Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February 20, 2013

"He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27
Selfishness is your default setting.
That is true because your operating system is S-I-N (Selfish Infected Nature) and you process everything from the code of "what's in it for me".
Your operating system is incompatible with the programs God desires to download to you. In fact, it has compatibilty problems with all other users and servers. It would much rather use than serve!
Every program that has been downloaded into your soul is contaminated with the viruses and malware that attach themselves to self-centered living. Your system has some fatal errors and is due for a crash.
So what are you to do?

Download new virus protection software?

Press "control", "alt", and "delete"?

Do an uninstall of some programs?

I am afraid it isn't a matter of programming or reprogramming or a system restore, it is the need for a whole new operarting system.

That new operating system can only be applied by God through His Holy Spirit. In fact, the new operating system IS the Holy Spirit! He can only be fully downloaded when you have rejected the old operating systen and He has scrubbed your harddrive with the blood of Jesus.

In Scriptural terms, you cannot love yourself or others in a healthy way until you love God with all your SOUL (heart, mind and spirit included).

Are you tired of your default setting?

Are you weary of your incompatibility with God and others?

Do you live in fear of a systems crash?

Would you like a new processor?

Maybe it's time for a new operating system.

Why not decide to put God in charge of your IT (Internal Transformation) needs?


February 19, 2013

"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." John 14:12

Approximately 1/3 of the world's population are Christians.
In Brazil 92% of its citizens profess to be Christians. Mexico boasts a 95% Christian population. 80% of Americans claim to be Christians.
So how is it then that one Christ was able to change the world but 2 billion Christians don't seem to be able to do so?
Was Jesus serious when He made this statement or was He just trying to be optimistic?
Does this suggest that Jesus REALLY expects His followers to have the same impact that He had?
Think about it for a moment. As wonderful and powerful as Jesus was when He was here on earth, He was limited by His physical body to being only at one place at one time. Where ever He was amazing things happened, but he could only be at one place.I can almost sense His excitement in this verse as He envisions a time when thousands of "Christ ones" would be spread all across the world living out His love and His holy power!
Jesus said His followers would be able to do these things that He did to a greater degree than He did them because He was "going to the Father". What is the significance of that?
When Jesus went to His Father the Father sent the Holy Spirit to take His place. And Holy Spirit was not limited in time or space. He can be in every believer every where at the same time with the same amount of power! Therefore, the Christians of 2013 should be changing lives and changing circumstances and developing disciples at a 2,000,000,000 higher rate than Jesus did!
I don't see that happening where I live. Maybe you see it where you reside.

Perhaps it is time for some "soul-searching".

Maybe it is time for some "soul-surrendering".

Could it be time for some Spirit-filled living?

How is it with your soul?

Billions of souls are hanging in the balance.