Wednesday, April 10, 2013
"As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God."
Many of us have heard these words both spoken and sung. But do we stop to reflect on the metaphor? Living things need water to live, plain and simple. In fact somewhere around 60% of your body is water! We can not go without water for to long or we will die. As we go without water we become more and more thirsty for it and will go to greater lengths to get it.
Is your relationship that way with God? Do you live as though you need God in order to live? What about the times when you go without speaking to God or spending time with Him? Do you yearn for God more or do you fall farther away.
We need to be reminded that God is the creator and sustainer of all life that exists. Without God we are nothing. God yearns for a authentic relationship with us and wants us to yearn for the same with Him. This is why fasting can be such a powerful spiritual discipline, because it reminds us of our true needs for survival and in turn reminds us of our true need for a Savior.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
When we think of something weak our mind often goes to the physical. We think of weak muscles, an image of a puny person or weak people we may know. What about our weakness in resisting temptation and fleeing from evil? Gods word says that in our weakness He is made strong. Its through our weakness that Gods strength is often manifested in awesome ways. We are also told that we will not be tempted beyond what we can bare. We are promised protection and sustenance when we rely on God and allow Him to use our weakness for his glory.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
Growing up I watched many cartoons which were soaked with violence. One of my favorite shows was called G.I Joe. My brothers and I would play with the action figures for hours on end. We also loved the original Star Wars movies which were filled with violence. I played football, I enjoyed learning how to wrestle and box, i played countless games of paintball, I got in my own share of fist fights. Reading texts like these in the Bible and listening to Jesus own words has made me personally re-evaluate many of these things and topics such as war, national defense, control and the like.
I was watching a short video the other day where two characters were one the screen. One character was portraying God and another as a regular guy. The guy was talking about how he gets so angry and God was talking to him about how God created the emotion of anger but the man was misusing it. It reminded me of the story of Cane and Abel back in Genesis when Cane gets angry. At that point he had a choice to make as to how he would respond to the emotion. God wants us to use the emotion of anger for good, God wants us to be angry at the misuse of power in the word.
However, most people take this as an excuse to fight for their own personal cause. They also forget that our call is to love and forgive one another and not to return evil for evil. Martin Luther King once said "the ends are pre-existant in the means." In other words you can't do something evil like kill someone to save another life and ay what you did was good. You cannot erase the evil action by justifying it through a desired outcome.