Wednesday, March 30, 2016

He is Real

So I’ve been going through this process of cleaning things out around my condo and getting rid of things that I haven’t used in the past few years. It’s that time of year when I know I have to declutter my place and remind myself of the financial and organizational goals I set at the beginning of the year. In doing my cleaning it made me think about my walk with Jesus- the process He goes through with us to help clean out the junk in our hearts. I started to think about where I was last year to where I am now…and it just made me smile.  This will be a "forever" process and I have to say that I’m enjoying getting to know Him more. I don’t enjoy seeing the yucky stuff that remains in my heart or the thoughts that I sometimes have, but God is patient enough to work through this with me, so that all things will work out for my good because I believe in Him and I love Him (Romans 8:28). He can do a work in me that I could never do on my own. 

Jesus is amazing, think about this: He (the.greatest.Power.point blank period) restricted Himself to a human body in order to save His people (us). When I think about the sacrifice He made and the way He loves us—-it gives me chills. My desire is that people that do not know Him would just experience one moment in His presence when you open your heart enough to feel His loving spirit wrap you like a baby- then there would be no question that He.Is.Real. One act of fully submitting your situation to Him, and in that moment (sometimes His moments are longer than ours ;-)) He would pick you up off of the ground (Matthew 11:28-30) and you would realize— It isn’t some make believe story that has been passed down from generation to generation. The living God lives within those that believe and if you don’t feel Him- it isn’t because He isn’t there. Could it be that you just don’t see? Could it be that your storms have you blinded from the mighty Power that lives within you, He is with you- He.Is.Real

There is something so beautiful about time with Jesus. The time that I get to be alone with Him. The times when I say something silly and He calls me out on it. The ah-ha moments that He gently places (or sometimes throws) in my face because He knows I will miss it otherwise. The moments that I walk outside and see His beauty in the things He creates. The moments that He reassures me that He is still in control although the world would make us believe that He no longer reigns. There is something so special and unique about our Heavenly Father that if you allow life to keep you busy and confused—-He will patiently wait on you, as He continues to follow you, the true man of pursuit. There is something about our Father that can heal all wounds without even changing our situation. How can He give us peace when life is still throwing shots (Philippians 4:7)?? You see, I know this world is cray cray and I know it seems like the devil is winning but he lost the battle. Please say that with me…that dirty devil lost when Jesus Christ rose from the dead---the devil knows his fate. 

So do you believe in the Gospel? The Good News that the Bible shares? Have you surrendered your heart and asked God to come into your life in the name of Jesus- Do you believe that He lived the life we should have lived and died the death we should have died- that He rose on the third day, so that we might live? Do you repent of your sins and believe with your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior. If you do this, you will find a little roommate that will enter into your heart and begin the process of cleaning out the old. You see—another beauty of God is that He knows we can’t do this on our own. He knows we aren’t capable of always doing right and denying our flesh. He knows that we are weak—but it’s when we are weak that He is made strong. It’s a painful process because you begin to see what is truly in your heart. And when the mighty God moves in for a permanent stay only THE BEST can remain. All that yuck stuff that we tend to cover up and hide form people in the closet, yup He is going through ALL that dirty laundry. It's uncomfortable, it hurts, it makes you want to quit on Him, it makes you wonder why no one else has to go through this process (so it seems), it makes you question everything and everyone, but when you feel those feelings—-you are reassured that He.Is.Real. There is a certain level of vulnerability that comes along with believing—-you have to be willing to let it ALL hang out, let it all go, and surrender your control, so that you too can shout- He.Is.Real. 

And so is that dirty devil, he is real too…he is not getting any shoutouts from me but you have to know that there is truly a good and an evil, heaven and hell—there will always be a choice given to you to make…How will you make it? With the Holy Spirit’s guidance or with your flesh (Galatians 5:17)? One of them always leads to death...#thisjustgotreal (Romans 8:2).

If it sounds like I’m just rambling, it’s because I am. Sometimes I get in a mood when I just want to love on God and shout to the top of my lungs that He is awesome.  It just so happened that decluttering my place over spring break was the trigger! Will you allow Him to declutter your heart? 

Until next time, remember—-He.Is.Real

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