Dear Church, Be Thankful

I find myself seeking God in a multitude of areas of my life, if not every area. He will answer one of my prayers and I spend to little time in thankfulness. The next thing of urgency or importance automatically moves to the top. There will always be prayers that are not yet answered and it is easy to move on to them when the most important one preceding it is answered. Or, we might have a prayer answered that was not the most urgent/important and we miss the answer. Our mind is go focused on the next task at hand that we fail, or at least I do, to take time for thanksgiving and or celebration.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,

to which indeed you were called in one body.

And be thankful. (Col 3:15)

LIVE or LOVE?

I find myself when typing on my phone to type “live” when I want to type “love”. So I type, “I live you” instead of “I love you”. I got to thinking about that the other day and wondered what the difference is. “I live you” sounds like it means that I live your desires. It sounds as if you have become that person. I know this might sound a little crazy, but can we “love” God if we don’t “live” God. Isn’t that our call as Christians? Aren’t we to “live” God out in our society. Isn’t that why we have the Holy Spirit.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

(Gal 2:20, NLT)

What do you think?

I’m A Failure!

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“This shock and awe approach to mission is extremely appealing to leaders in our consumer culture. It taps into our consumer-oriented desire for big impact and feeds the assumption that large equals legit. The psychological appeal is never explicit but always present: by making a huge impact you can convince the world of God’s legitimacy as well as your own. That is an enticing promise particularly for younger ministers as many of us have yet to establish our legitimacy and tend to carry latent feelings of inadequacy.” Skye Jethani

You might not be able to handle this, so you might want to quit reading this NOW! Continue reading

I Think We Are Fools When We Do This!

To be in Christ is a win, it is good, it is right, it is where we were created to be. It will cost you. However, staying at a safe distance does not work. You cannot look at Christ from a distance and find the fulfillment that is found in Him. Looking at Christ from a distance brings conviction and dissatisfaction with life, so most people choose to walk away.

Clarity is aways beneficial. Clarity might should help us to see better and make need adjustments. I think God gave some clarity into the mind of many Christians during the sermon. In an effort to demonstrate a grace gift I held up and asked who wanted $5. Only a few hands went up and this is where God began to speak into my spirit. I felt impressed by the Spirit to ask, “Why would you not want it?”. The few answers that scattered the room were that their was some catch or trick. WOW! Great clarity.

Why do we not accept the gift of our sanctification with surrender the way we accept salvation through surrender? At salvation, you prayed a prayer that probably had this line in it somewhere, “I give you my LIFE.” We are called to salvation and it is given by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9). We stand in the same gospel by grace through faith (1 Cor 15:1-2). What keeps us from receiving the gift of abundant life that come by grace through faith that are found in Christ? I abandon self, follow Christ and enjoy His abundant life.

Our mind begins to think, “What’s the catch?”

If I abandon my life to Christ and live by the truth, principle and precepts of God’s Word, there is going to be a catch somewhere. Jesus is tricking me into something else.

I believe it goes back to our instinct of loss aversion. Loss aversion “refers to people’s tendency to strongly prefer avoiding losses to acquiring gains. Some studies suggest that losses are twice as powerful, psychologically, as gains” (wikipedia). Thus, if I decide to surrender my life to Christ and live in Christ it is going to cost me something, I am going to loss something. Therefore, we stay a safe distance just as the disciples did as Christ began His journey to the cross.

I cannot tell you what surrender will require of you, what it will cost you or what the exact reward will be. Jesus simply said,

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.

Matthew 16:24, ESV

So, we don’t follow Christ with all our our because the risk it too high. We avoid the risk that following Jesus entails. We would rather take the risk of running our life in our way. I think we are fools when we do this. To take no risks is the greatest risk of all.

If You Missed One

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If you missed one or all of my blog devotions/post you can see them here. Have a great weekend.

Monday – Longing of The Soul

Tuesday – Prophetic Word – God Don’t Do Second

Wednesday – Big Trouble

Thursday – Anxious?

Friday – 27 Years Ago Today

Extra – Confusion Leads to Confusion

It’s Okay for Me To Be Weak

“Because Jesus was strong for me, I was free to be weak.”1

Weakness has never been applauded in my life. I was raised to be a man. I was raised to take the world by the horns. I was raised where big boys don’t cry. I was raised not to be weak. If there is an area in which you are weak then strengthen it. Don’t let anyone see your weaknesses because that is where they will attack you. But the Bible says…. Continue reading

Good Friday

Romans 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

Good Friday is a day we all can remember how weak we are when it comes to sin. The more we seek to stop sinning the more we seem to sin. It is that part of life that is most difficult. In Adam we are destined to sin and death. Christ is the only one who could pay the debt owed, death. As Christ died on the cross, He was putting His power in the place of our weakness. Just as we are born in Adam so now the believer is in Christ. He paid the price for sin. He paid the price for my sin. He paid the price for your sin.

“Where sin increases, grace abounds all the more” Romans 5:20b

As a believer, we can know that Christ death was sufficient to cover our sin.

Romans 6:7 For one who ha died has been set free from sin.