New Wine for New Wineskins December 2016

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CoLeisAThaThuLogoCuimhnich Cò Leis a Tha Thu (Part 2)

Who do you belong to?  There is an old Gaelic proverb, “Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu! ”  “Remember who you belong to!”  Remember from whom you come!

When Donald Trump became the U.S. President-Elect last month I emailed a couple of friends across the pond and congratulated them on the fact that they would now have a Lewisman in the White House. As someone has said locally, “From the blackhouse to the White House in two generations”. A blackhouse is the traditional Lewis thatched stone cottage that many islanders still occupied well into the 20th century.  Apparently Donald’s mother Mary Anne Macleod left the crofting village of Tong in Lewis and emigrated to the U.S. in 1930 at the age of eighteen.  Her first language would have been Gaelic and she probably had little to no English until she started school.  I wonder if a young Donald Trump ever heard his mother say,  “Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu!”  Remember who you belong to! Remember from whom you come!

We may never achieve Presidential status but we can experience even more radical transformation as we transition from the doghouse to God’s house, from death to life, from darkness to light, and from fallen sons of Adam to righteous sons of God in a moment as a result of one simple choice.  Jesus said we must be born again, born from above, and from then on it is vitally important that we remember who we now belong to and from whom we come! “Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu!”

 Romans 8: 14 – 17

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

There are a multitude of things connected to who we now belong to and from whom we come that are worth remembering, but I would like to focus on just three of these things.

1.    REMEMBER IN WHOM YOU ARE RESTING

Jesus invites us to come to him and learn how to take a real rest.  I love the way the Message translation puts it, which we will look at later.

Jesus was never anxious or stressed because he knew who he belonged to and from whom he had come. His Father is now our Father also.

“Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu! ”  “Remember who you belong to!”  Remember from whom you come!

Hebrews 3: 7 – 19

7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “ Today, if you will hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,  In the day of trial in the wilderness,  9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. 10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’ 11 So I swore in My wrath,        ‘ They shall not enter My rest.’”
12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said: “ Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”  16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

The word of God speaks of the rest of faith!  The rest of faith is entered and continued in when we simply accept the fact that our Father (who just happens to be Almighty God) loves us and embrace the impact and effect his love has on every area of our lives.

1 John 4: 16

16 And we have known (revelation knowledge) and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

Amplified

16And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us.

Remember – you will always struggle to believe until you know to whom you belong!

“Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu”!  Remember who you belong to! Remember from whom you come!

Medical professionals speak about a “silent killer” in reference to hypertension (high blood pressure). I see an analogy between hypertension and unbelief because it too is a “silent killer”.  Apparently one of the causes of hypertension can be sleep apnoea which is when someone’s breathing stops temporarily while they are sleeping.  Because of the impact of this condition on people’s sleep patterns their blood pressure often remains high 24/7 whereas other hypertension sufferers would normally see an improvement during rest times.  Sleep apnoea causes the sufferer’s sleep or rest to be interrupted which in turn leads to daytime fatigue – feeling worn out.   People who have this condition are usually loud snorers which can also negatively affect the rest (sleep) of those around them.

A whole generation of God’s people failed to enter into the rest that he had for them because of unbelief and so they all perished in the wilderness! (See Hebrews 4) They forgot who they belonged to – that they were the children of God!  They began murmuring and grumbling and complaining – interrupting God’s design which is for everything that has breath to praise the Lord!  You are out of the rest of faith when you stop praising the LORD in every circumstance and situation.  The noise they made had a negative impact on those around them and hindered and prevented them from entering into rest.  Rest = the promised land = resting in the promises of our Father!

“Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu”! Remember who you belong to! Remember from whom you come!

Psalm 127: 2

1 Unless the LORD builds the house, they labour in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.

The only way to stay in the place of God’s rest – the rest of faith – is to believe that you are his beloved!  As his beloved you are cared for, provided for, protected, and encouraged. Also, very importantly, you are disciplined. In fact, you are loved on in every way!

John 14: 18

18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

An orphan is defined as a person who is bereft of protection and provision, etc.  As we said last time, it can be hard for someone who has spent part of their lives as an orphan to adjust to their new lives as part of a family where they belong!  We are the same – but we must believe and leave the past behind, no longer judging our future by the experiences of the past – and simply be who we now are, the sons of God!

Exodus 33: 14

14 And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

In his presence there is fullness of joy!  There is no fear in love!  Fear has torment, and torment interrupts your rest!

Matthew 11: 28 – 30

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Rest for your souls.  Another definition of hypertension is “a state of great psychological stress”.

In other words, stress of soul!  Remember – the call is always to come before it is to go.  The commission – which is simply the next stage of the call – is really, “Come on – lets go – together!”  Those who think that the call is just to go usually end up burned out and in a state of great psychological stress!

Remember when we were kids and it was time to go somewhere and our parents would call to us to come and let them make sure we were ready before going!  How much more will our heavenly Father do the same?

“Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu”!  Remember who you belong to! Remember from whom you come!

Matthew 11: 28 – 30 (The Message)

28-30″Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Sleep apnoea is more common in those who are overweight.  How do you get overweight?  You take in more food than you are are turning into energy and using up.  How true is that of many people spiritually – they have become fat on the word because they never exercise and use up the energy contained in the word they are taking in!

Many of the grumblers in the church are those who would consider themselves students of the word, although they tend to read or listen to what others have to say more than seeking the face of their Father and the oil of intimacy that comes through spending time listening to what is on Daddy’s heart!  Much study is a weariness of the flesh if there is no vision that produces mission!

There is nothing small children like more than sitting on Daddy’s knee and have him tell them stories that impart something to them that remains with them for life.  Jesus said that there is a dimension of our lives where we must become like little children if we are going to experience the fullness of the kingdom.

Whatever is not of faith that comes from hearing the words of our Father is sin.  Sin causes us to fall short and miss out on the glory and goodness of God, the good, acceptable, and perfect will of our Father who delights in making full provision for our every need in every part of our lives – spirit, soul, and body!

And so, remember in whom you are resting!

“Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu”!  Remember who you belong to!

Too many of God’s children have been separated from him by religion and raised in an orphanage.  When the church becomes an institution, God’s children become institutionalised.  And so when they come into a church where there is more freedom and where there is real family and it is more of a celebration than a service, they struggle to cope with it all because they think there is no order.  And then when we start talking about all that belongs to us as the children of Almighty God they think we are right out of order!

People will ask you which church you belong to?  Our answer to that question could be very revealing!  Personally, I don’t belong to a which or a what – I belong to a who!

“Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu”!  Remember who you belong to! Remember from whom you come!

I am happy and grateful to be a fully committed part of our local church family but I belong to Someone who is way bigger than all of that!  I am even more happy and grateful about that reality!

Let’s look at one example from the life of our big brother who teaches us how to stay in the rest of faith and who allows us to see how awesome it is to belong to our heavenly Father!  Big brother is watching over you!

“Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu”!  Remember who you belong to! Remember from whom you come!

Mark 4: 35 – 41

35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”  39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

We need to see something here in this account that will radically change our lives forever!

Jesus didn’t come out of the place of rest in order to calm the storm.  He brought the rest to the storm!  The rest overcame the storm because the rest is always more powerful than the storm!

“Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu”!  Remember who you belong to! Remember from whom you come!

When you go on into Mark 5 you see what Jesus is crossing over into.  He is bringing rest to the demoniac and to the whole region!   Then when he crosses back he tells a woman who has pressed through the crowd with a positive confession, believing that she will be healed if she can touch him, “Daughter, your faith (pistis – conviction, confidence, trust, reliance, persuasion) has made you well.  Go in peace (eirene – a state of rest) and be healed of your affliction!”

He then goes with the man whose daughter is about to die and on the way they are met by people who tell them that she is already dead.  Jesus tells the girl’s father, “Do not be afraid, only believe!” Stay in the rest of faith!  He decides to take only Peter, James, and John with him and continues on his way to where the dead girl is and asks why the mourners are making such a racket because the young girl is not dead, she is just sleeping!  He puts the wailers and weepers outside, raises the young girl up to health and strength, and tells them to give her something to eat!  As soon as the girl’s father gave his burden to Jesus the young girl went from dying to sleeping – she entered the rest of faith!

In the Psalms our Father is referred to as our refuge, our rock, our fortress, our strong tower, our strength, the Almighty, a very present help in time of trouble. What a place of rest!

“Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu”!  Remember who you belong to! Remember from whom you come!

Luke 10: 19

19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Jesus asks the disciples why it is that they have no faith!  He had said that they were going to the other side – not that they were going to drown half way!

We have exactly the same status as Jesus and so we are now just as much the sons of God as he is!  He was begotten, we were adopted, but now the adoption word has been dropped because that was just the process by which we were brought into the family of God and it is no longer attached to who we are!  We are sons!  Not adopted sons!  Sons!  And our big brother is with us, leading us and accompanying us!

“Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu”!  Remember who you belong to! Remember from whom you come!

We are not abandoned as orphans – we have the Holy Spirit – the presence of our Father with us at all times!

Remember who you are resting in!

Ephesians 4: 29 – 30

29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Don’t speak unbelief – murmuring, grumbling, complaining, or panicking!  If the doctor tells you that the scans or the tests show that you are terminally ill are you going to jump up and scream, “Lord, do you not care that I am dying” or are you going to stay in the rest of faith where the power of death is overcome regardless of what the scans show!

Next time we will be looking at the need to remember who we are representing.  And then we will look at the need to remember who we are resisting!

“Cuimhnich cò leis a tha thu”!  Remember who you belong to! Remember from whom you come!

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