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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hard Core

Scripture to reflect upon: Acts 4:29
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

Someone recently reacted to my choice of church as “hard core.” I wasn’t offended by any means. I took it as a compliment and knew immediately that I had absolutely made the right choice.

Anytime someone calls you hard core, don’t get insulted. They are blessing you without knowing it. When you are hard core, there’s no messing around. Because quite honestly, I don’t want to serve a soft core god. I came to serve the hard core God. The God that heals and performs miraculous signs and wonders. And I pray daily that my words and my life would be bold (hard core).

I can’t attend a wishy-washy church. I can’t live in a church that doesn’t serve a living God. I refuse to place my home in the hands of those who would like to conform God to anyone’s way of thinking and mold Him into something He’s not. I need someone to tell me like it is. I need the Truth. I refuse to stand for anything less. I need hard core. I need Jesus.

God isn’t some bumper sticker slogan that fits your personality. No. You must conform your personality to God’s! Not the other way around.

If you are going to a soft core church that stands for anything less than leading a spirit-filled life, then you aren’t seeking God. You are seeking the world’s ways. You’re only seeking what’s pleasing to you. Hard core gets to your hard core. It changes you, not God. God can’t be changed, so stop trying!

Try being a little more hard core in your walk. Don’t demand that God conform to you. It will never work. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

NOTE TO SELF: Stop thinking in terms of hard core and start looking for the real and living God to make you who you were meant to be! And sometimes…that requires a hard core kind of God.

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