We are to Ascribe to the Lord Strength and Glory! How awesome. Let’s talk to ourselves about how great our God is and exclaim it to Him! Shout it to Him! Believe!
Believe Christ in you and see His Power!
When we are single we need to learn how to commit ourselves to Jesus, so that when we are married we know how to be committed to our beautiful wife =)
Whenever God works in my life or when I feel convicted by something, I get moved by God. I may go a week or so without feeling convicted or not seeing anything miraculous happen, so my thoughts start to drift like a small cute boy down a dark alley. As he walks you can make him out less and less. But the alley is only dark when the sun is down. As soon as the Son rises and his light shines, my thoughts and intentions return to where there were destined to be.
Last weekend I went on a mini-camping trip with friends from college. As I uploaded the photos to my computer I saw a trend in the pictures with me in them. I felt like I was slightly showing off. Just slightly, nothing major. Then God, with his impeccable timing, made the next sliding photo not a photo at all, but a video.
Two of my friends and I were playing a game appropriately titled Jump Ball, in where a football is thrown up in the air and the ones playing all jump for the ball and try to catch it. It is an all out brawl. Then add in dirty lake water it is even better. Now I know I get into anything sports related. Well scratch that
"anything sports related." I get into anything competition oriented. I always justify myself for getting excited and “into” the game by saying that I am enjoying the game the way God would have wanted me to. I truly believe that God knew sports would be invented when he made us and he was excited for them to start! Sports and competition bring a side of us out that doesn’t normally. A lot of the time we are sweating adrenaline thinking we are a young Lebron James, but normally we are just look like an ADHD version of ourselves - I’m not saying ADHD is bad in anyway, I think it’s a lot of fun.
Just some harmless fun, but as God reveals the blinded sin in our lives we see that it isn’t so harmless at all. As I watched the video play back I saw myself for who I truly was. I heard the words I said and not that anything I said or did would have been frowned upon on late night television, but it was that I was trying to be encouraging and loving, but I was truly failing.
What I’m learning is that God calls us to humble ourselves: Mind, Soul, and Body. There shouldn’t be one aspect of ourselves that we don’t submit to God and allow him to use. I don’t know what I would have done in that situation if I got a chance to repeat it, but I do know I would have rather just remained quiet.
It is over and done with so I shouldn’t dwell in what I should have done or what I could have said. I have to live with the reality of what I did and what God showed me. It wasn’t a punishment showing me what I did or the way I felt about it, it was a blessing. As God reveals to us our sin, he is showing us how we can become more like him.
He is loving us.
Think about this, God created everything! So in making everything he made things to work a proper way and WE all went and messed that up. As we messed up God called that Sin. God hates sin because God is good, he can’t be around anything that is not good and anything that is not good can’t get close to God. That’s just the way it works, it’s like oil and water. However, God loved us so much he pursued us to all lengths possible. He sent Jesus down to live a perfect life, die for all of us so that all the wrath that was to be poured out onto us was poured out onto Christ. He took your penalty and adopted you with his life. It is the greatest show of true love overcoming death. Because of all of this We are now his sons and daughters, being a part of his family we acquire his Spirit to do “things greater than” Jesus himself.
""The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 268 and 1 Corinthians 15:26
And that is what Jesus did for us, Destroyed death!