God wants to haul away your trash

God’s always working in each of our lives, however, we often have no idea what He is doing. He wants to haul away the trash from our life, but too often we are unwilling to take to it the curb.

You are invited to have a direct, personal relationship with Jesus. Don’t settle for an intermediary. Don’t let loyalty to a religion, a church, or a leader cause you to miss what God is saying directly to you. Hearing what the risen Jesus personally says to you is far more important than hearing what a preacher says about Him.

God’s voice is often like a faint inner whisper. It’s easy to miss (and/or ignore) if you don’t slow down and focus on Him. From the moment you were conceived until now, there’s never been a time that God wasn’t working in your life!

God’s not hiding from humanity. We’re hiding from Him. If you’re not as close to God as you want to be, guess who moved? Jesus rose from the dead, not to create a religious doctrine, but so that He can spend time with you! Will you let Him?

Church goers can sit through sermons for decades and never get up and grow. That’s because all listening and no interactive sharing makes a church service a spectatorial event. When church became a staged lecture by a single sage on a stage, it lost much of its power. A church service can be scripted and staged without Jesus, but a Spirit-led meeting is totally dependent on His active presence.

The first Christians focused on and centering around actively following the risen Jesus, not passively listening to one-man sermons. Too often church is like a piano player who only plays one key (over and over) while the rest of the keys are stuck with siting idly by. When church becomes a recurring routine recycled weekly it’s easy to miss out on the reality of the risen Jesus.

God is doing amazing miracles in and thru ordinary people. Perhaps church should listen to them instead of just to a preacher. Encounters with God happen far more often than we realize but the church service gag rule prevents people from telling about them. By refusing to encourage and allow people to share their personal experiences with Jesus, church silences resurrection testimonies. If church ever begins to practically train people to encounter, follow, and obey the risen Jesus, it will change the world.

 

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Church of low expectations

First century Christianity filled people with hopeful expectations, supernatural surprises, and life transformation. Why not today? A Christian meeting should freely demonstrate both the humility of the fruit of the Spirit and the power of the gifts of the Spirit. Christianity without godly character and spiritual power is a contradiction.

Church has become a place of low expectations — just sit, listen, then go. However, it’s hard to find passive, spectator-style Christianity in the Bible. Go ahead and look for yourself. The Bible is full of prophecy, letters, laws, history, poetry, wisdom, exhortation, and revelation, but not passive, systematic theology.

Christians are called to be on the cusp of godly creativity, not caught in a culture of complacent conformity. God wants to haul away the trash from our life, but too often we are unwilling to take to it the curb.

Serenity is not denial or sedation. It’s the supernatural presence of God actively ruling and reigning in your heart and life.

Christianity isn’t produced by a religious show, but by the inner flow of the Holy Spirit. Church is one speaker and lots of hearers, however, the Bible says that Christians should “be doers of the word, not hearers only.” Perhaps Christians shouldn’t ritualize, program, format, or otherwise try to cage Christ to fit our comfort zone and expectations.

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Turn on delight!

Let delight shine in your heart. Delight hearted people are a pleasure to be around. Their delight is contagious.

What’s flowing out of the fountain in your heart? You can set it to stream with delight or with discouragement. Unkindness delights no one (not the sender or the receiver), but kindness offers delight to all.

You don’t have to memorize what you delight in; you remember it with your heart. Delighten up! (Live with delight.)

Delighten your load! Find one good thing to appreciate and delight in. When delight says dance, don’t hold back. Go ahead a leap for joy.

If you ever wonder whether or not people are designed for delight, watch small children spontaneously playing. To delight is to TEA — to treasure, enjoy, and appreciate a moment.

I’m good at desiring more, but not nearly so good at delighting in what I already have. It’s not hard to be easily offended, but I prefer to be easily delighted.

Your 5 senses reveal that you are surrounded by infinite sources of delight. Enjoy one today.

To shut down spontaneity is to do away with delight. Church could train people to “delight in the Lord.” People need spiritual liberation, not religious deliberation — Spirit-led spontaneity, not manipulated monotony. Let’s turn on delight!

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At the intersection of hope & despair

At the intersection of hope and despair, take the uphill road to hope, not the downhill road to despair. You’re alive; be delighted. Let God shine in and delight up the darkness in your heart.

I’m not interested in apathy. I want God’s fire continually blazing in my soul.

The voice of apathy lazily mumbles sweet nothings. Indifference is okay with whatever. Apathy speaks: “I can take it or leave it,” “Whatever,” “Either way,” “It doesn’t matter,” “I’m fine with that,” “No big deal.”

Christ sets people free from the gravitational pull of indifference and sends them soaring with love and compassion. You can’t follow Jesus if you won’t continually take steps in His direction. When Jesus (the Light of the world) becomes your delight, joy will freely flow from within you.

Getting to know people heart-to-heart is an antidote to indifference. Another way to attack apathy is by watching or reading something that has touched your heart in the past. When your heart and your conscience are at odds, follow your conscience.

You can’t work up apathy, but you can play it down by taking the field for a just cause (whether you feel like it or not). It’s impossible to be involved and indifferent at the same instant.

Perhaps mundane, passive, apathetic church meetings are not a good witness for Christianity. Following Jesus is a lifetime process. It’s not just a short walk down a church aisle to repeat a prayer after a preacher. Jesus said His followers should “endure to the end.” True Christianity involves lifetime follow through. (See Matthew 24:13.)

If you faithfully let the risen Jesus be your “sense of direction,” your life will daily unfold in ways that amaze you. I find the best wine to help me is the “new wine” of the Holy Spirit. There’s nothing like God’s holy inebriation. Let the God of all Creation fill you with His inebriation and delight will hang over your heart as when you’re playing with a puppy.

The only people who think the Bible is uninteresting are those who have never read it. Take a look in the Book and see! Christ calls us from our comfort zone to His humble zone.

I lasso, tie up, and drive out every ungodly thought faster than a rodeo calf roper. Ignore temptations, distractions, insults, and anything else that tries to get you off track of a positive, healthy life.

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Jesus is louder than words

The voice of Jesus is louder than words. His inner promptings are more powerful than any sermon. Train your heart to hear Him.

A hard heart and tearless eyes are a form of self-deception, not self-protection. Without accurate perception, Truth becomes the exception.  Misperception is deception. How’s your truth reception?

The shadows of guilt are long, dark, and tormenting, but the light of Christ dispels them.  When you block the light from your heart, you soil your soul with scary shadows. Don’t stay stuck in the shadows of your sin. Let God’s light freely shine within.

To repent is to turn your back on shadowy thoughts and behaviors and to begin to live in the Light of the Son of God. Don’t let darkness depress, defile, or foul up your life. Live in Christ’s light.

Christians aren’t just called to mirror Christ; they’re called to let Him live in and animate them. To belittle others is to be little. Early Christ-followers met in meetups to mutually minister to, encourage, and exhort one another as led by the risen Jesus.

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Who’s responsible for evil?

When you speak out against evil and wrongdoing, don’t ignore your own life and heart. If you watch evil, think evil, are entertained by evil, you’ll have a hard time not embracing evil and being influenced by it. If we won’t allow God to establish His sovereign and righteous government in our own heart, how will the kingdom of God come to earth?

To blame God for tragedy, separates you from your greatest source of comfort. Christianity teaches that God made all things good and that evil is the result of rebellion against God. Evil is produced by the misuse and abuse of human free will. Don’t drag wrongdoing along the path of your life.

If you accept wrongdoing as normal for you and don’t resist it, it will gain ever stronger control over your life.Don’t let evil entrap you. The battle between good and evil takes place in every human being. Don’t let evil entrap you.

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Looking beyond the Catholic priesthood

With all the reports of sexual abuse by priests, perhaps we should ask:  “Who are the real priests?”

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