Wednesday, November 23, 2005

I've posted this before, but it remains something that cuts to the heart:
Every man is as close to God as he wants to be; he is as holy and as full of the Spirit as he wills to be....

Yet we must distinguish wanting from wishing. By "want" I mean wholehearted desire. Certainly there are many who wish they were holy or victorious or joyful but are not willing to meet God's conditions to obtain. That Incredible Christian, 64.

I certainly do not want to imply that if we merely "try harder" to be holy, we will succeed. The fact is that, if we do try harder, the more likely we are to fail. The paradox of following Jesus is that apart from the Spirit of God giving us a new heart and enabling us to be holy, we can do nothing. "Grace empowered holiness," its; a complete oxymoron in some ways, but that's the kingdom of God...its coming and it is at hand.

Daily, and moment by moment, we make a choice of who we are going to submit to. Which master do we serve? Ourselves? Money? The wishes and whims of others? May God help us to serve Jesus Christ with everything that we have.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Changed

Changed (listen to song here)
by Phil Joel

I wrote a letter today, and what I wrote was my own obituary
'Cuz from the graveyard of self, You have resurrected me.

I sing...
Jesus, You have changed way I do everything
You have changed the way I see everything.


With you I begin everyday the same
I'm gonna drink deep, that's why I came

The truth is a river flowing, renewal for your mind
Let it set your heart free, the way it did mine

I sing...
Jesus, You have changed way I do everything
You have changed the way I see everything.

Looked in the mirror today, and what I saw was not the same as yesterday
'Cuz more and more you're transforming and rearranging me.

I sing...
Jesus, You have changed way I do everything
You have changed the way I see everything.

You have changed way I do everything
You have changed the way I wear my wedding ring
You have changed the way I treat my family
You have changed the way I see all of my friends
You have changed the way that I spend my time
You have changed the way that I use my mind
You have changed the things that I have spend money on
You have changed the everything that I ever thought was my mine
You have changed the way changed emotions, you have steadied me
You have changed my eyes the way I live and see
You have changed the course of my history
Thank God, You're still changing me