So as I am sitting on the beach reading my bible, a worship song plays, it’s called Clear the Stage by Jimmy Nedham. I thought I would share this song because its a beautiful reminder of how God isn’t just a song to be worship, God is your life and you should be investing in all of it not just worship music. There is a line in the song that says “anything I put before my God is an Idol, anything I love with all my heart is an idol” this is so convicting in the best way. It’s so revealing that I put so many things in front of God and that I shouldn’t be loving anything more than God. I strongly encourage you to listen to the Song it’s so beautiful written about how we are to worship and LOVE our God just as he loves us.
These verses literally bring tears to my eyes because God reminds us that his love is so much greater but we still run after idols:
All who fashion idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit. Their witnesses neither see nor know, that they may be put to shame. Who fashions a god or casts an idol that is profitable for nothing? Behold, all his companions shall be put to shame, and the craftsmen are only human. Let them all assemble, let them stand forth. They shall be terrified; they shall be put to shame together. The ironsmith takes a cutting tool and works it over the coals. He fashions it with hammers and works it with his strong arm. He becomes hungry, and his strength fails; he drinks no water and is faint. The carpenter stretches a line; he marks it out with a pencil. He shapes it with planes and marks it with a compass. He shapes it into the figure of a man, with the beauty of a man, to dwell in a house. …
Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves any gods of cast metal: I am the Lord your God.
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The junior project director, Cam gave an amazing talk at the theme meeting Monday. PS the theme was Rave and probably my favorite dress up theme of the whole summer! The theme talk was titled “Free to Make Much of Christ: When a Rich God Loves Poor Sinners”. This talk is one of those talks where you walk away even more in love with God because it was a beautiful reminder of how much he loves us. He started the talk asking questions like What makes you feel valued? In you or in the riches of a great God that freed you at great cost to enjoy you? These questions are so convicting and make me think about how much I put my value in myself and not in Christ. Then we started going over things we are our Identity in that is not related to Christ and doesn’t value Christ. There were several categories: Relationships, Success, Appearance, and Ministry Success. Yes even ministry success is a category because we are you seeking success in ministry you tend to loose focus on what the realness is in ministry, teaching yourself more of Jesus. Out of these categories I didn’t have one that really stuck out… I seek my value you on all of them. Which is amazing that God is revealing to me that I need to seek value in him NOT success or appearance.
Our notes page says “The depth of God’s love us is NOT seen in that He makes much of us, but rather in that he has freed us, at great cost to himself, to enjoy make much of Christ forever. ” This phrase radically changes my heart. God made us not to enjoy the pleasures of this world but to enjoy his pleasures and to seek him so why are we settling for the little things that don’t satisfy us? This statement is is saying that God loves us no matter our appearance, success, or how many people we get to like us.
We went over three passages in the bible that show Gods great love for us;
This is where Jesus doesn’t heal Lazarus and Lazarus would die.This describes Jesus loves for him because rather that doing a just a healing for him, Lazarus would die and be resurrected and show Gods glory that is so much more powerful that just being healed. This is showing a new definition of love. Love is doing what ever has to be done for the glory of God.
John 17:24 is something you can pray through! It is asking God to give us the gift of seeing the glory of God which is the most satisfying thing.
The third passage which is one of the most important topics in the bible, John 19:17-19
There is no greater proof that God loves you and values than Jesus dying on the Cross for you. Jesus took on the wrath of your sins as well as all others to come, on the cross because God loves us SOOO much. We should be thanking Jesus for this wrath because we deserve it more than anything, this is such a great thought and something to never stop being thankful for.
One of the talk questions was
Why does God love us?
God does not love us because of us. God love us despite us (Romans 5:8)
His love isnt depending on you.
The greatness of Gods love is not only seen in How He loves, but also in who He loves.
He drew us into himself while we were still sinners, God loves undeserved sinners. This is us.He has freed you to enjoy himself even at a high cost to himself(Jesus).
At the end we went over implications:
-The greatest sinner needs the free grace and love of Christ as badly the greatest Saint.
Even on our greatest days we need a reminder of his love. Its not about you, its about Him, everyday. Turn to his promises when you ask yourself if you are loved.
-fight worry, anxiety, and fear.
Matthew 6:25-34 READ IT. Matthew 10:24-31 1 Peter 5:7
Go to God with your anxieties, he will bring you out of it!!!!!
Okay so I’m glad I could take the time to share how awesome this talk was,
any questions please talk to me!
” I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”