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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)

Conflicted – The Holidays

Nov
22

Blessings and SHALOM in Jesus alone, today I would like to write about some things that have been on my mind for the past few months now, I just needed to find a way to express myself fully. So without further ado…


The Holidays have been and are always a bit of a conflicting and complicated time for me personally, due to my family’s situation with things in the past with my mom and what not: I am constantly torn up inside about it. It eats away at me more than I let on and some days are harder than others. I fight away the anger each day, fighting to stay sane because sometimes the situation gets me incredibly upset. I’m sure there are some who might be able to relate. But with Gods help I am able to move past it and I choose every day to be BETTER and NOT bitter. And some days it is just really hard. But I move past that, I keep pushing forward.

Because greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world. I have had many friends tell me after really getting to know me, that they can’t believe I am as nice and caring of a person as I am considering all I’ve been through in my short life, they tell me they’ve known people that have gone off the deep end. People that go out and do drugs and get drunk and steal and get arrested and just hate the world. So it’s always amazing to them that I’m the way I am, but I tell them. I battle with the anger sometimes, I’m sure we all do. But I choose to be good, I choose to do good, but most importantly…

Choose To SEE Good:

I choose to SEE good, in this world. Even though it feels like it’s not there. Because life can be so dark and so cold and so painful and full of such despair and hate and anger and bitterness and death and sadness and heartache and tears and destitution and desolation. But I choose to look beyond what I see and I choose to see the good first. I choose it so much so that it happens for me automatically, I am almost to the point where I don’t even have to try anymore. I just look at something and see the good in it. Even if it’s just a speck. But it wasn’t always that easy. And there isn’t always good. I have been hurt and abandoned and ridiculed and mocked and hated by “friends” “family” for what I believe, for what I have stood for. Because I believe in a just and holy God. I’ve been harshly ridiculed, things I don’t even talk about.

All because I said I believed in God’s truth. Things that would make some people want to just lock themselves away and never talk to anyone ever again. But I overcome those things, I refuse to live that way. I refuse to live in pain, I refuse to live in darkness and despair. I refuse to live in fear, I refuse to live hidden from the world because I am called to be a light and what good is a light hidden under a bush? What good is a light that has been blown out by the evilness of this world from the devil himself? What good can that light do?

I could very easily never talk to anyone ever again, I could very easily choose to see only pain and hate and dark, cold, bitter despair in this world. I could choose to believe that there are only fake backstabbing lying scumbags in this world. I could choose to believe that. But what kind of a Christian would that make me? The whole purpose of my faith is to be like Christ? Where would we be if Christ chose to believe like that? If he chose to believe that none of us were capable of change and we should all just die?

We would all be dead, in hell. Many of us might not ever have even existed. But no, Jesus chose to look beyond that and in spite of our wickedness, in spite of our sins in spite of our iniquities he chose love. He chose the greatest form of love there can ever be, he chose to die for us so that we might be saved from hell. Imagine if he’d stayed hidden from the world, imagine if he chose to let darkness win. Imagine. I don’t want to imagine. Do you? No, it’s too easy to live that way. I refuse to, I have told myself this every since I was very young and I will forever stick to this belief.  People will fail you, they will. They will hurt you, they will. That’s life. They will ridicule you, they will mock you and they will try and destroy you.

There will always be that type of evil in this world. But in locking ourselves away, we let that evil win. It doesn’t matter what other people do, what truly matters is what WE do as true servants of Christ.

There may be heartache and pain and anger and sickness and sadness and death and tears and hunger and poverty and war and hatred and bitterness and despair. That is this life in which we live. But I believe that good will always conquer evil. Because In life there is also, love, joy and laughter and peace and friends and family and kindness and caring and sharing and giving and helping others. There are so many great people, beautiful wonderful people in this world that have beautiful wonderful souls and they are loved by God they are special to God so special that he gave his son to die for them on the cross. For all of us.

So how can we not have love for people? How can we not have compassion and how can we not care? Hundreds of thousands of people die every day and only God knows where their soul stands, how can that not bother us? How could that not make us want to be as bright a light as we can. How on earth can that not make us want to go out into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature? Because that’s exactly what Jesus commanded of us, many times throughout the scripture he tells us to be a light that we are a light and that we are to be his workmanship. Witnessing and most importantly, being a witness for him.

And that is what I will always do, I’m a people person. I have always had such a deep compassion for people, and a love for life. It’s a Christ like compassion I suppose. Because life is beautiful. How could it not be?

 

This is the day which the lord hath made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalms 118:24 KJV

 

We rejoice because God made it and God is in it and therefore it is good. I refuse to believe there is ever bad days. Only bad things that can happen in those days.

Because a day that God allows us to wake up and have breath is a great day indeed.

For life is beautiful.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

SHALOM –

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 –

Strangers Here…

Apr
28

There are moments when this world can be incredibly amazing and other times when it can be incredibly disappointing, there are times when all things are as alright as they can be and then there are times when everything comes crumbling down like a house of cards, and what are we supposed to do then?

the-stranger1I have always had a very real grasp on the fact that as a Christian in this world there is absolutely a 100% chance that you are not going to fit in anywhere and that might even count for some churches as well, I have contemplated this fact many times that we as Christians and we as the children of an almighty powerful all knowing God, we aren’t meant to be of this world, we are only meant to be in it for a short time, if it feels like from time to time that we haven’t been doing well and as if we will never fit in. Well, that’s because we won’t, no matter how hard we try and no matter what we do, no matter what it is that we try and convince ourselves or no matter how nice we are to people we will never truly feel at home, and it’s a sad thing in many instances but at the same time it is an amazing thing that we should be exceedingly grateful for.

Moving to Texas hasn’t been something easy for me and my family, then with all the hurt from personal family problems that hasn’t helped any either and as matter of fact it’s made things worse for us, I still love Texas, but no matter how hard we try we just haven’t been able to make that personal community type of connection with those around us, no matter what it is that we say or do we can’t get that here, and as matter of fact we have never really had something like that. But at least we got to meet people and make some type of connection with them, here we’ve struggled to even do that, from my point of view that is, because I personally love being able to go somewhere and recognize someone I have met before, I may seem real shy and to a very great extent I am however, I enjoy being able to make those connections.

Travelin’ Through This World Of Woe –

There is an old folk song that I am certain I have mentioned many times before and it expresses some of these real issues about how we are only strangers that are traveling through this world of woe, we are only passing through on our journey to be with our Father in heaven, we are only here for a small period of time and if we don’t take that into consideration we could let ourselves be lost to the fact that even though this world is not meant for us, we are meant to be a light for this world, while Jesus is THE light, we know very well that we are to be an example for him, there are some of us who have had our guts beat out and our hands burned in the fire, others have walked so far that they can’t hardly walk anymore from all the blisters on their feet and then there are the people have been through it all.

We all have a story my friends, we all have a destiny, we all have a much greater purpose than to simply ‘belong’ here, because we can’t possible be a part of this world with all it’s perverted wickedness, with all of it’s evil ways, we can’t be a part of the true world. However, just because we aren’t able to be some part of a world that’s filled with horrible things that doesn’t mean that everyone in this world is bad, it doesn’t mean that everyone out there isn’t reachable in some way shape or form, and I think once we all get a hold of the fact that we aren’t meant to belong here but rather meant to be an example for others and to make a difference and an impact while we are here, well. I think when we figure that out then that is when we will have it all figured out, actually I fully do believe that once we figure that out, that is when we will be someone stronger than we have ever been in our entire life time.

In Conclusion:

It’s hard, I know it’s hard, you know it’s hard. We all know that it is hard. But just because something is hard doesn’t mean that is completely impossible of doing, it just means that it’ll take a little more time to finish than it normally would. My friends, I know that there are those who have gone through the worst possible trials ever, but like I always say, it’s important to remember that when you are going through something bad, the good that came out of the last time you went through a rough patch. It’s vital that we take into consideration all of the little things, it is vital that we give God all the praise at all times, because it is one thing to praise him when life is fine and good, but when we can praise God when we have literally ‘nothing’ of this world, that is when we will be able to say that we have reached an extremely special relationship with Christ, and I know some of you reading this now, you can do it, you have done it and all that this trial to you is, is just another stepping stone to take.

We may never fit in this world, that doesn’t mean people of the world won’t like us, it just means that it’ll be harder for us to be liked simply because of how strong a stance we take for Christ. People can either hate you, love you, or simply respect you. But what’s always important is that we stand for truth in love with great boldness like we are taking our last breath today, it’s important that we realize what is important to us and once we find that out it is even more of an importance to actually make that something known, shout it out from the roof tops, don’t be afraid, don’t be scared, don’t be shy and for goodness sakes don’t be ashamed. We’re just strangers here, we’re all strangers here, it’s alright if you can’t stop the tears that you cry, because someday we will touch the face of our God and the sorrow will disappear.

Until then “We’re Strangers Here.”

SHALOM –

World Of Darkness…

Jan
11

To some of my readers I’d just like to start off by saying I’m not going to be talking about a a video game today, I’m really talking about our world that we live in.

It is indeed a:

DarknessWhat I mean by that is you look around and there is so much evil, so much hate, a lot of crime and it often be hard for Christians to live in such a world. I suppose this isn’t any news, the world has pretty much always been this way.

No not really, I mean there is always going to be evil and wicked people in the world, but lets go back a few decades – I have heard stories countlessly during my life about how the good ole’ days were, people loved one another, they genuinely cared about each other and were there for each other. As neighbors, as friends, as family, as a nation.

 

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”_Ephesians 6:11-12 K.J.V.

 

I believe everybody is connected in a way, I mean we have to be, but with the world becoming darker and darker it’s getting harder and harder for us to find those similarities with others, to connect with others the way God intended us to.

What can we do to make a difference in this world? What are some of the things we can say or do that will not just change our lives but most importantly the lives of others as well? We can always pray, but prayer is just a start that helps us gain the strength we need to continue on with the rest of the plan we need to follow. With that then comes action.

The bible often speaks of hearers of the word and doers of the word. Well with the world being so dark, I feel it has something to do with the fact that so many people are only just hearing the word and not going out in to the world and putting the teachings from they’re pastor to work. Also, they are only hearing what they want to hear. Like most Christians are always trying to save a soul with how loving God is, but they forget to mention that he does have laws he wants us to abide by, that he COMMANDS us to abide by. I once heard my grandma and grandpa say God didn’t say in the bible:
 

“Oh if you could please follow these rules that I have laid out before you that would be lovely.”

 
NO, he COMMANDS that we follow his COMMANDMENTS and not JUST the Ten Commandments either. He has laid out many commandments for us throughout the bible. I’ve always been told that the bible is a guide for us to so that we might have somewhat less difficulty trying to live this life. Not that things won’t be hard either, that isn’t promised either. In this day and time you are bound to be hated for standing and believing in Jesus’ Christ If you are truly living the life your supposed to be living and standing by his word, not only talking the talk but walking  it as well then Jesus’ clearly stated out his mouth that we will be hated among all men for his names sakes.

 

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.”_ Luke 21:17 K.J.V.

 
For my scripture I mentioned earlier in this post Ephesians 6:11-12 we should all put on the whole armour of God so that we might be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, the temptations of this world, and so much more. So we might stand strong in his name, following his will, his plan and his purpose for our lives.

In the words of Randy Newman “It’s a jungle out there!” It is a cruel dark wicked jungle, not that there isn’t light, where there is darkness there is light, what goes up must come down, and so on. Like the picture of the world where one half is dark and the other half is lit up by the sun, there is two sides of this world light and dark. I intend to be on the side with the light in it because the dark is just too dark for me! During my struggles with my mom I recall my best friend sending me an email and in the email these words stuck out to me the most.
 

“Your not done fighting yet, pick a side and stick with it”

 
People we’re not done fighting yet! Pick a side and stick with it, I wrote this because it seems like we are surrounded by darkness daily. But I’m reminded of when it’s raining and cloudy, even though you can’t see the sun you know it’s still there, and that’s just like God even when it doesn’t seem like he’s there, know that he is because he ALWAYS is! For we wrestle NOT against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Remember that.

God bless you all.

Sincerely,

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