Monthly Archives: August 2012

The past, Hope, Fairy tales and Power

I recently had a conversation with someone,about the story of Sara and Abraham, that left me with more questions than answers.

The questions are not on the story but on how a lot of Christians view the story. During the conversation we talked about how Sara gave birth in her old age. So I asked “Do you think it is possible for that to happen today?”. They responded “No, people back then are not like we are now. Plus God doesn’t do stuff like that anymore.”

After that conversation I couldn’t stop thinking about that response so I started asking everyone the exact same thing and found that this person wasn’t alone in how they view the story. Most people when asked describe the story like a fairy tale or any other children’s story. And I’m afraid that a children’s story is what it has become to many of us.

What about the other great stories we read in the bible. When people tell the story of Noah it is in a way that leads you to believe that it didn’t actually happen or it is impossible today. Then when we talk about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego we get the same response. Don’t even ask about Jonah and the whale that is defiantly out of the realm of possibility.

My question is do we believe these stories are actually true? Do we believe God shut the mouths of the lions when Daniel was in the den? Do we believe Elijah prayed and Fire Fell from heaven? Do we believe God parted the sea?

Look most of us lead powerless lives that never attempt anything that even gets close to significant because we don’t trust God and we don’t believe what he says. These stories are meant to encourage us to give us hope, guidance, direction, strength, perseverance.

In Hebrews 11 we read what most people refer to as the hall of fame of Faith. We read how all these people in these old stories had faith and believed and trusted in God and what their outcome was. Then we read in Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Then we read in Hebrews 13:7 “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”

This is one of the greatest lessons I have ever learned. Look at and consider the outcome of someone’s life. If they have what you desire or they are where you want to be, imitate their faith. Do what they did/do and you will follow the road to where you want to be.

Most of us live normal moderate lives with no power and no hope. What would your life look like if you practiced what these scriptures teach. What would happen of you believed God created YOU to do something great. What would it look like if you attempted something great. What would it look like if you believed that he loved you so much he sent his son to exchange his life for yours. How confident would you be that he would meet your needs if you knew he loved you as much as his own son. What would you attempt if you knew that no matter how large the task that God would provide.

The question isn’t “do we believe the old stories” but do we believe in a God holds the universe in the palm of his hand. Who created everything and sustains it all by his word. Who loves you. Who is bigger than all of our problems and mistakes. Who knows your name and desires to call you son or daughter.

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Our deepest fear…

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. – Marianne Williamson

What about being powerful are you fearful of?

For a long time I was afraid that someone would say ‘Who do you think you are?’. Looking back it is ridiculous to think that the fear of someone saying I wasn’t worthy would stop me from walking in my God given destiny.

What’s yours?

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We need something larger, more comprehensive.

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1 Corinthians 12:13 “We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. The old labels we once used to identify ourselves—labels like Jew or Greek, slave or free—are no longer useful. We need something larger, more comprehensive.”

Drop the old labels. Your self worth is not found in what you can do, but in what He can do. It’s not who you are that makes you valuable it’s Who’s you are. It’s time to stand for something greater than ourselves. Your label is Child Of God. Bought and paid for by Jesus Christ. This next passage in Ephesians paints a picture of something larger something more comprehensive that we are a part of and live for.

Ephesians 2:19-22 says, “You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your HOME country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You BELONG here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a HOME. He’s using us all – irrespective of how we got here – in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using YOU, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the CORNERSTONE that holds all parts together. We see it taking shape day after day – a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at HOME.”

“God is using US ALL in what He is building…What a promise that we can build our lives on! God, the Creator of the Universe, is using US – you and me – to build His HOME. Irrespective of our past mistakes, our failures and even our successes, God is collectively gathering a community of believers to outwork the building of His Kingdom here on Earth.” Brian Houston

The challenge is great, but together, our response makes a world of difference…

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