Archive for December, 2012

God Gets Too Much Credit

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This picture says it all for me.
This same thought that “God gets too much credit…” has been embedded into my mind for a couple of months now.
It grieves me that family of mine and other acquaintances choose not to fully believe in this God they have grown up hearing about because of us “Christians” constantly giving our God bad rep.
I know the scripture “All have sinned and fallen short..”. (Romans 3:23)
I also know that God is a God of grace and mercy. (HALLELUJAH)
Neither of these should excuse us of our daily decisions.

These decisions that are noticed more by those that are struggling to believe in our God, rather than us, the people who openly “worship” that God they are searching for.
I put the word worship from the previous line in quotations solely because the worship is primarily the basis for this next scripture, in my opinion.
Isaiah 29:13 says it this way: And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men..”

In the book of Matthew Jesus is having a discussion with a religious leader about how the religious leader, Pharisees, have taken the Word of God and made it convenient for what they needed for themselves in that moment. Jesus quotes Isaiah specifically this part “This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.”

Look, I know that the cross hairs are focused and dialed in on us as Christians, waiting for us to make a mistake, but know that if the mistake is made with true innocence then He will provide His grace or mercy appropriately.
Also know that if that mistake is made with no true evidence of a [fruitful relationship(Galatians 5:23-23)] with God, the consequences can be delivered by way of the public notification.

Let me leave you with this scripture Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

God does not hate fags!
God loves all people!
God does not make our choices for us, but instead allows freewill.
His will is for us to choose Him, and an eternal life with Him, all while leaving it up to us to freely make this decision.

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Selah

My Moment and I…

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 ESV)

I had an opportunity to share the Gospel with my dear brother, did I successfully plant a seed? I don’t feel confident that i did. How did it start? What was my opportunity? My nephew has started going to a Christian school now and has asked my brother questions beyond his years at 5 years young. I called my brother on Christmas Day just to tell him and the kids Merry Christmas and that I loved and missed them, when my brother called over his son, Ayden, to ask me the question that I feel my brother has been struggling with the most. The question that was asked with all innocence possible was, “If God created everything, then who created God”

WOW! right? What other 5 year is asking these questions? Is this question a testament of his youth or the possibilities of greatness within his tiny frame? Oh, what a joyous position I could have been in had the question been “Why did Jesus have to die?” or even “How do I know if I am saved and a Christian?” Those are easy right, but who created GOD? That is a question that has yet to be fully developed. My only answer was that no one created God. My answer to my brother was that we have finite minds and God is omniscient. Later on as I had more time to think about what had actually transpired in that moment I was greatly discouraged and researched more on the very question. A standard google search allowed me to hone in on various was to answer this question based on your audience i.e conversation with an Atheist vs a child.

I would like to think that given another opportunity I would be better equipped to answer wholly and bring the Gospel into the conversation. My sole apprehension was that I was speaking to my older brother my opposite.

What I know to be true is that God is moving in my family, and if it takes this “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger” Psalm 8:2 then Glory be to God above!

Selah

Endure

Oh give thanks to the Lord , for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV)

Have you ever wondered What His love is enduring?

A simple Google of the word endure warrants these results:

Verb
Suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently.
Tolerate (someone or something).
Synonyms
bear – stand – suffer – tolerate – sustain – undergo

Is it just referring to the cross? No? Because He isn’t still on the cross for His love to endure forever.

In 1 John it tells us why we are able to love Him “We love because he first loved us.”

To answer the initial question: what is His love enduring? His love endures through our choices to figure ourselves out. His love endures my attempts to be perfect as He is perfect. His love just…..endures!

The investment He risked it all for was you! And it’s an honor to work and serve and to live in such a way that would gain return for His name and For anyone who has yet to call on Him.

Be encouraged that His love will endure forever! It endures no matter how many attempts you take.

Selah