Choosing To Worship

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Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
— Psalm 43:5

This is not the first or only instance in the Bible of David questioning his own soul and its emotional disposition. A quick glance back to Psalm 42, or more broadly over all the psalms, reads like a playbook of the psalmist’s endeavors to pep-talk himself out of one state and into another. However, the Book of Psalms is no self-help book, but rather a book of humanity’s heartfelt cries to the Lord for God-sourced help.

Isn’t it interesting that David basically asks his soul,“What’s up man? What’s your problem?” Isn’t it even more interesting that he talks to his soul and redirects its focus? Do we stay in depression, anxiety, loneliness and despair, not because God is refusing to help us, but because we refuse to open our mouths and readjust our soul’s disposition? What if telling our souls what to do — “to praise Him” — is our means into the help of God?

The Holy Spirit indwells our spirits and empowers us to respond to Him. We lead our souls and bodies in holiness. You are a spirit that has a soul (mind, will, and emotions) and inhabits a body (see 1 Thess. 5:23). When we suffer negative emotions, these do not come from Above, where Christ is seated, but from this realm on earth that is still plagued with negativity and self-focused ideas.  

When we give our souls a pep-talk and redirect their focus, we are saying, “Soul, its not ‘self-time’ — its time to look at Jesus and tell Him how wonderful He is!” You and I get to choose our emotional dispositions, one choice at a time, by governing ourselves with mouths full of praise.

If you don’t enjoy your emotional makeup at any given moment in the day, try telling your soul what to do. Allow your spirit to step forward and lead you into the help of God, by offering Him rejoicing and gratitude.


This is a post taken from C3 Brooklyn's "The Temple Prøject" blog — Be sure to visit the link and check out their other entries.


Samuel Nicolosi

It Will Still Hang On This

For, contrary to popular hymnology, love is not the only grace which “abides.”
The truth is rather that “these three remain, faith, hope and love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).

I read the above statement today and it rocked my world.

That even in the life to come these three things will always remain. It makes sense, but think about it — if "hope remains" then by definition it must have a future expectation. It needs be an object of anticipation in order for there to be hope.

This ultimately means that God is eternal and even in eternity we will be forever be finding out new and amazing things about Him. We will never reach the end of Him, our revelation will go on and on and on…

With this being so, how much more should we be in total awe and revelation of how great our God is in our temporal state? If heaven and eternity hangs on love, how much more does our temporal world, our finite earth, our defined life hang on love?

…how much we need His love now!

It all hangs on this, right now and forever.



Josh Kelsey

Seeing The Artist At Work

Luke 11:15-18

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"

 

Have you ever noticed, when reading the Gospel, just how much time Jesus spent healing the sick and diseased? Have you given much thought as to why?
 
Generally speaking, people focus much of their time on what they deem most important. While it can be said that the sheer number of petitioners for healing would have taken up much of Christ's time, perhaps they came because He welcomed them. He thought healing of their bodies to be important. But why would He pay so much attention to the body, if it would just die anyway?
 
Part of the answer lies in the Godly artistry of the body. Genesis recalls that God stooped down to make Adam from dust and Eve from his rib. With both, He handmade their bodies. Nothing else in creation is handmade but us.
 
The Psalmist tells us that each of us has been knit together by God's own hands, whilst in the womb. What if the Lord sees Himself as an artist, and our bodies give one expression to the multidimensional living art that we are to Him? What if He healed then, as He does now, because the artistry of our bodies matters to Him?
 
He took the time to put His own hands into the raw matter from which we are made, and He takes the time now to attend to our diseases, so that He may heal and restore the damage that sin does to the artistry of our physical canvases. Why? Because He made us, including our bodies, in His own image, with the purpose of our whole person reflecting His glory.


This is a post taken from C3 Brooklyn's "The Temple Prøject" blog — Be sure to visit the link and check out their other entries. 



SAMUEL NICOLOSI

These Cisterns make Me Thirsty

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Cistern — (noun) A tank for storing water

JOHN 4:13

Jesus said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

The gift we receive from, and in, Christ is eternally sufficient. It quenches all thirst and is endless in its supply. This is made available, through his grace, to those who call on his name. It is the MOST incredible gift!

It seems so strange that we would ever want anything else. And yet that's exactly the situation we often find ourselves in. We, in our sinful nature, crave what are temporary solutions to our indelible thirst because, in our minds, they seem somehow more fulfilling. We look to the likes of relationships, wealth, careers, education or even ministry positions to fill our cups.

The issue though isn't in the relationships themselves. And there is nothing inherently evil about obtaining wealth, succeeding in our careers and having an education. We also know for certain that a desire to serve the church in ministry is beautiful and honorable.

The problem, then, is that if these desires take the place of desiring Christ... If they become our priority and our focus, we will simply find ourselves thirsty once again, looking for another fix.

Christ alone is the source of eternal satisfaction.

Everything outside of Him is but a broken cistern.

JEREMIAH 2:13

“For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

We make for ourselves an imitation, a placebo and move from one to the other aware that none of our attempts hold any real sustenance.

Jesus is all you need. He is, in fact, MORE than enough. This is good news! Let's seek Jesus Christ above all else.

A church that is getting their fill from Jesus Christ is a church that is truly free, without agenda, to share the love of Christ with those around them. Because we have a 'spring of water' within us we can truly be a blessing to our community, a community that desperately needs to see and hear THIS message.

Drinking from any other source may keep us from death, BUT! it is Christ that truly gives us life.



CHRIS MAC