December 23, 2011 Comments Off on 3 Truths in 1
As I attended Elevation Church‘s Code Orange Christmas services this week and saw hundreds give their life to Christ, something struck me about seeing a certain young boy, probably about 10 years old, stand up to dedicate his life to Christ.
For most of us we overlook children as being able to comprehend things and understand what’s going on, but really they do understand and fully get it. However, there’s something bigger going on in this situation.
1) The truth knows no age, no sin, no requirement, but presents itself to the soul within. The truth, being that Jesus Christ came to die for our sins as the ultimate sacrifice and offers us eternal life as He is the son of God, comes to someone regardless of their age, young or old, and gives itself to anyone that is willing to hear it. Many people often times set up a barrier around their heart, they come into a situation because their preferences mean more to them then Gods presence. Often times, we come into a house of worship automatically turned off because it has too much lighting, not enough lighting, or they aren’t playing our favorite worship songs, but you have to remember it’s not about us. It’s about Him. Let go of your preference and enter into His presence.
2) The truth engages where we have been, where we are, and where we are going in our lives. No matter what is going on in your life in this moment, God has a part in it. The promises of God never forsaking you, of always loving you, and of protecting you against your enemies always was, is, and will be apart of your life forevermore if you are a christian.
3) We don’t base our faith on feelings, but on the truth. Our faith is never about what we are feeling for that day or any kind of feeling that can manipulated, it’s solely based on the truth of the gospel in the bible. When we allow ourselves to base our faith on feelings, we begin to enter into a constant downward and upward battle for how close we feel with God on a day to day basis. Instead, we should base our faith on what the bible tells us and what has already been promised about this lifetime- that God will always be with us.
August 10, 2011 Comments Off on Actions and Words
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. -James 1:23
Throughout our life we constantly hear the phrase “actions speak louder than words”. We understand it. Take it to heart. File it in our mind and move on. Never applying it, consciously.
We, as christians, today are so good at speaking the bible, telling others we go to church, singing worship songs in the car, or telling people we are praying for them. But when do we ever actually take action?
There are situations in your life that are going to call you to be Jesus rather than speak Jesus. Nobody can BE Jesus, but you get the point.
Think about the last friendship/relationship in your life and how it ended. What do you remember? You probably remember the actions as of why the relationship ended rather than what was said. You remember what the person did you, rather than the apology. Why? Because your actions leave a lasting impact more than your words.
Sometimes we get so busy telling others about God that we forget to spend time with God, ourselves. We get so caught up inviting people to church, writing blogs, counseling others, or listening to Pastors that we forget to have a personal relationship with Jesus. (All those things are extremely important to your walk, but that’s not the point of this post)
If I can write these blog posts, but do not live the very words I speak then what good is that? If my actions do not align with the words I speak, then what kind of a witness am I?
Before I die to others and love on them the way Christ loves me, I have to die to myself first and love me for me first. If you can’t love the person God has called you to be, you can’t love others the way you need to.