Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
· God has given us gifts, He’s given us passion , He’s given us abilities, He’s planned us specifically at this time and place so that He could use us. He has a purpose for our lives, every warrior has a cause to fight for. We can’t only fight, until we don’t find the cause for which we have to fight for, we can’t truly live. Sometimes we feel hopeless and we wake up every morning with an empty feeling inside, that’s because we don’t have a cause , we don’t know what we’re living for. If we are willing to give up our dreams , our plans to Him, He will be able to do great things in us. Often we try to find the cause of our lives in our job, in our marriage, in our own plans, in our financial success. What’s interesting is that , if that is the main cause we’re fighting for, then the more we get these things, the more miserable we become.
· We need to understand that we are created beings, we have a creator . We didn’t come out of no where. This God created us for one purpose, to have an intimate relationship with Him and to worship Him. That is the original plan. That’s what we were created for .
We were created to be eternal beings, that’s the original plan…and what do we do? We live and fight for the things of this world.
· The first and the last thing Jesus said publicly : “Go and make disciples, tell them the good news” , what do we do? Ignore this commandment and live a selfish life.
· We’re fighting for the wrong cause, we’re living with the wrong priorities, as a result we will never be satisfied and find our purpose in life.
I In one of the speeches made by John Eldrege he said, “the universe is so vast and ageless, that the life of one man can only be justified by the measure of his sacrifice.
· My question is: How much are we willing to sacrifice for God? (this is a quote I used from my nephew Reisy) How much are we willing to live a selfless life and sacrifice our time and comfort for the sake of others? How much are we willing to sacrifice, to tell the good news to the people who don’t know Christ in spite of the mocking and the rejection? How much are we willing to sacrifice to live everyday not just fitting God into our agenda but making Him the center of our everyday life and giving 100% of our lives to Him?
· If we are willing to sacrifice our life for the purpose of living for the right cause, God will do great things in our lives. He will do things that you thought were impossible.
· What causes are you most passionate about in your life right now?
· Take a moment to meditate on this verses and ask God to give you the right cause to fight for...
· Luke 4:18
Monday, October 19, 2009
I was surfing on youtube and checking out some videos and I ran across this one:
Now what is the first word that comes to your mind when you finished watching it?
For me was definetely "GRACE" ,simply grace
In Ephesians 4:22-24 we read that we were taught, with regard to our former way of life, to put off our old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of our minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Friday, October 16, 2009
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, we have a problem. For just one moment, I want you to think about the people around you. Now, eliminate from your thinking those around you whom you know to be Saved. If you are anything like me, you still have a large number of people in your thoughts. Now, I want you to think of how you've tried to reach those every same people.
Have you really done so? Or, have you done the typical Christian responses. If you are confused or would like to see what I mean, please, read on. I have noticed an alarming trend the last couple of years, and I find it to be getting far worse. We Christians are gaining but two responses to those trapped in their sin. Neither response is what we should be using.
The first response, "I'm Christian, you're unclean, stay away." Or, as I like to put it, "This is my Light, get your own." Some Christians have this habit (I know I have some guilt in this as well) to cover up themselves from loving those around them, and just get disgusted by those in sin. Instead of shining as a light to a dark and lightless world, they cover their lamp. This should not be so, for:
14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. -Matthew 5:14-16.
Very clearly we are commanded to shine our light into the world. Yes it may be hard, but God gives us nothing which we cannot bear ( 1 Cor. 13). I know stepping out in faith can be hard, but we have to, for if we don't, who will?
The second response that bothers me, "I'm a Christian and I'm going to shove it in your face as much as I can." First of all, this response is so very prideful (I know I have been guilty of doing this myself). Yes, you know Christ, but don't forget those who still need Him! When we push it in people's faces that we're Christians all the time, it puts them off because all they see is our pride. Am I saying stay away from the fact you know Christ? No, I am not. I am Christian and will gladly say so, but I need only tell those around me once that I'm Saved, then I should let my actions and my words speak for themselves and if that fails me, let God take over.
Also, with the mindset that you're somehow better than those around you because of your faith, you fail to be able to teach the Truth in love which we know to do in Ephes. 4:15.
Do I write this to condemn my brothers and sisters in Christ? No, I write it as a reminder for us all, for we all a guilty of falling short of the Glory of God, but greater is He who is in us, and with Him all things are possible. This is also meant to lift up my brothers in sisters in Christ, we all struggle, but there is always hope as long as Christ remains, and He shall forever and ever. Peace be with you.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I was going to write about another topic but I thought that it'd be better to stick to this topic for a bit longer.
I wonder sometimes what it is to be totally dependent of God and to give all of what youve got to God. Our pastor said something really interesting this past weekend, and it made me think for long hours about this. What exactly is it for you to hand over the control of your life to God? Is there a diference between controlling your life and letting God make part of it and Letting God control you life and you make part of His plans and dreams?
What I have seen is that people have been making the choice of initially handing everything over to God, for a while. Then, as soon as things start getting a bit tough or not the way "they" planned things out, they start getting a hold of things back again. It's like you've trusted God, but you still wanted to keep control of things, you still wanted to have a hold of things, you still wanted to play God's role in life. So we can get a better image of what happens, imagine you have a chair and you hand this chair over to God while sitting on it, but suddenly you start noticing that things are getting out of hand, and you start putting on foot down, and then things continue not going the way you planned, and you decide to put another foot down, and then things get totally out of "your" control (which initially you handed over to God) and you put both of your hand out of the chair. As soon as you know, you're no longer in God's care but under you own care, your own sense of control and very far away from GOd. When you noticed, you have taken the chair back into your own arms and your life is back to where it was before, to the way it was before...Living a life dependent of God has a high cost, what is this cost?
To trust Him 100% and whatever may happen , you may know that He is in control.
You want to hear something interesting? The human kind has had this act of independence form God for thousands of years, they have trusted no one but themselves. As a result we see a world desperately shouting for help...even so, people still think that they have control over things...One of my students last week asked me the following question: Is a human being naturally righteous and the society messes him up or is the human being naturally messed up and the society keeps him balanced in righteousness? I couldn't believe the level of independence and selfishness in that sentence! The human kind ? able to keep other people in balance?
What this guy said, was simply: I trust myself and I think I'm enough to do what I need to do, I don't need anyone, not even God!
If you are someone like this , and you think you're good enough to keep your life balanced, think again! We were created for Him and by Him and in Him alone will we find balance for our lives. Being dependent of God, is having both of your feet and arms in the chair, is handing everything over to Him and closing your eyes and not fearing what may happen , is to let go of EVERYTHING that is in your hands ans trust Him to be in control.
Friday, October 9, 2009
- ▼ October (6)
- I'm someone who is imperfect and stained by sins and mistakes but I'm also someone who by the grace and Mercy of our Heavenly Father is totally in love with Christ and completely overjoyed on serving and working for the Kingdom of God. I love to hear and encourage peole. Above all, I'm 100% dedicated to the purpose of Jesus in my life!