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November 29, 2008

Fire-A Devotional from my Hubby

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This is the latest from my husband, Chris.  To be honest this one stung a bit.  I’ll be the first to admit that I can get caught up in playing Christian.  I want to be transparent-to my friends, family, my kids, strangers.  I want them to see a forgiven sinner.  But…when I first read this-I felt my human, fleshy side burn with pride.  I felt that Chris should’ve written it a bit more on the sugar-coated side.  And I told him so, too.  Of course his response was that he just writes what the Spirit leads…my husband.  ☺  What a blessing.  I’m grateful that God has partnered me with such a Godly man, who is obedient in all areas of his life.  One who doesn’t “sugar-coat”, but tells it like it is.  Enjoy!  I hope God uses these words to press in a bit and change you!   

 

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Fire

 

   Have you caught it?  Have you caught the fire that is not merely fire?  Not merely fire, but a raging inferno in your heart that’s unquenchable, undeniable, uncontrollable for Jesus.  This Jesus who loves you beyond comprehension.  This Jesus who was beaten, slashed, stabbed, spit on, mocked, whipped, punched, torn up, and crucified; why?  Ultimately it was payment for your debt.  For your separation…for your SIN.

     If you are not a follower of the Jesus of the bible, I invite you to take a journey down the path of your life.  God demands perfection.  Have you ever lied?  Stolen?  Committed adultery? Hated someone?  Used God’s name as a cuss word?  Disobeyed your parents?  Looked with lust?  Longed for stuff that wasn’t yours?  I could name a hundred more.  Have you ever done any of these even once?  God knows.  And He demands justice.  But all the good deedsin the world aren’t enough to satisfy the chasm you’ve created between yourself and God with even one time missing the mark of perfection.  In fact, the bible says, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away” (Isaiah 64:6).  But God in His infinite mercy and uncomprehendable grace stepped in and paid your fine with a gift.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).  Did you catch that?  Did you see the gift that God gave you?  The gift that you can’t give yourself?  It was Jesus.  God gave Jesus as a sacrifice for your crimes.  I invite you to repent, turn from your ways and yourself, and trust in the Savior Jesus with all your heart.

     If you are a soundly saved, born again, addicted follower of Jesus Christ, then I’m begging you to stop playing games with Him.  Stop playing Christian.  Stop your hypocritical, surface level, God-in-a-box, I’m in control, envy filled, wretched ways.  Catch the fire of God!  The unknowingly big, holy and awesome God.  Let it burn through what you see.  Let it burn through what you say and do and think!  Let it burn through what you are!  “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire” (1 Thessalonians 5:19).  Catch the fire that’s found in suffering.  Catch the fire found in contending for the faith.  Catch the fire found in servanthood; in surrender; in humility.  Some say all we need is Jesus.  I say all we have is Jesus!  Let the Spirit reign in your heart and burn and consume all of you.  There is nothing else!  There is only one Savior.  Only one Christ.  Only one Lord.  He is Jesus.

Amen.

 

Chris

 

 

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