“Deadman” Do You Know This Game?

“And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?” (Matthew 21:16) I don’t know why I find it shocking how much God uses my little girl to illustrate spiritual truths to me and bring them to the forefront of my mind. This was the case yesterday; she was trying to think of some games we could play.

“Deadman. Do you know this game?” I replied, “Yes, I know this game.” Then came the question, “Do you play it with your friends?” I of course respond, “No, I don’t play it with my friends.” Then she proceeds to give me her best rendition of the deadman game while the Holy Spirit decides to go ahead and pull me aside for the lesson.

If anyone is reading this that doesn’t know, Deadman is a game where you simply pretend to be dead and see who can stay that way the longest. Some people call it graveyard and have different ways to play, pretty basic. The Lord started to deal with my heart, “Are you sure you don’t play this game with your friends?”

Are we not new creatures in Christ? Do we not walk contrary to the ways of the world? Is our God not living inside of us? Does the sermon on a Sunday not inspire us to live differently? How often though do we turn right around and stifle those inclinations? We better stick God back in our pocket. He might not be received very well in our company we are in here in the public square.

I’m talking about our face to face relations with friends, family, and co-workers. Do we share the gospel when we feel the prompting to? If we don’t partake in certain activities that we once did, what reason do you give? I know plenty of health benefits for not doing some things I used to do, but I stopped doing them for eternal health. Does God get the glory of our story? Or are we just people making some good decisions to avoid less moral activities in our life so that we are health or because it is just good common sense to do?

Don’t play Deadman through the week and wait for a Sunday or your fellow believers to be around before you want to acknowledge God. Give Him the glory, give Him the credit all the time. I imagine our Lord like me with my daughter just shakes His head at what goons we are the whole time we’re playing this little game.

Greater Works

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12)

What a great promise by the Lord Jesus Christ. He states here that those who believe on Him shall do the works He does and greater also. Let that sink in for a minute. Those that believe in Him will work greater works.

So what works did Jesus do? Oh you no, nothing that outrageous; heal the sick, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, the mute spoke, the lame walked, cast out demons. Now those were the works of Jesus, and He said those who would believe in Him would do greater works than these.

Now Luke 10:17 tells us of some of the 72 disciples he sent out to prepare the towns he was about to go to. They came back joyously reporting that even the demons submitted to them in His name. The Lord told them not to rejoice in this, but in the fact that their names were written in heaven.

Things are stirring in West Virginia, God is moving. I don’t think anybody with Facebook could not have seen the revival taking place in the southern part of our state. I know churches in our local area and surrounding counties are experiencing powerful encounters with the Lord. We  shouldn’t count it strange when we see these things that Jesus said would happen, they should be the expected occurrence in the presence of a Holy God.

That brings me to my point I want to make, why did Jesus tell them not to rejoice in the fact that the demons were subject to them in His name? He knew that it was only because of their names being written in heaven that they were subject. Only by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (and a healthy dose, see the Sons of Sciva) and His power moving through them would these works be accomplished.

We need to be moving and pressing deeper into this presence, this relationship. The culture is changing, the world is falling to pieces, but we can have hope, and peace, and works greater than these through relationship with our Lord. It doesn’t matter where you’re at in your life or what you’ve done; repent and be washed and welcomed in His blood. Nothing sweeter will you find, promise. Don’t trust my words though, pick up a bible and find out what He said for yourself.

 

A Bedtime Prayer

Now I lay me down to sleep

Satan seeks whom he may keep

Lying on the ground immobile

Dreams are pious, dreams are noble

All around the war is waged

These slumber saints, disengaged

Pick up your sword, pick up your shield

Call on His name, you’ll be healed

No battle plans to rearrange

No time now a heart to change

You’ve died there in your bed of mud

Does heaven open, are you of the Blood?

First Fruits

It is fitting that I nearly forgot the title of this post. After nearly an hour of facebook/youtube browsing I decided I would write. What was that spark of an idea? It nearly landed in the thought graveyard. First fruits. Often when I think of first fruits my finances come to mind. The fruits of my labor. That isn’t the fruit of focus today though.

To quote the fictional African scholar Rafiki, “It is time.” We are guaranteed none of it and waste most of it. Without google off the cuff, I want to say Tim McGraw; no maybe it was Kenny Chesney? The song that says, “live like you were dying.” (sorry I’m not much of a country fan) Who do you want to be? How do you want to be remembered? A few years ago the death clock was a popular little thing online. You click it and it tells you when you’re going to die. How differently would we live with a visual reminder of our end creeping closer?

The truth of the matter is all of our “death clocks” are at a split second. Each new breath a gift of God. What will you do with it? On occasion I give my daughter my last piece of bacon; even more rare of an occasion she will give it back. I imagine our heavenly Father is just as joyed when we offer our life back to Him. Simply saying, “Lord, You gave me this life and I want You to take it back and do with it as You please.”

Take time while you have it and give it back to Him so that He may be glorified. We have opportunities everyday to be in the presence of the King of kings, Lord of lords, creator of the universe; and what do we do with those opportunities? We squander them on mindless social media, stupid television shows, cat videos, video games, and any other kind of momentary time leech to put at bay our insatiable lust for entertainment. We were meant for more than this, wake up.