Friday, December 19, 2008

- let us adore -

I've been thinking a lot about this passage in John 14 ::

11-14"Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can't believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I'm doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I've been doing. You can count on it" (MSG).

Have you ever stopped to think about the significance of this passage? Here Jesus is, right before his betrayal, telling His disciples that He is in the Father, and the Father is in him and that His disciples, with nicknames like "doubting Thomas" or such followers with names like Philip's having no incredible etymological meaning but "Lover of horses" are going to do GREATER works than the Messiah,? "You can count on it."?

Then Jesus says :

15-17"If you love me, show it by doing what I've told you. I will talk to the Father, and he'll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can't take him in because it doesn't have eyes to see him, doesn't know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you!

18-20"I will not leave you orphaned. I'm coming back. In just a little while the world will no longer see me, but you're going to see me because I am alive and you're about to come alive. At that moment you will know absolutely that I'm in my Father, and you're in me, and I'm in you.

Ok doubting Thomas and [Insert your name here] What does this mean today? On the other side of the cross it means we've come alive, It means that the world doesn't have Jesus in the flesh anymore, It means that you are in Jesus, Jesus is in you, which means the Father is in you, which mean you have the power to do great works.
This world is broken and abandoned. What does the Father do? He loves, and adores his kids. The world doesn't have eyes to see him, and don't know what to look for. They really haven't experienced Jesus, or the Father. They aren't looking for that. What they are looking for and what they do see is you.

When I think about the poetic statement :: "I'm in my Father, and you're in me, and I'm in you" I think about the glory, the love, the compassion, the grace, the tenderness and adoration of the Father in me, in you; through me, through you. I think about all those that are broken and don't understand the adoration of ANY father, let alone THE Father. And i think about the action that Jesus is commissioning.

Within the context of adoration, there is an action.
Today, my goal is to see and run to the broken, the unlovely, the abandoned, and be a work of the Father's adoration to them. Hopefully they see the adoration of the Father in me, that their heads could be lifted, and that the King of Glory could come in. According to John 14:14, I can count on it happening! And "greater works"? I can count on that too...

There's revival!


Sunday, December 14, 2008

[ Let God be God ]

Right now I'm working on my final speech/sermonette for my Biblical Comm class...

I'm studying John 14 and came upon some amazing word truth... I may go into further detail of the challenge and application in John 14; but 4 points in this chapter right away (vs 1) are to believe, adhere, trust, and rely on God.

To BELIEVE is to have confidence which comes from the root of "confide" which is to impart secrets trustfully; discuss private matters or problems

To ADHERE is to stay, to be consistent

To TRUST is very similar to believing. It is to again, confide

To RELY is to depend which is to to be subordinate to another linguistic form in the same construction; to form a part of a construction other than the head

Just a little piece of the Jesus-theme in my life.
As I was declaring in my last post :: {I Believe} :: which means I consistently believe, confide, abide, believe, trust and depend. THAT'S my role and part as the daughter...(other than, meaning, NOT the head) :)

... Let God be God.


Friday, December 12, 2008

{I Believe}

I believe you, God
I believe that you are who you say that you are
I believe your love never fails- which means that YOU never fail because you are love
I believe in the power of the cross- that you died for my sin and for my sickness
I believe that I'm your daughter and I have a spiritual inheritance of
life, love, hope, peace, healing, and joy
I believe that you want to bless me abundantly
I believe that you have a plan and a purpose and that you work all
things for my good and for the kingdom
I believe that I have a testimony and thank you that it can't be found as faulty
I believe your word over the word of doctors, specialists, lab
results, symptoms and pain.
You created this body- you know how it is perfected
I believe in your truth, and your truth has set me free, and your
freedom not only delivered me from the past, but the now, and the
I believe the report of the lord

I trust in you
My hope is in you
My faith is in you

I'm made perfect in weakness and made glad in victory. Victory of the
cross which means my total victory has already been declared.

I live on the other side of the cross and walk in the power and
authority of the cross. I'm not bound in sin or burden or curse but
made alive by the blood, sustained by mercy and identified by grace.

Do you believe?


Thursday, December 4, 2008

Down memory lane...

I was organizing documents in my computer when I came across a paper I wrote last year for an Intern assignment. I barely remember writing it!

What was cool about reading through this paper, was that it relates so much to the sermon series right now! "DO!" The assignment was to literally DO several "random acts of kindness" to total strangers. My fav memory of a random act I did was writing a sticky note that said something like...

" i don't know your name, or your life story- but i do know Jesus loves you and has a plan for you"

...going to my local bank drive through, sticking the note in the tube, and driving off. :) maybe not the SMARTEST random act being a bank and all; but fun none-the-less.

In honor of literary memory lane, and because I've been very bad at blogging lately, here are some excerpts.
( i realize 98% of readers will leave my blog at the sight of such a long post, but oh well) :)
:::::::::::::::::::::::::: "Kindness" ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

"As was said in an old Irish Proverb, “A kind word never broke anyone’s mouth.” In the same sense it is true that a smile never truly “cracks”, and at least in my experience a simple “hello” has yet to instigate personal bodily injury. So why then does it seem almost a sub culture for anyone to truly confess ownership of these so called “random acts of kindness”? While business and the monotony of everyday life can seem a good excuse, as Christians this is not so. Kindness is not an action but a quality of man’s character. The action of kindness is birthed when the reality of Christ-like behavior is conceived. Christ was not restricted by time or convenience or degree of relationship with others; His character was inherently kind.

Our time is very valuable; there is no doubt about that. Yet we compartmentalize our time into categories of “work” and “leisure” and “ministry.” We put on our work hat, busy with schedules and paper trails. When it comes to leisure, we would rather keep that personal and sacred. When ministry time finally comes around we almost have to switch gears in our minds to accommodate the now visible need rather than recognizing that our ministry is through our relationship with our Father

“Not our will but yours be done.” If our hearts cry truly is that Christ would dwell inside of us with close intimacy, how can we justify the fabrication of terms and conditions so that His purpose fits within our time constraints? This negates the influence our kindness possesses.

I can admit that I am quite good at randomly being kind to the people that I know and have a close relationship with. When I was pondering this assignment I thought about how challenging it was to consciously make an effort to be kind to people I do not know at all. We must have a willingness to acknowledge a stranger. Matt 8:1-4

As I seek to develop the character of kindness, I am reminded that in my training and until my perfection in heaven, I am representing the Lord Jesus, the perfect example of kindness. Jesus was one who was not hindered by ethnic and cultural prejudice and who sought out opportunity."


I'm challenged! AGAIN!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Are you related to...

NOTICE: The following description and it's contents are true. Any resemblance to real persons, is purely NOT coincidental.

Sweet lady says to me :: "Are you related to Meg?"

Me :: "Oh! Hmm Meg... who?"

Sweet lady :: "Oh you just look so much like her!"

Me :: "How funny, what's her last name?"

Sweet lady :: "Ooh it's, Meg... Meg ... Umm Meg....MURPHY!"

Me :: " ................ oh! well....... that IS me!"

This was an actual conversation with someone this weekend. Apparently I've changed soooooooooo much in the last year"! :)

I hope you all had a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving, I know I did! I had so much fun just hanging out with the family, catching up on LOST, and relaxing. :) I'm so thankful for my Savior, my family, my friends, the church, and the list goes on.

Tomorrow I will be posting parts of the outline I've created for a speech I'm giving in my Biblical Preaching Communications class on the book of Micah!