Category Archives: Jesus

Are You Lying to Yourself?

liesHave you ever told a lie?  I know; what a ridiculous question because you have.  Have you noticed what happens the more you tell it?  You begin to believe it too.  Many times our own lies begin to convince us and our perception of reality is changed because what we say happened, actually never did.  Yet, its how we’ve begun to remember it and somehow the lie we tell becomes the truth we believe in.  Unfortunately, there’s no truth to be found at all.

Luke 13:24-30 is one of those passages which disturbs me the most because it reveals how the truth we believe can actually be based on a self-manufactured lie.  If you have this concern too after reading this passage, let me give you one clear directive which will guarantee you won’t live in a false reality where your relationship with the LORD is concerned.

One phrase Jesus says which stands out to me in vs. 24 is to “Make every effort….”…. What a game-changer.  I think many of us would have to admit there have been too many times where we did not make every effort and we expected an impossible outcome.  It was impossible because we gave an effort which can be stated as “good enough.”  The “good enough” mentality somehow lulls me into expecting more while giving less effort.  For instance, we may settle for a marriage which is not ideal because it is “good enough” and so we never work to make it stronger.  Our lack of effort is realized when it crumbles under the weight of the pressure of life because in reality, it wasn’t “good enough.”

We will sacrifice eternity if we think we can live some sort of “good enough” in relation to the LORD.  First, the problem with this thinking is no one is “good enough,” so how could you even think such a ridiculous thought.  Actually, it is easy when the lie becomes the truth.  See, I look at myself and think what is good about me outweighs what is wrong with me, so I’m now “good enough.”

When you dedicate yourself to “make every effort” there is little room to miss the mark.  Jesus knew the most important goal for any of our lives was to find salvation in Him through our repentance of sins within His forgiveness for those sins.  Nothing less will move us to the other side of the threshold except for His grace.

The reality is this….if your life were to end now and you were on the wrong side of that threshold, you would be desperate to get through this door called salvation, but it will be too late.  The decision has to be made in this life.  Rather than be desperate later, make every effort now to ensure you are saved.

Don’t shut out God’s voice to your life, and His direction.  Find joy in His Word of life rather than in things or even people which only last or stay for a time.  Trust in Him, so you will not allow the worries of life or the temptation to gain great riches draw you from His presence.  In other words, keep your priorities straight by making sure He is your first priority…your first love….the One you serve first…….your All in All!

There’s no sense in gaining the world and losing your soul.  If you will make every effort, you will undoubtedly enjoy a fullness in your life which only comes from Him and cannot be duplicated by anything or anyone else.

Why I Worship Him

worshipI’ve enjoyed singing all of my life.  When I was only three my Dad was a car salesman at a dealership in Paramus, NJ, and his demo car didn’t come equipped with a radio.  Undeterred, I would sit in the back seat and sing all the songs we would have heard on the radio if we had one.  Throughout my life, I’ve always enjoyed music even though my music choice and tastes changed over the years mainly because of my love for the LORD.

I don’t listen to secular music anymore.  To be honest, it doesn’t fit the focus of my life, and it does not serve a purpose.  Maybe that statement seems foreign to some people, but I believe everything, including the music I listen to, should serve the purpose of my life.

I grew up in a Catholic church until I was 8 years old, and we eventually attended an Assemblies of God church where I made a genuine commitment to Jesus, and was filled with the Holy Spirit when I was twelve.  I failed to understand, at that age, how my decision for Him affected my purpose.  Before that decision, all of my present and future plans revolved around what I desired to be or become, and what I would do to make that happen.  That all changed when I made a commitment to Him.  It was no longer I who lived, but Christ living in me (Galatians 2:20).

For the believer, our lives revolve around His existence much like the earth circles the sun.  Apart from many reasons for the existence of life on our planet, nothing could exist without the warmth and light of the sun.  What the earth needs most for life to exist is what it revolves around; the sun is at the center of its existence.  In the same way I view the existence of the believer, and my own life.  I know the Creator who breathed life into me, and the Savior who died and rose for me, and the Holy Spirit who fills me with the ability to serve God, so He is the center of my existence.  Whatever does not serve the purpose of deepening my dependence on Him, extending my reverence for Him, or portraying my devoted love for Him is waste (Philippians 3:7-12).

Now…..back to music.

What do I listen to most?  Worship music.  Why? Because my life is dependent on Him.  See, I have a testimony for why I am the person I am today, and it revolves around the faithfulness of God.  Worship is my opportunity to praise Him for who He is, thank Him for what He’s done, and draw closer to Him.  It is a time for me to get in God’s presence and be reminded how necessary He is and how incredibly generous He has been to me.  Worship is an opportunity for me to simply pour out my love and gratitude to God.  In worship, my focus is completely on Him.  I’m not focused on what others are doing, or if someone is singing in key or not, or how someone else is responding to Him.  It just becomes Him and me, and I’m relating my love to Him in worship.  I understand worship is a matter of obedience to God in how I live daily, but it is very much the act of singing and praising Him, as well.

In the midst of my seemingly impossible issues, I can worship and enter His presence and remember He is greater and more able to direct my life than anything which stands opposed to me.  Worship isn’t about asking Him for anything, but it reminds me what I already know….God loves me and He who is in me is greater.

This past Sunday night, our church had a night of worship where we just came together and lifted up His Name.  It was an incredible experience for me, and I believe for many who came that night.  It is definitely the first of many worship nights to come!  I also believe, God not only desires to develop a culture of worship in our church, but His people desire it too.  When our desires align with His desires, we can be sure we have finally figured out He is the center of our existence.

For your listening pleasure, here are some of my recent fav’s for worship…..

Only Wanna Sing – Hillsong Young and Free

Holy Spirit – Kari Jobe

Yahweh – Elevation Worship  (Song starts at 3:00 mark)

Spirit Break Out – Kim Walker