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“I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion… I want all that God has or I don’t want any.”
― A.W. Tozer

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Pushing Forward

31 Dec

So it’ almost 2012 and I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what to say, so here goes. 2011 is a year of my life that I will never forget. I started this blog, which has definitely been a new experience. I have learned a lot and am excited to see where it goes this next year! I finished my second semester of college at the University of New Mexico and recorded a choral CD with Las Cantantes. And I committed to reading through the Bible this year! All of these amazing things are a part of my life that have influenced me greatly, but none of these experiences are what has defined 2011 as life changing.

The change came on July 30th when I packed up a U-Haul and moved my life out to Phoenix Arizona to serve at The Anthem. I moved with no job lined up and a very limited amount of money but I knew that the Lord would provide. And guess what? He did. I got a job within two weeks of living there. He then provided a place for me to live in Tempe.

God throws us curve balls and you just have to work with them. I love seeing God move in Arizona. And don’t get me wrong; there are days when I miss Albuquerque. I would be lying if I didn’t say that I sometimes think of how my life would be if I wouldn’t have followed His calling to Arizona. I have no idea how this change is going to truly effect my life in the long run but that is the beauty of following Jesus. I don’t have to know (Jeremiah 33:3), I don’t have to worry (Matthew 6:34). I just have to stay focused on Jesus and commit to following Him with my whole heart.

Because it’s is the start of a new year tomorrow, I sure that everyone is making resolutions but I would challenge you to not make any resolutions. Only make commitments to the Lord for this next year. If you want to lose weight, which tends to be the number one resolution, have proper motives. Lose weight because are bodies are to be living sacrifices, because gluttony is a sin, and because our bodies are his temple. Not because you want to run around in  a bikini on the beach. If you make a commitment to study His word more faithfully, do it. It’s the most rewarding thing that you can do.

So there are three commitments that I suggest you make:

  1. Try to lead at least one person to Christ this year. We are commissioned to do so in Matthew 28:19-20.
  2. Bury yourself in the word of God this year. If your quiet time consists of 30 minutes, strive for 45! Or just establish a consistent time each day to study.
  3. Pray more. Approach the Lord on your knees and do not limit the all mighty God to only the small things. Pray audaciously!

I am looking forward to what the Lord is going to do in this next year. He is moving, He is amazing, and He has an ultimate plan. Enter this year worshiping the Lord in all that you do and love Him with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength!

Reality Check

16 Dec

Psalm 139

1 O Lord, You have searched me and known me.

2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;You understand my thought afar off.

3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.

4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

5 You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.

6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.

7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are  there. 

9 If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.

11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall fall on me, Even the night shall be light about me;

12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both aliketo You.

13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mothers womb.

14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully andwonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

18  If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.

19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.

20 For they speak against You wickedly; Your enemies take Your name in vain.

21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?

22 I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;

24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

The Omniscient Creator of the universe not only knit us together, but knows us by name. He knows everything about us; even more than we know about ourselves. He  knows who we were, who we are, and who we will be. He knows where we were, where we are, and where we will be. The LORD is our stronghold and our refuge in times and trouble and in peace. He loves us unconditionally and indescribably.

Christmas is right around the corner and putting aside the actual birth date of Jesus Christ our Messiah, we celebrate the sacrifice that He made and the even greater sacrifice that He was going to make.

In the book of Revelation, we are given a description of the perfect eternity that Jesus stepped out of to be our savior. Sitting at the right hand of the Father, surrounded by the heavenly host proclaiming “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” Jesus left all of the majesty and glory of eternity to put on human flesh and to become the theanthropos; the God-Man. Jesus was fully God and fully man.He lived a perfect life and died the gruesome death of a criminal. The death that we deserved was the death the He received. And do you know what else the book of Revelation says? In Revelation 5 John tells us that when the seven seals needed to be broken, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, our Savior, approached. He approached as a lamb that had been slain.Jesus remains marked by our transgressions.

We killed God but death could not hold Him. We are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world.

All of this to say: Live the life that He died for us to live.

Unbelievers: Don’t  be deceived by the lies of the world and the empty pleasures that are gone almost as soon as they come. Be fulfilled by Jesus. Live for Jesus. Drink from the fountain of living water and never thirst again. Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life. He is the only constant in this temporary world.

Believer: You have been redeemed! Live to glorify His Name and love Him with everything! Stop trying to handle life on your own, when you accepted Christ you surrendered your life. Jesus died and rose Himself from death…I think He can handle your rent and electricity bill. Focus on Jesus first and the rest will fall into place. You have a specific purpose for His kingdom, let Him reveal it to you!

“Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name,

 for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things,things planned long ago.”

Isaiah 25:1

Fear vs. Faith

21 Aug

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD you God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

What does this scripture mean to you? I don’t mean on a superficial, surface level. Dig deep. What does this mean to you? What sticks out about it?

Do you see the command?

Do you see the promise?

Do you see both and weigh them equally?

As Christians, we are given certain promises to live by and to take comfort in. However, many of us read promises like this one and only pick out the promise, not the command. It’s the same with scripture like Romans 8:28. If you ask most Christians, “What is Romans 8:28?”, do you know what the response generally is? “All things work together for good.”…Do you know what the actual answer is? “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” This, like Joshua 1:9 is a promise with a command attached. All things work for our good if we love God, seek God, and obey God. When we seek Him and we follow the will He has for each of our lives, that’s when all things work together for the good. This promise is not easy to swallow, but for me personally, I feel Joshua 1:9 challenges me to my core, to the very depth of my nature, which I figure is probably the point.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged…”

Ok, here is where it hurts.Firstly, every time I find myself reading this, I think of some way that I have doubted God. Either now or previously, it doesn’t matter, but one or more instances of spiritual insecurity jump into my mind. “Have I not commanded you?” Yes Lord, you have. You have commanded me to share my faith, do step out of my comfort zone and to live for you, no matter the cost. You have commanded me to love you with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. You have commanded me to love my neighbor as myself. These commands are what you ask of me, and you ask me to do them with strength and courage, without terror or discouragement. I mean what have I to lose on this Earth? To live is Christ and to die is gain so what am I afraid of?

I feel that in this season of life, this is a lesson God wants me to not only learn, but it is a mountain that He wants me to conquer. And I may have just realized a way to start winning this battle of fear vs. faith.

It is a part of human nature to be afraid, especially when speaking with others. In the world today, more people are scared of public speaking than of death.Does it make sense? No. But no one said humanity, or life for that matter, should make any sense. It doesn’t make sense for the Almighty God of this universe to humble himself into human flesh, die on a cross, and rise from the dead because He loves us with a love that transcends all understanding. It doesn’t make sense for Him to love anyone on this Earth, especially me, knowing before I was born, the things I would do and the sins I would commit. But in the end, these things, all though they don’t really make sense, are the reality in which we live.

Anyway…while reading over this verse again today, which has been tugging at my heart for a while, I realized something in the text which I am not sure that I noticed before. It says “…for the LORD…” The LORD is different from the Lord. When it says LORD, it means the Hebrew Tetragrammaton YHWH, which no one knows the actual pronunciation for, most of us say Yahweh. This LORD is referred to in Exodus 34:6b-7a! “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.”

He has compassion for me and for you.Compassion and grace. The compassion that it took so that grace could come down to a sinful Earth and for God to die on a cross to make atonement for our sin. That is compassion beyond anything that I could ever comprehend. He is slow to anger…which in other words means that He is patient beyond comprehension. So when we mess up and truly repent for our sins, He still loves us because He knows us and is patient with us. He is abounding in love and faithfulness. He is filled to the brim with love for His children. He will never leave nor forsake us. And to wrap this up “maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin.” I know of examples of this in my own life, but lets draw some Biblical examples. The children of Israel are God’s chosen people. He has maintained this love forever. They rebelled and sinned when they worshiped the golden calf while Moses received the Ten Commandments, but the Lord forgave them. Did they have to deal with the consequences of their sin? Yes, but He never stopped loving them. This is the God that we serve. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He heals the broken, saves the lost, and loves the unloveable. We were saved by this God.

So next time I want to bite my tongue because I am scared of what people may think of me, I will think of who I serve and why. I will remember that I break a commandment of the most high God when I doubt His sovereign hand. I will remember that I am not of this world and that the Lord is with me and that He PROMISED to always be with me. What can man do to me? And I will speak the gospel to people with no shame and no fear because, He died for me and it’s my turn to live for Him. As Caleb so eloquently put it…Give me my mountain!

“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 27:1

The Will Of God Vs. The Will Of The Flesh

4 Jun

“See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18

This scripture goes so fully against our human nature. Here are my thoughts on the matter.

Vs. 15: See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.

So when someone takes credit for our work or cuts us off in traffic what is usually our first response? We get mad and want to get them back. How about if a person we don’t like gets a new car and it’s parked on a hill. And the car starts to roll down that hill and is heading for a tree; what is our first response? What is the response of our heart? Do you want to run and get the person and help them out or do you just kind of snicker and think to yourself “they deserve it”?

Pretty much everyone, believer and unbeliever alike, knows Exodus 21:24, “eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot”. Usually only believers know that Jesus said “You have heard that it was said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.” in Matthew 5.

We all know the “turn the other cheek” line but do we actually observe it? Or do we act like we have forgiven and forgotten and turned away when all the while we are harboring feelings of resentment for others instead of forgiveness? And if we do indeed turn the other cheek as Jesus commanded us to, do we go the extra mile for someone who has wronged us? We usually just try to deal with the person and not openly dislike them. We won’t usually be willing to give the clothes off of our backs to people we consider to be the enemy. Do we really try to LOVE our enemies? We aren’t called to love only the loveable, but to love EVERYONE.

VS.16: Rejoice always

How often do we rejoice in our sufferings? I know I have problems with this. I’m not suggesting that we say, “Praise the Lord! I just wrecked my car!” because that would be silly and honestly, we may seem slightly crazy if we say that out loud. However, do we praise Him because He works all things together for the good? I know we praise Him when He gives but how often to we praise Him when He takes away? And during trials, how often do we rejoice? Most of the time we mope around and get upset when something doesn’t go perfectly. And when God hasn’t answered our prayers, answers them in a way we don’t approve of, or just simply doesn’t seem to be speaking to us? Do we praise God for building our endurance for patience? Do we praise Him for giving us that stern “no” for something we thought we needed or deserved? And do we praise Him when He’s not speaking? How often do we stop to realize that He is working and listening even when He doesn’t speak?

VS.18: Pray without ceasing

Prayer is one of the fundamentals of having a relationship with God, but how often do we let our prayer lives take a hit? When we give into our flesh, we usually feel too ashamed to pray, to ask for forgiveness. When we are too tired and forget or fall asleep in the middle of our prayer time, we are missing out on intimate fellowship with the Father. And when everything is going so well that for a while, we forget that it was God who gave us the blessings and the peace. We need to pray when we are awake, we need to focus when we sit at the feet of the Lord, we need to pray for others before ourselves, and pray with others, not just for them.

VS. 18: Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

At, the risk of sounding repetitive, we don’t only need to praise God when we are having an outstandingly blessed season of life. When life is in a shambles, we should still be able to praise God because we know what the future holds. As Christians we should always be thinking of eternity with our Lord. If all else fails, just remember that the pain we suffer on the Earth is the closest that we will ever come to hell. “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” Proverbs 27:1. We don’t know what today, tomorrow, or the next day will hold, but God does and we should be content in that.

God loves us. He has made that point extremely clear. His will for us is to live lives that are pleasing to Him. Lives full of forgiveness, good deeds, ceaseless rejoicing, constant prayer, and thanksgiving. Do these characteristics sound familiar to you? They are characteristics that Jesus shows us. God wants us to be like the Son.

Once we allow the peace that surpasses all understanding flood through our veins and we start to forgive, do good deeds, rejoice in all circumstances, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances, how amazing will our lives on this Earth be? This small chunk of scripture convicted me.

I fail miserably but God still loves me with an unfailing love. I just pray that this scripture will affect you as strongly as it has affected me.

When Blood And Water Hit The Ground: The Redeeming Act of Christ

24 Apr

Today is Resurrection Sunday. A day more commonly known as Easter Sunday. This is a day that has been overrun by gifts, chocolate bunnies, and unnaturally colored eggs. Don’t get me wrong, as a child I loved dying eggs (I still do actually), getting an Easter basket full of toys and candy I didn’t need, and running around trying to find the eggs that the “Easter bunny” had hidden. But like I said at the beginning, this day is meant to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Savior of the world.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that whoever believes in Him should not parish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

One of the best known and most recited scriptures is of course John 3:16, but most of the time, we really don’t break this down or truly grasp the intensity and importance of this scripture. But this is not the only scripture regarding Christ that we skim over and have hardened our hearts toward. The God who created the heavens and the Earth and holds this vast universe in His hand gave His perfect son to redeem the retched and clothe us with robes of righteousness.

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:8.

So most people understand the basics of crucifixion but just in case you missed a few points, lets review. Crucifixion was invented by the Persians (not the Romans) between 300 and 400 B.C. (not B.C.E.) This is accepted by most historians and scientists alike as the most painful type of death possible. The word excruciating was invented because there was no word fitting the type of pain that a crucified person would experience. This death was reserved for the vilest criminals and was possibly one of the most degrading experiences any man could experience. Jesus was nailed, most likely through the wrists, to the patibulum (the horizontal part of the cross) while on the ground.  The nails would have been about seven to nine inches long and would have made impact with His median nerves and caused severe pain in both of His arms. Once lifted on the cross where His full weight was placed on His nailed wrists, His shoulders and elbows would have dislocated and a minimum of six inches were added to each arm in length.

His legs would have been bent at about a ninety-degree angle and nails were driven into His feet. The nails would have severed His dorsal pedal arteries causing excruciating pain. While breathing Jesus would have to push up from His nailed feet to exhale because of the intense distress put on His diaphragm.  This difficulty caused carbon dioxide to build up in the lungs and slowly suffocated Him. The lack of oxygen also caused the tissues and capillaries in Jesus’ body to leak (hence the “blood and water pouring out” in John 19:34) and for His heart to beat faster. These variables usually lead to cardiac arrest.

Now try to visualize all of this and remember all of the events that had occurred earlier that day. Christ was under so much stress, feeling the burden of all our sin on His shoulders that He had been sweating blood, a condition called hematidrosis, in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:44). He was then ridiculed by the Jews, His own people, and beaten. He was beaten with whips and the cat of nine tails, which were straps of leather imbedded with shards of metal, glass, and pottery shards. These tools were created specifically to rip the flesh off of the victim. He had a crown of thorns shoved onto His head and had to carry the beam of the cross that He would die on. The soldiers cast lots for His clothes and placed a sign that said “Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews” and was transcribed in four different languages so that all could read it.

This was a public scorn and shameful death and what was the response of Christ?

“Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34. “Humbled Himself unto the cross” is one of the biggest understatements in history. Jesus Christ never forsook the multitude that scorned Him but was forsaken in our place by His Father. Jesus willed His death and He chose the time and the means. He chose to endure the most painful death imaginable to atone for the sin of the world and to give us the gift of everlasting life. By the way, this gift is totally free, no strings attached, we just get to love, live for, and serve a gracious God who loves us unconditionally.

But the end of the story is not on the cross; it is Resurrection Sunday after all. The empty tomb of Jesus Christ is why we celebrate and is why we are free when we accept the gift of salvation. The temporary tomb that held Jesus was blocked off by a boulder, which would have weighed approximately two tons. No man could push that alone, nor could a group of men sneak past the Roman soldiers who were guarding the tomb and role a two-ton stone out of a dug out crevice without getting caught. The Lord rose on the third day as He said He would and is reigning still. But not only is He reigning; He stands in between us and God, constantly interceding for us! (Rom.8: 34)

Oh and for all of you guys out there that say Jesus is only relevant in the New Testament, I challenge you to go look at Psalm 22. This Psalm gives the most detailed description of crucifixion in the Bible and was written about seven hundred years before crucifixion was even invented. It also prophecies the insults Jesus received, that His clothes would have lots cast for them, and that the people crucifying Him would taunt Him, telling Him to call upon the Lord who would save Him if He were truly the Christ. The word of the Lord is fluid, it is consistent, and it is the breathed word of God. Christ is real, He bled and suffered and died for us and rose on the third day because He wants to spend eternity with us. We just have to say yes. He always gets the short end of the stick and we get gifts beyond anything that we could ever deserve. We do not have to suffer this death that we deserve because He did. Christ was forsaken so that we would never have to be.

Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the Earth (Rev. 13:8)

Jesus Christ is love, He is beauty, and He is risen.

So next time you read John 3:16 remember what He went through. And also remember that the Lord keeps the promises He makes. In Jeremiah 29:11 it says that the Lord has plans for us to have a prosperous future and that is we seek Him with all of our hearts we will find Him. In Jeremiah 33:3 He says that if we call on Him He will tell us the unsearchable things that we don’t know.  Follow where He lead because if He if for us, them who can be against us? (Rom. 8:31) Let us pick up our crosses and run after the Lord with all we have and love Him even after we take our last breath, after all, that’s what He has done for us!!!

What’s Your Excuse?

3 Apr

 

Everyone makes excuses. I, especially with school assignments, have made plenty in my day. But one day, while listening to a sermon, my pastor quoted an obvious but necessary truth from the the evangelist Billy Sunday.

“An excuse is the skin of a reason, stuffed with a lie.”

-Billy Sunday

This quote stuck with me. It made me think of all the excuses that I have made over the years.”Oh, I couldn’t submit my essay because it wouldn’t download”…lie. “I forgot my math assignment at home!”…lie. On and on and on, I reflected on all of my excuses and realized that Billy had hit the nail right on the head. All of those “excuses” are flat out lies. But lets take this to a deeper level. Not only are these excuses a lie, which is a sin, but are self-justifying lies which is bad enough when used on a person, but we don’t just make excuses to people, we try to make excuses to God. God knows all that we do; every thought, every work, every word, everything. This can be a scary thought sometimes, especially when we are in the wrong.There can be serious consequences for lying and trying to lie to God. When thinking of lying, I recall Ananias and Sapphira.

If these two people escape your memory, lets take a trip over to Acts 5. Ananias and his wife Sapphira sell a piece of land and withhold from the Lord. They then lie about their bad deed and the Lord strikes down Ananias and then Sapphira is afraid and comes clean out of fear but her fate has already been sealed. When we lie to God we make a mockery of His name, especially if we proclaim ourselves to be servants of God. However, God is not to be mocked.

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for  whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Galatians 6:7

Next time, we think of making an excuse, remember it has consequences. I am not saying that the same fate of Ananias and Sapphira with befall you, but I am saying that we need to understand the consequences of our actions. We are to fear the Lord but not in the respect that most people believe. I feel that fearing the Lord is loving Him so much that we are afraid to hurt Him. Lies hurt Him, other sins hurt Him and as Christians and children of the most high God we should repent for fear of hurting Him, not because we are selfish and are scared to be corrected by Him, but because we love Him.

I am a sinner. I struggle with sin every day but the Lord knows I hate sin and hate when I give in to my flesh. Our sanctification is a life long process and the Lord is long-suffering but that is no excuse to act like an impetuous child. We must strive to walk with Him and live for Him which means not making excuses.

 

If  you are not a believer, one of the worst mistakes you can make is making an excuse for not coming to Christ. “Well… my friends will mock me. I don’t want to walk to the front of church with all these people. I don’t want my family to give me a hard time. I will clean myself up first and change my way and then i’ll come to Christ.” Trust me, these excuses are easy to make, i’ve been there. My advice to you is this: let them mock, prove them wrong, come forward in a place where everyone rejoices with you and is crazy in love with Jesus (they won’t bite, trust me). And most importantly, come as you are to the foot of the cross. We can’t clean ourselves up, but the Lord can. He is with us every step of the way in our sanctification and when you come to His feet and surrender your life He will never leave you, nor forsake you!

 

The Word

22 Feb

When you open up the word of God, what do you find?

There is such beauty in the promise of our Lord!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.”

—Jeremiah 29:11-13—

 

Glory

3 Feb

The Lord is steadfast in His provision and love. How could we ever question His ways?

“Every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the father of the heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

Not only does He love us and sent His son to be beaten, torn, and crucified when we were still sinners. But He has not stopped at our redemption; No, He even blesses us with peace, joy, love, and even material possessions on Earth. He also gives us our talents; Talents that we are to use for His glory! How blessed are we that He chooses us to serve Him and uses us to further His kingdom and spread His gospel!

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’ Jeremiah 29:11-13

This promise is so beautiful. He loves us enough to save us. But He also has a plan for every single person on this Earth! He knows us by name and wants us to prosper in His glory. When Christ died for us the veil was torn which means that our separation from the Father was destroyed! Jesus stands between the Lord and our sin and we are given the freedom to have loving and intimate fellowship with Him. How great is our powerful and glorious God!

Hopefully Imperfect

3 Jan

“Worship must be all-entire. By that I mean that the total life must worship God. The whole personality has to worship God or our worship is not perfect. Faith, love , obedience, loyalty, high conduct and life all must be taken as burnt offerings and offered to God. If there is anything in me that does not worship God, then there is nothing in me that worships God perfectly.” A.W. Tozer

As humans, we are not perfect, in fact, we are far from it. But thankfully, the Lord knows that we are not perfect and He knows the true intentions of our hearts. Our worship may not be flawless, but He knows that we long for it to be and that we are striving for it to become as perfect as possible. The Lord accepts imperfect worship from his children but we must not settle for worship that is not all that we have to offer. To get closer to Him in our worship, we must ask him to change our hearts and rid us of our iniquity stricken flesh. It is hard to grasp the concept of His perfect love for beings that are so imperfect and unworthy, but in faith we must accept that He is past all human understanding. Praise God for his patience and acceptance for imperfect worship and imperfect children! By His grace our ability to worship Him with the entirety of our beings will grow. The Lord is the only one able to change us into the children he desires, but we must first invite His changing love into our hearts.