Edward Hancock II
The Imperfect Blog
|Posted by EHancock2 on February 22, 2015 at 9:20 PM|
Well, I wound up having a computer crash a couple weeks ago, which kept me from being able to post a new Sunday Sermon for a while. But here it is. I'm back with a new one!
Take care peeps! Love ya! -- E
So, last night, I got myself involved in a discussion on the Facebook page, Explore God. The page posed the question (I'm paraphrasing) why do we use the word Lucky instead of words like blessed...
The following was my reply: " See, here's the way I see it. I'm a writer. Words mean something to me. To me, the Christian who writes, "Luck" is another way of saying "God's favor" or "Blessed." Like, when I say "I'm a lucky guy," It can be iterated that I mean blessed and living a life of God's Favor..... I'm not afraid of words like a lot of Christians seem to be. I also use the word Karma, which is the same thing as saying "what goes around comes around" or (the biblical) "You reap what you sow." In my personal opinion, people need to quit trying to be spiritual. Give up the need/desire to speak "Christian-ese".... just speak.... and let God know what's in your heart."
I didn't intend to create controversy, but controversy and Ed go together like peanut butter and Jelly. So there it was. One person was like "why can't you just say blessed? Why do you have to say lucky?" Uh, because I don't need to sound all sanctimonious and self righteous and show off how fluent I am in Christian-ese?
Look, let me break it down. My Christian faith is not about impressing you. If it was, I wouldn't be pleasing God, would I? (See Galatians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 2:4, Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:3, James 1:27, James 2:5 and James 4:4. )
God doesn't care if you like me. God doesn't really care if I like you. (He wants us to hate no one but that's a completely different discussion for another time.) God wants us to love Him. "Thou shalt have no other God before Me".God doesn't want showy people being all spiritual. A simple "I love you, Lord" spoken from a sincere heart is far more effective than an hour of shabba dabba do shoulda boughta honda stuff people call speaking in tongues. (Let me direct you to Luke 18:9-14, the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector if you doubt me.)
See, God doesn't care what words you utter. God speaks English, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Russian and even that awesome clicking language I've thought of studying. Klingon is essentially a made up language, but you could talk to God in Klingon and he'd hear you, so long as the words are spoken from a pure, honest AND HUMBLE heart.
Folks, the core of any message I will ever post is this: Get your heart right. Remember the Word says from out of the mouth the heart speaks. If your heart is humble, your words will be. If your heart is prideful, judgmental and legalistic, your words will be too.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
So? How's your heart this morning? Is it legalized and prideful? Or is it humble and filled with joy, peace, love and grace?
I'll leave you to that. Have a blessed day, my friends.
Till next time, God Bless!
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