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

Walk On…

Aug
25

Do you ever wake up in the morning feeling as if you just can not possible go on any longer than you have already gone? Does it ever feel as if you have took the last step that you can take and far too weak for more?

just-walk-awayBe not afraid and be not discouraged, times can get unsettling every now and then and it sure can seem as if we have reached our final destination but just when we think it might be the end it turns out to be the beginning of something beautiful, isn’t that amazing, I think it is, here’s what we must do though on our own, we have to be willing to walk on bravely and boldly through the hardships and whatever else it is that life may throw our way we have to be ready no matter what.

Reba McEntire’s song ‘Walk On’ is in no doubt the inspiration of today’s blog post, I was listening to it in the early of the morning one day and I have always loved it, the lyrics are rather plain and simple like a lot of famous country songs, it encourages you to move forward with determination and will power through all that may come your way because we know that life will get us down and may even knock us to on the ground every now and then but we just need to walk on through all the pain and tears, because there is indeed something better coming our way.

The Best Is Yet To Come:

I am constantly saying this, because it’s true, if we hold out for a little bit longer we will be given a great surprise that’s for sure. So many times people come to Christ thinking that this way is easy and filled with great luxury but that’s only because they are fed a lie from ‘Pastors’ that just want to get someone in the pew to pay the tithes, and I’m not saying living for Christ doesn’t have it’s perks because it really does it just isn’t the riches of this world or anything material like most would have you think, and that doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t OK to have nice things either but the point is, going to Christ for nice things really isn’t the right way to go about it.

We are to trust and obey him in all things and he will lead us to his perfect will, in many cases he is sitting and waiting for us to move, because while we think that we are waiting for him to move, he has already moved in a greater manner than we could ever imagine, sometimes it takes opening our eyes to see the greatness that is set out before us, we must believe with everything in us that everything we may go through both good and bad is for a reason and a purpose, a ‘good’ reason and a ‘good’ purpose.

In Conclusion:

This may be hard for many of us to comprehend but we must not be dismayed, because it is the truth of his word, it is the beauty of his way, in the scripture it tells us that all things will work together for his good.

  • And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 KJV

Amen to that, amen? So many times we can get caught up in worldly reasoning and we forget that God is higher in his ways then we are, and his thoughts are not the same as our thoughts, he knows all and sees all, he is the beginning and end, we are told in the scripture that to everything there is a plan, a purpose and a season, we must trust and believe in him at all times, for he is worthy of his praise and he is justified in his ways.

Thank you for reading today and I hope that it has been of some encouragement to you, until we meet again I pray that you all be uplifted in Spirit and health.

SHALOM –

Standards..

Aug
18

Today I would like to just jump right into the very core of this post and that is the diminishing of our over all standards as a society, as people, but most importantly, as THE Church of Jesus Christ, we are starting to fall.

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As the above photo states, what you can see is the sheer destruction of what once was a strong piece of material, the canvas is very strong, however if we allow it to be compromised in any way then we will soon find that it’s strength will quickly be meaningless, as it will crumble and cause it to be easily ripped apart by anyone and everyone that seeks to do it harm. However, if we keep it from being compromised, then there is nothing in this world that could ever get is to be torn apart, we must keep it guarded from the dangers that is of this world, or else our beloved canvas will be taken away from us.

We as Christians need to guard ourselves from the evil of this world, we need to be so strong in our faith before we even attempt to go out into the darkest parts of this earth, because if we aren’t fully prepared to enter the combat zone then we will be one of the first to be taken down, if our canvas isn’t heavily guarded by the word of God and we are subject to one little snip while out in combat then perhaps all of our ethics and values could be compromised as well, the problem with the Christian church today isn’t that they are not allowing enough God in (though that is a huge problem) the main problem is the fact that the church has started allowing too much of satan in.

It is true that the church is a place for sinners to come, but they are to come to be healed and they are to come to church to be transformed, if there never is any transformation at all then something is wrong and I’m not saying that we become perfect over night because we will never be perfect in such an imperfect world there is only one worthy of the title ‘perfect’ and that is our Lord Christ, but what I am saying however is that without some type of change then perhaps something is wrong.

In Comes The Enemy:

The scripture tells us that the enemy will come in rushing like a flood, but that the Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard, now the problem is that we can very well see the enemy rushing in, like the song says, we see the enemy coming at our families, our churches, our communities, our relationships and our nations, however, what we don’t see is the standard, people are failing to stand up with a great strength of holiness for God and they are failing to live a life of action, many can ‘talk’ the ‘talk’ but there are very few in this church that can actually ‘walk’ the ‘walk’ while some believe that talking is the only thing we need to do others believe that walking is the only thing necessary.

But I believe that there is an equal balance in scripture, and I believe that we should be so bold in our faith that when we talk it we don’t have to be second guessed as to if we are really walking it, we need to have a great love for his truth so strong that when we come across the lost of this world and we say to them on the street “hey, Jesus loves you” they feel such a powerful presence of love and witness of God from our life to the point where they don’t even have to think twice as to whether or not we actually meant it, what we are really needing more in this world, the Church world, is a standard of truth, love and boldness, that is what we really need.

In Conclusion:

I hope that you have all learned to be very careful in the paths you choose to go down, because while we are all free to choose whatever path it is that we want to take, there is a great danger ahead of us no matter where it is that we may go, because the enemy is always trying to look for ways to take us away from God because he is angry that  he took us from him, he is angry that we are no longer under his illusion of deception, he is angry that he no longer controls our lives, and he will stop at nothing to get us back.

So stand strong in your faith, raise your standard high according to the word of God, live your life according to his purposes, so that when every time the enemy does come rushing in like a flood God raises up the very standard that you live by and it knocks the enemy so far back it takes two weeks for such demonic power to come back at you again, don’t let your faith be compromised, don’t allow people to trick you into to selling your soul out to satan no matter what, and last but not least, continue on in fighting the good fight of faith because believe me my friends IT IS worth it, it’s worth it.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

I Can Respect Honesty

Aug
11

I was sitting at my desk trying to think of something to write when out of nowhere the title above comes to my mind so now I’m thinking all there is to do now is write the post about being able to respect honesty, because you see, even if you do not agree with someone whether it be politically or religiously can’t we at least respect each other for actually standing firm in our beliefs?

Why-your-email-subject-lineYou see, I myself personally have no problem with people that believe differently then me, it doesn’t bother me at all like it may others out there and the reason for that is because I can respect people that at least believe what it is that they say they believe, today we see there is so many people out there that do not practice what they preach. Whether they be Republicans, Democrats, Christians, Atheists, whatever it is that they choose to call themselves and however it is that they might believe, there are hypocrites in all areas of life and lately it seems that liberals can be the biggest hypocrites of them all, but that is for another topic all together, the reason for this however is because you often hear the words.

Equality, Justice, Diversity, Tolerance, Acceptance and blah, blah, blah. Liberals can talk a pretty good talk but they can’t really walk what they preach without tripping over their untied shoelaces, OK, OK. The jokes about liberals are over now, moving on to my next point, you see my friends, I actually believe in this thing called ‘equality’ I believe in ‘diversity’ I even believe in tolerance and acceptance with a few key significant details. I won’t accept the sin that is ‘Homosexuality’ just as I won’t accept any other sin, I won’t tolerate intolerance to my strong held religious beliefs and I will not stop or apologize for what I believe because this is what you get, you can change the law and change the rules, you can even rewrite the constitution, but you won’t change or break this American Spirit.

Just Be Real –

There are many people that I don’t always agree with and that is just fine, but just because you don’t agree with someone does not mean that you can’t be their friend, so many times people let themselves believe that they can’t be friends with someone if they don’t have their same set of views. You might have some Hollywood Liberal Democrat like Ben Affleck saying that he would never watch a movie with an Republican Actor in it because he doesn’t think that, that person would be friends with him, which by the way, I think that is completely and ridiculously absurd in it’s entirety. That is the problem, the problem is that people will either keep their beliefs and opinions to themselves to try and maintain some type of friendship or they will not associate at all with anyone that doesn’t believe exactly like them, and I find it hard to believe that in a day and age as this segregation is still happening in our country and it’s pathetic.

You know what I want to see? I don’t care if someone agrees, disagrees or whatever, I want to see people accept Jesus Christ as the one true God of their life, YES. But I can’t make them, and if they don’t that’s fine, because all we can do as Christians is present the Gospel and pray that their eyes will be opened to the truth, what I want most of all though is to see people being more honest with each other in all manner of ways, the good, the bad and the ugly. All of it, I want to see people tell each other what they actually think and not have any problem with discussing differences with each other, I want people to communicate instead of just brushing each other off or trying to shut each other down, I want people to just be real with one another.

Stop putting on this act and be real, practice what you say that you believe and mean what you say, don’t tell me one thing and then turn around and do something completely different and I’ll try to be the same, we are all human and we are all faulty in our ways and we are all capable of making mistakes, but we must try harder to be better.

In Conclusion:

Respect most certainly has to be earned, and you don’t even have to respect a person or everything about a person to just respect their true and genuine honesty with you, we know that honesty is something to be desired in today’s world whether you are a Christian or not if you look back in time you will see that even people that didn’t go to church were much more honest and trustworthy then they are today – and I can’t help but wonder why that is? Is it because we as a Christian people failed to be a better example in someway, or is it because we allowed ourselves to grow weak in what we preach? I believe it’s all of it and much more and I’ve said this many times in the past and it isn’t too popular of a statement but nevertheless it is what I genuinely believe and I pray that you will agree with me because if you do then that means there is hope for change.

I believe that the church is to blame for whatever problems going on in our country today, I believe that they allowed sin to come into the very house of God and it contaminated it and crippled the people that once stood strong and bold on his word, you see there is nothing at all wrong with sinners coming in the house of God, but you can’t allow yourselves to be caught with your guard down and I believe that is  what the church has done over the years, little by little they have continually let their guard down until there really isn’t one held up at all anymore. Sinners would walk into the house of God and they wouldn’t be convicted by the people’s judgmental looks, rather they would be convicted of the power of the Holy Ghost, and this is what we need to get back to my dear brothers and sisters.

I thank you for reading today’s post, I hope that you have a blessed weekend with blessings beyond your wildest imaginations, God is in fact looking out for you and he will never leave nor forsake you.

Until next time…

SHALOM –

Blank

Aug
04

Do you ever get those days where your mind just goes completely blank? You have so much to do and it seems that you cannot quite get a hold of all the things you need to get done, your mind has went completely blank. I have days like that when writing for this blog, it isn’t an easy thing maintaining just the right amount of encouragement and truth to everyone each day.

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As matter of fact, it takes quite a bit of work, more than some may know. So the purpose of today’s post is just to talk about whatever may come to my head while writing it, you see, many people may not think that doing this ‘blogging thing’ is any work at all and actually there is some who might think it’s being completely lazy. However, it does take a lot of hard work, concentration, time, effort, creativity and even a little bit of your spirit as well, a good writer will put their heart, mind and soul into their writings and they will go the extra mile to keep their readers interested, I would like to think that I am a good writer. But who knows right? We can’t all be perfect, and that by no means is what I am looking for, all I hope to do is spread a little truth and encouragement with you each day that I breath.

Now, today’s post being that it’s coming right out of thin air will likely be shorter than all my other posts (though I say that pretty much all the time when writing) I have thought of a story to tell you that I believe I haven’t told yet, I’ve shared this with close friends that I know but I’ve not publicly shared it with everyone, it isn’t bad or anything, quite frankly I wouldn’t call it anything less of a miracle.

Bring On The Rain –

It was a hot summers day in South East Missouri (where I practically grew up) I must of been 9 or 10 years old at the time, putting that at about the year 2000 something. We didn’t have much money back then, and would usually get a blow up pool to play in to help us cool off in the summer, but we did not have one at this time, it was so hot outside and I decided to go sit on our swing sit and start to swing back and forth hoping the breeze from that would cool me off. I began to look up to the heavens and I started praying aloud, (paraphrasing here)

“Oh God, please make it rain right above me, please oh God I need the rain Jesus, it is so hot.”

I forgot to mention that on this hot day, there was not a single spec of a cloud in the sky, not one spec I tell you. I continued to pray silently to myself while swinging back and forth on the swing-set and before I knew it I felt a little drop of water on my head, I quickly thought to myself “Well that is odd.” (After I had just prayed for a miracle, so odd that it would happen, so typical of me.) I thought at first that it was only my imagination so I wrote it off. Then I felt another drop, and another, and another! Before I knew it, it was sprinkling down on top of me pretty heavy, and that isn’t the only thing, it was ONLY on top of me. Not a single cloud either, it was a true miracle from God, it was the most amazing thing I have experienced and I have still not forgotten to this day.

In Conclusion:

People can think I am crazy, and that is fine, I have also seen angels too, they were with me one time when I was with my mom up in Northern Missouri when she had taken me away to be with that man, there were angels there looking after us and I thank God for them because I know if it weren’t for the prayers of my grandparents and my great grandma, God, and those angels, I would not be here today to testify to you that on a hot summer day in Missouri, God answered a 10 year old boy’s prayer for rain.

Sometimes a little rain is a very good thing, (now I’m speaking of a more spiritual rain, of tragedy and heartbreak.) Sometimes we need to be drenched in that type of rain to help us make it through another day, to nourish our souls and to give us the strength to keep moving on no matter what. A little rain never hurt anyone, and a little rain that day I really needed it, really helped me, and it is still something that I cling on to when it seems nothing is going my way, because I know. Even if things aren’t going my way, they most certainly are going HIS way, because I have given him control over my life and I pray for his will and his will alone, daily.

Thank you for reading today’s post, I hope it has blessed you in some small way, if you can make sense of it let me know and I’ll get back to you on that, have a great day, night, afternoon, whatever.

SHALOM –

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