Christian life

11-01-10

It’s not the fast-paced songs or the dynamic highly skilled band or the fancy light show and sound system that helps us worship, that is have real worship. It’s our personal revelation of who God is that leads us to a place of reverent worship where we do not feel the need of a worship leader or a band to get us there. The wise men knew who Jesus was and therefore required no high adrenaline music, no introduction, no motivation. Absolutely nothing but the revelation of God drove them to seek Him out and brought them to their knees in worship before Him. (more…)

11-21-10

I was reminded today of the words of Jesus “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” that is so often quoted. But if you read the entire verse, and the two before it, that are the complete statement of Jesus. I think we might just learn that His statement “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” does not mean what everyone thinks it does.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make 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 I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Mat 28:17-20

His words I am with you always seem to be linked to going, doing all the tings He mentions before those those famous words, that is what is known as the great commission. (more…)

11-1-10

God is not trying to grow a following of pew-sitters who know how to lip sink to a rock show on Sunday. Unfortunately the vast majority of pastors in American do not understand this.

But rather, God is raising up an army of passionate worshipers who desire above all else to live in the fiery radiance of His presence.

A people who have such a longing for His presence that they can not be satisfied with any substitute, they must have His presence, see His face. And will not settle for simply being entertained at church, just set with folded hands and watch a rock show. They must with all their heart, with great unbridled passion worship, love on God. With all their body, mind and sole, they must dance, shout, raise their hands, cry out praises to His name. Lay prostate, sing with both joy and tears. They must love on God with their own words from a heart filled with passionate love for God, for Jesus. They must cry out love songs to Jesus, sing a new song, their love song to Jesus.

I’m talking about white hot fiery zeal for the face of Jesus, for the very living presence of God.

This is what I am after when I gather with the body, this is my hearts passion. I will not settle with anything less than to gather with like minded people who burn white hot with passionate zeal for the face of God, and will not be satisfied tell they enter into His presence so they can love on Him.

“When people are on fire for God, others will travel for miles to watch them burn. “
John Wesley

If Jesus would have preached the average sermon from this last Sunday in America, He never would have been crucified.

And No one would have accused Him of being Elisha. The blind would not have been given sight. The crippled would not have walked. The lepers would not have been cleansed. The adulter would not have repented and gone and sinned no more. Demons would not have been cast out. The dead would not have been raised. 5000 would not have been feed.

The rich would not have went away sorrowful. Desiples would not have been made. No one would have went out sent to turn the world upside down. The talbles in the church would not have been overturned. The Kingdom of God is at hand would not have been cryed out.

And that is very said statement for the church in America!

The power of a moment. One moment in the raw, real presence of God can shake a man and forever transform his eternal destiny. In fact, without that moment, all the counseling in the world is in vain. The efforts of flesh to cure a spiritual disease prove to be meaningless and fruitful.

Refuse to let people who have not had that one moment, who refuse to believe in moments like that, that you can stand in the presence of the living God tell you what to do with your one moment(s) when God touched you. Let the moment define you. Let His touch determine the course of your life rather than their opinions.

“You weren’t there the night He found me. You did not feel what I felt with His loving arms around me.” so goes a song. Whenever you’re tempted to let others, nay Sayers opinions keep you from a radical life, God’s calling and plans for you, just remember that those people weren’t there when Jesus found you. Anyone keeping you from the kingdom probably hasn’t felt His loving arms around them, heard His voice call their name.

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. Jer 29:13,

God desires us to seek His face, His presence, to hear His voice and obey. Moses at the burning bush was not an exception, but the rule of every radical follower of God in scripture and history. Abraham, Noah, David, Daniel, and Paul to name a few.

You can let one moment shape your life if so chose to enter into that moment with God.

So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Exodus 33:11

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I became aware yesterday of just how thankful I should be of the mercy of God towards me, as it was brought to my attention just how many people whom called themselves Christians I have known over the years. That ether no longer walk with Christ, have left the faith completely, in other beliefs now. That have traded the truths of God for the lies of others. That now follow another Jesus, one created in their own image, a god to their own liking, one who agrees with their beliefs. So many that have stop believing the truths of and about God because of events in their lives, or just a shift in how they wanted to live their lives, the lifestyle they want to live out, what they want to be truth for them.

I thank God that I have never left Him or forsake Him or His truths, that I have by His grace and Spirit have stood firm on the bible and what it teaches. Clung to biblical Jesus, the real Jesus, and have not made a Jesus in my image. (more…)

I was thinking it is amazing to think that God invites us to imitate Him, Jesus said to imitate Him, live the same life He lived. The Apostle Paul invites us to imitate him as he imitates Jesus. That we have all His power at our disposal, that we can inherit all His riches, they are ours if we chose to come and trade our lives for His, choose to imitate His life.

“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” 1 Cor 11:1

But yet only a remnant, a small number of people every chose to take up His offer, to live a life imitating Him, living out life just as He did. To accept and receive all the inheritance that is ours to have, His power, gifts and riches.

But yet if Bill Gates, or Warren Buffett where to make the same offer, to say come imitate my life, live out my life, receive the inheritance of my wealth. There would be a stampede of every man, woman and child older enough to understand what is theirs to have. To take them up on their offer, to live out their life, life style, and take all they have as their own. Herds of people would stampede to their door to take up their offer.

It is just beyond amazing that the God of creation, Jesus Himself says come and follow Me, imitate My life, it is yours and all it inheritance for the asking. Everything you see me do you will do and do even greater things. And yet only a hand full take Jesus up on His offer. He offers a greater greater life, greater inheritance than anyone would have intimating Gates or Buffett, but He has few takers, not even those who claim to be Christain rush to take the offer.

Someone shared this devotional excerpts of Thomas Watson from Voices from the Past: Puritan Devotional Readings. I thought it was quote good.

“We know the kingdom of grace has been set up in our hearts by the change wrought in the soul. There is a new nature, light in the mind, order in the affections, a pliable will, and tenderness in the conscience. If there is no change of heart there is no sign of grace. God’s children desire God, like the beating of the pulse indicates life. Saints love him, not only for what he has, but for what he is; not only for his rewards, but for his holiness. Hypocrites may desire him for his jewels, but not for his beauty. A believer cannot be satisfied without God; let the world heap her honors and riches, it will not satisfy. No flower will satisfy the thirsty. The Christian says, “I must have Christ, grace, and heaven, though I take it by storm.” We desire Christ more than the world, and more than heaven itself, “Whom have I in heaven but you?” (Psa. 73:25). Heaven itself would not satisfy without Christ. He is the diamond in the ring. If God were to say, “I will put you into heaven, but I will hide my face from you,” that would not satisfy. A little of God will not satisfy. The pious desires still more. A drop of water is not enough for thirsty travelers. We are thankful for grace received, but desire more: more knowledge, purity, and more of Christ’s presence. We long to see him face to face, and be perfected in glory; to plunge into his sweetness and be swallowed up in him; and to bathe ourselves in the perfumed waters of his pleasures.”

8-1-10

As I posted early this week I came across Thomas Watson’s Exposition of the Beatitudes and I post his writing on a pure heart. I wanted to post his writing on hunger and thirst for righteousness, thought it was equally good.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6

A duty implied: ‘Blessed are those who hunger’. Spiritual hunger is a blessed hunger. (more…)

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I came across Thomas Watson’s Exposition of the Beatitudes and his writing on a pure heart got my attention. He wrote on how to attain a pure heart and it is so good I’ve quoted it without editing or cropping. If you long for a pure heart, here’s how to get it, I plan to put his advice to work in my own life, for I do wish to see God and scripture says “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8).”

But how shall we attain to heart-purity?

1 Often look into the Word of God. ‘Now ye are clean through the word’ (John 15:3). ‘Thy word is very pure’ (Psalm 119:140). God’s Word is pure, not only for the matter of it, but the effect, because it makes us pure. ‘Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth’ (John 17: 17). By looking into this pure crystal we are changed into the image of it. The Word is both a glass to show us the spots of our souls and a laver to wash them away. The Word breathes nothing but purity; it irradiates the mind; it consecrates the heart. (more…)