Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Who are you to judge?

Paraptoma: A side-slip (lapse or deviation), (unintentional) error or (willful) transgression; ---fall, fault, offense, sin, trespass. 

     That is how just one Greek word for SIN is defined in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.  Paraptoma possesses a rather involved and highly scrutinized definition within the immediate Christian community amongst an extensive list of many other Greek words which are similarly used to define of one Christianities hugely debated subjects of much controversy.  This three-letter word and its definition has evoked a sense of discontentment and endless controversy across the religious board with various denominations in the Christian whole in, not only, the Christian community but also in opposing circles around the world.  While there are other creative and just as important definitions that have managed to permeate the halls of Christiandom, this one simple word and its closed-for-debate definition will be the topic of this post for the next...well, however long is takes to establish my point.
     Although part (well, most actually) of me says "No, don't do this you know better", referring to actually compromising my long-standing view of not involving politics with religion, my conscience says "speak your mind".  It is important to point out that I have had this topic pressing on my spirit for some time now and so I err on the side of caution as I unwind years of an issue that, to say the least, has been quite influential in my recent life of being a full-fledged Christian.  While I have maintained courtesy to both the Christian community and opposing side up until now with most of my posted content, I warn the reader with absolute integrity, read with caution and thick skin!  I will establish for the sake of apologetics (I am not an apologist, yet at least) that I am a God-fearing Christian who believes to this day in the infallibility of the Bible, as written and compiled in its originality and by the original and universally accepted authors.  I also currently do not hold any affiliation with any specific denomination (another topic to be covered in upcoming post) or doctrine and I avoid dogmatic inspired views [this is outside expected interaction with others in the Christian community of course].  I am happy and content to simply love my God and I am firm in my belief that He is active in my life and reveals His presence with miracles and the working of the Holy Spirit.  I am undergoing a major life development in my personal theology and while going to school full-time to conquer my Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry through Mid-American Christian University, I have already begun learning so much more, which I am confident is contributing to the development of this personal theology. 
     So, to get right to the point, that is my style-extremely and sometimes overly blunt [what can I say, I don't want to waste any more of my life], I am discussing my take (not to be confused with your take) on the current state of affairs in the Church in regards to hypocrisy!  I need to first lay the ground work for my opinions.  1) I do believe in unity as God desires this in His children [biblical and personal choice] 2) I do appreciate constructive criticism if the intent is for the exhortation not degradation of another Christian [biblical and personal choice] 3) I do firmly believe in strength in numbers especially when spreading the Gospel  4) I do believe in corporate worship if the worship is beneficial to all members of the body as a whole [biblical and personal choice]  5) I do desire love, kindness, integrity, faith, and mercy from other Christians and I constantly and uncompromisingly offer the same in everything I stand for as a Christian (although I fall short at times but always get back up) [personal choice] and  6) I absolutely consider the Bible the ultimate authority in my personal life as a Christian individual [personal choice].  Now, with all of this being said, I will responsibly assume that the reader is also a human being and believes in the ability and obvious propensity for all human beings, non-believer and believer alike, to not only make mistakes but also fail in our perpetual quest to reach that utopia state of spiritual perfection.  So, again I urge you, "reader beware!" and take what I am about to say with a grain of salt
     While I am being reader specific to fellow believers, I personally believe that if we are unable to cooperatively function as a body of believers and cannot avoid criticism of other Christians or fail to arbitrate or find common ground amongst our own Christian circles and community, we have also failed the single most important mission of all...reaching out to other people to spread the Gospel.  Please understand I hold a personal belief in spreading the Gospel proactively but also very non-confrontational and absolutely non-abrasive manner.  You cannot force the Gospel on anyone as this was not the intent in the first place.  Too quickly we forget that it was choice that we possess collectively as the human race, which distinctly sets us apart from all other creation and choice that played a part in our salvation [it should be understood I personally acknowledge only the grace of God through Jesus Christ makes salvation possible].  And far too often we believers think that we have reached a certain "level" that is superior to all others or as we often refer to, "the sinners" and this only turns non-believers off even more to God.  You see, we are walking, talking, breathing representations of what it should be like to be a Christian so our whole being is surrounded by scrutiny.  We live in, not just a glass house, but a world surrounded by glass.  True, God does not need selling [Jesus said He will draw the world to Him] but if those looking at Christiandom through their curious eyes observe a false image or an obvious breech of integrity in our character revealed through our behavior or by our words, then we have failed being Christ-like.  In itself this is just another sin or lapse by the individual human but to a world with an interest in trying the Christian lifestyle, this has a much larger negative effect.  The damage to our own persona is can be remedied with repentance and a humble heart but the detriment to our identity as a Christian, even more as a mentor to others interested in giving our "lifestyle" a try is sometimes permanently and irreversibly scarred.  This makes me stop right here and thank God for His saving grace which supersedes all human standards and consequences.  God is not a man that He is in any way regulated or conformed to our simple and quite worthless [when compared to Him] standards or mere rules.  On the flip-side, our identity or individuality with other people is measured according to these standards and so, in a way, we need to be conscious of our "performance" as examples to the world.
     To lapse or deviate from being a Christian could mean to compromise your entire belief system [wow, pretty shocking when said like this huh?] or to simply turn aside or "veer" from the straight and narrow for a split second while still maintaining your standing as a Christian.  So you slipped up with a very slight or very noticeable margin of error.  But you compromised your conscience whether for a split-second or spacial day.  So does this automatically condemn you to eternal death (I use you for emotional emphasis) or just corroborate your oh so humanness?  Are we forever branded a failure within the Christian community or just a weak believer?  Or, do we simply nod, admit foul, then move on like nothing happened at all with complete discretion on the part of the offender?  I already know how I feel about this issue [that is after all the reason for this post] but I want to know what the general consensus is.  How do you view sin?  What do you consider mistake, dangerous move, and absolutely death deserving?  Now, I refuse to answer my own question here [I say here because I am a habitual self-conversant] so I will move on to my main point.
     I have observed a nasty trend within the Christian community as a whole [I don't want to limit this fault to the Church because it is not just the Church].  Too often, we [I am using we because I have only recently begun to distance myself from the role of offender] are so eager to point out each other in situations where the blame game begins and fault finding seems all to comfortable.  But why?  I mean, as a human being [we are only human] we are prone to follow predisposures to certain unpleasantness but as Christians, we are morally obligated to follow Christ-like procedures and divinely orchestrated rules.  Christiandom demands 24/7 behavior of this caliber.  Our behavior is non-debatable and should remain a constant, perpetually movement forward without slowing down.  Christianity is not some religious "faucet" you can turn on when you desire to save face or "look good" then shut off when you need to undergo a small "indiscretion" or infraction of your untimely choice.  And, because of the glass house theory mentioned above, looking in a mirror should become relative to our lifestyle.  It should be a norm ingrained into our existence as a Christian.     
     I have not only been the contest of preying judgement consultants within the Church but I have also observed others who, either observant of their folly or unaware of their apparent state as a victim [the latter often being the case], have fallen victim to similar slandering and condemnation by the Church body.  Just as common and often as damaging are attacks from select "clicks" within the main body of the Church.  Whether from the entire community, the Church, or just a single offender, being the victim of an attack by another in any context or setting is emotionally, spiritually, and socially damaging.  Some are able to take these attacks in stride with nothing more than simple offense while others [too often the case] receive scars that last a long time, sometimes never recovering from the effects.  With justification these victims become, at the least, wary of the "system" and begin to rethink their status in Christiandom.  Can you blame them?  Are we not supposed to be mentoring and discipling each other?  Are we not held to a higher standard of tolerance and love?  Do we not lead by example and play the role of a servant-leader versus leader-servant?  The answers are quite simple, YES, YES, YES, YES!  All Christians are held to standards that are intended with every dimension of exceeding all other standards especially the worlds' standards.  When a non-believer cannot differentiate between another non-believer or believer [the questionable person is understood to be a Christian] by observing their attitude and behavior, we must then assume that this is a misrepresentation of Christiandom as a whole.  But when a Christian is spreading rumor(s) about a fellow Christian whether true or false, the slander or not slander debate does not apply.  This is a legal maneuver not a moral issue.  To deprave another brother or sister of their confidence and take anything apart from a constructive approach to every relationship with other Christians is far short of justified in any Christian arena.  It is simply unChristian!  To make a snap judgement about another brother or sister based on another's individual opinion or personal definition is a far cry from spiritually sound.
      The Holy Spirit was pretty clear when He had the inspired men write about slandering, backbiting, spreading false witness, judgement, condemning, and taking on God-ly duties that are otherwise off limits to anyone except God himself.  Jesus was extremely clear when He repetitively taught about leaving the judging up to God and condemn not lest we be condemned and those who judge will they themselves be judged.  Though the exact words and incident for cause differ the purpose and context remains constant.  We, as Christ-like children of God, are to avoid this behavior and there is nothing, absolutely no justification that makes any offending behavior in this neighborhood even remotely OK.  If you are one of those legalistic, controlling [control carries a demonic tone in meaning] types then using God's message [intended to save and show us how to live] for your own personal crusade is nothing new.  However, and take this little piece literally, using the Word of the Most High God as a foundation for your own preconceived ideologies that differ even slightly from the intended purpose carries its own special penalties to be executed by God at His discretion.  I plead with others who may have done this [as I am guilty of doing] to rethink your effect not only on the victim of your smear campaign [whether intended to harm or simply playing ignorant] but also on Christiandom as a collective whole.  It will always fail.  God gave us His Word as a standard by which we maintain our identity as Christians and realize our own indiscretions and shortcomings as believers, not to leverage others to accomplish our own human desires and evil schemes.  God allowed us another chance at salvation through His Son, the precious Lamb, the Jesus Christ our Lord.  We call ourselves Christian because we love those who don't love us, we don't follow who or what others follow, and we always benchmark our success here on earth off of the future glory there in the New Kingdom.  We love because God first loved us, not wait and see if someone deserves our love based off of their actions.  We cannot just assign another person "probation" according to our own personal standards because they will fail every time and that attitude is judgement in itself.  That is precisely why we have a universal standard [compliments of Heaven] who never deviates or lapses or is in error (Jesus Christ).  It is important to remember that "ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God".
     So next time you hear a negative word about someone else or are told something about someone else, don't adopt the majority opinion about that person, don't pass that information along, and do not attempt to converse with another thinking your care to properly investigate the matter justifies your involvement because it doesn't.  Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor-Ten Commandments.  One important and priceless lifetime lesson I learned as a Police Investigator was that you NEVER know the entire truth until you know everything and until you have had a chance to investigate everything involved [and you will never get that luxury in a Christian setting] you will never get the whole story.  So, take it from me who has ruined some relationships of my own, don't travel the same path because it leads to heartbreaks and soul aches.  Too many people would still be friends and still be together if others would have just minded their own affairs.  From a biblical standpoint and personal creed, live and let live and even more, let God be God and you just be you.  Stop building expectations for everyone else and only be concerned about you.  Love covers a multitude of sins and much more than that.  Leave the rumors where they belong and the judgement to the JUDGE.  If you want to know the true definition of SIN, look in a mirror...It humbled me! Amen.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Point of no return!

     Have you received Jesus into your life and are moving forward in your walk of faith along with the Father? Is your life different now that you are changed and in love with the Father? Are you completely content with your new life in Christ Jesus without any remnant past life showing up since your change?

     I received the Lord into my life with joy and zeal. Having been through a hell of my own, I was oh so happy to start over and begin my walk with my God in a new light...After losing everything give my two children, submission to a Christian lifestyle was not sounding too bad or extreme. When you lose everything, you have everything to gain. You see friends, we tend to judge the quality of our lives on the material in our lives...What a deception this truly is to believe. Not long after my complete spiritual, emotional, and physical life change, I began to notice pieces of my past start to reveal themselves in the strangest situations. Very unexpectedly and surprisingly, I began to see issues resurface...Now, understand I am a new person in Christ. I gave up ALL my carnal ways and traded most every negative thought I possessed previously and selfish tendency for the love of God. It was a different experience and completely new to me coming from a very self-centered and self-loathing past. Self-indulgence in many different and equally evil sins was a regular occurrence in my personal life and even though I was a good father and husband, I was the worst child of God. You see, when we are unaware of the standard of God and what He requires out of us as His children, when we don't know what we need to be compared to from what we are, we think we are not that bad. The enemy most definitely has us blinded to the truth...He is very effective at clouding the truth of our state of existence. Best at deception, he goes to great lengths to convince us our current personal state of affairs is fine and we do not need anything or anyone interfering with our lives. How wrong this lie dangerous and detrimental to our future life if we have one at all!

     When my pieces of my past began to resurface in my new life, the doubt started to surface also. When we give in to even just a little doubt or fear, the enemy uses this as his wedge to put more and more into different areas of our life. Doubt leads to more doubt and eventually you have uncontrolled paranoia in your life. Now I know why Peter tells us to FLEE FROM THE DEVIL...Because we cannot slowly walk away from him...he will just follow us...we must never ask him politely to leave us alone. You cannot deceive a deceiver! FLEE FROM HIM. Run away. You never need to be afraid of him. Just use wisdom when dealing with him and his trickery. Distance is the best solution to prevention. We must understand that our past has nothing good for our growth. It is meant be put away and forgotten. It is purposed to remain our past and never have a place in our present or future.
     One blessing God has graced me with as a result of my obedience to Him is to take away my former over-powering desire to indulge in blatant sin. While surrendering all of my past to God as a condition of my new life and forgiveness by Him, there have been occasional situations where minor parts of my past seem to try and revisit my new life. Having choice at our discretion, we are ultimately responsible for decisions of right or wrong. This discretion does not go away when we surrender to God. It is what separates us from the rest of creation. It is what proves God's nature of love rather than showing Him to be a sick puppeteer who wants us to be human robots who walk around mindlessly doing His bidding. Worship of Him should be our desire, not forced against our will. With the choice being our decision, we must choose wisely. We must understand that our past is just that, our past. It is already done. Nothing we do now will change it. We must keep our past as our past. When pieces of our past begin to appear in our renewed lives in Christ, we must realize that is just the enemy attempting to put that wedge into our new lives to break us apart from God. Do not reopen a closed chapter of your life. Would you readdict yourself to cocaine after years of being clean? Would you reinfect yourself with a disease after complete healing? It is no different in your new life with Christ!

     Treat your relationship with the Almighty God with the utmost respect. Approach it with care. Be cautous in everything you do as the enemy goes to great lengths to get you back into sin away from God. Do not ever take your new found freedom for granted. Take nothing for granted. Walk lightly and pray hard. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Flee from the devil and he will flee from you. Do not put yourself into any compromising situations and never throw caution to the wind, it will blow away. Never allow a situation to escalate into dangerous ground, thereby threatening your new life in Christ. Turn every negative into a positive, every wrong into a right. Choose life, not death!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Your own faith!

     We are all endowed with a natural ability to choose our own life. We were all created with the same effect-choice. This choice has shown throughout history to be a blessing and a curse, a curse which we lodge against our own person. When used for benefit, choice is powerful. However, when used in contempt and under selfish pretenses, it is death to the user. One major point is to understand that without absolute and unhindered discretion from God, we will always make the wrong choice...We cannot possibly know what the right choice by using our own wisdom!

      This so relevantly applies to our faith. Your faith is just that, your faith... It is your journey to reach perfection in Christ Jesus. It is your own story containing your own unique experiences of trial and error. Your pains and your victories. Untouched by any outside contamination because it is your one elses...only yours. Too often other caring Christians might not understand this need to undergo this journey on your own and with good intentions in mind, they encroach on your life by not giving you the benefit of the doubt or even by assuming your spiritual maturity through unrelated actions or words. Though this is meant by them in the highest order of respect it is not right or respectful. My own faith is being developed from experiences only I have been through and frankly, only I wish to ever have to go through. Without these experiences, I cannot say what condition I would be in today regarding my spiritual maturity. More specifically, without formulating my own techniques and methods of conflict resolution and problem-solving, I cannot say with any certainty if I would have the faith I do.

     Faith is unique and must be contained to your own personal journey and any attached affects. The only other person involved in the development of your faith should be GOD. Faith is learning to trust God to be God and using every situation you encounter or experience as just experience that makes you stronger and wiser. But ultimately faith should only serve to build your dependence on God more and more as time goes on and you are victoreous. All victory comes from Jesus and all success through faith in His ability to make us who He wants us to be. So do not let anyone else attempt to live your life for you or take anything away from you. We are all children of God equal to eachother, inferior only to our God. Jesus is the only one with seniority above all. Your faith will be a testamony of your own personal life journey...make it a good one. Use it to serve the Kingdom of God.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Believe and be healed!!!

My motto used to be, “I have to see it to believe it!” Since my coming to the truth in Christ Jesus, I have changed that motto to say, “You have to believe it to see it!” There is no room for any subjectivity on that motto when you are a Christian. Faith is just that. That is just faith.

I am a survivor of oppression, affliction, and spiritual suicide otherwise known as depression, injury, and self-inflicted curse. For years, I have battled all of these demons with absolute success but for the Grace of God. I refer to these terms with prejudice. I cannot be more serious when I state that these are direct acts of satanic forces! I will not downplay the danger of these demonic forces because of the resulting damage caused when other Christians downplayed them to me for years. This only caused more oppression in my life and did absolutely nothing for improving my health or faith.

However, during the former years of being constantly afflicted and oppressed, I experienced real pain. The state of this health was not psychological; it was very real and very physical. I was administered several mandatory psychological tests which are designed to determine if one’s pain is real or imagined. Mine was determined by several doctors to be very real. I was clinically diagnosed with PTSD, Chronic Depression, Chronic Anxiety, Sleep Apnea, and Severe Sleep Deprivation. I also underwent twelve major medical surgeries, many various alternative medicines, a couple separate series of trigger-point injections, and a plathoera of prescribed Class III & Class II medications. I was in a doctor or specialists office over two times a month and in and out of the hospital a couple times a year. I underwent over two years of Intensive Psycho-Therapy due to the intensity of the psychological problems I was experiencing. However, the diagnosis of God is nothing like the diagnosis of man! My all time favorite verse must be Jeremiah 29:11-14 “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,” declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.”

I will listen, I will be found by you, I will restore you, I will gather you, I will bring you back…These are all promises. We know this to be the truth because, rest-assured; if it comes from God, it is TRUTH! All these promises with only one requirement…We must love Him with all of our hearts. That is it folks. This is also the key to unlocking the treasure-chest of how to receive full healing from all disease and sickness known to the human race.

Did you know the Greek definition of the word pharmacy? Its Pharmakos which, according to the Wikipedia, means a kind of human scapegoat (a slave, a cripple, or a criminal) who was chosen and expelled from the community at times of disaster or crisis. This term was later changed to “pharmakeus” which refers to; a drug, spell-giving potion, druggist, poisoner, by extension a magician or a sorcerer. God says in Exodus 22:18 “you shall not allow a sorceress to live.” Deuteronomy 28 lists in detail every curse, disease, and punishment that will befall us as a direct result of disobedience to God and sin. It then details every blessing that will come to us because of obedience to God. These are all very descriptive and explain in detail our instructions for health, not calamity. God’s Word is so simple to understand if you spend enough time learning to understand it. Once you begin to get the truth of the messages in the material, the Holy Spirit will take over and explain the rest of it to you. God provides a way for everything to work out if you just give Him the respect of your attention. However, you must do that.

I discovered through those years of much tribulation by afflictions that healing is absolutely relative to your faith level or maturity. I also noticed that as I began to grow more interested in pursuing God’s Word reading and meditation, prayer daily and at times, hourly, I began to heal very quickly. Keep in mind for the sake of this message that after my fifth surgery to remove the broken titanium screws in my lower back, I was told that I would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. The pain I was experiencing could not medically be corrected because when my spine slipped off itself, it severed nerves and could not be medically separated from those nerves. My spine did not fuse correctly due to worn edges, which did not allow new growth to occur causing a fusion between the old bone and new growth. To look at the CT scans is disturbing to say the least as the spine is completely broken and out of alignment. I also have a TEN’s Unit implanted under my skin in my right groin area, bilateral hearing loss with hearing aids, and wonderful tinnitus or ringing of the ears. After years of medical doctors & specialists alike, every medication on the market (small exaggeration), and many medical procedures ranging from surgeries to bone grafts, I was fit for the glue factory or so I thought. I do not think that someone can go much lower than I felt. My life was turned around on a dime and I was looking ahead to no more career & a crashing life dream, a pending divorce, and no way of making money. Hopeless does not cover how I felt.

“If I am for you who can be against you?” Gee God, you are still there, still caring, still patient, still loving me…I was so worn out from relentless attacks on my body by the enemy and multiple surgeries that I honestly did not think to even stop and seek God out. I was blinded by all of the impairments, shackled by affliction, and riddled with hopelessness. I did not know where my life had gone in couple short years from a promising career in law enforcement to stay-at-home father who could not even play with my two young children. I had almost six years of U.S. Army Military Police experience and a shorter tenure as a civilian police officer. I had completed the hiring process for an extremely lengthy administrative process of the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs. Waiting on phone calls for an academy date from both agencies, something caused me to finally go into a hospital and seek relief from the constant unbearable pain. I had dealt with this pain all those years in the military, so this is why I say, “Something caused me.” Having become good at masking my pain through my own developed techniques, at the time, I could not understand why I went in to see the doctor. I could barely get out of bed in the morning and after intensive pressure from my former wife, I just caved to human weakness and went in. No doubt in my mind that this was once again apart of the careful and orderly plan of God.

I began to receive healing in my body only after I received healing and repair on my spiritual state. Healing literally began to travel at breakneck speed. Then I reduced my medications from nine to two. No detox, no weaning. Completely dropped. Using my own plan. I discovered that most underlying secondary disease or medical issues are directly related to or result from other disease. I currently work-out at the local gym (using low weight and paced for little to no injury), have no anxiety or depression, and very little pain! What a miracle. I went from hopeless to happy. Extremely deflated to extremely elated. My life was over…or so I thought. Now I look forward to the next day, instead of dreading it. I am an optimist not a pessimist. Glass half-full kind of person. All this because of one truth-GOD! Healing is very real, yeah, but it does not happen if you do not have GOD. You cannot receive healing in any form without first receiving Jesus Christ as your savior, God as your Father, and the Holy Spirit as your advocate. Period! It is not that God is a good-ole-boy club. No, rather He needs us to be on board with Him and we need to be able to understand His love language to us. Without a relationship with Him, this is not possible. Would you stay married to someone you did not live with? There are some absolutes to adopt for this type of breakthrough healing. Here are some guidelines, which must be followed:

1) First, do not ever buy into the biggest lie of the enemy-that disease is normal and you must learn to live with it and adjust to it, not attempt to eradicate it and defeat it. In truth, God brings life, the enemy brings disease, calamity, and death. Wow! Still, I bought the lie because the doctor who pitched the idea to me had me convinced and, had I not given my life back to God, I would have gone to my grave believing it. Doctors can be so deceiving and convincing. It is not that they purposely try to lie to you; they are just following their training and knowledge. However, God uses the knowledge of this world to confuse and confound the wise. Hmmm!

2) Secondly, Jesus Christ cancelled all disease and affliction known to humanity on the cross. He bore our sickness and by His stripes, we are healed. Therefore, to buy the enemies lies, we are crucifying Jesus Christ all over again thereby negating His sacrificial death altogether or denying His death. Do not do this…It is called blasphemy and to downplay this is sure death!

3) Third, never ever connect or claim any disease or affliction you may be providing a host body to now as your own problem. This is so important to understand. By claiming a problem, we are really cursing ourselves and any children we might have. All the enemy needs to control our lives and wreak havoc is to get his ugly foot in the door of our lives. Did you know that he is powerless to cause any harm otherwise. Generational curses are the number one cause of “hereditary disease.” It is that simple. Deny it, cancel it, then be patient and let God continue forward with His awesome healing plan He has for you, but do not claim it! Claim healing.

4) Lastly, in your prayer, begin by giving God due praise and thanksgiving. Worship Him for everything you have, what He has already done for you, and what He is doing (you see that, doing=faith) for you. Then identify your concerns and ask Him to provide you the strength to resist the enemy and reinforce your authority already provided by Christ’s death on the cross. Finally, end your prayer by stating with respect and authority that by His stripe’s we are healed and you will trust God to continue forward with complete healing and restoration. Do not revisit or re-travel that same prayer. Progress forward with your prayers and if the problem continues (it very well may because God might have your restoration worked in as part of His plan), continue to get proper healing from the elders in your church and pray for strength to fight the enemy.

Nevertheless, brother and sister do not ask or request God to heal you. He can, He will, and He already has. That is as admitting that you do not believe God can do what He has already said He has done, can do, and will do. That is like saying you do not believe in God at all. To doubt God’s abilities or capabilities is to doubt God Himself! I asked God if He could heal me for a long time to no avail. I never received an answer to those prayers. He says in His Word that He will not answer empty, self-condemning, pity prayers. Bashful Christians do not see victory. They cannot experience the power an intimate relationship with the Creator includes. In addition, they become easy prey to the enemy. Remember, we must be in-sync with God to understand what He requires and expects from us. We are created in His very image; therefore, we must start living as He does. He spoke everything into existence. Speak your healing into existence. You have that authority. Jesus provided us this luxury through His love sacrifice. Do not insult the Lord of Lords by asking Him to crucify His Son on the cross a second time! It hurt the Father enough to turn His back on Jesus the first time. Use what He died to accomplish. Use your FAITH. Make your faith a reality. Activate your belief system. Faith without action is useless. It is that easy.

If you do not see healing instantly as some do, look for improvement soon after. If you do not notice any then, the real problem must be on your end and directly related to your spiritual health. Troubleshoot your life starting with your ancestors and their medical histories. Eliminate any disease or afflictions within your previous family tree. Bind up any former problems or they will quickly become your own, or worse, your children’s curse. We are all equipped with every weapon we need to fight the enemy in the war of healing and recovery. Yes! God is not gender-specific. He is not bound by race or culture in His miraculous workings and He is no respecter of persons. God never allows things that we cannot handle happen to us. Moreover, He always provides us a way out of problems we do encounter. He is not a puppeteer. He finds no pleasure in our pain. He only desires restoration and relationships. There is no “trick” to healing. It is rather simple. FAITH! Faith that what the Word says is truth, that God loves you, and what He says He will do, He will do! God created you; don’t you think He can fix any problems with your structure or internal workings? Can’t you believe that if He sent His only Son to die for us that He has a plan for healing us also? Is it so hard to believe that all we must do is BELIEVE? Not believing is buying the enemies lies. FEAR is the opposite of FAITH. Doubt is second-in-command only to fear!

I pray that you receive a deeper relationship with God from this experience. I pray that you experience victory and power that Christ died for us to experience. I pray that after all this, you finally experience true healing, miraculous healing. I pray that it blows your mind. I pray that you become so spiritually shaken from this experience that you too will have the same success testimony, which you can actively use to affect victory with others in the Kingdom of God. Can you imagine what can be accomplished through you with God’s love? Think about your testimony of healing being used to bring others to the same relationship with the Creator that we experience…What a thought, make it an action. Seek God, He will answer. Love Him because He first loved us. Amen.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Dare to trust GOD!

When you were born, you became an official child of GOD. However, what about when you were still developing? What about when you were being conceived? What about who you are now? Who cared for you then and who cares for you now?

The same GOD who cares for you then cares for you now. This same GOD created you with just a Word. A divine thought. You were created in His image. In the image of the Most High GOD! What a thought. What an even better existence.

Q. So what about when I am distressed?

A. GOD never has nor ever will forsake us or leave us. He will forgive our sins as far as the east from the west, He will forget our transgressions. If we take the offering of eternal life in the New Kingdom and abundant life here on earth, GOD will live up to His end of this offering. It is perpetual, always in play. He continues to protect us and His offer never becomes obsolete.

Q. What about my future? What about future problems?

A. GOD says that His love for us is everlasting. Everlasting goes on and on and on. It never stops or even slows down. In addition to everlasting love is everlasting grace and everlasting mercy. He extends His grace through the blood atonement of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. His sacrifice on the cross gave us freedom! Not freedom as we imagine in America. No, freedom that reaches so much deeper than that. Our own "freedoms" that we believe are so important are actually so miniscule in reality. The freedom Christ made possible through His death applies to our salvation first, suffering and pain second, and freedom from Satan's control third. As one decision of man separated us from GOD, so the death of the Son of Man separated us from the grip of death forever.

Q. Why do we still die or why do we still have pain?

A. Affliction is relevant to our faith. Satan lost all power and authority over man forever in a single moment of time at the very moment Christ gave up His spirit on that tree. However, like any war, the war goes on until the Commander in Chief comes back for the final battle. Satan continues to attempt to win souls while Heaven wages war against his dark forces. Until that final day, we may still fall. Nevertheless, after Christ's death, we were given another way. He bought our salvation through His death. Through His suffering, we obtained grace. Through GOD's mercy, we were given another solution to our dilemma. Do you see the point? Do you get it? We must do something to get something. We must do if we want to get! There is that decision process again.

Our salvation was purchased by our Savior, Jesus Christ, GOD with us. We are held to the trust system. We live as Christians and above reproach. We get to have an abundant life here on earth then go to everlasting life in utopia known as the New Kingdom. All we must do to receive this awesome grace is TRUST GOD! Give Him our dedication and attention. Take everything to God in prayer and worship. Let Him work His plan in our lives and be patient. Ultimately, the result is in His control and out of ours. Ultimately, we have no bearing on the result. We can help along the way by how well we obey and heed His advice, but we in no way affect the result.

Q. So, where does this leave us?

A. Trust GOD to be GOD! Let Him do what He does so well--Guiding us. GOD does not need our advice, assistance, or interpretations. He has a set standard, which He was so gracious to share with us, the Ten Commandments. He is a GOD of order. We must not ever seek to learn His ways or reasons. He has a plan and loves us and this love is all we need to know. GOD has established that He will never leave us nor forsake us--He is a GOD of His Word! Doubt is fear and fear is the opposite of faith. Fear comes from the enemy, not GOD. If something causes doubt or fear, chances are we are doing something out of His grace or protection. We must learn from our ancestors the lessons from bad choices and stupid mistakes. Abraham had his faith, we have the Word. Moses had his faith; we got the Ten Commandments written in stone. David had his faith and one small stone, we have big weapons and strong body armor. Paul had his faith, we have his writings--instructions for how to be a Christian, how to be married, how to be a Church, how to be everything in Christ Jesus. The disciples had their faith; we have their stories to use as learning lessons.

We become Christians then seem to forget who we are. We attend Church and affirm the pastor’s message with an occasional Amen then go home and forget to apply that message to our lives. We go through the motions of praying when we need something but forget to thank GOD when we get something. We claim victory over problems then run from them when faced head-on. We listen to Christian music with positive lyrics but sound like a depressive maniac when our stress level is raised. We admit our feeble human strength yet puff up our chests when confronted by our pride. We agree with GOD’s Word yet cannot quote one verse out of it. Why do we become complacent in our journey of faith? Why do we fall back into our old ways so easily? Why?

We have so many more resources now then they had in those Bible days. We have the Scriptures with actual examples for a buffer in our walk with GOD. A guide for everyday life as a Christian. An example of every situation and every culture to match every problem we may encounter today. The Scriptures have not changed, the times have. GOD is still the same loving merciful GOD. We have become more sophisticated, more advanced, more distant from our faith. Let us get back to the basics of Christianity, the fundamentals of faith in Christ Jesus. We need to seek GOD out as He is, not as we think He should be. He has so much abundance in store for everyone's life; we must begin to obey Him to see this abundance. He offers eternal life, we bring shame and contempt. He offered His only Son; we brought all of our pain, suffering, and affliction. We cannot and should not attempt to recrucify our Savior. What is done is done. Let us accept this and move forward to the life that awaits us as new creations in Christ. Let us be the head and not the tail. Let us dare to trust GOD. Selah!