Archive for January, 2012

Are You Sure You Want To Go?

Posted by on January 22, 2012  |  No Comments

Recently I was blessed by attending a large youth conference in Houston, Texas. The GYC 2011 conference where nearly 8,000 were in attendance. For the first time in denominational history, ‘Coming Out’ Ministries had the pleasure of reaching out with a message of healing and victory aimed at believers who have not known how to reach out to those who suffer from same-sex attraction/homosexuality.

Our sharing was overwhelmingly accepted and appreciated and we are continually assured of the great need for this ministry. God is leading and doing amazing things.

In one of  the presentations to this large audience, Kameron Devasher delivered a talk which gave every attendee significant food for thought.  So many in this world go through life thinking and contemplating the hereafter.  Thinking about when or if  I get to heaven rather than the concept that Pastor Devasher gave us to consider: am I fit for heaven. I would encourage you to listen to another delivery of this message found on audioverse.

Out of all the wonderful pieces of information I walked away with, this one perhaps left the strongest impact on me. Like me, have you found yourself thinking about all the rewards and benefits of finally arriving with that nirvana state of mind?

But lets back up and give this a more detailed examination. Heaven ultimately is about the glorification of God. Many who have walked the earth have thought very little about what they can give up for God, but often look at what they have to give up to work their way into being considered for eternity.

Absent from most, is a personal relationship that develops a greater love for God than for self.  Falling in love with Jesus is what would make more sense for us to want to be in His presence for eternity.  Consider marital commitments. How many end in divorce? and why?  Often it is because of lack of working through issues out and love and respect for the other. Love is far more than a feeling. And love is developmental by means of spending quality time and communicating deeply with one another.

How many people spend this quality time with God? The transformation people are expecting when they get to heaven, doesn’t take place in heaven. It takes place right here on earth. This is the people God is looking for. The chosen ones who will live for Him rather than for self.

If you enjoy womanizing, cheating people, getting all you can for yourself, glorifying self, participating in unholy relationships such as homosexuality, being prideful, careless behavior and more… how uncomfortable do you think you would be in arriving in heaven only to discover that all that self-centeredness has no place in heaven?

Since heaven is about righteousness and the king of righteousness and living for Him and not for self… God wants to insure that the king of selfishness and corruption never repeats.

Many of the sensational delusions set before us today have no association with the kind of characteristics that fit one for heaven.  Are you fit for heaven?  Are you sure you want to be there?  Is heaven a place where your character which is all you will be taking with you… will be content?  If you can’t find it it yourself to glorify God on earth, what would make you think that somehow that would be different in heaven?

This whole idea really got me to thinking about my time with God today. And about my habits and my traits. I’ve become more concerned about getting fit for heaven rather than getting to heaven.

I have prayed for years that God will help me fall in love with Him more each day. This sermon continued to put in perspective the journey He has me on. I continue to want to share the amazing things that God does in people’s lives today who desire Him and are willing to sacrifice anything to become more like Him.  It’s not natural. So we can’t expect to just feel like it. It involves commitment, submission, abiding in Him and self-denial.

But this should not be viewed as work we need to do to get to where we want to go. It comes back to falling in love with Him and asking for Him to empower us to do His will instead of self will. He does it…not us. Because all good is from God. We are sin tainted and our natural inclinations are not to bring Him honor, but to elevate and serve self.  By constantly turning our hearts and wills over to Him, He transforms us to to His character fitting us for Heaven.

Philippians 2:5 says “Your mind should be the same as that of Jesus Christ.”   Romans 12:2  “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Invite Jesus to transform your life today… and every day.

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He Is Among Us!

Posted by on January 11, 2012  |  No Comments

The more closely believers have walked with God, the more clearly and powerfully have they testified of their Redeemer’s love and of His saving grace. The men and women who through the long centuries of persecution and trial enjoyed a large measure of the presence of the Spirit in their lives, have stood as signs and wonders in the world. Before angels and men they have revealed the transforming power of redeeming love. {AA 49.2}

There are some interesting traits about sensitivity. Some who have thicker skin may not be quick to recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit. Similar to those who were persecuted for various Christian beliefs have been those who have been persecuted by humanity due to their social ineptness.

These can be very agonizing, painful and lonely times. Satan often finds them as open avenues for deception offering lifestyle changes. Alcoholism, womanizing, adopting a gay lifestyle, gossiping and tearing down others, etc.  Sensitivity can lead to some pretty treacherous outcomes. Deep wounds, suicide, harming others, becoming insincere and plenty more.

Today I thought I could identify this with a sea anemone.  If you’ve ever touched one, you have witnessed how quickly they retract their tentacles, whereas in their happy environment they extend far out and attract nutrients while moving gently about in the currents and tides.

Injury, disappointment, hurt, pain and disillusion can be restrictive and confusing. After God reached me and won my heart and stirred repentance from within. I believe He then blessed me with the Holy Spirit He promises all who will receive Him.  Acts 2:38 says  “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

I recently told someone I was sharing my story with , that it still chokes me up in telling it and often doesn’t seem like I can control that effect. It strikes me that it is in some ways a gift. It is a reminder when I see how God  has won my heart. It is also stirred when I see someone else “get” the message that I believe God is sharing through me today. God is gracious to provide such reminders. This person told me that they knew of a Christian speaker who told his listeners that he had active tear ducts and that they could either cry right along with him or simply listen to what God has done.

How joyful it is to recognize when someone clearly relates how clear God’s call is to represent His truth and love to “ALL” sinners.  When you see ordinary people who have not known how to relate to or reach out to those who suffer with same-sex attraction… finally embrace and love them with His love… what an amazing joyfulness is realized.

In two emails I received today, it was crystal clear that God had spoken to the hearts of the email authors. My eyes burned and my throat tightened and it was as if God was saying; “You see Wayne, I am a powerful God and I stir hearts and minds. I have promised that there will be those who “get it.”

Often in dealing with this topic of homosexual redemption I meet reticence, confusion, resistance and fear. How very blessed I am when I see the work of the Holy Spirit in my life and in the lives of others.

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