We really don’t.

I mean honestly.  Take a minute and think about all the stuff you have.  think about your bed, think about your tv, your video games, your car, your ipod, your iphone, your cds, your whatever.

Now imagine all that stuff just being completely destroyed.

You probably just thought to yourself “Well it wouldn’t matter to me that much.”

I want to challenge you that it would.  I thought I didn’t care about my stuff that much until recently when I needed a few extra bucks, so I decided to sell some things.  The things I decided to sell were my Nintendo Wii, an old Super Nintendo and all the games with it.

Everytime I told someone I was selling my Wii their reaction was

What?!! Why?

Which would then cause me to be sad I was selling the Wii for a split second.  And then I would explain myself that I needed to pay for rent and all that, and the person would be sad for me.  I don’t even play my Wii very much any more but these people would be really sad for me.

When all that I was losing was something that just brought me fun, and very little else.

Why does a toy invoke such sadness in me and others?

Now realize I am not sad at all for selling my Wii, but when those other people were sad for me, something would rise up in me that made me sad for a moment too.  I think we as American Christians don’t understand the depth of our greed.  Or the depth of how much we love our stuff.  It shouldn’t be that hard to get rid of something I don’t need.  And it shouldn’t be that hard for other Christians to hear.

If you had to sell your stuff to pay a fellow Christian’s rent would you?  Think about it, that’s what they did in the book of Acts basically.  That’s what the first century Christians did.  I don’t think I have ever met a Christian who literally sold their own property or things that they own to pay for another struggling Christian.

I want the church and community of Christians I belong to do that stuff all the time.  I want it to be common place.  The problem is, I gotta start with myself.

P.S. I know there are Christians out there doing this, I hear about it in Pod casts, Magazines, and Books, I am just saying I literally have not meant one such Christian.  So I would like to become one.

The Enemy is Always Working.

December 21, 2009

One of my favorite books of all time is the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I love it.  I have a friend name Ben Adam that is reading it right now.  I love him too.

The book is basically one demon telling another demon how to wreck someone’s (that someone becomes a believer within the book)  life.

It just talks about how the Enemy (that would be Satan) tries to destroy our life.  It sucks, because as I’ve read the book I am just like yup I have seen the enemy do that.

It seems like that when I am at my most Spirit filled or just at my most surrendered to God, the enemy gives up for ten minutes.  Well just gives up on me specifically  for that ten minutes.  Then the enemy goes and tries to use every person I have a relationship with and convince them otherwise about me.  Or work through those people (and me too)  to destroy my relationship with them.

I am in one of those ten minute give up on Anthony times that the enemy has.  And I just want to throw in the towel.  It’s like when I finally let God take me over completely for about a minute the enemy does this.

The enemy thinks “Oh, better work on every person around you, better work on every relationship you have.  I better help you hurt them.  I better help them hurt you.  Because I cannot have a person wholly surrendered to God.  I can’t have someone who is giving God their entire life.”

He probably cusses while doing it too.

Have you seen this Jesus video?

I feel like there needs to be an extra scene. Now imagine I’m the girl, and all the key people in my life walk out and around me, and then one will stand next to me, my dad or whatever.  Then one of those bad guys will take my hand and  my dad’s hand and make us hit each other in the crotch.

Then we just sit there yelling at each other.

That’s what I feel like the enemy is doing to me right now.

But luckily my God is bigger then that.  My God is the I am.

My God is the God who fills me with love for the ones hitting me in the crotch. My God is the God who says “even though it seems like all your loved ones might abandon you you can love them.  You can do it.”

My God is the I Am.  My God is the God who fights for me daily.  My God is the God who chose to be a baby, so I can one day experience His love for all eternity.  My God is Yaweh and Jesus Christ.

So God, Help me to be who you’ve created me to be.  You are all I need.  Help me to not ever be affected by the enemy’s attacks.  Help me to not let the enemy work in my life.  Because even though my enemy might always be working, you are always Redeeming, your power is greater.  You’re all I need.

Idol Burning.

December 11, 2009

Have you ever took the time and really looked at your idols?

Here’s how you find out what you idolize.

If God were to ask you to give up something, what’s the one thing you wouldn’t give up? What is it?

Is there something in your life that you are worried that God will ask you to give up?  It could be a job, a person, a relationship, an xbox.  It can be all sorts of things.

The problem with Idols is its something taking the place of God in your life.  It might sound cliche but God needs to be above every single thing in your life.

I’ve recently felt convicted of the things I’ve made idol in my life.  For instance, as to where my money goes, it mostly goes to me pleasing myself.  So in a way I am putting up myself as an idol.

The conviction goes further, there have been times in my life where I have given up certain sins, or whatever, and I don’t think I was always just doing it for God.  Sometimes it was for other people, or how people would think of me, or my own self righteousness.

I want to be the kind of person that has no idols.

This is unlikely though.  I do want to be a person that can continually recognize what I am idolizing and give that up.  Not only that, but I want to give it up to God.  I don’t wanna give these things up so I save more money, or stop doing something that is harmful to me, I want to stop them for God.  I want to stop idolizing things so my relationship with God is not hindered.

What do you guys idolize?