Saturday, October 11, 2008

Not Above Sin

As Christians we have to know that we are not above any sin. If we believe that we are not capable of committing a specific sin than pride has crept into our heart deceivingly.
As a believer who was once emerged in the world I understand this concept, however with my heart am capable of falling into a dangerous spot where I can judge others to think..."How could he/she do that as a Christian?" It scares me sometimes to think, when listening to Christians struggles and lifestyles, "how could they let themselves get to this point?" Oh Lord, protect me, and keep my dependence on You. I am capable of so much sin...however, He has saved from from that and given me everything I need to walk in a path of Righteousness. We must remember that He was crucified and rose from the dead so that we may live the life of Christ. We will stumble. However, we must be so quick to seek forgiveness. Not only that, but to repent! It is not enough, (and I preach this to myself as well), to ask for Him forgiveness, and go on living life as if it won't happen again...but we must repent. Turn away from our sin, lifestyle, and selfish mindset and make a commitment to follow Him. And then not only that but we must know that all strength to do so must come from Him, who is Holy. We can do no good from within. We must have a dependence upon Him. Oh Lord, Father! Make me depend upon you. I welcome trials into my life if that is what will cause me to have ultimate dependence on You.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Dress

First dress tried on...and it's a keeper. Unfortunately I could not take my dress home, because they don't make size 2 dresses. It takes 12 weeks to make the dress...I have about 88 days until my wedding! Talk about pushing it!! They said the dress will have a delivery date (to the Burbank store) on 12/30/08. That would be 6 days after my flight out to Michigan...yeah. So my lovely midesmaid, Jenny will be bringing it out with her! I am hoping it will get in sooner and I'll be able to try it on at least once beofre flying out. Whew! Let me tell you...I instantly became attached to this dress it's gorgeous! The lady that was helping me, had me try on the 4. I got all zipped up, I opended the dressing room door, and as I walked out she placed a veil in the back of my head, and stepped out of the way. I looked at myself in the mirror and couldn't beleive it. It was so surreal. I had this feeling inside that made me overwhelmingly excited. I had never tried on really fancy dresses before, let alone a wedding dress. I wanted Mike to be there so he could give me a thumbs up or a smile. But I knew when I looked in the mirror it was the one. I can't wait until everyone sees this dress...especially Mike.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Christ In You

Now, I sit and mediate on Colossians 1:27...

"to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."...CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY!

I take this a little further and read a message from Spurgeon on this text. I want to share a few things he said so well...

"When we think of our Lord, we remember with His Person the glorious work which He undertook and finished on our behalf. Being found in fashion as Man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross. He took upon Himself the form of a Servant and was made in the likeness of sinful flesh, because we had failed in our service and could not be saved unless Another did suit and service on our behalf. The Heir of all things girded Himself to be among as One that serves! What service His was! How arduous! How humble! How heavy! How all-consuming! His was a life of grief and humiliation, followed by a death of agony and scorn. Up to the Cross He carried all our load. And on the Cross He bore, that we might bear, His Father’s righteous wrath!

Oh, what has Christ not done for us? He cast our sins into the depths of the sea. He has taken the cup which we ought to have drunk forever and He has drained it dry and left not a dreg behind! He has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a Curse for us. And now He has finished transgression, made an end of sin, brought in everlasting righteousness and gone up to His Father’s Throne within the veil, bearing His Divine oblation and making everything right and safe for us, that, by-and-by, we may follow Him and be with Him where He is! Oh yes, Brothers and Sisters, Christ’s Person and finished work are the pillars of our hope! I cannot think of what He is, what He has done, what He is doing and what He will yet do, without saying, 'He is all my salvation and all my desire.'"

"Whatever Christ is, His people are in Him. They were crucified in Him; they were dead in Him; they were buried in Him; they are risen in Him! In Him they live eternally, in Him they sit gloriously at the right hand of God, 'who has raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.' In Him we are 'accepted in the Beloved,' both now and forever! And this, I say, is the essence of the whole Gospel. He that preaches Christ preaches the Gospel! He who does not preach Christ, preaches not the Gospel. It is no more possible for there to be a Gospel without Christ than a day without the sun, or a river without water, or a living man without a head, or a quickened human body without a soul! No, Christ Himself is the life, soul, substance and essence of the mystery of the Gospel of God. Christ, Himself, I say again, and no other!"

"Jesus sanctifies us wholly—spirit, soul, and body—and takes us to dwell with Him in the perfect state above. Christ in you—how can I explain it? We are the little graft and He is the strong and living stem. We are laid to Him, bound to Him, sealed to Him—and when there is nothing between the new shoot and the old tree, at last the sap flows into the graft and graft and the tree are one! You know right well how Christ enters into us and becomes our life. Christ in you means power in you. A strong man armed keeps his house till a stronger than he comes—and when the stronger enters, the first tenant is ejected by the power of the new comer and kept out by the same means. We were without strength till Christ came, but now we war with principalities and powers and win the victory. Christ in you! Oh, what bliss! What joy! The Bridegroom is with us and we cannot fast! The King is with us and we are glad!"

"And He also says, “And the glory which You have given Me, I have given them.” Think of it! Glory for us poor creatures! Glory for you, Sister! Glory for me! It seems a strange thing that a sinner should ever have anything to do with glory when he deserves nothing but shame. We are neither kings nor princes, what have we to do with glory? Yet glory is to be our dwelling, glory our light, glory our crown, glory our song! The Lord will not be content to give us less than" glory. Grace is very sweet, but might we not be content to swim forever in a sea of Grace? But no, our Lord “will give Grace and glory.”—
“All needful Grace will God bestow,
And crown that Grace with glory, too.”
We shall have glorified bodies, glorious companions, a glorious reward and glorious rest!"

"Comfort yourselves with this word—Christ in you means you in glory, as surely us God lives! There is no question about that! Go your ways and rejoice in Christ Jesus and let men see who it is that lives in you! Let Jesus speak through your mouth, weep through your eyes and smile through your face! Let Him work with your hands and walk within your feet, and be tender with your heart. Let Him seek sinners through you! Let Him comfort saints through you until the day breaks and the shadows flee away!"

I know this was a long post, but as I read through this sermon, I couldn't help but share. Those who read all the way through and made it to this point, I hope you are encouraged as I am now!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Worthy is The Lamb

This morning I started Colossians for my quiet time reading. However before coming to the text I had much to pray and praise God for. But even before that I had come to my computer and put on iTunes. This is when I played Agnus Dei. I have not heard this song in awhile...I'll post here for all to enjoy, along with the lyrics:

Alleluia, alleluia
For the lord God almighty reigns
Alleluia, alleluia
For the lord God almighty reigns

Holy, holy are you lord God almighty
Worthy is the lamb
Worthy is the lamb
You are holy, holy are you lord God almighty
Worthy is the lamb
Worthy is the lamb

I praise God for allowing me to hear this song. His sinfulness, I came before Him broken. He is worthy! He is worthy to be praised, honored and glorified! Friends, are we striving to live that out in our walk? Our we faithful servants of our Lord Jesus Christ? Do we bring glory to the name of Jesus Christ? Do we represent the face of Jesus Christ without distortion? We do fall short...but, oh His grace is lavished upon us!