Monthly Archives: January 2013

What do we stand for?

Standard

As a musician, I love music.  All genres of music.  Whether I am at home, at work or in my car, I am always listening to music.  If I can’t listen to music, I am humming a tune.  I do have a little problem though.  I am usually so caught up in my thoughts that I HEAR the music but I don’t LISTEN to it.  That is normally the situation when I am driving.  The radio is playing, I am humming along, but my thoughts are far, far away.  Then, out of the blue one day, I suddenly realise what the artist is singing.  Many times much to my disgust.

It was like that with Lady Gaga.  When I realised one day what she was singing, she got banned from my car.  She is not allowed to sing in my car.  And it’s not negotiable.  The moment I hear her voice on the radio, I turn it off or switch to a CD.  There are a few others as well, luckily they don’t feature on the radio station I listen to.

Two days ago, on the way to work, I switched from the radio to the CD, only to find that my beloved daughter, has once again taken my cd out of the player and left her cd in my car.  Grrrrr.  But I liked the song that was playing, so I left it.  The band’s name is Fun.  The song is called Some Nights.  I must have heard it a 100 times before.  They play it so often on the radio.  I love the rhythm of the song.  But for the first time, I actually listened to the words.  I must admit, the song doesn’t quite make sense to me, but then again, most modern songs don’t make sense.  One piece of the song caught my attention though.

Some nights I stay up cashing in my bad luck
Some nights I call it a draw
Some nights I wish that my lips could build a castle
Some nights I wish they’d just fall off
But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh, Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for oh
What do I stand for? What do I stand for?
Most nights I don’t know anymore…

Shame, the writer is clearly a very confused person.  But then again, so are many Christians.

We go to church on Sunday, but for most of the week, we do not know what we stand for.

If we really stood for Christ in all His fullness; if we really realised the power and authority we have in Christ, we would be healing people as far as we go.  We would be testifying of God’s miracles as far as we go.  But many of us, are Christians under cover.  We do not know what we stand for.

If you don’t know what you stand for, you’ll fall for anything.

Food for thought.

 

Advertisements

In what condition is your temple?

Standard

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 ESV)

I am so grateful for the fast we had. You see, I am allergic to wheat and dairy. I suffer terribly when I consume food that contains wheat and dairy. But it is so difficult to avoid it. Wheat is everywhere. Pasta, pizza, cake, pies, bread, fish with a nice batter, mushrooms with crumbs etc, etc, etc. It is hard to continually turn away and say “no thanks”. Previously, I behaved for nearly 8 years and for that time, I had excellent health and no weight issues. Then I fell for the temptation and once I started I could not stop. 18kg heavier and with constant asthma and sinusitis, I started the fast and from the word go, I decide that wheat and dairy was on the forbidden list. During this fast, I consumed no wheat and dairy and I feel great for the first time in a long time. I have more energy, less sinus, less coughing and no digestive issues. But there is more. Yesterday I had a revelation about this.

For me, it is a sin to eat wheat and dairy. It makes me sick. It attacks and breaks down my temple. It affects my voice and so it affects my worship. I have to have self-control and avoid the things that make me sick. This revelation will actually make it easier for me to turn away from the foods I should not have. It is no longer a case of I SHOULD not have it, it has now changed into a case of I DO NOT WANT it.

But it made me think of something else. Many people are quick to judge the ones who smoke and consume alcohol. They are quick to quote the verse above and point out that the smokers are damaging their temples. But what about the other such sins?

Think about this. If you are overweight (like me), you are damaging your temple. If you do not live a healthy life with regular exercise, you are damaging your temple. If you do not eat according to a healthy plan, you are damaging your temple. What are you doing, or not doing, that affects your health adversely? Maybe it is time to make a change for the better.

May God help us to first look at what we ourselves are doing wrong, before we are so quick on the draw to point out what others are doing wrong.

Day 21: Do not limit God

Standard

And so our fasting journey of 21 days comes to an end. And what an amazing journey it has been. In this time, I drew closer to God, and being true to His word, He didn’t disappoint me. He drew closer to me as well. It was an amazing experience. I want to invite you again: if you have never fasted before in your life, give it a try. You will be blessed out of your boots and socks.

Our resident pastor is currently on an outreach in Liberia, so today we had two different preachers. God so confirmed His word to us, that I cannot be anything but excited. Both people gave the same word, just in a different way. DO NOT LIMIT GOD.

We are the hands and feet of God on earth. He uses us to answer the prayers of other people. We should not limit God through fear and unbelief. Out God is a God of the impossible. He can do infinitely more than we can ask for or imagine. Think I made that up? Let me quote it for you from the Bible!

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20, 21 ESV)

What are you trusting God for? What are your dreams? What do you want to accomplish for God? What is your calling? What is your ministry?

Start trusting God with unlimited faith.

DO NOT LIMIT GOD!