Monday, May 2, 2011
What grieves me so much more is the celebration from our nation (united states) and from the Christians, what is so joyous about someone dying? If your father or mother did wrong to me shall I rejoice when you are mourning there body? And if we really are given this opportunity to share Christ with others what will your celebration gain you in regards to witnessing?
This celebration, this lust for blood that we had for this man, does it not go against the very words in the bible that we define ourselves as Christians? For it says in 1 John 3:15 "Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him." and again in 1 John 2:11 "But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him." Should we put ourselves to the test as it says in 2 Cor. 13:5 " 5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?" Should this be said that you who hate this man are sinning for is the law by which this man died under your hand or Gods? and who will rejoice in this great occasion? Shall we judge God to be glad at this time or is He (the spirit) grieved?
I fear that death has crept into our society as something we enjoy, I will be careful as to what I say in this topic as its focus is not the hows and whys, but what I urge is how much have we made this not relatable, as something natural? Death is not natural but was the payment for sin. And it is never the time to be joyed about sins payment, on yourself nor on someone else as for that man, Christ death has become vain to him.
I would say now is a time for us to mourn over Osama bin Laden, and for those whom will be going to hell by sins payment. And a time for us to remember that we too are not far from the same fate as it is only accepted grace that keeps us in Christ's arms.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Truth: “There is no one righteous, not even one;”
“there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, together they have become useless; there is no one who does good, there is not even one. Their throat is an open grave; they deceive with their tongues. Viper’s venom is under their lips.Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and wretchedness are in their paths, and the path of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.
C.S. Lewis wrote in his book, the Great Divorce, (and I’m paraphrasing) that the gates of hell are “locked from the inside” and if they were to be thrown open and it’s inhabitant beckoned to come out but worship God, they would be slammed shut again.
Church, we have so romanticized sin and the world we ourselves don’t see why it’s offensive anymore. If you asked your middle schooler, why sin is offensive to God, he/she would probably reply, “It just is.” We superficially treated the wound of the sinner. Our evangelism is reduced to massaging their stiff neck and telling them that God will let them slide if they “give their heart to Jesus Christ” and live a semi-moral lifestyle. This is an especially awful thing to do if you do not first explain to them that something is wrong with them.
Here are three facts we desperately try to avoid because in truth they highlight our former lives of depravity:
1. Friendship with the world is hostility toward God.
2. The world hates God because it is made up of people who hate God. Every person who is rejecting the revelation of Jesus Christ hates God.
3. No person is ignorant of God: forget about your opinions, or your memories and what people tell you about their view of God. The bible says they know because God has made it known to them but their heart are darkened.
Here is a forth truth you probably don’t know. They have no excuse for not believing in Jesus Christ because the saga of earth rebellion has always been about Jesus Christ. Make no mistake the gospel starts in Genesis. You might say, “Jesus didn’t come into the game until Mathew. Wrong, in John 1 it explains, “All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.
A side note: It is important that Jesus was God because the word here logos implies knowledge, thought and logic. In logic their is a rule called the law of non-contradiction. (If P=P P cannot equal non-p) So if this says that nothing was created that was created apart from Him. He could not have been created.
So the gospel of Jesus Christ began on page one. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Creation was created to glorify the creator. When the Son is glorified the Father is glorified. BUT, “He was in the world, and the world did not recognize Him.”
“Why do the nations rebel and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers conspired together against the Lord and His Anointed One.”
Later in that chapter God says this, “Pay homage to the Son, or He will be angry, and you will perish in your rebellion, for His anger may ignite at any moment.” This is the side of Jesus we hide -to our shame- Christ is Very loving and compassionate we all know that but why are we dumming Him down? Why are we dumming everything down? God is not casual. Christianity is not casual the only place on earth Christianity can be casual is right here in the United States. Everywhere else in history throughout the world Christianity is so offensive that Christans must die because they just can’t stomach us being around anymore. Why because they hate God and anything that looks like Him any holy thing is repulsive to them. Have you ever thought maybe, just maybe I’m just worldly enough that they aren’t offended by the mere fact that I am alive. Maybe it’s time to some thing drastic.
In closing, I would be careful how many time we tell people not to fear God.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
We focused on a topic in which people might think that they are not included, so I wanted to broaden the landscape before we close out of this. There is a known parallel between Christian marriage and the relationship between Christ and the Church within the Bible(I.E: we are the bride of Christ)
Ephesians 5:21-27 (King James Version)“ 21Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
Romans 7:4 (King James Version) 4Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.
There are many examples where the Bible puts emphasis on the relationship with your brothers and sisters in Christ; the highest calling that I can recall of this is in Matthew 22:39 (“39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”) Now lets address what it says at the start of this verse: “And the second is like it.” It is to my encouragement that many of the churches in which I meet are highly interested in and do play the role well of love my neighbor, but indeed there are many which for the sake of loving your neighbor erase from their minds “the second is like it” and simply keeping “love your neighbor.” Now why would this be a issue? Because of the great misdeed it does to our Lord, for it says in fullness Matthew 22:37-39: “37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” For the greatest commandment is loving God, and it is only through loving God Fully that we are able to do the second commandment. We must extend our heart, soul and mind to God and have him as our first love; otherwise, it is idolatry which we are performing by loving the relationships with people greater then loving God. For it was God who said in Revelation 2:4-5 (New International Version, ©2011): “4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”
So, what would be a example of loving a relationship more than God? Think about it this way: love creates in us a fullness, a value, and even a hope. So it is something that we naturally long for. The psalmist writes this; “Psalm 84:2 2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD;my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” Yet Christians can be stuck in yearning and finding fullness in the relationships with others, things like “oh I hope he says something nice about me.” or “I hope she talks to me today,” or even “I am waiting anxiously for my friend to get here because they make my day better.” All of these examples can be signs of a heart issue of discontentment, so I urge you in this regard: take some time to think over your relationships that you are investing time in, and ask yourself this, “Am I in a relationship with this person to fulfill a desire in my heart,” and “Am I seeking God to fill these areas in my heart?” Be on guard; you can say no to the first question but still be dealing with the lack of Gods presence in your life.
Let me close with this, relationships are vital in a Christan's life, and God lays that out plainly in the Bible. Just make sure that you are not forsaking your first love, because then those healthy relationships can become harmful as a means to fill you emotionally, and kill you spiritually!
God you are my first love; you taught me how to love when you showed me on the cross what it means to love. without that I can not begin to love those you call me to care for and show love to. It is my hope that I am not misplacing my fulfillment in relationships with others, but you know my heart and how deceitful it is. Reveal to me your understanding of myself and my lifestyle and point out to me where I am falling so that I can walk next to you. If there be any misdeed of this in my life, Lord, please forgive me and may my love be always trying to reflect your love for me. Amen
Monday, February 7, 2011
1 Corinthians 7:7–8 (NIV84) “7 I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. 8 Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am.”
and then later on ….
1 Corinthians 7:32-33 (NKJ) “32 But I want you to be without care. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord—how he may please the Lord. 33 But he who is married cares about the things of the world—how he may please his wife.”
I like how gotquestions.org says it this way “Notice that he says some have the gift of singleness and some the gift of marriage. Although it seems that nearly everyone marries, it is not necessarily God's will for everyone.” referring to verse 7, and I agree with this. It is not to say that being married or the yearning for marriage is wrong, but that even if you have that yearning, God can be calling you to focus on him more, and if it is to be a permanent single his role for you is to focus on him a lot more. to quote from gotquestions.org again “It is not a sin to remain single, even for your entire life. The most important thing in life is not finding a mate and having children, but serving God.” HOW I HAVE LIED TO MYSELF ABOUT THIS! And I am sure that others are caught in this lie. Because I have been the one to say, “my focus is on God” but then my mind goes to “plan to get a wife” or better yet “plan wait for a wife”. We can easily hide our idolatry in our current singleness, I did, cause my heart said I will get my wife in time and my heart never kept open singleness as being Gods plan. Let me say it this way: In your current state God is using you to serve him (if you are letting him), you have a ministry whether you know it or not, and by moving from a single to a married person your ministry WILL CHANGE. And that may or may not be Gods heart for you. while you are single be open to remaining single and how he is using you. because ultimately if he does have a person in store for you then that will be put into place without you lusting after it.
Let me close with a prayer that I have prayed personally:
God, you say my heart is deceitful, but you say you have a plan for me, you say that if I ask, you will answer whether the answer is what I want to hear. Lord I struggle with singleness, and I want to be close to someone, Lord in my singleness fill that void in me, for I truly urge for the only one who can fill me and no other person can make me feel the way I long for. May my mind be on you and you alone, that if you place someone in my life lord that I am blessed and if you place me with no one that I am still blessed for you fill the gap and my desire remains in you. May I hope for your higher calling, may I stay in your word and act out your decrees. For I wait for you to call my name. May it be true, Amen
God has given you the gift of singleness, and there is no middle ground you ether have the gift of marriage or the gift of singleness there is no gift of being in-between. So even if you are courting or dating you still have the gift of singleness. Lets start living in it!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
- Dom out-
Please tell me if any of this discourse is a lie.
Coming into the kingdom of God was like awakening from a dreamlike state. The initial euphoric feelings were almost immediately put in check by the reality of life in a world that is rejecting Christ Jesus. Now the recruit is out of the deception, prime for discipleship and is forced to engage in warfare. As the mirage clears, he is suddenly aware of the war that has been raging since the beginning. We used to live in ignorance. We wandered the world in disillusionment, blinded walking in darkness. Now we see the fierce battles as they are waged on our streets before our very eyes. There are casualties everyday, people die and every death is a result of the struggle for men’s souls. It was only by the unfathomable grace of God that we survived. The recruit looks out on the world of darkness. The only other light that can be seen are the tracers soaring skyward day and night as men and demon put forth their feeble defense against God. The guns are just one sound in the roar of chaos. All eyes glare, with hatred, toward the heavens shouting, cursing and blaspheming Jesus Christ the risen one. And in front of it all is Lucifer himself; he raises himself above all others raising his hands as the conductor leading the masses in a wicked song, the battle cry of rebellion. His hordes are everywhere. They invaded the earth when they fell and they have all but subdued it. They are always fortifying their positions, tightening their chokehold on mankind. They desperately fight to defend the world from every “intrusion of God.” Even in the end when God pours out his judgments on the earth they will still blind the people. The word says that even after the fifth trumpet,
“The rest of the people, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands to stop worshiping demons and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood, which are not able to see, hear or walk. And they did not repent of their murders, their sorceries, their sexual immorality, or their thefts.”(Rev 9:20-21)
Time is their enemy, as it races toward their destruction. They execute as many of their slaves as possible. They go willingly unaware of their plight. The air is filled with poisonous lies; the masses are kept sedated, blind to the truth and virtually dead. “The whole world is under the control of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19)
But now you have been given the antidote to the poison of death. It is salvation through the blood of Jesus. You, the recruit, became a soldier in the resistance.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”(Eph 6:12)
You became one of us. We are the chosen ones (no cliche intended) the elect pre-destined to do great things. (Eph 2:10)
We have faith in our Lord and savior Jesus
“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that a the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father.”
I myself had a reality check recently and the Lord showed me something. Jesus promised persecution. The word says that everyone who calls upon the name of Jesus will be persecuted. Last month I looked at all the hardship in my life and saw it as too much to bear. I seriously questioned whether it was worth it, I thought to myself, “Why do I even try?” “What good is it to me in the end? The answer I got was in the end. I read Revelation and realized why I was fight why this life had become so important to me, its because everyday is one day closer to His glorious return to judge Satan.I was rocked by a revelation the other day that made me sick. In John 8:44, Jesus said Satan “was a murderer from the beginning.” God considers Satan’s actions murder, he kills every day. People are dying every minute without redemption. He killing people I love. Maybe some of you have lost loved ones who were deceived and thus murdered. And we find it hard to find time for ministry in our busy lives. What is wrong with us? Do you still need motivation to step up and fight this war? I’m not saying its not a scary fight but here in America all we have to worry about is petty ridicule and honesty moderate persecution. Yesterday November 14, 2010 , a women named Asia Bibi was sentenced to death for blasphemy. She was arrested in 2009 for having a religious discussion with her coworkers and she is probably going to die for preaching the gospel. We live in a dark world. You are the children of the light. You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before men. Do not attempt to blend in. Do not be conformed; be transformed. “we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.” (Heb 10:39) We are not to be afraid of the Devil and his tactics because this fight is fixed.
“The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Messiah have now come, because the accuser of our brothers has been thrown out: the one who accuses them before our God day and night. They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not love their lives in the face of death.”
Remember when you were a slave to sin. All the world is a concentration camp, everyone slaves for the jailer. All slave to the glory of themselves and then they die. Remember the vanity you slaved for before God sent His special forces in to rescue you. They went into the enemies camp at their own risk. They brought you life, opened your eyes and lead you out of darkness. Remember those you left behind. Remember those who are still blind. Spending their lives shoveling dirt on top of their mountain, not know the whole they’ve made with be their grave. Refusing to drop the trowel and pick up life. And you used to be just like them. You have you orders, let the Lord use you and he might just save somebody’s life.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
1 Samuel 5:16 “In those days the word of the Lord was rare and prophetic visions were not widespread.” In 1Samuel 2 it is explained that Eli’s wicked sons treated the Lord’s offering “with contempt.” Which is worded alot like Hebrew 6:6 referring to those who have fallen away from the modern priesthood, “holding Him up to contempt.”
In 1 Samuel 3 the Lord calls Samuel in the night. Verse 7 says that Samuel had not yet experienced the Lord. In this uncomfortable and awkward position Samuel doesn’t realize what was happening and his first response is to assume that Eli had called him. Samuel goes on to serve as Judge for the Israelites until the rebel and ask for a king. This event was a tragic but necessary step in God’s sovereign plan. We, the Church, have in many ways already made this tragic choice and gone beyond it. Under the leadership of many kings the Jewish nation’s relationship with the Lord was up and down; many times turning away from God to worship idols. What is an idol? Anything that becomes more important than God,an alter we keep deep down in our darkness for making sacrifices to ourselves.
Will we cleanse ourselves and our households and cut down our alters?
Will we allow God to be king once again?
Will we continue to deprive ourselves of the uninhibited, awesome power of God moving in our lives on a daily basis? Some us think, “When revival comes, God will tear us away from our vices.” But maybe it’s, unless we tear ourselves away from our vice revival will never come.
I don’t want anyone to misunderstand what I’ve written. I don’t want you to think that if a christian from the early days saw us now they would be embarrassed or something. I sure they thought their good ole day would never end right up until the first persecution. And they would understand as we should that this age is part of God’s sovereign plan. He’s not scratching His mighty head wondering where He went wrong with us. He knew where we’d be in the 2011. He knows the problems we are facing the uphill struggle is all part of the plan. I have a hunch that when Jesus returns for His bride, He does expect to find her standing tall unscathed by all the enemies attacks. She will not have conquered and subdued the unbelieving world. She certainly will not be lording over it like in ages past. I think He expects to find His bride on her knees, bloodied and swollen in the mud, patiently awaiting her king. She will give Him a gap toothed smile when He says to each one us, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
When helplessly facing a mighty African horde, righteous king Asa prayed this prayer:
“Lord there is no one besides you to help the mighty and those without strength. Help us, Lord our God, for we depend on You and in Your name we have come against this multitude. Lord, You are our God. Do not let a mere mortal hinder You.”