Archive for April, 2010

The Pain’s got to go somewhere.

Yea…the pain’s gotta go someplace

So come on down to MY house

Don’t you know that Love’s the only house big enough for all the pain

Powerful song by Martina McBride that has a lot of raw truth to it.  Love is the only house that’s big enough for all the pain in the world but unfortunately there’s not enough of it in this dark world….at least, not the one true Love that can really make a difference in someone’s life. 

It’s the Love of Jesus that is the one weapon that can destroy all the hurt, pain, depression, addiction and oppression that has weighed us down for so long and wounded our souls, leaving us broken and defeated.  It’s only the Love given to us from Christ that has a purity and power behind it to cut through all the stigmas and unlovable parts of our being and touch the core of our spirits.  His Love is unconditional and without bias.  It doesn’t look at who we are at that very moment but who we can be, will be,  if we just lay ourselves at His feet and let Him hug on and love on us.  His Love saves, it heals, it breaks spiritual chains and sets the spiritual captives free.  It forgives us and it wipes our past from life’s rear-view mirror.

I can love you but there will come a day when my love just won’t be enough to get you through.  I will eventually disappoint you and hurt you.  Not because I don’t care but because I’m simply a flawed human being.  But when you allow Jesus to love you, then you will never be hurt, never be disappointed and never be left alone.  His love is perfect and His Love is living.  Let Him love you today.  Lay yourself at His feet and tell Him that you need Him to take your pain somewhere …any place, so that you can begin to be healed and made whole again. 

Yea, Jesus is the only house big enough for all the pain in the world and where the life-changing and powerful healing Love of God can be found.  So come on in!

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Where the touch of the lover and the soul of the friend begin,

There’s a need to be separate and a need to be one

And in the struggle neither wins    

Jackson Browne – Sky Blue and Black

Journal from Saturday, March 3/27:

Yesterday was a good day.  The kind of day that is becoming more and more the exception in today’s crazy, busy world.  We slept late, spent a few hours  fellowshipping and worshipping with the awesome team that God has assembled from Savannah to go and share Christ with the lost and hurting souls of the northeast desert region of Brazil, and had a beautiful time of fellowship (and a yummy dinner too!) with a wonderful family from our church that we had always wanted to know better but hadn’t had the opportunity.  The extra rest was right on and the intense fellowshipping with our group and the Minadeo family left us feeling peaceful and close to God. 

As we were driving home from fellowshipping with the Minadeo family, were we talking about the good day we had had while listening to a compilation CD I had made us when a song by Jackson Browne came on.  Although this is a secular song, the above verse stood out to me, causing us to ponder why many people never  make a difference for the Kindgom of God.  It’s because they never overcome this struggle between an innate desire to be “me” or “do it my way” as opposed to the unnatural act of completely laying “me” down so that we can be one in Christ.  Before we accept Christ as Savior, we spend our lives trying to develop our personality, finding our own identity that is unique and different (or separate) from those around us.  It’s what we’re taught and what we do.

However, from the moment we accept Christ as Savior, we are to put “me” aside so that God can be glorified and the life-changing grace, love, hope and power of Jesus can be given through us to all those in spiritual bondage.   It’s not easy and is an ongoing process because it requires us to “do it God’s way”, no matter the cost.   He tells us to go to Brazil to fulfill the Great Commission, then we go.  If He tells us to quit our jobs and plant a church, we do it.  If He tells us to start a ministry at the local Juvenile Detention Center, we do it.  He tells us to hug on and love on a person that is “unlovable” by the world’s standards because God knows they need just one person to give them some semblance of self-worth, then we do it.  It’s hard and we often fail but it’s a requirement if we are to become more like Christ and impact a lost and hurting world.  Suddenly, our driving motivation to “do it my way” goes against God’s desire and expectation that we will follow Him and His Son unconditionally.

John 15:5 states this simply but unequivocally “I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Christ is more than our Savior.  He is our lover and our friend.  When we commit ourselves fully to Him, laying down “me”, then we find ourselves in the center of His peace and joy, walking in His blessings and favour.  We begin to reflect His Love and His Light, and we find that people are drawn to us because they see Jesus in us.   They see people who used to be just like them but because they were willing to walk away from their love for themselves and the “friendship” they had with this world, God was able change them into a new person, dead to themselves and their old selves but fully alive in Christ, touched by His Grace, His Love and His Peace.

For me, the struggle is fading and I find that I am no longer drawn to the things of this world and doing it my way.  The world is no longer my friend.  I now seek friendship and intimacy with my heavenly Father and my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the more I do, the more He opens my eyes, my heart and my soul to those that are hurting, sick, in pain and in need of a great Savior to hug on them and love on them.  I am finally becoming one with the only One that loves me unconditionally and truly has my best interests at heart.

Are you still struggling with giving yourself completely to God because the world has become your source of friendship and intimacy?  Are you finding it hard to lay down the worldly dreams, desires and wants you’ve carried and held onto for so many years?  Are they keeping you from being used fully by God to build His Kingdom and touch the broken and lost? 

God says the time has come to trust Him with your life.  He knows you intimately.  He knew you before you were even a thought in your mother’s heart.  He has loved you since before this earth even began.  He has plans to prosper you and use you to make a difference in people’s lives.  But you have to let go.  Just let go today.  Let Him be your lover and friend.  Lay down this world.  It has nothing for you anymore as a child of the Risen Lord.  It has nothing for you anymore.