Spiritual Leaders we Need, Not Boys.


Screenshot of John Wayne from the trailer for ...

Screenshot of John Wayne from the trailer for the film Wake of the Red Witch. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello all!!! Its been a while since I have posted, I’ve had some much need Godtime, ya know, spending time with Him, and how awesome it is that He loves us!! Just a little update, I am finally working on my résumé and getting it out to some hopeful employers next week. When I was laid off in May I decided to take a couple of months off to just be still and listen to God, and boy has He been speaking. That’s always a wonderful thing when God speaks and we can actually hear Him, but the trick is to do what He says. I have followed the news lately, different news outlets and blogs and I have realized this important truth: This world of ours needs Jesus more than ever. The one thing I am passionate about as some of you may know is  learning how to be a Godly man, a courageous man and put those two together and hopefully a Godly, courageous husband and father.

We just finished up our 8 week courageous bible study and here’s a quote I want to share from the book The Resolution for Men: When you break it all down and track it all back, the key to any man’s success–as a husband, a father, and everything else—-is his own personal walk with God. 

This pathetic society tells us to work hard, go to school, get good grades and you will be a success. Those are all fine and dandy but the one truth that everyone needs to know and understand, if it’s not done for the glory of God, its worth nothing, period. Schools give us an education and training for a career, but who trains us to be a real man and a real father? Who teaches us to stand up for whats right and good and who shows us how to really treat a woman? In my opinion, only the one who created the heavens and the earth. I really get fired up about this topic because I see so many men, who thin their men, but in actuality their only a child still sucking their thumb. How in the hell can you lead your family if your on the couch playing video games all day? You can’t!

When the so-called men in this country, who are actually boys in a mans body decide to take a stand for Christ, and become the men they were called to be and develop their own walk with God, then and only then will we see change. A walk built on Christ, one that shouts out to all the world by your actions alone that you’re a Christian and you settle for nothing less than the best, that’s when we see change. The old “John Wayne” days are over, you cannot pull yourself up by your boot straps because you’re the only one pulling. We have to let Christ live in us and develop a strong walk with Him, then and only then do we go from pathetic sperm donors sitting on the couch playing video games to true “MEN OF HONOR.”

Thanks for reading!!! Be Blessed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Continue, continue, continue………….


A photo of a stalemate in chess, based off the...

A photo of a stalemate in chess, based off the image in said article on Wikipedia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Scripture tells us that when we confess our sins we are free indeed, but that’s not a one time thing. A lot of people believe that when we accept Christ, confess our sins and everything’s fine and dandy right? Don’t get me wrong when we accept Christ into our hearts we are a new people, no question, but we have to continue. What do I mean by continue, well its the steps we take as a Christian to grow more Christ-like in everything we do and say. We have to have continue, or be subject to a stalemate.

Stalemate im sure you’ve heard before but let me give a different definition; Staying the same and doing nothing to grow as a Christian or a human. Sounds pretty harsh but isn’t it true? Think about it, every time we choose to go our own way and do things our way, it’s not only direct disobedience to God, but we also start slipping little by little back into that old life and old way of thinking. When we let the pleasures of the flesh  win out, we become stalemate.

I’ve had this happen several times since I have been a Christian and as I look back I’m saddened that I missed opportunities to serve our Lord in some capacity. When I think I know better and when I think I can handle it (which I can’t) I fall back into that old way of thinking and soon I can be doing things I don’t want to do. That’s why today I have to stay vigilant in my studies of the word and service because I don’t want to go back to that life again.

Ya see, that life I used to live is how the world lives today. It’s not how God wants us to live so today I choose to live for God because His ways are way better than anything I could come up with. Unfortunately there are a lot of Christian that still live in the world. Oh yea, they come to church and sing some songs and say a few Amen‘s,  but that’s the extent of the relationship with the Lord. For some Christians it’s all about popularity and being seen and not worshiping Christ and what He’s done for us.

Let me fill you in on a little secret; If you’re coming to church and proclaiming to be a Christian for social status and praise from men, your missing the boat! Church is who we are, not were we go. Church is everyday, 24/7/365 days of the year, the relationships that we form at church are just a bonus. The relationships we have with other Christians are God-ordained and meant for encouragement and prayers, not a popularity contest or a queen contest, stop being fake.

Thats another way we become stalemate is when were worried about what others think of us. I struggled with this for years when I realized that God loved me right were I was, so what difference did it matter what other thought? None. All I want to do is grow closer to my heavenly father today, and I cannot do that if I’m concerned about “what others think.”

Continue, continue, continue is how I want to live today. Continue in the faith, continue growing and becoming more Christ-like and becoming more of the man God wants me to be. How about you???

Thanks for reading!!!!!

Be Blessed!!!!!!!

 

Rejection of a different kind.


Rejection

Rejection (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

                     Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you His Holy Spirit. 1Thessalonians 4:8

Rejection comes in many forms; getting turned down for college, a loan, credit cards, people, and many more ways, but has rejecting God ever been a thought? I know when I was younger I dealt with rejection a lot, from people mostly, actually it was the fear of being rejected, so I never tried anything because I was going to get rejected anyways so why bother? I still to this day, have a struggle with rejection at times, but then I remember who I serve and He got rejected also, so I stand firmly on the belief that I have to try.

But what about rejecting God? I came across this scripture this morning during my studies and it really brought to my attention that we reject God on so many levels. Every time we sin, we reject God. Every time we don’t do what God is telling us to do, we reject God. Just the other day He was nudging me to do something and I didn’t, that’s rejection. I don’t even think about it half the time of the many ways we reject God. I mean think about it, when were not being kind, or being envious or lustful, all forms of rejection.

I know growing up I was rejected a lot, by many people because I wasn’t the cool kid in the class room, because there was a time when I didn’t drink and drug and did good in school, but still got rejected. So I figured if I stopped doing good in school and joined the “cool” kids I would be accepted and that’s exactly what I did, except as you all know I took it further than anticipated.

As a Christian I have learned that rejection comes with the territory because Christ was rejected, mocked, tortured and died on the cross for my sins, so me getting rejected today has a different meaning. I get rejected for my beliefs and morals and to me that’s exciting because I know I’m doing my job. But when I reject God, I feel like a little child that has just stolen the cookie from the cookie jar and got busted. The more I grow in Christ, the more I learn how vulnerable I am to sin and temptation and how important it is to stay in prayer and in the word.

Rejection by humans can be hurtful and heartbreaking. It can make you feel the lowest in life and depressed but there is good news! Jesus accepts everyone just the way we are. He takes us and molds us into something beautiful, much more beautiful than the world could offer, so I ask this question this morning; Who are you being rejected for?

This is were the healing begins.


The main cellblock taken by ghostieguide dec 2...

The main cellblock taken by ghostieguide dec 22 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Broken, tired, beat down from my own prison, I escaped into a world of complete darkness. I was hurting; hurting to the very core of my soul and the only thing that ever made it feel better was the bottle on the floor, or the mistress of the night. Lurking around every corner I searched for these things like a treasure hunter looking for lost treasure at the bottom of the ocean. I was all but forgotten in my little world and I had forgotten myself.

Traveling through bars and alleys, taverns and brothels, I tried to find this one thing, but I was unsure of what this one thing was. In my heart of hearts I knew, but couldn’t admit it, because I had lost all hope, so I figured He had lost hope in me also. Through the darkness and pain, I remain. I remain because He never lost faith in me. He never stopped believing in me and He never stopped loving me. He’s loved me, blessed me, anointed me, and breathed the breath of life into me. His name is like honey on my lips and like a beautiful woman, brings me to my knees.

This is where the healing begins; this is where the broken become whole and the sinners become royalty. When I came to Christ, he unlocked me from my own prison and set me free; free indeed. I no longer chase hallow dreams and whitewashed fantasies because those only lead to misery and despair. The only true freedom a man can know, is the freedom in Christ. Heck, I have met inmates that are freer than those on the outside, why? Because they know Christ.

Ya see, He is the only one that can mend the broken, and heal the sick. He”s jealous for us, loves us, cares for us, and nurtures us. This is where the healing begins, this is where your weakness becomes strength, and you hurt becomes love. He cleans us from the inside out and strengthens us to do extra-ordinary things. The God-man Jesus Christ has set us free, free indeed.

So, if you’re hurting today, or maybe the bottle or the needle has you doing things you wouldn’t do. Maybe its sex, or porn, or unfaithfulness, whatever it is, Christ can heal you. Christ can take those things and forget them as far as the east is to the west, he just ask, “Come, follow me.” Will you?

Eternal Hope.


Cristo Redentor, statue on Corcovado mountain ...

Cristo Redentor, statue on Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve been asked to share how I am no longer the “Old man” and how Christ has changed me into a new man, and with no hesitation I agreed. I thought that my blogs were really self-explanatory and have told much of my life, but I’m glad to write some more on this. When we go through the life transformation of salvation and becoming a Christian, at first it’s really overwhelming for the fact I had no idea what was going on. All I knew is that it was going to be one heck of a journey.

Growing up I was rebellious, hot  headed, arrogant, and conceded and life didn’t mean much after my father passed. When he passed, it shook my world to the core and with no regards to anything or anyone, I embarked on a 15 year living hell of drugs, alcohol, sex, pornography, masturbation, and pretty much anything that was self-destructive I did, because I had lost all hope. I had seen the dark and I liked it because I felt safe and no one could see what I was doing. My existence was hopeless and meaningless, and when I passed out on main street I was ready for it to be over.

I had to go to that place to get here. I had to go to the point of no return and emptiness to understand that life is about choices, good and bad, and I had made some bad choices. My whole life I was looking for that one thing that left when my father passed; love. Wondering every bar and brothel, drug houses and alleys, looking for that one thing I had longed for my whole life; a fathers love. I would sit a wonder sometimes what life would be like if he had not passed, would I have been the same drunk and womanizer? Probably.

If there’s one thing I have learned is that God gives us free will. My will was free that’s for sure because I wanted to do what I wanted to do, and no one was going to tell me any different.  I was the” essential loser”, and in all honestly, thought that the way I was living was normal. I was weak, and being a man was not apart of my life. I was a boy caught in a life of staggering events and perplexing things.

When I cried, and when I say cried, it was a river flowing from my face in the middle of main street and God met me were I was. He whispered to my heart “I am what you have looked for,” and I felt a flood of emotions rush through my veins like the alcohol rushing to my head. Christ picked me up, set me on new ground, and breathed the true breath of life into me.

Now, how am I the new man? Well I’m glad you asked. I no longer search high and low in places of exotic woman and drug dealers for love. I no longer have a temper to destroy, nor an attitude like Billy the Kid.  Having sex every night with a different woman and watching porn are a thing of the past, for these things have no place in my life. Yes I’ve dated a few woman over the past 8 years, but haven’t had sex with any of them. That right there is how I know Christ has changed me.

Eternal Hope is what I have today, not because of anything I did, but because of what He did. He paid the price, by death on a cross, so I can tell my testimony and share the gift of eternal hope with others. My life today is simple, well in the eyes of the world its simple, but in all honesty, its a lot more crazy now than it ever was, just for the fact I’m doing something to make an impact. I’m doing something to touch, hopefully, at least on of the lost, and share eternal hope who is in Christ.

I had to go there to get here, take my hand and we will walk this road together, because I’m not afraid anymore.

Thanks for reading!!! Be Blessed!!!!!!

I Wish, I Wish.


Screenshot from the trailer for the film King ...

Screenshot from the trailer for the film King of Kings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever wished upon a shooting star that the one you loved, the one you lost, was standing next to you to venture into a life only ordained by God? How about skipping rocks on a river with that special someone, while the sunlight hits her hair just right, there’s sparkle all around? Longing for that first kiss, butterflies in the stomach, shakes, cold sweets and nervousness brought on by the true beauty of a woman, I know I have and its wonderful.

This longing we have as men, to be the warrior and fight for the beauty has all but alluded society and what we have is a society of weak boys. Men wishing they could do this or that, wishing they could fight for that one true love, but are to coward to do anything about it. The men I see today are nothing like were called to be, and I wish they were. I wish they leaders would lead, and I wish men would be men. I want to be the man God called me to be and I want to love wild and free like Christ loved us.

Please, understand I am not perfect nor do I want to be. I tried to pretend I was perfect once and it got me into a lot of trouble. But i will tell you that this life God has blessed me with, is by far better than it used to be. I’ve wrote a few posts about the men of this country and the severity of what is to come if they don’t change,if we don’t change. I include myself because I’m no different, the advantage I have is I try to follow Christ. I have a deep love for the King of Kings because He turned me into the man I am today. He took this dead man walking from the streets of hell and given me more than I could ever wish for.

We need more Godly men. We need more God fear, Christ following men instead of the punks we have today. Strong language? Probably. Truth? Absolutely. Take a look around, men pile up at the video store to grab the latest porn or video game instead of being home loving their wife and kids. Their falling off of bar stools and chasing woman other than the one they should be chasing all the while getting a phone call from another woman saying she has a baby on the way and its yours. These are the men that this country holds on a pedestal and says their just being men, and these are the things men do.

I wish more men read the bible and they would see that these types of behaviors are far from being a real man, in fact they give real men a bad name. But its not to late to change. Its never to late to accept what Christ has to offer and become the Godly man you were called to be. When He offered me the free gift of salvation, and He told me to give Him everything I had I was in awe! To think that the Majestic King of Kings, wanted me, it brought me to my knees with a tear in my eye.

So, I wish and I pray, this message pricks your heart and spark’s your mind because we need more Men of God.

Thanks for reading!!!! Be Blessed!!!!!!!