Archive for May, 2009

It’s always a fight

May 15, 2009

Have you ever tried to personify sin? You know, make it tangible or something relevant to your life?  I feel like Lecrae does it very well in his song, “indwelling sin”.  Attached is a video for the song some guy made on youtube.  This song is sick because it really shows the battle between us and sin.  It is not something that we beat in a day, or if we “beat” it that it’ll never resurface in our lives.  Sin is something that is always pursuing our hearts away from God, and I think the more we are aware of that, the more we will be able to fight it off.  It’s clear how much God hates sin, so it makes sense that it would battle for dominance in our hearts and lives.  The song is basically a dialouge between two guys, one who has surrendered his life to Christ, and the other who doesn’t understand and wants him to go back to his old ways.  The believer is trying to explain that he doesn’t want that sin that was taking over his life, how it never satisfies him.  He is doing everything he can to get rid of it, and taking steps to avoid it in the future.  He talks about all the temptation that he faces, and how giving in “no way honors God who’s ruling sovereignly.” which is one of my favorite lines.  Sin means we have to make a conscious effort to turn our backs on God.  We have to love something apart from Him, more than Him.  To me, that is a scary thought that we can be so easily tricked and deceived by a world who doesn’t get it.  Our lives and hearts have been transformed, and I think that’s why we are so shameful of sin.  Someone who is not following Jesus may not have the same convictions, so we do our best to justify our actions as “better” than them.  Wrong.  We’re both in the same boat, in need of salvation, the only difference is that we know where to find it.  Maybe we should be asking ourselves questions as to why we’re not sharing that.

So how do we fight sin? How do we rid our lives of it? Well one, we will never rid ourselves of it, so lets throw that option out the window now.  However, we can fight it, so that our lives will honor God.  We have to be aware of it.  In his song, Lecrae hits on a sensitive issue, pornography.  He basically says that it’s not one day, “i think i’ll look at porn, oh crap I’m addicted.”  He explains that things lead to it, so if we can avoid certain situations, we can ultimately avoid the sin that it can lead to.  “A little BET, late at night, thats like a little crack”, “I see how you be tryin’ to be, BET at night becomes addiction to pornography”.  The point he makes is amazing.  Our sin starts way back with the little decisions.  The situations we place ourselves in lead to temptation or God.  Where are we placing our hearts? Towards God, or away from Him, losing the ongoing battle to sin every day.  

 

Enjoy the song

 

Cheers,

 

-Brandon

 

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stress

May 7, 2009

I’m convinced that stress does not come from God.  In fact, I think God wants us to be stress free, to stop worrying about tomorrow and give all of our cares to him.  Not because I’m really insightful or really in tune with God, because I wish I was, but because God tells us in His word that that’s exactly what we should do. Graduating is scary.  The real world is scary.  Taking risks is scary.  Talking to a friend about God is scary.  These all produce stress in my life, no doubt.  But again, I don’t think God wants me to handle it by worrying and living my life in fear and question.  I don’t think He wants us running around trying to figure out our entire lives in one day.  I think He wants us to use today for today.  God doesn’t give us these days to be wasted worrying about tomorrow, a day that quite honestly may never come.  Stress takes away from us getting to love God every day.  It puts a riff in the relationship we try so hard to maintain.  We put our cares and burdens in front of God, instead of giving them to Him.  

The last two weeks I have done nothing but worry about my future.  Worries that have carried over into my relationships.  But most importantly, it has worn on my relationship with God.  Instead of letting Him slow me down to enjoy what He has me doing today, I have been trying to ask Him what He has planned for me later.  

Today is what we’re given.  Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.  What if God decides to come back tomorrow, will I be able to answer to Him when He asks how I was spending my time? The word “Urgency” has really been stuck in my mind lately.  What if my time has been spent worrying so much about myself, my life, and my future that I have lost sight of what’s really important, the great commission.  Bringing the Gospel to the world around me.  Going through the book of Philippians lately has really challenged me with my attitude, to have the attitude of Christ.  If I do take on that attitude, tomorrow would not be a worry in my head, my money and job would not be my main concern.  My main concern would be others, loving others enough to share the Good News.  

In Matthew 6, it lays it down pretty clear about worrying about our future, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” verse 34.  

Paul tells us in Philippians 4, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” verses 6 and 7.

And lets not forget about 1 Peter when he says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” verse 7.

Its pretty clear what God has to say to us about stress and worry.  I’ve lost sight of this lately.  Luckily we have a God that loves us even when we try to take our own way and make our own plans.