Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Exclusivity Factor - by Kevin Walker

“I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols” Isaiah 42:8 NIV.

At the heart of being a Christ-follower is the exclusivity factor. We don’t follow after a God, we follower after the God. And right there is found all of the difference.

All too often we’ve all been guilty of inviting people to “accept Christ” for reasons other than honorable. We make Christ out to be our self-help guru. We make him out to be our financial breakthrough. We make him out to be our hope for a better marriage.

Christ certainly has the power to take care of those things, and all other things as well. But, when we truly accept him into our lives, he becomes our Lord. We accept him because God is one – there is no other.

We can make money the Lord of our life. We can make things the Lord of our life. And, for that matter, we can make some other religious leader or so-called deity, our Lord. But it doesn’t change this simple fact: Jesus is the true King. He is Lord over all. And either we accept him as who he is, or we don’t accept him at all.
Grace and peace all

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Friday, January 9, 2009

God has left the building.

I have been reading Matthew tonight and have come to some conclusions. God really does love us. How much you may ask? So much that he has given us his holy spirit to live in us.

Just think back for a minute. What happened in the old temple during the crucifixion? That's right, the vale was torn. Gods presence had left the temple in a hurry. Can you imagine the look on the priests faces when that happened. God has left the building. That makes me smile.

You know what else makes me smile. When I think about what happened at pentecost? The Holy Spirit filled new creation. If any man be in Christ he is a new creation. What are you saying, Wes. I'm saying that if you are in Christ, the Holy Spirit is living inside you. Man, that makes me want to shout!!!!! You and I, as Christians, are filled with the Spirit of God. Wow!!!! What a gift!!! Just think about it. In the old temple, very few could enter into the Holy of Holies, where the spirit of God was, and only after much preparation and only at certain times. But in the new temple (that's you and I), dwells the same spirit of God. We aren't just allowed to enter Gods presence but his spirit is residing in us. All we have to do is ask. If you ask me, that's mo better!!!