I was thanking God this morning for my religious friends, the ones whose concept of an angry God I often push back against. They cause me to again open up the good book and rediscover mine and humanity’s sonship in God.

The fact that we are already His own, born from above, whether we believe it or not, know it or not, feel it or not; that humanity’s beginning is in Him, and as Jesus shared with Nicodemus, confirmed in our realizing it!

In Christ we recognize our true beginning, as in the authentic original moment.

And like Nicodemus, we discover that God has no intention to condemn anyone… and never did. He sent his Son, not to be the judge, or be judged, not to condemn, but as the Savior of the world!

Yes much of the world is lost — which means that they belong and just don’t know it! They are precious in His sight but just don’t know it.

“The lost coin never lost its value or it’s true Design…” – Francois de Toit

We learn in John 3:13 with Nicodemus that no one can fully engage in heaven’s perspective unless one’s heavenly origin is realized! The Son of Man declares mankind’s Genesis is from above!

The Bible, as I once understood it, took me down many dead end roads filled with annoyances and hardships. But that’s because I was looking for life through the knowledge of Scripture. There is no life in Scripture, only religious arrogance and things to do. Scripture is either an invitation to become one with the Word, Jesus, or it puffs up.

We are born from above.

It is the Spirit that gives life to every man. And it is with the Spirit that we are caught off guard and surprised by the overwhelming love of God! And oh the joy of life in Him. It’s with the heart man believes. Truth resonates and our hearts burn!

I apologize on behalf of the church and religion for preaching a condemning and judgmental Poppa. By the use of Bible verses we, the church, have often skewed and distorted the always-and-ever good news of His image and likeness in us.

In recent years I’ve been discovering a good-getting-better gospel. And it began in my heart. My head wrestling all the way with Bible verses that I had completely misunderstood or had taken out of context.

Of late I have trusted my heart and am discovering daily and afresh the finished work of Christ in me and in my neighbor, who in his lostness hasn’t realized Him yet!

I pray wherever you are in your journey, that you would discover His likeness in you and your likeness in Him. May you know His affection and grow in His love.

Love you

Lloyd

My thoughts impacted by the Mirror Bible


Lloyd Clark 
is an entrepreneur, a former pastor, and a writer. He is passionate about being loved by our Heavenly Father and revealing that same love to everyone he meets. He and his wife Mary have 5 children and 7 grandchildren and live in North Carolina.

11 Comments

  1. Shawn

    A nice piece of writing once again my friend! Thank you!

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    • Lloyd

      Thank you for your encouragement brother!

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    • Joy

      Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Much like my journey, but you articulate it so well. Loving my Abba deeper each day!
      God continue to bless you!
      Your SoCal sister in Christ

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      • Lloyd

        Thank you, so sweet of you to respond. He is our Abba

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  2. Lee Gander

    (song lyric)

    “Even when I don’t think I deserve it, Jesus, you smile on me”

    Remember that echo chant we did as kids, “God is good, all the time., all the time, God is good.”

    Sherlock Holmes told Watson once, “You see, but you do not observe.” Sometimes Christians read, but do not hear…

    “God is only good, all the time.”

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    • Lloyd

      Haha
      So good!

      Reply
  3. Ryan Haley

    “A good-getting-better gospel”: love it and can so totally relate personally! Great articulations of many truths here; well done!

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    • Lloyd

      Thanks Ryan!
      We are his best story!
      Lloyd

      Reply
  4. Rachel

    “And it began in my heart. My head wrestling all the way with Bible verses…”

    My current status…thank you for putting it into beautiful writing. If it feels too good to be true it must be GOD!

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    • Tineke

      My current status too, Rachel

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    • Lloyd

      We’re in this grand story together.
      Oh yes, a good getting better Gospel!
      Blessings
      Lloyd

      Reply

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