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The lion who thought he was a monkey

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Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, lived a lion who thought he was a monkey.

Oh, what a sight to behold; a 400 pound lion attempting to hang out with his monkey buddies.

It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

You see, years ago, when the lion was quite young, he became fascinated with the monkey family which lived next door. Throughout the day, the lion and monkeys were inseparable; you’d never see one without the whole gang.

Now there’s really nothing wrong with lions and monkeys hanging out, unless they become confused about their identity and purpose in life.

Lions were not created to swing from tree to tree, limb to limb. They were created to rule the animal kingdom; to be the King of the Beasts.

But even a lion, if confused, can be reduced to a noisy, paranoid, fidgety monkey; a monkey in actions, but in truth, a lion.

And no matter how well the lion could imitate his little friends, it never changed what he truly was.

A lion.

A lion living far beneath his intended purpose.

There are many people in the world living far beneath their intended purpose. They were created, by God, to live an abundant, God infused life.

Although they’re loaded with unique gifts, talents, and abilities, they, like the lion, are confused about who they are. They’ve become so focused on what others around them are doing, they’ve learned to emulate their behavior and ultimately believe that’s who they are.

Some people “discover” their identity with the help of Hollywood, Social Media, and the overall societal voice. “This is what you feel, believe, question, etc.” the whole kit and caboodle forced into a confused, out of touch world.

Trying to make monkeys out of lions.

I’m not dissing monkeys. I’m simply saying you and I need to find out who we are, why are we here, and get on with life.

And in order to learn our purpose, we must listen to the One Who created us.

“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27 NLT)

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)

Whether you claim to be a Christian or not, God has ALREADY done something extraordinary for you! He’s made it possible, through faith in Jesus, for you to know and fulfill your purpose in life.

We’ve been created to bring God glory in everything we do.

When a lion thinks he’s a monkey, he’ll never live with true dignity and purpose.

If you and I buy the devil’s lie that we’re only an accident, or nothing more than an animal, we will forever be swinging from tree to tree; always falling short of God’s purpose for our lives.

But…“as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12 – 1:13 NASB)

“…those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17 NASB)

It’s time to know who you really are in Christ Jesus. Let the monkeys be monkeys; you be the lion God created you to be.

In Christ Jesus; forgiven of all sin, free of all condemnation, and filled with His power enabling you to be and do who HE said you are.

Amen.

Our Golden Calf 

imageAaron made a golden calf. Everyone was happy, as they danced the dance of worship and celebration, lauding the golden calf as their deliverer. The one who delivered them out of Egypt.

Everyone except God, Moses, and Joshua. 

America has made, or has at least tolerated, self absorbed, egotistical politicians whom we like to laud as our savior and provider. We dance to their tunes, and raise our voices in praise to our favorite “golden calf”; the one we believe will save us from the dreaded democrats or the repulsive republicans.

We mimic their values, tout their talking points, and dare anyone to tell us we’re wrong. We will fight for our right to worship our golden calf, because that’s the american way.

And all the while God is on the mountain watching. 

Watching and grieving.

Watching, grieving, and telling His people two things.

Come out from among them and be separate. Don’t fall into the dance of idol worship.

Pray for those caught up in the hype, the razzle-dazzle, the dance.

As Moses asked the people, “Who is on the Lord’s side?“, so the Lord is asking you and I.

The Levites responded to Moses call. 

Will we respond to God’s?

It Is Now 

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If there was ever a time to arm ourselves with the mind of Christ, it is now.

If there was ever a time to throw off the things of this world that keep us from doing God’s will, it is now. 

If there was ever a time to settle in our hearts exactly who’s the Lord of our lives, it is now.

Now is the time to act on the truth we’ve embraced. It’s the time to hold fast to our confession, our confidence, and our courage.

We can, we must, do all things through Christ Who gives us strength.

If there was ever a time to make our message clear and concise, it is now.

If there was ever a time to rely upon the power of God, it is now.

If there was EVER a time to humble ourselves, seek His face, and do exactly what He says, it is now.

We’ve waited long enough. We’ve tried everything else.

But our cute comments, sharp sayings, and timely tweets haven’t penetrated society’s skin. 

Debates, arguments, and name calling haven’t won the masses. Compromising truth for the sake of getting along hasn’t compelled anyone to trade darkness for light.

It’s time.

For light to reveal, love to appeal, and God’s truth to define right and wrong.

In ourselves first, then possibly the world.

If there was ever a time when the conscience of a nation needed to witness believers who believe something enough to make it their life, it is now.

If there was ever a time to love righteousness and hate unrighteousness, it is now.

It’s time to pray, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done”, and expect God to move. Act. Answer.

In our lives, first.

Yes, if there was ever a time…

…it is now.

Hey Jude

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Ever hear of the rock and roll group, the Beatles? Of course you have! As a teenager, and like millions of other teens, I listened to them every chance I got. And, like it or not, their music spoke directly to the heart of their generation, the culture of the day.

Ever hear of a guy named Jude? (By the way, don’t miss a song about him near the end of this post) Not the guy the Beatles sang about; this guy was a brother of Jesus and a writer of a very small letter in the New Testament. He had much to say to his generation, as well. And although his letter is about 2000 years old, the message he gave then is relevant for us today.

Have you read his letter? It starts out nice and friendly; cordial, even. But things get hot real quick. I mean, he starts writing and warning people to rise up and contend for the faith. Fight for the Truth, the Gospel. Why? Because there’s a time coming when all “hell is gonna break loose!”

He warns of judgment to come, the danger of “backsliding”, and the need to keep “built up on our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” He uses the word “ungodly” so many times you get the idea God isn’t very pleased with a lot of people who call themselves Christians; the ones who act like they’ve never met Jesus. For instance:

“But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

“Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries… But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.” (Jude 1:5-13 NKJV)

See what I mean? “Having saved people…destroyed those who did not believe”, and “while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves.” These people hung out with the believers, but…

Jude. Poor ol’ Jude. He’s not a very popular guy. Definitely not as popular as the Beatles! And his message doesn’t attract too many people today, either.

In fact, most of the “church world” would just as soon ignore the message of Jude.

Here’s a little ditty that resonates with a lot of the modern “saints”. Feel free to sing along.

Hey, Jude, I can’t believe, you’d take a Good God, and make Him bitter

Remember, God is love and so kind, I am offended by your letter

Hey, Jude, why are you mad? Where’s the love, man, why be so hateful?

Remember, God’s love and grace is for all, He wouldn’t send a soul to hell.

So why the angry rhetoric, you know, I’m sick, of people who always speak so ugly

Why can’t we all just get along, would it be wrong, to talk of the good, and not the ungodly

Hey, Jude, you’re such a fool, to believe those tales of fiction

Remember, the thought of angels in chains, is but a vivid imagination

So let them out and let them go, those words of woe, they only embarrass Christian brothers

Lighten up your voice of gloom, your words of doom, and let’s all love one another…

Hey, Jude, though I’m your friend, feel that church has made you bitter

Remember, it’s not as bad as it seems, so take your sad notes, and make them better, better, better…

Yep, poor old Jude. Too bad he didn’t realize this generation doesn’t care for such negativity. If he’d only gotten the memo, and had a dynamic agent, he just might have connected to the believers of the 21st Century.

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, hey Jude!

(Originally posted 8/7/13)

 

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