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Eagerly Waiting

Just the other day, I was flipping through the pages of Hebrews when I found a cool verse in chapter 9.  Here’s what it says,

“So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are

eagerly waiting

for him.”

-Hebrews 9:28-

When the realization hit me that I must always be eager in waiting, I began to feel like Octavius–the tiny figurine of a Roman soldier–from Night at the Museum 2.  In one scene, Octavius sets out to save his friend.  The only problem is that he must run across the front lawn of the White House.  For a tiny, plastic toy, this is a huge undertaking, one that he definitely underestimates.

Octavius begins by running with zeal.  The camera zooms in on him running through the grass, each blade taller than the red mohawk on his Roman helmet.  The viewers see Octavius running and panting and screaming war cries, but then, the camera zooms out, showing a view of the White House and the lawn out front.  Octavius cannot even be seen.   Eventually, Octavius collapses from exhaustion.

Often times, I find myself feeling just like Octavius.  My spiritual batteries become recharged, and I’m off to sprint to the finish line.  Once I feel exhaustion setting in, I look around only to realize that the distance yet to run seems too far and that there is no way that I can remain eager for even the rest of the day.  It’s in times like these when I wonder, “How in the world am I supposed to eagerly wait?”

God has already answered this question in a couple of verses.

  • Romans 15:5 calls God the “God of endurance and encouragement” and tells us to find our encouragement through Him and His word.
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 says that God’s grace is sufficient for us, even in our weakness.  Verse 10 even says that His power rests upon us in times of weakness
  • Galatians 2:20 reminds us that as Christians, the life that we now live in the flesh, we live by faith in Christ!

Here’s how we are to continue to wait eagerly:  to receive encouragement and endurance from, to rely on Him as our strength in our weakness, and to always live by our faith in Him.

So next time that you find yourself feeling depleted of spiritual energy, go to God.  Remember the work that He has done in your life; feel His power being perfected in  your weakness!  All the while, you’ll discover that it’s much easier to wait eagerly, after all, it’s Christ that we are waiting for…

Be confidently you!

Do you ever feel scared to be fully who you are?

While in college, this is definitely something that I have struggled with!  It’s hard to explain but sometimes I feel as though I’m in a shell that I’m scared to come out of.

The other day, I heard this quote that really struck a chord with me.  I wish that I could remember it word for word but it went something like this:

The more that God is present within you, the more “you” that you will become. Since He created you and your personality, you will be the most true you whenever He is fully present within you.

In other words, since God is the one that created us, the larger that His presence is within us, we can be even more confident in the person that He created us to be.

“For am I now seeking the approval

of man, or of God?

Or am I still trying to please man?

If I were still trying to please man, I

would not

be a servant of Christ.”

Galatians 1:10

We are only servants of Christ when we truly believe Him and when His love fills us.  If you are like me, come out of your shell with me and learn that God created us exactly as we are with a purpose!  Be confident in knowing that and let His love fill you as you become more focused on God and His love and His glory rather than what mere, imperfect people may or may not think of you!

Be confidently you!

Be filled with God’s love :)

A Spiritual Heart Transplant

Are we changed from the inside out?

In the book of 1 Samuel, there’s the story of a guy named Saul that became the first man to be elected as the king of Israel.  God has chosen Saul specifically to be their king; it wasn’t by chance or by the power of men.

When Saul left from being anointed as king, 1 Samuel 10:9-13 says,

“When he turned his back to leave from Samuel [the priest that had anointed him] God gave him a new heart…and the Spirit of God rushed upon him, and he prophesied among them.  And when all who knew him previously saw how he prophesied with the prophets, the people said to one another, “What has come over him?  Is Saul also among the prophets?”  When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be given a new heart. While there are many different ways that you can reference the heart–the organ that pumps blood, the warehouse of emotions, etc.–the heart especially seems to us to be the place where God’s Spirit dwells within us.

God has plans for each and every one of us, and He has equipped us with the skills, gifts, talents, loves, and even a special heart in order to fulfill every part of His plan for us with His help.

Search me, O God, and know my heart!

Try me and know my thoughts!

Psalm 139:23

God knows us better than we know ourselves, but it’s time that we get to know ourselves a little bit better.  It’s time that we get to know ourselves not by our intentions but by our actions.

Does our outward appearance reflect the inward change that occured when the Holy Spirit filled us and were given a new heart?

“We are God’s building.”

Have you ever run across a verse that made you say,”What???”  Hahaha…. well, I said that the first time when I read the story of the talking donkey in Leviticus or somewhere in the very beginning of the Old Testament.  Just now in the Starbucks of Downtown Franklin, TN, I just came across another verse.  This is what I saw right at first:

“You are God’s field, God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:9)

While both statements are really insightful, I especially liked the second half of that verse–that we are God’s building.  Here’s what the rest of that passage says:

“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it.  Let each one take care how he builds upon it.  For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ  (1 Corinthians 3:10-11).”

The reason why I liked this passage so much was because it shows just how much we all have an influence on one another.  Paul states that he laid the foundation of Jesus Christ in the lives of church members of Corinth, and others build upon that foundation.  Since it is you and me, though, that are building upon this foundation, we certainly have to be careful!  Naturally, we are sinful and inexperienced when it comes to building spiritual houses, especially since we are still being built ourselves!

Not only are we just any building, though.  We are God’s temple! (1 Corinthians 3:16)  Woah!  We should definitely be careful now in how we are being built since we are His temple.

My challenge for you today is to think of yourself as God’s temple that is still under construction.  Who will you allow to lay each brick of your spiritual house?  How will you construct the walls or framework of the spiritual house of one of your friends or family members?

Phil Wickham-“Yours Alone”

Phil Wickham–“Yours Alone”

Lord You are the anchor
Refuge in the storm
Your words are wisdom
Shining in the dark

I hear Your voice on the water
I feel Your touch in the wind
Your above and beneath me
Surround my heart again

And I know that You are good
God I know that all You do is good

So I put my life in Your hands
I’m Yours alone, I’m Yours alone
Surrender, Lord I raise my hands
To You alone, to You alone

Lord Your voice guides me
So Tell me what to do
Your heart it drives me
To follow after You

Meredith Andrews- “Never Move On”

Meredith Andrews- "Never Move On"
What love is this
That love should die
Now I am His
And He is mine
What a love came down
To rescue me
Where I was bound
He set me free

I don't need a new truth
All I need is more of You

To the cross I will run
For all my Savior has done
I will stay here and never move on
No other moment in time
So glorious, so divine
I will stay here and never move on 

Held captive here
In awe of grace
Joy found in tears
Upon Your face
And all my shame 
Just disappears
My guilt erased
When I am here

I don't need a new truth
All I need is more of You

To the cross I will run
For all my Savior has done
I will stay here and never move on
No other moment in time
So glorious, so divine
I will stay here and never move on

Nothing in my hands I bring
Simply to Your cross I cling, I cling

To the cross I will run
For all my Savior has done
I will stay here and never move on
No other moment in time
So glorious, so divine
I will stay here and never move on

The Dimension of the Heart

Did you know that there is a dimension to our heart?

I was reading my devotional this morning, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and she taught me something that I have never thought about before.  Here’s what she wrote in the point of view of Jesus:

“There are actually more than four dimensions in this world where you live.  In addition to the three dimensions of space and the one of time, there is the dimension of openness to My Presence.  This dimension transcends the others, giving you glimpses of heaven while you still reside on earth.  This was part of My original design for mankind.  Adam and Eve used to walk with Me in the garden, before heir expulsion from Eden.  I want you to walk with Me in the garden of your heart, where I have taken up permanent residence.”

Don’t worry if this seems to whoosh past over your head because I had to really think about it myself, too.  But think about it this way…

The dimensions of space–length (or height), width, and depth–are the ways in which we relate to tangible objects (anything that is composed of matter and can touch).  Example of dimensions of space: A sheet of paper is 8.5″ wide and 11″ long.  I can tell you that, and you can envision exactly in your head what that looks like.  In other words, we related using the dimensions of space.

But the dimension of the heart… This is different because it is the way in which we respond to everything that isn’t tangible.  To respond to something with the dimension of the heart requires faith that it even exists.  Whenever someone tells you that they are angry or sad, you can relate because you believe the emotion exists even though you can’t see the actual emotion that makes someone smile or frown.

You don’t see God but you have faith that He is there.  Even if you say, “God, I don’t believe in you anymore,” you still had to believe that He was there to here what you said.  Even if  you claim to not believe, you are still stating your relation to Him.

This is what Sarah is referring to when she says the “dimension of openness to His presence.”  She’s talking about the way that you can relate to God’s presence through faith.  The larger your faith, the larger your receptivity will be to God’s presence.

If you are having a hard time becoming aware of the presence of God, try looking at the size of your faith.  Ask yourself the question, “What makes my believing in the existence of happiness different than the existence of God’s presence in my life?”

Today, use the dimension of your heart.