Living In A Place We Don’t Belong

Yesterday as I took a quick glimpse outside of the window, I realized a deep truth that the bible clearly states over and over again, I do not belong to this world. I belong to Christ.

John 15:9

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

I totally get that now!

Matthew 10:22

You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

John 17:14

I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.

James 4:4

You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

Now with all that being said, I want to start this post over again. When we are not fitting in with this world it makes it easy to believe that there is something wrong with us, that we just aren’t right, something is wired wrong. Ultimately, the devil uses this truth to make us feel inadequate about ourselves. But no no no! We can’t allow ourselves to believe that!

The case of us not fitting in with this world is because we weren’t made for this world! “Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” isn’t what we are made for. But it goes beyond that. We were made to live for Christ and living for Christ means being hated by the world. It simply means not fitting in.

Why is it then that as humans our most basic emotional drive is to fit in, to be accepted but Christ calls us to be “hated” from the world? It’s confusing, it’s tough, and it definitely isn’t easy to deal with at times.

Matthew 12:20

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

I think that is the answer right there. God wants our love, but not just a part of it, He wants ALL of it!

Matthew 5:37

All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Either love God or don’t, He doesn’t want us to love Him only when we are comfortable, He wants our love ALWAYS. He deserves our love always. Following God is a full time job plus more!

Revelation 3:15-16

‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.

The conclusion that I see is that, following God comes with a price. That price is to be hated by the world! And if your heart can’t handle being hated by the world if you can’t give God your full heart, then He would rather have you just serve the world. You are either for the Lord, or against Him. No matter where you are, you can’t fool Him.

Genesis 18:15 (This verse makes me laugh)

Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.”

God will call your bluff straight out, He knows. We were made for so much more than what this world has to offer. We don’t fit in, because we don’t belong to sin, we belong to Christ. With belonging to Christ comes not fitting in with the world. This forces us to have to trust in God always. We can’t trust the world because we know how sinful it is, we have to keep our eyes focused on Christ.

The world and all its lies will do it’s best to lead us always from Christ. It wants us feeling like we are inadequate. When we feel inadequate we have a harder time accepting Christ and His love and have a much easier time accepting the world. But the world only serves to tear us apart. It does it very successfully. And in the end, it leads to hell.

But Christ loves us, He wants us. He heals us. He takes away your pain. He gives you eternal life with Him, AWAY from sin! He has a joy that can only be achieved by following Him and trusting Him with ALL of your heart. The ache in the bottom of our heart that we cannot find from this world, can only be found in Christ. And that is because His love is never ending for us. His blood set you free.

Amen.

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Addictions and “Did God Really Say?”

Proverbs 6: 25-29 (NIV)

Do not lust in your heart after her beauty
or let her captivate you with her eyes.
For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread,
but another man’s wife preys on your very life.
Can a man scoop fire into his lap
without his clothes being burned?
Can a man walk on hot coals
without his feet being scorched?
So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife;
no one who touches her will go unpunished.

Proverbs 6:25-29 (KJV)

Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adultress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned? So he that goeth in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent.

Despite that these verses focus heavily on lusting after another mans wife, I really want to focus these verses to a much more broader context, and that is sin in general or rather even more broadly  just separation from God. Sin can take many different shapes and forms. Separation from God can happen even in the most innocent and harmless ways. The devil has been doing this for years, he knows all the tricks and all the answers.

One of the ways I have noticed how the devil separates me from God is through the smallest of things. Take for instance a TV show, a show that in no way comprises my relationship with the Lord, nothing in it that goes against what the bible says, and in fact may even enforce some of what the bible teaches. This may seem harmless. If you are anything like me, it is easy to form addictions. Before I know it, I may spend all my time watching this show (for others it maybe a book, it maybe Twitter, Facebook, music, shopping .. anything.. even volunteering) and it ends up taking place over my time with God. Soon all the ‘small’ things like praying throughout the day, maybe catching up on blogging or reading your blogs, journaling, devotions, and all the things you do to give your time to God and to strengthen your relationship with Him become replaced with our ‘innocent’ addictions. Next thing you know, you’ve put God second to your life and you start to notice everything fallen a part.

The devil definitely knows how to use the little things, but he is equally as good at the bigger things.

 

 

The devil loves to play this game with me, “If you just do this, it will be okay,” “As long as you don’t do that, it will be okay,” “It’s not like this is where your heart is, it’s just one time,” and don’t forget the “Is it really a sin?/Does the bible really say..” How many times have you heard those phrases, and more, going across your brain as you are contemplating one of many different sins. You know what the worse part is, the very first time the devil manipulated one of us he said “Did God really say…” and yes that line today is still his most powerful tool. We all know of his famous line, and may even have an answer to it, but yet when we get to that place, where/whatever it maybe, the devil will still ask us “Did God really say…” and we tend to fall weak to his words. At least I know I do. I am 100% guilty.

Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?

Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?

I love these two verses. It really answers the whole “Did God really say” question for me. You know, maybe God didn’t say anything about whatever the situation maybe. But why play with fire, especially when I am already soaked in gasoline. Maybe it isn’t a sin, but you know what, I love the Lord so much I don’t want to put the false desires of my heart over my relationship with the Lord. I’m not going to let the devil get a foothold in the door to my heart, because as soon as I let him, he takes up shop and quickly gets to work on it. The second you hear yourself saying “Did God really say,” you can know that you are playing with fire, thats the devils knock at your door. Don’t answer it. Instead, stop for a second, breath, literally say to yourself “I give this to you Lord.” You’d be amazed at the power of His Spirit and the transformation He does over you. It no longer becomes a “Did God really say” issue but rather not an issue at all.

Admit defeat.

Admit you’re not good enough on your own.

Admit your weaknesses.

Give them all to Christ.

Watch Him work miracles.

Journal Entry: I am weak Lord.

I’m really beginning to question having a journal. I feel it is making me week. It has started to allow me to open up to my feelings, but that is just the thing. I’m starting to feel I have to open up about all my feelings now. Feelings I never knew I had are emerging. It’s making me feel incredibly weak. I can’t be weak. I have to be strong. Weakness isn’t an option! It’s foolish to be weak! Isn’t it? I don’t know. I hate complaining. God has given me so much, what right do I have to complain? I know better than to complain. I know God has a plan. I know I have nothing to worry about. Sometimes I feel I force myself to worry, just so that I can feel weak and complain about it. I don’t like it. Not one bit! I need to be strong. God has my back, I have nothing to worry about, why do I feel the need to make myself weak? To bring myself down? I’m not sure. I guess a part of me wants to be weak, a part of me wants to struggle. I guess I can’t really complain about being weak though. For it is in our weakness that God makes us strong. 2 Corinthians 12:19 “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” So wait! Now I shall question all of what I just said. Paul says he is going to “boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” That makes my head spin! Let’s start from the beginning of the verse now. God says “My power is made perfect in weakness.” So in our weakness God’s power is perfect. God’s power lies within our weakness. Well what about when we are strong? Well I guess when we are strong, we don’t need God. That changes things. LORD MAKE ME WEAK!!!! I DON’T WANT TO BE STRONG!! I now see why Paul is telling us he is going to boast about his weaknesses! The more weak we are, the more Christ dwells in us! Done, it is official, I am keeping my journal! Make me weak Lord! Make me struggle! Make me confused! AHH I am so excited!!! I am sooo glad Christ is in me! Okay, so what about my struggles with school. Obviously that is a huge weakness of mine. I have been relying on God like crazy to help me! O, I guess that is why my grades are slowly getting better. What about Anatomy though? That is only getting worse. I am, by my standards, screwed! I have to get 90% any everything to get a 70%…. I can’t do that, why has God brought me to that? He knows how much I work at that. How hard I study, how many hours I have locked away in my room studying, yet I keep getting worse… I keep relying on Him more, and it’s still getting worse? What does this mean? Lord I need help. Anatomy is causing me to doubt. Causing me to doubt that you are in my weakness. I need help! Help me to see you there! I am suppose to fail? That messes everything up Lord! Is that the point? I guess I have asked several times for you to put me in a situation to completely rely on you. I guess you are answering my prayer, careful what you wish for huh. Well awesome! okay Lord, thanks! I accept! I am scared as all can be! But take over, please take over! I can’t handle my life on my own, I need help! I need YOUR help! I give you the wheel Lord. Help me.