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Making the Hard Call

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment

By Alison Lehman

If you were in church this morning you would have heard Peter and Nathan talking about getting stuck and spinning wheels after making the decision to follow Christ.  Some ask the question, “Now that I’m a Christian, shouldn’t life be getting easier?” Sometimes we think that Christianity is the answer to all our problems. “If I become a Christian everything will fall into place and life will get better.” Well, yes, life will get better in the sense that you now have hope and a Creator who loves you unconditionally at all times, but not in the sense that life will automatically be easier to live.

Becoming a Christian is tough stuff but worthwhile. It means that the Spirit of God is now in us and we can’t ignore those promptings that tell us we are doing something wrong or inappropriate. There is a fine balance between allowing God to work through you and participating in that process. There are definitely things we need to do and that is to get rid of slander, immorality, lust, prejudice, dishonesty, pride -and the list goes on. God will love us no matter what but if we want a fruitful relationship with Him, we need to do what He says.

When Nathan prayed at the end of the service, in a roundabout way he asked God to show us what was in the way – what was getting us stuck or interfering with our relationships prospering like they should. At some point in the morning I started to search my heart for things I was doing that stand in the way and it came to me very quickly. Nathan addressed the men in the church about what they are watching on TV or their computer screens. Are they actively doing something about it or keeping it to themselves? I am guilty of watching things or reading books that are over the line with language, violence or sexuality. I justify it by saying, it’s only a small part of the show or the book and continue on. I’ve had that nudge before but I’ve ignored it. I think Nathan has effectively challenged me to be proactive and make a stand. It’s long overdue but I need to show God that I value purity.

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February 4, 2011 Leave a comment

By Alison Lehman

Sunday morning Tim and I were involved with Kids Church and we are now in the practice of bringing the grade 4-6 kids to the gym for adult worship. We are at the far right at the front so we have a pretty good view of the congregation. Sometimes when we’re singing a powerful song I’ll just stop and listen or glance around and drink in the glory of God’s people involved in worshiping Him.

There is a song we sing frequently, “This is Our God” that often catches in my throat  depending on the day.  When I think of the lyrics,  “Freely you (God) gave it all for us, surrendered your life upon that cross, great is the love poured out for all, this is our God,” it makes me very grateful that I am deeply  loved. I am in awe that someone  loves me so much that he gave his life up for me and took my sin on his shoulders. Sin is a heavy burden and  the best part is that I don’t have to carry it.

What really got me this past Sunday was the vulnerability of a young man who was brave enough to get down on his knees and submit himself completely to God’s Spirit. “And I will fall at your feet, I will fall at your feet, and I will worship you here”… When I saw that, I was deeply moved and thought to myself, “How many times have I wanted to do that,  just fall at the feet of Jesus during worship?!”  This young man’s obedience or awareness of the Spirit of God moving in him spoke volumes to me and was a beautiful picture of how God touches His children. There is little else as inspiring as seeing another believer melt in God’s presence and enjoy it so fully.

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