Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pride is Unattractive

We are nothing but human beings, when you stop to consider the Creator, and who He is, when you consider His wisdom and creative power, His Holiness and glory-His perfection-what are we compared to Him but worms?

And yet, Jesus Christ Himself, who thought it not robbery to be equal with God, HUMLED Himself because He was found in the fashion of a man, and submitted...hmm, interesting.

I know so many people with a "god-complex" it aint even funny! The presumptuousness, the ASSUMED authority, the high opinion of one's own opinion-utterly bewilders me. How is it that some think that OTHER people need to submit to their authority and yet they do not feel accountable to ANY authority but themselve's? It floors me. We are the most arrogant society that has probably ever lived! Pride DRIPS off of us like water, I always see how some of our politicians Strut around like they own the world, and it bugs me, but it really is all of us. We should consider this. We need to humble ourselves, every last one of us, from oldest to youngest.

Men that are much greater than us, have submitted to much harder things and endured much harder afflictions than we have, with no complaints. I feel so ashamed of our whining postmodern ways. God forgive us.  Peace.

Monday, February 21, 2011

To Be Saved

  The revival meetings got off to a good start. I appreciate what has been said. I am still thirsting for more of God. I am praying and hoping that God will do something great in our hearts. We need a touch from God. We need softer hearts, broken hearts even. We are so hard-hearted. 


Would to God that we be filled! Filled with the Holy Ghost!


I still feel like telling everyone that I know I've been a bad example at times in the past, and that I'm sorry-but God is now doing a good work in my life. I can only acknowledge it so many times though. If when I speak to testify of God-all you can do is think of my past mistakes or my weaknesses-you're completely missing the point. I am not trying to get anyone to look at me, or consider my opinions. My opinions don't matter in the end. what does matter is whether or not you've ever met Jesus Christ yourself. Do you know the Lord? You can. and you don't need me, or some religious leader, or know it all, or 'holier than thou' big-mouth lol what you need is a genuine repentance and sorrow over your sin, and a turning to the Only One who can do anything about it, Jesus Christ the Lord, the Son of God. He knows your sins are evil, He knows you and I deserve to be judged and condemned, but He loves us so much, he bore all of that punishment and condemnation on calvary and shed His perfect blood, and rose again to offer us not only forgiveness, but eternal life and friendship with God. He offers you adoption into the family of God. He will make you a son of God the Father, if you will simply turn from yourself and your sin, and put your faith in Christ alone. He will forgive you. You don't need to go to a Church or say a formed prayer, you dont need to say a hail mary, or get baptized, you just need to repent and believe the Gospel.


Turn to Christ! Jesus saves! And you will become a new, born again person! Forgiven, innocent and able to please God through faith.



Thursday, February 17, 2011

Infinity

You cannot outpray God, you cannot outgive God, you cannot outlive God, you cannot out-seek God, you cannot out-learn God. He is infinite, eternal, never-ending, the more you seek Him the more you can find Him. The more you ask, the more you receive.

I have been overwhelmed lately, learning more and more about the profound reality of God. Experiencing His presence, His moving, His love...

receiving new blessings, burdens, and praises.

God is bigger than any of us have imagined. He is stronger than we give Him credit for. He is able, able to deliver, to do miracles, to save, to convict, to move-to answer prayer! He has a plan! He has a way.

Have we 'limitted' Him? Have we 'sold Him short?' It is possible.

We see things so physically. So carnally. So modernly, so postmodernly....so "Practically"

But GOD is SUPERNATURAL, Holy, Awesome, Powerful---ALL-POWERFUL! He is the perfect fulfilment of Messianic prophecy. His Wisdom is beyond description. His blood is perfect and powerful. His Word is Living!

I am in awe. I am humbled. In some ways, I am less dogmatic. But I am 'dogmatic' about who He is. He is-the LORD Jesus Christ, the Son of God!

God, let me know YOU. let me be in You. Keep me in Your ways. Defend me from my enemies, In Jesus' name, Amen.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Passion of Christ

Sometimes the words of the Preacher, the Sunday School Teacher, the song leader and the testifier, seem to fall to the ground, they don't seem to penetrate the hard, dull hearts of Church members.....we sit there, like were in a coma, not excited, not touched, no emotion or passion for the Lord Jesus,

and I was thinking---Christ did not go through some religious duty to rescue our souls, He didn't sit through an hour long service to save us from our sins, He didn't mutter through an opening prayer and throw in a couple dollars out of guilt to save us, No-He willfully subjected Himself to a brutal death, a death of torture and humiliation. He did this for the joy that was set before Him. He did this because it was the will of the Father. He did it because God so loved the world.

Oh, the coldness, the dullness, the callassed emotions, the desensitized people that we have become in our hearts, not to be touched by the Love of Christ! Not t be in love with Him. Not to be willing to SACRIFICE for God, not to hunger and thirst for an OPPORTUNITY to worship Him and please Him!

How can we be awakened out of our sleep? The Churches are in a deep, deep sleep as the world spirals into a hopeless eternity.

EVEN as a Christian, AMONG Christians-you will find yourself condemned and persecuted and scorned and bad-mouthed and looked down on and called everything from a hypocrite to self-righteous if you find your heart being rekindled with the fire of the love and Holiness of God! That is how far we have gone! We have gone so far, that the sincere Christian will draw more ire from his fellow Christians than all the baby-killers, liars, cheaters and blasphemers in the world. It is a sad day when Church-members are quicker to cozy up with Moslims and Democrats than they are to love and support their fellow Christian who dares to have God's love and zeal burning in his heart!  I'm not saying this with sarcasm or anger, I'm saying this with bewilderment and a broken heart and that is the truth.

Don't let the cold and lukewarm discurage you from getting filled with the Holy Spirit and just following and trusting God's Holy Ghost.

God loves you. He loves you so much that He bled and suffered and died and rose ! And that He wants to dwell with you in your heart! We love Him because He first loved us!

Think about Jesus Christ, and HIS PASSIOn and it will fill you with a passion for God.

Pray for revival. Peace.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Birthday Blog

I usually get freaked out on my birthday, I like to spend some time reflecting and I also feel too old. But I'm not gonna freak out this year- I am just going to see this as a chance to examine myself, learn and move forward.

So here are my thoughts, some of them...

I have had many times where I have felt that I was doing well, and I have had many times where I have felt like a failure. I have fallen, and I have gotten back up. Some people see me as a success, some as a failure, some as a leader, some as a hypocrite. But considering I am often like a roller-coaster, I cannot be what anyone projects upon me. I am not stable enough to be just what they want me to be, life isnt that static I dont think,

But, no matter if I am standing tall or fallen down, my "Position" is exactly the same. Whether I am singing in Church, or sinning at work....being wise or being foolish, Nothing can take away from the fact that I am a Child of God. I am just as much of a child of God when I sin as when I do right, even though I am sometimes a child who is bringing shame.

But Paul explained that God's strength is made perfect in weakness. For some, this statement could be difficult to understand. But what I need to be, is "Broken" There is no such thing as a giant of the faith, of a good Christian or a bad Christian, there is only those that acknowledge their brokeness, and let God pick up that broken body and use it for something by His power.

I, in the last 27 years, have fallen and fallen and fallen, and risen and risen and risen, lol My 'flesh' is broken. I am broken. God is not.

You may think highly of me, some of you do, you may not think much of me, some of you don't. But I'm a Broken Vessel, made whole, not to be appreciated and praised as the most beautiful cup you ever seen, but to hold a cold drink of water. Does that make sense to you? WHo knows....but that's where I am in this 27th year. It is what it is as they say and I thank God.

Peace.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Blow The Trumpet in Zion

We often go to Church with a preconceived idea of what will take place there. And some of us, if we didn't get what we expected, would be upset.

I was in a very special service once at a Camp Meeting, a man sat down at the piano to play and sing, and as he sang the song, scores of people came forward to the altar, with broken hearts and with worship, when he finished that song, he went on to another, and then another and another...and people got saved, got right with God, were filled with joy, etc. For a long time! Amen! It was exciting. But one thing that amazed me to this day was that a few families actually stood up and walked out in the midst of this wonderful work of God! You know why? They couldn't stand that things werent going according to "Plan" They were like, we didnt drive all the way out here to hear this guy sing, whe is the opening prayer, the sermon, the announcements, were leaving. And they missed out on what God had for them. Why? Because they really were in religion, they really were looking for the religious format that subscribed to, not the working of the Holy Spirit of Christ.....God does work thru preaching, opening prayers and announcements etc, BUT God can work however He sees fit and He is not isolated to our methods and schedules.

Some people think that if you pray for longer than five minutes, you might as well just quit, you are now just babbling on in vain repetition...I suppose they arent big on the old hymn "Sweet HOUR of Prayer"

In the few times that I have 'prayed thru' the initial resistance of the flesh, and gotten to really pray in the power of the Spirit, it has become so sweet and real and wonderful! So many people though, in the first few minutes of prayer, grow bored, tired, and leave. It is sad. It is hearthbreaking. It is heartbreaking to see that the hearts of so many ppl who say theyre Christians-are so hard and dull and desensitized!

ALL the old-fashioned revivals and great works of God had one thing in common, long, consistant, effectual PRAYER. There is no way around it. The Bible says to pray without ceasing, and many Christians don't pray longer for a few minutes and some dont even pray except for their food, if that.

There are so many deep, profound things for us to learn, but the starting point is going to be in your seeking God in prayer! This is a call to prayer, and fasting--for individuals and Churches everywhere!

Joel 2
15Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:


 16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
 17Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

Friday, February 4, 2011

Facebook, Bullies, Integrity, Freedom of Speech, Truth Bomb

Facebook and the internet, they're weird things. I am a real honest guy. Always been what you see is what you get. Now facebook is like a weird thing because what you say to people is seen by such a wide variety of other people and you either become very guarded in what you say OR you get ppl criticizing the tar out of you, And naturally, I'm not the kind who is gonna be being anything less than what I am....facebook drama is a great example of this, but it goes on in life like crazy, social netoworking is just one more medium that brings it to the forefront.

As some of you know, for a while, I was kind of....quiet. reserved (for me), because I know some people want me to be different. They want me to be less 'intense'. More.....basically just shut up unless I'm talking about something suuuper shallow, because shallowness is the new politeness. Not being shallow is considered rude in this sick, postmodern world.

And I have decided several times to just be me, like I always have and who cares what people say, YET I  have deleted like 3 blogs wthout posting them because as I think about how some ppl will take them, I lose interest and get discouraged. Bummer.

BUT even as a kid, I ran into a lot of fights, ya know why? I NEVER, NEVER NEVER NEVER gave in to ONE SINGLE BULLY, it didnt matter if he was bigger than me, If I was out-numbered, I always would just rather go down in a fight, I wasnt the kinda kid you picked on or stole lunch money from, I was the kid who would go nuts instead ;) Because I just HATE bullies! I hate feeling manipulated, controlled, dominated, deceived and pushed around! I hate it! I dont believe in no pope, no modern prophet, NOBODY has a monopoly on God or the truth, nobody but God Himself, and by God's grace, I'm going to become that kid agan, I'm going to be strong, and I'm not going to allow all of everybody else's sour apples and immature opinions and soap-boxes and god-complexes get to me! I am so sick n tired of human beings expecting to be treated like and listened to as God. I refuse to bow down to it.  I have never been popular, never will be. and thats okay.

I dont wanna be argumentative just for the sake of being argumentative, but basically, if you don't like me and what I stand for, you dont have to argue with me and you dont have to talk about me behind my back or anything, u really don't -just live and let live. BUT if you can't do that, it isnt my problem or fault so dont put it on me that you're so intolerant.

We have to stop being pushed around by OPINIONs, manipulators, arrogant would be gods, BULLIES< everywhere I look I see bullies, throwing their weight around trying to silence you, or badmoth you, or put you down,  or make you feel bad or shut you up! Well, I've had it! As long as there is any form of freedom of speech in the COuntry, I WILL Use it.

SOme of the areas that I frst noticed bully behavior were n school (from nutty teachers), and among kids, in politics, and in religious figures (like pope), but there are many, many other examples, another example is bad relationships, my oh my how people allow themselves to be treated like trash because they think they are in love....but we have to stand up for Truth, and when you're faithful to the truth, indiscrimnately, and wihtout respect to persons, then you are free indeed. There is nothing more important to me than freedom, and there can be no freedom without TRUTH. Where the Spirit of the LORD is there is liberty.

Peace.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Heroes

There is a lot going on in the world right now! Every day I feel more aware of how volatile our situation in the world really is. Despite that, I do not feel paniced or anxious. I feel a desire to be a stronger person, closer to God and prepared for whatever difficulties might be ahead. It is all so volatile, that you never know if we are in for a tough future or a happy future, it really can go both ways for us, we do not know the future. But we should purpose in our hearts now what kind of response we plan on having to it.

Seeing the events in Egypt, hearing the accounts of how nasty and hard war can be from friends who have seen it, and seeing how Christians in Iran, Eritrea, Tunisia, Lebanon, China, North Korea and other nations are being mistreated, I have been thinking a lot about the prophet Daniel.

Daniel is a great example of courage and calm in the face of persecution. In a time when everything Daniel believed in was under assault, he managed to prosper through it all. The king tried to make him eat food that was against Jewish law to eat, and he refused. And yet he prospered because he was one of the most healthy young men in the group. The king made it against the law to pray, and yet he carried on with his regular, daily prayers as if nothing had changed. He had guts! He didn't care what their man-made laws had to say!

That kind of consistancy and courage that Daniel had is something I want to have.I won't say that I do. But we all may need a dose of Daniel's spirit in the future. I find a strange exciement in seeing courage like Daniel's. In hearing how the apostles defied the rules of man, and kept on preaching in the streets. In thinking how Stephen just kept on praying with his eyes turned to Heaven while people stoned him to death. It is so hard to find heroes anymore, well, these men were genuine heroes, people you wouldn't be ashamed to admire and look up to!

And frankly, a lot of these Christians in Iran who are willing to sit in jail rather than recant their faith, or our soldiers that fight the enemy with courage despite danger to their own well-being. These guys are my heroes! They really are.

We should pray for our persecuted brethren and our fighting soldiers, every day!

Peace.