March 24, 2009
Faith like a child
Yesterday, we spoke of the spiritual life that our Messiah calls us to. Today Jesus teaches us how to seek and find Him and then to achieve a peace and rest in Him. I think this is what many in the world are looking for…a life with less stress, more peace and rest!
The key to faith and growth in Jesus is childlike faith. A big problem in the Church is our constant wrestling over and obsession with complex theology. This blog is no exception. We posted an interview with brothers of the Chinese Church a week ago, and what we see of them who are experiencing an incredibly rich walk with the Lord is the simple faith and trust of a child to his parents. The complex theology does not bring us close to Him, the absolute devotion and commitment of our lives does. Read the rest of this entry »
February 5, 2009
Let’s continue from yesterday the temptations of Christ. In the second temptation, Satan also tempted Jesus by questioning His identity. This is a core issue for every one of us. Who are you? What makes you unique?
This is the root cause of so much pain in this world. People go lusting after drugs, or sex, or power, and a million other things, because they just aren’t quite sure who they are or where they fit in. God made you absolutely uniquely in this world. There is no one else like you! He has a special name for you that only He knows. Although He did not have to make you, He had a totally unique idea about why you would make this world a better place and then created you so that He could live forever with you! Do you see your identity in this way? Do you know that this is who you are? If you struggle seeing yourself this way, I hope you’ll keep coming back and ask God to show you this.
Jesus was tempted in this same way. Satan questioned who He was! Pride beckoned Him to show this little demon who was the real King. So Jesus had to triumph over this pride of life that affects all of us in big or small ways. Jesus said He learned obedience through the things He suffered (see Heb. 5:8). And this was an important thing God was calling Him to suffer through. Read the rest of this entry »
February 4, 2009
Jesus’ ministry did not begin until He overcame the major temptations of this world. This temptation in the desert was the major confrontation where He let all of darkness know that He was reclaiming what they had taken from Man. Jesus message to the people was not given until He had made His claim in the spiritual world for what was His.
Jesus’ ministry did not begin until He overcame three major temptations. (the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life – 1 John 2:16). He had to overcome His own flesh, the Evil One and the world before He was released into His earthly ministry. Jesus’ message to the people was not given until He had made His claim in the spiritual world for what was His. We’re going to lay out a foundation of understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven in other posts which will require many different scriptures, so I don’t want to stray from this text here. Suffice it to say that Jesus was bringing a new spiritual reality to earth in His coming and He had to take it from the one who controlled the earth as we will see below Read the rest of this entry »