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Monday, January 17, 2011
“And he said unto them, Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" Luke 2:49
I feel like I'm a pretty good person. I go to church every Sunday. I let people into traffic. I try to live an honest life. Yesterday I even went to a nursing home and made crafts with the residents. That should qualify me for some type of award, right? (Please note sarcasm here)!
Wait... what's that song you're singing? "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me"? How about we change that to the Jim Hays version: "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that empowered a dysfunctional, yet fundamentally good person like me."
What comes naturally in the flesh is sin. And if left to ourselves, that's exactly what we will do. We might be "good" people and do good deeds. We might not say hurtful things to others. Maybe we even give to charity. But deep down, the heart is wicked. This is why it says in John 2:24, "But He [Jesus] did not commit himself to them, because He knew all men."
I heard on the radio several months ago about a recently published book that questioned monogamy. The authors were trying to argue that if we were created to be monogamous, then why are people naturally driven to cheat? In essence they are ignoring the reality of sin and were instead saying that we should do what comes naturally. Free love, I guess. Who knows. I haven't read the book. But this is the message of the world.
When Jesus was 12 years old he stayed behind in the temple after his parents left Jerusalem following the Passover celebration. When they were traveling and noticed Jesus was not with them, Mary did what any mother would do when realizing her son was missing... she freaked out! But Jesus, the only One who has ever walked on this earth being fully human, yet fully God did not have our same sin nature. He took on our sin, but it was not His nature. What came naturally to Him was to be about His Father's business.
It would make sense then, that the only way to combat our sinful nature would be to remain in the One Who knew no sin. I could die trying, but it's not something I can do on my own. My nature is fallen. John 15:4 says, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me."
Oswald Chambers said, "It is quite true to say 'I can’t live a holy life'; but you can decide to let Jesus make you holy. 'I can’t do away with my past'; but you can decide to let Jesus do away with it. That is the issue to push."
Paul pretty much sums it all up in Romans 7: 21-25:
"21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!" (NIV)
Friday, January 14, 2011
I LOVE waterfalls. Actually, I love most any natural outdoor setting, but I especially love waterfalls. There was one waterfall in particular that I visited once in NC that was really cool because there was a small little cavelike crevice carved out from behind the waterfall so you could actually stand behind the water and watch it cascade down.
Then there are other times where there are no bodies of water around to feed the waterfall, it just sprouts right out of dry rock. If you've ever driven through the mountains, you have probably noticed this before. I know there is some scientific explanation for this having to do with erosion or something like that, but it is fascinating nonetheless. Take a look at these ones:
Aren't God's creations glorious?!! I love it!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
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Friday, January 7, 2011
When I am broken and feel that I have nothing left to give, God steps in and pours out his love on me. He carries me on through perseverence which ultimately builds a Godly character that leads to hope. It's not that He actually ever left, but sometimes my circumstances can cloud my vision and all I know is that I feel desperately thirsty.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Like life on the Bachelor, I find myself to be somewhat of an idealist at times. I remember one time I felt like God told me that my son, who has severe speech delays, was going to talk. That next morning I went into his bedroom and asked him a question just to see if he was going to be able to answer me clearly. Three years later, his speech has improved some but he is still very difficult to understand. I still believe that he will talk normally one day, but it is not something that has happened overnight. It has taken perseverence, even to this day.
Last night I was reading through my journal from the past two years, seeing where I have been and where I have come. I came across this thought of brokenness again. The interesting thing is that just recently I was remembering those thoughts from over a year ago again and wondered when I would know the ending of what I was supposed to write about. I have it now. So here is the finished thought: