Enough with it All!

“Quit your worship charades. I can’t stand your trivial religious games: Monthly conferences, weekly Sabbaths, special meetings-meetings, meetings, meetings-I can’t stand one more! Meetings for this, meetings for that. I hate them! You’ve worn me out! I’m sick of your religion, religion, religion, while you go right on sinning. When you put on your next prayer-performance, I’ll be looking the other way. No matter how long or loud or often you pray, I’ll not be listening. And do you know why? Because you’ve been tearing people to pieces, and your hands are bloody. Go home and wash up. Clean up your act. Sweep your lives clean of your evildoings so I don’t have to look at them any longer. Say no to wrong. Learn to do good. Work for justice. Help the down-and-out. Stand up for the homeless. Go to bat for the defenseless. Let’s Argue This Out “Come. Sit down. Let’s argue this out.” This is God’s Message: “If your sins are blood-red, they’ll be snow-white. If they’re red like crimson, they’ll be like wool. If you’ll willingly obey, you’ll feast like kings. But if you’re willful and stubborn, you’ll die like dogs.” That’s right. God says so. (Isaiah 1:13-20 MSG)

This is what God has led me to in the middle of the night. I am convicted. What more can I really say? God speaks very clearly for Himself here.

Nothing Wrong With Getting It Right

A few months back Pastor Seth Hood preached a sermon on baptism. It convicted me about my own baptism, but the father of lies whispered to me guilt and self concious thinking of pride that held me captive. I was ashamed to admit that my previous baptism in 2005 was all about me and had nothing to do with my obediance to God. I didn’t want to go before the church and admit my own sin of self and abusing a sacred and beautiful act of obediance and surrender to Jesus, even though I knew they would not judge me for it.
However, Papa God was patient. He provided me rest in Him for several weeks in a row in which I could clearly hear His gentle yet firm command to get over myself and just be obediant to Him. Papa God then provided a beautiful door for me to walk through and accept His command to obediance.
On October 9th our church had its annual Fish Fry. This year it was held at Gardiner Farms. The farm is in a beautiful little valley nestled between Colbert Heights Mountain, Underwood Mountain, and Wheeler Mountain. It has a calmly flowing yet very cold creek that runs right there around the farm, and right before sunset myself and five others were baptised in act of obediance and announcement that Jesus is our Savior and King and we will follow Him alone!
I am so greatful I was allowed time to get it right, and that there really is no shame in getting my baptism in order. I am beyond blessed to be able to follow Jesus!

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Where did we go wrong?

26 If anyone thinks he is religious, without controlling his tongue but deceiving his heart, his religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world. James 1:26,27  

I often look around at the church today, in all its complacency and pride and think that we have missed the mark by a large margin. The church as a whole has a great sin. I don’t want you to misunderstand my intentions right off the bat today. I am not pointing fingers at the you the readers who are church goers without pointing the fingers right back at me. But we as Christians, as members of the church have a sin that is being over looked daily, and I believe it is one of the things Papa God is telling me is preventing revival in todays church. We have played church for to long now.

We get dressed up in all our religious pomp and circumstance ever Sunday morning, fight with ourselves to get out of bed and just get church over with. The majority make no other effort through the week to make a conscious, deliberate contact with God and then show up on Sunday morning expecting to see some great miracle, at least they claim, and in their heart of hearts and in their minds they are just wondering when the preacher is going to hurry up and finish his sermon so they can be dismissed and go to the Cracker Barrel for lunch, and get home for their afternoon nap.

WAKE UP! You have fallen asleep while you were left at the guard post. The Master is coming! Be alert! The Bible isn’t ment to set on your shelf or in your car Monday-Saturday and only be opened when the Preacher tells you to open to a passage on Sunday morning during service. Open it, DAILY, it is Gods holy word to you.

GET BUSY! Not for business sake, but to be found the “good and faithful servant”. How else will you hear the “well done” from the Master? James 1:26-27 is very clear that God doesn’t want religion. God wants an honest heart, that takes care of those who can not take care of themselves. God wants us to love those who can not love themselves. God wants us to be His hands, His feet, His arms, showing His heart! This is the only true religion!

GO! You don’t have to go to some forgiven mission field to go. Go to your neighbors house, your families house where you know there is suffering, illness, strife, trials, weakness. Go to that widowed mother who has a child with special needs. Reach out to what the world has labeled unloveable, they might just be more loveable than any person you know if you would just remove your own personal label of bad from them to see the good. Go to the senior adults house that seems a little odd and strange, but desperately needs help mowing their lawn. GO! Be good stewards of the time you have been given. Don’t be selfish with it, creating for yourselves idols of useless things, that wont matter in 5 years or 10 years.

Where will you put your focus? You can choose this. Will you set yourself apart from the world, to show the world a God that loves them and wants them reconciled back to Him. Or will you go along at the worlds pace chasing the things of the world that moths can each, time can cheat, thieves can steal, and rust can destroy?

I will leave you with a simple recipe for revival, and if you truly in your heart of hearts want revival to come it has to start with you! Revival isn’t just one week out of the year where the church has a bunch of passionate preachers come in and everyone gets fired up to sit on their heals and do nothing. Revival can chance a nation! But it has to change you first.

“If my people who are called by my name would humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14”

God is talking to you, don’t miss this chance to see His face!

Take a moment to worship Him. Click the link below, it leads to a music video. Beg God to bend you. Beg God to start revival in your heart. Ask Him to show you, your sin. Ask Him for forgiveness.

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Its Been a Few Minutes!

 It has been a few minutes since my last post. I never ment to stop writing, Life got very busy and I felt like I was going through a learning phase and need to listen to what Papa God was saying to me. It is amazing to me how life can change so drastically in just a few short weeks. How seeing one door in your life can make you feel so stuck, and then God opens the double doors and rolls out the red carpet the next minute showing you that He still provides, and He loves you more than you could ever imagine. That is what I am experiencing currently. Just an over whelming joy that can only come from the Father of the fatherless.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Act of Love

36Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. 37When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, 38and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. 39When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

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44Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much.

Luke 7:36-39, 44-47

Every time I read this passage I am in awe of the courage this woman had. She full well knowing her sins and mistakes came before Jesus, the Son of God, and kneeled down at His feet. She was weeping because of her love of Him and her sorrow for her sin against God. She washed Jesus feet with her tears as she kissed them and dried them with her hair. I can see her sobbing, and shaking. I can feel her humility, and sincereness pouring out. I see a woman who isn’t letting her past mistakes get in the way of loving her God.

I also see a woman who has sacrificed it all. That alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume she anointed the Saviors feet with likely cost her everything she had and owned. She gave all she knew to give to the One who was to give everything for her sins and our sins. I can close my eyes and inhale deeply and smell  the musky pungent scent of the perfume as it fills the room. I can see the shocked faces of the Pharisee’s. I can hear their whispers. I can see clearly that she didn’t care what they thought of her. She only saw Jesus. The most beautiful thing out this story to me is that Jesus turns His self toward the woman, and praises her sacrifice of love. But she wasn’t after the praise, or a reward. She only wanted to love her Savior.

This woman could be anyone person that exist today. Are you seeking God for your own gain? Or are you coming before Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior of the fallen world like this woman? Are you, today, willing to pour out every drop of your perfume, what ever it may be for you, and wash the Saviors feet with your tears of love for Him? Don’t wait to long to make these decisions if you haven’t. Indecision is decision to not choose.  For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the LORD, every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.'” Romans 14:1  I promise you will not be sorry for putting your trust in Him, and even better than my promise is Papa God’s promise that He will never leave you or forsake you.

 

No Prisoners

“12-14I want to report to you, friends, that my imprisonment here has had the opposite of its intended effect. Instead of being squelched, the Message has actually prospered. All the soldiers here, and everyone else, too, found out that I’m in jail because of this Messiah. That piqued their curiosity, and now they’ve learned all about him. Not only that, but most of the followers of Jesus here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, speaking out fearlessly about God, about the Messiah.” Philippians 1:12-14 Msg

   Have you ever felt like you were being held hostage in your situation. Like you were stuck in quick sand and just couldn’t move, or grasp on to something to pull yourself out. Have you just felt discontent in life because of surrounding environment, people, places, things or ideas. Maybe your own feelings, emotions, or personal beliefs have held you captive. I think that most people have  experienced this feeling of being disturbed. It is because of the  hopelessness to change anything on their own, whether do to their own lack of strength, or being held by other things in false imprisonment. It is due to our humanness, and how Papa God designed us to be totally reliant on Him for our true liberty.  

    There is a great hope though. Papa God has not left us with out a rope to get out of the quicksands of life. He has given us His Word. Where we may feel trapped behind life’s bars, the Message of God is never held captive. It is free-flowing through those who read and hear it. 

    Paul in his imprisonments realized this. He says that the bars he was kept behind had the opposite of the intended effect. Papa God used Paul’s imprisonments in ways that I am convinced Paul never imagined.  His trials didn’t suck him under and put out his fire for Papa God, it instead drove him to preach even more fervently. In Paul’s example of his demonstrated faith he showed us Christians today that we have the very same freedom that he had while in prison.

   The Holy Spirit can never be put behind bars, the key can never be thrown away, and It’s voice can never be silenced. That is true freedom and that freedom resides in all of Papa Gods’ children. You may be held physically, and emotionally captive by your current life, but your are free with Papa God. Take comfort in the fact that this world is not the permanent home of His children, and one day we will be at the throne of Papa God spending eternity in His presence.

A BIG Present

   Do you ever feel like, if you just knew what Gods bigger picture was in your life that you may be able to go along with it just a little easier. Maybe if you could just see what good was coming out of your pain, troubles, strife, and stress that it might make it just a little easier to go along with. I hope I am not alone in this and I don’t think that I am. But Papa God likes to give us surprises. He likes to see us open up each day as a new gift.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

    We may not see each day as a gift though, especially when we are in the middle of trials. But Paul said to count in joy when we are in our trials. (James 1:2) A new focus point that is helping me to see Jeremiah 29:11 more clearly comes from a memory of the birthday I turned 14.

    My Grandparents gave me a very large gift box. When I unwrapped the box I found another box. I unwrapped that box to only find another box, and then another, and then another. The last box was tiny. When I opened that box it only had a piece of paper in it. It was an advertisement for a seven cd disk player stereo radio. I was a little confused to say the least. I went through all that to get to a piece of paper with something I desired on it. But it didn’t stop there. I quickly realized I had to seek out what was on the paper. The actual gift was hidden in their house somewhere. I passed by it a few times before noticing it was the huge box covered by a blanket in my Grandparents bedroom. My Grandparents had given me the object of my desire, and in the most creative way. They made it more interesting for me.

  Papa God does that for us each day. He makes our search for our hearts desire more interesting by weaving together His plans and purposes in our life. Granted the object of what we think our hearts desire is not always what we get, but is quite often even better. It’s so easy to see what we are looking at currently and think is this it, like I did with the piece of paper that was in the smallest box. But keep searching out that present that Papa God has in store for you and you are going to find the great big box with the greatest present He has for you, which is Life eternally with Him.

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