humility

Knowledge and Pride

 True knowledge includes the truth that God is WAY TOO BIG for us to ever understand. Though we come to know and experience God, we will NEVER, not even in eternity grasp Him fully.

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A Similarity Between a Worm and The Son of God

Out of His being crushed, something beautiful occurred.

Out of His being crushed, something beautiful occurred.

Oh the love of Jesus...

Psalm 22 - David's prophecy of the crucifixion, he cries out that he is a worm.
Strange language. The Son of God - a worm?

Many have stated that it is a declaration of his humiliation. Yes, that is true. But there is more here than meets the eye.
In the ancient world, there was a worm called the scarlet worm. The ancients would crush the worm to make scarlet dye for their beautiful clothing. Hmmm...

More amazing, the life cycle of the worm. When its life was ending, it would attach itself to wood, give birth to its young, die, the scarlet fluid would ooze out and stain the wood to which it was attached.

WOW!

What a picture of our Jesus. In His death on the blood stained cross, He gives new birth to His children. Out of His being crushed, something beautiful occurred.

He became a worm, that we might become the children of God.

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Clay Pots Full Of Greatness!

There are no earthly heroes, my friend, there are only clay pots that the  Hero of all Heroes  expresses Himself through.

There are no earthly heroes, my friend, there are only clay pots that the Hero of all Heroes expresses Himself through.

I Corinthians 1:29 says, "no man should boast before God." Two verses later Paul writes "Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord." One says it negatively, the other positively. I think Paul did that purposely so we would hear it. Later, he will write that we have no adequacy in ourselves, but that our adequacy comes from God.

We must guard against the adoration of man. It is true that men are able to say great things and do great things in the kingdom of God, but we must never forget that they are able to do those things because of the "greatness" of the Person that dwells in and through them.

There are no earthly heroes, my friend, there are only clay pots that the Hero of all Heroes expresses Himself through.

Christ In Y'all

If you are truly walking in grace and love, in turn, it will become ALL about others, for that is what God is all about - you and others.

If you are truly walking in grace and love, in turn, it will become ALL about others, for that is what God is all about - you and others.

It is NOT about you,
it is ALL about God,
but because it is ALL about God it is all about you

If you are truly walking in grace and love, in turn, it will become ALL about others, for that is what God is all about - you and others.

So, it is all about you, but if that is where it stops, you are falling short of the New Covenant. It is a plural you in Col. 1:27. It is NOT "Christ in you" -but it is "Christ in y'all"

Prayer: What It Is - and Is Not

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PRAYER!

I don't know about you, but that word instantly puts an image in my brain of heads bowed and eyes closed, but I do not believe that is what the New Testament teaches prayer really is. Paul said we should be "praying always" - if we did that, how could we ever get anything done? It would be kind of hard to drive to work with our eyes closed and our head bowed, don't you think?

Further, have you ever read the account in the Gospels where the disciples were unable to cast out a demon, then Jesus Himself cast out the demon? When the disciples asked Him why they could not cast the demon out, Jesus told them that this kind of demon is cast out only by prayer.

BUT READ THE PASSAGE CAREFULLY! Jesus Himself DID NOT PRAY when He cast the demon out! The event is recorded in three different gospels and none of the writers says Jesus prayed first. (But i think He was praying...)

So, what is prayer? It is an attitude of humble and intimate sharing of the relationship we have with God as we go through our daily lives... it is simply remembering we are not in this life, facing the circumstances of life, by ourselves and with our own resources. We are in union with God.

My personal conviction is that the disciples could not cast out the demon because they were using "prayer" or the name of "Jesus" as a formula or method (which we are all prone to do)... Ours is a journey of faith in a Person. We do not reduce this incredible reality to a question of "what works" but "Who works"... Prayer is seeking to experience Jesus in ALL that we do. Driving on the interstate, shovelling dirt, changing diapers; these are all opportunities to be praying without ceasing because they are all opportunities to live in the Spirit at the same time we are living in this physical world.