Just some random thoughts today, I hope you can make sense of them.
“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”
(Matt 10:37-38 NKJV)
He who does not deny himself and he who does not die to himself is not worthy of Jesus. I want to be counted worthy of His calling. This is what it means to be equally yoked. I must give up my life, take up my cross. When I take up my cross, I find my life, hidden in Christ. I want to lose my life only to find it.
What is love without a sacrifice? What is love without a choice to die? What is saying yes mean if I don’t say no to everything else? There is no greater love than this. (John 15:13)
Every day I must die to live. For me to live is Christ, to die is gain. There will never be a time when I’m not going to die in this life. This is love in Your eyes. Denying my flesh – this is love. What a beautiful way to die – what a beautiful cross where I’m crucified.
What is love if love isn’t chosen above all else?
Mike Bickle has been teaching at IHOP recently on false ideas we have about the grace of God. I think this is one of the most important things to have straight in our minds and hearts, lest we fall into deception as Peter and Jude warned us:
For certain men have crept in unnoticed...ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny...our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 4)
Grace is receiving what you do not deserve. His grace imparts something positive - God's power that enables us to walk in righteousness and to function in ministry. Grace is the power and the enabling to deny sin. Grace is not something we claim as a license to continue in sin. Grace is only available to us as we rise up, repent, and turn from our sin.
UPDATE: July 2007 - this post is now an article. See "Articles" under "Resources".
Well, I figure it is about time for me to enter the blogging world. I don’t know how much I’ll write, especially because nobody will see this for a while. I’ve got quite the reputation to live up to – Randy Bohlender has been steadily blogging for years. Shawn Blanc has a decent collection of thoughts already down.
So the plan is to unveil my blog when I have enough coherent posts to actually make it worthwhile for people to read. I am not going to make any promises to myself about how often I will post here, and I don’t really have all that much to say right now – I feel like I am in a season where the Lord is slowly forming my life message and bringing clarity to it in my own mind. I guess a blog is a great way to see how it pans out!
So, here goes.