The Intimate Posture of a Child

The whole lap thing has gotten me pretty worked up a bit. I mean here I am a 22 year old Pastor walking through life and thinking I know things, when in reality I know very little of my Heavenly Father.

My first thing with the illustration is why the lap? I mean I guess I can understand a small child sitting in someone’s lap, that’s “normal” and happens often.

Santa Claus is KNOWN for being at the mall during November – December as parent’s, kids, teenager’s, etc. go to take the photo of Santa’s lap…Maybe that image is “creepy” to you, and well it definitely would be “creepy” for me at 22 to DESIRE to sit in Santa’s lap. Well I’m sure you get my point…sorry for the tangent.

Good thing is God is NOT Santa nor will he EVER be. (Phew)

We’re talking about a God that surpasses our very knowledge. We’re talking about a Father who know’s our intricate details in our life, but CHOOSES to act as if he doesn’t to share a conversation and be WITH us. This means as I speak with the Father he doesn’t say, “Matt I know what you’re about to say,” and cut me off, instead he is eternally patient to hear my story, hurt’s, pain, joys, discouragement’s, and successes. Not only does he want to hear this from me, He wants me to be as close to him as possible so he could hold me, laugh with me, hug me, and WHISPER (not yell) how proud he is of me. Are you close enough to the Father, that if he whispered you could hear Him?

Job 4:12

“This truth was given to me in secret, as though whispered in my ear.

Heavenly Father wants us to be in the most intimate position you can be in as a child, sitting in Daddy’s lap explaining how your first day of kindergarten went. Telling him about your promotion or lay-off, mission’s trip or foreclosure, new family member or a loss of one, new experience or a past hurt. He, the God of the universe is telling YOU to come sit in his lap so he could embrace you fully. Surround you in his presence, and whisper that HE has everything all taken care of and he will walk you through ANYTHING this world throws at you.

God is just beginning to unravel a journey of fatherhood & sonship to me that I may have lacked growing up, but am now starting to understand. Funny how when there’s a hole and void in someones heart nothing but the love of a FATHER could help.

So to all the earthly Father’s….call your kid’s and let them know you love them RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE…and we’ll get to that VERY point in my next post…

“Do you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?” (Part 2)

When I think of Lord I see King Aragorn from “Lord of the Rings!”)

 

Today we study Kurios ((koo’-ree-os)!
This is the greek interpretation of our english word “Lord.”

Definition: a person who has authority, control, or power over others; amaster, chief, or ruler.

See as my friend Doug had told me, “Many receive Jesus as their Savior, and not their Lord (Kurios).” He showed me that at times I even look at Christ as my Savior and miss the fact that he also to be my Lord. Lord is a word that usually holds great position as in master, supreme authority, or owner. See we must understand what a Lord is to understand the full gospel of receiving Christ as our Lord. See a Lord or man of authority usually rules over someone or something.

If we accept Christ as Savior to redeem us, than we must also accept him as Lord to DIRECT US. He now calls the shots! It means that we are taking a hands off approach to our lives and allowing Jesus to have full custody of our hearts, minds, and bodies. What we do we submit it under His authority and Lordship. He is our shepherd that cares for, guides, and corrects us. He’s my Lord that i wish to serve, make proud, and do His will. He’s a Lord that makes all things right, and has full authority of the heavens. He as MY Lord has full authority over me if I release myself to His service, and it is an amazing place to be.

See my Lord Jesus Christ ALWAYS has OUR best intentions in mind. We are now his mouth piece to carry out his word. He is just, and loving to all those that call upon and receive His name. He saved us, and now we give ourselves to Him so that we may one day live in paradise with him. See he is Lord of our future land, and Lord of our current life. When He speaks I wish to listen. When He calls to me to GO, I wish to be obedient (Often times this is VERY HARD!).

My father God, and Lord Jesus Christ love me dearly and because of this I can see Him as my Lord. The one who will guide my life, and in my surrender take care of every need. Name a GREAT ruler who doesn’t care for those whom he rules. My Lord is the rarest of all and his Kingdom shall reign for all eternity.

So how about it do you accept Jesus Christ as you LORD, and SAVIOR…..?

“Do you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?”

Often times I have heard this phrase, and only once have I said yes. Growing up in the church setting most of my life i have heard, seen, and asked this question to people. This is the basis of our entire Faith as a Christian is to accept Christ as our “Lord and Savior.” After sitting in my car the other day one of my friends had said this phrase, “See many people accepts Jesus as their Savior, but not as Lord.”

Hmmm…. What exactly did that mean! Unable to shake this question in my head I realized that we do ask one question for Salvation,  but there are actually  TWO ANSWERS! Join me as we look deeper in these two words. First off is Savior!

Definition:
savior [ˈseɪvjə] n.
a person who rescues another person or a thing from danger or harm

Ok so I see how this is rather simple. Do I accept Jesus as my personal Savior? Well yes Totally 100% I accept him. As do many others who come to see Jesus for the first time and have that experience. We see that Christ is our Savior and wishes to rescue us from all harm and as we surrender our lives to Him, He begins to do a transformation in us that defies the laws of this world. We see that in Him we can be made new whole because of His sacrifice on that brutal cross that saved us from our own iniquity. He IS our Savior, and so much more. He wishes to free us from a life of sin and move us into a relationship with Him. He can redeem us from our past and set us on course for a new life. He is our Savior and forever will be the one, and THE ONLY ONE that can set your soul into Heaven.

John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Tomorrow we look at Christ as also our LORD the one we seem to most commonly miss, and/or forget….

Leave it to Bieber!

I remember seeing a young boy on youtube once with what I thought was raw talent. I looked at this kid maybe 15 at most and saw the potential, passion, and zeal he had for music. He was a just a kid but was blessed with a miraculous voice at such a young age. He was soon becoming viral on the internet and “EVERYONE” was talking about the potential he had and when he would be “Signed.” (I myself am guilty!) I knew one day he could make it big, actually I hoped he would!

There’s always something about seeing a modern simpleton making into the big times. For some reason though there will always be opinions, skeptics, and haters. I’m not claiming to be a fan of JUSTIN BIEBER but I can say I think he has raw talent that many artists to this day do not have. I don’t want to hate on anyone so I will say this…

Justin Bieber has the talent that we need to see in today’s “auto tuned” culture. Many wanted to see him rise, and now they pray for his fall? What’s the point? We wish to see simple people make it BIG than when they do, we hate on them. Society is fickle and we are fickle people. Justin Bieber, can’t say I’m a devout fan but I can say I’m proud to see a simple “kid” make it to the big leagues. So instead of saying…”He sounds like a girl, he has no fans, he took no grammy”…I will say…”Glad to see young talent make it, glad those girls love him (LOL), and congratulations on being nominated for a Grammy!”

Lets face it I pray to God he holds true to his morals, and can be a beacon of light onto a lot of artists that have sold their souls to be famous. Fact is jealousy makes and drivers haters. Justin is doing more in his life of 17 years than most people have wished to do in their entire lives.

Guess Sho Baraka a christian rapper says it best….

“You can be a Pharisee or you can be a witness/
If we stay in the church the world callsl us religious/
If we go on mtv the saints think were trippin/
If we try to hit the streets then we’re some thugs in sin/

Sometimes I’m confused with who is the opposition/
I think I heard cheers when I fumbled the ball/
They claim they’re on our team but praying for our fall/”

 

Im Starving…and I Don’t Care (Part 2)

So If starvation cause ultimately death than we have a HUGE problem, but we have a HUGE solution, JESUS!!

Deuteronomy 8:3
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

Catch that?…”man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

We must be hearing, speaking, and reading Jesus every single day. Let’s put this into perspective, we eat everyday three times a day roughly. That means we fill our bodies up every single day. So does our spirit need nourishment? Well this verse is plain we need his Word EVERYDAY to survive. We need to hear, speak, read, or pray something every day for our spirit to survive and be nourished. We must be with Christ every day!

I personally have been in a spiritual hunger for quite a couple of weeks. I’ve read every now and again, but for some reason I have been so distracted that I just haven’t even had the desire to read God’s Word. My Spirit is quivering…I begin to think about this verse, and how I am willingly starving my Spirit. I know I love to eat (as most guys do), but I would never starve my body willingly…so why my Spirit?

See Satan wants anorexia Christians who feel weak  and can eventually die out 😦 He wants me to starve myself and for some reasonI willingly do. Even in these “drought” season’s though I know my God wants to fill me with his Word. He continually wants to talk and speak with us about the things He wishes to do. When we eat it gives us strength to fight, without nourishment we are further prone to sin. With his word we can…

Ephesians 4:22-24
that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Im starving and I need to start caring, and help feed others too.

In fact I haven’t even read today…looks like it’s time to get off of Call of Duty and read…

Help…I’m Starving! (Part 1)


Some thoughts I wish to convey from the heart:

  1. How does the body react due to starvation?
    • Starvation is the most extreme form of malnutrition.
    • In humans, prolonged starvation can cause permanent organ damage and eventually, death
    • Inanition- Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment or vitality

Thank you Wikipedia!

So starvation is an absence of energy which causes the body to resort to tissues and muscles for energy. eventually this process begins to tear apart the body until the final destination is reached at death. Some of you may be asking, “Why such a morbid scene Matt?” I ask you to stay with me as I believe God is taking me on a journey of what this all entails. This is not a health lesson but I believe has a very valid point. First, we must look into what this starvation thing is to fully grasp the concept i wish to share on my heart. So for today we see this…

Starvation is:

  1. Deadly
  2. Unhealthy
  3. A cause for fatigue
  4. A way to cause serious Organ damage
  5. The single gravest threat to the world’s public health

*I’m starving My Spirit and I Don’t Care…..

Voices in my head…

If your anything like me than you struggle!! Ok, so your like me, glad we cleared that up 🙂 So we all struggle, and many of us struggle in different ways. Also, none of us has ever struggled with something that someone else hasn’t been through, only trick is to find that person and learn from them!!

My struggle seems to be deeply rooted inside of me. My mom has always told me I’m my worst enemy, critic, etc. I am also a thinker i like to visualize pictures, stories, and write lyrics. With my excessive thinking I also have the tendency to analyze situations. (Ok, I have the tendency to over analyze to  i can admit. You can just ask my family or my girlfriend lol)

So what kind of things do I hear in my head?……

“Your not good enough.”

“Who are you to deserve something like this?”

“You can’t accomplish that goal it’s to big a task for you.”

“What did you say that for…Everyone thinks your an idiot.”

“Did you see how they looked at you, you must be annoying.”

“Wow you messed up in school again, you’ll never amount to what your supposed to be at this rate”

“Why do you get to lead these events, there are so much others more qualified than you?”

“Your better than him, don’t let them talk to you like that.”

See we all struggle and this blog has to be one of the hardest I’ve ever written. Don’t think I’ve ever shared so many insecurities at one time. Fact is I doubt myself and struggle with fears of many things. I’m learning that I fear to be isolated or alone, I fear being ignored and unheard, I fear that one day all the things that are good to me will be gone because truth is I don’t deserve them. With all this doubt, and insecurity can also follow depression. What can counter all this negativity? Glad you asked!!

Well through all this I’ve also heard some other voices in my head, but these I really have to focus on to hear them. These voices are much different from the others, but these words I wish to believe.

They tell me……..

Jeremiah 1:5
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Psalm 36:7
How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.”

Psalm 86:13
For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave”

Psalm 94:18
When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O LORD, supported me.”

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Philippians 4:13
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”

“Abandoned my word, rejected my praise, but when I take you by the hand all things will fade away, and you’ll stand in my grace.”

** Lord thanks for speaking when all doubt, fear, discouragement surround. You are faithful, and i must rely on who YOU say I am to find my strength and Joy. Thank you for loving me first, and allowing me to love you back. Help me understand who you say I am that I may walk in encouragement, hope, love, SECURITY, and joy. AMEN!**

See God is the only one to counter the voices Satan throws our way. I for one am still learning how to hear God above  all the noise. But, I can guarantee you that no matter what, he will be speaking the words of life into you ALWAYS. We just have to learn how to hear his sweet soft spoken voice in the background of the noise. When you feel down or discouraged just remember what he has said. (See the above scriptures)