Wednesday, May 13, 2009

WEDNESDAY WEEKLY WORD ...more than just a hero

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if we had superheroes in our world? How incredible would it be if every time criminals forced their havoc on our city that spider man would wrap his web around the bad guys and tie them up? Or every time our country experienced a terrible devastation like a hurricane or an earthquake - superman flew in and caught falling buildings just in time before they crushed many people.

I often think that when things get tough, people feel like they need a hero to show up and make things better. Often times we look to certain politicians to make our economy better but the only thing we get is some sort of a revealed scandal. Talking about superheroes reminds me of that song several years ago that Tina Turner sang ... "We don't need another hero". So much truth was revealed in this hit song, later on in the tune Tina sings about what we need is someone to show us "the way home".

Jesus Christ does exactly that!

Lets look at why your basic superhero would just not be enough to save this corrupt world...

1. Heroes fight one side against the other. One nation's hero is another nation's enemy. Wouldn't Hitler be an example of this? He was looked upon as a hero to some for his plans to deliver Germany from the economic and spiritual downfall, but at the same time many paid the price for his heroism.

2. Heroes often fight using temporal weapon of force. This is great in a movie but what about real life? After all, what good is superman without his krypton?

3. Heroes often have weaknesses that make them less than exemplary. How many times have you seen the good have reverse personality turns and begin to use their power for evil? This just doesn't happen in the batman sequels or the comic books.

The way I see it, the only true hero, the only One who can offer the perfect package for saving people from the evil one is Jesus Christ. Teaming up with Jesus Christ is not just another bandwagon going down a dead end road ... His Truth and love will lead us in the right direction.

In last weeks YOUR OPINION MATTERS POLL, I polled the readers the following question: "How would you describe your own place in your family tree?" The top 3 results were...

1. 22% of those voting said that they are a strong branch that children can climb on.
2. Another 22% voted and said that they are the trunk that connects it all together.
3. 22% of those polled said "what family tree?"

Wow. This poll is very interesting to me ... we are either very strong, or we view our strengths as to what holds our family together or we have absolutely no branches to speak of. You may be wondering what in the world does a family tree have to do with superheroes? Stay with me here for a moment.

PROVERBS 29:18 " Where there is no vision, the people will perish." I read in my Holman Christian Standard Bible where it said "Without Revelation people run wild." We need to see the vision of something better than what we currently see as "reality". In other words, in today's society, we need hope. Without hope we will perish.

Having a superhero in your life may be closer than you think. Your "reality" right now may be distress, uncertainty and confusion. Many times when we are experiencing these type of things - we pass down our negativity and injustices to those around us. Possibly to those in our family.

Jesus Christ can give us all of the strength we need to overcome such things and before you know it, we will see shoots growing out from our family tree and branches bearing fruit will be evident.

ISAIAH 11:1 "Then a shoot will grow from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit."

Now that our hope has been renewed ... look at the strength of His power....

ISAIAH 11:2,3a "The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him - a Spirit of wisdom and understanding, a Spirit of counsel and strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord."

Are you looking for supernatural strength? ~ it lies within your stump, the one that is rooted in Christ. He is the only power that can defeat your enemies. Not superman. Not spider man. Not our politicians. Christ is more than just a hero...

He is :
the King of Kings
the Lord of all
the everlasting God
the Alpha and the Omega
the beginning and the end

He is:
My Abba Father
He is my all in all
He is my Redeemer
My Great Physician
My Provider
He is all I need
He is faithful and true
and the Lover of my soul

He is all of these and more. ...
And He is definitely my hero!
Thank you for joining me this week for Wednesday Weekly Word, this is my weekly post designated to my thoughts and ponderings on a personal study I am currently doing. Right now I am studying the promises and the hope of the return of Christ. It is my prayer that you place your hope and trust in Jesus Christ in these last days that we live in. He is certainly the One, the only One who can make good on His promises!

YOUR OPINION MATTERS POLL...please vote in this weeks poll. Your opinion really does matter!


Jennifer said...

Good stuff, Laurie! Don't forget the 22nd is coming fast...need to make plans on what time we are leaving and where we are going to eat.

Roger and I are going out of town that afternoon so I will have to be back by 4.

Denise said...

Such a powerful post my friend, thank you.

adelfa said...

great blog,thank you for sharing with us.have a nice day,blessing to you

Laurie Ann said...

Fantastic post! My Superhero is just that. I praise Him for the powers He has and for the glue He uses to hold us together here on earth. Can't wait to meet Him face to face in Heaven (although I'll be the one bowed so low and scared to look at His holiness!). Great great post!

Pia said...

i never thought of it that way but now that you mentioned it, yeah, Jesus is my superhero. ♥