Posts Tagged ‘devotion’

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The Gospel

June 13, 2011
The Gospel is not some pithy catch phrase to gloss over our lives and make them whitewashed with goodness.  The Gospel isn’t some bumper sticker we place on our car as we join a club.  Instead, the Gospel is an invading force of light that penetrates every pore of our being until we ourselves become light so all the world might see.  It is my greatest pursuit that more of Jesus live in me today than yesterday.  That is only made possible by the provision of the Gospel.  You see, I use to SAY I believe, like some still do, but then live our lives as if the Gospel has no power.  It doesn’t.  Not in a life that believes but doesn’t embrace.  One of the scariest verses in the Bible for me is James 2:19- “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.”  What is this faith then, that saves us?  It is the faith that chooses to allow Christ to transform us by HIS grace and not by our own attempts.  From death to life.  From darkness to light. From brokeness to wholeness.  From sinful to holy.  All made possible by the Gospel by which we live:  Christ lived perfect, died a sinner’s death, rose to life, and ascended into Heaven.  It’s simple… yet simply life altering.For me, the Gospel is everything.  It not only saves my soul from hell, but gives me everything I need for life and godliness.  When famine comes, it is my sustenance. When doubt comes, it is my truth. When fear comes, it is my peace.  I know that in the Gospel, I am nothing, but Christ in me is everything.  What a relief!  What a joy!  What a promise!

Sometimes I am scared at the reality of the Gospel.  As a believer I skim over the grotesque nature of sin so that I can live a comfortable life, not consumed with the depravity of others in order to penetrate my light in a way that will lead them away from darkness.  The questions we are faced with today with the ever-increasing wickedness around, the dissolution of morality, the severity of sickness and catastrophe;  I don’t have the answers for, so I often remain silent.  I excuse my responsibility by thinking “I don’t know the Bible enough, I don’t know their situation enough, I don’t want to damage our relationships.”

Well, the real only foolish thing is to remain silent on the one thing I do know.  Christ is life.  What that means in the places of sickness and poverty, I wish it could magically erase these devastations now (it will some day when Christ returns!).  But I am learning that the hope of the Gospel, the transforming nature of the Creator working in the lives of the believers; is available for anyone, even an awful sinner like me.  It’s not for the faint of heart, but for the brave.  It meets all of us where we are at and gives us the hope and purpose for it all … the good and the bad.  For the adventure He has me on takes me to uncomfortable places within my self and within the world.

The Gospel is not some pity catch phrase to gloss over our lives and make them whitewashed with goodness.  The Gospel is to die to myself so that others might live.  The Gospel gives me life… the Gospel is my life.  He died so I might live… and the life I live, I live by faith in Jesus Christ so others might live.  Yes, it’s sloppy.  No, I am not perfect.  But I desire to be changed from the inside out.  No whitewashed tomb here… just an overhaul in process…. thanks to the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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The Lord Delivers

December 13, 2009

I woke up today needing a word of encouragement from the Lord for this journey ahead. A good friend pointed out the other day, “remember when you were broken and using drugs? You did not know how the Lord would deliver you, but you knew He was the only answer. He delivered you! Now, also, as you walk in this season of mystery, He will lead you and deliver you from your fears again.”

This reminds me of the Israelites in the wilderness. Forty years they wandered, trusting in God’s deliverance and at times, rejecting Him (golden calf anyone?). Spiritually and emotionally, this pregnancy and expectation of motherhood are comparable to their journey. The Lord has delivered me from the captivity of sin and despair (Psalm 40, ). He has promised to guide me in His path (Proverbs 3:5-6). He is preparing me for a new season, a new land flowing with the goodness motherhood brings. Yet, unfortunately, I sometimes grumble and question if He is leading the right way. I sometimes wonder if the “pillar by night and cloud by day” have the wrong GPS signal. Yet I am the misinformed one. I am the one that depends on my understanding and not God’s wisdom.  I am the one that forgets His mercies… and then I truly am in despair.

How thankful I am to Jesus’ compassion and mercies!  How extravagant is His love that He lay down His life for us (John 10:14-15).  And just like His love for His chosen people, we have been chosen out of the world to receive His salvation!  Thank You, dear Lord.  Please help me to walk with you and not according to the patterns of this world (Rom. 12:1-2).  Help me to find rest for my soul (Ps. 62:1).  AMEN.