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Monthly Archives: August 2009

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

I am brought to tears when I think about how often I complain about my weaknesses and ‘unfortunate’ or ‘poor’ circumstances.

I doubt.  His is sufficient.

I fear.  His grace is sufficient.

I run.  His grace is sufficient.

I lose.  His grace is sufficient.

Paul was dealing with a super intense thorn in his flesh, a messenger of Satan, that tormented him.  That’s legit.  And even still, Christ’s grace is sufficient.

His power does not only fill in the gaps of our weakness, but is made perfect in weakness.  This is where God shines….where we suck the most.

May we stop sulking, fearing, doubting, criticizing, analyzing, crying, complaining, envying….for our very Father says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in (our) weakness.”

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When we think of purity, we often think of:

1.) Don’t masturbate….2.) Don’t look at porn….3.) Stop checkin’ out that girl’s butt that just walked by…..Bounce your eyes.

But I’m afraid we’ve narrowed the beauty of the purity that Christ has intended for us.

“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”   -2 Corinthians 7:1

What are these promises that we have?

“What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?  For we are the temple of the living God.  As God has said: ‘I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.’

‘Therefore come out from them and be SEPARATE, says the Lord.

Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.’

‘I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.'”

-2 Corinthians 6:16-18

Go reread those promises.  And then reread what Paul is telling us we must do in light of God’s promises.  We must purify ourselves.

What does that look like? Should I delete all the songs in my iTunes that have curse words or questionable content (sex, drugs, money idolization)? Should I cut my cable to my TV so I am not tempted to watch late night Skinemax? Should I cut of my right hand?

I think purification looks different for everyone.  But what does it look like for our group of friends? This purification isn’t just individual.  Paul addresses it to his ‘dear friends’.  He is saying, we need to purify our group.

I have felt convicted about this with our posse for a while and have done little but complain about how frustrating it is for me.

I do not have a solid group of guys to keep me sharp here in Bradford, and I don’t think there is really anyone here.  How can we step up to Paul’s challenge for our group?

How can we sharpen Bjorn, Harrison, Peter, Andrew, you, and me?

This is lengthy and not very conclusive, but this is something we should be praying more about and seeking God’s direction.

It’s easy to joke around and become lax with our friends, but are we really loving them? Are we challenging them to step up to be the men of God they are called to be? Or are we simply enjoying the refreshing bitter comments and dirty jokes that dominate so much of our conversations?

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.  Do everything in love.”  – 1 Corinthians 16: 13

I smell a tattoo a brewin’.

I so often pray for God to show me how to have all these. Faith, courage, strength, and love.

Please pray for me to know how to be strong and courageous with Ana.  How to lead her and love her.

“But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God”

-1 Corinthians 6:11

Be free.  You have been washed.

Be free.  You have been sanctified

Be free.  You have been justified.

And all this in the name of Jesus Christ. The God of the Universe in flesh.

And all this by the very Spirit that knows the very thoughts or our God.

Him vs. Me.

I like to think that I am in control of things, my life, my future, my faith. But then I read scripture and am forced to examine my heart and true desires. Do I want to be in control or do I want to obediently follow? 1 Cor. 25 “God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength.” Throughout scripture, we are pointed to the realization that we are do action in the authority of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:10), live by God’s power (1 Cor 4:20), and seek the power of the Lord Jesus when we meet (1 Cor. 5:4). I ask why I am am still controlled by my own sinful nature (1 Cor. 3:3). The answer that I formulate is that satan’s power is second to the Lord’s and combatting satan without the Lord is impossible. “Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power,” says Paul in Ephesians 6:1. I am reminded of a familiar quote that is pertinent…”The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” My sinful nature prevails because it gradually becomes the norm. The fall of a kingdom/empire/government/business/church/faith doesn’t occur over night. It is the compliancy that erodes our faith. It is the disobedience in the little things that affect my nature.