Friday, January 27, 2012

Lord Undo Me

I've been meaning to share this with you for a while. I was going to share it before Christmas and I completely forgot. The first time I heard this was on the radio and it hit home with me. Please take a moment to read this and see how God uses it to speak to your heart.

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Lord Undo Me
By, Blake Williams

I don’t really worship these day
I don’t really stand up to praise you with songs
Or prayers or actions
or with anything
I am full of all the right moves
I am full of all the right words
I am full of all the right religion
But it is all just illusion
I am really
Lonely
Lost
Calloused
Jaded
Cynical
Too religious
Too realistic
and well really just to lazy
to worship you anymore
I have lost my first love
I have lost the joy of your presence
But most of all I have lost the fear of your glory

Father I need to see you again
Like Isaiah I want to stand in awe of your glory
To fall down at your feet
To come face to face with your
Perfection,
Radiance,
Goodness,
Holiness,
Awesomeness
I want to stand before you and see you for who you are
and me for who I am
I want to be undone

I want to know me for who I really am
I want to see the depths of my heart
And know that you are the only way
You are the only truth
You are the only life
I want to see me and understand
What it really must have taken for you to
Love me
Care for me
See me
Speak to me
Want me
Communicate with me
Die for me
Die for me
Die for me

Lord, I want to stand in that place where all I can see is your glory
And my sin
Because in that place I can’t help but worship you.
Lord let me come undone
Undo my heart
Lord, undo my heart
break down these walls that I love so much
No, wait don’t,
I’m scared I don’t know if I can handle this
don’t
But I can’t live this way anymore
I can’t stand here in this half-life
this going through the motions life
this not really alive life
Father, I need you so come in and do what you must
Cut out the tumor on my heart
Break down the walls that I love
Lord let me come undone
Undo my heart
let me worship you again

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Easy Isn’t The New Good

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I will be the first to admit that I wish life came with an easy button. I wish that I had a button in my purse that I could pull out anytime life got too hard for me to handle. However, when I take a moment to really think about it, I begin to realize that with an easy button I would not need God.

Over the last several weeks, I have felt myself slipping farther and farther away from God. This is not something that I want to admit to you, but I believe in being honest and genuine as I blog. Just a few months ago I felt so close to the Lord, but recently I have not been setting aside time to read my Bible or spend time in prayer.

Why have I been slipping? Lots of reasons, however I think the biggest factor has been that I have simply chosen to do what is easy. I am tired and have allowed myself to sleep through my quiet time. I have been so focused on myself and what I think about a situation that I have not taken the time to ask God what He wants me to do or say. I have taken my eyes off of my Lord and focused them on myself.

Last week in Sunday school, our teacher, Ms. Janet, taught a lesson on how easy it is to slip out of an intimate relationship with God and back into our old sinful habits. She said that it is the little choices and decisions that will cause us to grow closer to God or slip farther away. I felt like this Sunday school lesson had been written just for me. In a lot of small ways I have chosen what I want instead of choosing God. However, when you add up all of those small decisions, you end up farther away from God then you even wanted to be in the first place.

So, I am trying to fight against choosing what is easy. All week, I have been getting up early to spend time reading my Bible and in prayer. Is it easy? No, but I am doing it anyway, because I do not want to slip any farther away from God than I already have.

I don’t know where you are at with the Lord; maybe you’ve been slipping or backslidden too. What is it going to take for you to begin to make you relationship with God a priority again?

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Easy Isn’t the New Good
January 26, 2012
Lysa TerKeurst

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (NIV 1984)

It’s good to invest wisely in my relationships. It’s easy to simply coast.

It’s good to go the speed limit. It’s easy to speed a little.

It’s good to make a healthy choice. It’s easy to grab junk.

It’s good to read my Bible. It’s easy to check my phone for texts and emails first.

It’s good to think about others. It’s easy to think about myself.

Several years ago I had a friend who decided to leave her husband for another man. Things were easier with this other man. The feelings were giddy. The fights were few. And they didn’t have years of issues that needed to be dealt with.

So she went with what felt easy over what was good. She divorced. She remarried. She started over with what seemed so much easier.

After all, she’d been slipping into the pattern of easy for years. When we set our heart on the pattern of choosing easy over good in the little things, we run the risk of using the same justifications with the bigger things.

I’m not saying if I don’t read my Bible today, I’m headed for divorce court tomorrow. But setting a pattern of choosing easy over good in my life is a slippery slope.

Easy isn’t the new good.

Just because the world waves a big banner that we deserve easy… do what feels easy… why stress yourself when there’s an easier way… doesn’t mean it’s good.

Eventually, my friend didn’t feel like her new man was so easy. The feelings weren’t so giddy. The fights were many. And over the years they too developed a whole host of issues.

One day she came home and her second husband was gone. He found it easy to leave.

Like the old cliché says, “Easy come, easy go.”

I think about this and I’m challenged. Where are little compromises sneaking into my life? Where am I establishing a pattern of choosing what is easy over what is good? And does it really matter?

I think it does.

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
I so desire this “good” way. To treat others fairly. To love those in my life faithfully. And to live the way God wants me to live- choosing good over easy.

Dear Lord, please help me to see today the times where I may choose the easy way over the good way. My desire is to please You in all that I do. Help me to establish healthy patterns of living according to Your purpose. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Reading my Bible in a Year

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Ever since I became a Christian I've always had the same New Year's Resolution, to read my Bible more. It's always been a struggle for me to decide what my quiet time with the Lord should look like. I do not believe that there is a wrong way to spend with God.

Last year, I really took this Bible reading resolution seriously and I was much more consistent in my quiet time then I have ever been before! At the beginning of last year, I was reading a few verses at a time, so that I would have more time to study and process what I was reading. Halfway through the year I felt like I needed to change it up, so I started reading the Bible until something jumped out at me. Then I would journal about what God had spoken to me.

Yesterday morning in church our new interim Pastor spoke about how God's word a.k.a. the Bible is filled with God's love letters to me. I have never read the Bible all the way through in one year. However the message that was shared at church got me thinking that maybe I could do that this year for my quiet time.

I realize that I am starting 9 days late, but that's okay. From one year from today, I hope to have read the entire Bible. I am going to follow the reading plan that is outlined in my ESV study Bible. If you want to follow the same reading plan as me, just click here to see it.

Have you ever read the Bible through in a year? How did God use it in your life?

For me, I hope that reading the Bible through in a year will teach me to be more disciplined about reading God's word. There is so much the I don't know about God and it would be exciting to see the Bible from start to finish. I hope that by doing this, I will have a greater love for God and His word.

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