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Category: The Diary of God (page 1 of 3)

The Diary of God… What I’ve Overcome.

I’m not the man I want to be and the man that I am is seldom who I want to be. We all seem to have this pervasive feeling that we have missed the mark and we want to be better, be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Our past sometimes holds us back instead of propelling us forward.

If you think about it there is a lot of talk about the past and things that we have done and wanting to forget the past. Here are a few examples:

LeCrae has a song called Used to Do it Too. This song talks about how he was someone completely different before he found Christ than he is after he found Christ. The tag for the song is, ‘I’m changed, now I’m something different’. There are many things that we used to do but once we get to know Christ we have to leave them behind.

Or how about Linkin Park… what I’ve Done. Again we have a desire to leave behind the mistakes and regrets of the past. We want to become something better. We want to be someone else. We want to leave behind our sins and have a second chance.

I think of that turtle on Kung Fu Panda. He says something to the effect of we don’t know what to future is and the past is the past (meaning it is over and done with) and the present is a gift to us.

I was recently turned onto the band Fireflight. On their newest album there’s a song entitled What I’ve Overcome.
BTW, I saw them on 2/19 at h2o church and it was ridiculous awesome.

The chorus to this song is:
If only you could see me yesterday
Who I used to be before the change
You’d see a broken heart
You’d see the battle scars
Funny how words can’t explain How good it finally feels to break the chains
I’m not what I have done
I’m what I’ve overcome

I think this song speaks to the true nature of what we all hope to realize and portray: we are not just a collection of mistakes. We are something bigger than that. We are these mistakes, but we are so much more. We are the lessons that we have learned from them. We are better people for having made those mistakes. We are not only who we are as we overcome the mistakes and heartache our past, we are who we are becoming.

My past doesn’t dictate who I am… it tells us where I’ve come from, but it tells us almost nothing about who I am or even where I am going.

Its a part of me… it adds up to the sum that is me, but it is not all of me.

God is the only source of true meaning and value. God is where we find who we are and who we are meant to become. We are God’s children and as such have access to being able to forget our past, leave it behind and no longer be shackled to the mistakes we’ve made. God offers us not only salvation and redemption but he offers to make us new… he offers for us to be born again, to be a new people who don’t have a past, people who start fresh living in the glory of who God is and the sacrifice he made through his son.

He offers everything we’ve ever wanted: be a part of something bigger than ourselves and to leave those old dirty selves behind.

Are you what you’ve done or what you’ve overcome?

The Diary of God… What I've Overcome.

I’m not the man I want to be and the man that I am is seldom who I want to be. We all seem to have this pervasive feeling that we have missed the mark and we want to be better, be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Our past sometimes holds us back instead of propelling us forward.

If you think about it there is a lot of talk about the past and things that we have done and wanting to forget the past. Here are a few examples:

LeCrae has a song called Used to Do it Too. This song talks about how he was someone completely different before he found Christ than he is after he found Christ. The tag for the song is, ‘I’m changed, now I’m something different’. There are many things that we used to do but once we get to know Christ we have to leave them behind.

Or how about Linkin Park… what I’ve Done. Again we have a desire to leave behind the mistakes and regrets of the past. We want to become something better. We want to be someone else. We want to leave behind our sins and have a second chance.

I think of that turtle on Kung Fu Panda. He says something to the effect of we don’t know what to future is and the past is the past (meaning it is over and done with) and the present is a gift to us.

I was recently turned onto the band Fireflight. On their newest album there’s a song entitled What I’ve Overcome.
BTW, I saw them on 2/19 at h2o church and it was ridiculous awesome.

The chorus to this song is:
If only you could see me yesterday
Who I used to be before the change
You’d see a broken heart
You’d see the battle scars
Funny how words can’t explain How good it finally feels to break the chains
I’m not what I have done
I’m what I’ve overcome

I think this song speaks to the true nature of what we all hope to realize and portray: we are not just a collection of mistakes. We are something bigger than that. We are these mistakes, but we are so much more. We are the lessons that we have learned from them. We are better people for having made those mistakes. We are not only who we are as we overcome the mistakes and heartache our past, we are who we are becoming.

My past doesn’t dictate who I am… it tells us where I’ve come from, but it tells us almost nothing about who I am or even where I am going.

Its a part of me… it adds up to the sum that is me, but it is not all of me.

God is the only source of true meaning and value. God is where we find who we are and who we are meant to become. We are God’s children and as such have access to being able to forget our past, leave it behind and no longer be shackled to the mistakes we’ve made. God offers us not only salvation and redemption but he offers to make us new… he offers for us to be born again, to be a new people who don’t have a past, people who start fresh living in the glory of who God is and the sacrifice he made through his son.

He offers everything we’ve ever wanted: be a part of something bigger than ourselves and to leave those old dirty selves behind.

Are you what you’ve done or what you’ve overcome?

The Diary of God… Faith/Obedience

At h2o church Orlando today we began a new series of messages entitled Colossians: the subversion effect. One of the themes in today’s message was the danger of a syncretic faith. As you know, syncretism is the blending of two things that shouldn’t mesh together. Sometimes this works and produces a final product that is better than either of the two individual parts. However, one’s faith (particularly faith of the Christian persuasion) must be carefully guarded so it is not watered by syncretism.

It was noted today (by esteemed pastor Hever) there are some specific ideas about faith within our culture today:
1. Faith is merely an intellectual ascent of something.
2. Faith is devoid of passion & love.
3. Faith carries a notion of optional obedience or love (to that we place said faith in).

It was also noted this thinking is in direct contradiction to scripture which often uses the terms faith and obedience interchangeably.

Look at James 2. James states in verses 17-18: Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” He clearly shows that apart from action our faith means nothing. In other verses in this dialogue, James says he’s glad you believe in God even the demons do that!

Faith & obedience are inseparable. They are two-sides of the same coin.

We just moved back to Orlando. Lots of people have been asking me why? There is a long answer to that question, but the shirt of it is we are following God where he is taking us. We are putting our faith into action/obedience. God has something for me here and this is where he has called me to at this moment of my life.

Being in the Diary of God and allowing my life to intersect with his, means I follow where he leads. It means putting my faith into obedience.

Are faith & obedience interchangeable in your life or are you still holding back from God?

The Diary of God… temet nosce (“thine own-self you must know”).

I will never forget the first time I saw the movie the Matrix. In the movie is a scene I will never forget seeing for the first time either. At one point, Morpheus takes Neo to see the Oracle. Over the door in the kitchen at the Oracle’s apartment is a plaque with the saying temet nosce which they rendered Know Thyself. If you remember this movie, Neo goes to the Oracle because Morpheus believes that he is the ‘one’ who is going to save mankind from the machines. Allegedly the Oracle ‘knows enough’ and gives you a word according to the gifts that have been given to you. So as Neo is in the conversation with her about whether he is the ‘one’ or not the Oracle tells him: “I’m going to let you in on a little secret…Being the One is just like being in love. No one can tell you you’re in love, you just know it. Through and through. Balls to bones.” I will never forget this because like Neo who ultimately is the ‘one’, he allows his own fears and disbelief in himself and something bigger than himself to allow him to wander of the path to fulfilling what his purpose is.

Another aspect of being in the Diary of God is knowing yourself and knowing what your purpose is. This is much easier said than done. In order to know yourself you have to know a little about God. This is important because it is God who made us and in order to get a handle on what we are made for, we have to know a little more about the one who created us or our creator. I was reading an article from Psychology Today earlier on this subject and it tends to be a hot topic in the world today as people are trying to find themselves and find out who they really are. Sometimes it is easy to know who we are and other times it is very tough to be able to land on what we are made for and what our purpose in life is. I have spent many hours thinking, pondering and arguing about what my purpose is.

In the mental health community there is much talk about being fully aware of ourselves and knowing who we are and being grounded. This is a similar concept to the idea of knowing thyself. The idea is that if we know ourselves and are fully aware of who we are as individuals and as therapists the better we are going to be able to relate to and help other people work through whatever is ailing them.

In all honesty this journey of trying to find out who you are and what you are here for is hard. It is tough because sometimes it causes you to challenge ideas and values that you once held so tightly. Sometimes we are forced to think outside of our selfishness and look for other greater good that is to be put before our desires and wants. We often times will look inside of ourselves and find stuff we don’t like… stuff that is downright disgusting and scary. This also makes the journey hard.

I find that I hate myself most when I read some of the passages of Scripture that tell me that out of the overflow of my heart my mouth speaks… this is hard to swallow considering some of the things that has come out of my mouth. In a circumstance like this knowing who I am on the inside is pretty important. I want to know if who I am reflects what I say or did I just have a weak moment and slip in my verbage?

Before we are able to live up to what God wants from us, we have to figure out what he wants from us. Again, easier said than done. Being in the Diary of God means that we are going to have to look inside ourselves at the deepest recesses that we hope no one ever sees in order to determine who we are and where we are going. Until we “thine own-self you must know” we will never be able to live fully for God… that is why knowing thyself is being in the Diary of God.

The Diary of God… temet nosce ("thine own-self you must know").

I will never forget the first time I saw the movie the Matrix. In the movie is a scene I will never forget seeing for the first time either. At one point, Morpheus takes Neo to see the Oracle. Over the door in the kitchen at the Oracle’s apartment is a plaque with the saying temet nosce which they rendered Know Thyself. If you remember this movie, Neo goes to the Oracle because Morpheus believes that he is the ‘one’ who is going to save mankind from the machines. Allegedly the Oracle ‘knows enough’ and gives you a word according to the gifts that have been given to you. So as Neo is in the conversation with her about whether he is the ‘one’ or not the Oracle tells him: “I’m going to let you in on a little secret…Being the One is just like being in love. No one can tell you you’re in love, you just know it. Through and through. Balls to bones.” I will never forget this because like Neo who ultimately is the ‘one’, he allows his own fears and disbelief in himself and something bigger than himself to allow him to wander of the path to fulfilling what his purpose is.

Another aspect of being in the Diary of God is knowing yourself and knowing what your purpose is. This is much easier said than done. In order to know yourself you have to know a little about God. This is important because it is God who made us and in order to get a handle on what we are made for, we have to know a little more about the one who created us or our creator. I was reading an article from Psychology Today earlier on this subject and it tends to be a hot topic in the world today as people are trying to find themselves and find out who they really are. Sometimes it is easy to know who we are and other times it is very tough to be able to land on what we are made for and what our purpose in life is. I have spent many hours thinking, pondering and arguing about what my purpose is.

In the mental health community there is much talk about being fully aware of ourselves and knowing who we are and being grounded. This is a similar concept to the idea of knowing thyself. The idea is that if we know ourselves and are fully aware of who we are as individuals and as therapists the better we are going to be able to relate to and help other people work through whatever is ailing them.

In all honesty this journey of trying to find out who you are and what you are here for is hard. It is tough because sometimes it causes you to challenge ideas and values that you once held so tightly. Sometimes we are forced to think outside of our selfishness and look for other greater good that is to be put before our desires and wants. We often times will look inside of ourselves and find stuff we don’t like… stuff that is downright disgusting and scary. This also makes the journey hard.

I find that I hate myself most when I read some of the passages of Scripture that tell me that out of the overflow of my heart my mouth speaks… this is hard to swallow considering some of the things that has come out of my mouth. In a circumstance like this knowing who I am on the inside is pretty important. I want to know if who I am reflects what I say or did I just have a weak moment and slip in my verbage?

Before we are able to live up to what God wants from us, we have to figure out what he wants from us. Again, easier said than done. Being in the Diary of God means that we are going to have to look inside ourselves at the deepest recesses that we hope no one ever sees in order to determine who we are and where we are going. Until we “thine own-self you must know” we will never be able to live fully for God… that is why knowing thyself is being in the Diary of God.

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