My wife asked me to do this song, so here it is… Recorded in the bonus room! If you like it,(or even if you just don’t mind:) please subscribe to my YouTube channel…
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I believe one of our keys for becoming like Jesus is a better focus…
What do I mean?
I believe we must pursue intimacy with the Lord by pursuing His face. We need to focus on His eyes instead of the sin and failures we experience. Picture looking at Him and sin being like a distraction off to the side that Jesus paid for in order to allow you to keep your focus on Him.
Sin is not ok, but it is paid for…. Don’t let it take your eyes off Him! There is therefore now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus(Rom. 8:1). We become like Him as we behold Him….(my 2Cor. 3:18 paraphrase)
You guessed it…. This one could potentially hurt a little. Matt. 6:24 “….you cannot serve both God and money.”NIV(emphasis added).
We “know” the right answer to the question, but my question to you is going past your intellect. If you followed yourself around for a year hidden from sight, which do you serve? In good times and strained times financially do you follow the Spirit’s leading or money’s leading? Does fear overcome you when a financial difficulty comes or do you walk in His peace? If you find out there’s a person in need, do you check with Him about being the answer or is it automatically about whether it cuts into your financial security? If He told you to empty your bank accounts and give to the poor(as in Matt. 19… rich young ruler), would you walk away with your head down or trust Him with childlike faith?
Although we don’t “feel” like it, we are rich compared to the world standards throughout history. Jesus was referring to you and I when he said “only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matt. 19:23. We must put things into a kingdom perspective. When I stand before Him I want to be excited I chose to trust Him like a child during this blink of an eye called life.
Stand with me and let’s have the courage to be childlike- “do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.” Luke 12:29-30 NIV.
I leave you with this…. Imagine yourself actually living without giving much thought to all your “stuff”. Imagine living like an actual 2 year old in a good home who doesn’t think about how money works and where provision is coming from next time… Is it possible to live trusting our Father that much in this life? If you serve money you’ll obey it and whatever it says in the name of security or even being financially responsible. If you decide to let go of the cares of this world with childlike faith, you’ll inherit the Kingdom(Matt 18:3)!!
This phrase from Matthew 7:23 has been running through my mind the last couple days. What grabs my attention is the verse before where it says, “Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons and perform many miracles?”. These people were calling Him Lord and clearly thought they were in, so it does get your attention.
First, this verse has the potential to scare most of the current church here in Loveland and elsewhere. If we live with a works based mentality, then most of us are in trouble. The people Jesus referred to healed the sick, cast out demons, and performed many miracles. Most of us haven’t performed a handful if any. We would normally think anyone doing any of these miracles would be a shoe-in to heaven. How could anyone perform these miracles and not “know” Him? Good question!
I’m not even going into a debate about “once saved, always saved” or whether we’re secure or not. For me, this scripture does bring that question to mind, but what the Lord has had me focus on is the “I never knew you”. This in itself is another example in scripture of the Lord choosing to relate to us. Of corse He knows us, because He’s all knowing, and He knew us from the womb. This scripture lets us see He wants us to be “known” by Him.
I desire to prophesy, heal the sick, and raise the dead. I believe we’re even commanded to do all these things, but I think we have to remember daily to make ourselves “known” to God. For me, this is a new concept to make myself “known” to God. I’ve always focused only on knowing Him, and trying to find out more about Him. I’ve also always thought of intimacy with Him only from the one sided aspect of getting to know more of Him.
So, my encouragement for you is to make sure you’re making yourself “known” to God. It’s clear that we are called to do powerful and amazing works for Him, but we can’t let the pursuit of works take the place of knowing Him or being known by Him. How cool will it be to stand before the Lord and He open His arms to give you a warm embrace(or maybe a high five)!
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So I’ve been wondering about music, and it’s role in feeling God’s presence in a service. I, of course, consistently wonder about the role of the current western church. We are constantly striving to have “great services” on a weekly basis, but we obviously miss the “changing lives” aspect so much of the time. That will have to be another post all together. What I’m wondering is, how far should we strive to go with a 30-40 minute “worship” set on Sunday morning? Worship has been growing in intensity in our church lately, and it’s brought out these questions in me. I intend to continue down this same path while asking God for instruction in these areas. Is it ok to just look for an AMAZING experience with God in a single service, or is the “in a service” grid all we have to work from? I think we’re so used to “the guys up front” doing all the ministry, we don’t think about coming to the service to minister. I guess I’m wondering where we’re supposed to end up if we make our main focus more, more, more, even though I also know I want more, more, more! I agree with Graham Cooke in saying that our western church has excelled in teaching how to become HEARERS of the word without being DOERS. So, do our services entice people to want more of His presence, or do they satisfy them until next week? I think that’s the real question. My desire and aim is that services would continue to grow in intensity seeing more of His glory with new glimpses into the kingdom, and that God would rip us away of our training to go away and do nothing. I believe we will never see this nation change if we continue to sit in chairs and be satisfied with “great meetings”(or sit in meetings and do nothing more than critique:). My prayer is that we’ll stir people into a new desire to find His presence in every aspect of their lives, and in the mean time find more of His presence in our meetings together!