Fat-heads

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 CEV)

Ask yourself?

What is the purpose of light?  What does light bring?  Jot down everything you can think of, think it through.  Also, what imagery comes to mind?

Being blunt, Christians are such fat-heads. What do I mean by that? I’d better explain myself. We know so much about the Good News but we keep it to ourselves. We store it up without acting it out. Imagine this. A cartoon character with an abnormally large head on a scrawny body. That’s what a fat-head looks like- their heads are exploding with the Gospel of Jesus yet they keep it in; they keep it to themselves. And because fat-heads don’t exercise it they don’t develop. There’s no muscle to their message.

Ask yourself?

Is there any muscle to your message?  Do you exercise your faith?  If you don’t exercise it then there’s no evidence of it.  So, I’ll ask it again- is there any muscle to your message?

Our heads should not outsize our hearts; they should be in proportion. There has to be a balance. The more we know, the more we should show it. As we become built up in our faith we should grow by exercising our strengths in service. Our heads are exploding with the Message yet we’re holding it in. And we have no reason to. We have no excuse to not share it and shout it from the rooftops! Luke 11:33 (NIV) sheds a little light; “no one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.” This is what we have to do- spread a little light; if you don’t you will only end up snuffing it out. If you don’t exercise your faith it will be the end of it.

I can’t over-emphasise this. We can’t keep the Message to ourselves. God has called us to spread the Message, not store it up for ourselves. Squirreling it away isn’t going to do much good; there is more than enough to go around. The Gospel is food enough for all. If we don’t share our Salvation we will have God to answer to on Judgement Day. We can’t keep our Saviour silent; we have to allow Him to speak through us. So, why don’t we work our faith out? If we say we know Jesus but we don’t share Him it’s a complete contradiction. Knowing is not enough. It’s our Salvation that saves us, and our service that shows it.

Bible-bones

I love what The Message brings out in Matthew 5:14-16… Attack it with ink. If anything jumps out at you, highlight it!  “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

Think upon these things…

Write down a few ways in which you can ‘preach’ through reaching out… always remember to “Go and preach the good news to everyone in the world” (Mark 16:15 CEV), whether it be in word or in works.  This is our commission, go and answer your call!

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Defining the Divinity

As an opening, turn to Psalm 145 and read it from start to finish. Read and re-read it. Make a note of all the characteristics of God.

You can’t define the Divinity. You can’t put God in a box because He will only break free from it. God pushes back the boundaries. Something my eyes were opened to when we were doing our devotions at a Scripture Union mission was that I try to “pack and parcel” God. We were reading through Psalm 145 and I realised that I try to understand Him when He’s too much to take in. He’s indefinite and unknown at times so why can’t I just accept that my praise is never enough?

I hope you’ve done your homework!  Here’s my list… He’s worthy of our praise, “I WILL extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever [with grateful, affectionate praise]. (Psalm 145:1 Amplified). Our God is Great, we can never praise Him enough, “His greatness is [so vast and deep as to be] unsearchable.” (Psalm 145:3 Amplified).

Our God is Good, “God is good to one and all; everything he does is suffused with grace” (Psalm 145:9 MSG). And again, “You are good to everyone, and you take care of all your creation” (Psalm 145:9 CEV). Our God nurtures nature. All you have to do is look out the window and see how our Creator has hand-crafted creation.

Praise Him; for He satisfies and sustains us, “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing” (Psalm 145:16 NKJV). “The eyes of all wait for You [looking, watching, and expecting] and You give them their food in due season” (Psalm 145:15 Amplified). Our God, who birthed us and gave us our very first breath, will continue to provide for us and protect us for all of eternity.

Here’s another thing, “The LORD is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love” (Psalm 145:8 NIV). God is all about grace. He’s more than generous when it comes to this gift, He pours it upon us. The God of the second-chance, that’s my Father! There’s no-one as forgiving as Him! “They shall pour forth [like a fountain] the fame of Your great and abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your rightness and justice” (Psalm 145:7 Amplified). Sing it out!

I love this. “The LORD upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down” (Psalm 145: 14 NIV). When I trip up and fall flat on my face, God picks me up, dusts me off and sets me on my feet once again. “When someone stumbles or falls, you give a helping hand” (Psalm 145:14 CEV). Beautiful, isn’t it? God stoops when we stumble. And when it all gets too much, He carries us.

His Kingdom is everlasting, it’s eternal, “Your dominion endures through all generations” (Psalm 145:13 NIV). The Message rewords it, “You never get voted out of office” (Psalm 145:13 TM). Our King of kings and Lord of lords will never abdicate His throne. He will never stand down and it will never be taken from Him because no-one else is up for the job. No-one is big enough to fill His boots! God has, and always will, rule us as Sovereign. He is Lord of all and Lord over all.

The Lord is faithful” (Psalm 145:6 NIV). He keeps His promises. When He says He will do something, it’s as good as done. When He says He will answer, you had better listen up! When He says He will see you through your troubles, look up! And when He says that He will give you the strength to endure you had better live up to it! “The Lord will keep all his promises; he is loyal to all he has made” (Psalm 145:13 NCV).

He is our Answer. “He listens when they cry, and he saves them” (Psalm 145:19 NCV). When He hears of our trouble He responds and rescues us. “The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth” (Psalm 145:18 NLT). He is active, and attentive to our every need. He is watchful and waiting. When He sees us reaching out to Him He gathers us in His arms and holds us close. He is our Answer in Himself.

Don’t try and squeeze God into a mould; it can’t contain Him. You can’t define the Divinity, it’s an impossibility…

Heart-cry…

Father, I thank You that even though we may not be able to understand everything about You we know this much: You are all we need…

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