Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Learning so much....

Now as touching things offered to idols, we all have knowledge. But knowledge puffeth up but chrity edifiteh. And if any man thinketh he know anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. But if any man love God, the same is known of him. - 1 Corinthian 8:1-3

How true is this?!! Man how true this is. I will tell you, there is something about this Christian walk that both puffs up and edifies. It is the people that usually puff up and it is the God in us the has the ability to edify. I don't know about you but it seems we all reach a point in our walk when we think we have a handle on the things of God. We become caught up with church doctrine and sometimes forget that it is the Word of God that is the final authority but we put so much emphasis on what the church believes. Now don't get me wrong, it is a good thing to have a set of beliefs by which to govern yourself by so long as they are rooted in the Word but even then, some of the the doctrine that arises is based on what we think the Word is saying. Most of the interpretations that we have about the Word of God comes from some of the traditional things that we have been taught down the line and we become denominational converts instead of born again believers.

So what am I learning...I am learning that loving God and being loved by Him is really all that matters. And if we claim to love God we WILL love our brothers and sisters. For all of the law is fulfilled in one word and that is to love thy neighbor as thyself. I am not saying that it is okay to be in doctrinal error (learning that there is a lot of that too) and that we should accept anything but what I am saying is doctrine puffs up but love builds up. Doctrine at times confuses but love just makes sense. When we love each other we will not become offended so easily because we know we have each other's best interest as heart. But in the end it is ALL about Christ. Love says I love you enough to make sure that in everything you do you are honoring our Lord.

Not only that but I am learning A LOT and I mean A LOT about how the devil works with his backwards behind. I am becoming more and more aware of the methods he uses to keep us as far as we can possibly get from God. And this is the thing, he doesn't even care about you devoting your life and actions to him but so long as he can keep you in a place that you will never experience true freedom in Christ, if he can get you to hang out in the middle (lukewarm) he is good. But the farther away he can entice you the better. That is why we have to be careful of the small things that capture our affections because God is a jealous God (yes Oprah! He is jealous for us and not of us). And most of all HE LOVES US..OH HOW HE LOVES US like she says below:

And I love you too!

Peace and Blessings


Wednesday, October 7, 2009


The most important thing that we could possibly EVER obtain in life is a realtionship with God. We were redeemed by His blood to spend eternity with Him in heaven when at one point in time that completely impossible. But God made it possible becuase it was important to Him to reconcile His creation to himself. ALL of His creation...and that includes me and YES you too!!!

It is one thing to be redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ but it is a total different matter altogether to garner a relationship with Him. It is easy to, as some practice, say a prayer and ask Jesus into your heart. It may even be easy to for others to be fire baptized with His Holy Ghost and speak in an unknown tongue but at some point in each of these lives....the challenge comes with actually having a relationship with Jesus. We can hold on to the manifestations, the fruit of the Spirit displayed in us and even the works that animate our faith but to be in a close relationship with The Father...OH MY!! How does one do that?

I wish OH how I wish I had a formula to recite that would solve this for us but the truth is I do not. What I do know and what I can tell you is this...a relationship is first built on these things:

1. The blood of Jesus Christ and the power that it has to save us from death and sin

2. Continual trust and faith in God

3. The Holy Ghost (His power not ours)

4. Prayer (open and constant communication)

5. Obedience to His will through His Word

6. A willing heart and mind


That acutally almost sounds like a formula but not really. These are merely precursors but only a few. Also, understand this...God pursues us! God wants and longs to have a relationship with us. He doesn't just want to save our souls but He wants to talk to us and teach us and show us His love. We can know these things all day long and we can know about the character of God as much as we would like but I believe He wants us to not just know these things but to actually experience them first hand! I believe it is His will for us.

This relationship that I speak of is so about LOVE at that. His sacrifice for us was based on love. His resurrection was based on love. And everything else that He does is based on love but without the relationship we cannot know or even experience His love. There is a secular song that comes to mind that goes a little something like this:

I needed the shelter of someone's arms
I needed someone to share my ups and downs
With sweet love and devotion
deeply touching my emotion
I want to stop and thank you

I am NOT trying to spiritualize a secular song but thats just what came to mind for the moment. Psalms 91:4 says "He shall cover you with His feathers and under His wings you shall take refuge." HOW SWEET IT IS TO BE LOVED BY YOU! 1 Peter 5:7 says that we can cast our cares on Him because He cares for us. HOW SWEET IT IS TO BE LOVED BY YOU! Romans 5:8 says while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. HOW SWEET IT IS TO BE LOVED BY YOU! Eyes have not seen, ear have not heard nor has it entered into the hearts of man the things that God has prepared for those that love Him. HOW SWEET IT IS TO BE LOVED BY YOU!

As I write this I am reminded to not give up and to keep pursuing God no matter how I feel or how hard things seem to get. I KNOW I love Him and I am even more certain that He loves me. All I can say is that God is awesome and a relationship with Him, no matter how hard it seems it is to obtain, is well worth it...your life depends on it and that is no exaggeration.

So there you go...

God IS Love (1 John 4:8)