Monday, September 12, 2011

Fix our eyes

Yesterday, everyone remembered the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01. All I could really think about was how so many people, after the attacks, turned to God. Churches were packed. People held prayer meetings. In the midst of this tragedy, people needed to heal. And they turned to the one who could heal them.

I wonder how long that lasted? Did they get the healing they needed, then go back to life as usual? Did they continue to pursue God? I don't know. But it did cause me to ponder on one thought.
Do we turn to God in the midst of our every day tragedies? The definition of tragedy is "An event resulting in great loss and misfortune". It doesn't have to be a terrorist attack.

1 Peter 5:7
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. "

What would you consider a tragedy? Your marriage being attacked? Death of a loved one? Loss of a job? Depression? Infertility? Addiction? Children having babies? Abuse? Has anyone betrayed you?
All of those (and more) result in great loss and misfortune. So when we face those, who, or what, do we run to?

Matthew 11:28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Do we turn to God? Or do we try to find comfort in other things?

Hebrews 12:1-2Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

After the 9/11 attacks, there was such unity. I wonder how different things would be if we turned to God in the midst of the every day tragedies we face. And not just turn to him until that issue is resolved, or until the healing comes, but fixed our eyes on him, allowing those tragedies to draw us closer to him. Not just for a time, but for all time!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Not I But Christ

Galatians 2:20
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I am reminded of the story of Moses. A man to whom God appears in the form of a burning bush. God tells him he needs to go to Pharoah and tell him to let the Israelites go. "But Lord, I can not speak well. i get tongue tied, and my words get tangled." Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord? Exodus 4:11

How often do we do the exact same thing as Moses? He tells us to do something and we say, " I can't Lord, I am......" . Fill in the blank. It can be anything.

-I can't go and talk to that lonely person, I am shy.

-I can't go and comfort that hurting person, I never know what to say.

Add anything to the list. I used those because that is usually what I say. What is yours?

"I can't ________because I am/can't______."

It is not God's intention for us to do anything with our own strength.

2 Corinthians 12:7-9
even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.
Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

When we take on Christ as our Savior, we are inviting him in our hearts and allowing him to work through us. Nothing we do is on our own.

When you are tempted to say, "I can't____because I_____" , remember that when God calls us to do something, it is Not I but Christ who lives in me. He does the work, we are merely the vessel. So we can say, "I can because if God is telling me to do something, he will equip me."For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Phil 4:13.