Does anybody remember the universal solvent from basic chemistry? Water. Is it any wonder then that Jesus is called the Living Water? And deservedly so. It is His nature to dilute and even dissolve our problems. On top of that, He can wash us clean of sin, cool us when we’re hot, satisfy us when we’re thirsty, drown our sorrows, and put out life’s fires. Like water, He takes the shape of whatever vessel He’s in (namely your heart), He is essential for all life on Earth, and as God, He can be found in three common forms (not solid, liquid, and gas but Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). For the perfect solution, just add Jesus.
Category Archives: Truth
Shakespeare penned those words, “All the world is a stage.” He was absolutely right. God is the Author and Director, His Word is the script, His Son is the superstar, your pastor is the narrator, you my friends are the cast, and the world is your stage. How well have you been acting? Are you studying and constantly practicing your lines? Are you giving an Academy performance or are you just going through the motions? Will you be honored at the ceremony? In other words, when the curtain goes down, will you hear your name followed by, “Well done good and faithful servant?”
Christ was beaten beyond recognition, crucified on a cross, and speared in the side on your behalf, get out there and break a leg!
I know you’re probably tired of hearing about my experiences with Megan’s studies, her math in particular, but it seems to have so many spiritual applications.
Math sucks––Megan hates doing it and I hate checking it (no knock on Tina but unfortunately I’m more astute at it than she is). Rarely does Megan ever get 100% of the problems right. Actually, the problems are already there for her, it’s the solutions that she’s tripping up on. I give the paper back for her to correct her mistakes. Inevitably, an attitude and argument ensues. Megan is no different than so many of us––she cannot stand to be wrong.
Sometimes facing the truth can seem more painful than accepting a lie. The fact of the matter is that when you are convinced that your answer is valid or that your way is right, it can be a real punch in the gut to find out differently. Make no mistake about it, though, the pain or disappointment of being wrong has no bearing on the truth of the matter; she can disagree with the truth that her answer is wrong until the cows come home but at the end of the day, her answer is no more correct than it was before, the only difference now is that she’s knee deep in cow dung.
This makes it easier for me to comprehend why some people get so angry or offended when you try to share the Truth of the Word with them. They disagree with you; their philosophy of the Truth is different; you’re telling them that their answer just might be wrong; that they may not have found the right solution. It’s sad but some people would rather sacrifice the Truth for being “right,” sometimes even if they are aware that it will only delay and intensify the pain. We can’t help that. Truth hurts but that doesn’t make it any less true. On that glorious day when Christ comes in the clouds, there’s going to be some hurtin’ people but He’s still coming nonetheless.
For thirty plus years, my parents kept the kitchen trash can in the pantry. After remodeling the kitchen a few years ago, they moved the location of the trash can. That hasn’t stopped me (even years later) from going to the pantry to throw something away at least once when visiting. It’s maddening! It does make it easier to see why we sometimes continue to struggle with the same sins over and over again. Just like old habits, sin becomes almost ingrained in us. Romans 7:17-19 says, “ As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”
I do manage to find the trash can. Actually, it even seems to get easier to take my garbage to the right place the more that I do it. Old sins die hard, but they do die! Do not be discouraged––your sins of yesterday cannot defeat your Savior of today!
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~Galatians 6:9
Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~2 Corinthians 12:8-9
Jesus saves me all at once but he changes me little by little. ~Pastor Steven Furtick
It’s better to break out little by little than to stay in chains for eternity. ~Pastor Steven Furtick
Some of you may remember the 80’s jingle for Clairol Hair Care: ۰♫ I’m gonna wash that gray right outta’ my hair ♪۰ Heck, I remember it even though I’m quickly approaching the 36 year mark (real quick–it’s tomorrow). That may not seem all that old to some of you but the gray hairs that appear in my facial and chest hair is a continual foreshadow of things to come (and my wife takes every opportunity to remind me).
Not to sound cheesy but that could have been a commercial for Christ. While the signs of aging are eminent in my body, my soul is as new as eternity is long. Christ came to make me new; to wash out the gray hair, unwrinkle the skin, give me eagle-like vision, and renew the heart of a worn and tattered soul.
Starting to feel old? Take comfort in knowing that your heart is brand spankin’ new if you are in Christ. Go out today and conquer the world––while physically you may be inching toward the grave, spiritually you have just been delivered!
Christ was not welcome in his own town (Matt 13:53-58), He was sentenced to the cross by the people to die a brutal death, and His resurrection and claims as the Messiah have been scrutinized since He walked the earth. Christ himself said, “All men will hate you because of me. . .” It should come as no surprise, then, that not everyone, including members of your own family, share your faith; that not all understand your fascination with Jesus; that society gives your Savior little credence; that there are those not interested in the least to try your church or even your God. You will be rejected––persecution is promised in the Bible. Quite frankly, your name is mud!
That’s a pretty bleak outlook unless you know the other half of the equation, “. . . but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” You are in good company if in Christ’s family. He said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Your name may be mud but your soul is washed clean and your salvation clear!
Luke 6:22 Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
Luke 21:12-19 “But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. This will result in your being witnesses to them. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.”
Luke 2:1-7a: The Birth of Jesus Part 1
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.
The Roman census lead Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem where the King of kings would be born into this world. Jesus would later proclaim, “. . . no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (John 3:3) If a census of His kingdom was taken today, would you be counted? Have you been born into His world? Is the King of kings your king? If so, we celebrate together the birth of our Savior. If not, it’s not too late for your spiritual birthday and citizenship into the kingdom–stand up and be counted!