A prayer. The words you spoke when you first came to God. For that moment everything seems to slow and as you repeat the words, they fall off your lips like fire. Jesus! Jesus come into my life, I am a sinner. From then you feel filled and it all makes sense. That night was like no other and you feel changed. But how changed are you? Did the pastor tell you it would take 5 minutes to say then you will be saved for eternity? That’s not what I know. It’s a lifetime struggle of tears, pain and grabbing every bit of faith you have just to get through the day. It’s a lifetime commitment forever. It’s not just something you do on Sunday that lifts your moods for a while. That prayer won’t save you. They all lied when they said you are welcomed into eternal life forever once you utter those words. Do you run to god everyday? Every morning do you speak with Him? Are you found at his feet? Let’s get real with ourselves because when it comes down to it, that prayer won’t save us our relationship will.
-Inspired by the sermon of Paul Washer
The all powerful universe. At least that’s what they call it. It created itself in the blink of an eye and formed the skies and seas in a whisper. It created life and death all at once, living people with thoughts, visions and dreams. It created good and evil, light and dark, mountains and all living and dead things. How could this be? It isn’t.
The minds of those dreamers lie beneath. The all powerful god that formed the waters and knows every thought, feeling, desire and vision knows those minds. He sees the thoughts of your fabrication and yearns to know why you make these fantasy conclusions that seem to fit perfectly with your wayward life. It won’t change the truth. He is infinite. He is God.
The minds of those dreamers lie beneath
The hands of time turn and turn. Never stopping, never slowing. What will you do? How much time do you have? The seasons come and go, and you live, think breathe without meaning. While the almighty one makes his way in the glory of his power. Seeking the obedience of his children like a mother. The sky groans for him and the earth stirs the elements, ushering his coming. What will you do? The world watches an amazing fall of humanity, as they sink into the darkness. The final fall. And yet mans heart grows cold, like an icy heart that scowls at warmth from light. The light of the world. Why are we so blind. It’s as if even the earth knows the time of his coming, but we do not. His children wait in an ever-growing light, watching.Fear violently grips the centre of the earth and drags it without mercy. These are the final events.
A life is a death. What does it mean? Your feet barely hit the ground as you are pulled back up again into an amazing fall. A life is a blink. A sea of uncertain and ever-changing feelings. You think you know yourself. You don’t. You change. You fall. Then you realize. It comes like an inevitable revolution and thunders towards you. And you can’t stop it. Fear climbs up your body and into you mind as your weak hands try to make a cushion for the impact. Then calm. As death passes light now emerges. A heavenly light that you were told about. Somehow, you know this is your home. A death has amounted to a whole new life with him…
The blood dripped out of his helpless body. As he lay there, you think of how it could have possibly went this far. The thundering rain hit your face violently as your were sickened with anger and confusion. The sky groaned, and the clouds refused to open their glory in the hours that followed. Grey. You stand in horror with the mud building at your knees. His face seems enlightened although lifeless. You are ignorant of the life that now rushes into your once dead soul, now that he has passed.You groan at his feet in pain as he gives you the gift of eternal life…
A flicker. A spark of light. Looking out, you only see dark. It burns in your heart, then fades away, but it’s always there. You think, you remember. The scars on his hands burn an image of guilt in your mind but for how long? You stare into the dark hole, into your life that surrounds you. And hope for that flicker, that ever-growing light to reappear. Then it does. Just when you needed him most, he exploded like a burst of light into that hole. You vowed to follow his light forever. He will search for you on that final day..
Where will it take you? Only he knows. It’s just you and the distance. The sound of a whirlwind, but at the same time a whisper. Take the jump and watch your life sink into opportunities. Your fingertips reach for the mid-air. Then silence. The faith makes a sudden rushing sound as you fall… and gets louder as the ground approaches. And there you are in the certainty of his presence. I told you it was real…
Christians have a terrible habit of preaching while not actually doing what they are telling others to do and we think nobody notices it. We are all guilty of it aren’t we? We advise in situations and tell people the right way to go, but isn’t our advice for ourselves also? I read a scripture the other that spoke of this same thing, our hypocrisy and dishonesty when we speak about our sins. Is this really going to save us? God said there isn’t a sin that won’t be judged so let’s begin to practice what we are telling others to do. Let’s be honest with ourselves and ask god for his genuine help in the transformation of our souls. It’s time to stop sinning and start winning our place in heaven! Time is short so let’s start now….
I had a little confrontation at work the other day because someone was being really rude to me. I was thinking why do people behave in this way, for no actual reason? They will try to belittle you and make you feel stupid. They will slander you and tell all manner of lies about you behind your back. Straight away I hear the word of God coming to mind. That scripture speaks about people who will do anything to make your life hell. God warns us and tells us this is a sign that he is with us and trying to mature us. It was hard to take, I’m not going to lie, so I took it up with her, and had a sit down chat in front of my manager. (God didn’t say we can’t confront people, as long as it’s done in the right way!). I told her she was rude and patronizing and yes, as I thought, she had a stroppy attitude, but apologized nevertheless. I accepted the apology and life goes on. God taught me the right way to go about it, in a peaceful and calm way and his way is always the right way. Even if it seems they are getting the upper hand, God will see you and honor your obedience, which is all that matters! Let us approach these people with the right attitude and overcome…
Many Christians believe that we can never achieve perfection right? Now I’m not saying that we are perfect (far from it) but God’s word proves the possibility of perfection under obedience. Now this idea of always being a slave to sin had me too, until God showed me a little something from his word…
Romans 6:17-18 “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness”
Here it says in black and white that sin has no power over us, (no matter how much we are tempted) and that we now have the power, through the sacrifice of our father Jesus Christ. Doesn’t this kind of defeat the object of him dying in the first place if we were not set free from our sins? We are all with sin, but this my no means means that we cannot be free from it.
I’ve heard many preachers and famous pastors saying that we will never be perfect and that we will always be with sin and knowing what God had shown me made me realize that they were teaching a massive lie. The object here is to dishearten Christians and make them comfortable with the idea of sinning, a tool used so subtly by the devil. If he can get you to think this way, then it’ll be easier for his sin to continue a hold in your life. It’s a deadly lie that can be easy to accept.
We have some role models from the bible that prove the idea of pleasing God by maturing without sin. Enoch and Elijah are the only two people God took to heaven without them dying.Genesis 5:24tells us, “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.”Second Kings 2:11 tells us, “Suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.” Enoch is described as a man who “walked with God for 300 years”. Elijah was perhaps the most powerful of God’s prophets in the Old Testament.
Now I’m not saying that you must wake up tomorrow without no sin, but God has given us the power to slowly become like him in every way. It’s our choice whether to step into that or not. It’s time to open our eyes and not be fooled by the lies of the devil.
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