There is nothing you can do to make God love you more, There is nothing you can do to make God love you less

June 20, 2014

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Here is a PURELY THEORETICAL exercise. When Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive the answer was seventy times seven.

Matthew 18

21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Imagine if God was only going to forgive you seventy times seven times, or 490 times. Try and calculate how many times you have needed God’s grace. What number are you up to? How many times do you have left? If getting to heaven relies on having enough ‘points’ left, will you make it?

There are two things we can take from this exercise:

1)    Don’t mess with God’s grace.

2)    Be thankful that God doesn’t work like this at all. God…

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Your Will Be Done

March 18, 2013

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Matthew 36-39

36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He told His disciples, Sit down here while I go over yonder and pray.

37 And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to show grief and distress of mind and was deeply depressed.

38 Then He said to them, My soul is very sad and deeply grieved, so that I am almost dying of sorrow. Stay here and keep awake and keep watch with Me.

39 And going a little farther, He threw Himself upon the ground on His face and prayed saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will [not what I desire], but as You will and desire.

 

If your child was deeply grieved and almost dying of sorrow, how would you feel? Would you like to alleviate their pain? Is there anything you wouldn’t do to relieve them from their suffering?

That was the situation when Jesus was praying in Gethsemane. Jesus was dreading what was coming up. After he had gone back and found the disciples sleeping, he returned and prayed two more times.

42 Again a second time He went away and prayed, My Father, if this cannot pass by unless I drink it, Your will be done.

44 So, leaving them again, He went away and prayed for the third time, using the same words.

We often find ourselves on our knees, begging God to intercede and do something. We pray that He will take away certain circumstances in our lives or bless us with needs we are sure we have.

The tendency of many when God doesn’t seem to act  is to ask WHY?. If you love me God, WHY would you let me suffer like this?

When John the Baptist was in prison and sent his disciples to Jesus, the response he received was:

Matthew 11:5-6

 “5 The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed (by healing) and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and the poor have good news (the Gospel) preached to them.

6 And blessed (happy, fortunate, and [a]to be envied) is he who takes no offense at Me and finds no cause for stumbling in or through Me and is not hindered from seeing the Truth.

John the Baptist was beheaded. But I am sure he had the faith to say “God’s will be done” We live by faith and not by sight. If we have truly died on the cross and been born again our only response to life’s challenges must be “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21


God’s Pet

March 7, 2013

chaney01 Dog one: Owner comes home, jumps for joy, wags tail, follows owner around house sniffing him and licking him and being excited.

Owner pats him and takes dog to backyard. Owner throws ball, dog chases it, picks it up brings it back and repeats 10 times. Owner praises dog for fetching ball, pats dog and gives him a hug.

Owner notices dog has pulled washing of line and torn up shirt during the day. Owner scolds dog and tells him he is a naughty dog. Owner stops playing with dog, cleans up mess and goes inside.

One hour later owner returns to yard, feeds dog, refills water bowl, sits with dog, pats him and they watch the sunset together.

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   Dog Two: Owner comes home, dog nowhere to be found. Owner searches and finds dog hiding. Owner speaks encouragingly to dog and tries to entice him out to play. Dog finally comes out reluctantly and stands with tail between legs while owner tries to pat and give affection. 

Owner coaxes dog into backyard and throws ball. Dog ambles towards ball and brings back with head hung low.

Owner notices dog has pulled washing of line and torn up shirt during the day. Owner scolds dog and tells him he is a naughty dog. Owner stops playing with dog, cleans up mess and goes inside.

One hour later owner returns to yard, feeds dog, refills water bowl, sits with dog, pats him and they watch the sunset together.

Dog sits next to owner during sunset worrying that owner is still angry. Dog’s eyes are droopy and teary, head is down, each time the owner pats him he cringes and worries.

Owner walks back inside and dog goes over to food bowl. Dog looks at food and panics. What if the owner doesn’t feed him tomorrow? What if this food has to last a week? Should he eat it all or just have a nibble? What if the owner does feed him tomorrow and he hasn’t finished today’s portion? Will it rot?

Dog slumps down next to food bowl thinking life is just too hard!!

Conclusion: We are the sons and daughters of God but it may help you to think of yourself as God’s pet just for a moment. He loves you! HE just wants you to be happy, have fun, don’t worry…He will take care of you!

Yes, if you do something wrong He will correct you. You may even have to endure consequences. Maybe you will be ties up from now on instead of left to tear clothes off the line. But he still wants to sit with you and pat you and enjoy being with you.

Find the joy in leaning on Him and not your own understanding. Live by grace and then you can worship him freely, which is what we were created for!!


Get your eyes off you and onto God!

February 10, 2013

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So Moses goes to see the burning bush. God tells him that He has seen the affliction of the Israelites and wants to send him (Moses) to Pharaoh to tell him to let the Israelites go.

Moses is looking at a bush that burns but does not get burnt, he is listening to the direct, audible voice of God and his response is: “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)

God responds by telling Moses that one day he and his people will be living it up in the land of milk and honey. All he has to do is do is trust in the power of the living God.

But Moses responds by saying : “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” (Exodus 4:1)

So God gives him three miracles to perform, he can throw a wooden staff on the ground and it becomes a snake, he can take water from the river Nile and turn it to blood and he can make his hand go completely white and then be transformed back again.

But Moses wasn’t focused on God and his power. Moses was focused on himself and his insufficiencies. Thus he said: “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

13 But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” (Exodus 4:10 – 13)

One would think that Moses would have got the message by now! Didn’t he see that God was on his side? Didn’t he understand that God was powerful enough to do what needed to be done?

Gideon was also so focused on himself that he couldn’t see that it was God who would give the victory. That’s why:  Judges 6:12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

When the angel told Gideon to go and save his people, his response was Judges 6:15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

Later, when Gideon was preparing his army, God made sure to drive the lesson home. The lesson that it is not you but God that wins the victory. That is why he made Gideon reduce his army to just 300.

David got the right perspective. He took 5 small stones and a mighty God and defeated a mighty foe.

What about today’s Christians? I think most of us are in churches talking about how to live right. I think we are praying for strength so we are not so miserable and insufficient when we should be worshipping God for how strong and sufficient He is. If we switch our perspective from our lack to His sufficiency, maybe He will be able to truly use us as He desires and promises.


There is No ‘Power’ in the Holy Communion

January 19, 2013

Recieving Communion #2

When we take communion, we are NOT cleansed of our sins.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

So why do we take communion?

Two reasons:

1)   To ‘proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes’

2)   To remind ourselves of the fact that WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN FORGIVEN.

God does not condemn us for our sins.

John 3:17

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

We do not get praised when we do well and cursed when we do bad.

When we sin, we distance ourselves from God. Just as with the first sin, God DOES NOT distance himself from us.

Genesis 3:8-9

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

The devil’s trick is to get us to focus on our righteousness. “Look what you’ve done, and you are supposed to be made in the image of God!” But the bible says our righteousness is like filthy rags.(Isaiah 64)

If you are saved, God has forgiven all your sins, past, present and future.

So why do right?

Because when you are sinning, you focus on your sinful nature. It’s natural. You think and pray about being freed from the guilt and thoughts and habits that result from your sins. If you avoid those sins and resist the devil, you are free to operate on a higher level. You no longer focus on your sinful nature, or even yourself! You focus on God and His plans in the lives of others.

This is the ‘power’ that lies in the Holy Communion. The power to remind us that it is not about us. It is ALL about Him! He knows without a shadow of a doubt how weak we are. He sees everyday of our life even before one day was over. And yet, He chooses us. He knows you will fall. He knows you will stumble. He knows you are not good enough. That’s why he sent Jesus. So He could redeem you, to use you. He didn’t redeem you so you could pray and think and work on being redeemed. It’s DONE!!

2 Corinthians 3: 4-6

4 Such confidence we have through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

Get out there and live it.

Galatians 20

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

 


There is nothing you can do to make God love you more, There is nothing you can do to make God love you less

December 28, 2012

Here is a PURELY THEORETICAL exercise. When Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive the answer was seventy times seven.

Matthew 18

21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Imagine if God was only going to forgive you seventy times seven times, or 490 times. Try and calculate how many times you have needed God’s grace. What number are you up to? How many times do you have left? If getting to heaven relies on having enough ‘points’ left, will you make it?

There are two things we can take from this exercise:

1)    Don’t mess with God’s grace.

2)    Be thankful that God doesn’t work like this at all. God doesn’t condemn us, therefore we don’t need to be forgiven more than ONCE. We surrender to Him and His blood covers all the sins we did in the past, all the sins we are doing now and all the sins we will do in the future.

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You Can Overcome

December 25, 2012

James 2:10

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.

This verse is most often used to illustrate God’s grace.  We cannot be righteous by trying to keep the law. If we have ever sinned then we are guilty etc.

But I want to put a different slant on it. If you are doing well in your Christian walk, if you are giving well, serving well, praying well, reading your bible well….and yet there is one part of your Christian walk where you are struggling, you may not be moving forward spiritually.

What is that bad habit you have? Is it smoking? Is it a tendency to rage on the roads? Is it porn? Is it bad language? Is it what you do with your money? Is it anger?

Whatever it is, make a decision that you will conquer it.This thing may be all that is blocking you from powering ahead. Get rid of it and the dam will burst. The floodgates will be opened. You will surge ahead spiritually.

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You may have tried to conquer this problem in the past. This time, don’t try, take it to God with a determination that you will succeed because you know that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).

Look past the pain of the discipline you need to show and see that you will be rewarded. You will be more effective, your life will be better, you will bear more fruit. And if that doesn’t work for you, think of the pain or regret if you let your flesh control you. Which would you prefer, the pain of discipline or the pain of regret? You choose.

GBU