Log Eyed Preacher

I’m about to get real, really real from a preacher to a preacher (or anyone else who cares to read along). Jesus said, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye (Matthew 7:3-5 ESV).”

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Then it dawned on me, preachers are professional speck pickers. A preacher’s job can be summed up in “let me take the speck out of your eye.” We preach to communicate truth that will allow people (the speck eyed) to walk in freedom and see from God’s perspective on love, life, spirituality and just about anything that comes up in the culture. When studying and praying for a sermon that I’m about to deliver, I even pray, “God help people to see this!”

Woe to the preacher who deals with the speck eyed audience while being a log eyed preacher. Talk about a wake up call. If our ministry is to remove the speck from our brother’s eye, then the prerequisite is to deal with log in our own eye.

A speck is small, a log is big. So the preacher’s task is to take most seriously their own issues. When a people who hear a preacher who has worked seriously (by the grace of God) to deal with the log in his or her eye, they are more apt to let you deal with their speck. Paul told the young Timothy, “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you (1 Timothy 4:16 NKJV).” The gospel preaching is for the preacher first and then for the crowd. The doctrine is for the teacher first and then for the congregation. If it has not been developed in me, it’s not ready to flow through me.

Preacher, get alone with God and let Him burn the sermon into your heart. Don’t close your heart up and become a professional. Be hungry everyday for the Word that confronts the logs in your life. Let the Holy Spirit burn in you. When God deals with the log in the preacher’s eye, it gives us perspective on the smallness of other’s sins. If people have seen the log move out of our lives, then they can have faith for the speck in their eyes.

The greatest preaching qualification that matters is allowing God to take the log out of our eyes. It’s okay to help remove the speck from another, but not while the log remains in your eye. Besides you would hurt a lot of people if you are smacking them with log in your eye (I’m visual). If the log can be removed then we know the God who moves the impossible. Others’ specks don’t look too tough.

Let your life become the sermon. Your transparency about how God removed the log demonstrates humility and releases faith for God to clear their eyes too.  Jesus sees me as complete, now I use the Word as a mirror (James 1) to make sure that there is nothing blocking the wholeness I have in Christ. It’s not about working this out in my flesh, it’s about aligning my life with the Word of God and walking in obedience. I’ve been the log eyed preacher, but the longer I follow Jesus I want more of Him and the pulpit doesn’t matter as much. I love to preach but not as much as I love Him. I love to preach, but I’d rather just keep being formed into the image of Jesus.

My Prayer for Me as a Preacher (You may pray it too if it helps).

Father,

forgive me for preaching with a log in my eye. Forgive me for taking other’s sins more seriously than my own. I humble myself. I need you. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for calling me to the incredible privilege of preaching Your Word. Thank you for allowing me to speak into others’ lives so that they may see more clearly. Jesus I want people to see You and not have anything in their perspective that blocks their freedom. But first Jesus I bring you all that stops me from seeing You. Set me on fire so that the log can only be consumed by your love, zeal and truth. Set me on fire to grow in Christlikeness. Thank you that I don’t have to strive but as I stay in Your Word and in Your presence, You show me where You are at work. Have your work in me first Holy Spirit so that you can work through me. In Jesus name,

Amen.

When the Drugs (or Sex or Booze) Start Using You

Who is your master?

“At that point I quit using drugs and the drugs started using me,” said the addict about the point in his story where everything went bust. Insert sex, drink, codependent relationship, pornography, anger, or ___________ for drugs and the story is pretty much the same. Change the names, change the cities, adjust the consequences and you pretty much have what we call a common theme.

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We tend to want to set the boundaries on our vices. “I’ll only go this far. I’ll only do this much,” says the addict. But oh, what a foolish mistake says the simple, “I didn’t know her door was the doorway to hell (Proverbs 7).” When you give addictions an inch, they take a mile. Did you hear about the lion tamer that was attacked by his tame lion? There are no tame lions. It’s in their nature to attack. So it is in the nature of vices and addictions to set the boundaries on you.

Is it really an “addiction?” Is it a sin? Maybe it’s a sickness of the mind or some kind of disease? Romans 6 instructs us to not let sin be master over us. Sin wants to master you, control, dominate and own you. That sounds like an addiction to me, something that wants to master your life and where you lose control. Sin is addictive. It’s both. It’s the cart and the horse.

I know the story so well because I lived in the bondage of sexual addiction and sin. If you are newer to my blog, you can get a copy of my book eXXXit (or for a short time get a free copy by signing up for my email list in the right hand column). When you feel good being out of control and numbing the pain, you deny that your medication is killing you. It’s sobering to realize that you no longer control the choices of your life because you have relinquished control to the bottle, the screen or the magazines.

We are all made to be ruled really. The question is not “are you mastered by anything?” The question is “what masters you?” “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that ones slave’s whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness (Romans 6:16).”

The hand of Jesus reaches out to the drug addict, the sex slave, the stripper, the serial gossiper and rage-aholic and offers  you death. When you come to the end of being used by sin as an addict, how about die? Not just any death. Death to sin in Jesus, the Christ, love Himself. He offers you a spiritual death to all that binds you and controls you. Not just death, but death and a resurrection. This is awakening from death to life, from slave to free. It’s the gospel, “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we will also be in the likeness of His resurrection (Romans 6:5).”

Are you tired of the pattern of slavery, where you medicate your own pain with sin to try and treat your addiction but the result is death? Believe Jesus died for your sin and for your shame. Be baptized (submerged in water) in Jesus and identify with His death, burial and resurrection. Live in the power of this new life. Trade masters. Addiction and sin use you and pays you the wages of death but when Jesus masters you, you receive the gift of God, eternal life (Romans 6:23).

When Todd White, a former drug addict and atheist/now evangelist, wanted to kill himself, he ran into a pastor named Dan Mohler. Todd explained how much he hated his life. Dan replied, “If you don’t want your life, why don’t you give to someone who does? To Jesus!” (For more of Todd’s testimony click here). For those who are sick of being used by sin, you can give your life to Jesus today. Give your life to Jesus and let Him master your life. This can’t be half hearted. Your addiction demands all of you to kill you and Jesus demands all of you to give you resurrection life. Jesus loves you more than can you imagine. Keep coming to Him and let Him be the one that fixes you.

The Devil Wants You Numb

If he can’t kill you, the devil wants you numb. Everywhere I go, I feel like I look at millennials that are just plain numb! They are alive but they are not living. They are breathing but just enough to wake up another day. A haze has settled in and anesthetized this generation.

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Pain is not the worst thing to happen to you. Death is not the worst thing to happen to you. Life is not the worst thing that happened to you. Living in between death and life, hot and cold in some zombie like state is destroying relationships, destiny and legacy.

We have focused so much on everyone’s right to escape their pain and now everyone seems addicted to stimuli. Marijuana “enhances my creativity.” Television and social media “keep me connected.” A few drinks at the club “allow me to do life with my friends.” These pills are for “my chronic pain.” But really you are just always floating in outer space just about to run out of oxygen. You have freedom to do whatever you want, but you have to ask yourself at some point, am I actually free?

I’m tired of running into the walking dead at the corner store in my neighborhood. Maybe that’s why we are so obsessed with zombie thrillers, because when we watch them we feel like we see ourselves in the mirror. All our pain killers are maximum strength, promising relief but the bottom keeps falling out. The casualties are so massive.

I see an invisible hand behind it all, the thief coming as an angel of light. The cursed serpent of old offers power and promise. His relief package always comes with a lot of hidden agendas. His pain killers have side effects like you can’t imagine. There are strings all over this thing. But we take the bait of the sex, the substance, the high just for a moment to feel better about our mundane existence. It’s a glaze. It’s an emoji, sometimes it’s the only face we are looking at.

God open up our eyes to abundant life. Jesus is the the way. Now I see why so many people feel you can see the gospel in the Matrix. As long as everything seems normal, I’ll just go about my day. It’s almost news, almost exciting, almost food, almost fun, almost real, almost life.

Missiologists describe this American faith generation as the rise of the “nones.” I say we are the rise of the numbs. Would hurting really be that bad? Bleeding can sometimes bring healing. I’m all for helping legitimate hurts but if everyone else is a bully, are you a slave to fear?  At some point what if the problem is in the mirror and all that make up and photo shop stops covering up the hurts? When the highs are too high and the lows are too low, what do you know?

Is there more, more than masks and cover ups? Are there worse things that pain? How does healing actually occur?

I’m not afraid, but I am trying to make a sound big enough that someone can hear. Prop said, “How loud does an alarm have to be to wake a dead man?” I hear the sound of His voice, “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light (Ephesians 5:14 NKJV).”

The Inclusive and Exclusive Nature of Christianity – Part 2

Part 2 - Exclusive

As I stated in Part 1, Christianity’s core message, the gospel is very inclusive and very exclusive. In Part 2 we are looking at the exclusive statements of Jesus. Jesus invites all to believe in Him and receive eternal life but He is the only Source of eternal life. Jesus is inclusive in that all are invited and He loves sinners but He is exclusive in that you must repent of your sin and believe in Him alone to receive eternal life.

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Truth creates tension. Truth often exists in a paradox. Some gospel preachers tend to emphasize the exclusive nature of the Christian message, while others only emphasize the inclusive nature entirely. Some are convinced that Jesus just hung out with sinners all the time and didn’t care if they changed their ways, while others believe that Jesus was always warning about judgement and doom. So here are the words quoted from Jesus Himself. This is not necessarily an exhaustive list (all Scriptures in New King James Version). To read Part 1 click HERE.

Matthew 5:29

“If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”

Matthew 6:15

But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Matthew 7:13-14

 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 7:21-23

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Matthew 10:33

But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 18:34-35

And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

Matthew 25:41

“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”

Mark 1:15

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Mark 3:28-29

“Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter;  but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation.

Mark 6:11

“And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!”

Mark 7:21-23

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

Mark 8:34-38

“When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Luke 10:13-16

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades. He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

Luke 12:4-5

“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!”

Luke 13:2-5

And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

Luke 13:24-27

“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’  then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’

Luke 14:26

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.”

Luke 14:33

“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”

Luke 16:13

“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

John 3:3

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

John 3:18-21

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

John 6:53

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.”

John 14:6

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

John 15:5-6

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

John 15:18-19

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

The Inclusive and Exclusive Nature of Christianity

Part 1 - Inclusive

Christianity’s core message, the gospel is very inclusive and very exclusive. Jesus invites all to believe in Him and receive eternal life but He is the only Source of eternal life. Truth creates tension. Truth often exists in a paradox. Some gospel preachers tend to emphasize the exclusive nature of the Christian message, while others only emphasize the inclusive nature entirely. Som are convinced that Jesus just hung out with sinners all the time and didn’t care if they changed their ways, while others believe that Jesus was always warning about judgement and doom. For this two part series I am going to quote straight from the Source Himself, Jesus Christ. For Part 1, here are the inclusive statements of Jesus as directly quoted from the gospels (all Scriptures in New King James Version). This is not necessarily an exhaustive list.

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Matthew 9:12-13

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Matthew 11:28-30

”Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Mark 9:40

For he who is not against us is on our side.

Mark 10:14

“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.

Mark 10:45

”For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Mark 14:24

“This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.”

Luke 4:18-19
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Luke 5:13 

 “I am willing; be cleansed.”

Luke 6:35-37
”But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
Luke 9:56

”For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.

Luke 12:32

“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Luke 15:22-24

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.”

Luke 18:41

“What do you want Me to do for you?”

Luke 19:10

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Luke 23:34
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
Luke 23:43

“Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

John 3:16-17

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

John 4:13-14

“Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 7:37-38

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

John 8:10-11
“Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?…

“Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

John 10:9-11

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.”

John 10:28-29

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”

John 11:25-26

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

John 14:12-14

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

John 17:26
“And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

John 20:23
“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

8 Lies Creatives Believe

A battle rages in the heart and mind of the creative. Should I create today? What will people think of my work? This poem, painting, song, book or film is a part of me. I don’t want to share it, in case I get criticized. I’m not ready. Let’s expose the lies that hold us back as creatives and get to work!

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1. It matters what people think about my art.

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing,” said Aristotle. If you can’t get over what people thing about your creative expressions, you will never do anything. It doesn’t matter what people think about your art. It’s your art. Why are people so critical and opinionated about what someone else creates. There are no rules to art and creativity. Some people will love what you do and some people will hate it. Get over it. There will be cynics and haters. If you are never opposed or disliked your creative ideas probably aren’t getting out there far enough. People rejecting your art can often reveal more about them than about your art.

2. It doesn’t matter what people think about my art.

This is not to contradict point one. While you can’t satisfy critics you do need to find a tribe or a community of people that respects your art and finds value in it. After all, art and creativity are for sharing. If you don’t find a warm audience to your book, song, music or painting then just keep putting it out there until you find people that do find inspiration in your work. You can also benefit greatly from finding honest and constructive critique to help you develop as an artist. A tribe that supports you will also help inspire your ideas to go to places that you never would have arrived at alone.

3. My best work is already done.

Some artists and creatives get what I would call creativity fatigue. They pump out a bunch of work and feel like they have already released the very best work that is inside of them. A fear can set in that the best I have already done is now accomplished. Don’t overrate your work because you currently can’t imagine every doing anything better. Sometimes the work that I expect to be the most well received is overlooked and other things I produce are praised much more that I could have expected. Embrace the mountains and valleys of creativity. The discipline of producing creatively, even things that you don’t like as much as your previous work, will weave together a powerful story. Your art is a story and your story is a part of your art.

4. My art is too overdone by other artists.

There are too many books on leadership. There are too many aspiring Instagram nature photographers. City skyline photos are overdone. YouTube is already overly saturated with family vloggers. The list could go on where we feel like the market is too crowded to make space for what we want to say or create. The truth is that no market is over saturated and that we need fresh voices and artists for every form of creativity. If there is a lot of people doing what you do, look at it as a confirmation that people are looking for your type of work.

5. I can’t make a living from my creativity.

Artists are often told that they can’t make a living from creativity so do something else. It is true that sometimes you have to work a job so that you can live and on the side you can do what you love. But we live in a day where there is so many ways to profit from your work. The internet connects us globally to people that want to buy all sorts of art. There are countless services that literally cost you nothing to open an online store to sell your music, paintings, books, etc. etc. Even if you never make a living from creativity, share your art because it makes you come alive. Share your art because it brings hope and inspiration to others.

6. My work isn’t quite ready to share.

I don’t know who said it first, but perfectionism leads to procrastination. G.K. Chesterton said, “If a thing is worth doing, do it badly.” If you have a creative gift it is better to share it before it’s perfect than to wait until it is. Excellence in art is important, but no one arrives at excellence before sharing something that feels partially finished. I love what software developers have demonstrated. They release unfinished software and they update from version 1.0 to 1.1, then 1.2, then 2.0 and on and on. Releasing your work while feeling unfinished for unpolished can help you get closer to the finished version that you long for faster. You can always update and tweak your ideas.

7. I don’t need to write down my ideas.

If you don’t capture your creative ideas in the moment that you get them, you probably have lost the idea forever. You need to have a journal, a notepad or phone that you can instantly capture your ideas. Ideas that are produced change the world. You need to be as disciplined about recording your ideas and developing your ideas. I capture my ideas in an app called Evernote. Ideas come to me while driving, in worship services, at concerts, at art galleries, by the beach, in nature and so I grab ideas wherever I am on my phone. I have huge list of undeveloped ideas that have come at random times of inspiration. Then when I have my scheduled time to create I run over my ideas that have come in a seed form and develop them into poetry, blog posts, sermons, teachings and books.

8. I’m just not inspired enough lately.

Inspired creativity is amazing and a lot of fun. But creativity should not only be developed in moments of inspiration but also through discipline. Someone once said that there is no such thing as talking block, which helps take away the excuse of writers block. Make war against your lack of inspiration by just making something. It’s better to write an uninspired song, take a lame photo or create a bland painting then to make nothing at all. Don’t wait to get inspired, work until you are inspired. Thank God for those inspired moments, but don’t live by them alone. Schedule regular time to create.

What lie about creativity is holding you back? I would love to hear from you in the comments.

Time (for Revival)

Spoken Word | Video and Lyrics

Time

Excuse me, do you have a second?
This will only take a minute
You know I don’t have all day anyway
Oh, Would you look at the time?

Where has the time gone?

On your marks, get set, go

So, What was your time?

You know, my wife tells me that being early is on time
on time is late

and well late, late is just unacceptable

There is no accountability partner like time
So cruel in it’s capacity
you made it or you didn’t
so you start making excuses
Our best intentions

Can’t stop time’s sand

When the hand strikes midnight
you are losing the magic Cinderella
And no matter how much you want five more minutes

You missed the deadline

Time is money they say

No wonder We often feel so short changed

Seconds to minutes and minutes to hours, hours to days
It’s how Yesterday became today
Today is becoming tomorrow

Right now is the past as soon as I got done saying it

I’m supposed to be healed by you time
If I could just steal you time
What was supposed to be healing me

Is now killing me

You keep tick tick ticking, tickity tock
Always in this race against time
Let me ask you a question,

You ever wanted to murder a clock?

The alarm has sounded

But this generation, this girl she’s sleeping

The time of revival its getting late

So many souls
With a ticking bomb
Called time
And the crime of
Crimes is to watch

them walk to deaths door in silence

The violence of silence
In these times will only unfold

When the books of judgement are unscrolled

So

Jesus…

WHERE are You?

It’s getting late

This girl is sick
This girl’s gonna be in the grave
We are running out of time JESUS
Don’t you see us
It’s too late
For this terminal generation

She’s passed away

But then the eternal one
Who splits reality, what sweet poetry
Making the sun stand still
And The Son
for every generation entered in
redeeming time
And He has the nerve, no, the courage to say
This girl isn’t dead
She’s only sleeping

Rise and Awake

Now is the time
Revival now

Awakening now

NOW

is the

Time