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Touch me Lord, by the power of Your Name
I know I said I’d be doing a study on the analogy of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife…but I got side tracked. First with a study on the Seven Beatitudes of Revelation, which I’ll post when I’m done with it, and then I had this on my mind. I also have one I want to do on Christian standards. Wow. I got so much on my mind. Not to mention getting back to writing for The Christian Pulse (I’ll link my articles to this blog when they post, the next one is on VOTA), and trying to get everything in my life sorted out.
And, for a shameless plug here…Check out Lennox Fleary, a good musician, and a fellow brother in Christ.
Isaiah 48:8-11 (NIV)
“You have neither heard nor understood;
from of old your ear has not been open.
Well do I know how treacherous you are;
you were called a rebel from birth.
“For My own name’s sake I delay My wrath;
for the sake of My praise I hold it back from you,
so as not to cut you off.
“See, I have refined you, though not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
“For My own sake, for My own sake, I do this.
How can I let Myself be defamed?
I will not yield My glory to another.”
Or, as Kutless puts it:
As the passage and song above say, it seems we always turn ourselves away from God, even tho He’s the whole point of living. After all, Christ shed His own blood, as man (even tho He’s God), for you. Not only have we not listened to Him, we have been a Rebel From Birth. Sinners. Think about that for a while. If you get nothing else frmo this random post…ponder that one and mull it over in your mind for a while.
Yet, somehow, for some reason, God provided the above Way to save us…As far as the east is from the west that is how far He will take your sins away.
It’s His grace. For a rebel like you and me, He will delay His wrath, give you a second chance (and often more) to repent and return to Him. Amazing how that works, eh? Ya, I know I’m rambling…not sure what my point is here. Just wanted to share some things that are on my mind, related to an issue I’m dealing with that I will not put to words here. (All I’ll say is that a little prayer would be nice…)
To close, remember I Corinthians 15:57-58…”But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (NIV) (Thanks goes to my friend Soliloquy for that one.)
“…the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea…its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging…Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall…the earth melts…”
“…men hotly pursue me; all day long the press their attack. My slanderers pursue me all day long; many are attacking me in their pride…All day long they twist my words; they are always plotting to harm me. They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, eager to take my life…”
Ever have days where you feel like this? I do. Very often in fact. I was having a day like this yesterday. Darkness shrouded my mood, and I was beginning to shut myself off from others in order to “protect” myself and them. =/ Not the best thing to do when you are in a depression, but it’s what I do. Then a very good friend of mine came to me and showed some good ol’ fashioned friendly kindness and brought me out of it. Then later she sent me some Scripture…And in response to my thank you message, she said something that reminded me that, maybe, after all, it’s not so bad. Maybe there is more good in my life than I thought, and there is stuff to *gasp* be thankful for.
As I was thinking about all this, a line from a really good novel I’m reading came to me: focus on the solution, not the problem. Well…I haven’t been doing enough of that lately. I’ve been focusing on my failures, shortcomings, all the stress and BS I go through, and wishing it would all get better. When instead I should be focusing on the solution. The Solution.
“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” (Philippians 3:7-9, NIV)
Jesus Christ is the solution to my problems…if I focus on Him, all the rest will either go away, get fixed, or seem so insignificant as to be nothing. In other words, it will all be considered a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing my Lord and Savior. Or, as Third Day puts it…
There’s a reason it’s one of my favorite songs, not only by them, but by anyone…Nothing compares, to the greatness of knowing You Lord, oh no…”
My prayer today is this: “Lord, please be the grace I need to cover my faults, and the strength I need to get rid of them. Help me just live for today, because I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. But I know that no matter if I rise or fall, I’ll never be alone, for nothing compares to the greatness of knowing You. For without Your love…I am nothing. But by Your love I am saved.”
I’ve been thinking lately about what I haven’t been doing. About how I’ve been living in a fog of doubt and indecsion and of inaction. And even more recent, I’ve been almost obsessed with Petra. I copied some of my Dad’s CDs, and have been listening to them almost non-stop while I’m working. This here is one song that I’ve listened to more than most…
Title: Believer In Deed
Album: Midnight Oil
On this journey we begin at birth
This fleeting moment that we spend on earth
No second chance to live it all again
It must be now or never
To cherish each endeavor
What will they say that I have left behind
A faithful heritage for all to find
What will the see?
I want my legacy to be
He was a believer in deed
He had a heart of a different breed
He made his mark and he lived by his creed
A true believer
A believer in deed
Am I living everything I say?
Am I pointing others to the way?
Will I leave this world a better place?
Will Jesus say he knew me
Is Jesus living through me?
Did I maintain my authenticity?
A man of honor and integrity?
I hope that they will truly see
At the end of my days I know I’m gonna say
I wouldn’t live my life any other way
I’ll look to my posterity to carry on for me
And pray that they will see
My first thought is this: this is what I want.
Second? Why am I not doing it?
Third? A question that occured to me recently…”Why do I do the things I don’t want to do, and don’t do the things I do want to do? (Romans 7:15, NIV) Why don’t I follow through on the ideals and beliefs I hold?…Maybe it’s because I’m holding onto the ideals and beliefs, and not Jesus… (I Corinthians 15:3-4, NIV)”
I really don’t have many answers, other than this song describes what I should be doing. I have ideas on how to do that, but advice would be nice…as this blog of mine is sometimes for me to be helped than for me to help. =/
P.S. My Blog Post Judas’ Kiss can provide some furhter thoughts on the subject. And while I’m on the subject of Petra, “Praying Man” would be a song of theirs to look up…as prayer seems to be ever more important to my life.
This blog was originally posted on my Myspace Blog on Saturday, November 11, 2006. It is relevant background for my next post, so I decided to post it here here non myspacers can read it.
Title: Judas’ Kiss
Album: More Power To Ya
I wonder how it makes you feel when the prodigal won’t come home
I wonder how it makes you feel when he’d rather be on his own
I wonder what it’s like for you when a lamb has gone astray
I wonder what it’s like for you when your children disobey
It must be like another thorn struck in your brow
It must be like another close friend’s broken vow
It must be like another nail right through your wrist
It must be just like
Just like Judas’ kiss
I wonder how it makes you feel when no one seeks your face
I wonder how it makes you feel when they give up in the race
I wonder what it’s like for you when they willingly disobey
I wonder what it’s like for you when they willingly walk away
Ever listened to a song for years, knowing the lyrics to it even. And then, one day, the true meaning of it strikes you, and hard? Ya, that’s what this one did to me today. Do you realize that, every time you sin, you are essentially putting another nail into Jesus’ wrist? And that you are betraying He who gave His life for you? Not to mention that you are dishonoring His Name. So think of that next time you’re thinking, “It’s just once…and it’s sooo small. It won’t hurt anyone.” Maybe it won’t hurt you, or your friends or family, or even any human being. But, at the very least, it will hurt Christ. For we are the ones who crucified Him in the first place…
“…if they fall away…they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:6 NKJV)
Are you holding the hammer?