Moods of Creativity

He’s got the whole world… in his hands!!!
January 20, 2009, 6:26 pm
Filed under: The B-I-B-L-E

You remember that song right… my mom used to sing it to me when I was a kid. As I was watching the Presidential Inauguration, I heard a man named Joseph Lowery say that phrase in what I thought was the best speech of the day. I wonder what our faith would be like as individuals and as the church if we simplified our thoughts and worries to… HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD IN HIS HANDS.

Is it just me or are we just really good at complicating the things that God intended to be really simple?? I make God’s blessing and provision so hard, when in reality He is eagerly waiting for my faith to release a blessing beyond what I could imagine.

This last weekend I was given a guitar. Besides the fact that is was an enormous blessing and answer to pray, it really opened my eyes to how easy it is for God to provide what we need.

I was so caught up in what kind of guitar i needed and how much it would cost and how long it was going to take to get it, that I kind of forgot that my God happens to be the very creator of the universe. He knows beginning to end, He knows me inside and out, He has the WHOLE WORLD in his hands. And more amazing still, He knows and cares about every detail in my life. A guitar might seem like a little thing to you, but God knows how big of thing it is to me!

With this in mind and the faith messages of last weeks catalyst conference, I am confident in my God who is the sovereign ruler of heaven and earth, but intimate enough to love and bless the smallest details of my life.

What is it that you need from God this year. Is it a miracle? Perfect… God is good at miracles!! I hope your faith is being stirred! There is nothing more exciting then FAITH!

Luke 11:9-10
”And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”


Anything you can do, I can do…
August 1, 2008, 10:44 pm
Filed under: The B-I-B-L-E

We have all heard this little phrase, or actually i think its a song, “Anything you can do I can do better.” I’m pretty sure the context of the song is pretty conceded and just trying to prove who is best, but i have been stuck on this thought as it relates to faith!

Jesus walking on water has always been one of my favorite stories but recently (actually most of this summer as God has really been challenging my faith) God gave me an interesting revelation as I compared the story in Matthews gospel to the story in Marks gospel! Matthew 14 tells the story we are most familiar with. Its tells about Jesus walking on the water and Peter walking on the water.

In Mark 6 however it reads different, It says a phrase that Matt. 14 doesn’t say.

47 Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. 48
He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling
against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 50 They were all terrified when they saw him.But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!

This phrase is what got me thinkin… cause it wasn’t until the disciples saw him walking on the water and started freaking out, panicking cause they thought he was a ghost that he stopped.

When I read this i instantly thought, “Wait, why did you want to walk right past them? Why weren’t you going to stop and help them?”

Could it be that Jesus intended to walk right by them to give them an opportunity to walk out a miracle for themselves? Because think about it, if Jesus intention was just to get across the sea, he could have just you know, popped on over to the other side and when the disciples got there he would have been there just waitin for them! But he intentionally walked on the water right by them.

I believe that at this point if the disciples, in seeing Jesus walking by them on the stormy waters, would have stepped out of the boat and followed him, they too would have walked on the water right behind him all the way to the other side of the sea and the storm wouldn’t have even been an issue! But instead they freaked and Jesus had to stop and calm them down and actually get in their boat with them.

In Matthew we see that Peter kinda catches on by asking if he can come out of the boat and walk on the water. But that wasn’t really out of faith… it was more out of an attitude of asking Jesus to prove himself. He says “Lord, if it is really you, tell me to come to you…” Which yeah takes some guts but his faith didn’t even get him all the way to Jesus… he starts sinking aka doubting right in the middle.

I don’t want the kind of faith that puts God to the test, nor do i want faith that makes him have to get into my boat. I want the faith that believes in who he is to the point where in the middle of my storm if I see my savior walking on top of it, my response is to jump out and follow him to safety! I want the faith that says, if you are doin it… I’m doin it!

Anything you can do… I can do!!

“We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!!” Phil. 4:13

Be full of faith today! =)