Nathan Tune

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalms 118:24 (KJV)

We Plan – God Laughs

May
14

Have you ever got up in the morning, put a great big smile on your face and said out loud that today was going to be the day that everything turned out just as you have planned it to? Have you ever woken up with such strong determination to make sure that each minute of your day goes exactly as you have it planned? I’m sure that you have, we all have, we all have tried and we all have failed, because like the saying goes, when we make plans, God laughs.

bigstock_Sky_and_clouds_background_26443844Welcome to the amazingly wonderful bloggin’ experience of ‘Nathan Tune’, I of course am, Nathan Tune and today’s post is going to be discussing how it is that we often make our own plans in life only to see them wither away throughout the day as plans of a higher authority proceed with excellence and a great humoring day of complete interruption in our little puny lives, have you ever got up in the morning and went out to start your car and yet it didn’t start exactly when you wanted it to? And when it finally did start, though you were 30 minutes late for your job or wherever it is that you had to be, you come up only to get stalled yet again, by a traffic jam, caused by an accident, an accident that perhaps you might have been involved in if your car would have started just when you wanted it to, ever look at things like that?

I do, I look at things like that all the time. Because I for one am always trying to see the brighter side of things, the other night I was watching one of my new favorite TV sitcoms on ABC – ‘Cristela’ about this Mexican Family in Dallas Texas, it is ‘Hilarious’ and I remember their Mother was talking to them and they were discussing plans for their life and she told them “Don’t you remember what I told you? We make plans and God laughs!” then one of the daughters all of sudden replied, “We know, A’ma, you tell us everyday that God laughs at us.” and she simply responded something like “It’s true.” it was so funny and I really do enjoy that show, and it got me to thinking, it really is true.

His Will – Not Ours

I often mention the importance of being aligned in God’s perfect will, and if we choose to obey him and pray this over our lives then to make plans and then to be angered when they don’t go as planned would be completely ludicrous, either way we must know that when we commit our lives to him, he has all on his on already planned out the ‘perfect’ life for us. Perfect? Yes, perfect, but how can that be? Well, what’s perfect to us may be extremely different to what is perfect to God and vice versa, but if we allow God to plan our lives then we can rest assured that he will plan our lives far more perfectly then we ever in a million years could have done on our own.

Scripture Reference:

“There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.” – Proverbs 19:21 KJV

I remember one time I was with my family and we were going to get on this shuttle to go to a blue berry farm in Louisiana where we could pick our very own blueberries, we were all so excited but we had to wait in line forever because one of their drivers was late, we even had to go drive around while we waited because it was taking so long. Then when we got back and their driver had finally arrived we almost didn’t get to go, but finally we did and when all of us got on the road we didn’t make it but a few short miles before we came upon a terrible wreck where gasoline had spilled all over the road and caused a pile up that involved one of the shuttles that went ahead before us, a Motorcycle and a truck, everyone was so astonished that whether they believed it was God or not, that something of a higher authority ‘spared’ us from the wreckage.

In Conclusion:

I do believe it was God and I am so thankful that he is always watching over me and my family and all of us, even those who might not fully believe in him or even those that might not have their life committed to him and doesn’t believe in him at all. He still watches over them because he loves them with so much love and compassion that our tiny little minds couldn’t even begin to comprehend that we serve such a sovereign God that is in control watching over all of us. It’s incredible and I can say with utmost assurance that ‘Our God Is An Awesome God’ he reigns from heaven above, with wisdom, power and love, yes our God is an awesome God.

Remember, though it may be frustrating to make plans and watch them wither away, it is best that we trust in God at all times and obey him because he for certain knows what is best for us. Thank you all for reading today’s post and I hope and pray that it has been a blessing to you in some way shape or form, whatever time it is, wherever you are and whoever you are, I wish you a blessed life.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

Homosexuality – Is It Wrong?

May
12

Welcome back to the amazing blogging experience of ‘Nathan Tune’ thank you for joining me today and I would first like to point out that this post’s intention is not whether one supports someones right to marry a person of the same sex in a legal sense, but rather if one supports the actual lifestyle of the homosexual, now I beg you to proceed with extreme caution or not proceed at all for I will not sugar coat the biblical truth.

1779358_654970327893342_1940630349_nSo the question that lies before us ‘Is homosexuality wrong?’ anyone that portrays themselves as a ‘true’ follower of Jesus Christ would have to answer yes to this very straightforward question without the slightest hint of hesitation, now wouldn’t they? Why yes, they would, so why is it that they don’t? Another very interesting question as well, is it because people are afraid to open up about their faith, or is it because they don’t want to harm others feelings and they feel if they say something so unpopular with most of the worlds view then they won’t be liked by anyone anymore, could that be it?

Perhaps that’s what it could be, but regardless of the reason, when we purposely refuse to stand up for God’s truth whether they be from lack of knowledge in his word or from sheer ignorance or whatever the cause may be. What we are really doing is actually denying Jesus our Lord himself, and I have mentioned this theory many times and it’s not very easy for one to argue with because in scripture we are told if we do love God with everything in us then we will keep his commandments, scripture also tells us that he is the word and he is the full truth, and if we in any way deny him then he will indeed deny us on judgement day.

Is that even possible for such a loving, kind, graceful God, full of mercy and forgiveness to turn us away without even one single care at all is it really a possibility? Well it is, and most likely he really won’t turn away from us, we will turn away from him, and he will care about our lost souls very much and he will weep that we chose the way of the world but he gives us many chances to commit ourselves fully to him and if we miss out then it is only the fault of our own selves.

The New Testament Isn’t Against It –

It can so often be said by believers and non-believers alike that are in support of ‘gay marriage’ (whatever that is) that Jesus Christ or the New Testament ever really speaks about Homosexuality and never does it once say that it is wrong, people have also compared it with consuming shrimp, but that is just ridiculous. Is it worse than other sins? Yes it is and no it isn’t, here’s how that question can be answered simply and with biblical foundation, in scripture it tells us that all sin is the same in one sense, it will all lead us to death and hell if we do not turn from it, yet at the same time it tells us something else, it tells us that some sins deserve a worse punishment than others.

Verses Against Homosexuality In The NT:

  1. And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female
  2. And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?
  3. Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. – Matthew 19:4-6 KJV
  4. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
  5. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. – Romans 1:27-28 KJV

(These being a few verses to say the least, Jesus goes into more detail explaining the importance of Holy Matrimony between a ‘man’ and of a ‘woman’)

It is also said in the bible that on that day when Jesus comes back he will inflict blows upon the wicked and some will receive worse hits than others because of the intensity of their sin, meaning that each sin being the same in leading us to hell is also very different in how big of the offense it actually is to God, stealing something from someone isn’t as big of an offense as murdering someone, and so on and so forth, but yes even though these sins may be worse than others in a punishable term of a legal sense, they all will lead us to hell and they are all sins that we can be forgiven by, that is the good news and that is why I am so dedicated in telling his truth, that is why I insist on speaking about what others refuse to speak about.

That is why I will stand and say that YES, given biblical proof from what has been since the beginning of time I will have to say, YES it is in fact wrong, Homosexuality is wrong and it goes against nature, it is unnatural in every sense of the way because it defies everything that we were designed to be as a society. In the words of Hillary Clinton (bet you thought you’d never hear me say that, neither did I) in 2004 this was her take on the issue and it is still mine to this day:

“I believe that marriage is, not just a ‘bond’ but a sacred ‘bond‘ between a ‘man‘ and a ‘woman‘. I have had ‘occasion’ in my life to defend marriage, to stand up for marriage. To believe in the hard work and challenge of marriage. So I take umbrage at anyone who might suggest that those of us who worry about amending the constitution are less committed to the sanctity of marriage or to the fundamental bedrock principal, that it exists between a man and a woman going back into the midst of history.”  – Hillary Clinton 2004

That was one whopper of a quote now wasn’t it? Interesting how times can change and that’s OK, whether or not she actually believed that I still believe it, I believe that was a wonderful statement. It certainly was full of garbage and lies, maybe not, but today it sure looks that way, with so many people turning on what they once believed it now seems normal for people to be weak and feeble in their beliefs, but here is what we must do, we must be bold.

In Conclusion:

Given the scriptural proof we have learned that not only is Homosexuality wrong in the eyes of a Holy God, the Old Testament or in that of the New Testament, it is absolutely unthinkable in every way. Now does this mean that it is OK to mistreat people who ‘choose’ to live this type of lifestyle, of course that isn’t what it means and I don’t think that is what I have done here and I most certainly do not think that Jesus would be approving of that. You see, there is a difference in ‘accepting’ the sin and ‘accepting’ the sinner, do you accept the sin or the sinner? You can love someone without supporting their sin.

I’m sure that you do it all the time without even realizing it, the bottom line is we as Christians can not allow these worldviews to get in the way of what we believe. We can not allow ourselves to be overcome with evil rather we must overcome evil with good and to do this we must be in his word daily and we must stand strong in it, if we are so quick to deny God over something as small as hurting peoples feelings over what his truth actually says then what is going to happen when they have a blade to our necks yelling at us to deny Jesus or die, what happens then?

We must not bow, bend, break or let them take what it is that no man can shake, and that is our faith.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

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Today Is The Day!

May
11

G’Day Mate’s, today’s post will be much shorter than usual, people wanna live up life, they don’t want to commit their life to Christ because they don’t want to pay that high cost daily that it’ll be to live and walk and talk for Christ. They don’t want all that suffering, belittling, unpopularity and mockery going on in their life.

maxresdefaultNo they want to live life up to the fullest that they can… So they choose a plan where they pay less now but will pay more in the end as Christians we choose a plan where we pay more now and NOTHING at the end because by paying this price in believing on Jesus Christ that he shed his blood we know that by his blood our end time cost is already paid for and that cost is judgement, death, hell and the grave. Christians don’t have to pay that cost because Christ paid it for them on the cross and they paid a cost to believe that he did it and because they committed their life to him.

But most the world doesn’t want to pay a high cost today and owe nothing at the end of their life. They want to pay as little as possible when in the end they’ll pay an extraordinary price and then their soul would have been sold to satan all that time they kept switching their plan to pay less and less the devil put in the fine print of their contract that he would own their soul. But they didn’t want to believe the Christians, they thought the Christians were idiots for paying so much for hell on earth when they’ve been having to pay nothing for heaven on earth…

But that’s the point, we may have to pay a cost now but the cost at the end is paid for but for the sinner who choose to pay less now, their cost at the end will not be paid for and they will face judgement, death, hell and the grave.. Wishing they would of heeded our words to pay the higher cost today then pay the lesser cost and have to pay the highest cost at the end..

In Conclusion:

Though we as Christians pay a high cost as we pick up our cross and follow him daily that cost will be worth it all when we enter into heaven because at the end of this life we are debt free of judgement, death, hell and the grave. We know that Today is the day of salvation NOW, because you may not have tomorrow so why not pay the cost today instead of paying everything at the end for your death, why not make that surrender to God right now instead of fighting the truth like you have been for so long, you don’t have to fight anymore, you don’t have to worry anymore, you need not wonder anymore how you will get through something.

Because now you know that God loves you, now you know for sure that he has loved you since before you were even born and now you know that from the beginning of time God loved everything about you even the things that you didn’t know about yourself and now you know that with this new found love of Christ, you can make it through the darkest times that you may have ever faced and you know that through this love of Jesus Christ you can do all things which gives you strength, now you know that today is the day of salvation and because of this you have no excuses and I pray that you take heed and hear his voice.

For now you know…

I hope that you enjoyed today’s post and until we blog again, be exceedingly blessed beyond your wildest imaginations and beyond your craziest of dreams for God is with you.

SHALOM –

Another Mother’s Day

May
10

Tis’ Mother’s Day once more my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, a day that can sometimes be rather hard for me to get through due to all the times my own birth Mother has caused me severe pain throughout my life, I have constantly felt as though it was a consistent battle between who I loved most. Is it my birth Mother? Or is it my Grandmother? The woman that practically raised me.

Happy-mothers-day-5I have to say that I refuse to be pushed into that very battle today. I am done fighting that battle, I know that there were times when my mom was actually a mom, and that doesn’t take away from all the harm she has caused me, but it is not unrecognized either, today I would like to focus on my Grandmother, the Mother that I still have in my life today and I would also like to focus on the Mothers of all the world. Quite a lot to focus on when you think about it, actually when you think about it, there is a great difference in a Mother and an actual “MOM” shouldn’t it be called “Mom Day”? I think it should. Because like the saying goes for Fathers and Dads, anyone may be able to be a ‘Father’ but not just anybody can be a DAD. I feel that the same goes for Mothers/Mom’s.

This year is probably the first year I didn’t really wish my birth Mother anything at all, and I can be sent to hell for that or whatever and that is perfectly fine, I have been hurt enough and as I have said before, I do refuse to allow myself to be hurt anymore in any way at all. My Grandmother has had to overcome many obstacles throughout her life, starting with having to give birth to a baby girl at the age of 16 and there wasn’t any kind of help for her back then, she was told to abort the child and she refused, she’s had to sit night after night in hospital waiting rooms and emergency rooms with her Mother, her Daughter, her Grandkid, her Husband, friends and long distant family, you name it. She has been there no matter how late or how tired she was she has been there, only to be mocked at, laughed at, even spat at in some occasions. Yet she still keeps doing the good work of the Lord.

Thank God For ‘Mom’s’

Mom’s are a great blessing to us all and we only recognize the work they do when they aren’t there to actually do it themselves and we end up having to do it ourselves, as the old saying goes, you don’t know what you have until it’s gone (something like that) and it is true. However I am certain that we could all do better, we could all be better, better what? Better children, better husbands, better sons and better daughters, better people, I mean. With the greatest ‘Mom’s’ in the world raising us and taking care of us don’t you think that we would go out into this world much better people because of it? I most certainly would.

A person doesn’t have to be your ‘Mother’ for you to wish them a “Happy Mothers’ Day” as matter of fact, they could just be that sweet old lady down the street that bakes the best homemade chocolate chip cookies, or perhaps she is that old Grandma lady down at the nursing home that you visit with your church every Tuesday afternoon. Maybe she’s the old store owner downtown, the woman that’s worked all her life at the bank, it doesn’t make any difference, If she’s not a Mother to you, I’m sure that she has been a ‘Mom’ to a few people in her life. So go ahead, wish her a great big HAPPY MOTHERS DAY.

In Conclusion:

Happy Mothers Day Mama (Maw-Maw, for those who forgot) down a country driveway you found it hard to make a way, you did your best and left the rest and hoped to pass the test. I will never know how you do what you do and I will never know how you made it through, but Grandma I will always love you, Grandma I am blessed to have you.

And for anyone wondering, my birth Mother, I still love her, how can I not? Things are just very hard and at times, very painful for me, yet I continue to move forward, because I know that God is in control and he is capable of all things and I know that come the day that he wipes the tears from our eyes, all things will be made new.

Be blessed and to all the MOMS out there…

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Until next time…

SHALOM –

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I’m Dying…

May
08

There are those who ‘want’ to live their life to the fullest and then there are those who actually do, there are those who spend all of their life working in it so hard and so frequently that they don’t take the time to actually ‘LIVE’ age doesn’t define how long we have lived, because you can be 120 years old, doesn’t necessarily mean that you have really began to give it all that you have and live all you can.

o-JESUS-CARRYING-CROSS-facebookI am dying, everyday I get up I die, for many reasons. The main reason is the fact that I have to die to my own self and put God first in everything it is that I do, making sure that I please him, which is hard for someone my age but I have always been able to be faithful in all situations no matter what it is that they may be or how hard. I have often wondered why it is that no matter how much I have tried and no matter how much effort I have put in to finding a job, I still haven’t been able to get hired anywhere at all, I have gone dressed up, I have gone dressed casually, I have done everything it is that I could possibly do and I have went to every place in this town at least 5 times or more and everywhere else close to where I live and still unable to get any kind of job, it’s frustrating because now that I am old enough to finally help my family financially, I can’t seem to be much help, and I have asked God for his will every time and I don’t want anything less than that, but being able to trust and obey is many times easier said then done.

Each day that I wake I am dying from not being able to do something that I truly love, like making some type of film, acting, voice acting, doing some type of voice over work or just having people nearby that I could work on such projects with, it many times feels like my passion is slowly dying inside me with each passing day and it gets to me a lot but what can I do? I understand that sometimes things have to be put on hold and I can handle that but I am really dying to get out and create amazing inspiring stories that really make a big difference in any way that I can, I am dying to uplift others in the most unthinkable way possible, I am dying to make people laugh until they cry and cry until they laugh with remarkable heartwarming touching stories that makes people truly face themselves and THINK. Something that makes them THINK about the world around them, something that really gets them to thinking about what it truly means to pick up their cross DAILY and DIE to ourselves with TOTAL surrender to Christ.

SURRENDER: 

To die daily is to surrender daily to someone much more powerful and much more wiser than ourselves and I understand for many of the people my age these days this isn’t something that will come so easily for them, and that is fine, because accepting the truth is never easy but let us not forget that just because it isn’t easy that doesn’t make it impossible, if you really want what is best for you in your life, if WE really want what is best for us in our lives then we must be willing to trust that God knows what that is. We must be willing to trust that he is capable of leading us through the darkest pits and up the steepest mountains, out of the loneliest valleys and on to the highest hill, we must be willing to trust that he is the all powerful and all knowing God of the Israelites that he brought out of slavery in Egypt, we must be able to fully give him all control of our lives, praising him at all times.

So yes, I’m dying, I’m dying to myself first, and I’m dying to the world, I’m dying to help, I’m dying to be a light for this world, I’m dying to be some type of sign of hope for others, I’m dying to make a difference and I’m dying to be a difference, I’m dying so that I can see a difference and I’m dying for a day where people are greatly moved by films that I make, stories that I tell, stories of TRUTH – LOVE – and BOLDNESS, stories where what is most important is ‘Family Values’ because it matters. It matters that we uphold the core principals of our beliefs, it matters that we are willing to die for the key ethics that we say we believe, not in some radical terrorist way, but in a loving way. In such a way that people know we love them so much that we would give our lives just so they could hear his gospel.

His Gospel of Love, Grace, Mercy, Forgiveness, Holiness, Truth, Courage, Strength, Hope, Boldness.

In Conclusion:

I’m dying to live for Christ the best way that I possibly can, and I’m dying for you to join me my friend, I want you to know that Jesus Christ is Lord of lords and I want you to know him as your own. I’m hoping that you have been blessed by today’s post and the conclusion of this post is that we are all to be a light of his word, to do this we are to die to ourselves daily so that he can have full radiance within us, so that his witness shines through us in such a way that is far brighter than anything else, because yes. I do want to make movies, dramatic Christian family tv shows and so much more and I want people to be impacted by those and I want those people to see God in me first and foremost and I pray that his blessing be upon whatever It is that I may do because I put him first and I know that because of that he will honor that.

Put God first and he will honor that, of course we know that we are not saved by any manner of works, rather we were saved FOR his workmanship which I find rather remarkable. Because his ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts so we can’t possibly begin to think that his works are our works, his works are far more greater and far more powerful than we could ever possibly imagine, which is why when we do something that he has called us to do and when we obey him. The outcome of that obedience is a hundred times greater than anything that we could have ever done on our own and I think that’s just amazing, that’s why I am dying to do all that I can for Christ and be all that I can, that is why I’m dying on this very day.

That is why I’m dying tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day and that is why I will continue to live as if I’m dying, because I truly am dying on a daily basis to myself, and I encourage everyone to do the same. Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope that you have a blessed rest of your day and until we blog again may you be richly blessed beyond your wildest imaginations.

SHALOM –

Come As You Are – Leave As You Weren’t

May
07

Bold words for the Christian church today, in a church world that doesn’t believe one has to change to be worthy of the kingdom of God, I can only imagine that these words are like fingernails on a chalkboard, as matter of fact it seems to me that all truth in the bible when it is spoken to today’s church they react as if you just ran your fingernails down a school chalkboard, why? The truth hurts, that is why.

woman-at-the-wellWhat is my purpose of today’s post? The same purpose as any other post I’ve written, not to judge or condemn, oh no, I will spare you the biblical inclination where we do have a right to “righteously” judge others (especially our brethren) and I will just discuss my observations once again of the ‘modern church’. I hope to make you think about the events going on around you so that you may begin to see just how wrong they really are, because they are really wrong and it is time for a big change in today’s churches, though that might make some of you a little uncomfortable you will just have to deal with that feeling and figure out whether or not that feeling is from a fleshly judgement inflicted upon you by another human’s opinion/belief (mine) or if it is inflicted upon you by the power and conviction of the Holy Ghost.

Every where in the bible, whether it was repentance of sins or being healed of some terrible disease or sickness that the person had come upon later in life or received at birth, we find that those people came to Christ in that vulnerable state, they came to him broken and they in their despair came to him seeking renewal, seeking healing, seeking… Transformation. They didn’t want to leave Christ the same way that they came, they wanted to walk away from him as they weren’t, and Christ didn’t want them to leave as they came either, you see In many cases have mentioned that I believe God doesn’t really accept us as we are, he accepts us as we are as he sees us in him, he sees us as he has already foreseen us and that is why he accepts us, he knows we are capable of greatness, if we would only allow him to come into our life and change it.

THE OLD MAN IS DEAD –

Many people in churches today however want to run ‘Grace’ into the ground and they don’t understand that by doing this they are abusing the beautiful gift that God gave us, they are mocking the torture that he went through, they are mocking all the punishment and pain which he had to endure so that we could be saved and they do so without a single care at all, so it seems, we know that scripture tells us that in Christ we find salvation, free salvation, a gift, it isn’t anything that we could ever pay for with our own works, but we know at the same time that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, we are to put off the things of the old man.

We are to come to his alter as we are, and leave as we never were before.

Scripture Verses:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2. Corinthians 5:17 K.J.V.

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:6 – 14 KJV

However, It appears to me that many people today seem to believe that change isn’t necessary, transformation isn’t needed, we can just simply “Come As We Are” and “Stay As We Are” but if that was this case then I have to ask the question most might be thinking when this is happening before us, “What then is the point of God?” if we can come as we are and never get any true change and there is never any type of sanctification process and separation from things of a worldly nature then WHAT. IS. THE. POINT. OF. GOD.? Perhaps the answer to that question would be this, God is a magically genie in a bottle that call upon to grant all of their wishes so that they can live the most rich and lavish lifestyle possible without ever facing any problems and cotton candy falls from the sky every evening around 5pm and the man dropping it is everyone’s beloved ‘pastor’ Joel Osteen, wait a second… That doesn’t sound right?

In Conclusion:

Without some type of ‘good’ ‘holy’ change then I have to say that God isn’t in. I’m sorry, well actually, according to a blog post I wrote a few days ago, I’m not sorry. I’m sorry in a sense that you may be deceived, but I am not sorry for the truth of the matter, you see preachers are often spreading a message of ‘love’ ‘prosperity’ and it almost appears as if they are trying to advertise the board game (Candyland) now I don’t know about you but I don’t believe that Gods gospel truth and his church is ‘candyland’ I actually believe it is to be something more something far  greater than we can ever imagine and I don’t believe that we are to be like sugary gum drops, that melts at the first sign of the sun, the heat.

But I believe that we are to be strong, courageous, bold and upholding his truth with all our might, we are to dedicate ourselves to him with everything in us, with every last fiber of our being and we cannot allow ourselves to be shaken, we cannot allow ourselves to be fooled by these lies of fluff and puff preaching. God doesn’t make our lives easier, he makes our LIFE possible, God, grace, faith all of that is where we pull strength from to make it through another day, we were never promised easy from his word, we are not ever meant to live a rich life though if we were to come upon some fortune that wouldn’t be a bad thing. But that should never be our goal. I understand if some want to find an easier way, because it can get hard times, but I don’t understand how people could believe it.

People that have served God for years can turn away from everything they once believed, whether it being wearing skirts, make-up, pants watching TV whatever it is they used to brutally judge others for not wearing skirts, for wearing make-up, for wearing pants and for being a participant of ‘Television’ (or as some call it) “Hellevision” yet now they wear pants, shorts, make-up, watch all manner of truly sinful things on TV and somehow it is OK, for them. But let us be not deceived, whatever sin is, if we know to do good and then don’t do it, then to us it IS sin. (James 4:17)

I hope that today’s post has blessed you in someway and you made you face yourself and THINK.

SHALOM –

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Danger and the Heart of God

May
06

Guest Post By: Gabriel Perry –

Think back to when you were a kid: If you were a boy, you had dreams of being a soldier, a cowboy, a Jedi knight; you wanted to Bring honor to your nation, justice to your small town, or peace to the galaxy. If you were a girl, you dreamed of being saved by some handsome stud, and of getting whisked away in the adventures of a young man. So my question is…

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What happened?

Look around your world today: At your job, at your church, throughout your town or city. You’ll notice that most people are… Bored. Unfulfilled. They’ve giving up on the dreams they’ve had as a kid to settle for complacency. Why? Well, because it’s too risky to try to go outside of the box, to shoot for the stars; it may not make as much money, or be very well-accepted… You can go on. We’ve gotten comfortable with how things are, because everything is OK just the way it is… Why change it? What we’ve forgotten is that the dangerous things of life are often what make us come alive… and also that God himself is dangerous. Yes, I said it: God is dangerous at heart.

Consider these things: When God made creation, he didn’t simply lock everything up in a little box where nothing happened. No, he let his creation be free to romp through the wilderness, and he set Adam and Eve in a lush garden. Now, God knew about the opportunity to sin for both Adam and Eve, but rather then contain them in a little boring box where nothing bad could happen, he decided that it was worth the risk to let Adam and Eve be free in a lush, beautiful garden paradise, and to have a free will. And after we receive salvation, why does God even bother to leave them on this Earth? They could backslide, or make God look bad, or screw things up in some other way. So why are we here? God thought it was worth the risk of letting us screw things up to give us the amazing opportunity to show people who God is!

It’s far easier to get caught up in simple fantasies than it is to actually live out your dreams, to make a difference, to allow God’s power to run through you and let you live life to the full. People will feel that if they try something different, that they will die. Throwing away your security is scary, because it’s dangerous. But these are our chances to come alive:

“Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it.” (Luke 17:33)

Just think about where maybe you’re missing out on an opportunity to live life to the fullest, to reach your God-given potential. Just stop and think for a moment (after you read the rest of this post of course); you may feel prompted to try something new: exercising more, giving more, blowing the dust off your Bible and opening it up and reading it for once, spending more time with those you love, or maybe even just taking time to rest… The list can go on. Or Maybe you’ll feel prompted to dump something or do or less of something: Television, alcohol, cigarettes, or that goofy Flappy Bird app. The point I’m getting at is, try something that you wouldn’t normally do, or that you’ve never done before… Something that makes you feel vulnerable… Something dangerous. People won’t often do that because, God forbid, something might go wrong. And it could go wrong; there’s not always a guarantee that everything will go perfectly as planned. You might even fail, but that’s just a part of life, and it’s worth the risk. Author and comedian Ken Davis has said “You are going to fail… Do it quickly!” In other words, get it over with, and if you can, go at it again.

Too scared of failure? Let me ask: What else are you going to do? The same old thing? There’s no life there. We’ll often think that we’re saving ourselves by holding on to valueless things, but really, more often than not, we’re missing out on God’s best: Maybe it’s more time to spend with God or family or friends, more opportunities to do what you love, or maybe a better financial situation.

I’m not saying that we need to become super-buff, super-athletic ninja warriors that travel around the world and enjoy every cheap thrill imaginable. What I am saying is that we’d enjoy life more if we lived up to our true potential, in the ways that we’re gifted… Life to the full. That’s part of why Jesus came, after all:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

I challenge you to challenge yourself.

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” — Howard Thurman

Have a great day… Or night… Whenever you’re reading this.

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I’m Not Sorry.

May
05

Church these days isn’t what it once was two generations ago, not even one generation, I have never experienced or seen Church the way that maybe my Grandma would have or even the way my mom might have. d6923642636390a5c515cc858a362addIt appears to me that over the course of time our Church has grown weak, feeble, soft (If I may) it seems to me that the Church has grown selfish, worldly and losing all sight of what the main purpose of everything is really about, and when that happens then all things good can easily become lost, people can begin letting all manner of sin in the house of God, what was once unimaginable and unthinkable is now accepted as normal it appears to me that we are failing. We are failing God, those that will come behind us, our country and we are failing ourselves, it’s a crying shame, I have noticed more and more in these days that there are far too many ‘Apologetic’s’ behind the pulpits (and I don’t mean theology) but I for one am NOT sorry for what I believe, I am NOT sorry that I believe upon the Gospel Of Jesus Christ.

I will not constantly try to smooth talk my way through a message that I know good and well has come from the word of God and from the Holy Ghost’s guidance, I will not continuously look out for your feelings like you are some little helpless child that needs to be watched over every minute of the day, and no, I won’t try and shout you down, I won’t mistreat you or purposely try to make you feel condemned, that is not my goal my only goal as a servant of Christ is to share his message with others wherever I go, without apology for however it may offend someone.

My only goal is to reach out in genuine love for you as a follower of Christ who cares greatly for the well being of your soul, that is my only goal. If in someway you are offended, condemned or hurt by whatever message I give, that is not of my own doing, that is not my problem, and I will NOT apologize for preaching what I believe God has called me to preach.

The Holy Ghost Convicts:

Does anyone remember services where you would walk in and if you weren’t where you were supposed to be with God you would know it by the power of the Holy Ghost in the Church? That’s the problem though, at the end of last week I mentioned that the modern church is afraid to mention the power of the Holy Ghost and because of this sin is easily able to infect our churches and it’s people, and this can easily become a great obstruction for us as Christians.

When you aren’t spiritually ready to face the enemy then it can quickly devour you along with it and what you meant for good can so rapidly turn into something devastating, now it isn’t wrong at all to try and reach out to everyone that you possibly can, but at the same time, there are instances where the enemy will send in someone ‘purposely’ to try and destroy the church, it happens all the time and I myself have seen this in my own life, and if we as a people aren’t ready in Spirit then it can devour us, the bible tells us that there is conviction that comes from the power of the Holy Ghost, such conviction has been lost today, but if any feel convicted one bit while reading or hearing anything I have to say, let this be known unto them.

  • For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12 KJV
  • And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: – John 16:8 KJV (Jesus Speaking of the Holy Ghost)

The truth of the Gospel will bring people to the acknowledgement of their wrong doings by the power of the Holy Ghost all on it’s on, we don’t need to do any extra effort in trying to make people feel bad and we most certainly shouldn’t, and that isn’t my goal, my number one goal is to bring people to acknowledge his truth as I know it, I will always share this word with others knowing that it is the infallible word of the one true God, and that is another thing.

In Conclusion:

I am NOT sorry that I believe in the one true God of this entire universe who is Jesus Christ, King of kings and the Lord of lords, he is the great I AM and the I AM HE and I will not apologize for believing that HE IS everything and more, that is what we need, we need an unapologetic movement of God’s church, not filled with anger or hate, but people that are filled with a great passion and LOVE for Christ, for his word and for what he has done for us, THE Church now more than ever needs to rise up unashamed for Christ’s word like never before.

  • For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. – Romans 1:16 KJV

Are you ‘ashamed’? I am not, and I will not ever allow anyone to try and push me into a corner out of fear or anger either, nor will I try to do anyone else the same, rather I will continue to speak the truth of the word of God without apologizing for it’s holiness and I will love with a Christ like love, and I encourage everyone else to do the same, because it is the only way, it is HIS way, it is the way that we are all supposed to go down no matter how hard things may get from time to time, we must all keep moving on.

And we must all say that NO, we are NOT sorry for being who WE are, we are NOT sorry for loving Christ, we are NOT sorry for upholding his righteousness, we are NOT sorry for believing in his word and we most certainly are NOT sorry for living for him, the one TRUE God.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

Moving Forward…

May
04

Over the years, there has most definitely been a lot of difficulty and hardships in mine and my family’s life, we have had to endure some really hard times.

iStock_000001827245SmallThere have been moments where it felt as if we just couldn’t continue on anymore, where we have been hurt so brutally and scared so badly that all we wished is to move away and start somewhere new, and who knows. Perhaps we might still do that, not saying that is what I want at the moment the only thing that I want anymore is the will of God for my life and that is what my Family has always wanted, we have always made sure to the best of our own ability that God was in our decisions so that we wouldn’t mess up.

However there are certainly times when we messed up, there are events in our life that we cannot go back and change, however I don’t know anymore, did we really mess up? Or were we and have we really been in God’s will all along, you see I constantly say that you can’t live and have regrets, IF you prayed for God’s will, because if you are 100% certain that it was his desire for you and also IF you are 100% certain that what you did was good, then why would you regret something like that?

We can’t go back in the past with a time machine, it is too unrealistic, so I believe it is important that we realize one thing and we must realize it right now in our life or else we live with guilt, shame, depression and regret and that isn’t how anyone should live. I don’t believe in saying that I should not have done it or I should not have done this, because by living like that then I am saying that by being kind, by doing what God would have had me to do and by being in his perfect will I was wrong.

He Knows ALL:

If I’ve said it once I have said it a million times, God is the all-knowing all-powerful wonderful and magnificent creator of all things, of all this world and of all creation. He is not the author of confusion and he would not lead us down a path that we should ever regret, there may be times where we might should of done things a little bit differently, but when we are letting God lead us then we can not expect that things won’t go wrong every now and then, we shouldn’t expect to say ‘God lead me’ and everything turn out all fine and dandy, that’s not how it works.

Reminds me of that commercial about car insurance where the two old ladies are talking to each other and the other one is standing in the middle and the woman is hanging pictures on her wall while one lady on the couch says I like that one and then the elderly woman in the middle says something like that isn’t how it works’ then the woman turns and says “I unfriend you” and the lady just stands there shaking her head saying that’s not how it works that is not how any of this works.

It isn’t how it works, it works God’s way and we have to be willing to trust that he will lead us through all of the bad times just as he brought us to the good times because if we don’t then we for sure don’t have a chance making it on our own, every decision we make can alter our life dramatically and we don’t even pay that much attention to it, however if we are allowing God to lead and guide us then we might just make it out of this life alive, wait a second we actually will make it out of this life alive, because Christ came to bring LIFE.

In Conclusion:

My dear friends, we must continue moving forward for the betterment of God’s Kingdom, we can not allow ourselves to be trampled and run over with the hurt and the pain of regret, we may have pain and we may be hurt from all the bad that has happened in our lives, and right now I may still feel some of it from how our lives were dramatically changed in 2010 when my mom walked out the door and left, then by being crushed and destroyed inside by her yet another time. But I do not constantly dwell on these things, I do not allow myself to be consumed in it, I take my periods of grieving and mourning and then I am back to my regular self because if I don’t then I can’t be who I need to be for God.

And do I wish things were different? Sometimes I do, but then I have to stop myself from thinking that way, because I am a strong believer that God does everything for a reason and a purpose, or I should say that everything happens for that reason and that purpose, because everything that we might have going on in our life isn’t caused by God, however it can still very well be his will and plan for us and he allows us to suffer some pain because he knows he is able to bring good out of the most unthinkable places.

I am glad that I am where I am, I am thankful to know the people that I now know because of where God has brought me from, I know that if I had not gone through what I did then I would not be where I am and I would not get to have the joy of knowing such amazing new people in my life that have made a big impact on my heart, so continue strongly and courageously in Christ my fellow brethren, do not be afraid.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

What Difference Does It Make?

May
01

Hola, how is everyone doing this very day? May you feel welcomed and at home in my little abode I like to call ‘blog land’ web-land or just ‘The Zone Of Truth’ regardless of that, welcome.

DD

The title of this post pretty much says it all for how I am feeling at this time, I’m sure that many of you can recall the unpopular moment of Hillary Clinton when she blurted out that we have four dead Americans ‘what difference at this point does it make?’ every since that, I myself have not been able to let it go because every time I hear someone say it I think of her and it’s a little bit funny and then it’s a whole lot frustrating because it makes a big difference and she has lied.

However that is not the purpose of this blog post, my main objective is to let you in on how I have been feeing lately, it seems as though no matter how hard I try that no one really seems to care and I firmly believe that I am saying everything I should be saying and I seek only God’s will first and in doing so I am many times attacked for it and that doesn’t bother me one bit because I know that God is on my side but it can sometimes get rather frustrating that I always put God first in everything that I do only to (what it seems like) have my efforts mean hardly anything.

It seems to me that no one cares about what I am trying to say, perhaps that is the case, it seems to me that no one really likes what I have to say and that may be so but all I strive for is to do and say exactly what it is that God would have me to, and every now and then I find myself asking some kind  a question like ‘what difference does it make?’ is anyone really listening and do they really even care about what I’m trying to do?

Tired:

I’m sure many of us can feel tired and drained from time to time in fighting this good fight of faith and that is ok, it is 100% natural but the thing we have to continue in is what I tell myself every day that I am down, HIS grace IS sufficient, with his grace we can endure whatever it is that life might throw our way and we can stand boldly without fear, firm in his word against those that cause us pain and strife, we can courageously stand up against the wickedness in high places and we can move forward in our fight.

Though sadly, all of that is MUCH easier said than done – because it’s always easy to sit down have a nice cup of tea and ‘TALK’ the ‘TALK’ but when it comes to actually ‘WALKING’ the WALK then that might call for something stronger than tea (just kidding) well not really, it does call for a little bit more strength then tea, actually a whole lot more because it calls for us to be deeply rooted in Christ Jesus and let his strength lead us and guide us through that walk no matter how dark or scary it may be at times we must abide in him always but nevertheless we MUST abide.

In Conclusion:

Does it make any difference at all? For me I am still uncertain, but I know that whatever difference I can make, I am willing to make that difference no matter what the cost because that is what I feel should be done even if it means that people will mock and laugh, because I also know that many of this Christian world often ask themselves that same question when they even think or consider making any effort at all to defend his kingdom, and that’s ok, it’s ok if you want to sit down in silence and be weak and feeble.

However that is not what we are called to be, we are to be led by the spirit YES, but we are called to be led by the spirit with COURAGE, strength from God, determination, will power and a great motivation to stand up and defend his truth wherever it is that we may go, and that is all that I am constantly trying my best to do, to publicly defend his truth at all times while making sure that he is guiding me all the way.

I hope you have learned something today, and until next time…

SHALOM –

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