Friday, March 9, 2012

Rejoices with the Truth

1 Corinthians 13:6-7 "Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

This is something I've been convicted of recently... I don't always take joy in what is good and true. I don't always uplift someone and be happy for them when something good happens to them, or they did something that was godly... Being pessimistic by nature, I always allow the bad things cloud over and I'm unable to take pleasure in seeing what is good. This is something my girlfriend had pointed out to me. [Thank you sweetheart... I love you!]

Now I know that when good is done, I need to be happy about that. I used to really berate my friend for being a "goody two shoes." But really, I need to be glad that he did something worthwhile, something godly... I guess I just wanted him to screw up, and do something wrong, that way I'd feel better about myself. My self esteem has always been low, but the problem was that I kept comparing myself to him... And what made matters worse, he practically never did bad things... But now as I have tried to mature in this, I realize he did make mistakes, and I just make even more than he did... So my focus shouldn't be upon his not messing up, but rather on the fact that good has been done.

It is prideful to let your self esteem be the focus of what is or isn't being done. Whatever is good, be glad for it, and be ready to praise the good things being done. God is working such wonders, and seeing His people hard at work living righteously is a blessed thing! Praise God, and be grateful!

...Let me digress. Now being pessimistic isn't all bad... You have to be realistic at times... Sometimes the optimist either is or enjoys pretending to be oblivious to the fact that this world is a messed up place, and that human nature is evil to the core... Rather, be pessimistic and realistic about the state of the world and human nature, and be optimistic about God and His true followers.
Rejoice in the truth always!
Fear God!
I love y'all!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Princess looking for a Knight in Shining Armor

So Valentine's Day is coming up, and all the hype and whatnot, so I decided to sorta blog about, well, relationships... Those romantic relationships. Bleah... However, I'm in one, and since this holiday is meant for couples I must admit its nice to enjoy it for once.

Relationships. If you look at the root of the relationship, what is it based on? Most are based on the fairy tale of a princess in danger, and a knight comes riding in to save the damsel in distress. It is some woman looking towards a man to save her from her situation, and not realizing the burden that he has to carry, the man will exploit the woman in order to fulfill his desires. Ultimately, he falls way short of the woman's expectations, taking whatever he can from her, thus creating another perilous situation for the woman. She needs another "knight in shining armor." But she will never be satisfied, and every jerk will be happy to take whatever he can from her. This sure is a great vicious cycle, isn't it?

As Christians, our number one priority is to follow God first. We can't exalt something or someone over Christ. Well, we can, but that would be sin, and it won't be pleasing to God. Yes, my girlfriend has a Knight in Shining Armor, but it isn't me. It's Jesus Christ. He is the One who is supposed to rescue her from her distress. Sometimes I have a tendency to try and fill that role, but it is foolishness, and more often than not I act like a jerk when I try to fill that role. Jesus can be the Only One for her life.

John 14:6- "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one come to the Father except through me.'"

That life can't come by a man filling up her time and giving her worldly pleasure. She will end up hollow inside, never able to fill her need for a Savior. Even if he's a really nice guy and a gentleman, only The One Savior can come and rescue her from her distress. Christian men must realize this and be ready to step aside and let Jesus take control. If you truly love God, and you love your significant other, you must be ready to point her to Christ always. You are only there to help her along in her journey, only by Jesus' empowering you to do so. You're just an aide. God's the King!

Every princess has a King...
Be wise! Fear God!
I love y'all!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Identity

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Just a thought that came to my mind at Bible study last night... 


As Christians, what is our identity? A follower of Christ, a "little Christ." And that is how we should be living our lives, as followers of Christ. But all these little things and responsibilities come up and take our time away, and soon we become passive in our faith. It happens to the best of us. But ever wonder why people who are dedicated to a "cause" seem so passionate about it? They get up in your face about it, and they're constantly talking about it. Why is that?
Because it is their identity. It has become everything they are! They have ingrained themselves so much with their "cause" that nothing can interfere. The other things they do always involves a part of their identity with that particular cause. They invest everything they are into the "cause."
Why are Christians not doing the same? Why aren't our jobs pertain to who we are? Why aren't our relationships working towards what God wants them to be? It seems that all these other things pull away from our main identity, which is found in Christ. Why not have these things work towards our identity in Christ, and have them build up our identity? That we have our identity in Christ mold our lifestyles and form who we are... That way we can be strong Christians, and be out finishing the race well instead of sitting on the sidelines...
It isn't easy to do this, I know. But it most certainly is food for thought...

Here's a video for you. Don't know if it entirely pertains to what I just said, but don't think about it too much...
Be wise! Fear God!
I love y'all!