with unveiled faces reflect the Lord glory are being transformed into his likeness from glory to Glory 12 Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 13 We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to prevent the Israelites from seeing the end of what was passing away. 14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
HE LIVES IN YOU
“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― Mark Twain
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ― Marianne Williamson,