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John MacArthur on Adoption

As November is Adoption Month, I thought I would post something else on adoption.  Pastor John MacArthur speaks on the importance of adoption and brings it home how it is something vital in our lives.  Please listen and ask the Lord what you can do to help out an orphan!

 

 

HT: Grace Church SunValley

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November – The Month of Adoption!

There are so many children today that are in need of families and I hate for November to go by without remembering them.  It is important for us to realize that we need to get out of our comfort zone, no matter how old we are, and seek to help those children in need.

In Exodus, Pharoah made the Israelites do the slave work because he was afraid they would join up with the enemies.  The Egyptians worked them hard but the Lord blessed the Israelites through this.  It was a blessing in disguise because it kept the Israelites from intermarrying with the Egyptians.  He saw this didn’t work so he spoke with the Hebrew midwives and commanded them to kill the babies as they were being born.  This didn’t work and the Pharoah changed tactics.  He commanded all the people to kill as many Israelite baby boys  as possible.  During this time, a married couple, Amram and Jochebed, had a little baby and were able to hide him for 3 months.  When the mom realized she could no longer hide him, she made a little ark of bulrushes and put him in the river.  The sister, Miriam, hid in the bulrushes to see what would happen to her little brother.  The daughter of Pharoah went to bathe in the water and saw the little ark.  She commanded her maids to bring the ark to her and, upon seeing the babe, decided to raise him as hers.  The sister volunteered her mom to nurse the child upon which Pharoah’s daughter paid the birth mom.  Pharoah’s daughter named him Moses because she rescued him from the water.  This is an amazing account of how God used the whole situation to put him in a position to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt and out of slavery!

Our God is the Father of the fatherless and Husband to widows so why is it so hard for us to open our homes and hearts to those who are in need?  All throughout the Old Testament we see the Lord reminding the Israelites over and over again to take care of the fatherless and widows.  They were not allowed to harvest everything in their fields so when the fatherless or widow needed food, they would be provided for so they wouldn’t starve.

Jms 1:27, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” So, why is visiting the fatherless and widows in their affliction part of pure and undefiled religion?  What makes it so important to God that He had it as two parts of a three part verse?  Maybe we should look at God’s response to the fatherless and widows to see why it is so important to Him!

Deut. 27:19, “Cursed be he that perverteth the judgment of the stranger, fatherless, and widow. And all the people shall say, Amen.” God was so adament that the fatherless, widow and stranger be treated right that He cursed anyone that perverted the judgment of these three.  We find in many verses that God commanded the children of Israel to make sure that this class of people be not oppressed in any way.  The reason is summed up in several of these verses.

Ex. 22:21-22, “Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.  Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.”

Deut. 10:17-19, “For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:  He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment. Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

Deut. 24:17-22, “Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow’s raiment to pledge: But thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee thence: therefore I command thee to do this thing.  When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.  When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.  When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.   And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.”

Mal. 3:5, “And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.”

The importance of adoption actually accelerates as we look into the New Testament to see how it affects us as true believers, men and women who have been saved into God’s family!

Jn. 1:12-13, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Rom. 8:14-17, 23, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.   And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Gal. 4:1-6, “Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.  Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

Eph. 1:1-5, “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:  Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.”

What rich explanation in how we go from being children of Satan to being adopted into God’s family!  Before we were saved, we were dead in our trespasses and sin.  Now that we are accepted in God’s family, we can call God, “Abba, father.”  Our precious Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places.  We were chosen to be holy and without blame (Pure religion is 3 things…remember!  The third thing is to keep himself unspotted from the world) before Him in love.  If you notice in Ephesians, it is God who made us accepted in the beloved, God is the one that chose us, and God is the one that gives us spiritual blessings among other things that we are not deserving of!

Now, let’s go back to James 1:27.  What does it say about pure religion?  It says, “…to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Pure religion (or worshiping) and undefiled (unsoiled) before God and the Father is this:

  1. To visit (to go see, relieve, look out for) the fatherless in their affliction
  2. To visit (to go see, relieve, look out for) the widows in their affliction
  3. To keep himself unspotted (unblemished — physically and morally) from the world.

There are so many children out there in desperate need of godly and loving homes that it seems sad that they go through life without homes because most families have no concern for them.  Will you pray about the possibility of adopting at least one child and make a difference in his/her life with the Lord’s help?

The Duggar Family

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The Duggar family just had their 18th child.  This is an amazing family that believes in procreation just as God commanded.  The verses in Psalm 127:3-5 says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.   Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.  Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”

In this article about the Duggar family, there were 5 comments dealing with having so many children. I find it sad that our culture is such that anyone who does something contrary to the “cultural norm” they get castigated!  Our culture will die down if people don’t start having more than “their share” of children.  Children would not be a “pain in the neck” if we taught them according to Scripture.  There is a right and wrong way of raising our children and the wrong way is to be concerned about the child’s self-image.  I have told my children many times that I don’t care about their self-image but I do care about their image in God’s eyes!

On the other side of the coin, there are many ladies who truly desire to have children and cannot do so.  To these ladies I would encourage to look into the possibility of adoption.  Many times those children who have no one are overlooked and unloved.  Remember, Ladies, that we, who are true believers in the Lord, are adopted into God’s family.  James 1:27 tells us, “True religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to keep himself unspotted from the world and to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction.”  What better way to visit the fatherless by taking them into your home and bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?  They need godly, loving  parents just like our natural born children do and even more so because they have no one!

If you go to Adoption 3:16 you will read about families that have adopted and ways they can help to bring you through the hard times based on God’s Word.   Whether you end up with a huge family through natural birth or through adoption remember that the “fruit of the womb is God’s reward!”

Colour My Life Beautiful Award

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On November 21st Berean Wife gave me this award.  The award was given to her as a way to say thank you as one who has encouraged, inspired, and uplifted another through her blog.  She has passed it on to me and for this I am truly thankful!  I in turn will give this to five (or six) other bloggers that have encouraged, inspired and uplifted me!

  • Adoption 3:16 is the first blog I would like to award.  There are 3 people that moderate this blog and they deal with adoption, which has a special place in my heart.  They deal with older adoptions and how it affects both the child/ren and the family.  They are quick to recommend godly books that are very helpful in dealing with the attitude not only in the adopted child/ren but also within the parent’s heart and life.  I have found everything they say to be very helpful in dealing with both younger child/ren as well as with the birth child/ren.  I would highly recommend checking this blog out regularly if you have any children at home.
  • georgene is a very good blog.  She likes to do ‘Frugal Fridays’ and has very much been an inspiration to me along the way.  She is always looking for ways to save and when she has found one that works for her, she will share it with everyone else.  She has been going through a very difficult time recently but she does have much to say even in her older posts.  She also looks at healthy ways to deal with womanly issues.  I have learned much from her.
  • Julie Pizzino is also another very good blog.  She has just begun her blog recently and already she has a lot to say that would be so very helpful within the life of a Christian lady.  There is so much to learn still and we will never know it all but this blog has already been so very helpful within my life that I must share it with others.
  • Absolute Dominion has also been another blog that has encouraged me.  Although Coram Deo is NOT a woman, his blog is still very much an inspiration in so many ways!  Doctrine from the Word of God is very much needed as most are not willing to address these important issues.   The Lord has really worked in his life in many areas and we have seen changes and feel the Lord continues to guide and direct his efforts.
  • Defending Contending is a blog that deals directly with false doctrine.  Whether the false doctrine comes from those people that are well known or hardly known, the false doctrine is brought to light and exposed by the Word of God.  This blog belongs to Pilgrim (also NOT a woman) but is moderated by several men who have their own blogs.  This has been an encouragement in many ways and not the least the reminder of turning back to see what the Bible says.
  • The Desert Pastor is the last one that I will list (also NOT a woman).  Although, he is last his blog is very much an inspiration and reminder of my daily Christian life.  There are many that disagree with what he says but he does put into practice in his own life what he has put down on the blog.  I am so thankful for this aspect in his everyday life so whether a person agrees or not with what he says, at least he strives to be consistent within his walk with the Lord!

This has been a good reminder and a help to get me back on track.  I want to say thank you to each one of the blogs that were listed on here as an encouragement, uplifting, and inspiring to me.  There are also many other blogs that I have found to be so very helpful.  May each of you keep to the Word of God so that you will be able to stand approved before God as a workman that doesn’t need to be ashamed.  May your studies continue to be helpful both to the readers as well as to yourselves!