1) Observation 2) Interpretation 3) Application
As you read (observe) scripture, be sure to pray for revelation (interpretation) and how you can apply (application) to your life. After all, if we don’t apply it, what’s the point.
“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[e] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[f] 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
What did that scripture say? Be thinking about that as you read through this post.
My name is David Engman and I am a worshipper! I love to worship. I never feel more alive than when I am surrounded by other worshippers, praising, singing, with hands held high! There is a wonderful worship song entitled “Hosanna” and it has lyrics that really touch a tender spot on my heart. At one point in the song the lyrics read “open up my heart to the things unseen, show me how to love like you have loved me, break my heart for what breaks yours, everything I am for your Kingdom’s cause, as I walk from earth into eternity”.
Let those words penetrate your heart for a moment. After you are done reading this blog see the link at the bottom of this post to hear Hillsong sing this amazing song and listen closely to all the words. My prayer is that God would break my heart for what breaks his.
I watch television and see images of children or adults in desperate and hopeless situations in distant third world countries. We all have! These people and the stories told break our hearts and guess what, they break Gods too! Often I have thought to myself, I wish I could do something! Then, I change the channel and go on about my life.
Again, my prayer is that God would break my heart for what breaks his and now I am praying that God would break your heart too.
God has revealed something in scripture to me that I want to share with you. As you read this please remember Romans 8:1 in that there is no condemnation:
Romans 8:1-3 (NLT)
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death”.
I point this out because God does not bring the spirit of condemnation the enemy does.
James 1:27 (The Message)
26-27Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.
Matthew 25:35-36;45 (NLT)
…For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.
I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,[f] you were doing it to me!
We do not live in a third world country and the photos you will see on this blog are not from one either. They are right here in your neighborhoods. The images are of people!
“…Most certainly and thoroughly I now perceive and understand that God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons“.
This says God looks at you and I the same as the person begging on the corner. I have so often looked down upon people in those situations without ever really considering their story.
This is a call to action. Let’s hear their stories! God knows I would never allow my children or someone I love live in these conditions and you wouldn’t either. Come with me, join us on a journey to overcome homelessness and hunger. Together with God, we can do what only God can do through us. Again, this is a call to action. Let’s love our neighbor as ourselves.
What are you going to do?
If you are interested in helping in anyway, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I look so forward to telling this mountain to jump into the sea! Mark 11:22-24 with you.
Thank you and may God bless your day!
Hillsong “Hosanna” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uep8qULLJE
Posted by Breakthrough Ministries at 7:26 AM