Tuesday, November 26, 2013

it IS about me!!

So many times we are told that it is not about me, yet when you listen to the way that we preach or teach it, we actually are saying it IS! Think about it and you will realize that what I am saying is true.

The Old Testament Law tells us that we are to love our neighbor AS ourselves. Jesus even repeats this when He makes the statement about the two greatest commandments. The Beatitudes tell us that we are supposed to treat others the same way that we are expecting to be treated.

Philippians 2:12 says that I need to work out my own salvation. How can I work out my own salvation if it is not about me?

The song from so long ago and many messages that I have preached and have heard preached say that if I was the only person in the world, then God still would have sent Jesus to the cross… for ME!

Hebrews 4:16 tells us that we need to come boldly with confidence to the throne of grace that we may find mercy and grace to help in the time of need. How am I supposed to come boldly and with confidence to God’s Throne if I believe that it is not about me?

Christ died for ME! He is MY Salvation! He is MY Healer! He is MY Provider! God calls me His child, the joint-heir with Christ! If I am a joint-heir WITH Christ, shouldn’t I be able to come to His throne like Christ did?

Christ also tells us that we need to freely give what we have been given. If I don’t accept anything from Christ, how can I rightly give it away?

How does this work, if it is not about me?

Now to clarify, it is not ONLY about me. My focus is not only on me. It is about all of us. But that also includes me. 

If we all truly live the life we are supposed to live, thinking of each other the way we are supposed to, then we would all be equal and it would all be about us and not all about you or all about me.

Just a thought … in a Field of Roses


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Same? or Much More?

For years we have gone through our spiritual lives thinking, "Jesus' death gave me eternal life. End of story."

Bringing it to the absolute basics would be like this:

SIN = DEATH
JESUS = LIFE

While this is true, there is a problem with this line of thought:
Romans 5:15-16 - 15But the free gift is not like the trespass...  16And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin...
So with these thoughts, there must be a difference. And there is...
Romans 5:17 - 17For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
The free gift is not like the trespass...

The free gift according to verse 17 should be MUCH MORE!

What is the much more? When you think of the curse that came because of what happened in the Garden of Eden, what things come to mind? (sin, death, sickness, pain, sadness, darkness, hatred, etc). 

When you think of the blessings that came because of what Christ did on the cross, what things come to mind? I have to say I wasn't really shocked when I asked this question and the only answer that came quick to mind to me and to others was eternal life.

IS THAT IT? What about the MUCH MORE? What about having life and having it more abundantly?

Notice the words after much more, but we have to filter it a little...

Romans 5:17 - much more will those... reign in life!

Sometimes our thoughts get interrupted by the commas. But the thought is complete our life (here and now) is supposed to be one of reigning, but we keep walking around defeated!

We need to start trusting, having faith in, and standing on the promises of God! Romans 4:20 says that Abraham was fully convinced that God was able to do what He promised!

If you can insert your name where Abraham's is, then find the promises of God that relate to your situation and start standing!!! (Ephesians 6:10-18)

sin = death
JESUS = LIFE and SO MUCH MORE!!!

Just a thought... in A Field of Roses