Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Rocking at the Temple of love

The opening acts have come and gone. The lights are blazing all colours.The speakers are buzzing with anticipation. The Rockstar is about to make an appearance. The crowds are screaming out his name, they are excited and cannot wait to lay their eyes on the Superstar.

The stage is amidst two pillars, and I dare you won't believe this, the pillars are made of gold! Consider an ounce of gold costs $895.40 per ounce, or to make it easier $28,788 per kilo. This superstar is extravagant!

Wait! The whole stage is actually golden! (A moment to breathe.) This is actually not a stage, it is a temple!! Rocking in a real temple, how better can rock concerts get?!

So, the crowd's energy keeps surging, they are ready to see the Superstar, the Rockstar!! Suddenly the huge fans on the sides of the stage go on and then a sight never seen before....the Rockstar descends from the heavens!!! Acclaimed Rock of ages and Bright Morning Star, the genuine article, the real Rockstar...

...I dream of that day

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sex is pizza (continued)

In a recent post when I said pre-marital/extra marital sex is like pizza, some were appalled. It seemed I had watered down what is a beautiful experience to a mere snack. Forgive me if I offended you.

However, think about it. The Godly view of sex is that it is something that happens exclusively between a man and a woman who are joined together for life in a marriage covenant. Sex is meant for the marriage bed, which is sanctified by God.

This kind of sex happens between husband and wife who are in essence one body. Sex makes them physically one through intercourse whereas their wedding is a spiritual joining. I cannot find a good comparison because it is perfect the way it is.

However, when sex is outside the frontiers of a marriage covenant it becomes a snack. Pizza is a good example. Let's say you go to Domino's and purchase a large size pizza. It is put safely in a box where its contents will be revealed when it is time to eat it.

So, a pizza is almost impossible to eat as a whole; it is better for it to be cut into pieces. You will also notice however that a pizza is rarely eaten alone; usually it is shared by a number of people.

Thus, when I look at the differences between sex before or outside marriage and pizza, I can hardly make a distinction! Whether it is the man or woman engaging in it, he or she loses a piece of themselves and the more partners, the more pieces of themselves they lose.

Unfortunately, the world has shunned the marriage bed. We have become too impatient and settle for snacks to satisfy the lust we have. Many of us are like pizza half eaten: Incomplete!

Gladly, God can change the filthy people we are into blameless sons and daughters. He is the perfect key to all locks. God's patience is like time itself:waiting as long as it takes; His love is like a house with a roof, even when it rains you remain dry. His grace is as available as the soil on the earth.

I am not perfect; maybe a part of me was lost; if not physically then mentally, but this God is amazing. He perfects that which concerns me. Even the lost He can find; the consumed He can replace. He still mends and repairs and causes us to hope for the light at the end of the tunnel. Yes, I am a man who erred but He was the one who saved.

Pizza or not. God perfects. I am purely a work of God. And so He avails new attitudes, beliefs and the grace to become ready for the marriage bed, not Domino's pizza.

Psa 138:8 Jehovah will perfect His work in me; Your mercy, O Jehovah, endures forever; do not forsake the work of Your own hands.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Jane and Jack- A story about misrepresentation

Jane loved Jack but the boy was too stupid to know. She walked slowly looking in his direction whenever she saw him. She intentionally dropped her books when he was near so he could pick them up for her, but the boy's mind seemed to be in vacation in Madagascar. He never noticed. She had tried writing him notes in class but somehow one of the classmates instead intercepted them and showed them to every one else but him and made her a laughing stock.

She had really tried. So she devised a plan to get his attention. She would write a letter and would tell her friend to give it to him. Sarah was her friend from Nursery and surely she would help her.

Jane's letter read:

Hi Jack,

This is Jane your classmate. Ever since I saw you, I was lost in your beauty. Your handsome eyes and rusty voice just drive me wild. I have tried to show you that my heart must be cured of this sickness and have attempted things a girl in love will attempt when she wants a boy's attention, but all in vain. So I decided to write you a letter and tell you that I am most incurably in love with you. You must do something Jack or I will be most unhappy.
Yours in love,

This would surely get his attention.

Sarah was supposed to take it before lunch but she would have lunch first. At the canteen, she unfortunately forgot it at the counter and Lita found it. Lita was Jack's neighbour who wanted Jack for himself, for no noble reason though. She thought she would hypnotise him and make him her toy. How cruel?!

So when she found it she was incensed that Jane too wanted him. So she made a plan. She would not keep the letter, no, it had to be delivered. But she wrote down her own letter on paper, and stuffed it into the envelope she had found Jane's letter in. She kept the one Jane had written. She then asked if anyone had lost an envelope and suddenly Sarah realised she had forgotten it! She quickly went to Lita and claimed the letter.

Sarah quickly took it to Jack and when Jack began to read it, he was dumbfounded!!

Hi Jack,

This is Jane your classmate. I see you, lost in my beauty. But I don't think you're handsome. Your eyes are rusty. Your voice just like a wild man. I have tried to show you that my heart must be cured of this silliness. I have tried to tell you I'm not in love but you always attempt to get my attention, but all in vain. So I decided to write you a letter and tell you that I know you're most incurably in love with me. You must do nothing Jack or I will be most unhappy.
Yours ,

"What's this?" Jack asked Sarah.
"Well, Jane told me to deliver it to you"
"Who does she think she is saying such things to me? Tell her I have had enough, she thinks I do not notice how she tries to make me like her? Tell her I thought she was a good person but this...this makes me see who she really is!! I hate her!!!"

And the whole class heard! You can imagine how Jane felt when she entered the room hoping to see a good eye from Jack, but instead, she was met with laughter from her classmates (of course except Sarah) and jeers from Jack.

A girl could not possibly shoulder all that weight and not cry, so she rushed out and sat on the steps outside the class, as she gave way to her tears...

...to be continued

Friday, September 19, 2008

sex is pizza

"Premarital/extra marital sex makes you a pizza. Everyone has a piece of you, and you're left with nothing yourself..."

to be continued

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Solution, not explanation of problem...

Judges 6:13,14

And Gideon said "Pray, sir, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this befallen us?..."

And the LORD turned to him and said, "Go in this might of yours, and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?"

The angel of the LORD had earlier told Gideon "The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valour." Look what Gideon does to this declaration; he says, "If the LORD is with us, why...?"

The first thing he does is take focus off himself yet the LORD was putting the focus on him specifically. He tries to persist with his low esteem by trying to focus on the problem than what God had said. At times we are like Gideon; the LORD tells us how much He loves us and is ready to accomplish feats, then we respond by saying, " Ah, the LORD loves us all equally."

While the sun shines the same over the earth, it more powerful when it strikes through a magnifying glass; because there the rays are magnified onto one place and eventually, light up the surface it falls on.

Amazingly God did not give Gideon the answer he was looking for. Instead, He said "Go in this might of yours..." Which "might" might he be meaning? He was referring to His earlier statement, "The LORD is with you!" He went on to say, " Do not I send you?".

The LORD had a sure purpose for Gideon, and that is what His focus was. He had come to deliver Israel through Gideon. The LORD is more interested in your deliverance than your bondage. He will not waste time focusing on your bondage when what He wants is to set you free.

This is the story here- Gideon was focusing on the "why's" of their bondage to Midian but the LORD was not there to give a thesis on their current situation. He had come to take them out of it, and that is the only thing He had determined to do.

Praise God! For He forgets quickly and loves deeply. Didn't God have the right to condemn and rebuke them when Gideon asked his question? He did. But that time was past, He was intent on delivering them now!! Amen!

Thank God, for there is therefore now no condemnation to those in Christ. Like Gideon's case, Jesus will never put focus on your past. Neither will He focus on your inconsistency, He has come for salvation, period! Not to give you a list of your failures that led to your predicament. No. He is a deliverer. He is your solution.

Therefore, whatever it is, God is with you and His mind is set on your deliverance, not your condemnation! Forget the condemning talk of "because you did this, this is happening to you-He is a now God-for you now.

John 3:17 "For God sent His Son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him!"

So, in your addiction; folly; weakness; remember God wants you out, not to talk to you about why you're there. He's not here to explain your sin, He has come to take you out of it. He is not here to explain your debt; He's here to relieve you of it. Is it not Jesus who said, come, all who are heavy laden, that I may give you rest? He did not say- Come to me all who are heavy laden, that I may explain your burdens.

Praise God; He is a deliverer, not a religious finger pointing condemning God. Let's not mix up the work of Jesus and the devil. The devil will remind you of your sin; your curse. The LORD reminds you, He became sin that you may become the righteousness of God in Christ; He became a curse that you may be blessed. Glory.