Ant Hills or Mountains?

27 06 2009

So a few days ago a good friend of mine, David, shot me this passage via text message:

Matt. 21:23-27

David pulled a thought out that was pretty interesting. He said that we, like the Pharisees, become paralyzed by the voices of the crowd. When we do this, Jesus chooses not to act.

Great point!

I continued to think through this a little more over the next day or so and went and read the passage again and this time read Matt. 21:18-27.

Matthew 21:18-27 brought some context to my thinking. Jesus tells the disciples that with faith and prayer nothing is impossible and that they could even move mountains. For me the issue here is that I often limit God to moving ant hills and not mountains. Most people don’t dream mountain sized dreams and pray mountain sized prayers. We are satisfied with God helping us close this next deal, helping us get a passing grade on a paper, or adding another 3% growth to our church again this year.

What if God’s real desire was to move a mountain on your behalf? How would you pray? What would you dream?

Then I read Matt. 21:23-27 and now Jesus is limited when we listen to the voices of the crowd instead of doing what He has asked. That lead me to post this Twitter update that still has me dreaming God sized dreams today.

via Twitter…

“Matt. 21:18-26 Will u be limited by the voices of the crowd or will Jesus move mountains on you behalf? Dont listen to the crowd. Pray big!”

What God sized dream has been growing inside of you that you have pushed aside because of the voices of the crowd? What great thing do you believe God can do through you if only you had the courage to start asking for it through prayer?





When God Acts On Our Behalf…

24 01 2009

“I am convinced that God longs to put His fingerprint in our lives, to act on our behalf and surprise us with His magnificence.  I am equally convinced that most of the time we do not give God a context in which to do this.  The mundane is not really the best context for a miracle.  When we play it safe, we squeeze God out of the formula.  If we go only where we know and do what we’re certain will succeed, we remove our need for God.  Whenever we respond to God’s invitation, our need for God becomes heightened.  Whenever we take on a God-sized challenge, self-sufficiency is no longer an option.”

Erwin Mcmanus – Chasing Daylight (formerly Seizing Your Divine Moment)





Andy Stanley at Inaugural Prayer Service – Live feed

21 01 2009

Our Sr. Andy Stanley will be speaking at the Inaugural Prayer Service today at 10:00am EST. You can watch the live feed here.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27721638/#video





What needs to die?

20 01 2009

Yesterday I was reading John 11. This is a story I had read hundreds of times, but today I saw something new. Quickly, this is the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus gets sick and Jesus does nothing except let him die.

Bummer!

Lazarus’s 2 sisters were trusting Jesus to come heal their brother, He had told them He would.

Jesus doesn’t show up.

Certainly Jesus understood the pain Mary and Martha were experiencing. He knew His poor time management would lead to their pain. He just let him die! The pretty ending is that Jesus raises this man from the dead, which is miraculous and amazing, but John 11:4 really made me stop.

John 11:4

4When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

My question to myself and now to you is this:

Where in your life does something need to die so that Jesus gets the glory when He brings you back to life?

What relationship needs to die? What habit? What attitude? What behaviour? What buisness practice? Where in your life are you sick, but in denial? Maybe the thing you need to let die isn’t even a sin. Maybe it is simply holding you back from the fullness God has for you. The pain is real, the mourning will hurt, but it will not end in death. God’s plan is to bring life, John 10:10 and to bring glory to God through your life.

Where in your life does something need to die so that Jesus gets the glory when He brings you back to life?

Put that bad habit to death. Let that bad relationship die. With all the pain it might bring put that thing to death.

Let it die and trust God to bring you back to life!





Like a 2×4 to the face

30 12 2008

So I was readig and journaling yesterday and came across this passage in John 6.

John 6:27-28

26Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. 27Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”

So I began to ask myself, Do I desire Jesus because of the blessings he can provide, “because you ate the loaves and had your fill”, or because we want Him?

Ask that question in the context of how you pray for and lead your church, your family, your buisness, and your own life and you will be changed. I know I have desired Jesus for the blessings He can bring and not for who He is.

God help me long for you alone and not the blessings you can provide!

How does that fall on you?





Trust

8 11 2008

For some people trusting in God is a thing they tell themselfs they are doing while they do nothing and wait for God to do everything. For me it is something that requires action!

Take the first step.





Truth

16 10 2008

“Error does not become truth because it is widely accepted, and truth does not become error even when it stands alone.”

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