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“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?

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Do you feel your father’s arms enveloping you?

Isn’t it funny how God answers our prayers?

Yesterday when I was writing about going to the projects to share our Good News, the Gospel, I just began to laugh.  You see, I was sitting there writing, and I laughed because I thought about how the day before, I had been filled with such a Holy Rage.  After feeling this rage, writing about it, and then writing about using our Holy Rage to give us passion and urgency to share the Gospel, I saw how God had perfectly prepared me for the opportunity to share the Gospel with a prostitute and druggie.  Little did I know while riding that shuttle (the scene that I referenced one of my former posts about Holy Rage) that I would be on my way to a side of Starkville that I had never seen before.

We say all the time, “God is in control.  After all, He’s God,” but we often only credit Him the glory that He deserves when a big event happens or when something that we’ve been praying for takes place.  We fail to recognize how He works through each and every aspect, circumstance, and condition of our lives.  He’s sovereign.  As I like to say, He’s in all, over all, and through all things good.

I love the image portrayed in Deuteronomy 1:30-31.  He’s what this passage of scripture says in the ESV translation:

“The Lord your God goes before you and will himself fight for you,

just as he did for you in Egypt before your very eyes,

and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you,

as a man carries his son,

all the way until you came to this place.”

God carries you throughout each and every single day!  He is taking you to the place that He has already chosen for you.  Not only does He go with us, but He has already gone to prepare the way. By believing this, we must also believe that every bit of our day that we experience has already been planned by our Creator in order to prepare us to the place that He has  planned for us to go.  He, essentially, is carrying us throughout every minute of our lives.

The question now is not whether God is carrying you in His arms.  There question, however, is this:  Do you feel your Father’s arms enveloping you?

Quick post in the midst of a study break….

Alright!  Here is a super duper quick post while I am taking a break from stacks of books and mounds of paper that should be in binders.

Keep your focus on God.

It’s that simple and yet that is your key to success.  Remember that Heaven is our ultimate destination, our place of desiring!

Here are some verses to read as a study/work/stressful moment break:

Romans 2:6-8

Romans 8:24-25

Romans 8:28

1 Corinthians 7:17

1 Corinthians 15:58

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

2 Corinthians 5:13-15

Look at these verses this morning and take a moment to let them wash over you.  How would your life change if you really took these to heart?  What about your life would look different if you actually lived by them?

I pray your day is filled with Sonshine,

Now if this graphic doesn't make you giggle or smile... well that could just mean that you didn't wake up before the sun rose to study...

Sarah :)

Pray It Forward to Pay It Forward

In the movie Pay It Forward, the main character, Trevor, is assigned an extra credit assignment: to “think of an idea to change our world and put it into action.”  Most of the class complains to the teacher saying the project is too hard, crazy, and a “bummer idea”.  Trevor, however, creates a revolutionary plan: to “pay it forward.”

The basis for this idea is simple: to help three persons in a way that they cannot help themselves.  Each person should then do something for three other people.  Like a line of tumbling dominos, kindness spreads to many by one gentle tap: one person’s acts of kindness.

Trevor’s idea is great, and if actually put to practice, would have a huge ripple effect on our campus.  With a little variation to this idea, we can “pay it forward” to more than three people.  We can “PRAY it forward toPAY it forward.”

Why “pray it forward?”  Prayer is the most precious gift that we can give someone.  To pray for someone means giving that person—with their worries, their struggles, even their sources of joy—over to God.  We can pray for someone else when they don’t even realize they need it or when they are convinced God isn’t even real.

Right now, imagine the struggles that you are going through—whether they be related to school, money, family, friends, health, God, etc.  Now, consider that every single person around you has just as many, if not more, trials in their own life.  Imagine praying for all these people that you don’t even know.  Imagine praying that no matter what their struggles may be, that God will work through them and be glorified in the end.

Prayer heals.  Prayer enlightens.  Prayer inspires.  Prayer moves.  Prayer penetrates.  Prayer gives the blessed assurance that God is always at work within us and through us.  Prayer allows us to step outside of our own problems and see that our lives have nothing to do with us but everything to do with God.  Prayer, my friends, is powerful.

Ghandi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  God has given us a similar purpose: to be the change He wishes to see in the world.  Together, let’spray it forward to pay it forward.  Let’s be the change. Let’s pray.