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Your Decision – His Power

Posted by on December 31, 2010  |  No Comments

It is difficult to place faith in things we cannot see. But when we listen to the conviction of our heart and the Holy Spirit is speaking to us, a decision is made. It’s made by us and no one else. We are not puppets. The power of choice is what is given to each and everyone of us on this earth. And it is our responsibility to exercise it.
God starts with the simple choices we respond to. As soon as we respond to His call, He begins to empower us to make continued right decisions. Now I know some of you are already thinking, … well if I make a decision that I believe is right, how come I don’t continue to feel like sticking with that decision?  I’m so very familiar with that dilemma. As a child I would make right decisions only to have them followed up with wrong feelings.
We will continue to revisit the recognition of the tempter. His mission on over this world is to try to defy God. To try and mislead us and tempt us by feelings. Satan told Eve that she would not surely die, but that she would receive more knowledge and that she would be like God. The urge was overwhelming and she caved in and picked the gorgeous sumptuous fruit and began to eat. It must have been absolutely delicious. Remember the first time you gave into the temptation of having sexual relations with a member of the same sex? You had known that it was wrong. You had read of the perfect plan that God had decided for man and woman, and now you were in the throes of passion.
Choice is the unique ability that God provides us with that determines our destiny. Force us to be carbon copies would be a dictatorship, the epitome of mass production and would rob us of our individuality. Our decision making is then based on knowledge. If you want to know that you have made the right decision, ask God to fill you with His Holy Spirit and open His Word and the understanding of it. In this personal relationship, He will reveal to you that you have made or can make the right decisions based on His plan for salvation.
Satan also has free reign and his only source of instruction is through temptation and trying to manipulate your thoughts and your feelings and fabricating a self truth from them not based on any certain or proven truth.
Every one of us was born with a sinful nature. Jesus said to Satan, watch!  I will show you that there will still be a people that under your influences of self gratification, they will still want to know me and choose to do my will instead of following the will of self.  This is where we respond with right thoughts and desires and implement the human effort and choice combined with the power of the divine. We have a part. A human part.
I would like to share with you some paragraphs from a wonderful Christian writer; Ellen White. From her book entitled “The Acts of the Apostles.”  Beginning on page 482 –
“The work of gaining salvation is one of copartnership, a joint operation. There is to be co-operation between God and the repentant sinner. This is necessary for the formation of right principles in the character. Man is to make earnest efforts to overcome that which hinders him from attaining to perfection. But he is wholly dependent upon God for success. Human effort of itself is not sufficient. Without the aid of divine power it avails nothing. God works and man works. Resistance of temptation must come from man, who must draw his power from God. On the one side there is infinite wisdom, compassion, and power; on the other, weakness, sinfulness, absolute helplessness.
God wishes us to have the mastery over ourselves. But He cannot help us without our consent and co-operation. The divine Spirit works through the powers and faculties given to man. Of ourselves, we are not able to bring the purposes and desires and inclinations into harmony with the will of God; but if we are “willing to be made willing,” the Saviour will accomplish this for us, “Casting down imaginations,and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5.
He who would build up a strong, symmetrical character, he who would be a well-balanced Christian, must give all and do all for Christ; for the Redeemer will not accept divided service. Daily he must learn the meaning of self-surrender. He must study the word of God, learning its meaning and obeying its precepts. Thus he may reach the standard of Christian excellence. Day by day God works with him, perfecting the character that is to stand in the time of final test. And day by day the believer is working out before men and angels a sublime experiment, showing what the gospel can do for fallen human beings.
“I count not myself to have apprehended,” Paul wrote; “but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
So here we are at where I am today. I will be the first to tell you that because of all the years I chose to live with what my feelings told me to do, my mind has been mapped for self gratification. Making decisions to let Jesus take over is going to have to be constant. As I make these decisions, God empowers and strengthens me to make the next decision. I fall in love with Jesus instead of self and seek to let Him reign in me instead of the enemy who wants so much to prove to Jesus that no one can live under such strict directions of obedience.
God is not just a little better than us. Or a little better than the angels. Or a little mightier than the powers of Satan or any other God spoken of or believed in. He is majestic and holy. His is the sole creator of the universe. He loves every last one of His creations. And so it is absolutely necessary  that those who He has created, honor, have reverence, respect, love and obedience for Him.  He is almighty and all powerful.
Know that every effort you make to serve Him is met with His divine power and love for you. He will strengthen you in all of your right decisions and forgive your wrong ones when you confess them to Him. He knows we are responding out of imperfection and being drawn to His perfection and His holiness.
John 14: 23-24
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”
Revelation 4:11
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”

Listen with your heart. Let Jesus come into your life today and create in you a New Creation in Him.
Be Blessed……………….   Wayne

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Jesus Is My Sponsor

Posted by on December 29, 2010  |  No Comments

From my earliest memories, I was attracted to guys. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I began to become concerned about my Biblical identity. I realized that my attractions fell right under the definition of a homosexual and I was frightened about what I was to do.
Nothing in God’s Word encourages me to identify as anything except as a new creature in Him when I give my life over to Him. But it is only today that I realize that. At the time I was trapped in my feelings and I was not given any direction religiously, except being advised not to sin.
In the fifties and sixties there were not large groups of men sinning openly and receiving the publicity and social structuring like there is today. Today men who identify as gay or homosexual are encouraged to be themselves and do whatever comes natural and feels good as long as it is not hurting anyone.
But you see… it does hurt people in ways they don’t even consider. Doing what we want and desire is frequently far from what God desires for us.
As a result of no guidance and raging testosterone, I “came out.” In the seventies it was a huge declaration of departing from a righteous path and accepting the fact that one was simply wired differently than what the Bible or most of society directed or accepted.  I bring this topic to the surface for a couple of reasons.
Dealing with homosexuality has finally surfaced in multi denominations and the confusion over identity in Jesus as one who chooses to do God’s will instead of the will of self, is mind boggling.  I have been in some strained arguments with those who claim research and knowledge, but no experience at having lived as a homosexual or gay individual.
It is documented that the use of the Word homosexual did not appear in a translation of the Bible until 1958 and there is a great debate as to it being an accurate translation of the words used in the Greek. “Arsenokoitai” and “Malakois.” Of course there is absolutely no use of the word “gay.” But the words homosexual and gay are used to describe an individual suited to mind mappings and activities that God clearly has warned against in His Holy Word.
The “gay lifestyle,” I guarantee you, has never had a wholesome meaning. The gay lifestyle had its beginnings in the seventies and by the late eighties hundreds of thousands of men were dying of AIDS. This was not the result of a wholesome lifestyle that some Christian advocates would have us believe today.  Oh there may be a precious handful of gays who may claim to live a wholesome life; but as a rule this is an extreme rarity.  Prior to the acceptance of gays in society, the only place to meet and socialize were in night clubs, discos and sex clubs.
Christians today who are studying and engaging gays and homosexuals, may be fortunate enough to come in contact with the rare individual who has recognized the need for Jesus and a change in their lifestyle.
I strongly discourage the use of terms such as “gay Christians, gay Adventists, homosexually oriented Christians or even Same-Sex attracted Christians. These labels often give the impression that these are practicing homosexuals who may be in a monogamous relationship. Now in the course of transitioning from one lifestyle to another, I can understand the questioning of oneself asking “Who am I?” This is where those who are teaching, studying and praying together with one who is interested in seeking God’s will can safely and proudly state that you are a New Creation in Jesus Christ. A child of God. A believer.  II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
Without realizing and without careful consideration, it is possible for those who mean well, to insinuate that it is not necessary for the gay individual to give up their current identity. Some believe that if we discourage this identity, that we are then placing an expectation on the new believer to be heterosexual. Not at all! The only expectation should be in devoting oneself to a continual abiding in Jesus Christ and surrendering ourselves to Him continuously.
There is only a rare incidence that we enter a room or bring up a discussion and say; “I’m a _________. (Descriptive of the type of Christian you are.) So to throw a label out that encourages one to be associated with what God has just rescued them from, makes no sense. It is far more positive to state who we are in Jesus, than to identify with the type of temptation that used to rule our life. We are victors in Jesus. Because of Him we are no longer associated with or lovers of the world, but identified in Him.
There are more and more who are discovering Jesus again. After understanding how we were all born with a sinful nature and yet are given the power of choice and God’s strength in choosing, we don’t need to be bound to Satan’s earthly and deceptive labels.
As you share with others, encourage their faith, trust and identity in Jesus. As a gay or homosexual who is coming to or returning to Christ, leave that old world behind. Your life is now a New Creation in Jesus. Isaiah 43:18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”
Have you found your new life in Jesus?  He loves you so very much and knows the pain and suffering you have experienced. If you are seeking help or desire prayer, please email me. I have a direct connection.
: )  knowgreaterlove@comcast.net Wayne

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Too Much Too Soon – NO !

Posted by on December 28, 2010  |  6 Comments

When God got through… I knew I had to share the simplicity of His Truth and His love. Because it works! God is far more powerful than most of us allow ourselves to witness.
My feelings controlled me for most of my life and they still come up behind me and grab hold. I have to develop new habits. Ones that confirm, that all that matters, is my relationship with Jesus Christ. The rest, because of Him, will take care of itself.
Thank you to those who responded regarding my concerns about sharing my thoughts through my blog. I guess it is like a journal for me. The more I realize, the more I want to share. Early in my walk with Christ, I just knew that I wanted to share what He has done for me.
Even today there are those who think it is too much … too fast.  Let me assure you if you are reading this and you are convicted by Jesus to serve Him and dedicate your life to Him; it is NEVER too soon to share that with someone else. God will direct you to the very ones you will benefit, whether you are aware of it or not.
Satan tries desperately, over and over to nab me and tell me that it is important what “people” think of me. He’s been telling me that lie since the day I was born. It doesn’t!  It offends God when I become concerned with what people think of me. It offends Him because He has already told me I am more valuable than any precious stone, jewel or metal.
You can’t possibly do what God wants you to do and have everyone like you. Greater is He who is in me, than he who is in the world.
If this sounds familiar… it is. This message is from Joyce Meyer who I frequently listen to. So dynamic and so powerful today in the self controversies we all face.  The verses she shared in this recent broadcast really hit home.  Ephesians 2: 1-5  “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,  in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
Satan is not winning in my life. Jesus Christ, His angels and the blood He shed for me surround me and protect me from the evil that lurks in this burnt out world.
I will continue to share my thoughts on my web-site. I will continue to let Jesus guide me in all that He has planned. He loves gays and homosexuals. He is saddened that his representatives let Him down in conveying the love and acceptance that He has to offer. He is sad that we have not directed those afflicted to His Word and immersing themselves in His Word and into a prayerful and powerful relationship with Jesus Christ.
So many men and women have fallen into a gay lifestyle because they were the only ones who welcomed them. Had the church and its representatives showed love and compassion to us so many many years ago, we would have been so much better prepared in making our decisions for Christ or for the king of deception. But it is not too late. These last days are going to be a struggle. A battle of the minds. Feelings versus truth. Mixed up understandings and terminology. The slightest error in paying homage to self or God will determine our destiny.
Many are poised to be deceived now through sympathy rather than showing compassion and revealing truth and loving and lighting the way to Christ.  The film Seventh Gay Adventist is set to bring this topic to the surface of the Adventist denomination. Unprepared and those who either don’t know God’s Word or don’t search out His truth, are at risk of being manipulated into a philosophy that focuses on self, feelings and being controlled by others rather than standing firm in the belief that God has provided us every tool we need to follow Him and obey Him and experience His righteousness and grow in His Holiness.
The good news is that ANYONE who seeks truth through Jesus Christ will not be denied. As we carry our cross, self is crucified and Jesus lives in and through us. Faith survives instead of feelings being in control.
My close friend Karen provided me with this poignant text today. God has revealed a lot in the last few days. I have a testimony in Jesus that must be shared. I know God will reach those who are searching.
1John 4:4-6 “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.  They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.  We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.”
Jesus Saves …… If we let Him.

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Your Opinion – It Matters !

Posted by on December 27, 2010  |  14 Comments

At the end of each of my postings is a space to leave your comment or opinion.  Over the past year there have been a few regulars. But what is missing is your opinion… and it matters! The topic of HOMOSEXUALITY is or can be temperamental. But when it involves God and an eternal destiny, it becomes a vital topic of concern.

My life is a changed life because of Jesus Christ and I recognize the need to take control of my choices. Sometimes when I post, I think I’m just talking to myself. I look at my web stats and see that maybe 8 people visited the page and who knows if they read the whole piece.  So now is a chance to provide some feedback.

Have we or the church provided an educational knowledge of God’s love for the homosexual?

Do you know what the Bible says about homosexuality?

Does it matter to you whether or not you let a homosexual know that they are loved by God?

Do you know what God would have you do in regard to ministering to homosexuals?

Is there a truth that exists about homosexuality in God’s Word and what to do about it?

Homosexuality has always been considered the crowning sin and is repulsive to many believers. Why isn’t adultery, gossip, murder, pride or haughtiness just as repulsive?

Is there a need for education from God’s Word on this subject? Should it be delivered to church congregations?

Do homosexuals matter or are there just too few of them to really warrant any consideration?

Do you care about the destiny of those you love, including homosexuals?

This is an important venue to speak your opinion. You don’t have to leave your name. I am happy to blot that out so that you can speak without hesitation.

I have considered closing my website.

Your opinion matters.

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Feelings VS Reality

Posted by on December 24, 2010  |  6 Comments

Feelings lay a huge trap for us sometimes. That is why we cannot use our feelings as a primary guide or ruler. God has commissioned me to share His truth… REALITY if you will.  What’s my commission? Eternal life with my creator in a sinless heaven being prepared for me while I go about my father’s work.

No matter how you paint the gospel; no matter how amazing and wondrous the promises of God’s Word are; the truth is that we are going to encounter difficult times while we are living on this earth.

Jesus may pluck you out of any one of a huge array of sinful lifestyles. He puts a vivid image in your mind of what has been won for you by the perfect life He lived, that you can claim through Him. Not our perfection, but His. Determined faith has a huge pay off. Believing brings about a total transformation from the sinful lives we are part of here on this earth.

Many are seeking and can only be persuaded by that silver lining approach. Jesus wants us to know that because of the decision Satan made to challenge Jesus, we are subject to temptations and desires that would smother the truth of Jesus Christ, had it not been for our ability to see through these deceptive feelings because of Jesus Christ.

Any man who recognizes that he was not born with a natural attraction to the opposite sex, can provide you with an overwhelming account of loneliness. This is only one of many tools Satan will use to try and persuade us to turn our back on truth. He used this with Jesus Christ Himself. No one will know the ultimate loneliness that Jesus suffered. Throughout that loneliness He had to trust His Father. He had to believe in what He was commissioned to do for all of mankind.

Many are not willing to come apart from the world and walk this walk of faith that is not based on pleasant and good feelings.  Faith is a requirement of walking in the midst of feelings of loneliness and despair and knowing that they are a lie being superimposed upon us by Satan.

This lonely walk is in the midst of those appearing to have perfect loving relationships which are in accordance with God’s Word. But a realistic look at any relationship between two people will reveal that there is not eternal bliss there. There is often a co relationship or leaning on one another. The same-sex attracted individual is called to lean on God.  We are all called to prove to Satan that no matter what our cross is to bear, it can indeed be borne as long as we cling to Jesus and let Him carry us through.

Jesus calls each of us to recognize and believe in truth, rather than the deception presented to us. Even a deception that began at birth. We were all born with a sinful nature. As Jesus reveals truth to us, we are then held responsible for our decisions based on what we know because of Him. Rejecting His truth seals our decision for whom we choose to serve.

My life began with the rejection of my natural mother. It only makes sense that I have sought an intimate love resulting in acceptance and a sense of belonging. No one on earth could provide the level of belonging that is promised and evident through Jesus Christ.

The sacrifice of worldly entrapment and seduction is obliterated by the blood that Jesus Christ shed for you and me. Contemplate, meditate, believe and know that He loves you more than you can imagine. His love is pure. He has no selfish motives. He only wants you to fully trust and obey Him.

We are at the end of this world’s existence. God has let Satan tempt, snare and lie to people for more than six thousand years. In all that time, there have always been those who trusted and believed in the salvation of their redeemer. Faith has prevailed through all ages. Don’t let Satan be the ruler of your soul.

Plea:    “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.”  Psalm 25:16

Promise:  “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

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Do You Know?

Posted by on December 21, 2010  |  No Comments

It’s amazing how many opinions there are isn’t it? What’s more amazing, … is how many are actually factual.  Do you know God personally?  Or do you know Him based on what you have been taught or spoon fed from others who claim to have done the research?

The lacking element that spurned me into leaving the church as a teenager, was the lack of my personal knowledge and experience with our maker. I want to invite you today to do a little research. Look at various translations of God’s Word on line. Biblegateway.com is a good place to make comparisons. Find a translation that speaks to you and then set aside time each day to read God’s Word.

Always pray before opening His Word and invite the Holy Spirit to guide your study and communication with Jesus.  Perhaps you’ve been living a certain way or believing a certain thing that isn’t really based on anything other than what you heard from someone else.

God does not trick us. His Word was supplied to us by Him as a result of His love for us and His wanting to give us tools to familiarize ourselves with Him and commune with Him.  There are many who have twisted and turned scripture. Don’t be tricked by others with an agenda into believing lies influenced by Satan.

God’s deep love for you is very personal. He wants you to spend an eternity with Him. He wants you to know why you do certain things and live certain ways. Is it because the belief is common? Your whole existence is reliant upon your creator and redeemer.  As you become more and more familiar with Him, your life will change.  You will find that you are no longer oriented to the confines of those around you or to a particular sexual orientation. You will find that you become oriented to Jesus and to the cross.

Satan would love for nothing more than to have you caught up in an agenda that detracts from truth and from a personal relationship with Jesus. Especially when it comes to the worlds view on sexuality versus what God’s personal guide instructs and declares.

While people would have you relax in “who you are” and consider it, no big deal; God will let you know through His Holy Spirit, what is truth and He will impress upon your heart the importance of obedience to Him.

Please turn your life over to Him. Don’t be conformed to a belief system or a particular group of people’s beliefs. Let God infuse His words and His personal desire for you upon your heart.

The only way you will know His will for you, is to fully surrender to Him. You will be challenged. Remember that Satan’s prime objective is to detour you from truth, so make it a point to arm yourself continually with the Word of God and become tightly connected with it.  It holds strength, hope and victory.  Promises, blessings and countless treasures.

We are at the final stage of history.  Despair and wickedness is rapidly devouring the truths and purity God originally intended.  Remember that God tells us that if we know the truth, (knowing God) the truth will set us free.  Knowing God’s Word and what is in it, is the key to your relationship with Him and with others.

“And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual” (1 Corinthians 2:13).

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Who Am I? An Identity Crisis!

Posted by on December 18, 2010  |  2 Comments

2 Corinthians 5:17 says that when I give myself  over to Jesus Christ, I am a New Creation in Him.  A new creation, has a new identity. A new creation is not chained to an old orientation.

In my study of God’s Word, there is nothing that gives me direction to live in an old orientation or a sinful orientation, but to die to sin and claim the new life Christ offers me. This would mean cutting myself off from the old and accepting the newness of life He offers and let Him guide and direct me from that blessed day of acceptance of my new life, forward.

This past week has been difficult in conversing about orientation. For some reason I am finding many, some who are not and never have been homosexual, giving way to claiming an identity in a homosexual orientation. But they had the word Christian to indicate the involvement of Christ.

To me, this is a diluted and misleading gospel. The true gospel of Jesus Christ draws us to Him and offers a new identity in Him.

A friend, not even knowing the frustration of the the dialog of my week, happened to send me this link. I believe Jesus knew how encouraging this would be.

If you are professing Christ, I encourage you to let nothing get in the way of the identity that is yours to claim. It’s a free gift. It breaks the chains that bind you to who you were and gives a joyful focus to who you now are.  Alive, trusting and claiming the New Life He has promised.  An ongoing dying and claiming of this New Life  is yours. The body of Christ is in you. 1 Corinthians 12: 27-28.

Don’t be deceived by clinging to any portion of your past, or by continuing to claim part of it as your future.

Please consider this amazing testimony to Jesus Christ.

http://www.christopheryuan.com/main/index.html

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It’s All About Me!

Posted by on December 11, 2010  |  No Comments

You have no doubt experienced being in a room filled with people, and still felt lonely.  At this time of year, many single individuals and probably some married ones as well, experience the societal pressure of feeling all warm and fuzzy and full of good cheer.

The fact is, is that many of us just feel lonely. Before I went on my grand search in life to find Mr. Right… I wallowed in my feelings of loneliness. I was sure that’s how I was going to remain throughout my life.

Today I am physically alone, not counting my three big dogs…ha!  But spiritually I have discovered that Jesus would not want me to feel alone for a single heart beat. He is with me constantly. Impossible to imagine at times; but true. …and there is no friend like Jesus.

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.”  Psalm 25:16

“God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners in singing…” Psalm 68:6

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20

“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Joshua 1:5

If you are same-sex attracted, or even a single heterosexual, and you crave the companionship and warmth of another individual, give it some serious thinking. Direct your focus to God. Consider the guide that Jesus provided us. His Word. There are many stories of some pretty lonely times…even for Jesus.

It is in this time where despair is staring at us. But if you take your Bible and open it up and begin reading; you will find consolement. The world and its prince of darkness have brought focus to self and self indulgences. We are conditioned to want for things beyond the realm of what Jesus would have us wish for.

My prayer is this. “Dear heavenly Father. I feel lonely. I wish to be held by one I love and who loves me. I desire to share my life with one who will be concerned about my every decision, my every ache and pain as well as my joy, successes and laughter.   In all my wanting and desiring… I am suddenly aware that I already have what I wish for. You are with me. You love me more than any human could love me. Your promises are never broken. The comfort you give is not self motivated. You love beyond comprehension and in that love, you hung on a cross and died for every one of my sins. That is an amazing love. Lord help me in times of loneliness to more thoroughly acquaint myself with you and your love for me. Help me to fall deeper and deeper in love with you.”

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What’s Underneath?

Posted by on December 8, 2010  |  2 Comments

No living thing stays the same. Versatility is sometimes pretty challenging. None of us have difficulty with glory, happiness and peace. But when the storm clouds gather, for many hope seems lost and endurance short lived. Faith tumbles down and we might find ourselves in a heap of despair.

“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…” Romans 5: 3-4

Challenges can puzzle and seem to trick us. But for the Christian, you can know that ALL things work together for those who know the Lord. Jesus has every one of our interests under complete control. In the valleys He develops character in us. Unknowing to us at the time, we are being developed to handle future challenges. With His divine shaping and conditioning us, we become more prepared to meet other perplexing cross roads in life. But only if we lay it all upon Him. Rest in Him.

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Psalm 37:7

This is a tool also that God uses to keep us humble. Particularly when we have committed ourselves to Him and seek to remain in His path of righteousness.  He promises to strengthen us and provide for us from glory to glory.

It is at times in the depths of humility that we are able to learn and experience that of which He desires for us to be able to personally share with others to help them in their time of need.

When you are in despair, ask for God to reveal His lessons to you. To teach you and model you into the witness He can utilize in the professing of His truth. Victory is always ours. We only need to claim it.

The trials can be complex. Pain, frustration, confusion, devastation, lack of understanding, injustice, denial, false accusations, judgment, etc. Even resistance to truth sends us back to study and consider how we can relate God’s facts, love and salvation to those who are struggling to believe.

We just don’t always know in the trial… what the lesson is that we are being taught. As representatives of truth, we are likely to experience resistance by those choosing to remain as friends of the earth and the deceptions that Satan has convinced them of. 

In our weakness and under the stress of this world, we must know and declare that Christ is in us and He will exercise His power in and through us.  As we know Him, we will experience a oneness with Him and draw upon His strength.

“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 witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12

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Love, Faith, Perserverance

Posted by on December 7, 2010  |  No Comments

 

It was clearly the love of Jesus that spoke to my heart and surrounded me; at which time I fell to my knees and invited Him to come into my life, forgive me of my sins against Him, and guide me from that moment forward.

I continue to know that that love was and is very real. It is a personal relationship that He imbues upon us when we do not resist. When I wait upon Him, He speaks to me personally. When I grow weary in pressing forward with His everlasting and long enduring truth, He reminds me; “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14

At times perseverance can be burdensome. For all the prayers and longings there were for one to accept Christ into their heart, there seem at times to be individual expectations or boundaries. Maybe even a shushing. Some want you to accept Jesus and then remain silent. Some want you to accept Jesus, but are uncomfortable with your overwhelming desire to share your peace and calling out to other sinners because it is proportionately different from what they as long time believers are doing.

There are truths yet today that have been kept silent. The love, mercy, grace and forgiveness offered to all, seems not to have offered in an outspoken declaration to the homosexual. The discomfort of breaching the topic in church congregations nearly keeps such an offering silent while the church maintains its declaration of sharing the gospel with the world.

Homosexuals are very much a part of the world. They are a people that have a deep sense of pain and suffering. To me, they are a people that the love of Christ, if appropriately offered, would have an alarming affect and response. But there seems to be a fear in providing the offer.

So Satan scoffs and laughs and pushes those defiant in their comfort in living in discord with the will of God.

Upon he reflection of the reality of being raised in the church without anyone addressing or helping those suffering from same-sex attractions, I can’t help but think that the very next sermon in every Adventist church should be on the deliverance, hope and redemption that is offered such souls by Jesus Christ.

Not only have the gays and homosexuals suffered from lack of guidance, drifting away from the church into the gay community; their relatives grieve their absence from Christ and sit without console in their church families.

Jesus consoles every one of us. He urges us to be patient, rest in His mercy and to pursue with faith.

It is not will power that pushes me forward. It is the continual drawing closer to Him personally that drives me with conviction to offer His Words of truth and His reminders of His love and salvation offered to ALL.

It is daunting at times. Why is there such fear in raising God up to this particular sinner? Some believe that their congregation will be disturbed by acknowledging God’s love and redemption for the homosexual. They would rather they make a miraculous silent return to the fold. But Jesus died for the shame of ALL sinners. Sin is equal in the sight of God. We are not segregated at the foot of the cross. We are not segregated in our gathering together under God’s mercy and forgiveness.

We are all children of His on a pathway to the kingdom. We cannot be anchored on earth with labels of orientation or sins seemingly more acceptable to God than others. No sin is acceptable to God. No orientation in opposition to His perfect plan is one we should claim or pursue.

Continued focus on His overwhelming love and free offer of forgiveness should motivate us to share it will all. “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?” Romans 2:4

…and so I continue in the fight of faith.

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