Monthly Archives: September 2012

God is Not Enough

God Is Not Enough.

When God gives us a command to do or not to do something, that doesn’t cut it. we have to somehow make it relate to us before we’ll have the desire to obey it.

For example, some Christian girls wear purity rings that say “true love waits.”  Christian parents teach their kids that they should wait until marriage to have sex because “it will be worth it.” because “it will save you from a lot of heartache and regret” etc. etc.  are those things true? i would assume so. but that’s not the reason we should practice abstinence.

When did, “Christians should refrain from having sex until marriage because God hates it, and it is sin” stop becoming enough?  You know why that answer’s not enough for us? because God’s not enough.  Because saying something hurts God isn’t a good enough reason for us to obey him.  It’s got to relate to us, and if it helps us out and we’re assured it will make our lives better, then okay we can do that.

Another example:  “Don’t get angry and lose your temper because you’ll lose your testimony; and it matters what people think of you.”  true? sure. but is this the reason why we shouldn’t lose our temper? no. We shouldn’t lose our temper because God calls it sin, not because of how it affects me or everyone else’s view of me.

When I love somebody, why would I want to do anything to hurt that person?

So what does it say about me when I claim to love God but can’t obey him purely for his sake and not for mine?

Do we love him? maybe we don’t.  maybe the shame, the sin, the beatings, the slander, the ripping of his flesh; the tears; the agony he went through to redeem sinful humanity wasn’t enough to win my love.  Maybe eternal life and the opportunity to have fellowship and a right relationship with him; to be an adopted son of God himself isn’t enough. Maybe “his robes for mine” doesn’t cut it. Maybe Jesus owes me more.  So until that day, I’ll lay out at the pool of ungratefulness and soak up my love of me.  I’ll obey things when I see that they benefit me.  But, God, I’ll take you up on that offer of heaven when i die.

God forgive us.

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You’re Not as Blessed as You Think You Are

It’s funny how we’re so quick to slap the word “blessed” on ourselves when good circumstances come into our lives.  As if we really ever took the time to hear what the Bible says about being blessed.  As if we really ever even considered who Jesus says is really blessed.  Start in the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount.  Jesus gives us a list of nine types of people who are blessed –

1 – Blessed are the poor in spirit (humble; cognizant of the fact that they have nothing to offer a holy God)

2 – Blessed are those who mourn (who anguish over their sin; who recognize their brokenness)

3 – Blessed are the meek

4 – Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

5 – Blessed are the merciful

6 – Blessed are the pure in heart

7 – Blessed are the peacemakers

8 – Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness

9 – Blessed are you when people insult you because of Me

Moving on.

Luke 10:23 (Jesus to his disciples): Blessed are the eyes that see what you see

Luke 11:28 Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and obey it

Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes

Luke 12:38 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds watching for him when he comes

John 13:7 – If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them

Romans 4:7 – Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered

Romans 4:7 – Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered

Romans 4:8 – Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him

1 Corinthians 1:5 – You have been so richly blessed in him with readiness of speech and fulness of knowledge

Galatians 3:9 – Those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham

Ephesians 1:3 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ

James 1:12 – Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial

James 5:11 – We consider blessed those who have persevered.  Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast

1 Peter 3:14 – If you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed

1 Peter 4:14 – If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed

Revelation 20:6 – Blessed are those who have part in the first resurrection

That’s what the Bible says about being blessed.  Read Hebrews 11.  Those Christians who were tortured, sawn in half, sent to wander in the wilderness to be devoured by wild beasts, of whom the author says the world was not worthy – those people were blessed.  those people mourned their sin; those people thirsted for God; those people obeyed the Word; those endured; persevered under trial; suffered and were insulted for Christ, and if you’re going by the biblical definition of blessing, those people are blessed.

But go ahead, if you want to label yourself blessed for having a car, for having a fun career, for living in a particular country, for having children, for having good health – go ahead and keep on calling yourself blessed.  But realize that what you call “blessed” isn’t what Jesus called blessed. True blessing is when you encounter and act upon anything that draws you closer to Christ.

Be careful of culture.

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