Who Moved?

I remember hearing a story about an elderly couple that was out for a Sunday drive. Things were quiet when the wife suddenly broke the silence, “Sam, do you remember years ago when we were dating we would go out for a drive in the country?” Sam smiled and said, “Of course I do.” “And do you remember how we would sit close to each other? (This was before seatbelts were required.) Why don’t we sit close anymore?” Sam’s response was, “I didn’t move.”

The reality of that story is that every relationship requires maintenance. This may be the reason many couples divorce after 30, 40, or even 50 years of marriage. The kids grow up and go off to college; the husband and wife look at each other and realize they are married to a stranger. A relationship will not survive if you do not make the effort to keep it alive.  Often neither husband or wife will admit they “moved” in the relationship; they just drifted apart.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ also needs to be maintained. But we are the ones who need to keep that relationship alive and we do that by staying close to Him.  As with any relationship, you choose how close you want to be with someone. It is a choice only you can make. The wonderful thing about a relationship with Christ is He is always constant.

  • He never changes. Hebrews 13:8.  
  • His love for you never changes. Psalm 136 
  • His commitment to you never changes. “…The Lord has promised that he will not leave us or desert us.” Hebrews 13:5

If your relationship with Jesus Christ has lost its fervor if it seems He is so distant; ask yourself, who moved? If you turn around you will find Him where you left Him!

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Walking In The Light

I love how technology has made our lives easier and better. Take for example the motion sensing light. You park your car in the driveway, you begin to walk towards your home and Voila, a light comes on to illuminate your steps. I have them in my garage. When I enter at night, I don’t have to search for the light switch, the lights come on automatically. When I wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, a small motion light keeps me from stubbing my toe on the furniture.

But as convenient as they are, there is a Greater Motion Light. Jesus said He was the Light of the world and promises us if we follow Him we will not experience darkness. John 8:12 Light and darkness cannot exist in the same place. (Profound huh?)

The purpose of light is a revelation. You shine a light to reveal the next step on your path. Light helps you find items in a dark room. Light reveals there is nothing to fear from that unexplained sound you heard in the dark.

The Bible calls Satan the Prince of darkness.  Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going… John 12:35 Satan will attempt to shield people from the Light lest they see the truth and are converted. “The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ2 Corinthians 4:4

But unlike the motion sensing light you can buy at Lowes, Jesus our Light is not fixed to a physical location. He goes with us everywhere we go and gives you light.

 

 

Are You Adopted?

“I have had the privilege of knowing several couples who have adopted children into their family. One couple had adopted several children from Russia. The children were brothers and sisters and the couple did not want them to be separated.

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When a couple goes through the adoption process, their desire is to become parents, to offer a home and a family to a child that has neither. When the adoption process is complete, that child legally becomes a son or daughter.

Think about the spiritual analogies. In adoption, there is a high cost to the parents and no cost to the child. [The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a U.S. government-funded adoption information service, estimates that the average U.S. adoption costs $8,000 to $40,000. ] As a Christ-follower, we are heirs to Christ’s Kingdom. We become legal, official children of God. Adoption comes at an enormous cost to the parents.

What does it cost the child? Nothing! It required the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. Adoption came at a grace cost to the Father.We are adopted by God for the same reason that any parent adopts – out of seer love. In His great love, He plans adoption, pays the cost,  becomes our Father and unites us to a whole family of brothers and sisters.

Celestial Magnet

The world population was estimated to have reached 7.6 billion as of December 2017. In those billions of people; we find a myriad of differences: languages, political views, cultural differences, music and the list goes on.

But it might surprise you that every person on this planet has ONE thing in common. We are worshipers. Every day, all day long, everywhere you go, you worship. It’s what you do. It’s who you are.

I don’t know whether or not you consider yourself a “worshiping” kind of person, but you cannot help but worship—something. It’s what you were made to do. The native of the rainforest of South America and the stockbroker on Wall Street; are both worshipers. The object of their worship may be different but they are still worshipers.

I think it’s because we were designed that way. We were made for God. The Bible says it this way: All things were made by Him, and all things were made for Him. When I was a child, one of my favorite toys was a set of magnets in the shape of two Scottie dogs. Image result for magnetic toy scottie dogs

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As a child, I did not understand the dynamics of magnetic poles. It was intriguing that opposite poles attract! It might be a theological stretch but humanity has an initiate attraction to God. He is holy – we are not. He is loving – we are not. He possesses all knowledge – we do not. We may not know or understand that we have “something” within us that demands being fulfilled.

So, we endeavor to fill that “empty space” with pleasure, money, relationships, things; not realizing that only God Himself can fill that “God-shaped” vacuum that fills us all. A different spouse won’t meet that need. Changing jobs or geographical location, more money, bigger home, a more expensive car all are all vanity. All of our hungers point to the deeper hunger that only God can satisfy.

He keeps satisfying you with good things… Ps 103:5

God’s DNA

Some people brought a blind man to Jesus and begged him to touch and heal him. After spitting on his eyes and laying his hands on the man, He asked him, “Do you see anything?” Mark 8:22 

Can you imagine the people’s reaction when Jesus spat on the man’s eyes? [Mark 8:23]  “We asked You to touch him; not to spit on him.”  Most of us think of spittle as disgusting. But in actual sense, your spittle is one of the most intimate things we possess. God does not see spit the way we see spit. Inside your saliva is your DNA. By spitting on the man Jesus was saying, “This is what I am made up of and I am giving it to you.” Because His spit carries His DNA and He is applying it for healing because Jesus’s DNA is the DNA of God. That is if God has a DNA. 

The spit also contains white blood cells and white blood cells control the body’s defense system against diseases. The man’s vision defense system was weak, so Jesus strengthens it with His system. When Jesus spat we say, “How can He be that gross?’  Heaven said, “How can He be that intimate?”  Jesus was not disrespecting the man but was honoring him.  God’s was is not always our way. 

When you come to God asking Him to do something in our lives do not worry about how God will do it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passion Killers – Part Three

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Matthew 11:28-30 (RSV) “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

When we read this passage, we tend to relate it mostly to the physical and spiritual. However, Jesus is not only addressing physical and spiritual weariness [burdens]. Take note that the rest Jesus promises is rest for your soul. Soul-rest and emotional rest.

Often we find our physical bodies may be on the bed but our minds are racing through a worry maze. In order to experience full rest, we must recover our minds. Physical rest is not enough. We need relief from anxiety, tension, guilt, and fear. Many people turn to their television, some turn to their refrigerator seeking comfort. But Jesus is saying, “Come to me and I will give you rest for your soul.: True and lasting rest comes from Christ alone!