Believe?

Lately I’ve been watching these awesome videos the Bible Project has been creating.

The thing that really hit me about the book of Genesis is that God just wants us to Believe.

Jesus echoes this sentiment again and again, but especially in the book of John. All the people were so stoked after Jesus fed 5000 of them fish and fresh baked bread they said, “Hey we want to do the works of God too!”

Jesus looked at them and said, “You want to do the works of God? Awesome! Here’s how… This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”

I looked up all the times God asks us to Believe in scripture and believe me… its a lot.

Here’s a few choice scriptures:

Numbers 14:11“How long will they not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst?

            2 Kings 17:14 “They did not listen, but stiffened their neck like their fathers, who did not believe in the Lord their God.”

  Isaiah 43:10 “But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the LORD. “You are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God–there never has been, and there never will be.

Acts 16:31 Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

SO WHAT? What does that mean to me today, right now. I mean really.

Do I believe God?

Do I really?

If I really believe God would I worry or be anxious?

Philippians 4:5, 6 says, “The Lord is near so don’t be anxious or worried about anything. Instead pray about everything with thanksgiving and then the peace of God that transcends understanding will cover your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.”

If I really believe God would I hold a grudge against someone?

Matthew 6:15 says, “But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

If I really believe God would I not share Christ’s love with my friend who doesn’t know God?

If I really believe God would I watch this movie, tv show…?

If I really believe God would I __________________?

Do I Believe God? How does my life reflect my belief? 

This is where is all starts and where it all will end.

It is how my whole life should be governed by if I truly believe God.

 

 

 

Show me by what you watch

What do you want to watch?

 

This is a question often asked in our family because we love watching movies together. However in these days so much on the screen is pretty vile. Its hard to find any new show that’s not filled with sex and violence.

 

Psalm 101:3 says:

I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me.

 

The NLT version says, “I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar.”

 

The other night I really wanted to watch something that someone had recommended. I was shocked by the violence and sex that accompanied the storyline, but I didn’t stop watching. I finished it.

But it didn’t stop there. The story and images haunted me through the week. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

I had forgotten that the Spirit of God is in me.

Eph. 4:30 says, “Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit.”

I forgot that when God gives a command it is not only for my good, but it makes him grieve when I disobey.

I made God grieve.

How do I feel when I grieve? It hurts to have your heart broken.

Do I want to do this to God by my disobedience?

Break His heart?

As I am writing the song “Holy Spirit” is playing. The lyrics say, “Let us become more aware of your presence.”

Father God, I ask in Jesus name that you would fill me with the awareness that your Spirit is living in me. Let me become more aware of His presence. Help me say, ‘NO’ to watching vulgar, vile things instead let me seek and pursue the things that bring you joy instead of grief.

 

 

 

 

That person is a such a jerk!

Love — Do Good — Bless — Pray

 

When My kids were little, we listened to music cassette tapes (remember those).

GT and the Halo Express was one of our favorites. They were little stories about a couple of kids and their guardian angel (GT). The angel would sing scripture in the stories.

 I remember the songs and the scripture today even though my kids are now in their 20’s.

 The other day while riding my bike, I kept thinking about someone who hurt my feelings. I had tried to talk to them and explain, but they would not listen. Finally I had to give up and hold my peace, but my heart was still hurt.

 A GT song kept coming into my mind the lyrics thumping in my mind with the cadence of my pedaling. Love — Do Good — Bless — Pray

It was based on Luke 6:27, 28—“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

  1. Love – your enemies –this person is not my enemy at all. (Eph. 6:10-12)
  2.  Do good—They hurt me, but I should not retaliate. According to God’s Word, I must do good to them and not be ugly in return.
  3. Bless I need to speak blessing over them (good things) and not gossip  and tell people what mean-heads they are. (even though that’s what I really want to do)
  4. Pray Pray that the Lord would open their eyes (and mine too) to see their (and my own) faults. Pray they would know God and walk with him…

This isn’t easy, but I’m not making it up. 

If you have trouble with doing this take it up with Jesus, He’s the one who said it. 

So give it a try: Even if the other person doesn’t change, you will be changed. After all holding a grudge is like setting yourself on fire and hoping the other person dies of smoke inhalation. 

Love — Do Good — Bless — Pray

If you want to hear the song, you can listen to it on iTunes

If you have little kids and would like to order the music CD or mp3 you can check it out here: God’s Love.

 

Show Me Love

I don’t love him anymore.

What does that really mean?

Love is not a feeling.

Love is a choice.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is:  patient and kind.

Love is not:

jealous or boastful or proud or rude.

It does not :

Demand its own way.

It is not irritable,

and it keeps no record of being wronged. 

It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

Love never

Gives up

Never loses faith

Love is always hopeful!

Love endures through every circumstance.

 

The part of this verse that jumps out at me is where it says, “love keeps no record of being wronged.

 

I’m pretty good at recalling all the mean things people have done to me—all the stupid, mean things they’ve said.

 

How can I love like that?

 

The ONLY way is to let Christ’s Spirit love through me.

I must remember a couple of things this person is not my enemy. (Eph. 6:12) My fight is against Satan and his minions who want to sow discord. I’ve got to say, “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.” Gal. 2:20

 

A dead person doesn’t get mad or upset. They are dead. If Gal. 2:20 is true then I no longer live, Christ lives in me. I am a new creation.

So Jesus since you live in me. You don’t keep a record of my sins. I refuse to keep a record of what this person has done. You never give up on me. So never give up on this person through me. I refuse to demand my own way. I’m dead. You are alive in me. I give up my “right” to be “right”.

 

Spirit of God be patient through me. Be kind through me.

How can I be kind to this person?

Show me Lord. Teach me to walk out my faith.

 

I’m going to Show my faith is real by allowing you to love this person through me just like you were standing here instead of me.

 

Show me!

What does it mean to walk by Faith?

As the Bible says in James 2:14-24, “You say you have faith? Show me.”

In the blog, “Show Me” I will take several scriptures and use the “show me” application to make God’s Word practical in everyday life. These will not be exhaustive. Whole books could be penned on each scenario, but this will hopefully spark your faith, make it real, practical and doable.

How to Start

Turn your eyes off your situation and fix them on God.
Phil 4:4 says, “The Lord is near, so don’t be anxious.”

Recognize who God is and know that He is near.
He is with you He will never leave you.
Worship, Praise Him first.

Next – ask His Spirit to fill and control you.

We can grit our teeth and “be kind” to mean people as Jesus told us in Matt. 5:44. But he gave us a better way. He gave us His Spirit to fill us. So as you apply scripture to your life, ask The Spirit of Christ to fill you and enable you to obey.

We need a clean heart.

You don’t want to drink a cool clean glass of water out of a cup that you poured old bacon grease in do you? First you must clean the cup, then fill it up with fresh water.

In the same way ask God to cleanse your heart from any forgiveness, anger, frustration, pride…_____________fill in the blank of whatever you must confess, then ask His Spirit to fill you and control you.

Spirit of God does not just want to help you. He wants to do it through you.

Imagine you are a glove and let Him fill you.

Give your mind over, let your thoughts become his thoughts.

So instead of thinking, “That person is an idiot.” Let God’s thoughts take over—“That person is made in the image of God and they are reacting out of hurt and anger. They need the love of Christ.

Let your hands be His hands: Help those in need. Reach out to the hurting.
Let your words be His words: Speak kindly to those who are mean.
The kindness of God leads people to repent. Be kind to those who are unkind instead of retaliating. (Romans 2:4)

This should be the beginning to every practical application of Scripture.
Praise first.
Ask Him to fill and control you.
Do it!