He’s Returning

He's real.

I’ve started BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) this year, after taking the last term off. It’s a great way to study the Word with others, and there’s weekly classes all over the world.This term, the focus is on Revelation. It’s probably the most mysterious and epic book in the Bible, but at the same time, like every book, it relates to who God is, how Christ is revealed, and who we are in Him.

There’s a glorious certainty, regardless of what you believe about the tribulation, rapture, etc, that Christ will return. With that awareness, how does that change the way we live today? Eternity is real, God is real, and the reality is that we’ll be with God for eternity. This life may seem like all there is during struggles and hurt. At its toughest times, life can seem so blatant and obvious and…now, but it’s also temporary. The heavenly reality is just as true as the reality that we find ourselves in every day, when we get frustrated at work, or disagree with our friends, or suffer heartache. The joy we can experience when we know that we are strangers in this world, passing through until we visit our true home, can unleash upon us a profound sense of freedom that permeates all of our daily thoughts and choices.

There is more than this. Much more, and it’s where we truly belong, but until then, let us allow eternal thinking to shape our earthly living.

“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

1 Corinthians 15:19-20

“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

Romans 8:17-18

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Mistaking The Future

Keep On Mistaking

For five years I was the co-host of a weekly community radio show with some mates from church. For two hours every Sunday, we’d share some great CCM (Contemporary Christian Music), talk about the Word, and just have fun. It reminded me of how instrumental music was on my journey to knowing Christ. dcTalk, Jars of Clay, Newsboys, delirious, etc gloriously broke down my misconceptions about Christian music, and their lyrical content and sing-a-long songs gave me much joy. One of those bands during that time  was a band called Earthsuit. Their first album was great, and years later I thought to myself, “Where are those guys today?” It turns out some of the members morphed into a band called MuteMath.  Since I discovered MuteMath,(thank you Wikipedia!) I’ve been a big fan, as have many others.

Their latest album, Vitals was released in November of 2015 and it’s probably my fave of theirs so far, with their 2006 debut a close second. They’re actually coming to my city of Perth on May 4 (Star Wars Day!) and I’ll be going.

The lyrics below are from Remain, the last song on Vitals. Apparently the song is about the conflict in trying to change, but remaining the same. Most of us Christians can echo that sentiment I’m sure. We have faith to see the big things that God can do through us, and for us, but our fear and doubt keep us rooted in what we know and have previously experienced. The truth is, however that just because God spoke to you or led you in a certain way before, doesn’t mean He’ll do it that way again. God is the God of new things. He shatters our limited human expectations.

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:19

To expect God to behave in a preconceived way is living by sight, not by faith. We can’t assume to perceive or predict what God is doing or will do, and that’s so awesome. Allow room in your hearts for God to joyfully surprise you. Pray boldly for Him to shatter your expectations. Your past does not dictate your future. Just because you’ve always been shy, or disrespected, or hurt, or betrayed, in no way guarantees that that shall be your future. Only He sees your future; we do not, so let Him show you how glorious your future can be in Him. Open you eyes wide and dream and pray and hope for things that you have never seen in your life before.

 

“Remain”

I’ve been dreaming
Dreaming of a day in the end
Waiting for someone
To wake me from the dream that I’m in
I’ve been confiscating
Every shred of hope that I can
I keep on mistaking
The future for the places I’ve been

Always the same
Always forever we remain
Always the same
I’m dying just to keep my place

I’ve been breaking
And repairing everything that I make
Just to feel important
And worth the little space that I take
I keep on delaying
Everything I’d rather avoid
Rapidly decaying
And panicking I’m losing the choice

Always the same
Always forever we remain
Always the same
I’m dying just to keep my place
[x2]

Just keep on trying
Just keep fighting
Just keep going
Just keep surviving
Just keep walking
Just keep breathing
Just keep holding
Just keep believing
[x2]

Always the same
Always forever we remain
Always the same
I’m dying just to keep my place

Always…

Just keep on trying
Just keep fighting
Just keep going
Just keep surviving
Just keep walking
Just keep breathing
Just keep holding
Just keep believing

Always the same
Always forever we remain