What is your AWE-ha moment?

In Hebrews 12:28 we are told: Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe

Christians are to offer service with reverence to God… but what does it mean to have reverence for God? Many in church today would say it is to have a deep respect. By definition in a dictionary, that is correct. However, this is God Almighty that I am speaking of. So, I believe it is a bit deeper than that. By that, I would like to give an example:

Let’s say you are looking at a travel catalog… and you come across a picture of the Grand Canyon- “my that’s Grand” you say, and you have a respect for it… so much so, that you want to go and visit this mighty hole in the ground.

As you and your family are approaching the Canyon, and it begins to come into site, and you see the vastness of this hole, it takes your breath away, and your esteem and admiration grows for this natural beauty.

Then, once you are at the Canyon itself, you ask one of your family members to hold your ankles while you hang over the ledge and look into the Grand Canyon… all of a sudden, your reverence for this magnificent beauty just increased significantly.

The reverence we should have towards our Creator should be one that is like hanging over the side of the Grand Canyon! And it will, as we grow closer to Him day by day, through reading His word, prayer, service and fellowship with other believers.

Then you can begin to appreciate what we are told in Proverbs 9:10… The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Amen.

What are you reading today?

Without question, my favorite book of all 66 books in the bible, is Romans. All the books are God breathed and given to us, but Romans and its theme of Gods grace has always spoken to me in a very unique way.

Another reason it speaks to me in such a precious way is because the Apostle Paul in his opening, says in Romans 1:11…

For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established—

Paul was writing to provide them with some spiritual gift. Why is that special, you might ask? Well, because spiritual is derived from spirit, and that is the Greek word: pneuma  with the concept of breath or wind at its root in both the Greek and Hebrew.  In Genesis 2:7 when God created man, we are told Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed (the Hebrew word for pneuma) into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. 

At that moment, that is what separated us from the rest of all creation. Why?

Unlike the soul (The soul is the animate life, or the seat of the senses, desires, affections, and appetites.), which is alive both physically and eternally, the spirit can be either alive, as in the case of believers, (1 Peter 3:18), or dead as unbelievers are (Colossians 2:13; Ephesians 2:4-5). The spiritual part of believers in Jesus Christ is that which responds to the things that come from the Spirit of God, understanding and discerning them spiritually. The spiritually dead perceive the things of the Spirit to be “foolishness” because, in his spiritually dead conditions, he does not have the ability to discern the things of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:12-14). The spirit is that part of us that is enabled by God to know and worship Him, the part of humanity that “connects” with God, who Himself is Spirit (John 4:24). While the soul “connects” with the stuff of the world.

All that, to say this: In writing Romans, Paul was writing to impart gifts that would aid us in connecting in a real and deeper sense to our Great Creator!   I read Romans, I truly sense a deeper understanding of Who God is and His love for me. It is that simple.

Society prints and promulgates media that snatches the soul and in the end is lifeless. God’s word makes alive our spirit and in the end, leads to eternal life with Jesus our Hero and Savior. Amen.

What In The World Is A Christian To Do???

Things seem a bit confused these days, don’t you think? There have been so many incredible storms in the world recently- literally a roaring and tossing of the seas. Great earthquakes in various places. Wars and rumors of wars. And the love of many has grown cold- as seen with the Las Vegas, USA shooting (as an example).

And I have sensed and witnessed lately Christians uncertain as to how we should respond. Some have decided to withdraw into their private lives, others seem to want to hyper exploit these events, while others just seem concerned and fearful. So, what is a Christian to do in this day and age?

First, a careful reading and understanding of Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 makes clear that Jesus just prior to His crucifixion foretold us that these exact things are going to happen. So we should not be alarmed or surprised by these events. Secondly, I do believe that we are experiencing the “birth pangs” of these types of world events. It’s going to get worse and not better, prior to the Lord Jesus’ return.

After Jesus’ resurrection and conquering of death and just before His ascension back to heaven, the Lord told us what we are to do in Matthew 28… 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

We are to be doing, what we have been doing for the last 2,000 years. Sharing the gospel. Making disciples and looking for Jesus return.

There is no need to be worried, concerned or fretful… that is not what the Lord wants. He wants faithfulness. Amen.