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My John Piper Devotional this morning

In Faith, Hope, Love on August 20, 2013 at 8:28 am

I’m going through 15 days in the Word with John Piper (it’s been more than 15 days though 🙂 Today’s devotional was so good I just had to share to encourage my brothers and sisters out there. I hope you are drawn to nearer to Christ through this post.

The Stupendous Reality of Being “In Christ Jesus”

Being “in Christ Jesus” is a stupendous reality. It is breathtaking what it means to be in Christ. United to Christ. Bound to Christ. If you are “in Christ” listen to what it means for you:

1. In Christ Jesus you were given grace before the world was created. 2 Timothy 1:9, “He gave us grace in Christ Jesus before the ages began.”

2. In Christ Jesus you were chosen by God before creation. Ephesians 1:4, “God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world.”

3. In Christ Jesus you are loved by God with an inseparable love. Romans 8:38–39, “I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

4. In Christ Jesus you were redeemed and forgiven for all your sins. Ephesians 1:7, “In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses.”

5. In Christ Jesus you are justified before God and the righteousness of God in Christ is imputed to you. 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake God made Christ to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

6. In Christ Jesus you have become a new creation and a son of God. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Galatians 3:26, “In Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”

7. In Christ Jesus you have been seated in the heavenly places even while he lived on earth. Ephesians 2:6, “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

8. In Christ Jesus all the promises of God are Yes for you. 2 Corinthians 1:20, “All the promises of God find their Yes in Christ.”

9. In Christ Jesus you are being sanctified and made holy. 1 Corinthians 1:2, “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus.”

10. In Christ Jesus everything you really needed will be supplied. Philippians 4:19, “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

11. In Christ Jesus the peace of God will guard your heart and mind. Philippians 4:7, “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

12. In Christ Jesus you have eternal life. Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

13. And in Christ Jesus you will be raised from the dead at the coming of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:22, “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” All those united to Adam in the first humanity die. All those united to Christ in the new humanity rise to live again.

How do we get into Christ?

At the unconscious and decisive level it is God’s sovereign work: “From God are you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)

But at the conscious level of our own action, it is through faith. Christ dwells in our hearts “through faith.” (Ephesians 3:17) The life we live in union with his death and life “we live by faith in the Son of God.” (Galatians 2:20) We are united in his death and resurrection “through faith.” (Colossians 2:12)

This is a wonderful truth. Union with Christ is the ground of everlasting joy, and it is free.

Life is not meaningless – Prayers for CT Families

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Today, I was saddened beyond words as I heard of the events in CT and the children and families involved. It was like walking around in a fog of tears streaming down my face off and on while I was out. I can’t fathom what literally went through this mans mind. I don’t want to. It’s so troubling that I just walked around aimlessly and then sat in the car and cried at times. I prayed…but I didn’t ask for understanding because I know I can’t handle it. I prayed for comfort and overwhelming peace for these families directly affected and also for those not affected but fearing this horrible sinful world we live in.

There are not words anyone can say to help or comfort in a time where loved ones especially kids are lost…only one person can comfort the heart and that is God. He can speak directly to a persons heart the way they need to hear in a special way to be comforted that goes beyond explanation. In a time like this…it’s hard to understand how people walk around thinking there is no heaven or hell, no devil or God, no Christ who loved us so much and unconditionally he died for us while we blatantly rejected Him, no Christ that said HE WOULD BRING US A COMFORTER, no Christ who said children are the precious ones. No judgement for the life we live and the things we do? No God that can take this horrible tragedy where people may say these people or kids are scarred for life and would need lifelong therapy and turn it around to have something truly remarkable come out of this? How can they heal from something that breaks them apart? Some internal animal instinct?? Really?

Real talk – you say you are praying, but who are you praying to? What are you praying for? I pray that my Lord would heal them. That they are not scarred and broken, but that they know the true and living God who works miracles each and every day. I won’t pretend that I know the plans God has for me or anyone else, but I know I can trust Him. Even when things look bleak, and it makes no sense whatsoever and everyone else is laughing or calling me a fool…I hang on knowing God has my back. I pray that through all of this, they know, God has their back. Even if their child is not with them…their child is with our Father.

And I also pray that they know forgiveness at some point. I know it’s hard for those so angered by the senseless acts of an extremely troubled person to get to a stage of forgiving a person. Forgiveness doesn’t excuse the action. But it isn’t something we can do on our own. The more we don’t the more it eats at us where we are bitter and angry toward everyone and everything.

For those that think this life is meaningless…how do you explain this??? A random act of chance where millions of years ago molecules came together to form life through evolution and then intelligence and then deciding what is good and what is evil and then someone was born and shot people and kids. Yeah, evolution at its best. It takes more faith to believe that then it does that there is a God who loves and cares for us and created us. LIFE IS PRECIOUS, LIFE HAS MEANING. THERE IS A HEAVEN AND A HELL AND THERE IS JUDGEMENT FOR THIS LIFE. There is hope, if we trust in Christ 🙂

John 3:16-20

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

John 14:26-27

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 16:28-33

28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. 29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb. 30 Now are we sure that thou knowest all things, and needest not that any man should ask thee: by this we believe that thou camest forth from God. 31 Jesus answered them, Do ye now believe? 32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

1 John 2:12-17

12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. 13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

The Mystery of God (Col 2:2-3)

In Faith, Hope, Love on March 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Meditating on the Lord this morning (1/27/11) and the following thought came up…
How can a finite being understand infinite things? If finite, then there is an end to the knowledge that can be comprehended. In our own knowledge we can only understand what is finite. (Isaiah 40:28; Psalm 139:6, 17-18)
Then if I want to understand God (who is infinite), there remains a requirement to not rely upon my own finite knowledge. I cannot comprehend Him and all He is on my own. (Proverbs 20:24; Job 11:7-10) I must surrender. I need the Holy Spirit to bring that understanding! (Exodus 31:3; Luke 24:45)
And He said I will find Him when I search for Him with ALL my heart. So, I will search and I will find, I will ask and I will receive, and I will knock and the door will be opened. Because the Word of God says so and God is not a man that He should lie. (Jeremiah 29:13-14; Deuteronomy 4:29; Matthew 7:7-8; Numbers 23:19)

Colossians 2:2-3  further substantiates that wisdom and knowledge is hidden in God, not in my brain. 🙂

Isaiah 40:28

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.

Psalm 139

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
139:17-18

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

Proverbs 20:24

Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?

Job 11:7-10

Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?

Exodus 31:3

And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

Luke 24:45

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

Jeremiah 29:13-14

And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord:

Deuteronomy 4:29

But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

Matthew 7:7-8

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Luke 11:9-10

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Numbers 23:19

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

***Colossians 2:2-3

That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

I’m continually searching wisdom and understanding… 🙂

– C

First Created on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 6:09pm

Jesus as the example – Washing others’ feet

In Faith, Hope, Love on March 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Hey Christians, There is a strong word for you today….WAKE UP!!! If you call Jesus Lord, then you need to SERVE OTHERS.

Stop being selfish and sitting there thinking its all about you cause it’s not. How are you “washing others’ feet”??? Isn’t Jesus supposed to be your example?
Jesus humbled himself and did not regard the status, class, or the physical make up of someone. Yet some of you exalt yourselves and regard one person over the other and instead of doing what Christ did, you apply your own logic over the word of God. I’m going to tell you the truth, God is not pleased with you.
Stop making excuses – either follow Christ or don’t. Make a choice and choose you this day whom you will serve

Read John 13:14-16
“Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.”

-C

First created on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 8:14am

We aren’t made to carry our burdens-lean on Jesus

In Faith, Hope, Love on March 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

COME UNTO ME, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give u rest. Take My yoke upon you, and LEARN OF ME; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye SHALL FIND REST unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30

Sooooo…Jesus said if I come unto Him He will give me rest. So then why do I continue to try to carry all my burdens myself??? #Stubborness. I WILL TRUST in The Lord!

– C

Created on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at 8:15am

Lip Service? God’s not interested

In Faith, Hope, Love on March 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm

God is not interested in lip service, or just you showing up on Sunday service…It’s about the heart. Jesus isn’t just a parachute for “just in case”.

Do you love Him or not? Make a choice and then LIVE for Him. 🙂

Matthew 15:8-11

This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their HEART is FAR from Me. But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. …Hear, and understand: Not that which goes INTO the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes OUT of the mouth, this defiles a man.

How are you behaving? What are you saying? Does it reflect Christ? One hour a week on Sunday doesn’t make u anymore of a Christian if you aren’t living for Him.

What if you are the only example of Christ someone else sees? Are you being a hypocrite? Most people are turned off to Christianity because they don’t see any difference between us and the world. Know that other people watch you and view Christians based on what they see. How can they ever glorify our God if all they see is the “world” in you?

We are supposed to be a peculiar people, foolishness based on the worldly view.
So why do so many professed Christians follow the world and the traditions of men? Sorry but Jesus said that “your heart is far from Him”.

Don’t just talk about it, be about it. You can’t be double-minded…make your decision to live for Christ or not and then LIVE in that decision. I pray that you CHOOSE Christ and boldly live for Him.

– C

First created on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 10:13am

Stop thinking of “Self”

In Faith, Hope, Love on March 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Christianity is not about you being selfish. We are to bear one anothers infirmity like Christ did for us!

Let’s read Romans 15

Verses 1-3

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and NOT to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of them that reproached thee FELL ON ME.”

Continue reading verses 4-7 and it’s clear how we should treat one another like Christ accepted us.

Romans 15:4-7
For whatsoever things were written aforetome were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort OF THE SCRIPTURES might HAVE HOPE.
Now the God of patience and consolation grant you TO BE LIKEMINDED ONE TOWARD ANOTHER according to Christ Jesus: THAT YE MAY WITH ONE MIND and ONE MOUTH GLORIFY GOD, even the FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. Wherefore RECEIVE ye ONEANOTHER, AS CHRIST ALSO RECEIVED US to the glory of God.

Stop being a respecter of persons…As clearly stated in His Word, God is not.

-C

Created on Sunday, July 18, 2010 at 10:50am

Subtle theft…

In Faith, Hope, Love on March 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm

on Friday, July 2, 2010 at 7:56am

Don’t let the enemy steal your praise or rob you of your joy that’s in Christ.
Our Father will still commune with you even if YOU think you haven’t been the perfect Christian. If we could perfect ourselves, what need would we have for Christ???
Don’t let your flaws become a reason for solitude. His word says “by prayer supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” That includes ALL things you are going through or concerns you have- including inconsistencies with prayer, praise, studying or whatever.
Stop thinking that you have to change on your own before you can come before Him. He accepts YOU as you are and He will make the change if you ask and believe. Matter of fact, He wants it that way, so we can humble ourselves and not be proud or boastful.

Be encouraged and don’t stop fighting the good fight. He knows our struggles. And said He’d never leave us or forsake us. God’s got your back!!!

Forgiveness:The hardest thing to “give”

In Faith, Hope, Love on January 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Forgiveness…
Sometimes it’s the hardest thing to “give”
But if you don’t forgive it’ll keep you from God
He’s working on me to forgive those that still don’t realize what they’ve done. I want to be close to Him, but if I have unforgiveness it will stand in the way

Matt 6:14-15: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses

So, If I’m a Christian and my example is Jesus, then I need to forgive and pray for those who are still in the business of hurting me or those I love. (

But to be completely honest, it’s one of the hardest things to do. You “feel” justified in holding on to the hurt or resentment caused by the person or persons. And while you may not wish evil upon them, you don’t necessarily wish them well either. In some case the mere mention of their name brings about anger or instead of being angry you simply are numb towards them or the topic. You put on a good front, but inside…that issue still gnaws at you every time.

What we don’t realize is that, holding onto that grudge, or merely trying to just “forget about it” does not allow us to move past. It hinders us from our relationships and most importantly God. There is a reason my we are told to forgive, God knows everything about us. He knows that holding on (because that is what we are doing, “holding on” instead of “letting go”) to unforgiveness causes us problems in all areas: Mentally, Physically, Emotionally & Spiritually. So your feelings of justification to holding on to that issue(s) are totally misleading (EVEN IF they have hurt you over and over again….Matt 18:21)

Now it’s easy to say that we have to forgive, but a whole other thing to actually do it. I mean if we could actually forgive on our own we would do it, right?

There’s no 12 step program to forgiveness, only seeking God for help. From a spiritual standpoint, the Holy Spirit convicts us and shows us our heart.  God confirms with scripture how we are supposed to act towards others and how we are supposed to pray. He seeks after our hearts, not our intellectuality. When you know you need to forgive but know you are struggling to move past it, that’s the time to pray and ask for help. He will hear you and help to change your heart and mind. (Jeremiah 29:12). When we don’t forgive, we can’t pray in the way that Jesus prayed (Matt 6, Luke 11) and we can’t have forgiveness for our sins.

Could you imagine the freedom that forgiving others gives you? No more stomach churning, blowing up at people, shutting your emotions down, being hindered from getting close to Christ – Amazing! (John 8:32 Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!!)

By no means am I completely there yet. But I am seeking His face and asking the Lord to change my heart and attitude towards others who have hurt me or my family so I can be just like my Hero…my Example…my Lord…JESUS! Who prayed for his enemies, while they divided his clothes as He was being crucified – the same people who spat in His face, mocked Him, and set Him up to be crucified. Yes…THAT’S WHO MY EXAMPLE IS!

Luke 23:34 “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me”

Psalm 139 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”