It’s All About Jesus

That statement certainly sounds good to the church-going public because it fits within the cultural and religious norms of western christianity.

If you take the statement on face value, it might cause you to blissfully ponder the supremacy of Jesus, or cause you to give glory to him for who He is.

Absolutely right and appropriate.  But what if you were to analyze it further?  Is it really all about Jesus?

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It’s All About Jesus

Are you Giving Away Your Freedom?

“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Gal. 5:1 NLT)

Behind BarsIf you have ever been to our worship gatherings, or small group meetings, you might notice we talk quite a bit about religion.  Not to give it a place, but to be aware of our strong propensity to live in the old religious system.

It is a sad thing to admit, but we all have religion in us.  I am not talking about religion that is defined as church activities that are dated, old, or traditional.  For example, singing hymns from a hymn book, or worshiping with pipe organs, or stoic church services that are sleepy and dull.

Religion is not defined by its chronology, it is defined by its ideology.

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Are you Giving Away Your Freedom?

Glory to Glory

  II Cor. 3:18

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

Mirror: Reflection

What a strange way of being transformed.  Looking at the glory of the Lord, but seeing it in a mirror?  Strange indeed, and yet it is God’s word to us.  As off-putting as it may seem to our intellect, God is telling us a couple of things here:

First, The glory of the Lord is seen in a mirror.  What do you normally see when you look into a mirror?  Yourself right?  Yet God has set it up that when I look at myself, I should see His glory in me.

That would make sense and stand true to His word.  After all, Col. 1:27 says, “…to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

It is part of God’s greater plan that He would choose to reveal Himself through people and not as a deity separate of what He has saved.

So, any type of introspective, looking into ourselves, should have the goal of seeing God’s glory us.  Otherwise we only see ourselves and our own humanity, and humanity without the Spirit is demonic in nature.  Thank God we are not “Only Human”!

Second, transformation comes by being aware of the Spirit of God who is doing the work.  I don’t need to strive-to-become.  I behold-to-become. My awareness of the Spirit’s work in me is my only option.

The more I look at Him the more I look like Him. I may see and understand that some things in my life need work, but for me to step in and try to complete what He has started would only slow or stop the work of the Spirit in me.

This may be a hard concept to grasp, but let me encourage you to meditate on this.  Let Holy Spirit speak to you concerning the Glory of God in you and how He works to transform your life.

After all, we are changed in the Glory not in the Intellect, and certainly not in the natural.

Glory to Glory

King or Pawn?

I Peter 2:9

King or Pawn?

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”

Are you comfortable with who you are?  Do you have a hard time seeing yourself as a person in a royal, kingly family?  According to Peter, I believe we are people who should see ourselves as royalty and of high value and significance.

I mean let’s be honest here.  How often do we see ourselves as a pawn in a cosmic chess game that God is playing, and we are simply tokens that speaks to a greater plan or purpose?

The reality is unless you and I get really comfortable with being royalty, we will live as survivalist not the chosen, royal, holy, people that we are.  We will live as pawns that have no control of what happens with our lives.

Believing that we are anything less than what Peter is saying we are, would be to despise the gift of Jesus to humanity.  After all, Jesus did not just die for our sins, He died to install in us His divine nature. (2 Pet. 1:4, Acts 17:29) A kingly nature.

Oh, and just so you know, being royalty is not some future expectancy that should be left in the realm of “one day…”.  It is a kingdom reality.  We need to start seeing ourselves through heavens eyes, the eyes of our Father who sees perfectly and rules justly.

Being Kings, royalty, chosen, means we have power and authority!  It has been vested into us by the person of Jesus.  Yes, it is as Genie says in the Disney movie “Aladdin”.  “Phenomenal cosmic power! Itty bitty living space.”

We may seem small, but we have the ability to command and make declarations that have impact and influence in lives around us.

Let me put it this way, if we don’t see ourselves as influential people, if we don’t see ourselves as benefactors who have been given wealth and power, we will end up punishing people with our power.

We punish people by not calling out the God-gold in them.  By not partnering with heaven and decreeing what is the superior reality of heaven.

Who we are is real, and what we carry is real.  Unless we begin to live in what we are, people around us will never know who they are.

Royalty has core values that look for life, dignity, integrity, Destiny, and honor.  If you see yourself as  a pawn, then your core values will be for less than these.

King or Pawn?

Are You Feeling Abandoned?

Hebrews 10:25

“This is not the time to neglect (“Abandon.” The Greek implies a person who is extremely discouraged) meeting together as believers, as some have formed the habit of doing. In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage each other as we anticipate that day dawning.” (MSG)

Abandoned

Community is a vital part of our Christianity.  It is far more than gathering around beliefs and doctrines.  It is more than just a time when we meet to sing songs and hear a message.

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I Can’t Get Away From You

Group, together, sunset 

 John 17:22-23

“And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one. I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me”

When we talk of finding our destiny, what we are created and called to do, it is easy to loose site of this fact.  Destiny is designed to be lived out with others.  It is what Jesus was praying for in John 17:22-23.  Being one is our destiny.

Yes, our destiny is personal and has personal application, but what I am discovering is that our destiny cannot be separated from the church family.

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I Can’t Get Away From You