Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Nothing is full until it's Really Full

I'm reminded of a time when I was in My dad's JR High Science Class. My dad, was my teacher, and he allowed us to do experiments for extra credit towards our Grade. One girl took a jar of water to the front of the room that was for all intense was full. She began dropping pebbles in to the jar of until it eventually spilled over the jar.
She then Explained it Scientifically that "Nothing is Full until it's really Full".
My dad was in Tears, laughing so hard. No one knew what to do.
I'm finding out that this is how we get in our lives. We are Full of things. We have schedules for sports, tv shows, movies, church, not counting games we play, books we read, activities we are involved in, and Friends we hang with. My Life is full. If I shift to quick one way or the other I spill over. But what is it that's inside my Jar? And what are these pebbles being dropped in to my life,"the Jar"?
My Jar should be full of the Spirit of God, but I'm finding it's full of alot of other things, especially when the pebbles of life start being dropped in. I have all these concerns of Life being poured in to me mixed with the Hardness of Life causing my jar to loose that which it was meant to hold.
I'm leaking. Sometimes I'm just flat knocked over running out of water, "Life".
Where do I get my cup refilled? How do I replace that which is lost? Will these stones ever be removed?
Jesus Calls, "Come to me all who are weary and Heavy Laiden, and I will give you rest." "He who drinks of the water I give shall never thirst again." "Out of his belly will flow rivers of Living Water."
The simplicity of the Good News is he completes us. He fills us. He is our Life. He is the Living Water. He is Good News. By Faith we Believe that he is Love, not has Love. He is Life, not has life. He IS.
Are you Full? Full of what? Cares of this life? Activities? Things? Jesus?
We are to be Full of the Holy Spirit. Pouring out Jesus. Splashing his Love on everyone.

Eph 5:18 "But Be Filled with the Spirit."
No Matter what, "Nothing is full until it's Really Full"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Walking By Faith

"We Walk by Faith, not By Sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7
Walking by faith is not an option, but the way of the Christian life. We believe in Jesus whom we have not Seen, a Heaven we have not been to, and a Hell we don't want.
We believe in a Love that surrounds us and embrasses us like a Warm blanket on a cold night. Things we can feel and Know, but can't be seen or touched. So "we walk by Faith" and "Faith is the Substance of things hoped for the Evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1
We don't see the wind, but we feel the effects of the wind. We don't see oxygen, but breathe it in anyway, reaping the rewards of it. So how do we walk this out?
There are so many scriptures about Faith and what it is, and so Many teachers teaching us that Faith makes all our problems go away. "All we need is faith." But the Truth is, Faith doesn't solve the problems, it gives us hope thru the problems. It's like going somewhere you have never been and you have to use GPS or Maps.
GPS doesn't get you to where you are going, it tells you how to get their and where "There" is. So Faith is believing in the Direction of the GPS, "God's Positioning System" or what I call the Bible, also know as God's Map for our lives.
If you ever had to follow a Map or GPS to get somewhere, you were driving by faith. You hadn't been there before. You didn't know where "There" was, but believed what you saw and what you were told would get you there. So, Jesus came and showed us the way. He gave us the Map and said "Come follow me, for where I am there you will be also." But like so many, we believe we don't need a map, or that we can find it with out Directions. So we trust in our Minds, our Schooling, our Parents, Teachers, and worst sometimes, Friends, to show us the way.
Jesus stands at our Door knocking, beckoning us, "I am the way. I am the Truth, and I am the life, no one comes to the Father with out ME."
Where is your Trust? What map or GPS are you using? How often do you look at the Map (Bible), or God's Positioning System?

Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Stained Glass Window

You ever been in an old historic Church? The ones with the wooden floors? The Ancient Smell of Wood. The Old Stained glass windows of the Saints? John, Peter, Paul, and Our Lord? The old wooden benches Line the isles, The floor creeks as you walk down the isle and when you get down to the front and center you look out the old stain glass windows wondering what Saint you are looking at, and what story is being told. It's not until the sun shines thru them, that they radiate the story of biblical time, and the story of the Saint is displayed. At first the Story is Alseep, dull, blurred in the colors of blues, reds, white and gold, but as the Sun shines through them they come a live in Colors as radiant as the story they represent.
What is it that makes the difference from the Dull to the Shining is the Sun, and so it is with us.
We too are asleep in darkness. Our colors are Faded. The hues are blended together and we can't make out the Saint we are meant to be until the "Son" comes in.
Then we are a New Creation, a Story for those around us to see and Glorify not the colors or the Windows, but the Artist and Son.
"Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to Share in the inheritance of the Saints in Light" Colossians 1:12

Monday, June 21, 2010

Coffee.. The Eye Opener

Sometimes its hard to wake up in the Mornings. We Yawn, Stretch, and hit the snooze and go right back to sleep. So are we with the View of Church. We don't want to Jump right in to it.
We don't want to Exert the Energy to push on.
So lets' take a look as some Writers and what they have to say about Getting the Picture.

Trip Lee
" Say what? The King was slain as the lamb When He came to the land that He made with His hands .. Say what? Just try to make your brain understand, He's so big, man's like a grain in the sand, That picture's too big for a frame, but my plan is to grow I pray my picture of the King will expand.. I could study forever and read all day But still wouldn't understand the King all the way .. I got a long way to go, but I'm pleased to say I get to live my whole life just to seek His face"

Paul said " Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind"
Phil 3:13-15

Why do we need to continue to grow in Christ? Why do we need to press on? Why can't we just go to Church on Sunday Mornings and Be Done? Ever hear anyone say stuff like this or thought it yourself?
Ever wonder why we have several services through out the week? Because our Picture of God is to Weak. We can't Grasp what He is, What he has done, and what he is doing.. The only way to catch a glimps is to spend time with him. First on a Personal Level, then in a Group Setting, and then following it up with Corporate Worship. We need the one on one time because God is Personal. We need the Small Group time because Jesus chose 12 to impart His Life to. Then we need the Full Church Setting because Jesus Ministered and Did Miracles with the Feeding of the 5 thousand.
No one person has the Answers. At Best we are one Begger showing the other beggers where we got our Bread. Paul the Apostle said "I haven't grasped it yet, but I press on." We in our society can't continue on. We like quick results, and instant coffee. Not the Slow Roasted that takes time to Steep.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Experiement

I have started this blog as an Experiment to post my passion and desire for the knowledge of God thru the revelation of his Son Jesus Christ. It's my prayer and hope that through this we will learn the heart of our Heavenly Father. It's my wish that you will Join me in our Journey together to know him and the power of his resurrection.