Thursday, August 7, 2008

Come in 1 Accord

Christians Powerful in Confluence

Thank you for your comments on confluence this week. I love words and weaving a new one with other words to create a tapestry of truth and beauty. I pray this confluence tapestry is blessing you.

Years ago someone told a joke about the scripture in Acts that describes the confluence of the believers in the upper room at Pentecost. I was told the first church preferred Japanese transportation: they were in one accord. Whenever I read or hear that scripture read I have to smile. But today I am so into confluence I am deliberately thinking of Christians' willingness to be cramped, pushed or jammed for the Kingdom of God. Yeah! We'll even come in one accord or 1 Accord. We'll do whatever it takes.

To wind up confluence pondering, let me share your comments:
Nicki from People aren't rejoicing with each other anymore.
Response: Spent...that's what I see among the saints. $, time, energy, and hope. May God show us how to balance our resources to fulfill His destiny for each of us and all of us together. Then I believe we will want to celebrate with one another. wrote: I think that my biggest problem is obsessing about what others think about me. Rarely happens out loud, but most of the time in my head and makes me incredibly self conscious. It is insane sometimes, and I am really working on it, and giving it over to God almost daily....Response: I loved the honesty and repentant tone of this comment. I remember thinking what I didn't say would not hurt anyone. Wrong! Repeatedly the Bible warns us to guard our thinking. All sin originates in our thinking. I have a vivid imagination and two books that have helped me are The Mind of Christ, by T.W. Hunt and The Battlefield of The Mind, by Joyce Meyer.

Patrick at wisely commented: The enemies number #1 attack is trying to make us forget about God's grace through Jesus Christ. When we fail it's so easy to kick ourselves and forget he is there holding and sustaining us.
Response: Life is coming crashing down on many saints these days. Pastor Seth opened up some new thinking for me with confluence. When my hope and faith wane I can draw on my brother's or sister's to keep up the fight. My fear is that the great independent spirit of Americans is actually crippling the church from being the united famiy God has called us to be. When our hope leaks; we become less cautious and mindful of the important things. So when life happens in big rushes and major storms; we can fall into hopelessness to one degree or another. We truly need one another and most of all the Lord. There are no solo heroes in the Kingdom of God.

Don Moen's lyrics seem the best way to close today. May confluence be the mark of you and your church; your family; your work; the Kingdom of God here on earth.
Come to the river of life
You will find healing there
Come to the river of life
Come and drink freely here
Come if your heart is searching
O, come if your soul is thirsty
Draw near and drink of
The mercy of Jesus Christ, oh yes
And the river of life.


Dorothy Champagne said...

Last night in our evening service - the pastor spoke of suffering for Jesus. If standing up for our faith makes it harder on our lives - do we still do it. That everything in life is from God, yet we act as though we deserve or are owed it. Instead of a thankful attitude, we have a 'when's it my turn' attitude. This coming week I've determined to truly give it all to God. When you come to the realization that we, alone, will never be able to do it. I'm excited to see what He will do!

Kay Martin said...

Dorothy, I don't usually comment on my blog, but your words touched me with your passion for our Lord. Seems God is shaking and waking us to reality. Thank you for this word; and I thank God for a pastor with courage to call God's people to the reality of attitude alignment with Heaven.

Kay Martin

Nicole said...

Hi Kay,

Just stopping in to say HI! I have skimmed through The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. I need to read all the way through it. The Lord has been challenging me in the area of my thoughts. Thanks for the reminder!


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Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.