Posted tagged ‘sin’

A personal note about a not so personal blog

April 19, 2009

Right now (and in the last two months) I am simply overwhelmed by the way God chose to bless me.

But before I get to that, there is something I got to say something about what happened before God’s blessings came upon me.

Even though the blog was called “nothing between”, there was still something I wanted to keep – in a way – for myself. I was thinking that was a reasonable compromise, but it was not reasonable at all.

I think that the people who compromise are the most unhappy of all. They are too bad when compared to the church, and in a sense, too good when compared to the world (we are actually not “good” ourselves, though, we have it from Him).

My close friends, you know all about it and I want to thank you so much you for your prayers!

We think so often (like I did) that we can manage sin. We cannot. God knows EVERYTHING about us. He knows that it is infinitely better for us to just obey Him, even when we think we “know better”. 

On the other hand, I’m so glad God is not frustrated by our failures. And He never tells us “I told you not to do that. Now deal with the mess you are in”.

It is my responsibility all that happened and if the Christians will be judged, I’ll be judged for that too. 

Was is God’s will that I sin? No, absolutely not!

Was that God’s plan? Again, no.

But God in His sovereignty can turn our life around at any point (no matter how low). All it takes is our availability to surrender it all.

Now, that this is over, I realize that it is simply too “expensive” not to obey God completely. It was for me, in the sense that it was painful, because I knew it was not right. Someone said that “one always feels miserable when he disobeys God, and on the same time one feels so good (in the sense of “doing what’s right”) when one obeys God.

This is definitely true. Now, that I think back, I don’t want another step outside God’s will, no matter how small the step.

And a big disclaimer: throughout this blog, I didn’t mean to seem what I was not (namely godlier). It was not the purpose of the blog. If I did it, it was unconscious, but I’m sorry and prayed that God forgives me too. And for the most special person in my life, please forgive me too.

For Him, by Paul Washer

March 4, 2009

Transcript of one of his messages (one of the most powerful I’ve heard)
In case you’d rather listen, turn the computer sound down first 😉
The video is here.

You don’t need self-esteem. You need the knowledge of God. It’s all about Him!
Your heart beats for Him!
You were given breath for Him!
You were given strength for Him!
You were given a mind for Him!
You were given everything you were given for Him, and it is only by living for Him that you’ll ever going to have find purpose or meaning.
And even in that you will not find purpose and meaning, if your goal is to find purpose and meaning.
You should believe in Jesus Christ, you should repent and you should serve Him even if He sends you to hell because He is worthy of repentance, He is worthy of faith, and He is worthy of service, though you get nothing from it.
Do you understand that kind of Christianity?
Well, it’s all about Him!
And not about men.
For what reason does our heart beat? For what reason does our chest draw in breath?
There is only one reason, and this is for Him.
Men were not made for men.
This world was not made for men
Men were made for God.
And the christian says “I was born in sin and in sin my mother conceived me”.
I have broken every law of God and I deserve the full extent of His just wrath against me.
I am trusting in the virtue and the merit of another.
Jesus Christ my Lord.
All to Him.
“Nothing in my hands I bring
Simply to the cross I cling”
I need no other argument, I need no other plea
It is enough that Jesus died
That He died for me.
A young man came tome one day and he said “You’re right, brother Paul, Jesus is all we need”.
I said “young man, Jesus is all we have, He’s not just all we need”.
Outside of Him, there is nothing.
You need to understand that that great book of Colossians does not only teach us that the world was created by Christ and for Him but it was created in Christ.
Everything outside of Jesus Christ is not reality!
Everything outside of Jesus Christ is absolutely absurd!!
Everything outside of Jesus Christ is death!
There is nothing. There’s no reality, there’s no logic, there’s no sense, there’s no reason, there’s nothing that works, everything was made to be in Christ
Your greatest problem is lashing yourself down to this truth, Total surrender to the person and will of Jesus Christ for the glory of Jesus Christ

That men might see what they are and in seeing what they truly are,having their hearts exposed, they will see their need of a Saviour.
But while you play with them, and cuddle them and protect their so-called self-esteem, you at the same time damn their soul to hell. Seems like every time I get up to preach in a meeting some person would get up and sing a song that asks the question “Oh, God, what did you see in me, that you saved me!?” and I feel like a kid in school with his hand raised in the back: “Oh, pick me up, I’ll tell you.” What did God see in you!? He saw an object of wrath. He saw someone who broke every law he ever made and lived a dislocated perverted life.That’s what He saw. Why did He save you? Two reasons:
1) God is love
2) To demonstrate His glory, His mercy, His attributes.
Not only the world, but even beyond.
You were given everything you were given for Him!
And it is only by living for Him that you’ll ever going to find purpose or meaning.