Everyone knows About Superman

Everyone knows about Superman, Right?? Of Course. The Man of Steel. Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings with a single bound!
He’s a Superhero. We would all agree on this. He has special powers and giftings that enable him to help mankind. His function on earth, and to his city, is to rescue, save, and deliver from death and destruction. Yet what if he chose not to?
What if he just sat at home or somewhere ignoring everything around him? Would we still call him a Super Hero? Superman?? Would he be considered super at all? Would we consider him a hero if he never rescued, or helped anyone???
Last night at our home-group we watched, “Superman Returns.” (I Highly Recommend it.) There was a part in the movie when Superman flies above the earth and closes his eyes, and he can hear everything going on.. All the screams, cries, sirens, everything and everyone, screaming out for help. A little later on he takes Lois Lane up and asks her, “What do you hear?” Her response, “Nothing!” Superman looks at her and says, “I hear everything.. You wrote, ‘Why the World doesn’t need a Savior’ but everyday I hear the people crying out for one.” At this I challenged the kids, as I am you, what do you hear all round you? What do you hear at your office? When you are in the store? Restaurant or Where ever?? What are you hearing? Are you like Lois and hear nothing? Maybe you just hear noise, chaos? Or will you be like Superman, and hear the cries of those around you needing a savior? (Maybe this is why Jesus kept saying, “To him who has an ear, let them hear.”) Everyday we are bombarded with so much grabbing for our attention, pulling us in a vicious tug-a-war drawing us away from that which we are sent to do; distracting us from being super, into normality, and keeping us rescuing the hurting, suffering and dying.
Now, back to the question, What would everyone think of Superman if they knew he had the power, ability, the knowledge, and the gifting to rescue those that are perishing, or in danger? Surely our reaction would be, “What a JERK!” “What a Selfish idiot!!” We would call him a lot of names but none of it would be Super, or Hero..
So, what about us?? What if God has given us “Everything Pertaining to Life and Godliness?” What if we were given Heavenly Power? What if we had the power of God inside of us? What if we were given “the keys to the kingdom and whatever we bound on earth is bound in heaven”?… And what if we didn’t do anything with it? Would we still be calling Christian, Christ Like? What would everyone think of us if they knew we had the answers, but refuse to help? What will everyone say about you, me, when they find out we had the Power, the Ability, the knowledge and gifting to save them, but didn’t??  What is God going to judge us on? What will our lives reflect when we stand before Him and He ask, “What did you do with My Name?”  “What did you do with My Son, with the Power of the Holy Spirit?” (Matthew 25: 31-46)
I know what you’re thinking; I don’t have the Ability, The knowledge, any gifts or talents? But I want to disagree with you..  Either Jesus is telling the truth or he lied.. Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) So, you have been empowered from on High! Now, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the World.” (1John 4:4) “Fear Not, for I have over come the world!.” (John 16:33) Now that you know this, you can know you have the strength and power; you “can do All things thru Christ who strengthens you.”  (Philippians 4:13)
Next lets cover the ability to make a difference.  “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3)   “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (2 Peter 1:3 & 4)
     What else do you need?? Gifting or Talent?? Let’s see.. Ephesians 4: “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” … 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13  until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
     You have been called, chosen, picked and empowered. You have been born again, not of flesh but of spirit. Go now and be what you were created to be, Super! To be a Hero! You are called to seek and to save them that are lost. You have been empowered with an unstoppable power to rescue those who are crying out, to stop injustice! Listen… Hear those around you. (This could preach!)

 

I have A.D.D.

“Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love./
O to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let they goodness, like a fetter, Bind my wandering heart to thee 

Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart. O take and seal it; Seal it for thy courts above.”

See, I am Little ADD.. Attention Deficit Disorder..
Well Maybe Not a Little, Maybe A lot. It’s not that I am Not smart,
No Not all!
I love Art.. I just can’t create what I see. I can’t bring to life that which I have inside me.

Frustrated! I cry. I’m Mad… throw my pencil, pen, and pad.
What Assignment in English?
Did I read it? Read What?

Hey, who are we playing in Basketball this week?
I can’t draw what I See!! Does that Look like an Eye?
There is something there… It’s distorted..It’s angles are all wrong.
My Shading and lines don’t match up.
Its not the paper’s fault or the pencil’s. They are just instruments used by the Creator, to release what the artist sees…

My mind is working and there is greatness there,
But I can’t Draw this!!! I can’t make it come to life.
The pencil is dull, the paper worn and torn, my eraser is gone. So is my patience and calm.

Why do I have to do this? Why do they require it of me?
Don’t they see, it’s only frustrating me!!!??
Don’t they see how it’s killing me??
Now they want to judge me?? Are you Kidding!!!!

Give me a Freaking Break!
I have a basketball game. I have homework. Don’t they know?
I am not in control. To many emotions for this little soul, Its all spinning, spinning, spinning,  out of control..

I’m a Little ADD.. Maybe you know.

Church was great, camp this really moved me. I felt something release inside of me.
I love God, I really do. But I cannot create that which I read. “ I will make you a light among the nations.” Please I am a Freshman.

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness.” Just “Let your light Shine in such a way.”
What way? For the church has told me it’s their way or the Highway.

We sang a Song, “I surrender all.. All To Jesus I Surrender, I surrender all.”
My soul and Spirit leaped as John leaped in Elizabeth’s belly when she met Mary.

There was a Scripture, “I Am the Way the Truth the Life,”
I sang the song, I prayed the prayer,  I surrendered all.
A new life I now have, A life complete in Christ..
My heart beats, it beats differently; it echoes the words of Jesus in me.
“My Life I give, I lay it Down. No one Takes it from Me.”
See I give it. No one Takes it from me. I give Life and Life More abundantly.

For it’s Christ in Me, This is what I read…It’s Christ in me the Hope of Glory.
But wait, I have a date. I got to go, we are going to be Late..
The Movie starts in 30 minutes, and oh have you Ate??
I’m going to need some money Mom, maybe for a coke and some popcorn, or something snack on..
I want an Action film because that keeps me on the edge of my Seat. It help fills the longing for adventure I crave, it helps release what’s inside me.

I hope it’s funny because I love to laugh, and when I laugh I can be a lot of fun.

You know.. Laughters good. It’s a Medicine they say. Proverbs says, “ A merry heart doeth good Like a Medicine.” So I need a dose. Or Two.. Now!

See my heart is heavy. I feel I am no Good.  I have failed you see.. I don’t make the grades I need. I can’t Draw what I see..
In English I can’t Read, And when I write, I can’t explain what I read.
So I need some medicine to numb this pain, Please!
I need something to take way the this sting of failure please.. So I will take 2 pills..2 Pills..

Two Tickets Please.. One for her and one for me..
Did I tell you I have ADD?? Let me explain a little so you will see..

Which movie are we going to see??
Oh yeah, it’s Christ inside me.
There is good in me, I long to do that which is in me. But there seems to be this battle raging inside of me. . For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, its the evil I do not want to do—that I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin in me that does it.

I keep messing up.. I can seem to draw what I see. I can bring to life that which I read. I can’t explain what I feel when I write.

I’m I getting a grade on this??
What song are we playing??

I love music. Who doesn’t? “Singing Songs, hymns, spiritual songs, singing making melody in your heart.”
I’m humming the tune but don’t know the words to the Song.
The beat is familiar, it comes so freely. I find myself lost in the song and tapping my feet, but the words I sing I just keep repeating,  I have lost the words somewhere down the road.
I have A.D.D, Attention Deficit Disorder, So I have been told.
I keep forgetting where I put stuff and left things, just not to long ago.
How can I remember you God, when I forgot who I am? Maybe this is the key?

Wait! Where’s My Wallet? Have I lost my keys, again??
Oh, The Key, Behold I give you the Keys to the Kingdom..
Maybe the key is not who I am as much as it is, whose I am! For I know whom I have believed and He is Great I AM..
The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, The First and Last, and all in-between.
He holds me in the Palm of his Hand. I am the Apple of His eye.
I have His complete attention, no longer competing for the attention of others. No longer a deficit of that longing to be wanted.
The disorder is now order, for those whom he foreknew,.. And those he predestined, to them he called; the called he justified, That they maybe glorified..

We have a lot of games this season, I hope we get past regionals. I sure do love basketball for some strange reason.

I am now an heir, a son. Made in the image of that which I can not draw
I am his Master Piece. Painted, formed.
As His Creation, I am shaded in, and my lines are drawn..
It is a Work of Art, It’s his.. not Mine.. He can Draw what He Feels and express it through me.
He has written my story on the Parchment of Time.

He is the Author and the Writer, He is the Professor and Teacher, and  He Grades His on Work, when He is done.

Wait, I can’t find my keys… my wallet is gone. Gone, where has the time Gone.
Mom, can you come get us.. This date has gone so wrong.

I know, I need to be more responsible..Yet, He has never forgotten nor misplaced His stuff.
For there is no shadow of turning with My God or his Love.
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, nor has our mind  conceived what God has for us.

And even now I still can’t draw, or shade, or write a decent paper. I can’t explain the unexplainable, nor describe the undescribable.
I can’t make come to life that which is inside..
I love Art. And it’s not that I’m not smart.
I just can’t make the blind to see or mend the brokenness of the heart.

The paper is written, the class is done, Our games are now over, and we’ve usually  won.
Except for this one, this is our very last one.
We won’t play it again, This is my last time to run this court.
My eye is swollen, my back is cracked. I hurt, I cry, I Am so frustrated…
All my emotions are exasperated.

Can’t they see I’m more than this, more than what’s on the score??

He says I am beautiful, that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  He said I have formed you, and Called you by name.
But has he seen my grades, and the mistakes I ‘ve made? Does he not know about my back, and that my eye is now black??

Has he seen how I can’t even draw an Eye?

My mind wanders. My thoughts are far off..  Maybe that is why he seeks to save them that are lost.

So, I sit…
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love.
O to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter, Bind my wandering heart to thee
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart. O take and seal it; Seal it for thy courts above.

Things I learned in Church

Sitting here this morning reading my devotionals (I have several I use) and one,  My Utmost for His Highest, was on belief. Taken from John 11, Lazarus has died and Jesus shows up 3 days later to be confronted by Mary and Martha with Martha saying, “If only you had been here my brother would not have died.”  Jesus doesn’t push back, but encourages. He doesn’t defend Himself, He offers hope! See, Jesus always comes to offer “Life and Life More abundantly.” (John 10:10) So, Jesus tells her “your brother will rise again.” Martha doesn’t doubt that, it’s just that her focus was on the future, not the present. Martha, like most of us, does believe in Heaven. She knows her brother will be brought into a better place, but Jesus is not just in the business of future events, He is about the here and now. He is drawing her attention to the now.. “I AM is the Resurrection and the Life.”

  No one is still catching this. They all are thinking of the after life, and don’t we? It’s like the proverbial saying, “some day” it will be better. Jesus let’s them know that He is a here and now person, not just to make things better in the future but to bring change now.  He draws their attention to their belief.  Jesus said to her, ‘Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?’ ” (John 11:40)

  It’s our beliefs that need to change. It’s our perspective. Jesus is the
“same yesterday, to day and forever.”

“If you can, All things are possible to them that believe.” (Mark 9:23)

How often have our beliefs been the result of others and not of God? How has unbelief affected each of us? If Jesus came to our most trying and difficult place, circumstance, or situation, what would you say to him? Would you accuse, or blame him?? Would you cry out like Martha and Mary, “If you would have come sooner this wouldn’t have happened!!” Or you may think, “I know, when we get to heaven this will make sense, but until then…” Jesus comes and says, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1)

What has tradition taught you that might be holding you in unbelief? What have you learned from others and not from Jesus?  I have a few thoughts running thru my mind..

  1. When all else fails, you have exhausted all you know to do and can do, then pray..
  2. God doesn’t do miracles, and signs and wonders anymore
  3. Do whatever you want, God will bless it. (Even though you haven’t sought his will.)
  4. Its more important for our children to have a proper education than a Love for Jesus and His Word
  5. We hope our kids do better in sports than Bible memory.
  6. We don’t need Jesus unless it’s an emergency
  7. Every emergency is God’s fault or will.
  8. We want our kids in church, but not to really follow Jesus.
  9. Church is good but I don’t really need it
  10. I can love God with out reading the bible
  11. Jesus really doesn’t mean what he says.
  12. The Bible has some good stories but isn’t practical to me
  13. It’s the Pastor’s, youth pastor’s, or Sunday school teacher’s job to teach our kids the Bible.
  14. We don’t have to teach our kids how to pray, they will figure it out
  15. All you do is have to accept Jesus in your heart and that’s it.
  16. You don’t have to be holy, or live righteously, you are forgiven
  17. I don’t have to follow Christ daily to go to heaven..
  18. Church is for the Pretty and Well off.
  19. Church is a place where come sit down and shut up, unless you’re the pastor, elder or deacon.
  20. The church building is where God’s Spirit resides and is Holy

The way we live reflects our true beliefs. It really doesn’t matter what we say if we live differently. Our lives reflect our true heart. Those we surround ourselves with most will influence us the deepest.

The Bible is not a book that we just pick out certain verses, ignoring most, to make us feel good. Nor is it just stories that we use to gain some moral insight.. No, the Bible is the Word of God, “For in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word was with God.” And The Word was Made Flesh and dwelt among us.” Even so, today the Word is living and active. We are to let it “dwell in you richly.” We are to seek it as precious silver or gold. By it “he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature.”  So, breathe it in. Soak it up.! Seek for it as a precious jewel, as hidden treasure! Know it. Believe it!! Live it!! For by it you have Eternal Life and Life more Abundantly.

Walk as Jesus Walked

Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

2 Corinthians 5:20 “We are ambassadors for Christ.”

Matthew 6:10 “Thy kingdom come thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

I wake up every day with this one thought, “How do I glorify my father which is in heaven?”  This thought has overtaken me. It doesn’t matter if I am in Walmart, Starbucks, or wherever, the thought is who needs a word from our Father?  Who needs some encouragement or a word spoken in love? See, I just believe we are Ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5:20) and as His ambassadors we need to bring the kingdom of God wherever we go. Jesus promised to give us the Keys to the Kingdom.

1 John 2:6 says  “Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” Jesus said, “As the Father has sent Me, So I send you.” So, I just believe we are to Walk as Jesus Walked. We are to “walk in all His ways,” “to Love Him,”  “to serve the Lord your God with all your heart.”

What would this look like if we did this everyday? Not a Sunday thing, but lived this way. What if the purpose of your life is to rescue the Lost? What if God put you in charge of “Seeking and Saving that which is lost?” What if… What if we were going to stand before God on Judgment day and give an account of what we did or didn’t do? Wait, We will.. (Matthew 25:31-46)

I’m reading a book right now called “Undaunted”. It’s about rescuing women from Sex Slavery/Human Trafficking and one of the ladies that was rescued said to Christine Caine, the author, when she was sharing the gospel with her, “If your God is real and what you are saying is true, then why did you wait so long to come?”  And why aren’t others coming????

We are surrounded by people needing rescued. Almost everyday I hear of some story from a youth, or young adult, and my heart breaks,. They are sheep with out a shepherd.  Lost. Broken. Needing healing. They are broken on the wheels of living, but there is none reaching out to help.  I see it. I hear the stories and I feel their pains (as Jesus, “touched with the feeling of weaknesses”)… And I realize what Jesus said, “The Fields are ripe for harvest but the Laborers are few.”

We must ask, “What would Jesus do?”  How is our life matching up to his? When people see you do they see Jesus? When you speak, who do they hear? The Father’s Heart?? Or your attitude? Or your opinion??

1 John 2:6 says  “Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” “What does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.