I just had an amazing conversation in my living room with a Ugandan Pastor named Sam Kisembo. He's a friend of Jason's, and is here in the States to encourage various members of the American Church via speaking, meeting, evangelizing, praying, etc.
I've rarely met someone whose presence has made me so jealous for intimacy with God; an absolute gift, since my own spirit has felt sluggish of late. God is so kind.
After Jason and I double-teamed putting our over-tired children to bed (*whew*), I made a pot of tea and sat down with a man whose passion for knowing Jesus stirred the embers of my ashy soul. He got so passionate talking about the Old Testament pictures pointing to Jesus from the Law, temple, sacrificial system, and what not.
But when he started talking about grace, my heart started to melt. Here are just a few of the conversational highlights:
There's a great way to tell if you're effectively living under the Law v. under Grace:
When you skip reading your bible, do you feel guilty? (Law/Legalism) Or Hungry? (Yearning for your Savior).
In the Old Testament, God gave the Israelites manna to eat every day. They had all the nutrition they needed. Their shoes didn't wear out and they weren't sick. In the New Testament, Jesus is the "Bread of Life" and the "Living Water."
Want to know how to encounter the POWER of God? Simple: Sit at Jesus' feet. Eat. Drink.
Martha was all about doing, doing! And I see people going to other countries and doing, doing ministry. They need to be like Mary and sit at Jesus' feet and drink!
You drink from Jesus, and others will draw from what you've been drinking.
Jesus gives the energy. Holy Spirit works through you. You do nothing "for God." He owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
Jesus is Head of the church. When He was raised, EVERYTHING was put under His feet. We, too, have been raised in Christ and seated with Him in the heavens. We have a royal, authoritative position in Jesus!
Stop trying to be the pilot and enjoy the flight!
We do not confess our sins to get forgiven. We confess our sins BECAUSE we are forgiven.