HELLO’S FROM HEAVEN
2nd Thessalonians 2:16 & 17
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
Sometimes nothing will cheer your heart any more than the greeting of a friend. I have friends I rarely hear from but when I do, it is a grand event. I have friends I hear from regularly but their daily greeting is my affirmation that life is good. Nothing fills my life more than the Hello’s from my Friends. And my greatest friend is God. There are moments when He greets me in spectacular ways and it is a grand event. And also there are the daily affirmations that remind me of the unending steadfastness of His love. These Hello’s from God are the greatest treasure in my life and so this morning; I want us to think together about
HELLO’S FROM HEAVEN.
The following are 7 ways that God shows up and says Hello in our lives.
1- HEAVENLY HELLO’S IN DAILY EVENTS AND THE BEAUTY OF CREATION.
A: DAILY EVENTS:
I SPY THE HAND OF THE LORD…..
GOD IN OUR DAILY EVENTS. THE MORE WE LOOK, THE MORE we see. Have you ever been in a set of circumstances with tunnel vision. Only to wake up to a higher consciousness that there was more around you to see, hear & feel; than you have been experiencing??
lauriwrightBeautiful morning…beautiful deer eating acorns so very close to me…my hello from heaven today! 🙂
@lauriwright Think I will start looking for my “Hello’s from Heaven.” Beautiful, meaningful and true concept. Thanks.
Some Christmas humor that fits points in the message today!!!!
We miss the Heavenly hello’ sometimes because we are preoccupied with problems.
It was Christmas time and this woman invited all her family to her house to eat. So they gathered around the table and she asked her son to pray.
He said: “But I do not know what to say.”
She said: “Say what I said this morning.”
So he said: “Dear God, why did I invite all these people to my house?”
B. Learn from God’s Creation – Os Hillman
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Rom 1:19-20).
Have you ever had someone say, “I don’t see any evidence of God. How can a person believe in someone you can’t see or see any evidence even exists?”
The Bible tells us that God is revealed in His creation everyday. Look at the human body and consider the likelihood of how thousands of body parts that must work together.
Someone created it to work this well. If it were a manufactured product, it would be in the repair shop all the time because of all the moving parts required to make it work.
Consider the wonderful order and balance of nature and how the seas know their boundaries, the beauty of the mountains, and the balance of rain and oxygen needed to balance the ecosystems. Consider God’s signature, the rainbow.
The 12th century Scottish Christian mystic, Richard of St. Victor said, “The whole of this sensible world is like a book written by the finger of God.” Look at nature and wonder at the creative design of the hundreds of thousands of species of animals like the tiger, the elephant, the great whales, and the millions of species of birds, just to name a few.
Consider the planet we live on. “The Earth is a rough sphere about eight thousand miles in diameter, which means that it’s about four thousand miles straight down to the center. We’re accustomed to thinking of it as a ball of rock, but that’s not so: the great majority of the Earth is liquid – molten rock called magma swirling, incredible slowly, beneath our feet.
The solid part of the earth that we live on, and in whose hollows the sea sits, is called the crust, and on average it’s only a few miles thick – maybe ten miles. That’s like a layer a third of a millimeter thick coating a football. We live on that incredibly fragile, thin layer of plates floating on the subterranean sea of magma.”*
Yes, God has revealed Himself in His creation.
God says Hello to us in the things He has made. We just have to look.
2- CHRISTMAS, A TYPE OF HEAVENLY HELLO
Luke 2:10 – New Living Translation
but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.
Jesus offers Joy. God’s present to humanity is His Son. Jesus is the Hello of the Father, ushering in the hope of Salvation.
Joy is mentioned 333 in the NLT of the Bible.
This is the time of year when we prepare our homes and churches for Christmas. We decorate our trees, hang lights, and troop outdoors where we gather branches from the evergreens.
Evergreens remain green year round to remind us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The heavy fragrance of the evergreens stirs a sense of peace and ushers in the joy of eternal salvation.
God says Hello to us through the wonderful commemoration of Christmas. Especially if we understand that Christmas for the Christian is a 365 day a year event!
U need to watch out for a new Christmas bug this year!
Whats happens if you eat the Christmas decorations ?
You get tinsel-itus !
For Christians, the birth of Jesus Christ has a deep spiritual significance, but that does not mean to say that worshipers cannot enjoy a good clean joke at Christmas.
If we will let it be; this Christmas season can be a time when God speaks His Heavenly Hello’s afresh to our hearts; through the Christ of Christmas.
3- THE PROVISION OF DAILY STRENGTH AND THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF MIRACLES ARE A TYPE OF HEAVENLY HELLO’S.
A. Daily Strength
Habakkuk 3 KJV
18Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.
He provides our own place of significance. Our own foundation. Our own footing. Our own sense of belonging in the world. —- Feet to stand in my high places.
We get in places where none other can help & then an answer comes. God wants to make sure we can see Him, though He is not showy. So He does things for us (the miraculous) that none other can do.
God says Hello to us in ways that only God can. This is one of the ways He authenticates that it is Him!
4- SIMPLE ASSURANCE, A TYPE OF HEAVENLY HELLO’S..
For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.
It’s a wonder to me that atheists don’t line up in mass each day & shoot themselves. Their world consists of no grander design than they can imagine themselves.
They receive no heavenly whispers that everything is alright. But we believers can have these heavenly whispers these Holy Hello’s, from the Almighty.
God will give us the assurance that there is something more incredibly wonderful about His plan; than we can even begin to imagine. This is for me one of the most amazing parts of the Faith Walk. I remember the day after salvation, when I was 14; I could not put my finger on it. Nothing was different and Yet everything was different. Everything was the same and Yet nothing was the same. “O what a foretaste of glory divine.” “Christ in us; the hope of glory.”
Communion with God
“Moving into deeper levels of intimate fellowship with God requires that we become completely real with him about the state of our heart.
Is it willing and pliable in his hands, or has it become willful and rigid? When we honestly answer this question, we discover the extent to which our fears and idols interfere with the experience of communion with God, and we hear his whispered solution: Accept the sweet ache of letting go, the pain of your personal cross.
Our role during these times is simply to trust the Surgeon and stay on the operating table. Each time we awake from these soul surgeries, we will see both the world and kingdom more clearly and find that our heart has expanded and now pulses with even more of the love and joy of Christ. We will discover how the experience of true communion creates an insatiable appetite for consummation.”
— Excerpted from Falling for God by Gary Moon
These Heavenly Hello’s of Divine Assurance result in our deepest love affair in this life. That is why we will sing:
I keep falling in Love with Him.
O when I first fell in love with Jesus
I gave Him all of my heart
And I thought I couldn’t love Him more
Than I did right from the start
But when I look back at the mountains
And valleys where I’ve been
Then it makes me know that I love Him so
Much more than I did then
I keep falling in love with Him
Falling in love with Him
Over and over again (2x)
It gets sweeter and sweeter as the days go by
O what a love between the Lord and I
I keep falling in love with Him
Over and over again
There is a hand I can hold on to
Through each valley and each trial
And there’s a shoulder I can lean upon
When I face another mile
And there’s a love I can depend upon
It’s fresh and new each day
And with love my heart is overflowing
SIMPLE ASSURANCE IS A CERTAIN WAY THAT GOD SAYS HELLO TO US!
The Meaning of ’12 Days of Christmas’
There is one particular Christmas Carol that has always baffled Will and Guy. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
We would like to thank a site reader, who emailed us, to let us know the real meaning behind this carol.
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.