"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

There have been some very good books that are out there right now. Such as “Radical” by David Platt, “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan, “Red Letters: Living a Life that Bleeds” by Tom Davis, “Hole in the Gospel”, “When Helping Hurts”, and there are others. The question I have for you- if you have read them-is how did it change you? What are you doing with what you learned? Are you living out your faith differently? Or was it just a good read and you just went on with life as usual? Maybe you want to do things differently (how you live out your faith) but you don’t know what to do or where to start. We seem to turn the books into a program/class and very little change happens, if any. People may get fired up about something but it turns out to be just another flash in the pan and it is gone. Where is the passion, the joy, the love that only our FATHER gives? I ask the question, is the church in America hindering/hurting/quenching the Spirit of God? God is not going to force anyone (the church) to love Him with the same passion that HE loves us with. A handful of believers that have surrendered completely to their Father (in body, mind, and soul) will move mountains where a mega-church of the “good content” will not even be able to move a pebble. Have you ever asked God what He wants you to do for Him? Not for any reward you would/will receive but only for His Glory, a selfless sacrifice of yourself. Are you willing to do that? In the movie The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the question is asked, “Is He safe?” The answer: “No, He’s not safe, but He is good.” It is not safe or easy and it will not work out the way you think it will and you will be hurt and suffer at times but it still comes down to one question that each person must answer for themselves, DO YOU LOVE HIM? If you do, does it show?

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