Sunday, September 27, 2009

Life is short

2 Timothy 3:1-4
1.But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,  3.without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4.treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God--

     Wow, I think this pretty much describes society.  Now I am not the person to say that it is the end of the world, but the end will come one day, and people will be living when it does happen.  It amazes me to talk with people, I find that almost every person lives like they will never die, yet people die everyday.  It is obvious that the devil doesn't mind most of the human race believing that the world will end, just not now and also that every person will die but just not for a long time like at 97 years old or something.
    This is all interesting to me cause I remember thinking like this, and still catch myself thinking this way sometimes.  I remember as a kid I planned on living it up until about 40 years old and then I would settle down, get married and probably go to church.  It never occured to me that I could die at 8 or 10 or 20 or at just anytime.  As I got to be a teenager I realized that one day Jesus would come back to earth and at that time everyone would go to heaven or hell depending on whether they had chose Jesus as their Savior or not.  But while I knew Jesus would come back I never considered that it could happen while I was alive.  So for a large part of my life I lived it up, after all I was going to settle down at 40 years old. 
      As I sit here today and reflect, I am glad that I woke up to the fact that when a person truly believes on Jesus to be their Savior then He literally changes their very nature.  He changes our wants and our likes and dislikes.  I now see that Jesus could return at literally any moment, maybe today, maybe before I finish this post. 
      The facts are obvious for those who look for signs, we are a generation of people that is more pleasure seeking than words can describe, talking about being disobedient well there is medicine for that now days.  There are those who are without self control, oh yea thats right we call this road rage and yes there is a road rage pill available.  The bottom line is we have become a people who seek after pleasures rather than God and we seek a pill to fix our problems rather than Jesus who can heal the issue. 
      The saddest reality of seeking pleasure though is that I don't know of a single person who has ever found a true pleasure that last, and doesn't fade and doesn't grow old apart from the joy that is found in Jesus. 
Could it be that the very thing that we as a people avoid is the very thing that we really want?  I can say from my own experience that it was Jesus that I stayed away from for a large part of my life and I later discovered that Jesus was all I truly ever wanted.  Worldy pleasures come and go, and usually leave people with hangovers, STD's and depression, but Jesus brings a joy into a person's life that never stops.  Even when the world is over, life will be good.
Isaiah 53:5  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Think Of As Human

2 Corinthians 5:16-17  So we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks about them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though he were merely a human being. How differently I think about him now!  17.What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!

Wow, I think all of mankind has been guilty of this.  It seems that it is often a struggle to try to explain to a person the amazing love of God.  There are really no words on this earth that can describe Jesus in a way that a person who isn't a Christian would understand.  Jesus seems to be hard to describe because all discriptive adjectives are based on something that is physical and known to the physical senses.  Jesus is way beyond the physical though, His work is done on us from the inside and then comes out.  How is someone to describe that they have this amazing joy even in the middle of physical hard times?  A non-christian can't understand having joy immediatly after you just became paralized for life, I know a person this happened too.   A non-christian can't understand knowing that no matter what happens, God really does love and He does forgive, that God does not turn anyone away that calls out to Him.  But once a person calls out to Jesus and cry out to be forgiven of their sins, then that person becomes a 100% new person, because they are instantly given a clean heart.  This clean heart that God gives has different emotions, and a different view point.  As a sincere Christian, the person realizes that God is not suprised by the storm in their life, He knows the end results, and is ready to walk you through to victory.
      All the confusion begins as Paul said in the scripture above though, he used to think Jesus to be like other humans.  Humans are born sinners and are terribly wicked by nature, though Jesus will change that nature to all who call to Him.  Most people view Jesus for instance like a person who likes you when your good, and is mad at you when your bad. From a non-christian mind set, a person may even view Jesus as saying 3 strikes and your out.  However Jesus is not like the rest of mankind, He wasn't born a sinner, in fact He never sinned.  Since He was not born with our wicked heart, He does not have a wicked heart.  Jesus has a heart full of compassion and healing.  His desire is for all of man-kind to have a very very close relationship with Him.  In spite of our rebellion and rotten attitudes, Jesus is still forgiving and reaching out to us.  Don't ever be fooled my friend that Jesus has given up on you or doesn't want you.  Just the same, don't believe that because Jesus loves you so much He would not allow you to be miserable and die and go to hell.  We make the choice of obtaining a new nature that we weren't born with naturally, and we make the choice of where we spend eternity based on whether or not we called out to Jesus to be our perfect father during our life.  Once you are truly a Christian, you will no longer view Jesus from your human point of view.

Isaiah 65:2 2."I have spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, Who walk in the way which is not good, following their own thoughts,