Christian life

go Jesus told His followers to GO, not stay, not sit, but GO! I envision God looking down sometimes and saying to His people ‘What part of Go, don’t you understand?’

Go is one of the most powerful words Jesus used, command he gave His people, most life change two letter word in the bible. God told Abraham, Moses, Noah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Paul to Go just to name a few. That little word changed men, nations and the world.

 

 

Lets read Jesus’ words:

  • Mat 10:6  But rather Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
  • Mat 10:7  And as you Go, proclaim, saying, The kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
  • Mat 19:21  Jesus said to him, If you want to be perfect, Go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in Heaven. And come, follow Me.
  • Mat 28:19  Therefore Go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
  • Mar 16:15  And He said to them, Go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to all the creation.
  • Luke 10:3  Go! Behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
  • John 8:11  And she said, No one, Lord. And Jesus said to her, Neither do I give judgment. Go, and sin no more

 

So according to Jesus we are to:

  • Go to the lost
  • Go proclaim the gospel
  • Go proclaim the Kingdom of heaven
  • Go to the poor and give to them
  • Go teach the nations His teaching
  • Go and baptize
  • Go as lambs among the wolves
  • and finally Go and sin no more

 

So are you Going? does this list describe your daily activities, your To Do list for the day? It should. I know I need to get Going more and staying less.

So how do we fix our going problem, simple, just Go like Jesus said to. Let that one little word change your life and the world around you. Go!

Jump-for-Joy 2 The word in the English bible Praise, actually in the Hebrew and Greek text it is not as Americans define, envision it. In the original languages of the bible, there are 52 Hebrew words in the Hebrew text (OT) and 29 Greek words in the Greek text (NT) of which the majority are translated as simply Praise. In church today it has come to mean something much less that what the bible says it is.

Here are some of the key Hebrew words used in the scriptures and their meaning:

Havah worship, kneel
Samah rejoice, be glad
Yadah to worship with extended hands – to though out the hands
Hallal to be loud, to boast, to be clamorously foolish
Barak to kneel
Shabach to shout in a loud tone
Karar to dance
Pazaz to leap
Patzah to bust forth with
Rana shouts of joy
Gil shout, to circle in joy
Rinnah shout in triumph
Tzavah to cry out

Some of the Greek words and their meanings:

Allomai to leap
Gonupeteo kneel down
Kampto to bend knee
Proskuneo to fall down and worship
Skirtao to leap with joy

That’s just a 18 of the 81 Hebrew and Greek words in the scriptures you read simply translated “Praise”, the key and most used ones. So when was the last time your church gathering worship service was the people doing any of these things listed above. How about you when was the last time you where loud and clamorously foolish (I love that one), extended your hands with a shout in a loud voice, danced or leaped with joy, or fell on you face before God. Most important to note is Not one of the 81 words is defined as sitting, being quite, or being somber, not one of the 81 words. They are all physical actions with loud voices.

This is how God defied to Praise Him, the words He used when instructing Israel in worship and praise, they are word that described how God’s people praised Him, what they did to praise Him. The words Paul used to teach the gentile believers in how to praise God, it gives us a glimpse at what the first century church worship services looked like.

I say let’s go back to the days of old when the people of God, worshiped and praised Him like this. I would love to see this as the normal worship service, real worship and praise going on, not this sit in your seats and set back and enjoy the show on stage, but instead a bunch of people being  loud and clamorously foolish.

follow me The common belief among many church goers is that simple confession of belief in Jesus is all that one must do to be “saved” be a Christian. But that is not what Jesus said. Two word paints a different picture:

 

Follow Me

He doesn’t want us just to acknowledge Him, simply confess who He is, but as Jesus said, even the demons know & believe who I am.  He wants the most intimate relationship possible. He wants us to be like Him, imitate His life, live and do as He did, continue His mission on earth, follow Him even unto abandoning ourselves and our lives.

 

Here’s what Jesus said:

  • And He said to them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men. Mat 4:19 
    But Jesus said to him, Follow Me, and let the dead bury their dead. Mat 8:22
    And he who does not take up his cross and Follow Me is not worthy of Me. Mat 10:38
    Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and Follow Me. Mat 16:24 
    Jesus said to him, If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in Heaven. And come, Follow Me. Mat 19:21 
    And calling near the crowd with His disciples, He said to them, Whoever will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and Follow Me. Mar 8:34 
    And it happened as they were going in the way, one said to Him, Lord, I will follow You wherever You go. Luke 9:57 
    The day after, Jesus desired to go forth into Galilee. And He found Philip and said to him, Follow Me. John 1:43 
    My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they Follow Me. John 10:27 
    If anyone serves Me, let him Follow Me; and where I am, there also My servant shall be. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. John 12:26

 
And the response of the disciples, those who heard Jesus say those two words?

  • And it happened as they were going in the way, one said to Him, Lord, I will follow You wherever You go. Luke 9:57
  • And they immediately left their nets and Followed Him. Mat 4:20

and they did, even unto death, how about you…

are you a Follower?

charity_water baby bottle I read for the first time yesterday about Scott Harrison founder of Charity Water, I was both elated and jealous (in a good Godly way) of his life and ministry. Scott after doing a 2 year tour with Mercy Ships (when I was in YWAM I got to go on their ship Anastasis it was part of YWAM then) he was the ship photojournalist, photo documenting their work during his time with the ministry. The things he saw changed his perspective on life, what was important, so he traded the life he once had in NY. Life in the fast lane, hanging out with the rich and famous, drinking $16 cocktails, driving a BMW to doing something about the water crisis, so he started raising money from those he knew in NY and founded Mercy Water.

As he put it "I fell in love with Liberia – a country with no public electricity, running water or sewage – Spending time in a leper colony and many remote villages, I put a face to the world’s 1.2 billion living in poverty." So when he left Mercy Ships he set out to spend his life for more then living for himself and his selfish pleasures, he could not get out of his mind people, children walking for miles everyday to get a few gallons of dirty water, that any American would not let their dog drink. People living in extreme poverty, so he decided to do something more with his life. Spend it for God and those closest to God’s heart, the poor.

So he founded Mercy Water, and in 3 years his group has raised $10 million (most of that last year alone) and has helped bring water to thousands of people.

I want his life as they say, my life to be spent for such a cause, purpose, I too would rather live poor serving God and help end the suffering and plight of the poor that clime the corporate latter, drive a Lexus and live in a 5000 sq ft home in Malibu on the beach. Would love for God to have that kind of calling and gifting on me.

Read about Scott and see Charity Waters website

Watch his video presentation at The Idea Camp

My website on world poverty Isaiah Challenge

isabelle redford Last Friday ABC’s world news’ person of the week was Isabelle Redford a 7 year old girl here in Kansas City who stated to draw cards to raise money for orphans at an orphanage she visited with her parents.

Kevin and Kelly Redford participated in mission work in Haiti. After their trip, her parents encouraged Isabelle to do what she can to help them.

Isabelle started to make handmade gift cards, which she sold at $40 per box. She then began working with C3 Missions and the Global Orphans’ Project to speed up the process. She earned more than $10,000 — half of that was enough to build an orphanage in Haiti, where she visited last month

ABC news updated their report (7-13-09) saying she had now earned over $250,000 since they aired her story last Friday (that’s more than a 100x more than the average church gave last year to help orphans).

A seven year old girl was able to do this, just think what you could do if you chose to do something about poverty, hunger, and orphans, to be obedient to Mat 25:34-46

Perhaps Jesus was thinking of Isabelle when He said:

Therefore whoever shall humble himself like this little child, this one is the greater in the kingdom of Heaven. Mat 18:4

…..and said, Truly I say to you, Unless you are converted and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven. Mat 18:3

I think this on fits nicely too,

Pro 20:11  Even a child is known by his own doings, whether his work is pure and whether it is right.

You can Read Isabelle’s blog here. as well as buy some of her cards.

time 

Take this quick quiz . . .

How much time did you spend this past week:

  • Watching  TV shows and movies?
  • Playing video games?
  • Watching sports on TV or at a game?
  • Surfing the Internet, or hanging out on Facebook?
  • Have conversations about meaningless worldly things?

Add all those hours up______:

Now how much time did you spend:

  • Reading, studying and meditating on the word of God?
  • Praying?
  • Worshiping God?
  • In community and fellowship with other believers? (and I do not mean just setting in same pew)
  • Going into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Mat 16:15
  • Going and making disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that Jesus has commanded you. Mat 28:19-20
  • Fulfilling Matthew 25:31-46………
  • Feeding the hungry?
  • Giving drink to the thirsty?
  • Taking in a stranger?
  • Clothing the naked?
  • Visiting the sick?
  • Visiting those in prison?
  • Visiting orphans and widows in their affliction? James 1:27
  • Delivering the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to help him? Job 29:12 

Add all those hours up______:

If our total hours is larger on the first than the second, then our lives are out of sync with Jesus, with His calling for every follower of Him, and things must change. All the things on the second list are the things Jesus said if you love Him you will be found doing, daily. All those things are what the life of a true follower of Christ should looks like, what it means to truly imitate the life of Christ. The difference between confessing who Christ is and truly being a follower of Christ.

It is time to reevaluate our lives and what we spend our time doing. Is it following Christ, obeying His commands, living for Christ or our selves and our own pleasures, just like the rest of the world? Is our life being spent to reach the lost, spread the gospel, make disciples, heal the sick, take care of the needy, orphans & widows, or it to obtain and maintain the American dream, be rich, happy and comfortable?

3043675198_52ec03c72a In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus tells us;

“Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

But yet so many pastors and church’s are preaching the gospel of the Wide Road, they are teaching that all one has to do is make an intellectual decision, that is agree with the fact that Jesus is Lord, and you are saved. Then live however you want, believe whatever you want about who Jesus is, who God is. Pick and choose what every scriptures you agree with, and cut out the ones you do not like. And adopt any theology you want about God, Jesus, the Bible, salvation and life.

So many pastors, churches and even study bible today teach that there are no absolute truths when it comes to God, Jesus, salvation and the word. That God is an individual experience, interpretation and understanding as to who He is and what He requires of man.

There is a great difference between what men teach today and what Jesus taught.

This must change.

And if it seems evil to you to serve Jehovah, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served Beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah.  Joshua 24:15

I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life .  (Deuteronomy 30:19b-20a)

Two times God ask His people to choose, and He is still asking this today of all whom would come to Him. And we must make and prove our choice every day, whom we will serve, whom or what we will live for.

God gives us a simple choice. Choose Him and get life. Don’t and get death. It’s that simple.

I am striving to choose to serve Him with all of my self, my life everyday, to choose life, to Love God, live for Him, to listen to Him and be guided by the Holy Spirit in all I do, Every moment. Every day.

 

The bible is not a collection of stories about people and their lives that say "And they lived happily every after". Stories about people who lived rich and happy lives. No where do you find lives that prove the life taught by people like Osteen, that it is every follower of Christ destiny to live a happy and rich life, get every material desire of you heart. Live comfortable rich and happy lives, getting everything you want if you just have faith.

Instead it is a book filled with stories of tragedy, hardship, sacrifice and suffering, even unto violent death for the people of God. People who left all comfort and position to live lives of poverty and suffering for God’s cause, for the spreading of the the Kingdom of God. Pretty much the only people who had a "lived happy every after" was after they died and left this world and entered heaven, that was the only way that was archived for the vast majority.

Just read the Fox’s Book of Martyrs and how the lives of the disciples ended up as well as other church saints, do you read any "And they lived happily every after" about their lives, and if anyone was entitled to such a thing it was them.

In fact in Rom 8:17 it tells us "And if we are children, then we are heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; so that if we suffer with Him, we may also be glorified together." Indicating that in order to be glorified with Christ we must suffer as He did. That in order to be heirs of Him we must partake in a life of suffering for Him, suffer as He did.

I think the church needs to reread the bible, take a real good look at the real call of Christ on His people, take a closer look at the lives of God’s people in history.