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Perspective, Lies & Deception

Posted by on April 30, 2010  |  4 Comments

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…and The Truth Shall Set You Free

Posted by on April 29, 2010  |  4 Comments

My heart aches for those who turn from truth and make their desires, their truth.  This is a deception Satan uses so effectively. It seems that when we can physically or mentally turn from something that God has warned us about, we find a way to weave it into our lives as an exception to His laws and His guidance to us.

I received a letter from an SDA Kinship member. Out of desperation and not knowing where else to turn, he joined SDA Kinship.  However, like myself in the early years of my sensual exploration, he too has known in his heart that this organization fabricates a truth that tries to comfort its members.  John 8:32 says, “you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” Jesus is the way, the truth and the light.

Many a man has assumed the role of God because God’s truth is not satisfactory to him.  The arrogance, proudness and self confidence in such an endeavor will end in final destruction. When man will not honor the Word of our loving God, he blasphemes God.  If we could all humble ourselves before Him, seek forgiveness for our many errors, surrender to Him and abide in Him, He will eternally reward our faithfulness and obedience.

It is so very important for us to leave our cares and concerns in the care of our Savior. Many injustices under the ignorance of the church, have hurt and destroyed spiritual relationships. Of extreme importance is that fact that we are all sinners. Even those who are messengers of the Lord. We are all growing and learning together. We must look to Him and His Word for truth and guidance. God’s timing is perfect. I believe that we are living in a time when church leaders are ready to reach out to those they have not reached before.   I believe that there are those of us who have chosen to live according to God’s word and He will use us bring together the church family to unite in God’s purpose for us.  At the same time, as a distraction, Satan will do whatever he can to confuse and destroy.

The young man that wrote me, is accepting God as truth and not a theory or an excuse. He wants to know Jesus personally and He wants to realize the freedom that Jesus offers all of us who have been influenced by false teachings. Anyone who seeks truth will be set freed. That is the promise of God to us.  It doesn’t mean that we won’t be tempted. Life is full of temptations. But as we continually hand them over to Jesus, He takes us in His arms and sets us free from the burden of sin.

God instructs us to test the prophets by His Word. It’s a pure test. Study and prayer are the sure tools and He (the truth) continues to set you free.  Talk to Him. He aches for you. Accept Him into your heart. Give Him your every care and concern. He will not let you down. He will set you free.

Crying Out From The Dark

Posted by on April 28, 2010  |  2 Comments

After receiving a heart breaking letter from a young girl regarding her young male friend, I was reminded once again of the importance of sharing God’s love and helping the lost find their way.

This young man’s story was very familiar.  Because it is a duplicate of my story and that of many others, who at a very young age, realize they are gay and they find they are alone without guidance or support from the church.

Why is it so difficult for church members and pastoral staff to reach out and embrace a soul that is quickly losing his or her foundation?  At the first indication of confusion, we should strive to gain the confidence of such an individual by reaching out to them and drawing them closer to Christ through study and prayer.  What we can’t do is share something we don’t have.

Unless we commit ourselves to Christ continuously; morning, evening and throughout the day, it will be difficult to secure the disappearing hope of an individual about to slip away.

We can not afford to sit comfortably in our private world and refuse to offer help to those who are being pulled by the massive deceptions imposed on mankind by Satan.

Refuse to let Satan get a hold on the weak. Everyone responds to love. By sharing God’s love and truth, we can help sand bag the dam about to break away.

Impress upon those about to let go, that God loves them so very much. Explain that the desires we are often tempted with are a result of being born with a sinful nature. Teach others that by taking a stand for Christ and His truth and by submitting our will to Him, He will protect us and keep us strong in our faith in Him.

Keep these individuals socialized with God’s people. Safeguard them from those who try to convince the weakened that their love is stronger and less confining.

Homes today often lack the spiritual soundness that we may have grown up with. Guidance is not always given. Not knowing what to do when we see someone developing same-sex attraction, often results in doing nothing.  Breaking this trend and securing individuals in their communion with Christ and His Church family, will help prevent unnecessary and perilous explorations.

Refuse to let go of precious souls. Without your prayers and efforts, they may never return to the Lord. Don’t let Satan deceive you by making you think there is nothing you can do.

Jesus loves and died for all of us. Share Him !

Miracles and Blessings

Posted by on April 25, 2010  |  No Comments

I had the privilege of sitting with a group of twelve people last evening and listening to the story of the miracles Jesus has performed for each and every one of us. All the way from near death experiences to the magical conversion of a wayward sinner, and the sharing of my own miracle of rescuing me from a homosexual lifestyle. This miracle is continually in progress. God provides rich blessings and miracles for all of us.

The evidence of His love is unending. He pours these out to us as a reward for our continued commitment to Him.

1 Chronicles 16:11-13

11 Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.

12 Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,

13 O descendants of Israel his servant,
O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.

I pray that we don’t become so distracted by the confusion and chaos of the world, to the point that we fail to recognize God’s continuous work. His continual love and His countless, bountiful miracles.

You Are God Alone

Posted by on April 24, 2010  |  No Comments

You are not a god
Created by human hands
You are not a god
Dependent on any mortal man
You are not a god
In need of anything we can give
By Your plan, that’s just the way it is
You are God alone
From before time began
You were on Your throne
Your are God alone
And right now
In the good times and bad
You are on Your throne
You are God aloneYou’re the only God
Whose power none can contend
You’re the only God
Whose name and praise will never end

You’re the only God
Who’s worthy of everything we can give
You are God
And that’s just the way it is
 
Unchangeable
 
Unshakable
Unstoppable
That’s what You are

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Keep The Faith !

Posted by on April 24, 2010  |  No Comments

A well intentioned pastor delivers a sermon that when received by the congregation, it falls flat and is seemingly meaningless. Turns out the blessing was intended for the pastor.

A mother joyously gives birth to a well developed child, while in the adjoining birth suite, another mother’s baby is still born and she is filled with grief.  The joyous mother’s life had been filled with sorrow and now God was blessing her with a gift of happiness. The mother whose baby was dead a birth, had lived a life full of many blessings and God wanted her to remember the importance of depending on and trusting in Him.

Haiti’s tragedy helped many to cry out to God and seek His Kingdom, while America needs to recognize how God has richly blessed and to realize the importance of sharing those blessings.

Many are baptized and receive a celebration and fanfare to welcome them to Christ, while another wayward soul is baptized and it seems unnoticed and insignificant. The difference was that the new believers needed reassurance that God’s church family is joyously receiving them to Christ, while the single soul simply needed to recognize the joy of Jesus over the return of one lost sheep.

At some time in each of our lives, the realization of the act of faith is vividly apparent to us. The exercise of faith is never more than what God knows we are capable of sustaining.  On this earth we are called to decipher between the world and deceptions that Satan continuously introduces to us, while in our communion with Christ we develop faith that he strengthens with every right choice we make.  The testing can seem unbearable at times. But He will not fail us.

It is when we realize his goodness and His truth that the Holy Spirit convicts us to acknowledge His truth and obey His Word.

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witness. 1 Timothy 6:12

God’s continued strength for right choices to all.    Peace

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Who’s In Charge?

Posted by on April 23, 2010  |  2 Comments

Gay men and women have long been slaves to what feels natural. This has been supported by society over time. Pretty much ever form of media over time has drawn attention to the idea that if it feels good and is not hurting anyone, it has to be okay.

What is not so commonly portrayed in a popular way in this same media, is the way in which Christ advises us. When the focus is diverted from our Heavenly Father to the wants and desires of self, we can be certain we are traveling the wrong path no matter how it feels.  Satan’s deception has always resided in desires and feelings. That is the trap!

2 Peter 2:10,12, 18-19 says:  This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity- for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.

I is extremely difficult for a paraplegic to master  his way through life without relying heavily on those who can provide help and necessity.  As a child of God living with a sinful nature in a world that has influenced by good and evil, I must choose who my master will be.

I can choose to do nothing and give my self over to natural desires. Or I can look to my creator in my sinful nature and seek His guidance, advice, and accept all that he offers me, by choosing Him over Satan.  Is it easy?  No… it was never meant to be easy. In fact God’s whole demonstration to the universe and Satan himself, is to show that even in the throws of a world filled with self-indulgence, there are those who will trust Jesus and turn to Him in their acceptance of truth and choose to follow Him instead of the world.

Some who sympathize with our sinful nature and what may feel natural, are sadly misled and they themselves used as another deceptive tool of Satan.  Is it wrong to sympathize? Absolutely not! Show mercy and kindness to those who suffer. Represent the gentleness and loving nature of Jesus Christ. Draw them to His Word, His truth and the strength and redemption He offers. But don’t dig a deeper whole for them to wallow in self-indulgence and the deceptions of the world.  Don’t provide false information or information to supplement or replace the Word of God.

God knew what all man would face.  Who had His Word written for us for all time. He only knows the beginning from the end. He would not leave us without truth. He loves us so dearly and has provided us with all we need to make choices for Him.

Revelation 22:18-19 says:  I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy in this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

Pray today dear loved child of God, that He will inspire you with truth and the power to decide for Him, not for self.

Nightwash

Posted by on April 22, 2010  |  No Comments

Isaiah 51:9 Awake, awake! Clothe yourself with strength,
O arm of the LORD;
awake, as in days gone by,
as in generations of old.

Periodically, in each of your lives, there are days of struggle and restlessness.  Plans laid, don’t go as smooth as we would like. Someone says something disturbing to us. We may stray from the set path we have been on and feel overwhelmed or discouraged.

In the New Earth, there will be no night. But for now, aren’t you glad God provides us a time of rest? The quiet of the night and taking absence from the concerns of the day provided us with a nightwash.

In the morning I recommit myself to Christ. I invite Him in to freshen my spirit and to provide His strength to carry out His plan for me.  It is a new day for me to experience a continued and stronger trust in His way.

By continuing to commune with Him, Abide in Him and surrender our will to His, we grow closer to His holiness. Ever so slightly, we become more holy and separate ourselves further and further from the temptations and deceptions laid out as evil snares in this world.

Don’t forget to talk to Him and walk with Him throughout each day. Make Him part of your every thought and action. He will reward your commitment and your obedience.   He is so loving to us.

Understanding/Perplexity/Hope/Purpose

Posted by on April 21, 2010  |  No Comments

Psalm 9: 9-10    The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,  a stronghold in times of trouble.  Those who know your name will trust in you,  for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

The past year has been a whirlwind of breakthroughs and set backs. I have praised God for His many many blessings. Yet there are times of dispair that have brought about somber perplexity.

He continues to put in front of me situations where I must exercise faith and strive not to be discouraged in the process.

When you are convicted to make a decison for Christ and follow through, I’m sure it is no guess as to whom that angers. Satan is allowed to tempt and throw stones in our pathway. Whether it is a daily temptation of sensuality you have asked God to give you victory over, or being blocked from sharing His incredible victories, Satan’s passion to discourage you or cause you to stumble is huge.

In my victories… I have been thrown many curves and facets designed to keep me from rejoicing. After completing my journey through the New Testament recently, it coincided with another wave of questioning my purpose and those who God has led me to minister to.

The Psalms have rewarded me with hope. They have enriched my prayer time with Christ and help me unload the burdens on my heart.  I share this as a reminder to those who face being misunderstood and are pulled down by disssapointment and seemingly ineffectiveness.

Jesus hears all that is on your heart. David was very explicit in his cryings out to God. He continues to empower me and you. He never foresakes us. He will hold you up and if necessary… carry you through.

NEVER GIVE UP!

Generic vs. Specific Call to Conviction

Posted by on April 20, 2010  |  No Comments

I have recently participated in a nearly month long evangelistic series at my local church. I enjoyed greeting community visitors who were coming to listen to the presenter each evening.

As a generic way to win new souls to Christ, this seems effective. But the months in-between this old-fashioned standard of evangelism present incredible opportunities to provide stagnant members with inspiration and a call to rededicate themselves  to a committed relationships with Jesus Christ.

By catering to interests that may have some affect on the majority of church members, topics of incredible significance continue to get swept under the church pew.

Beliefs, church doctrine, rules and such used to pour out of the pulpit as constant reminders of behavioral structuring within the church.  Those days seem much like a visit to the principal’s office for lecturing on what I was doing wrong.

By not speaking of porn, adultery, pride and yes….wiles of the world such as a Gay Lifestyle, we are not stimulated to self examination. We are not prepared for the witnessing of God’s love and His law to those who have not made a commitment.

With a wealth of guidance and divine inspiration found in the Word of God, and considering the time span in which we are currently living, it would serve many well to consider how to reach out and share the truths and specific guidance that Christ has laid before us.

To me, there is nothing worse in the denomination than a lackadaisical church. One where we just go in for a few minutes to warm the pew and then go back out and live our daily lives just like we did the day before.  If we don’t provide a little discomforting information now and then, we will remain stagnant and comfortable in our secluded group of believers. An effective servant of God will continually seek to stimulate knowledge and growth even when it is a topic the majority may not take interest in. Jesus did not seek to minister to the majority. His life gave great cause and consideration for the minority.

Peace and blessings today,

Wayne Blakely

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