Thursday, August 5, 2010

Some Thoughts on Following Christ

Hey Friends,

I'm sitting here at the computer this morning listening to rough mixes of "Where I'm Found" and "Dreams" from our new album. I think this album is what a broken heart sounds like. But it's a broken heart with the hope of becoming whole. It's the sound of a seed dying alone in the ground. But the harvest is coming.

"My life is spent in crooked ways. And hours spent mean wasted days. One day down, how many more? Till I see what You call Home." -Where I'm Found

"What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?" -Apostle Paul

We are aching for God's presence, to see Him face to face. We can't wait until He rescues us from these bodies of death. We're tired of being used as tools of destruction for the Devil. We want to bring glory to our Father in Heaven.

One thing I've been learning lately, is that you can't serve two masters. You can't live for your own dreams and call yourself a follower of Christ. You can't spend your life building your own kingdom and then pray for the Kingdom of God to come. You will either love Christ and His ways or you will love yourself and your ways. You can't go left and right at the same time.

"Therefore, fear the Lord and worship Him in sincerity and truth. Get rid of the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and worship the Lord. But if it doesn't please you to worship the Lord, choose for yourselves today the one you will worship.... As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord." -Joshua


Sometimes it seems I've lost all my dreams
To the bottom of the ocean
I let them go out on a breeze
You carried them far away from me

Is this where You want me?
Is this how it should be?
Can I follow You and still live out a dream?

The plans that I made up years ago
Took flight and left me here all alone
And in their place You've given me wings
To fly after You wherever You go

Is this where You want me?
Is this how it should be?
Can I follow You and still live out a dream?

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done
On earth as in Heaven
Your Kingdom come, Your will done

This is where You've brought me
This is how it should be
To follow You has become my only dream
To follow You has become my only dream

"I assure you: Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces a large crop. The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for life eternal." -Jesus

I think the only thing left to say is:

Our Father in heaven,
Your name be honored as holy.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

Blessings to you,

Scripture references: Romans 7:24, Joshua 24:15, John 12:24-25, Matthew 6:9-13