Archive for December, 2013

Regarding Eternity

Posted: December 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

John Piper does a great job here.  What do you think?  Do you see Jesus in this way?  Do you process what eternity will be like…. either as a believer, being with the greatest thing ever, or non-believer, separated from the best thing ever? Let’s follow it up with this video:

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Say Your Prayers

Posted: December 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

When I woke up this morning it was rough.  I was so tired that all I wanted to do was sleep more.  I ate some friendship bread, sat on the couch, and prayed to start my day off.  As I sat there praying my mind started wondering.  I don’t  remember what I was thinking about but 20 minutes later the only thing I had said to the Lord was, “Dear Lord.”  Everything else tapered off in the distance…..

How many people have had that happen?    I wonder why we are ok with that?  We have 24 hours in a day.  This is a stated fact.  There is no more or less hours in a day.  Days have 24 hours in them.  If we are too tired to pray, then we need life change.  This practice shows a problem.  People who are believers use their day to get stuff done, watch tv til absurd hours, read til sleepy, wake up last-minute in the morning, do other things impairing their waking up, and etc.  This is just truth!  So if the day is a literal 24 hours why is it we save just a little for the Lord?  This is not just an “Oops, I did it again” accident!  This is something that we don’t feel the least bit convicted about.  Why is it that way?

I am going to propose something to think about.  I think this is a heart problem.  If we can spend our day going through doing what we want and do not place priority for prayer, then we don’t understand who Jesus is.  If we can consistently live our life, day by day, without living with the Lord (in prayer) then we truly don’t care.  If we don’t care about what the Lord wants for our life, that He wants to reach us, and He made a way for us to pray to Him (through Jesus), then do we really care about anything to do with Him?  How can we go through our days, everyday, and put the God of all the Universe in our scheduled appointments?  Why don’t we live day by day with Him in constant communion?  When I die and stand before the Almighty will God remember my constant pleas, praise, petitions or will He remember that I never trusted Him to control my life, situations, or that I didn’t give Him praise?  Our hearts are not to be followed.  We must start glorifying God in our sleep so that when we are awake our time is devoted well to the God of all creation.  I encourage you to constantly fight the battle to be in a constant state of prayer.  Please……drive me to do the same.  Let’s give our hearts to Him daily because we love Him and He is giving us discipline.  Let’s watch our life, church, and relationships change because we are praying together.  Lets do this thing!

“You wanna walk with me
Well do ya?
You wanna walk with me
Well if you love me
Then just love me
Don’t you give me pretty words
Lay your life down at the altar
Let me see how serious you are”- The Wedding “Say Your Prayers”

Undesirable Beauty

Posted: December 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

I woke up this morning with a fantastic song in my head, “Search My Heart,” by Hillsong United.   This song is about His infinite beauty and pursuit of Him.  This is our hopes of praise right? This blog isn’t about the many days that I have worshipped the Lord with gladness. The last few days God has shown me unbelievable grace because I would rather try to follow creation, rather than the Creator.  I wish I could say, since I became a believer, I have chosen to follow after the most beautiful, gracious, and most beautiful God, but I haven’t.  I have seen His face, have been redeemed by His blood, and led by His Holy Spirit, but there are still times I have fallen.

This morning I was hearing that song in my head, but I was also hearing the words of Hebrews 12.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. 4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him.  6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.”

I woke up remembering how great the Lord is, how He moves, His forgiveness, His grace, and His mercy.  He knows my heart from before the time I was in the womb, until the time I would sit here writing this blog, and even after.  So the question is : Why wouldn’t I desire His beauty, grace, magnificence, and every other good attribute of Him?  Even without His actions, his love for us, and history of what He has done, wouldn’t we still want to worship the God above all?  Today I am going to choose to worship Him for who He is.

“With all my heart,

and all my soul,

with all I am,

Lord I will follow you.”

Let’s walk together for the sake of the gospel, to make His name known, to preach the word of God, and to live life together as servants of the Most High.  He didn’t just die for us, but He gave us all eternity to worship Him.  “Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.”  Let us not forget how precious He is, to run the race with perseverance, and let’s help each other desire Him more.  I pray that we don’t waste a life of worship on things less than the God of the Universe.  If we falter then let us help each other up so we may keep running.  Let the beauty of our Lord drive us as we go through our lives and help us as we discover more about Him.  Lord help us desire you above all.