Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Eyes of Gratitude

God give me your eyes.
I want to see beauty.
That I might acknowledge blessing.
Yet I really want to see you.
In the middle of everything.
Even of pain. Struggle. Spiritual winter.
Your eyes see the lonely in the middle of busy.
Your eyes see hope knee deep in despair.
Your eyes see the whole person when others just see the broken.
I want eyes that capture the full future of a current foe that I might fully free a future friend.
Give me eyes to see my fear so I might step out in faith.
Give me your eyes, God.
I know you're great.
I believe you're good.
You're strong.
You're loving.
I see it.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Dumping Junk and Living Spiritually

Satan’s and God’s designs in your life are not the same. Satan designs to destroy your love for Christ. God designs to deepen your love for Christ. Some people see the "things of this world" (money, possessions, careers, homes, etc) as the enemy.  They are not the enemy.  They are inanimate objects.  The are neutral by nature. Having a nice home or a decent IRA or a good job does not mean you are not walking in step with the spirit.  You haven't let the world win if you have some (or all) of those things.  The "world" wins if you fail to cherish Christ. God’s design is to wean you off the breast of the world and feast you on the sufficiency of Christ. It is meant to help you say and feel, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” And to know that therefore, “To live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 3:8; 1:21)

Note: This thought is actually adapted from an article Dr. John Piper wrote a while back, "Don't Waste Your Cancer"