Be You!

Earlier this week Billy Graham passed away as I am sure you already know.

As I was driving and listening to the radio, I heard someone say, “I wonder who the next Billy Graham is going to be?”

My first thought that I shouted out was, “We don’t need another Billy Graham!” And I bet you Billy Graham would be the first person to say that!

What the world needs is you to start being the person God created you to be and not someone else.

I have heard many statements like, “I wish I could be more like King David, or Paul or this person and that person.” Personally, I have said similar things about people I like and appreciate.

Can we learn from other people? Absolutely! Do I like a good sermon from some like Bill Johnson or Kris Vallotton from Bethel Church. You bet!

But at the end of the day, I am not that person. God created me to be me!

I find it exciting that God’s Word says in Psalm 139:16, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

God’s Word also says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

This tells us that we are unique. We do not have to be the same! There is not one type of Christian.  I am learning to enjoy that all the denominations are like one big family at Christmas.  What we need is unity!

The Church can often sound like the political system in place right now. Republicans vs Democrats. But instead of political parties, we can get into needless debates about what denomination is the best! Enough!

We are many parts, but all one body (Church). We need Protestants, Catholics and everyone else to come together and living out who God  created each of us to be. Unique!

Prayer:

Abba, I thank you that we are all unique. That we do not have to be someone else and nor do we want to be. Holy Spirit, help us to realize our true identity of who you say we are and remove lie that that is preventing from us seeing in true identity. Amen.

 

 

Doing Life With God

I am continuing to learn that God  really values relationship! And that Our feelings matter to God!

Let me say that again, our feelings matter to God!

One more time! Our feelings matter to God!

How many times have you heard a verse like:

Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Or how about a phrase like, “Trust God, not your feelings!”

Or “Submit to God!”

An issue with statements like this is that it can potentially lead to a very one way relationship with God where it is whatever God wants He gets.

But what about our feelings.

Recently, I asked God, “Why don’t I get what I want in this relationship? It feels very one way.

It’s like he whispered, “You don’t tell me how you feel about issues very often. You assume I don’t care about your feelings. That is a lie! Do you remember how I worked with you when you talked to me about your work situation and how we worked together. I value relationship and open communication, and your desires as well. But you need to talk to me!”

Whoa! Light bulb moment!

That’s why it felt like a one way relationship with God! I was so focused on doing what God wanted that I was not honoring how I was feeling.

Lets use two friends for example. If friend A gets his way all the time and friend B just listens to whatever friend A says, eventually friend B is going to grow resentful towards friend A.

Why should our relationship God be different?

There is absolutely something about submitting to God’s will for our lives, but it is not this black and white story. It is full of color!

So as I make decisions I can ask God what He feels, but then express how I feel and then we can work together! Sounds like a healthy relationship to me!

An issue can be is how do you view Jesus. Do you view Him like this:

Or this:

For me personally, I like the first one. Seems like someone I can relate to.

Oh and one more thing! God loves your quirks! He loves the things that make us unique like for some reason I still like Kent State football! Watching a KSU football game can be a spiritual event as well! Just invite Jesus into it!

Prayer:

Father, my prayer is you help to realize that you desire relationship with us. That you really want to do life with us! Break apart lies that get in the way of that. Amen.