Sunday, April 26, 2015

A Different Voice, for a Different World

     If every ones voice is the same, how would change come? Jesus Christ brought a different voice into our world and change us forever. He said in Matthew 22:37-39 "And he said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus Christ had tremendous power and he still does, and he came to us not as a tyrant, but as someone who loves us. His voice was different from all the powerful people in the land.
     How different is the world from Jesus Christ? In our culture we still idolize the physically mighty men over the wise. We still highly value the material over the spiritual. Riches on earth our main goal rather than riches in heaven. Our eyes and mind are not upon God but upon ourselves. Its like we are the same people that Jesus Christ was preaching to in his day. Our voices sounding more like theirs, than that of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ came to bring a different voice into our world, so to change it. As we can see, if our voices do not change, our world will stay the same.
     Jesus said in John 10:27 "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." Why do we listen to him? John 4:13,14 "Jesus said to her,"Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." His words bring satisfaction to our souls. We were thirsty, we hungered for something that was missing from our lives. In Jesus Christ, we found that something. His words quenched our thirst and brought life to our lost soul.
     Jesus Christ's brought a different sound to our world, a sound of hope. He freed us from death to give us eternal life. He open our eyes to the lies and brought us truth. In a world filled with hate and violence, he told and show us how to love. Jesus Christ stood against all that is wrong with our world and conquered it with his love. His voice gentle but powerful. His words humble and strong. The voice of Jesus Christ are his words and they will be with us forever, in our minds and in our hearts. His is a different voice, so to bring about a different world, filled with righteousness and love.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

God makes us Strong through Our Humility

     When we are feeling hopeless in life, a lot of us turn to God in prayer. Life humbles us, so as to set us back on the right course, meaning looking to God for our answers. When we are lost, we want God to find us. Through our weakness, we are humbled and then we look to God, to makes us strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9,10 "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness," Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardship, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." When we are weak our arrogance disappears and we become meek and humbled before the Lord. Our heart and mind become more receptive to his spirit.
     Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." When our strength is not enough, God can carry us through our troubles by his Holy Spirit. We have to put our trust and faith in God, so to let him guide our way. If we give ourselves totally over to God, he will empower us and bring us through our troubles. Calamities can happen in life and isn't good to have God on your side when they do.
     If we would only be more humble and ask God to be our guide. God would not have to bring punishment down upon us in order to make us see. A lot of us are planners and we need to make a plan where God is apart of our lives. We need to humble ourselves and accept God's authority. Instead of living a life that is against it.
      Psalm 147:6 "The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground." 2 Chronicles 7:14 "if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." By humbling ourselves, we show our Father in heaven our love and respect. We acknowledge that he knows what is best for us and we bow before his infinite wisdom. God said he will heal their land, maybe that is the answer to our world's problems. If we all, would be humble before God and let him take control, he would make our world better.                                                                                                                                (ESV)          

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Do You Feel Welcomed?

     I feel sometimes that a church can be overly judgmental of it's members, making you feel like that you are not really welcomed. I want to feel comfortable in a church where I worship and not feel like an outsider. I do not like being judged, by what I wear, how long my hair is or my status in society. I want to be in a church where they embrace you and not judge you.
     What is the reason that I go to a church? To worship God and to be around like minded individuals. When we submit ourselves to God and live by his word, we find ourselves more alone in our new view of the world. Others around you seem to not understand the way you feel. We want and need to find a place of worship for support and to make us feel that we are not alone in our love for Jesus Christ.
     Maybe when you found Jesus Christ it was the first time you felt someone to love you as you are, and you did not have to earn it. When I said, not have to earn it, I mean to receive love without conditions. This is what drew us to Jesus Christ in the first place his unconditional love for us. Now we want to find and to worship in a place that has that kind of love for us. We do not want to be over burden with many conditions in order to be accepted. If a church could show unconditional love to its members, how happy that church would be.
     Maybe I am naive, but I think a church should be more than a place we go, to be preached at. I think we should feel at home, a place where we feel we are around friends instead of strangers. After all, does not the congregation represent the body of Christ. We being the body of Christ should feel close to each other. They being your brothers and sisters in Christ, we should feel free to be ourselves around each other rather than pretending to be somebody that we are not, just to fit in.
     Jesus said to us in Matthew 11:28-30, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." What a beautiful welcome that is, now we just need to find a place where we feel like, we are welcomed.