Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Things I have decided today...

I do not blog enough

I spend too much time reading other peoples blogs

I waste valuable time and brain energy writing on other peoples blog that which I should actually write here

I can't wait to get married on Friday

Pearl Jam live shows are always awesome

I want either a VW Golf GTI or a BMW 318

I can't wait to go away on my honeymoon

Sometimes I think way too much

I'm being humbled by the day at the seriousness of marriage

I have no idea and its a scary thought to think of where I'd be without Jesus

My wife to be is very amusing

I'm more tired than I can remember

There are not enough hours in the day between now and 12:30 on Friday when I get married

I am amazed at how evidently God has gone before me and Jane this past while in our preparation for our wedding day

I didn't think I'd ever actually want to sacrifice so much for someone (apart from Jesus!)

I have a lot of books to read and I don't know which ones to take on my honeymoon with me, that's not a decision - just a statement.

Fig Rolls are STILL the greatest biscuit ever and never fail to bring me much satisfaction.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Who am I?

Inspired by the book I'm reading at the moment ("Seeing is Believing" by Greg Boyd) I figured I'd write down who I really am. I think a lot of christians spend their time saying how bad they are and while yes we are absolutely sinners, however for those of us who have place our trust and hope in King Jesus he doesn't just rescue us from eternal death; he gives us a completely new identity. God could do nothing more for us than what he has already done; he has placed us in Christ (Rom 8:1; 1 Cor 1:30; 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 3:28; Eph 1:3)

My old self is dead. All that is ugly and sinful and contrary to God has been crucified. GONE. (Rom 6:2-11; Gal 2:20)

I am completely forgiven. Perfected for all time and COMPLETELY reconciled to God. (1 Cor 1:2; 2 Cor 5:17-19; Gal 2:16; Eph 1:4, 7-8; 2:13; 4:32; Col 2:13-14; Heb 10:14)

I am completely made new and given Christs eternal resurrected life (2 Cor 5:17; Eph 2:5-6, 10, Col 2:13; 3:1; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

I am a temple of the most high God (1 Cor 6:19) as a result of the indwelling of the Spirit of Jesus the Spirit of Almighty God (2 Cor 13:5; Gal 2:20; Eph 3:17; Col 1:27)

I have been redeemed and am set free from the curse of the law (Gal 3:13; 5:1; Col 2:13-15)

I am seated "in heavenly places" and made a partaker of the eternal inheritance Christ purchased for me (Eph 1:3-11;2:6; 3:6)

I am hidden with Christ and united with Christ (Rom 6:5; 1 Cor 6:17; Col 3:3) As a result of this I am a participant in the eternal love that flows within the triune Godhead (John 17:20-24; 2 Peter 1:4)

God the Father has completely redifined my state of being. Whereas once I was in Adam and was "by nature a child of wrath" (Eph 2:3; 1 Cor 15:22; Rom 5:15-19) now I am in Christ and I am a recipient of the very same eternal, PERFECT love he has for his Son (John 17: 23, 26)

The Father has chosen me and made me "holy and blameless before Him in love." He loves me and lavishes on me "his glorious grace" as he relates to me as I am "in the Beloved," Jesus Christ (Eph 1:3-6) This means that the relationship God has with me is now defined by the eternal, unsurpassable, loving relationship he has with his own eternal Son!!!

Even when everything around me, and me myself tell me I'm "NOT", the above is who I truly am, for this is what my loving heavenly Father says about me.

He is so good.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Opportunities and Truth

Today I got an amazing opportunity to talk to two people in work about Jesus. Something came up yesterday from a staff member who said she was doing an essay in college about religious diversity and she was doing a little bit on Islam and Christianity (she didn't really know what she was doing). I just happened to have a book in my car on the differences between the teachings of Jesus and Mohammad. We chatted briefly about it, but when i got up this morning I asked Jesus to maybe help facilitate a conversation about him today and low and behold that is exactly what happened, for an hour and a half.
they are both practicing catholics, one a genuine enough practicing catholic. the other is a typical irish practicing catholic; she'll do the sacraments and get her kids to aswell, but shes a "doesn't mind what religion they are as long as they're happy" kindof practicing catholic and thinks the church needs to move with the times.
anyways, i really got to talk about Jesus. Proper Jesus, Saviour King Jesus, Compassionate Jesus, Jesus who loves them so so dearly and wants the very best for them. Jesus who doesn't want me to judge them, but to love them. Jesus who is truth.
thats the one thing that really struck me throughout the whole conversation; Truth. There is truth and its Jesus. I know this, but it becomes so real when you're talking to people who don't know him for who he really is. It's incredible to know the truth and to know truth himself. I was so so grateful after talking to them because of 1. Jesus gave me the opportunity to talk to them about him and 2. because it was so exciting for me to articulate truths about him that resonate so deeply within me and for which I'm so so thankful to Jesus, my father God, and the holy spirit for revealing them to me. I can just pray now that they are doing the same with the people in work. If anyone is reading this (Hoey & Alan I think are the two faithfuls - much appreciated!!); keep them in your prayers. I'm not gonna write their names cause I'm their boss and it wouldn't be very professional of me!