Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Luminate: Come Home

Just wanted to share a pic of the album of the Band Luminate's New, First full length, Cd! I'm looking forward to it. The songs are filled with rich lyrics, with the message of the Love of Christ and the Change it brings.
Check it out: when it comes out in stores January 25th :)

Running on Broken Glass

My advice:

Don't fall into getting so excited about something without taking time to look around...It can be deadly.

It's like running through broken glass just because you see a swminning pool over/past it... and you excitedly run through the glass, never looking down, cause you're determinedly headed to "that swimming pool". Then, your name is called and you stop running - look down - and find that a big jagged peice of glass stuck in your foot. Yeah, you being to cry, cause obviously it does hurt.
It's stupid to run over broken glass just to get to "take a dive". Most likely its not a service to Christ, because if you are aware of the glass and run anyway, then it's probably selfishness; because if it was all Christ Cenetered, and according to "His Will", wouldn't you just take His route down by the river?
Sometimes affliction is caused by our own selfsih choices. We harm ourselves, and then say it was God who was doing the chastening. We are not faultless, we let emotions lead us, even if they weren't meant wrongly, they can lead us to our own end if we do not maintain control.
Cause once again, a quick run over broken glass, in the night no less, can cause you to wake up with a big peice of that glass stuck in your foot. Life's not easy. Some things arn't fair. Remember 'mere swimming' isn't a wrong desire, it's just sometimes, certain pools arn't made for us. And God knows that. You mess up and then God takes your hand and says "Hey you're gonna get hurt that way...come with me". And it seems all exciting at first, till He pulls the glass out of your foot and you know the wound was of your own making.
We all are in need of salvation, redemption, and refocus right?
So even we have to be willing to forgive 'our own' mistakes...and ask to be led into an even deeper walk with God. If you've never been good at beginnings, and you like deep groves to follow in...remember that deep groves go before you, dug by the cross, Christ's foot prints, and so let the Sprit guide you.

"Forgive us Lord of anything we've done wrong, for being led by false emotion, wrong example, or denying our faults in anyway...Here we lay ourselves before You...

Looking through the Mirror

Do you ever find yourself just feeling like you are looking at a mirror, and all you can feel and see is your own reflection?

But what if we could see beyond the mirror framing ourselves? What would we find?

Would we find reality or fantasy? How do we get rid of the constant reflection of ourselves? and how do we replace it with the reflection of Christ?

If our lives are centered around Him, how do we clense ourselves of constant self awarness...

I think of Tenth Avenue North's Lyrics at this moment:
From their song: YOU ARE Chorus Lyrics:
I give You all of me for all You are
Here I am
Take me apart
Take me apart....
All I am I want to lay down at Your feet

...and then I hear the lyrics from Jars of Clay's song "I need You"..the chorus rings clear "I need You, I need You, I need You, You're all I'm living for...

I've heard some people quote that they have too much of the world in them to enjoy Christ.. .And I know that for many, this is true. But I think for even those of us who live distanced from the world and its offers, we are hindred by the thoughts of ourselves, or the mirror that we are looking through. You see the world, people, sin, the fall, - it takes it toll on everyone. And there are times for all of us, when whatever is reflecting off our mirror has caused us to not see the big picture, or not to feel fresh these times we must ask to be renewed.

Don't let people, places, things, situations, take your Joy or your focus from your relationship with Christ ...Whatever it is, whether relationships, influences, things, habbits, if they cause you to see a bigger reflection of yourself, I will warn you, you should reconsider whatever it is...And when you are hit with an answer, act. Don't let it go, act. Cause it will only get worse. Till perhaps all there is left, is the imagine of self, and you find yourself tied down into a secular/humanistic: can happen...without you even realizing it...You see we are supposed to be lights in the world, our oil is of God, to keep us burning bright...but if we continue to let people or things, blow at our flame, and do not ever refill our oil, what will come of us? Darkness can never put out the Light of Christ. But if we quit baring our lamps for Christ, we can lose ourselves in the night. What shall lead us in the end times? Those will have to be retaught, those will have to go and find the light, and healthy worldview that they have lost, but beware there is a time when the clock strikes midnight, the door closes,and the wedding feast officaly begins...

Blessed is the man, the man who does not walk
In the counsel of the ungodly: blessed is that man.
He who rejects the way, rejects the way of sin
And who turns away from scoffing: blessed is that man.
But his delight, by day and night,
Is the law of God Almighty. ( now in Christ)

He is like a tree, a tree that flourishes,
Being planted by the water: blessed is that man.
He will bring forth fruit, his leaf will wither not,
For in all he does he prospers: blessed is the man.
For his delight by day and night,
Is the law of God Almighty. ( now in Christ)

The ungodly are not so, for they are like the chaff
Which the wind blows clean away: he ungodly are not so.
The ungodly will not stand, upon the judgment day
Nor belong to God's own people: The ungodly will not stand.
But God knows the way of righteous men
And ungodly ways will perish.

Pslam 1: 1-6

Fellow Believers look to Christ...and let us replace our mirrors, with the cross of Christ. So that whenever we look we are reminded, we are not our own...and Christ has saved us from being slaves to ourselves...There is joy for the person who dwells upon Him.