Nov 20 2020

Passionate Love

I love that God loves us so much that he has created a desire within us to have a relationship with him. I love that nothing that can separate us from his love. But I’m a little sad when I think about all the believers who settle for so little when they could have so much more.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39

Nothing can pull us away from God’s love. And yet at the same time we often shy away from the opportunity to jump into his arms and fully experience the love that he has for us. We need more passion. We need more passionate pursuit. We love that God desires to do so much for us but shouldn’t we want to do so much for him as well? Shouldn’t we want to reciprocate that love back in a similar way. Can we flip this verse from Romans to say that nothing can separate God from our love? If we can’t, then we are probably not pursuing him passionately enough.

I have this theory that if Christians would put even one percent of the passion God has for us into our end of the relationship it would drastically change the landscape of the church. We cannot allow anything…no thought, no action, no perspective…to come between us and our relationship with the one who gave everything to be part of our lives.

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Nov 13 2020

No little gifts

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Rom 12:4-5). And though we have many parts, each and every one is important. Look at one of your fingers for example. A human can easily survive if a finger is removed but it would create some difficulties in everyday tasks. We often don’t realize how much we rely on something until it is taken away and losing something that isn’t necessarily life threatening can still have a major impact on how we function. And the concept is the same within the church. Everyone is not called to the same task, if we were all pastors there would not be anyone to teach on Sunday morning (or Saturday night). If we were all apostles there would be no one for us to lead. Does that make the pastor better than the person sitting in the congregation? No. It’s simply another way to serve the body. We can all prophesy. We can all pray for the sick and expect healing. We can all passionately pursue more of God’s presence to carry to those in need. Verse 6 of this same passage says “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Some people carry a greater measure of specific gifts because of the task they have been given. But we tend to highlight the gifts of healing, prophecy, etc. without also recognizing the importance of the gifts of serving, encouraging, or showing mercy for example. Each of these gifts can be supernatural when the person is anointed by God for that function. There are no little gifts in the kingdom. There are no unimportant missions in the kingdom. Everyone has a critical role to play.

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Nov 6 2020

The Higher Truth

Jesus made a lot of promises when he was on earth and one that stands out as particularly interesting to me is what he said in Mark 16 just before he went back to heaven. He said that believers will “lay hands on the sick and they will get well.” He didn’t say they might get well, or sometimes they will get well. He said they WILL get well. So if that is the case why don’t we see more people healed? Why is the earth still full of sickness? If it is God’s will to heal everyone than why are diseases still running rampant on the earth? I don’t know the answer to that and I’m not sure if there really is a perfect explanation but I do know that there is a lot more going on than many of us realize. Isaiah 55:11 tells us that God’s word always accomplishes what he sent it to do. When he spoke the universe into existence it happened. When he commanded light to burst forth from nothingness it happened. And when he said the sick will be healed when we pray, it will be done. God’s word always trumps what we see in the physical realm. God’s word is always true regardless of what we see with our physical eyes. It is a higher truth and the higher truth is always better than a lower one. Don’t worry about what you see with your physical eyes, focus instead on what he said and know that the higher truth of his word is what will be.