Oct 23 2020

All you need is love

“All you need is love…” It’s a great start to a famous song and if you think about it, all we really need is love. When Jesus was asked about the most important commandment in the law he responded by telling us to love God will all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Later in 1 Corinthians 13 we see a whole chapter devoted to the topic of love. Love is the most critical component of the Christian lifestyle and if we let love take a back seat to our own desires then we will ruin the formula that radically changes lives.

Love means stopping for the one like Heidi Baker likes to say. It means putting people ahead of church programs. It means being a representative of Jesus to everyone we meet, no matter who they are or what they look like. And if we stay focused on loving everyone we meet we won’t have to worry about sinning. You can’t sin against someone you are actively loving. We can’t rob or kill someone if we are trying to love them. We can’t ignore what God is speaking to us if we are actively pouring out our love at his feet. If nothing can separate us from God’s love then nothing should be able to separate others from the love of god that should be flowing through us.

All we really need is love, everything else will fall into place if we can keep love first and love everyone on purpose.

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Oct 15 2020

Your life is not your own

 

There’s this paradox in the Christian life, one that many followers of Jesus have never fully grasped, that when we say yes to Jesus, we give up every one of our rights, and at the same time retain free will.

 

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.” – 1 Cor. 6:19-20

We were bought with a price! Jesus owns us! He paid for us! When we give our life to Jesus, it ceases to be our life, it ceases to belong to us. This is why there are so many scriptures that talk about having the mind of Christ, living by the spirit, not thinking from a natural (worldly) perspective, and being a slave to Jesus (Phil. 2:5, Gal. 5:25, 1 Cor. 2:14, 7:22). Your life is not your own. At the end of the day, Jesus’ opinion is the only one that really matters. Think about that for a moment. If your life is fully committed to him, his opinion is the only one that counts.

That’s a perspective that goes against human logic, but it is in the place of total surrender that we begin to realize how great he really is, and how worthy he is to receive ALL glory, honor, praise, and obedience. What do the living creatures around the throne of God who continuously cry out “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty” understand that we do not? They understand how worthy he really is to receive our total surrender and adoration. We have to set aside that human nature, stare into the eyes of Jesus, and ask him for his perspective on all things. We have to be willing to set aside every idea we have ever had, regardless of how important we think it is, and replace it with his idea.

Many times, his ideas don’t immediately make any sense to us. It seemed senseless to have the Israelites march around Jericho for a week. It seemed senseless for the worship team to be on the front line of Israeli military battles. It seemed senseless for William Seymour to wear a box on his head while he waited for revelation from the Lord. And the list goes on. But in every situation where humans have been obedient to God, his purpose was fulfilled in that situation. We follow his lead in all things, that’s the primary role of anyone who follows Jesus.    

I encourage you to take some time today and lay everything you are holding onto at his feet. Every perspective—church perspectives, political perspectives, family perspectives, social perspectives, educational perspectives—lay every perspective at his feet and trade them in for his perspective. It’s not an easy thing to do, but when the one who knows everything replaces your thought with his thoughts, it’s the best place to be.


Oct 9 2020

Proper representation

The church is in an interesting state today. There are a lot of churches doing good stuff but so many of the people in those churches are longing for something more. Long time Christians don’t want to hear the same stories they have been hearing since they were a kid and new believers are seeking something they can’t get in other organized clubs or meetings. Everyone really wants the same thing but they may not fully realize how to verbalize that desire. What they want is a real tangible encounter with God. Here’s a news flash for you: that’s why you are on the earth! Giving people the encounter they need is your primary mission. You were created to carry the presence of God with you everywhere you go. Supernatural activity should be part of your normal lifestyle. Joy should overtake sadness and depression, love should replace hate and unforgiveness, demons should run away in fear, and sickness and disease should disappear as soon as you walk into a room. Jesus changed the environment of everywhere he went because he knew his mandate. “On earth as it is in heaven” is not a catch phrase or wishful thinking; it is a mandate to transform the earth so it looks like heaven. People will flock to churches by the thousands if they know God is doing something real and tangible because they crave the encounter, we all crave that encounter. Let’s set the atmosphere for people to have the encounter they need. All it takes is one encounter with God to forever change a person and enough of those encounters will forever change the earth.

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