Monday, May 2, 2011

Royal...

Tonight's message was really...really...encouraging. Tyson called it "Real Royalty" and it centered around who we really are...how we see ourselves vs. how God sees us...and I have to say it again...it was very encouraging.

In light of all that has happened this week with the Royal Wedding of Will and Kate...I think this was a most appropriate message. The entire planet right now is still in awe over the wedding of Will and Kate, her dress, and everything surrounding the wedding. We look at Will and Kate and lift them up because they are royalty...we see them and we elevate them because of their title...and then we look at ourselves...and it's sad...we're not a prince or princess...not related to royalty...no perks of living in a palace or getting to be married in the most gorgeous places in the world...
WOAH...
STOP...
right where you are...
that sort of mentality is what gets us into trouble...it’s the little lies like that...the world gets to us...it beats us down...but the real kicker is...this world has NO CLUE what real royalty is all about.

1 Corinthians 13:12 - For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
When you look at yourself, you only see a part of the picture. When we take a look at ourselves, we see what the world tells us to see...all the blemishes (is that a zit in the middle of my forehead!?) and focus on everything we don't like about ourselves (did I just set a new record on the scale?!) We see "average." We see problems. No wonder depression is so wide-spread...who wouldn't be depressed if they saw themselves like that?

But guess what...sometimes...who we see doesn't accurately reflect who we are. If you could catch a glimpse of how God sees you...if you knew who you really were, what your life means to Him...you couldn't help but be different. We may see all of the problems...all of our past...but God sees who we are now and who we are going to be. Did you know you are royalty in God's eyes?

Luke 15:10 - Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
Did you hear that? Heaven rejoices over you! When you come to a place where you realize you can't do it alone and are saved...and begin to move your life in a direction that is led by the Spirit of God...Heaven rejoices! When the blood of Jesus covers your life, we become royalty...we become children of the Most High God...the King of Glory, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords...we are his children...citizens of Heaven!

Romans 8:14-18 - For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
I dunno about you...but that's really exciting to me! I'm not just another person...I'm not average...I've been set apart and I get to call the King of everything DADDY!!! (That’s what Abba Father means, Daddy God)

The verses in Romans talk about being an heir of God and joint-heirs with Christ...think about this...what isn't Gods'? That would be....NOTHING! It's all His! Which means, that through Christ and his work on the Cross...it's ours!!! If you are born again...you are a joint heir with Christ.

So if the King over all is our Abba, Father...our daddy...that means that we are royalty...not to give you an ego boost necessarily so that you walk around expecting to be waited on hand and foot...but so that you realize that through His power...we don't have to crumble when the world tries to beat us down...when it tries to tell us we aren't worth it or we aren't good enough. Royalty comes with a price, but you'll never regret it. Life may not always be easy...but through Him, you'll have the strength to overcome it.

If God never did another thing for me, he's already done more than enough.

2 Corinthians 11:2 - For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ
So, when you look at yourself, realize that God sees you as a child of God...an heir. What 2 Corinthians 11:2 tells us is that when God looks at the body of Christ together...(all of his children)...we aren't just royalty...we are his bride. He is coming for a people who know who they are, where their place is, and who are ready to stand and take their place along-side Him.

In the book of Hosea, God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute...someone who was continually unfaithful to him, and even when she was sold into slavery...Hosea paid the full price to get her back. Our story is very similar...we are undeserving, unfaithful, and far more concerned with ourselves than worshiping Him. But He sees us as His bride...when you understand that...when you begin to see yourself how God sees you...your life will never be the same.

Galatians 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
God doesn't need us for him to still be God...he would still be God even if we didn't exist...but he values us, he loves us so much that he wants to give us all He has...and he started with Heaven's greatest possession...his only son. He prizes us enough that he would do anything for us, his children...his bride. Will and Kate have nothing on God and His Bride.

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