God’s original design for our lives…

This was written by my ex-girlfriend Becky on her blog, and is posted with her permission. I can’t read it without being severely challenged.

The setting is in the 24/7 prayer room at her church in Woking where she spent three hours on Sunday morning, and it’s a conversation between her and God. Be ready to be challenged…

Me: Lord, what would I be doing with my life if sin had never come into the world. What would your puropse for me be?

God: To worship me all the days of your life and trust me completely.

Me: In this world of sin, what is your design for my life?

God: To worship me all the days of your life and trust me completely.

Me: Lord, in practice, what does that really mean? How can I do that.

God: Never take me away from the front of your mind. Stay in constant communion with me. Consult me on your life, discuss the minutiae of your life with me. I care, I want to know. Don’t wait until your life has tun out of fuel to call on me.

Me: But is that practical? I mean, won’t that get in the way of my life and what I
need to do?

God: Yes of course it will. That is the point.

HOW OFTEN DO I LET GOD GET IN THE WAY OF MY LIFE?

How often indeed. Far too little in my case. Look at how often I burn out. I would handle life a lot better if I observed that very simple thing… absolute numptiness.

Scary.

Charismaticism…

I’m a full-blown Bible-believing Charismatic Evangelical Christian.

The problem for people like me is justifying ourselves to non-Charismatic Evangelicals.

Why is this? What I hear from people is about how we’re turning to experience instead of the Word, and we’re losing depth.

Are we?

The answer is… yes.

Charismatic leaders as a rule are well versed in the Bible, but we run the danger that members of charismatic congregations may be more interested in what happens at the meeting and getting our next charismatic buzz than in what God says in the Bible.

Think about it. The Bible has to be uppermost. How can we tell if what we are experiencing is of God if we don’t know our Bibles? No experience that contradicts the Bible can be of God, so it’s kinda essential.

Similarly, if we hear someone speak about God, how can we know if they’re being authentic and truthful if we don’t know God’s word? This applies whether they speak from the Bible or not… you can speak properly about God without citing the Bible once if others can in turn check what you say against the Bible, or you can use the Bible to tell lies about God by taking bits out of context.

I also know from the books I’ve read that even Christian books can miss things out, and you need to know the rest of God’s truth. I’m reading one book at the moment where the guy is talking about Jesus’ message about God’s kingdom. What he’s saying (about the meaning for life in this world) is absolutely brilliant, and I believe it’s true, but it’s only 2/3 of the story (the other 1/3 being about being with God forever). Watch out for the review when I finish the book, it’ll be posted somewhere on the site.

Being with God, having experiences is utterly brilliant. I wouldn’t swap it for the world.

But I also know how much he wants me to have the experience of knowing his word, so I can read Psalm 119 with my whole heart. I think it will also increase how God can speak to me, as I get to know him better through his word.