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Our Lives Re-Written

by Dan Cruver Published Jan 21, 2014

If you haven’t already, let me encourage you to listen to second sermon (“Our Lives Re-Written”) that Mike Reeves preached at our 2013 national conference at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. He does a masterful job of connecting the love of the Father for His Son to the believer’s compassion for orphaned and vulnerable children. Here’s the climax of Mike’s sermon:

This is Jesus of Nazareth’s ministry manifesto… “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18-19).

The Spirit who moves him to cry, ‘Abba,’ doesn’t stop there. Because if the Son himself doesn’t go out in love, he’s not being like his Father. He’s not being the exact likeness of his Father, unless he goes out in love and healing and kindness…But energized, empowered, motivated by the Spirit of love in him, he goes out bringing his own life, liberty, and love. ‘Tis the life of the Son of God. Do you see it? Filled with the love of the Father, he goes out to bring his Father’s blessing. That is the life of the Son of God. That is the life of the sons of God. With hearts filled with the love of the Father, we share the compassion of the Son. That’s why James can write, ‘Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27). The sons of God love to share their Father’s provision and compassion in the world. Filled with it themselves, they find their own joy in being like their Father.

Listen to more audio from the conference.


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