minutes for manna: God always believes in us.(1 Cor. 13:7).

God’s love believes all things, and bears all things, as He waits…

to makes all things new! He doesn’t just patch up the problem, He makes all things new. (2 Cor 5:17). But how come it doesn’t always show right away?

First, we need to acknowledge the mess. And since we are made up of three parts: our bodies (the physical), our soul (the part of us that feels and loves and hates), and our spirit (the part of us that knows God – each of these were affected that day that Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.  Even though Adam and Eve didn’t ‘die’ a physical death that day, there was a ‘death’ that very day, and each of these areas suffered- and greatest of all- there was a separation now, because sin separates us from God.

The evidence of the fall of Adam, we see everyday: the body, we already know suffers sickness and disease and ultimately death. Our  soul, or the part that feels, and loves and hates, is affected in that we often, love the things that we should hate and we hate at times, the things that we should love! And we don’t love the Lord with all of our hearts, but instead we love ourselves more. And,  our spirit? We no longer know God as we should. Our spirit is ‘darkened’ to the things of God, and we often do not believe in Him.

We become as described in verse 2 of the whole Bible: “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep,…” Gen. 1:2. This is how we feel in the ‘depth’ of our being because of our sin-all that we do, and think, and say that’s not pleasing to the One Who loves us most, God!

But none of this is too big for our Father in heaven – verse 2 of Genesis even speaks of our hope: “and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Gen. 1:2), yes, the Spirit of God. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, Three in One; the great mystery. BUT, when we receive Him,  or as the word says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name…” (John 1:12), and we  believe in His name, we receive a new spirit. A spirit that can NOW understand the things of God, when before we couldn’t, ( and things of God seemed ‘foolish’ even).  But as 1 Cor. 2:12 says,

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us.”

But the soul? The part that feels and loves and hates? He won’t patch it up. Instead He begins to transform us, day by day.  And, this doesn’t happen overnight! But day by day, moment by moment if we choose to ‘trust and obey’ Him, something amazing happens – we begin to hate our sin more and more and love God more and more!

Then you and I discover the power of God, as prayed in 1 Thes. 5:23,  ” Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

And we are encouraged,  “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24. It is God who does all the work! We just need to yield. We can’t take any credit at all in God transforming our soul. It is a work of God.

Spirit, soul, and now our bodies. We know they suffer sickness, disease and pain, but God will do this work as well when Jesus, “who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.” Phil. 3:21.

God is amazing. He is at work. We must keep our eyes on Him and not give up, because He never gives up on us: “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”1 John 3:2.




Author: tonirypkema

Wife to 1, mother of 11, daughter of 1. "The most amazing woman in the world." -Jared (son)

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