Saturday, February 26, 2011

2012, Apocalypse Now, and Stetsasonic "talkin all that jazz".....

1John 2:15-18

Do Not Love the World

15  Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
17  The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.18  Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.

We are closer right now than we have ever been to "The End".  I had a friend make a comment about how he had watched 2012 (the movie) and just wasn't really impressed.  See he's a brother in Christ and 2012 doesn't stir him because he knows The Truth.  My friend knows about God's Kingdom and that when it does all go down, he'll be Kingdom bound.  

Here's the thing,  as you read the scripture above I hope you noticed verse 15 especially the first part.  "Do Not love the world nor the things in the world." Now the weather will be warming up soon enough and people in this formerly humble town I live in will be flocking to spend Sundays on the lake instead of heading to church.  The excuses will be flying high and loud about " I can worship doesn't have to be in a church all the time"......yeah but what are you worshiping?  I know you deeper than you would care to believe.  Right now you are reading this and you know that at this point I am talking directly to you!  I have been there and used the exact same excuses for the exact same reasons.  The "World" has you fooled just as I was fooled.  Don't let the same BS control your life anymore.  Some how drinking a 12 pack of beer, lusting over someone just a few feet away that is half naked, and cussing like a sailor just doesn't seem too much like worship.  How is that honoring God?  I used to use that same excuse almost every weekend.  I talked about all the hypocrites in church, not realizing if church was where hypocrites were then I should have been on the front row! but I was on top of a mountain somewhere.  That was the hypocrisy of the whole scenario.... I was in the middle of some of God's most wonderful artistic designs, using that lame excuse about not needing to be in church to worship, but I wasn't worshiping!!!  Like the nights I spent hanging out in bars and clubs, then on sunday mornings I just couldn't make it to church.....I did that more times than I wish to try and remember.  I was "in the world" and was blind to the truth because of my position in the world....I know you are in that same spot.  Get in touch with me and let's get you moving to an eternal kingdom instead of being a slave in a world that is "passing away".  God has put this on my heart tonight for YOU!  I really do know you and I know this was written for you.  I don't know your name yet, but I do know God moved me to reach for you.

Thank you for reading my Blog and pass it on at will.

To God be the Glory,

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Take time to pray and meditate on this one.....

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

I have been breaking this verse down in my head for a while.   A local pastor was quoted as saying something to the effect of "too many people get hung up on this verse, and act like this one verse is the whole gospel....well it's not!"  That's not an exact quote because I refrained from commenting too much when I first found out about it.   There was also a comment about Jesus being "A Way....", and I've chewed and prayed on this for a while.....
Let's just break this verse of Scripture down and look at the parts of it.  First it says, "Jesus said".  Okay this one part eliminates my personal opinion and gives direct authority to Jesus because He made this statement.  Next, "I am the way".  This is where Jesus claims to the "the way" not a way.  But wait what is He "the way" to?  Jesus also said "and the truth"  or I am the Truth.... so that gives accountability and authority.  Who was Jesus to make this statement?  He is the Truth, therefore His statement must be True.  Back to the other question, Who or What is Jesus the way to?  He is the way to The Father.  Wait there is more, and this is the kicker!!!! Jesus said, "no one comes to the Father but through me".....  That means Jesus IS the ONLY WAY to the Father...Right?  

Okay let's see if this makes sense.  Jesus said I am The Way.  Jesus said I am the Truth.  Oh yeah, Jesus said I am The Life.  Jesus said No one comes to the Father but through me.  If Jesus made these statements what does it matter that my opinion and your opinion may not meet in the middle?  Our opinions don't really matter at all.  What matters is that Jesus SAID these things and completely shoots a hole in our opinions.  As much as I would like to believe that there is another way to God so that we can have Life....but Jesus addresses that issue, He is the ONLY Way.  Why did He become a sacrifice on the Cross?  to give us Life.  

Unfortunately we have lost our focus here in these wonderful United States of America.  We're obsessed with the latest and greatest gadget and who has what, even in times when the economy is in the toilet.  We still have a couple of weeks before Lent, Please pray on this with me, that we as a Country will regain our focus with this verse being a huge part of that focus.  We need to remember He is God and we are not.  As the speaker I heard last month stated, " We are on the verge of the next great awakening, and our churches are not ready!".  We have got to get ready! We have got to get off the milk and start eating some meat, so we'll be prepared for the next harvest of new believers that will be feeding on milk, as they will be the infant Christians that we once were. 

God Bless You and thank you for taking the time to read my Blog!