Thursday, March 11, 2010

We live in an upside down world, that is all we know, we have to think past that!!!

"There is coming a day when this upside down world will be turned right side up."

First will be last, and last will be first. Weak will be strong and the strong will be weak. Lose your life to find it, find your life and lose it. Treasures stored on earth will be lost, and treasures stored in heaven will be gained. Rich will be poor, and poor rich. What is highly valued among men is detestible in Gods sight (Luke 16:15). Blessed are those who hunger now, for they will be satisfied, blessed are those who weep now for they will laugh. Rejoice when you are persecuted… those who are well fed now will go hungry, those who receive their comfort now will mourn (Luke 6:20-26)….. so on and so on the opposition of heaven and earth are compared in the Bible… Jesus is warning us! He is saying that if we hoard our wealth here, and do not obey Him (give generously, help the poor, orphans, widows, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, provide shelter, spend ourselves on behalf of the oppressed, hurting…) we will not receive His good riches in heaven! Where your treasure is there your heart will be also! We cannot serve two masters! Which do we chose? Our money, comforts, an easy life here living selfishly for ourselves and our family’s… or to give it all for His purposes and help others (Mathew 25:31-46, 2 Cor. 6:3-10)! Let our bodies be used as instruments of righteousness for His kingdom sake (Romans 6:13)! Its not easiest, but it IS what He calls us to do, its an exciting adventure and we are not truly His people if we do not do what He says – James 2 says that faith without deeds is dead, I show you my faith by what I DO!!! Do we believe the Bible? That when Jesus says that He knows what we need, and if we seek first His kingdom that all else will be given to us! Do we believe that He cares for us, and will be faithful to provide?! Do we trust Him? How much healthier lives would we live if we did not worry? The Bible tells us that there is no need to!!! (Luke 11:41-42)If we truly trusted Him, we would be a peace, we would always be resting in His strength, in His grace that is sufficient for us (2Cor. 12:9)! Do we believe this?!!! I tried not to put in too many verses because these are soo good! Please look them up and read the powerful things Jesus said, that somehow we have found so easy to ignore for so long… the 30,000 children that die each and every day from starvation and preventable diseases aren’t right infront of our faces, they are not on our TV’s and so we ignore their cries! They are weak, powerless, and easily forgotten about…. This makes my heart ache, pound, and wrench in my chest! All those helpless lives! That God longs for us to save, to bring to Him… to love on, to take care of!!! We truly must start acting if we call ourselves believers and followers of Jesus… just read Matthew 9:37, 10:6-9, 10:16-23, 10:26, and 10:28-30 – this is a really good one! Basically read all of chapter 10 – its so obvious… if we take it seriously – the words of Jesus as truth, how can we continue living the way we do…. We have to act, do, change! Jesus was wild, and He did the work of His Father! We are called to do this work too ☺. Yes we are all called in different ways, in different places at different times…. Scripture makes this clear too… but after reading these verses I must admit that He is calling ALL of us to do something! To in some way act to help and serve others – to die to ourselves and give up ALL for Him, we are not our own, but His possession (1Cor. 6:19-20)! He bought us with His life! Now we are as if we are dead men walking… if we live in Jesus salvation, it is as if we are dead and He now lives in us instead! If we are basically dead, how then should we be afraid? Afraid of our earthly bodies dieing… we should not be! – Matthew 10:28-31!!! He requires supreme love and EVERYTHING we have.

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