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Remembering Who You Are

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Community

Remembering Who You Are

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What follows is some of the most important truths you could ever possibly read or experience.

I decided to post these because not only do I need to be reminded of them, but you do too!

These aren’t my ideas.

They’re not my suggestions.

As a matter of fact they’re not suggestions at all.

This is who you are:

  • You are complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10). 
  • You are alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
  • You are free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
  • You are far from oppression, and fear does not come near you (Isaiah 54:14).
  • You are born of God, and the evil one does not touch you (1 John 5:18).
  • You are holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:16).
  • You have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5).
  • You have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
  • You have the Greater One living in you; greater is He Who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
  • You have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
  • You have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding
  • being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17,18).
  • You have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out
  • demons, to speak with new tongues. You have power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any
  • means harm you (Mark 16:17,18; Luke 10:17,19).
  • You have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image
  • of Him Who created you (Colossians 3:9,10).
  • You have given, and it is given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, men
  • give into your bosom (Luke 6:38).
  • You have no lack for your God supplies all of your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus
  • (Philippians 4:19).
  • You can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with your shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).
  • You can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).
  • You show forth the praises of God Who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
  • You are God’s child⎯for you are born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides
  • forever (1 Peter 1:23).
  • You are God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).
  • You are a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  • You are a spirit being⎯alive to God (Romans 6:11;1 Thessalonians 5:23).
  • You are a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in your mind (2 Corinthians 4:4).
  • You are a doer of the Word and blessed in your actions (James 1:22, 25).
  • You are a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).
  • You are more than a conqueror through Him Who loves you (Romans 8:37).
  • You are an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
  • You are a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3,4).
  • You are an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
  • You are part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).
  • You are the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  • You are the temple of the Holy Spirit; You are not your own (1 Corinthians 6:19).
  • You are the head and not the tail; You are above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
  • You are His elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and longsuffering (Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12).
  • You are forgiven of all your sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7).
  • You are delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).
  • You are redeemed from the curse of sin, sickness, and poverty (Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Galatians 3:13).
  • You are firmly rooted, built up, established in your faith and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7).
  • You are called of God to be the voice of His praise (Psalm 66:8; 2 Timothy 1:9).
  • You are healed by the stripes of Jesus (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24).
  • You are raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12;).
  • You are greatly loved by God (Romans 1:7; Ephesians 2:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:4).
  • You are strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).
  • You are submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because you resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7).
  • You press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling you upward
  • (Philippians 3:14).
  • For God has not given you a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
  • It is not you who live, but Christ lives in you (Galatians 2:20).

Perhaps today, you are in a good place, rooted firmly in the knowledge of these truths.

That’s awesome!

But someone you know isn’t, someone you know is hurting, someone you know needs to be reminded of these truths, so share them with that person.

Posted on: July 11, 2013

Worship Wednesday: Resolving the Tension

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Worship Wednesday

From Josh: Worship Wednesday has become one of my most favorite things. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the guest posts that continue to be submitted! If you’re passionate about worship and would like to contribute a guest post, I’d love to hear from you! Email me at josh [at] thejoshcollins [dot] com!

Picture an orchestra. It’s a beautiful night and you’re dressed up in your fanciest of clothes. Your beautiful love is beside you and you’ve been anticipating this evening for quite some time. It was difficult getting the tickets, not to mention expensive. But now you’re finally here and the orchestra has loaded onto the stage. The lights have dimmed and out walks the conductor. He bows, receives the applause, and immediately after waves to introduce the first chair violinist. More applause. Now it’s time to begin. The conductor taps on the music stand with his baton. This is it. The majestic music is about to begin. For a brief moment you can almost feel the air get sucked out of the room. The baton starts to come down and then suddenly, it stops.

Photo Credit: ian boyd via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: ian boyd via Compfight cc

This is the world in which we live.

This is the world in which our worship happens.

This is the precipice. The tension of the already and the not yet.

And we’re absolutely powerless to change it.

It’s the tension worship leaders and pastors face all the time. Is it a performance or is it just worship? Is it a message, given from The Father, or is it a piece of marketing for the business?

One response might be to judge certain things as right or wrong. Another might be to just point out the “other,” chastise it, moving on, affirming our way is better. But I’m not convinced either one is a healthy and necessary response.

I love the conversations that Carlos Whitaker has been having recently. In his usual jovial style, he’s asking hard questions, provoking the tension.

My response is a belief that the focus shouldn’t be on resolving the tension at all. To me that strikes as man’s attempt to elevate one’s self and produce some form of finality in a temporal setting. But sadly, this just isn’t possible.

The tension is here to stay. (Until everything is made whole again, according to the provision of The Gospel.)

And as unpleasant as that is sometimes, it is precisely how we are all called to live. In the tension of the already and the not yet.

In the remake of the 1951 classic The Day the Earth Stood Still,Keanu Reeves (arguably both the greatest and the worst actor of all time {if you don’t believe me just watch Point Break again}) makes an incredible insight in response to the notion that it’s at the precipice we change. In the movie this is where he changes his mind and decides to save the Earth instead of continuing to allow it to be destroyed. Sorry to spoil it for you, if you haven’t already seen it.

The point though, and why I think that applies to you and I, is because continuing to live in the precipice, I believe, is where the greatest beauty in life comes from.

Our worship wasn’t meant to come from a place of having everything figured out, everything resolved. If it does, it’s not authentic, and certainly not awesome.

The Message puts it this way:

“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” John 4:24

This should provide comfort to you. No one, no matter their status, celebrity or claim to fame, has it all figured out when it comes to worship. For some being silhouetted and hidden, as Carlos points out, works for their local church. For others the absence of drums, or any instruments for that matter is what works. And for others still, the use rock star production works.

Whatever it is, as John 4 puts it, it’s who we are and the way we live that count. And as long as it comes from our being, our true selves, in the midst of the all the tension, then that’s extravagant worship.

What does worship look like and sound like for your local church? Would you change anything?

I want to hear from you. Communicating, to me doesn’t make much sense unless it’s applicable to you, so share your thoughts in the comments below.

Posted on: May 22, 2013

Propaganda Points Us To Creating the Awesome

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Church

If you’re new to the.josh.collins. and Creating the Awesome, then Welcome! I’m glad you decided to visit! Make sure to visit the about page to learn more and discover what Creating the Awesome is all about!

I couldn’t help but share this video below. In it Propaganda, a true wordsmith, points us all towards Creating the Awesome!

 

Posted on: May 7, 2013

3 ways to create Authentic Experiences.

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Misc

Authentic experiences have the power to radically alter the arc of our lives.  In one single moment, we can walk away changed forever.

Ever been to U2 concert or a Billy Graham crusade or have a near death experience?

If you have, then you know just what I’m talking about.

You see, we are all uniquely created with a very specific vacuum inside of all of us.  And that vacuum tends to vibrate at amazing frequencies when we encounter truthful, authentic experiences.  Its in those places and those experiences where dramatic life change happens.

Here are 3 ways to create those authentic experiences:

  1. Reinvent every rule – What I don’t mean here is simply just ignore things like best practices and the tested that have proven to work, but rather approach each and every facet of creating experiences with an openness to maybe break a few rules
  2. Redefine every role - If we are not willing to revaluate each and every role and redefine what those roles’ purposes are for any given event, then there is a very good chance opportunities are going to be missed.  Comfort zones can be a very dangerous thing to creatures of habit.   
  3. Create connection- This involves being intentional.  Connection doesn’t just happen.  It takes effort and forethought.

I can remember being a part of one event several years ago where none of these things happened.  It was obvious.  There was no life, there was no energy and I can probably guarantee, people walked away wanting their money back.  I know I did.

The question though is, what are you and I going to do with this tremendous power we have in the ability to create these experiences?  

Posted on: February 8, 2013

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