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To the Cross

Posted in God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by rylanreed

Today is a time of remembering, for those who follow Jesus Christ, of what He went through leading up to the cross and the glorious resurrection that followed three days later.  As I think about my own life and what I’ve been through leading up to where I am right now, I’m always humbled and blessed to remember that Christ died for my sins and did so even before I knew Him.  I see in the Cross, how much His love is for me, that He would go to a horrible death so that I could spend Eternity with Him when I die. I rejoice in Him, knowing that what He gave was a gift, one that He gives to anyone and everyone that believes in Him, the savior for the world.

A friend showed me this link about Good Friday, a story line from when Jesus started picking out His disciples to just after His death.  You can listen to it here.

At the end, the pastor talks about the stations of the cross, which you can read about here.

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Less of me, more of you

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2010 by rylanreed

Shane and Shane has a song entitled The Answer.  It speaks to what I want my heart wants to say, but what I have not been living for lately.  You can listen to the song here.

I’ve tried more of me and I’ve come up dry

trading You for things, things that go away

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

i have found the answer is to love You and be loved by You alone

alright! alright! alright!

You crucify me and the world to me and i will only boast in You

alright! alright! alright!

O’ so satisfied at the thought of You

growing up in me covering everything

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

my happiness is found in less of me and more of You

i have found the answer is to love You and be loved by You alone

You crucify me and the world to me and i will only boast in You

alright! alright! alright!

You are, You are (loved by me)

You are, You are (You’re loved by me)

So many times I try to do things on my own, and fall short of anything that I want to accomplish.  I look to myself and not to Jesus, who is always there to help when you seek His face and for His glory.  I know what I should do and it is what I want to do, but so many times I let my thoughts and the thoughts of Satan come into my mind and heart. They tell me to go my own way, making it seem to be the easier and quicker way of doing things.  This is totally false and a complete lie, and one that Satan finds full enjoyment; when God’s children stray and go their own way.  I still have hope and there is hope for you as well, those that feel the same as I do, because of the story of The Prodigal Son.  God will and does take us back, when we repent and acknowledge that we need Him more than anything else.

I know I need Him to help me through this life, cause trying by myself has not gotten me far at all, maybe a little bit lower in the ground.  He can and will pick me up and carry me to a place that will allow me to go on with life as I follow Him to life ever-after.

I’m a Christian poem

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by rylanreed

I’M A CHRISTIAN

When I say… “I am a Christian” I’m not shouting “I’m clean livin’.

I’m whispering “I was lost,” Now I’m found and forgiven.

When I say…”I am a Christian” I don’t speak of this with pride.

I’m confessing that I stumble and need CHRIST to be my guide.

When I say… “I am a Christian” I’m not trying to be strong.

I’m professing that I’m weak and need HIS strength to carry on.

When I say… “I am a Christian” I’m not bragging of success.

I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say… “I am a Christian” I’m not claiming to be perfect,

My flaws are far too visible but, God believes I am worth it.

When I say… “I am a Christian” I still feel the sting of pain,

I have my share of heartaches …So I call upon His name.

When I say… “I am a Christian” I’m not holier than thou,

I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow.

~Maya Angelou~

Desending

Posted in God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by rylanreed
Same Spirit!!

The same Spirit and the same anointment that came over Jesus Christ is the same EXACT Spirit and anointment living inside of us!!!!…….John 1:32-34..”Then John gave the testimony: ‘I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. (33) I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ (34) I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God’.”

God will give those that He has called to Himself His Spirit. Jesus says in John 16, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will declare to you the things that are to come.”(13) He also tells us the difference in baptism, explaining in Acts 1 “For John Baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”(5) and how the Spirit will use us in all of our surroundings, not just right where we started out, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (8) And this is how you can receive the Holy Spirit, Acts 2 “And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ ” (38)

This should give us hope, for a couple of reasons.  With the Holy Spirit in us, we don’t have to do anything in our own strength because we can rely on the Spirit for His power.  We also will be able to better determine what God wants for our life and how He wants us to live it with the help and wisdom from the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ working in and through us each and everyday for the glory and honor of God.  We can, through His power, be able to praise Him for what He has given us.

“Spirituality is attention to the life of the Spirit within us;  it is going out in the desert or up to the mountain to pray.  It is standing before the Lord with open heart, open mind;  it is crying out, “Abba, Father”;  it is contemplating the unspeakable beauty of our loving God.”

–H. Nouwen–

Fallen into a pit

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God, Music, South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by rylanreed

Lecrae: Rebel — Desperate ft. Cam

Verse 1:  (Lecrae)
Woke up this morning too depressed and shamed to leave my bed / Can’t stand to see my own reflection so I hang my head / feel like a disappointment like the scum of the earth / I’m so hurt I know you see I can’t cover my dirt
my souls dying hearts weak and I cant even cry / I’m sposed to run to you but WHY I’m such an evil guy
The sun’s shining but for me it’s the darkest of days / Try to pretend it never happened but the guilt remains
I leave the house it feels like everybody knows I did it / Feel like they reading my mind and know the sin I committed
Through your blood I’m acquitted but my heart doesn’t get it / Oh God I’m desperate for Help cause I’m grieving your Spirit / I couldn’t sing in the sunday service, Lord I felt fake / and when they started communion I just made an escape / I’m in need of your grace/ feels like you hid your face / Lord Lead me back to cross and show me my sins erased

Hook:  (Cam)
I’m so desperate; I can’t believe I’ve sinned against you
Create in me a clean heart (I’m so sorry)
Your mercy is what I need

Verse 2:  (Lecrae)
I’m waste deep in my pity/ Is Satan tryna trick me and tell me you wont forgive me
cause it’s startin to get me/ Jesus help me quickly I hate the wrong I’ve done/ I know we all fall but I feel like the only one/ Feels like I should be shunned/ should I punish myself/ I know it’s dumb cause by your death all my sin has been dealt/ But my sin is been felt/ I didn’t want to do it/ but what I want to do I don’t/ I swear I’m goin through it/ I’m tryna open up my bible need to read your pages/ need you Lord but my guilt has got me feeling so faithless/ Help me see where grace is/ take me back to the basics/ help me find my joy in you and not people and places/ my sin is ever before me I turned my back on you/ Oh father break and restore me to bring me back to you/my sin is ever before me I turned my back on you/ God break and restore me to bring me back to you

Hook:

Verse 3:  (Lecrae)
have mercy on me God according to your steady love / wipe away my transgressions and wash me in your blood
Create in me a clean heart renew a right spirit / Don’t hide your face from me God/ your Presence keep me near it
I’m waiting patience on you Lord i know you hear my cry / Restore your Joy in me/ for you alone I live and die/
It’s you I Glorify cause you don’t want my sacrifice/ you want me broken and contrite trusting in the Christ/ I confess to you my sin and you show me mercy/ I turn away from it demonstrating that you are worthy/ over lust, over pride, over all sin/ is my affection for Jesus who died for all them/ I was lost now I’m found I was toss to the ground/ My sin weighed on me heavy but I am no longer bound/ As sure as Christ wear the crown/ I know that grace will abound/ And even when I feel lost I know in You I am found/

I feel this a lot, and I think that others do as well.  This STINT year has really opened my eyes to some sins that I commit, that I never really saw before until now.  It’s God’s way of bringing us back to Him, we just need to realize that we do sin, that it is our human nature to do that, and only by repenting of our sins and turning full and complete attention to Christ, will we come out of the rut that we are in.

“14But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” James 1:14-15

I have heard from some that Satan is really battling with us as we are on STINT, and in countries that God is trying to start a work in for His glory.  Satan does tempt us, but it is our acceptance of the sin and our human nature to tend to lean towards those things that gets us into trouble.  If we would just realize that it is a sin and that we commit it, we would be trusting in Jesus and relying on His blood.  Instead, we “lean on our own understanding” and let Satan take control and so, do not let Jesus be the one and only that controls our lives.  Let us pray today that God will continually show us more of our sins, and that we would be repenting more and more, as we turn our hearts and eyes towards Christ!