God and his will

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

When God the father allows us to enter into the storms of our lives why are we so eager to either blame him or forsake his presence in the situation.

For example, when God allows something bad to happen to someone we are quick to forget Job. When did we proclaim sovereign rule over circumstance in our lives?

Gods will and plan is not for a perfect, problem free life. God does not discriminate his will if the sitiation is worse than others. If you were mugged. If you are an addict. If you are a rape victim. If you are discriminated, hated, or broke. Your situation is not so bad that God has forsaken your purpose. With ever painful situation God is giving you a chance to honor and obey him.

If your opinion is that a loving God would be no where near a rape pregnancy for example, and you think that there are just some things God cannot work through, jusf look at Calvary.

He let his own son come and take our sins onto his sinless countence. He forsaw and allowes him to be beatem to a bloody pulp, spit on, defaced, degraded and DESROYED. They peirced his hands and shoved a crown of spikes into his skull and they mocked him and top it off they made him carry his death hanger to his place of death. This is the epitome of “Gods will” and the most painful and agonizing death of the day is planted firmly in the center of it.

So when the storms of life arise let us not be so quick to forget God. He did not send his son to die so we could forget him. Why we remember the cross? Its a symbol of the sacrifice he made for us and a reminder that Gods will does not mean he approves of the horrible things we suffer in life, but he provides his will for the way we react to these situations. How can you honor God today?

Today is a day when we have an un-forgiveness in pandemic proportions. The very definition of a pandemic is;  “an epidemic of an infectious disease that spreads through human populations across a large region, like a continent.”

In this way, un-forgiveness has spread to become the normal for our culture. Not only are we encouraged to hold grudges by popular media, many are taught from a young age by our parents to seek justice to those who do wrong, typically to a fault.

Christians aren’t exempt from this pandemic, in fact we are more susceptible to it. It’s the history repeats theory. God’s people have continuously turned their backs on Him, we’ve repeatedly turned from His ways and forsaken His love.

When someone does not show forgiveness, its a fairly clear indicator that he or she does not have a right relationship with God or at least doesn’t fear or truly believe in His power. If you struggle with forgiveness because he or she just doesn’t deserve it, or what they did was so bad that if God just understood how you felt, He would understand. It really doesn’t matter what un-forgiveness you are struggling with because if you can genuinely just stop, and have a moment with God, would you consider that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for your sins to be forgiven as the epitome of true forgiveness?

Than when Jesus said in his famous prayer model, “Forgive me just as I forgive others!” or “Forgive us of our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”  Matthew 6:12

Dear Lord, I come to you broken and softhearted. I ask that whoever casts their eyes on this will only see what you want to be seen, God I know there is someone who needs to hear a word of encouragement to push them into your arms of forgiveness, I ask that their hearts become like moist clay in your potter’s masterful hands. I know you can rebuild their hearts and mold them in your perfect will, please Father, In the matchless name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen

 

Excerpt from ‘Weird’

Posted: August 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

Think of it this way. If you ride the biggest roller coaster in the world, the kids’ ride at he county fair won’t scare you. If you live through a hurricane and a tornado, a spring rain won’t intimidate you. And when you truly know the God of the universe, people’s opinions will no longer hold you hostage.” – Weird, by Craig Groeschel

 

Inspirational Songs

Posted: August 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

I’m going to post a string of songs that I found to be touching and powerful, please listen!

Jesus loves us but that does not mean that he thinks we know whats best for our lives all the time. What would he say if he came from heaven right now and set foot in our world once again only pretend it was the first time he came.

Most likely he would do a whole lot of the same stuff we read about in the gospels. He would demonstrate God’s love and power in very powerful ways. He would change the way the world looked at God and he would save us all the very same way he did in the gospels. Would it be by lethal injection? The electric chair? Or the firing squad? Who knows. The point is, our world today is not so different from the world of Jesus’ day.

God explained that he did not approve of same sex sexual preference. He displayed his anger at this particular sin in the old testament by destroying two populous cities, Sodom and Gomorrah, where which homosexual tendencies were rampant.

Homosexuality was not approved of in the new testament either. However the point of the matter Is still that if Jesus was to walk the earth today he would not be going around conducting same sex marriages. That does not mean that Jesus doesn’t love everyone the same. He loves the gay man and the lesbian woman no more and no less than he loves the God fearing preacher or deacon of the local church. Would he condone same sex marriage or lifestyles, no. Does this mean he will destroy the cities of Toronto or New Orleans because they have gay pride parades? No, but that doesn’t mean he likes it or thinks that they ‘deserve’ to love and be married just like a man and woman. The bible states very clearly the parameters of a marriage and they just simply don’t fit them.

I am going to go into a person opinion of how I think that same sex marriage should be dealt with and that is just a matter of opinion and not me going on a right wing tirade. I understand very clearly that what I am saying in this post is very politically incorrect.

Because marriage has been mainstreamed and is no longer a biblical practice so much as a matter of secular reality in our world, marriage has lost its traditional definition in most cases.

Therefore I propose that anyone who wants to have a life partner, gay or not, if their beliefs are not based on Jesus as their Lord and savior that they enter into a contract that is similar to marriage but not holy like marriage. The contract would serve as a public display of their commitment to each other and would legally have every right and privilege that a traditional marriage would have but without doing it in the name of God.

I see this as a very valid point to make. Its not to discriminate or judge, its just about truth. God doesn’t hate gay people and think that they should suffer because of their problems (I know gay people dont think of being gay as a problem but that is a matter of perogative.), they should be able to have the same rights as married couples except calling it marriage is not fair because it is not a marriage in they eyes of God. Its an unfortunate case that language doesn’t provide another term for marriage that would not conflict with Christians’ beliefs.

Your typical Christian of the United States of America would have about as easy a time reaching a gay person for the Lord as a Missionary in North Korea has of starting a megachurch in Pyongyang. Why is this? It reminds me of a casting crowns lyric

Nobody knows what we’re for
Only what we’re against
When we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs
Crossed over the lines
And loved like YOU did”

Its because we don’t love the way Jesus loved. He commands us to love like we are not capable of loving, at least not on our own. We are supposed to love our enemy. If we can love our enemy and pray for our enemy. We can love the gay people in our lives and pray for them. What?! We are supposed to love the gay people as christians instead of condemning them? YES!

Matthew 5:43-48 NIV

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Luke 6:27-36 NIV

2“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Once again, your typical christians don’t stand much chance drawing gays into the love of Christ. Jesus would be turning gays left right and center to the realization of the truth. He would not be celebrating the world he saw if he came today.

 In closing, If only we could be more like Jesus. We would not struggle with signing petitions. Waving banners that state what we are against. We HAVE to let the world trample on us and what we believe. Jesus did the very same thing to ensure our opportunity to be saved. Our call is to proclaim the gospel, love, love, love, because as much as we might want to stand up for our teachings. We need to get people in love with God so that the word of God can stand up for itself when it’s being read by those who find that his love is real. It all stems back to the love that attracts them to God in the first place. That’s our calling. We are called to share the absolutely imperative truth of God’s love.

I’m really getting aggravated by people trashing politicians on facebook or twitter or whichever social media outlet they choose. The time we spend looking at and sharing these negative images with negative slogans and phrases ought to be the most gripping time to realize that we definitely need to be lifting these leaders up in our prayer. They need it. Its truly the only productive thing we can be doing for them.

 

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV)

1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

 

Fearless warriors in a picket fence, reckless abandon wrapped in common sense
Deep water faith in the shallow end and we are caught in the middle
With eyes wide open to the differences

 the God we want and the God who is

But will we trade our dreams for His or are we caught in the middle
Are we caught in the middle

I come to you humbled and broken. You are great. You provide all my needs and most of my wants. You are truly gracious. I have the ability to sing your praises and attend a church openly in this nation. So many of your believers can’t even boast that. It’s more of a trial for them than it has ever been.

Lord have mercy on Christians in the far flung reaches of this planet where You are rejected more than accepted. Gird their walk and place a protective wreath around their lives as they struggle to defend You in their respective countries. Bless them as they worship You and praise You, Lord.

As I pray for these peoples who You love, I am only reminded of the absolute luxury I have every time I openly praise You that I will not be persecuted for it. I therefore am broken and humbled in thanksgiving for all Your undeserving love. Thank you Father, in Jesus’ matchless holy name I pray,

amen.

Hebrews 11 NIV

11 Now FAITH is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By FAITH we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

By FAITH Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By FAITH he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by FAITH Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

By FAITH Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”[a] For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without FAITH it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to himmust believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

By FAITH Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.By his FAITH he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with FAITH.

By FAITH Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By FAITH he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by FAITH even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she[b] considered him FAITHful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these people were still living by FAITH when they died. They did not receive the things promised;they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 By FAITH Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

20 By FAITH Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

21 By FAITH Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

22 By FAITH Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites fromEgypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

23 By FAITH Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

24 By FAITH Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By FAITH he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By FAITH he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn ofIsrael.

29 By FAITH the people passed through theRed Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

30 By FAITH the walls ofJericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

31 By FAITH the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.[d]

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah,about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through FAITH conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.37 They were put to death by stoning;[e] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended for their FAITH, yet none of them received what had been promised,40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

the point of posting this chapter is to help those who come to rough times in their walk of life, be it the firm stout, strong believer who tries to follow Jesus diligently, or the one who isn’t close at all with God, who is trying to struggle with the whole concept of faith and trust, who might be doubting everything that he or she has ever heard about the Lord.

Sometimes when you seek to help others you don’t think you’re being a pushy Christian because you feel you are only trying to do whats right, whats best, you only want to do what is good for the person whom you direct your attention to. Be wary not to weary your subject. The slightest push could feel like the strongest hurricane wind to them. Their walk of life is predetermined by God. You may be a part of God’s plan to change their life or you may not be.  Try to earnestly seek the Lord’s direction in your attitude toward these precious people who you want to help. Sometimes just planting a little mustard seed of witness to them is enough for God. Sometimes though, you need to stand up for God. Sometimes you need to be able to defend what is right in the sight of the wicked but there is also a time to decide if a war is actually the best action to take. The bottom line can be found all the way back in the old book we need to study more, Jesus said:

Matthew 22:37-40 NLT

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.