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….

All Fall Short- Justification

Rom 3:23  for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,

We all fall short, and all sin. But is this an excuse to do wrong and justify. “Well I messed up, but all have fallen short, so i’ll just pick up and move on?…”

Can we interpret scripture in many ways? Answer is YES! That’s what’s great about God’s word is that it’s living and moves with our spirit. But can we interpret the word for selfish gain? Answer is also YES!  Scripture should not be used as justification for sin, but as conviction of sin.

Even Satan tried to twist the written word of God:

and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:
‘ He shall give His angels charge over you,’
and,  ‘ In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’[a]

7 Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’[b]

Satan tried to twist the Bible for selfish gain, but Christ knew his word in and out.

No where does the word of God tell me sin is ok. Sin comes in all shapes and forms, and has two ends to a spectrum. For instance, to condemn yourself after you have sinned is a pride issue claiming your unworthy to be called his son/daughter. You can also have a pride issue by not feeling convicted by your sin, justifying it, and not receiving his grace. These two instances are completely opposite but both have pride.

The Word of God was spoken, written, and created to show us the way. A book of love for his creation that he set apart and loves. It is to show us our sinful nature and to bring us back to his Glory. It was meant to show us our sin, and repent of them, not justify them. The word of God continues to grow and teach as the spirit inside of us, connects with the Holy Spirit. Praise be to God for conviction, instead of condemnation. Praise be to God for his love which is unconditional. We as humans live conditionally, and our love is easy when times are great, but when life gets hard, we run.

Don’t justify your sin, just repent. Don’t let Satan get a foothold in your heart. You are equipped with the armor of God use it my brothers/sisters. Stand strong against temptation, but when you give in repent quickly and ask God for forgiveness. He is waiting eagerly to show you HIS Mercy everlasting.

Ambassador or Christian?

 

Which would you like to be?

Christian– Any follower of Christ
Ambassador– an authorized messenger or representative

2 Corinthians 5:20
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Me personally would like to be an authorized official with a mission sent to lands for my king. Paul calls us Ambassadors of Christ, so (Ephesians 6) Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. As an Ambassador we have rank, and it’s time to fulfill God’s calling.

 

Common question:
You a Christian?
Common answer:
Yes

Uncommon answer:
No, I’m an Ambassador of Christ!

O lord, teach us to be your ambassador……..

Spiritual Warfare

  

   So as I sit, and think of all that has happened amongst the men in our group at Grace; I see blogs being started, more Unity, more Brotherhood, more Growth, and more Faith. This pass week, I’vehad accounts of things such as accountability and other things as just growth and God inspired thoughts from our youth. But today, I had so many thoughts and confirmations of Spiritual Warfare.
     It started this morning, when listening to one of Javier’s songs inspired by “The Screwtape Letters” book. The idea behind the song is Demons talking to other demons about how to tempt us as Christians. Than I had two accounts of friends and friends of family tell me about there need for demonic interventions in the home. Saturday, is where a team of us willl go with all intention of furthering our kingdom of christ, so please pray….But as I pray and seek God’s advice I see this, one he has been with them from the strart, but something has left them vulnerable for attack. Maybe closet sin, unforgiveness, or something yet to be revealed. Two, I see this, God is bigger than any circumstance, and especially any demon. He has entitled us power, and revelation.
     The word of God is our sword! My question is how big is your sword, and how sharp? Our sheildis made by Faith! How big and durable is your shield? Does it wither because of experiences you’ve had, and does it have bruises for your lack of trust? One thing that really blows my mind is this: In spiritual realm you don’t look like flesh and bones. You are as tall, buff, and warrior like as you have put time after Christ! You grow stronger as you pursue Christ, and your as strong as every word that comes from the mouth of God. You have billions upon billions of angels watching over you, and yet we still doubt? Remember God has already given you victory, and Satan is beneath you in ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.  How big are you in spirit form?

Will DEMONS feel intimidated when YOU walk in a room……