Thursday, December 9, 2010

Undeserving people given the only gift that truly matters

I feel small and insignificant when I think about all the people in this world. I am just one. Why would a perfect and Holy God want anything to do with me? I didn’t always think that way. I used to think, “of course God wants to be with me. I mean I am an angel compared to all of those sinners out there”. I know it sounds completely ridiculous and arrogant and just plain dumb. I really did think that God loved me more than some people. I hate that I’m even typing these words because they are just so wrong! I was stuck in the mind frame that I was a good person that only occasionally sinned therefore I was loved more by God. I didn’t know God very well.

You see God came to this world in the most humble way. He was born into a poor family and was laid in a manger full of hay. Not because that was just what they had back then, far from. We can sometimes think that our generation is different compared to way back when. No, that time had its well to do class just like we have. God chose that specific place and time for His glorious entry into our world. Why? I think one of the reasons was because God knows people and He knows how our minds work. We segregate and separate people, we give classes and statuses to everyone and then we judge them based on our own thoughts and ideas. To help us see that every person matters to God he came down as a poor carpenters’ son. Wow God who created the universe came down to His creation, just the thought that He would come down to dwell with us is mind boggling.

God came to this world for the sinners, and guess what we are all a part of that category! God doesn’t discriminate. God died for the murderers, the thieves, the sexually immoral, and for the ignorant people. God offered every human being the chance to repent and be partakers of His gift of eternal life, that can’t be bought by our good deeds. No matter how good we claim to be we are still not good enough to measure up to God’s perfect standard. God gave us life and then he gave us a choice to follow His way or go our own way and everyone has chosen at one point or another to go their own way. We are all sinners in need of a savior. Then God, knowing that we would chose wrong, sent His son to take on all our sin for us so that if we believed that He died for our sins we could be eternally with God in heaven. Wow! I just don’t know any other gift that compares to God’s gift of love in Jesus Christ.

Thank You God for Your forgiveness. God thank You for Jesus and thank You that You made a way of escape for me. You brought me out of my ignorance and restored my life. Please help us all to see You for who You truly are. We are nothing without You God. You are good and You are Holy and yet You wish to be a part of each and every person’s life. Belief in Your Son and repentance is the key to that relationship with You, father please help us all to sin no more. This Christmas I want to give You all of me. I want to submit all I am to You because You gave all for me. I love You Lord and I am forever in Your debt and that is a place I will be happy to stay for all my life, in Your precious Son’s name Amen.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The S word

It is definitely not what I wanted to hear but it was certainly what I needed! Submission, not a word you are just overjoyed to hear but without it you can't get a deeper relationship with our Lord. Jesus is the ultimate example of submission and brokenness. Brokenness, who wants that? The truth is you cannot, as hard as you may try, make yourself happy. Submission is part of God's perfect design for us but since we all are born into sin we all start off rebelling from God's perfect design for our lives because we think we know better and we want what we want.

Who did I think I was anyway? I really thought I knew better than God did. I thought I knew what I needed in my life because, well I'm me, duh. But wait a minute, step back from that thought girlie and ask yourself this question; Where were you when God first thought of creating the world? Where were you when God was forming you in your mothers womb? If you know what is best for your life then why didn't you just take the reins from the beginning and create yourself? Hmmm, interesting thought. The Lord revealed His Omnipotence to Job in Chapter 38 and now He was revealing it to me.

I wonder why it took me so long to see that? Oh yeah I'm a sinner. For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God (Rom 3: 23). So how does one submit to God's will for your life? Well first you need to start off with prayer and really ask for forgiveness for thinking you had any good ideas to offer... GOD... (really that's just ridiculous, God of the universes way or my way). Second get in the Word! You really can't know what His will is for you unless you know Him so open that BIBLE. Next pray some more. God is GOD and He will reveal Himself to those who cry out to Him for help. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from ALL my fears (Psalm 34:4). Then comes something that you need to do and that is have faith that He loves you. For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son that whoever believes in Him will not parish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). He gave you life and has been waiting for you for so long to let Him into every part of your life so He can do a good work in you. God is faithful and will finish the work He starts in you. Finally wait on the Lord! Don't rush into to anything please. Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matt 26:41)

Oh God I need you in my life because I just keep making a mess of things when I don't let You in or when I think I have a certain aspect of my life under control. God You are God and You know me better then I know myself. Save me from myself God and take control of my life I give it all to You. Please teach me Your ways and help me to hear from You because my mind can be my own worst enemy. Father forgive me for my sins and help me to submit to Your authority God! In Jesus name AMEN.

One more little thought, if you want to know more about submission check out K.P. Yohannan's book Touching Godliness through Submission. It is a great book but don't rush through it you need to take it in slowly maybe one chapter at a time. And keep praying Love ya.