One of David’s strengths was that he knew how to get home, back to God. How do you get back home when things go the wrong way in life?
Lust is a desire that causes one to be consumed with desire in their physical, spiritual and emotional self. Lust is mostly used in reference to sexual sin, but sexual sin is just one form of lust. Scripture says tha sexual sin is comprehensive in its destruction. Jesus preaches radical repentance. Tip your scales in the direction of the Spirit and reject the arguments of the world.
When we go forward in life, are we approaching it from our own strength or spiritually with God in the lead. When Joshua conquered the land, he let the spiritual lead the physical. Are you looking for God’s movements ahead of your own? Join Pastor Adam as he explores the amazing things that follow consecration. Maybe revival is just a prayer away.
Understanding Why Jesus Came. 1 John 4:7-17. For the love of God: Jesus comes into the world. You cannot give eternity a name. God could have expressed Himself as a Google-inity. God intentionally limits Himself in the explanation of the Trinity to give finite humanity a handhold in understanding the eternal. Scripture gives us a minimum of 31 reasons why Jesus came to earth.
Civilization has a very thin veil. I have always known that we are one event away from mass hysteria. This is the human condition. When push comes to shove and the human protectionism instinct kicks in, watch out. This is why I have never trusted a crowd.
Lately the veneer of peace seems thinner than ever. In an age of angst, protest and discontent, we tend to focus on the maladies of culture and sometimes fail to miss the hope.
Last night, I saw something that demonstrated our humanity beyond the headlines. If you missed it, last night, during the much anticipated Celtics vs. Cleveland NBA match-up, Gordon Hayward went up for an alley oop dunk only to land awkwardly, his foot finishing the play in a direction that is anatomically opposite of what is intended. Absolutely gruesome.
Before many of the players on the court even knew what happened, you could tell by the reaction of the Cavaliers bench and the crowd that Hayward was in serious trouble. People literally backed up a few feet, many covering their eyes.
What happened next was reverent and something that a spiritually discerning person might call divine. Time seemed to slow, Kyrie buried his head in a teammates breast and cried, others gathered together and prayed and Dwyane Wade took a knee with head bowed. Unity, true empathy and concern prevailed.
Here on a national stage, white and black came together and showed a compassion for one another rarely seen in the midst of all the social chaos we live amongst. Issues were humanized. If you don’t know Hayward, he is one of the whitest guys in the NBA, not only is he pasty white, he played in Utah for years, a state considered by some to be very intolerant. To top it off, he wears a hairstyle akin to white nationalist. He is not. He is actually anything but that. Hayward is actually one of the most respected and loved players in the NBA; a league that is majority black. Gordon goes about his business with an old school attitude and a lunch pail in hand. He walks with a dignified humility that speaks well of the game, but might not be deserving of his talent.
After setting Hayward’s leg on the court and loading him on the stretcher, Lebron James came over to wish him well. The King was shook. Kyrie’s emotion filled comments after the game showed how much he truly cares for Hayward and for one night, tragedy brought us together.
Last night’s moment of solidarity is not going to fix what ails us in the human condition, but for a moment, if only brief, we saw behind the headlines. We saw hope and witnessed a microcosm of what might be possible in the world if we begin to live beyond the headlines and truly share in each others struggle.