The God who sees ME

The God who sees ME

El Roi is my favorite name of God because it means the God who sees. He sees me. He wants to have a relationship with me and wants to know every detail of me life even though He is KING of the Universe. He is so good to me. He is my Lord and Savior. Nothing shall separate me from His love. He is All that I need and MORE!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Spiritual Athlete - the Spirit is Willing

Spiritual Athlete
The Spirit is Willing

     We have this idea that we do not have to do any work in the Christian life. His work continues in us, so that we can grow up into full stature. In Christianity we have a bunch of babies that have never been trained. A child left to it’s own devices will not be trained properly. We don’t know how to respond to a spoonful of grace. The parents are supposed to be the church of Christ. Open your mouth wide so God can fill it. We receive grace and God is the God of all Grace. We model what is being shown to us. 

     An athlete is one that trains. They train for 6 hours a day. The goal is the gold medal. The glory set before them is enough to tantalize the soul to abstain from things, so they can achieve their goal. A spiritual athlete is the same. Their goal should not be self-seeking. He says that He’ll train us, but we have to be willing to leave everything. We have to say no to things. No to the world and it’s enticements. If you want to live, and be useful in my kingdom, you must say no to the things of this world. To say yes to anything is to say no to something else. The priority must be straight. It’s not what saves you, it’s trains the soul. We have the opportunity to be a blessing to the world. Jesus does care what we do with our lives, because we bare His name. We’ve been given a rare training opportunity. It’s legalism when not doing something gives salvation. It’s not legalism when you are staring at Him and giving up those things. You are lead by God’s Spirit, not by our fleshly needs. If you don’t have something worth dying for at age 30 then you don’t have anything worth living for. Are we willing to be trained? Those who want to be the best will train for 24 hours a day! Me time, goes. It’s all Him time. It’s ALL His money, it’s ALL of me to Him. 100% for Him. It IS impossible, but we’ve been introduced to the God of the impossible. 

     This message is uncomfortable, because the flesh is comfortable. We must reckon the truth again. A spiritual athlete does not have belly fat. When God shows us jiggle around the middle it is called conviction. Our thoughts are ones that often have that belly fat. They are so lazy and gross, we’re lucky if we get every 5th thought ok. Imagine the privilege of being one of the mighty men of king David. Then the mightiest of mighty men of king David. If we’d only want to be one of these mighty men. Whatever it costs. It is an honor a privilege to be with King Jesus. We must prove it day in and day out. You will not survive unless you let the gravity to sink in and be there day after day. Are we willing to be trained? Old man dead.

     Peter was looking to his own capacity to follow Jesus. He had to fall so he could realize that his dependency was not in himself. Something needs to happen so we can be fixed, and healed. That new name of “Rock” could only be brought at the cross. He only new how to wield his own strength. When he did, he lost confidence in himself. Peter starts out weak, but then becomes a strong spiritual athlete. Be careful not to say bold proclamations of what we will do for Christ, but instead make bold declarations of Jesus Christ. We esteem the Spiritual athlete, but we must realize that we are weak and not there. We can put our confidence in Jesus. We are strong through Him. God has to expose every last bit of self-reliance. 

     Probably the most difficult time in Jesus’ life was there in Gethsemane, but yet he took the ones who had boasted, with Him into the very intimate place. They are asked to do one thing, to watch. The downward pull on our good intentions are so great that they can not hold up. Many times people wanted to do the right thing, but that want-to wasn’t enough to get them through. We can not seem to muster up the strength because we can not do it. But when we allow Him to do it through us, He can do it quite well. Though the process is shaky at first like gripping a slippery bar of soap, as we get in the pattern of relying on Him, it becomes that Solid Rock beneath the feet. Just as Peter cut off the ear of the servant, we easily can cut off the ability for our audience to hear. Peter had an impediment which was the flesh. When you do spiritual labor you have to have spiritual strength. When you are partying with the flesh, you be all awake, but then the moment you start doing spiritual things, the dumb-bells hang on your eyelids. But we don’t need to except this, we are in Christ. We are not a push-over to the flesh anymore. 

     Ekkakeó is the greek word for spiritual flab. Like empty of the fighting spirit, exhausted, wearied, tired, and faint. Will we give up our “sleep” to God and trust in Him. I will be healthier when God defines my sleep. Jesus slept. He slept in faith in the boat. Not even worried when that huge storm came in and caused the seasoned fisherman to be afraid. 

     Eleazar’s hand grew weary in the battle and instead of dropping his sword, he clave to it. Clave means to burn with resolve. Then God wrought a great victory.
For which cause (the glory of God) we faint not: but though our outward man perish yet the inward man is renewed day by day (2 Corinthians 4:16). Don’t give way to ekkekeó! Luke 18:1 they must always pray and not faint. We have only one way, it must be done by Jesus and by the Spirit. Lean, depend, abide. Turn to God and say, “My confidence is in You!” Believing that He can do it. When it’s late at night and you can’t stay awake, you have to ask God to give you that authority, that you already have in Him, then to command you body in Jesus name. 2 Timothy 2:1-7 The secret is to be strong in the grace in Christ Jesus. Endure hardness as a soldier. God should have access to us 24 hours. If He asks for my sleep all night, will He give me the strength to get through the next? The secret to putting the putting your foot on the neck of the lion is to go in with the Lion tamer. Strengthen yourself with Jesus!

      This message was chalked full of every little thing I needed to hear. I’ve been battling sleep and food cravings for a little while and this gave me an answer to my problem. Jesus can give me His strength to do His will. It’s so freeing and exciting to know there IS hope to these little habitually things I’ve learned to deal with. I don’t have the experience to back up this yet, but I am clinging to the Fact of Jesus Christ, my Savior. I am no longer subservient to my flesh or body, so in Jesus name I present my body to Him and yield control to Him. Old man crucified with Christ, new man risen with Christ.