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Monday, February 18, 2013

Thank You Bob & Larry

Today I came across a quote by David Platt and it has stuck with me throughout the day. "We have no right to customize Jesus to fit our preferences & traditions. We don’t personalize Him; He revolutionizes us."   How many of us would willingly admit that we have devalued the cross by trying to squeeze our agendas of comfortability in "His name". How sickening yet if we were honest we all have chosen not to engage in worship because the music wasn't what we liked or expected. How many churches have split because someone was offended.  The simplicity of the cross can only be complicated by the enemy. He wants to distort your view of Gods perfect love story to the point of blurring your vision of what He died for in the first place. Tonight I sat flipping through Netflix trying to find something Rachel and I could watch and we both agreed on veggie tales because we hadn't seen one in so long.  She is 10 and moving quickly towards middle school and all that comes with that. Needless to say my baby is growing up!!! As we watched the simplicity of this show it was so clear what they were trying to get across. There wasn't nudity, sex scenes or foul language. Now I am not saying you have to only watch veggie tales but it was just nice not having to have a simple truth derailed by the complexities of the enemy.   I truly believe that satan's motive isn't to just keep you from embracing Gods presence it's cheapening it to the point you move right past it by not even noticing it.  If we can't even close our eyes and position our hearts to any song from this era or way back we may want to question our preferences and the motives of our worship.   In 1st Corinthians 11:3 NKJV it says this 
"But I fear, lest somehow, as  the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds  may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. " That dream within you will be derailed if you let others guide that dream. That passion you have burning within you will only be an after thought if you allow those fears to cheapen the power of the Creator. You have been made with masterpiece in mind by the One who literally spoke the universe into existence. Following God has nothing to do with your preferences or traditions of how you think others should follow God it's about abandoning ALL personal preferences in order for others to see and come to know Christ right where they are! God strip me of my selfishness and allow others to only see You as I follow with eyes locked in on the cross and embrace once again that is NOT about me :) 

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