HAVE YOU BEEN SHARPENED?

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17

Are you allowing yourself to be sharpened, or do you try to preserve your shape when the sharpening stone is pulled out? Sharpening has nothing to do with staying as you are or even adding to your character – it is a process of taking away! It is a process of inspecting the edges you’ve created – running your fingers along them – and realizing they are dull. It’s going into the process waiting to be stripped away.

Swords are never sharpened by adding to the blade – we are not sharpened by avoiding the fight! Sometimes, it is only in the fight where we can see our frailties and insecurities fall away to reveal the weapon Christ has made us to be.

Polishing a sword does no good unless the dullness of the blade has been stripped away. Have you allowed that to happen yet?

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Sometimes I love looking back and reading stuff I wrote a long time ago. This is probably one of my favorites, and always serves as a great reminder to BE HIS and GIVE IT ALL, rather than just say OK to His grace and go about living.

. . . musings from a pitiful masterpiece

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified the there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.-Galatians 5:24-26 (NLT)

We’re at a point in Christianity where many of us are painting some false portraits of God. Many christians paint God as someone to hug. Someone who will give you a second chance no matter what you do, turning Christianity into the “easy” religion to follow. People can say they’re Christians, go on living life as they did before, ask God to forgive them once a month, and they’re on the fast track to heaven.

The new testament (well, the popular part of it) often paints a picture…

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LOVE AS I HAVE (PART II) – IDENTIFYING HIS LOVE

Here’s page 2 of my last post, which can be read here. Just a little reminder of what exactly His love looks like in my humble opinion. I’m definitely not a theologian, but as a man growing more obsessed with Christ’s character as I grow older, these are the observations I’ve made. I think I left out most of the obvious things we think of when we think of LOVE in order to address the character of LOVE which we (certainly I) often run away from, or completely ignore. Correct me if you see fit. I promise I can take it.

The next page of my last post, LOVE AS I HAVE

LOVE AS I HAVE – JOHN 15:12

It’s funny how God knows exactly where your heart is sometimes, and knows exactly what’s frustrating you at the current moment, and speaks directly to it simply, clearly, and without hesitation. Tonight was one of those times. The church needs to realize this simple message, and let it sink into the fabric of their being.