Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Why we are... DUST IN THE WIND

I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment's gone. All my dreams, pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind, all they are is dust in the wind
Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea. All we do, crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind, All we are is dust in the wind
Don't hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky. It slips away, all your money won't another minute buy
Dust in the wind, All we are is dust in the wind

Kerry Livgren, Kansas, Point of Know Return album, 1977)


Anyone who enjoys this song would also enjoy dusting off their bible and reading Ecclesiastes, Solomon’s depressing rant about the hopeless state of fallen man. This also could have been the song that Adam sang to Eve after they ate the apple. Genesis 3:19 That is when God said, “From dust you came and dust you shall return.”

Yet, death was not part of God’s original plan for mankind. He originally intended us to be rulers of the earth and to live forever. He wanted us to always be in a close relationship with Him. God loves us with an everlasting love as a good Father loves his son. The bible says that He sees us as treasures inside of clay pottery. The fact is that we were the ones that broke fellowship with God by committing treason and falling for a trick of his enemy. Adam and Eve did it, and we do it all the time. We deserve to be forever banished from God’s kingdom. We deserve the death penalty.

God said that all we have to do to be restored to his kingdom is follow his laws. That is what happened throughout the Old Testament. Yet he knows no one can ever do it. Like watching a child try to do something you already know he can’t do. He patiently let man try, so we would realize our limits.

But one man finally did it. Not only did Jesus follow all of God’s laws, he stood up face to face with his enemy and defeated him. After he was filled with God’s spirit he had the strength to resist every earthly temptation the enemy offered, including money, power, and fame. Then He spent the next few years teaching the truth about God’s love and desire for restoration. He exposed lies, took authority over earthly forces like oceans and storms, and annihilated sickness and disease. Then the enemy used mankind to torture his body and Jesus allowed death to take him. But he did not return to dust. He woke up with a body better than any zombie movie you have ever seen. It had been changed into a body that was not made of earthly elements. Jesus used this new body to teach on earth for several more days then He rose up into the atmosphere on his way to God’s kingdom. Think about it, his new body was for earth and heaven, and it defied time and space.

The bible says that we can also receive supernatural bodies. It just depends who we choose as our leader. Is it going to be Jesus, who will bring us into God’s kingdom of unconditional love and acceptance-and where a new mission is waiting for you? Or is it going to be the invisible trick master who slowly destroys you, all the while letting you think that you are the wise one?

God, you are King of the Universe. Most days I feel like I am just a speck of dirt. But I want to know the truth about things. I do not want to be tricked or used by your enemy. Your Holy Spirit has been released on the earth to lead people to find the truth. I want to follow that Spirit only. Open my eyes to the invisible things of God. Help me to believe that I am valuable and important to you as a Dear Son and that I have an amazing future in your kingdom. I declare now that Jesus is my Lord and I intend to follow him. I ask you for your spirit’s help in that endeavor. Be my strength as I fight the good fight of faith. Amen.

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