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Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; (Song of Songs 1:3 NKJV)

I have been pondering last week's post for the last few days, and it is really rocking my world. The whole concept that “As His name is declared, His passion is revealed.” WOW

I have to tell you, that was a fresh revelation to me.

This phrase “His name poured forth” has been rumbling around my brain for days now.

I picture Mary breaking open an alabaster box and its contents (worth a year's wages) poured forth– wasting it – on Jesus’ feet. The perfect picture our lives poured forth, many would say wasted, living for Jesus and leaving the outcome in His hands. Some will say you waste your life on Jesus, others will notice that you smell just like Him as He pours forth His life as a lamb to the slaughter.

Mary (Maia Morgenstern ) and Mary Magdalene (Monika Bellucci) from The Passion of The Christ

I picture that gruesome image from The Passion of the Christ of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalen sopping up Christ’s blood poured forth while He received those 39 lashes.

I picture blood and water poured forth from His side when they pierced Him.

I picture Jesus baptizing His Church, as He promised He would, in that little upper room as He poured forth His Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

Finally, I picture Jesus pouring forth His Church, shining with the light of His glory, over a dark and listless world. That light spreading far and wide as the world gets a deep breath of that wonderful fragrance.

I know there is more pouring forth to come – there are seals to be broken and bowls to overturn. But that is for then.

This is for now!

Let’s review

Ointment poured forth in Bethany

Blood and water poured forth at Calvary

Spirit poured forth at Pentecost

The Church poured forth globally

Each without reserve,

Each without stumbling over the cost

All with one aim

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NASB)

You are that joy that was set before Him, and so is your neighbor!

Have you taken His name?

Will you bear the name of your Husband the Bridegroom-Shepherd-King?

Will you be His name poured forth on your circle of influence?

Will you be that sweet savor of life to them that are saved, and are you willing to bear the stench of death, and you die to yourself so others can get a whiff of the aroma of Christ?

Say yes today!

Thanks for stopping by today. I trust this helps you. I know it stirs me up.

See you next week.

Ben

If you did not read last weeks post Fragrance and Ointment it is worth the few minutes it would take.

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Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; (Song of Songs 1:3 NKJV)

What is fragrance?

What does it do?

Here’s the thing. When our Song speaks of fragrance it is not talking actions. Not the visible actions of a Shepherd King, but rather the invisible features of thoughts and emotions – His passions.

When we talk about God and emotions we (the Church) have a strange box for God. We feel like God has this amazing joy when we are born again, and He spends the rest of our lives angry with us.

There is even a theological argument out there that says that God does not change so He cannot have emotions.

This is all so messed up. We are created in the image of God, emotions and all. If we learn nothing else from the Song of Songs, it is that we have an emotional Father.

There is, however, action in this verse and we don’t want to miss it. The fragrant ointment is poured forth.

Here we see the internal essence of Jesus, His thought life, His emotion, His passion, poured out by the declaration of His name. Last week we looked at His name, but today I want to draw your attention to this idea.

As His name is declared, His passion is revealed. [Tweet This]

Observe:

When He said His name was JEHOVAH-TSID-KENU  "The Lord is our righteousness" He was demonstrating His passion for transforming you into the righteousness of God in Him.

When He said His name was JEHOVAH-SHALOM  - Our perfect peace - He was demonstrating His passion for creating peace between you and God as the Prince of Peace.

When He said His name was JEHOVAH RAPHA  - I am the Lord Your Physician or I am the Lord Your Healer – He was demonstrating His passion for healing you to the uttermost.

Interestingly enough Paul talks about fragrance too.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. (2 Corinthians 2:14-16 NASB)

The fact is, as our life declares by word and deed the name of Jesus, His passion is poured forth on our circle of influence, and it has an impact. It may draw some to Christ, and it may push some away. In any case, when you stand for Christ your life will no longer be neutral.

Do you need that ointment poured forth in your life today?

Do you need that healing balm, that peace that defies understanding?

Let the name of Jesus wash over you even now. Declare His name out loud over your circumstances today.

If you are sick say out loud something like “I am yours, Jehovah Rapha – the Lord who heals me”

If you are stressed instead of blessed – declare “I am yours, Jehovah Shalom”

Hey – we are not talking magic words, or secret formulae here. But there is power in the name of Jesus.

That’s good, isn’t it? Share what you learned, or what fresh revelation you received, or even what made you mad here today. Has His name poured out in your life changed your reality? Share!

Come back next week for more of the Song. Believe me, we are just scratching the surface here.

Ben

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For your love is better than wine. Song of Songs 1:2b NASB

What does wine say to you?

  • Luxury?
  • Desire?
  • Passion?
  • Intoxication?
  • Longing?

Our humble maiden is struck with all of this.

She looks at this Shepherd King and this lowly maiden from a nearby village is drawn into the thoughts of luxury, of the lush life, of a life with the man of her dreams in royal robes and plush surroundings.

She sees his rugged handsome beauty and she wants to spend time in His arms.

One look as He passes by stirs passion deep within her.

She imagines that drinking deeply of the scent of Him would surely intoxicate her.

She has a deep longing for intimacy with this man!

You know, for Christians our longings can be tricky. We feel like passion is a problem. We try to suppress our longings—to bury them. For centuries, longings of any kind have been frowned upon in the Christian world.

We find ourselves expressing our longings in ways that are destructive, and so we begin to repent not only for the sin but for the longings and desires themselves.

This is a problem since God created these longings and built them into who we are. They are deep inside, and if we live life suppressing our longings and passions, we end up denying the very life God intended us to live, and the wonderful things He intended us to feel and experience.

Mike Bickel and Deborah Hiebert wrote a book called “The Seven Longings of the Human Heart” where they detail 7 longings (there may be more, but this book lists 7) in every human.

  • A longing to be fascinated
  • A longing to possess and feel beautiful
  • A longing to be great and successful
  • A longing to know intimacy without shame
  • A longing for assurance of being enjoyed
  • A longing to be wholehearted and passionate
  • A longing to make deep and lasting impact

These longings are not part of out sin nature, they are built-in by our creator. They require attention and management, but not necessarily suppression.

In fact, God’s intends fulfillment for each these completely in your life, both here and in eternity.

Don’t forget, this is the God who put in the pen of David

“Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fulness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever.”(Psalm 16:11 NASB)

This is from the God who created pleasure. What sorts of deep passionate pleasures await us in heaven. I suspect it is more than we could ever think or imagine.

Personally, I love my life here, but I can’t wait.

Fact is, God’s intention is for us to walk in a great measure of this pleasure and wonder here and now, and as we unfold this Song we will see the joy and fulfillment of partnering with the One who created us, and designed us, and bought us, and loves us all to crazy!

Come on back next week!

See you then,

Ben

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Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind. The End. ~ Granpa (Peter Falk) – The Princess Bride

Ah, the Kiss – Do you remember when Jacob kissed Rachel? Check this out – I bet we will see this on Hallmark Movie night in Heaven.

Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept. (Gen 29:11 NASB)

In Psalm 2 we are told:

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 2:12 NIV)

Now to the Song.

Here, in the song, we are introduced to the voice of the maiden. We'll learn much about her in coming weeks. But our first glimpse of her tells us she is smitten. A man, familiar perhaps and a part of her daily life, has caught her passion. She wants to know him, but they are just acquaintances. They pass one another in the village square but have not connected in any real way. You might say she is an admirer of this Shepherd King.

The opening line belongs to the maiden.

May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! - Song of Songs 1:2)

The approach we're taking to this wonderful song places us squarely in the place of a maiden crying out for a kiss from the mouth from her would be lover. I told you that the maiden represents each of us as passionate believers. Our walk of passion begins right here, with a desire for kisses from the mouth of the Lord Jesus. This may seem strange if you are a man, but stay with me here.

Let's take a slight liberty with words here, to help us understand the heart of the Spirit in these words.  May He kiss me with the kisses of His Word. There—I know I feel better already.

We are going to see in this Song dozens, maybe hundreds, of word pictures, and Here's our first.

Since, for our purposes we are going to consider this Shepherd King to be Jesus, a kiss from His mouth – would be His Word.

When we look at the mouth of the Lord in the scripture we are usually looking at His Word and His speech. For example

  • …For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 1:20, 40:5, 58:14 NIV)
  • Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it. (Jeremiah 1:12 NASB)

The Word of God is food to us, bread, the bread of life.

  • In Matthew 4:3,4 Jesus tells us "man does not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord."
  • In Matthew 6:11, in the Lord’s prayer, Jesus asks God to give us each day our daily bread.
  • God gives us bread not stone as a good Father in Matt 7:9.
  • Matthew 26 shows us that the broken body of Jesus is the broken bread of communion.
  • John tells us that Jesus is the Word of God made flesh.
  • We understand that healing is the children’s bread from Mark 7:27.

When I speak of the Word of God, what comes to mind may be a leather bound stack of paper beside your reading chair, or perhaps the app on your communication device. Maybe you think of your pastor delivering a sermon.

But God speaks to—kisses—us in so many ways today. First and foremost he speaks to us through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus tells us His words are spirit and life. This is the kiss I'm looking for. The kiss of the voice of Jesus through Holy Spirit leading and guiding, nudging and prodding.

Kiss me with the kisses of Your word!

This divine kiss speaks of the favor, blessing, salvation, healing and reconciliation offered to us freely in this day of His favor and grace. All that is available to any man by faith through Word of God (a.k.a. Jesus.)

Hallelujah - that is some kiss!

Join me in asking the Father for the divine kiss from the mouth of Jesus.

Kiss me with the kisses of your Word.

Thanks for joining me today.

Come back soon.

Ben

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Yesterday, we looked at the fact that Jesus is the express image of God and to see God we should look at Jesus. But as I promised, I want to see where Jesus took this truth next as He answered Philip’s request:

Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." - John 14:8

Here is the passage again, with my highlighting:

Again, it would be awesome if you would read this aloud:

Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. "If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. "In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him. ~ John 14:9-21

Jesus, the way to know God

So along with telling the boys how they could see God, how they could get to know God’s character and nature, He was going to take this conversation to another destination.

The first paragraph of His answer basically goes like this. You have seen God because He lives in Me, and you have seen Me, the things I do and the words I say, show you exactly who God is.

And as we saw yesterday in Hebrews 1, He is not just the “good parts version” of the immutable (unchangeable) God, He is the “exact representation of His nature” (from Hebrews 1:3.)

The Other Shoe

After making it clear to the disciples that He was how they were to see God, He explains that in the very same way, they were, and we are, a way for people to see and know God.

Each reason Jesus gives Philip for seeing the Father through Himself, He turns around and explains how they will have the same ability to present or should I say re-present the Father to those they touch.

The same Spirit that was in Christ, “will be in you.” The same works that Christ used to demonstrate the character and nature of the Father, “he will do also; and greater works than these he will do.”

Just as Jesus spoke only what He heard the Father say, His promise to the boys comes down like this:

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. - John 14:26

Honestly, this revelation is a bit of a world rocker to me. I can be such a screw up at times. I hurt the people I love on a regular basis because my head is stuck where the sun does not shine, and I am thinking about my agenda, my needs, my…self, and that is NOTHING LIKE GOD.

But THIS is His plan. The master plan, set in place before the foundations, before time, before sin, before life as we know it.

If you are in a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ, His idea is that when people see you, they would be looking at the Father. [Boy, that feels downright blasphemous, doesn’t it?] [Click here to tweet it anyway]

OK – let’s not get all arrogant-n-stuff, because we fall, we fail, and that’s on a good day. But the fact is, when men and women look at YOU and ME, because of the new creation, the new heart, the new covenant, God, using His infinite power, gives your circle of influence a glimpse of the Almighty.

When they look at you, they see God, and when they see you fall, and God lift you up, they see their own need for God, their own need for “my Glory and the Lifter of my head.”

I know, crazy, right?

Lord, today, this day, shine through my successes and my failures, so those around me can see You, and are drawn to the Lover of their souls.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon. In the mean time…

Shine where you're screwed in.

Ben

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Proclamation Ornaments

A few years back my dear one, Corinne, was listening to a radio preacher – Adrian Rogers of Love Worth Finding Ministries. (http://www.lwf.org/)

At that time they were selling what they called “Proclamation Ornaments.” It is a set of tree ornaments with an Old Testament Prophecy and on the back of the ornament was the New Testament fulfillment. They were intended to be an advent devotion tool, one ornament for each day of December leading up to Christmas day.

By the time we got them our kids were in High School and College so it was not practical for us to have daily family time with everyone present.

So the first year we got them, we bought a little tree which we set up in the room with our main tree, and as we opened presents that year, you would open a present, and then you would take an ornament and look up the Old Testament and New Testament passage.

I will not say it was easy to stay on track all day, but it really added to our Christmas. We don’t do it every year, but we have done it a number of times, and by the time you are done you have such a wonderful sense of assurance in your redeemer.

BenDirector3CroppedI thought I would lay them out for you here. They do go right through Christ life so it would work well for Easter as well.

Merry Christmas

Ben

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Day one - Son of God
Day one - Son of God
Day 1 Son of God
Prophecy Psalm 2:7
Fulfillment John 3:16
Day One Fulfillment
Day One Fulfillment
Day 2 Seed of a Woman
Prophecy Genesis 3:15
Fulfillment Galations 4:4
Day 3 Savior
Prophecy Isaiah 42:5-7
Fulfillment Matthew 1:21
Day 4 Born of a virgin
Prophecy Isaiah 7:14
Fulfillment Matthew 1:18-25
Day 5 Born in Bethlehem
Prophecy Micah 5:2
Fulfillment Luke 2:4-7
Day 6 The Way Prepared
Prophecy Isaiah 40:3-5
Fulfillment Matthew 3:1-3
Day 7 Teacher
Prophecy Psalm 78:3-4
Fulfillment Matthew 13:34-35
Day 8 Deliverer and Healer
Prophecy Isaiah 61:1-3
Fulfillment Luke 4:16-21
Day 9 Rejected by Men
Prophecy Isaiah 53:3
Fulfillment John 1:11
Day 10 Triumphal Entry
Prophecy Zechariah 9:9
Fulfillment Matthew 21:1-11
Day 11 Betrayed
Prophecy Zechariah 11:12-13
Fulfillment Matthew 26:14-16 & 27:3-10
Day 12 The Disciples Scattered
Prophecy Zechariah 13:7
Fulfillment Matthew 26:31,55-56
Day 13 Accused by False Witnesses
Prophecy Psalm 35:11
Fulfillment Mark 14:57-58
Day 14 The Silent Lamb
Prophecy Isaiah 53:7
Fulfillment Matthew 27:12-14
Day 15 Reviled and Mocked
Prophecy Psalm 22:6-7
Fulfillment Matthew 27:39-44
Day 16 Lots Cast for His Garments
Prophecy Psalm 22:18
Fulfillment John 19:23-24
Day 17 Not a Bone Broken
Prophecy Psalm 34:20
Fulfillment John 19:31-37
Day 18 Pierced for our Transgressions
Prophecy Isaiah 53:5
Fulfillment Luke 23:33 & John 19:34
Day 19 Buried with the Rich
Prophecy Isaiah 53:9
Fulfillment Matthew 27:57-60
Day 20 He Arose
Prophecy Psalm 16:9-10
Fulfillment Matthew 28:2-7
Day 21 The Righteous One
Prophecy Jeremiah 23:5-6
Fulfillment 2 Corinthians 5:21
Day 22 He Ascended!
Prophecy Psalm 68:18
Fulfillment Mark 16:19
Day 23 The Cornerstone
Prophecy Psalm 118:21-23
Fulfillment Acts 4:11-12
Day 24 He is Coming Again
Prophecy Isaiah 9:7
Fulfillment Revelation 19:11-16
The Ultimate Promise!
The Ultimate Promise!
Day 25 Jesus
Fulfillment Luke 1:26-35 & Luke 2:1-20 & Matthew 2:1-12
The Ultimate Fulfillment
The Ultimate Fulfillment

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For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 NASB)

Lord

I remember talking to you young boy (probably 9 or 10 years old) who had been involved in church programs for most of his life. I asked him about his relationship with the Lord Jesus, and he told me that he had made Jesus his Savior a couple years back.

I know he was young, but this was a turn of phrase that he had picked up somewhere, and it really got under my skin.

I gently (at least I think I was gentle, but in those days that was not necessarily my hallmark) explained that you could not make Jesus your Savior. Becoming a Savior is something He did. Your part is to surrender to Him as Lord.

In explanation of the concept of Lord, my friend Kim, who led me to the Lord a few decades ago, used to say (and no doubt still does) ‘unless Jesus is your Lord, your Master, your King, your Boss, you have no place in the kingdom of God.’

Let me be clear. This is not a works thing, it is a submission thing.

I have said it before in this blog, we come into the kingdom of God in the role of servant, bowing our knee to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The government of our lives must rest on His shoulders.

There are those who gather with the body of Christ, tares among the wheat, who believe all the right facts about Jesus, but have never bowed their knee to His Lordship. They live their own lives without any regard to Jesus and His word. Again it is not about their works, the things they do, but their hearts are not surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. They never respond to the twinge of conscience when they walk their own way, if they are even aware of it anymore.

But you, beloved, who love Him and surrender to Him, living life listening for the voice of the Spirit, there is no condemnation for you. When you misstep, you quickly adjust as the Holy Spirit within you suggests adjustments and corrections to your path.

Do you see the difference?

One life ship guided by the rudder of the Holy Spirit (this is the Lordship of Jesus Christ) and one guided by self preservation, or betterment.

Who is Jesus to you today?

Will you bow your knee to Jesus this Christmas? He is still King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and is ready to be your King and Lord even now. [Tweet This]

Here’s how.

Simply call out to Jesus today. Tell Him you need Him to take leadership in your life. Confess every sin He brings to mind, right now, out loud. Take responsibility for your sin, pride and rebellion. Then open your heart to Him. (What does that mean?) Ask Him to be your Lord, Master, King, Boss and begin to submit to Him every day. Romans 8:14 says "They that are led by the Spirit of God, they are the children of God," so ask the Holy Spirit to guide you today and every day.

Hey, thanks for stopping in today. If you surrendered to Jesus for the first time today, tell somebody about it, get plugged into a church where they teach the Bible, and hang out with people who know Jesus and can help you follow Him.

BenDirector3CroppedMerry Christmas

Ben

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For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 NASB)

Christ

When the Angels told the shepherd to find Christ the Lord, they did not go to the mailbox with “Christ” on it and ask for a baby named Jesus.

Christ was not His last name – it was His job description. Here it is in His own words:

The spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19 NASB)

You see Christ means anointed one.

Peter tells us again in Acts

You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38 NASB)

Anointing is what makes all the difference in the world. Without anointing, you can preach, share, teach, pray, and it won’t do you any good.

It is the anointing that breaks the yoke.

Jesus did not do His works by the power He brought with Him, but rather by the power poured upon Him.

Here is the crazy thing. He is looking to pour His anointing on you!

The plan is simple – You can be Christ to those around you.

Isn’t that awesome?

BenI love Christmas!

Ben

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Rebroadcast from Christmas 2012 - Enjoy...
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For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 NASB)

Savior

For the next 3 posts we are going to take a brief look at the Job description for a Messiah.

The first requirement is He must be a Savior.

The word Savior here is “sōtēr” which comes from the root “sōzō,” another of my favorites words in the Bible. It is very similar to the word we looked at yesterday – Shalom.

Here are some places it is used.

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."(Matthew 1:21 NASB)

For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour (Matthew 9:21-22 KJV)

And besought him greatly, saying , My little daughter lieth at the point of death : I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live . (Mark 5:23 KJV)

"I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9 NASB)

So this job description includes the power to Save, Heal, and Make Whole.

I have heard it said “When Jesus saves a person, He saves the whole person.” But I will go you one better. When Jesus saves a broken person He make them whole.” [Tweet This]

This is what the writer to the Hebrews is saying:

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV)

I love this – He saves us, and keeps us saved by His constant intercession for us. What an awesome Savior we have!

BenMerry Christmas

Ben

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You call yourself a Christian?

Have you ever heard those words? Have you ever just said the wrong thing, or hurt someone and had this question plopped in your lap?

How about this one?

If God is good, why…?

Our enemy loves this question and it’s derivatives. It’s one of his favorite ways to undermine our faith because it pokes at our identity. If he can undermine our conviction of who we are, and who God is, he can derail our forward motion, leaving us broken down on the side of the tracks.

It’s not a new question. In fact it was his first strategy with the Lord in the wilderness. Jesus had come up from the waters of baptism full of the Holy Spirit and fasted for forty days. We’re told He was hungry. [When I fast it only takes about ten minutes from the decision to fast for me to hit ‘hungry.’]

And the tempter came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." - Matthew 4:3

The adversary’s first attack targeted IDENTITY.

If you are the Son of God…

It’s his go-to attack. Every one of his many minions knows this one. It comes in dozens of disguises.

Why is this such a great place for him to start on us?

Because the very first thing that changes when you enter the kingdom of Heaven is your identity.

You see, you are no longer the old sinner man or the evil woman. You’re not that bad kid anymore. You’re a brand new creation, born again with a living spirit and a washed soul. Your body may look the same, perhaps your step is higher and your face brighter. But satan finds his way into your mirror and begins his attack.

Who do you think you are?

You call yourself a Christian?

You’re no saint!

I know where you came from.

I know what you did last summer—and last night.

If you are a son/daughter of God…

These lies can discourage and disarm you, diminishing your impact on the darkness. They tend to create a bushel to cover your light. These lies must be met with the Truth.

I am a new creation, the old me is dead and buried with Christ. All the things done in the flesh were left in the tomb with Jesus’ grave clothes. All that stands before the mirror today is washed in the precious blood of  Jesus. The charges against me were nailed to the cross and Jesus Christ paid the penalty for every one. I have everything I need for life and godliness through the precious promises of the Word of God. You, satan, are no longer my king, but I serve the risen Savior, the God/Man, Christ Jesus. Get behind me and watch me shine!

Now get out there and get glowing!

cropped-BenHeadshot.jpgSee you again soon,

Ben