Posts Tagged ‘Christ

15
Nov
10

Broken Restored Loved- “Courage Food”

We all know what fear taste like. Fear in an audible form says, “I’m not sure I can do this,” “What if I fail?” or “I don’t know what the outcome will be if I do this, so I won’t,”…the list goes on and on. Sometimes it’s just a feeling, a knot in our stomachs that if we let it, will paralyze us and keep us from the one thing we all have deep down inside of us, and that is…COURAGE. The truth is, along with the “fear voices” we also have “courage voices.” The volume on each depends on how much you are feeding each voice. If you feed your fear, then it will be louder and more times than not you will not hear courage. If you feed courage, then you will most certainly drown out the voices of fear. So here is some Courage food for you today…God told Joshua: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9). Paul told Timothy: “God has not giving you a spirit of fear but of sound mind, power and love” (II Tim. 1:7). Phil. 4:13 says “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” What more do you need if God is with you and you can depend on His strength?
Whatever you are faced with today, start feeding the courage inside of you with Gods word, surround yourself with positive people that will encourage you to be everything God created you to be, and stop letting fear paralyze you. God has so much more for you! Courage+God with you= You can do this. GO.

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18
Oct
10

The Theology of Brokenness

Our natural reaction to this topic is always guarded – no one really wants to experience brokenness but as believers, we know that the end result leads to growth in our experience with Christ. Like most areas of the Kingdom of God, there is a godly order and progression to brokenness.


1.     Brokenness is the doorway to humility.  “And being found in appearance as a man, He (Jesus) humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:8.  Jesus was without sin but still had to battle against becoming proud.  He humbled Himself which most of us have never learned to do.  God does not cause the pain in our lives but He allows it so that brokenness may happen.  Remember – pride is the opposite of humility.


2.     Humility leads to Grace.  “You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  1 Peter 5:5.  Pride does go before a fall because the fall brings us to humility and humility is the key to receiving God’s grace.  The grace of God is amazing in that we cannot earn it and without it we will never survive.  “By grace you have been saved. . .” Ephesians 2:8.  Humility is the spring from which the river of grace flows.


3.     Grace is the reason for our provision.  “Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you in due season.”  1 Peter 5:6.  God is the source of every good gift and His grace is the reason that His provision is even available.  If we walk in obedience to His word, all things are made available to us because of His grace. Paul said, “I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace” Ephesians 3:7.  The depth of this resource goes beyond our understanding.  “To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ . . .” Ephesians 3:8.


Brokenness leads to humility; humility leads to grace; and grace taps us into the provision of God.


“Lord, lead us to experience brokenness with a gentle hand and help us to embrace humility as Christ did, knowing that His attitude made the way for the world to know You and receive forgiveness of sins.” Amen.

14
Oct
10

The Hope

The corporate world says, “Your hope is in your ability to produce.”
The educational world says, “Your hope is in your ability to reason.”
The athletic world says, “Your hope is in your physical ability.”
The entertainment world says, “Your hope is in your ability to create pleasure.” 

Somehow all of this has an empty ring to it.  There is pressure from every external source to draw from our internal resources to be successful.  The Word of God illustrates again and again that apart from Christ, our personal resources are limited.  The ability within us is, at best, a shallow well that will soon run dry. Coming to the end of ourselves is a hard experience but it is necessary in order for us to grasp the truth of the Word of God.  Desperation for God is the drill that turns our shallow well into “rivers of living water.”  What is your Source of hope?

King David says, “And now Lord, for what did I wait?  My hope is in Thee.”  Psalm 39:7

Hosea says, “So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord.  His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.”  Hosea 6:3

Job says, “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.”  Job 13:15.

Paul says, “Christ is in you, the hope of glory.”  Colossians 1:27.

Jesus says, “If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the Scriptures said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’”  John 7:37-38

Selah (Think on these things)

 




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