19 September 2011

Mirror Image

You know that verse in the Bible where it talks about looking in the mirror and seeing your reflection, but as soon as you walk away you forget what you look like (James 1:19-25)? Ok, what in the world does that mean?? Who in their right mind actually looks in a mirror and forgets what they look like?! If that were the case, you would never recognize a self portrait. And, you would need someone to tag you in the picture..."Well, who is that strange fellow? Oh, that's ME!!" Trust me, nobody forgets what they look like. Obviously, this verse makes no sense. So, let's just write the verse off like we do so many others. Deal??

Wait. What in the world could Jesus be trying to tell us here? So, if I hear the Word and don't do what it tells me, then I have no clue what I look like. Still doesn't make sense.

Let's read it (since you didn't click the link):

"Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don't obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don't forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it." (James 1:19-25 emphasis added)

So many times in these few verses God references hearing the word and doing what it says. This is why I've made bold all the "hearing" points and a couple of others, too. So, obviously we're supposed to hear the word.

12 September 2011

Jesus Is In You

In my previous post, I touched a little on the Holy Spirit and the fact that he lives in you. Well, given you actually believe in Christ and accept what he did for you, then this is true. If you've done all that, then let me say it again, with more emphasis, "The Holy Spirit lives IN you. Jesus lives IN you."

Ok, does that make sense? So, you actually believe the Almighty Living God lives in you? Not that he's just in you; he LIVES IN you (Romans 8:11). Or, in Christianese, you have accepted Jesus into your heart. Jesus is living and breathing and he's inside of you. Now, bear with me.

Let me share with you something that I just figured out not too long ago. If you believe all that I just mentioned, then obviously you believe that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead is in you (read the verse again Romans 8:11). So, Jesus' Spirit, the same dude that turned water into wine, healed thousands of people, fed thousands of people with one little basket of food, raised Lazarus from the dead, and kicked Satan's butt, is inside of you. Now, does that make sense? No, it doesn't make sense. For so long I "knew" this, but I didn't really have a clue. I had the head knowledge, but not the heart knowledge.

01 September 2011

Listen...

I occasionally watch some of the TED videos that pop up over the internet. Most of the videos I watch are actually pretty good, but I have to quickly interpret the ideology of each speaker (and that of the organization). TED is a non-profit organization that allows a set of presenters to share their experiences and knowledge with others. The speaker's experience can relate to anything, but what is shared is usually not common knowledge in society. Basically, it's the world's attempt to "share your testimony".

I just recently watched a video of 2 mothers who understand forgiveness. See pic below:


The mother on the left had a son who died on 9/11 in the World Trade Center (WTC). The woman next to her is Zacarias Moussaoui's mother. Zacarias was known to be one of the major leaders of the attacks on the WTC. The lady on the right is the interpreter.

In the video, the mother on the left is explaining how she felt when her son died and the decision she made to forgive Zacarias and the mercy she offered his mother; much like what God wants us to do for those that sin against us (Matt 6:9-13). Now, they are life-long friends.