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July 1st, 2012

Blessing...Spirit

"Christ has redeemed us ... that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." Galatians 3:13-14

When God said that in Abraham "all the families of the earth shall be blessed," was God referring to the promise of the outpouring of His Holy Spirit? (Genesis 12:3) Is God's blessing and the promise of the indwelling of God's Spirit ever promised in the same breath in the Old Testament?

"For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
And floods on the dry ground;
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,
And My blessing on your offspring" Isaiah 44:3

"He has helped His servant Israel in remembrance of His mercy as He spoke to ... Abraham ..." Luke 1:54-55
Jesus calls the Holy Spirit "the Helper" throughout John 14-16.

"To remember ... the oath which He swore to our father Abraham: to grant us that we ... might serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him..." Luke 1:72-75
Echoing the desire of God to call a people to Himself, to dwell with them?

The Lord's

"One will say, 'I am the Lord's';
Another will call himself by the name of Jacob;
Another will write with his hand, 'The Lord’s,'
And name himself by the name of Israel." Isaiah 44:5

Know

"And [Abram] said, 'Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?'" Genesis 15:8
... "Then He said to Abram: 'Know...'" Genesis 15:13

Where do I fit into the body of Christ?

I'm currently wrestling to understand what it means to live as a new covenant believer in Jesus.

At the same time, I'm seeking to know whether the Lord would have me commit to a Messianic synagogue or maintain membership at an Evangelical church. I've read what Paul said: "Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters. Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called." 1 Corinthians 7:18-20 and "One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it." Romans 14:5-6

My questions for God:

1. Since I was called as a Gentile, should I then remain a Gentile? Is this a strict teaching or wise counsel?

2. I feel as though I'm beginning to stagnate at my current church. Where once I attended sermons ready to write pages of notes on new insights, now I follow along and mentally check off all the themes that are reinforced and try to guess at Bible references as they are quoted. It's not that I'm complaining against my church (no, indeed! praise the Lord for their faithfulness, and may it long continue!), but perhaps the Lord would have me consider transplanting myself elsewhere?

3. Does my love for the Scriptures (from Genesis to Revelation) make me well suited to come alongside Jewish believers or would I better serve my Gentile brothers and sisters in this way?

4. Does my distant ancestry to Ephraim (on my father's side) have any implications?

5. What gifts has God given me? How would He have me steward them?

6. How interesting that the Lord suddenly and surprisingly blessed with the opportunity to lead two Bible studies in two weeks! (Job 22 and Romans 11) Lord, are you trying to tell me something?

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