Tuesday, January 22, 2013

"Do everything without grumbling or arguing..." Philippians 2:14

I know, I missed last week. Exams can be a killer, but I'm back. You know this verse came to me in a cool way. I was told about it from a friend, and I thought it was good. Then that Sunday at church, I was sitting in my youth room, and found myself looking right at this verse, painted on the wall. God was obviously telling me something. The verse, is Philippians 2:14-15. It says, "Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky." So just when someone asks you to do something, within reason of course, don't argue, and don't complain. Though I understand I am being a huge hypocrite by saying this, I take as much from these verses as I put into interpreting them and writing about them. Just as you have been told to be "Children of the light" which means to be a Child of God, this verse says to do things without complaint, and be blameless and pure Children of God. And by doing this, you will shine like stars into the sky, letting your light shine for all to see.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

“The light of my glory will shine on you...” Isaiah 60:19

I feel like, to properly convey my message this week, I need to show it to you. So here goes.

No longer will the sun be your light by day
Or the moon be your light by night;
I, the Lord, will be your eternal light;
The light of my glory will shine on you.”
Isaiah 60:19

The Lord continues to say,

Your days of grief will come to an end.
I, the Lord, will be your eternal light,
More lasting than the sun and moon.
Your people will all do what is right,
And will possess the land forever.
Even your smallest and humblest family
Will become as great as a powerful nation.
When the right times comes,
I will make this happen quickly.
I am the Lord!”
Isaiah 60:20-22

There is some pure power in these words. Do you know what our earthly bodies need to live? We need the sun. Where would we be without it? Well, we would be dead. God gave us the sun, this ball of light and energy that we live off of. In a sense, we are like the Mayans, sun worshipers. We constantly take for granted this great object, and when we do, we are in awe. God is better than it though. Our spiritual bodies. The ones that really matter. The ones that live forever. Even when our bodies are gone. They don't need the sun. God is better then the sun. He is our light, and our heat, and our energy, he is our everything that we can ever need. When our life here is done, God's radiance will be what sustains us. That is pretty awesome, but God isn't done there. He tells us, “Your days of grief will come to an end”, how amazing is that. No longer will you live with any of the sorrows, and troubles of that you constantly have to go through, because God will be there, for us. He will be our eternal light, and will outshine the sun by day, and outshine the moon by night. Scientifically speaking, the sun won't last forever. God however, will last forever. He tells us “Even your smallest humblest family, will become as great as a powerful nation”. How does that make you feel? Personally, that makes me feel really cool. It gives me the chills, thinking that one day, I will be as great as a powerful nation. This is all one big promise by God, that one day, of his choosing, everything will be perfect. His light will guide us through hard times, and the darkness of the world. No sun or moon can do that, but God can. His light can.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

"Live as children of light..." Ephesians 5:8

Picture this, you're a child, probably around the ages of 6 and 7. You have a friend over, and there is a box of dress up clothes and various Halloween costumes sitting in front of you. You have a kitchen set, complete with fake food, and silverware. Above all, you have the childish imagination you constantly took for granted. What else is there to do, than to play house. You never really stop to think of where you gain the knowledge of how to use every day house appliances, or how to act when in charge of a house. If you think of it now, the answer is quite evident. It's your parents. Your parents are the ones, that even when you go through the phases of hating everything that they are, shape who you are in a way that you don't imagine. If your dad won't eat the broccoli on his plate at dinner, there's no way his son or daughter will. When a mom bosses everyone around the house, telling them what to do, or shows attitude, no wonder her daughter starts to act that way. Your view on the world, is molded by your parents, when they don't realize it, and even when you don't. So when Ephesians 5:8 states, "Live as children of light" you would think, obviously this light isn't referring to the light that we are, but the light that God is. God is our father. We are His children. So in the same way that our earthly parents mold who we are, we should let God, and His divine actions, mold who we are. Ephesians 5:1 even says “Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are His dear children.” God is perfection, He is the Holy Trinity, the three in one. Everything that God has done, everything that Jesus has done, everything that the Holy Spirit has done, should be what shapes us to be God's true children. Back to Genesis, we were made in God's image. Just as our earthly self, is made in our parent's image. So maybe, in a way, our interaction with our earthly family, is just a huge analogy to how our interaction with God should be. God's action's in the bible and in every day life should lead us to develop and show his characteristics of goodness, righteousness, truth, love... The fruits of the spirits are a wonderful example But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23. God is the Spirit, and the Spirit is all of those things, and if the Spirit is all of those things, then God is all of those things. God shows the fruits of the Spirit in his actions, and so, as his children we should take from these actions and use them in our daily lives. Quite simply, take the light that God is, and that God shines in the form of love, joy, peace, etc. and shine it. Shine it for all to see.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!” Mathew 2:10

You may have noticed that my blog's title has changed. It is now entitled “Light”. This is because I believe that it is an outstandingly important theme of the Bible. So into the future, most of the time the main theme will revolve around light. Yesterday was Christmas, Christ's spectacular entrance into our world. One of the most symbolic parts to his being in a manger, was the star above the stable that His family stayed in. Matthew says this star guided the wise men to Bethlehem. So in some ways the star could be compared to something like a tour guide in our day, guiding you to your destination. This star was the most brilliant description of the awesome events that took place that night. You don't see a spectacular star in the sky to signify important events at any time in history, but God sent a light, a star, to tell the world of the coming of Christ. The whole world! If we are the light of the world, then shouldn't we be guides to Christ? We are like that star, every single one of us. A giant radiant beam to signify that Christ exists in this world. To spread the joy and the word of Jesus so that everyone can understand the joy that he brings us. Like the angels that went to the shepherds, they spread the news with a glorious display of God's power, you can spread the amazing news of Jesus with a glorious display of affection to those in need. Be a star in someone's life, because God so loved the world that he gave us his only son, Jesus, to be the lightning-rod of hatred and sin in the world. That is the kind of love he gives us, so why not return the favor and show love to those around you? For “if you do this to the least of these, you do this to Me”.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

"God is light, in him there is no darkness at all..." 1 John 1:5

This is from a story on "Light and Darkness, Forgiveness and Sin". "This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us." (1 John 1:5-10 NIV) This little story came to me while listening to a Toby Mac Cd. It was a live album from a concert in Houston, Texas. I mean in the album he preached multiple times, but the order of the shuffle led me to hear this particular story many times. I like to think that God out this in front of me for a reason. I really think this verse has such a powerful statement to it. I mean God is really calling us out to hold ourselves accountable for our actions. "If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth." You really have to stop and think about that. If you claim to have fellowship, but walk in the darkness... This doesn't mean if you call yourself a Christian, and sin, you're instantly a bad person. "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us." We all know everyone sins, except for the one perfect God in the flesh, but knowing that you will sin here and there and that Jesus forgives, isn't an excuse to sin all the time. When it does happen, have mercy on yourself, for he has mercy on all of us. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." Suddenly, we are walking in the light.