Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Love and Lust in FHL's year of Love

Both Hebrew and Greek have several words that can be translated into our one word "Love". C.S. Lewis wrote a lengthy discourse on "The Four Loves".

Our use of a single word has our culture to confuse two loves. One of those loves, is the love that Our Father in heaven shows us. It is the "desire to give". It is the love that we can only understand because he "first loved us" (1 John 4:19).

The other "love" is really no love at all. It is the love that the world understands. It is a "desire to get" and is more accurately translated as "lust". Lust will give only if there is a return on the investment. It seeks to promote itself, and like a cancer cell replicates beyond it's boundaries. It says: "Why should I do this for ______? What has _____ done for me?" It asks the question: "What's in it for me or my organization?"

But God's economy works entirely differently.

Lord open our eyes to your economy of love. Teach us how to love in this year of Love. Let Your Love flow into us continually that we can pour Love out into the live of others for the glory of Your Kingdom and the building up of your people.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

"Qui es veritas?" (i.e. - "What is truth?")

"'What is truth?' Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, 'I find no basis for a charge against him.' (John 18:38)

"Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified." (John 19:16)

My passion is, quite literally: "Truth". Pilate came from a very different perspective. For him, 'truth' was relative, so he was able to send a man that he believed to be innocent to a gruesome execution. A friend of mine sent me a very eye-opening link to a video on YouTube. I recommend everyone listen to the video and pray for this country:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c

Psalm 15 - A psalm of David.
1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill?
2 He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart
3 and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman,

Isaiah 45:19 (New International Version)
19 I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob's descendants, 'Seek me in vain.' I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.

John 16:13 (New International Version)
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

What's a soul anyway?

Now, I can't find this definition in Websters (which by the way does NOT carry the authority of scripture) but a person I respected once gave me this definition of the soul: it's the habit of thinking – the thoughts that we believe without even realizing it's a thought. A stronghold in our soul would be a negative belief (e.g. - a "lie") that we've bought into. For example: "I need a drink", "I can't resist ______", "I can't control my temper", etc.

Satan wants your soul. He wants to control those habits of thoughts that you accept without thinking, those habitual thought-patterns that control how you feel and allow you to see and perceive truth. He wants your soul in order to control you. It is the first battleground, and if that land is lost, you are a weapon in the enemy's hands.

"Resist the Devil and he will flee." Allow the renewing our your mind through the daily reading and meditating on God's Word. Take captive every thought and be doers of the Word as you walk through your day. Your mind is a weapon in God's hands for the renewal of your soul and the recapturing of your heart.

"Hear O [you who struggle with God], the Lord our God is One! Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength." (Deut 6:4-6)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Friends of convenience

We all know friends of convenience:
  • They are always there for you... so long as you happen to fit into their schedule.
  • They're likely to give you a call... when they're looking for you to help them out.
  • And often they're your best friend... so long as they happen to be looking in your direction.

How often can I be a friend of convenience to others? How often am I a friend of convenience to God? Don't I wait until I want something until I press into His Presence in prayer? Aren't I faithful only when I "keep my eyes upon Jesus"? And don't I often spend time with Him only when He happens to fit into my schedule?

There is no condemnation in Christ, yet the realization of how good He is to me as compared to my half-hearted response to His friendship spurs me on to be a better friend. His example helps me love those who only treat me as a friend of convenience, allowing me to hope they will someday learn to be a better friend... just as I desire to be a better friend of God's. And it allows me to enjoy what I have, hoping it can someday become something more... just as I know that He will someday replace my "heart of flesh" with a "heart of stone", allowing me to love Him as I desire to love Him... as He deserves to be loved.

Until then, I will still love Him with all of my limited heart... all of my limited mind... and with all of my limited strength, thankful that I have a Friend Who is patiently teaching me how to truly love.

"We love because He first loved us." -1 John 4:19

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Formula for Success

We plan for the worst, but pray for the best (Prob 16:3) and choose not to be anxious about anything, (Phil 4:6-7) focusing on today's issues, (Matt 6:34) having confidence that all things happen for a reason and they happen for your own good! (Rom 8:28)

Blessings in victory over this world through Him Who has overcome the entire order of the universe! (1 John 5:4, John 16:33)