Pentecost

Pentecost

There are few points in History where we can honestly say our entire eternity hinged on it. The birth of Christ, the garden of Gethsemane, the Cross, the resurrection, Pentecost . . . etc. The list doesn’t end there but i want to focus on Pentecost. The marvelous day in which the promised Holy Spirit landed in the heart of the believer. The promised “helper” the very presence of God in our lives! That is pretty spectacular. And, it is absolutely necessary!

Take Romans 8:2-6 for example:

The power of the Holy Spirit has made me free from the power of sin and death. This power is mine because I belong to Christ Jesus. The Law could not make me free from the power of sin and death. It was weak because it had to work with weak human beings. But God sent His own Son. He came to earth in a body of flesh which could be tempted to sin as we in our bodies can be. He gave Himself to take away sin. By doing that, He took away the power sin had over us. In that way, Jesus did for us what the Law said had to be done. We do not do what our sinful old selves tell us to do anymore. Now we do what the Holy Spirit wants us to do. Those who let their sinful old selves tell them what to do live under that power of their sinful old selves. But those who let the Holy Spirit tell them what to do are under His power. If your sinful old self is the boss over your mind, it leads to death. But if the Holy Spirit is the boss over your mind, it leads to life and peace.” 

Do you see how important it is for us to have the Holy Spirit? It doesn’t stop there we could explore for days upon days the absolute work or the Holy Spirit and still not exhaust it absolutely. He empowers us on in love and good deeds. He is the one in us and through us enabling us to do even greater things! That is a really awesome thought, isn’t it? i hope that you will take time to sit in this passage. The fullness of His work in us, and the contrast of Him not being in our lives. The Spirit vs. the flesh. It is an eternity issue. Let us remember the day of Pentecost in the line of other “Holidays” because it is as important!

Imitators

Imitators

 

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1,2

You are new in Christ, the old is gone. Therefore, it is time to start imitating God, walk in love. We need to look up to Jesus in such a way that we desire to imitate Him in all we do. He should be the filter for every one of our decisions. Have you ever had a friend or relative that you looked up to that you wanted to be like? In that way, we should want to be like Jesus.

you are LOVED,
cj

“GOAT”

“GOAT”

Yesterday was a great day for sports fans everywhere, ok maybe just California. The Golden State Warriors broke a record for regular season wins that may never be broken again. The Los Angeles Lakers said good~bye to one of the greatest of all time Kobe Bryant. And the Dodger bullpen didn’t screw up a lead and won the game against the Diamondbacks of Arizona. Ok some of those are not equal achievements but they are achievements just the same.

The Warriors 73 win season means they lost only 9 games. That right there is ridiculous. Single digit loss record in a competitive league?! Come on, love them or hate them you have to tip your hat to them. Kobe Bryant, 20 years in the league, 5 time Champion, Olympic Gold medalist, 81 points in a single game, 3rd all time scorer, 15 years all NBA…the list goes on, oh and did i mention he didn’t go to college?! Yep drafted right out of High School into the NBA. And the Dodgers bullpen yesterday was able to maintain a lead and win the game, that is quite the miracle this year.

All these great achievements, that i as a sports fan can really enjoy. i am a competitor, i have played, coached and cheered teams on to victory, to championships, to records. Humans by nature are competitive. Its no wonder that Paul, writes to the Corinthian Church:

“24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT

The Author of Hebrews wrote this:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT

Its ok to enjoy sports, its ok to celebrate victory and achievement but these Championships will fade, and records will be broken. However, it is necessary to focus on Jesus, He is the author and finisher of our faith…He is the same, yesterday, today and forever! Lets together focus on Jesus!

You are Loved,

cj