Pastor’s Letter ~ April 2022

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 ”O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in-behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?”                        Psalm 139:1-7 (NIV)


Transparency.  That is a key word that should be used in this day in which we live.  Able to see truth.  Able to see the background of people’s lives to determine who they are and what they believe.  It is a word thrown around loosely by some, and a word that makes others shutter in their shoes.  But, stop and think how transparent our lives are before God!  Does that make you a little uncomfortable?  As Christians we know that God knows everything about us yet chooses to maintain a relationship with us.  Nothing surprises Him.  In fact our life is open to Him like a book.  Whether we are Christians or not, all living beings are transparent before Him.  He knows beginning to end and every detail of our life in between.  Only He can see the BIG picture.  There are no hidden compartments in life that are beyond God’s view.  There is nothing hidden.  The Psalmist reflects on these true facts of life.  This might be alarming to many people.  But our Creator has chosen to have a relationship with His creation.  That is what the Book is all about.  From the picture perfect beginning all the way through to a perfect restored relationship, God chooses to reveal Himself to us.  We even have a deeper desire to be intimately known.  That is why relationships are so critical to life.  We are in need to feel the warmth of others.  And so it is with our relationship with God.  There is a vast void in our life that needs to be filled.  Of course we fill it with many other things; temporary things that satisfy for a little while but they soon turn sour.  Not so with God!  He fills us with eternity in mind!  So how is this possible?  That is the power of the Resurrection!  What God has done for us we could never do for ourselves.  The power of the resurrected life is that we are in a greater relationship with our Creator.  No longer separated.  TOTALLY restored and redeemed!  God’s transparency is evident as He came to be one of us, to connect personally with us through Jesus our Savior.  His resurrection is proof that the power of God lives in those who receive Him as Lord and Savior of their life.  God is safe; we need not fear.  Yes He will change those things in our life that are not in line with His desire for us.  But we need not fear rejection from Him.  He went to great lengths to bridge the gap of the rebellion within us, the sin which tries to entangle us and keep us down and defeated.  Jesus has nailed it all to the cross!  Its power to separate us from God is dead.  We perhaps know theologically that God knows everything about us.  But has that sunk in to the way we live our life?  Has your transparency before Him made a difference in the way you live your life?  Are you still hiding little things in the broom closet of your heart?  Let go and let God work His good works in you.  Take courage as you know that as fully as you have been examined, God has chosen to make His home in your heart!  Never will He leave you, never will He forsake you, regardless, He chooses to remain. And never is a long, long time!  Celebrate the RESURRECTED life this Easter Sunday!        In His love, Pastor Bill ♥