Tuesday, August 28, 2007

God Loves you

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God loves you...

I have a message for all brothers and sisters in Christ...
  • To those who did not want to paste a fake smile on your face and act like everything is fine... God loves you!
  • To those who did not sign up to help in the new "ministry program" even though you felt pressured and made to feel less spiritual... God loves you!
  • To those who did not feel like sitting through another mini-concert and lecture that did not apply to you... God loves you!
  • To those who struggle with sins that are not the kinds of sins other believers accept... God loves you!
  • To those who have been called uncommitted because they do not attend every Sunday morning, Sunday evening, Wednesday evening, and special event... God loves you!
  • To those who have struggled with their relationship with God and have been instructed that the answer is to get more involved with programs... God loves you!
  • To those whose children do not memorize all their Bible verses or cannot find every book of the Bible within 2.7 seconds... God loves you!
  • To those who do not work in the nursery, even after being guilted and given dirty looks... God loves you!
  • To those who choose not to bow your head and close your eyes... God loves you!
  • To those who feel they can never be good enough, can never do enough, can never look good enough, can never say the right things... God loves you!
  • To those who have had their questions, struggles, and pains all too easily brushed aside or fixed... God loves you!
  • To those who can't live up to the obligations and expectations that others have placed on them... God loves you!

Can you imagine living in that kind of love every day, instead of the guilt and shame which we usually allow others and ourselves to subject us to?

Can you imagine offering that kind of love to everyone, instead of the conditional approval that we usually offer people?

God loves you.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Can we improve our Flesh with discipline?

Check out this article dealing this issue.

The Flesh is Fixed in Stone! It Can Be Added To But Not Subtracted From!

When the majority of the Christian world teaches us to "improve", there are few who agrees with Apostle Paul:

"In my flesh dwells nothing good"

"If I must boast, I will boast of the things that concern my weakness"

I particularly liked these phrases:

Third, the enemy has the believers trying to undo what they see as bad flesh by doing good. This is an incredible deception. If you people-please all day long, you will hate people at night. If you jam your head with positive thoughts all day, you will be overwhelmed with negative thoughts at night. If you control your appetite all day, you will gorge at night....

There are no great men of God; there are weak men with a big God. Remember, when you are listening or looking to a Christian and being ministered to, it is Jesus that you are seeing. That person, not abiding, is not any better than a drunk or the worst person you know. He has not brought himself to a place of improvement through years of “Christian” discipline. Now, this revelation is one of the most beautiful that I have ever had. It keeps me handcuffed, moment by moment, to Jesus. It is the awareness of weakness that keeps me near. Some would complain and call it a thorn in the flesh, but if the awareness that apart from Him I can do nothing keeps me near to perfect love and participation in perfect victory, why complain?

Read the full article by clicking this link:

The Flesh is Fixed in Stone! It Can Be Added To But Not Subtracted From!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007