Dangerous Minds

It’s 12:53 am and I wasn’t planning on writing a blog at all. But I was just singing the song in my head by Coolio, haha “I take a look at my life and realize there’s nothing left” from the soundtrack Dangerous Minds. Hence the title. Now The lyric has little to do with what I am going to talk about today, but the title may apply.

Now I know a lot of times as Christians, and plain and simple as human beings, we can play the game “well I am not as bad as him or her” or “at least I’m not doing that like they did”, now come on and be honest…lol…I’ve done it before too. I can even recall times that I have, that I’m not going to share, but know that if I’ve done it, others have too.

2 Corinthians 10:12 “ Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!”

I believe God is calling us to a higher standard. Not to a standard that we create for ourselves with other people. Of course we are going to highlight the good things that we do and the worst things that others do. For example, say you are at a bible study, now this is kind of funny, but serious at the same time, say you are at a bible study and you come to prayer time and praying for maybe somethings that your group is struggling with, it comes to your turn and you are going to try and make yourself look good to others. You tell them that you have been struggling with not being spiritual enough or not spending enough time reading your bible and that may be true, but that is the “sin” you want others to see and think you have, when really your prayer request should have been maybe your struggling with lusting after someone’s wife or dwelling on some serious unforgiveness bordering on hate. It can be easy to play ‘dress up’. You see the difference between the two? You are saying well this one won’t make me look as bad, it may even make you appear more “holy”, but we all have that part of us who is comparing ourselves to what the world sees, when really we should be comparing our lives to what God is calling us to be.

It’s kind of like when you are driving down the road and that traffic light turns yellow, you speed up when you know you should slow down, you hit the red light and floor it through. You are like “Oh Crap”, but then you look in your rear view mirror and there is a car behind you who did the same, but hey at least you weren’t as bad as that guy! Haha. My point exactly. Us people, us human beings, have “Dangerous Minds” and we need to transform our thinking to God’s way and not our way or the world’s way.

Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

My challenge to you is, to be honest with yourself and with God. God knows your deepest secrets anyway. Be honest to yourself and to God in where you are at and how you deal with life and different situations. Don’t compare yourself to the next guy to make yourself look better. Compare yourself to the heart and call that God is truly calling you to. You probably have heard that voice inside of you that tells you, “you are better than that” and then you hear your inside voice “At least I’m doing something” or “At least I’m not doing that”, yeah I’m sure you have heard that! Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, He is telling you the right way and is giving you the right standard!

Looking Ahead

I want to take this time to encourage anyone and everyone who may feel down, condemned, unforgiven, on the wrong path, dirty, broken, lost or forgotten. Maybe you are someone who feels like you are in a dark place, a place with no hope, a place that has no purpose. I am here to tell you that there is HOPE!

A lot of you may struggle with your past or past mistakes that you may have made. I am here to tell you that God loves you and desires for your heart to feel clean again, he wants for you to forget all of the mistakes you made and quit looking at your past, he wants you to look forward and to keep your eyes on him.

Lamentations 3:21-24 “Yet I still dare to hope
when I remember this:22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
therefore, I will hope in him!”

God’s word is telling us that God’s mercy is new every morning! God is a faithful and forgiving and loving God that knows we are human and that we screw up all the time. He knows the secret sins of your heart even, but he also tells us that his love never ends, his mercies never cease, and that he is faithful to forgive us when we turn to him. So yes you may have screwed up in the past, but God tells you turn to me, confess your sins to me and I am faithful and just to forgive your sins. He loves us so much, he will never run out of HOPE for you, out of love for you, out of mercy for you! Yes, every day may even have its struggles and battles, but know that God is for you, he is with you and he will never leave you! He never wants for you to run from him when you mess up, but wants you to run to him and he will meet you with his love and forgiveness. He wants you to feel whole and clean again.

I challenge you today that when you feel down and out, run to God and don’t run from him. He will make you whole again. He will heal your broken heart. Trust me, you haven’t done something so bad, that God wouldn’t want you, trust me, He wants you! He loves you! God used some messed up people the most in the Bible Saul (Paul) was a Christian killer, David (a man after God’s own heart) a murderer and adulterer, Peter denied Jesus 3x when Jesus needed him the most. God used all of these people to tell you that no matter what you have done, no matter how bad it seems. His mercies are new every morning. He has a plan for you, and even if you seem like you are the worst of sinners, maybe he has the biggest of plans for you, just like those I mentioned earlier.

I challenge you to move forward with God and his love, and forgive yourself and let God forgive you of your past. Tomorrow is a new Day!

Trust

Today I want to take a passage of scripture and really just reiterate it and and take a closer look at what it is saying.

Ephesians 3:16-20 “16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. 20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. ”

The Bible tells us In John 14:23 “Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.”.

In our lives we need to put our trust in God, definitely more than we do now. Honestly, I believe us as Christians today need to make a conscious effort to involve God in our daily lives and life decisions. We need to make a decision within ourselves to choose a hand in hand, side by side walk with God. I know myself and from my daily Christian life. I make a ton of decisions and choices and do life, without even thinking of involving God and his call and will for the situation. We as a church, as a community, as Christ followers need to learn to move and flow with God and his call for us to be followers of him. Not just Sunday followers, but true everyday, close relationship devoted followers. Not only putting God first in your life, but making him the foundation on which you live. Letting Christ truly live through you and be formed in you. When We make the conscious effort to do that and let Jesus have reign, that will be the start of God’s true call on your life and he will be able to use you without your agenda and your goals getting in the way.

When you trust him, that is when he makes his home in your hearts, when you obey him and his voice, that is when he makes his home in your hearts. That is when you live, move and breathe together in one home. Think about a home, it’s not just a house any more, a home is a place where you are intimately involved, where your relationship goes to a whole new level, You learn things about a person that you never knew before. God wants us to know him like we never knew we could. When you trust him your roots grow down in to God’s love and become strong. That is when you are building your house upon the rock. And making God your foundation for life. It is an honor to think that the creator of the universe wants to make his home in you, wants to have that personal relationship with you, wants to work with you to see his call for your life come to pass. When God is with you who can be against you, When God is with you, all things are possible, When we make that decision to walk with God and put our trust in him and not in ourselves. When we make the decision to look for his call and not follow after our own agenda and our own goals, Miraculous things can happen, the impossible can happen. God can use you in ways more than we can even fathom. More than we can ask or even think of He says. This is God’s call, that we live with him and move with him and work with him to fulfill his call to seek and save the lost.

I would challenge you today, ask yourself if your daily life, if your daily thoughts consist of mostly of your wants and desires and goals. If God and his will even enter your minds and hearts throughout the week. If not, can we as a group that wants God’s crazy passionate love in our lives, make the decision to focus daily on asking God what he wants and desires for you today. Can we make the decision that we want to live and move with God and his call for our lives. For some of you, it may just be involving him in your marriage or in your workplace. For some he may have a ministry call on your life. It is simple and difficult all at the same time, Simple in the fact that we know what to do, we know what is the right decision to make. Difficult in the fact that it may be hard to give up our own agenda and surrender to Jesus our whole life and not just parts of it. But God says, when we put our trust in him, we grow strong in him and that is when he is able to use us in amazing ways. Amazing ways could be anything from planting seeds of faith into peoples lives all the way to leading millions to Jesus. God just says he can use us in ways that we can’t even imagine. Don’t be fooled, even the smallest way that God starts to use you once you have made that decision means more than any goal or agenda we had for this life anyway. You can be the difference in the world around you!