Feb 3 2011

Always be Zealous

Rebekyah Brewer

For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. – Romans 10:2

Zeal n. – A prompt willingness; Excessive fervor to do something or accomplish some end;  A feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)

Proverbs 23:17 encourages us to “always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.” and in Galatians 4:18 Paul tells us, “It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always, not just when I am with you.”  What does a zealous Christian look like?  For many, their image of a Christian is simply one who goes to church regularly. And if they serve in the church, that is their definition of  zeal.  For others it may be someone  who is quite radical in their lifestyle that borders on insanity.  I wanted to share with you a passage I read that provides a great description of what a genuinely zealous Christian looks like:

Zeal in religion is a burning desire to please God, to do His will, and to advance His glory in the world in every possible way. It is a desire which no man feels by nature, – which the Spirit puts in the heart of every believer when he is converted, – but which some believers feel so much more strongly than others that they alone deserve to be called ‘zealous’ men… Continue reading

Nov 10 2010

Intimacy is not Romantic

Rebekyah Brewer

Intimacy is really not as romantic and attractive as people make it out to be.  More often then not, it is painful and ugly. If you looked deep inside our hearts, chances are you probably wouldn’t see a lot of deep, beautiful, profound thoughts and memories. Instead you would see a tangled mess. You would see a lot of darkness, a lot of dirt, false beliefs, selfishness, ulterior motives, anger, resentment, guilt, bitterness, shame, confusion, hypocrisy,  coldness, painful memories and experiences that we tend to push back and push to the side over the years because they were in the way of  our getting what we wanted in life.    They were in the way of people liking us. In the way of our having a happy home. In the way of our succeeding and being accepted.

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Oct 9 2010

Two Mountains

Rebekyah Brewer

Moses on Mount Sinai Jean-Léon Gérôme -1895-1900

We are as close to God as we want to be.

I can’t remember where I first saw or heard that statement, but there is a lot of truth in it. It is quite convicting. God is always present.  He doesn’t change positions on us. We are the variable, not him. Our coming closer to God, is much like the Israelites coming to Mount Sinai with Moses. Continue reading

Jan 9 2010

The Abundant Graciousness of God

Rebekyah Brewer

Source: Flickr.com I was reading in Esther the other day about King Xerxes. He was the King that Esther married. As I was reading I was really amazed at the abundant wealth of some of these Old Testament Kings.

This particular king, King Xerxes threw a banquet for a full 180 days, that’s a 6 month long party, to display his wealth to all the various military leaders, princes and nobles and then afterwards a week long party in his enclosed garden for everyone else from the least to the greatest of people and they were all allowed to drink as much wine or as little as they wished because by the king’s command the royal wine was to flow abundantly in keeping with his liberality. Read for yourself Esther 1:1-8. That’s pretty wealthy and that is pretty gracious. I can’t imagine what that would like in today’s culture. A six month party for all the national leaders to display to them how wealthy we are. Who could afford such extravagance? But it was common for these kings to throw these outrageous parties of generosity to display their wealth and splendor. And I was reminded of the fact  that King Xerxes wasn’t even the wealthiest king. He wasn’t nearly as wealthy as King Solomon was. King Solomon was the wealthiest and wisest kings ever and he loved to throw these huge parties also. Just take a peak at 1 Kings 4:22-28 and read about his daily provisions, it’s insane.

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