Saturday, March 31, 2012

There's More To It

A man in a car driving down a highway. He is going the speed limit and talking to his kids in the back seat. Another driver comes speeding by and almost runs the family man off the road. The family man gains control and curses the speeder as he zooms up the road. He talks badly and judges the speeder. He assumes the speeder is an out of control maniac.  The speeder is still racing up the highway with only one goal in mind to get his dying son to an hospital. His son was helping his dad build a tree house. He falls from the tree and lands hard onto the ground. Nothing is what it seems to be. What we see in the visual is not always the reality. THERE'S MORE TO IT.

There's a woman in a dirty, stained dress sitting on the side of a road. Her hair is uncombed and her appearance is dingy. A church bus filled with young teenagers are stopped at the red light. They see the woman and immediately make judgments. " She is homeless."" She is too lazy to work." " She is a prostitute or a thief." The woman sits on the ground starring into the distance reminiscing about her life two years earlier.  She was a VP of a cosmetics company. Her life had it all. The nice car and the admiration from her peers. She had it all until the CEO was found embezzling money and caused the company to go bankrupt. In one failed swoop, she lost everything she had. Her home, her car, and her boyfriend left her quicker than the eye could blink.  She tried to find a job but she was a VP of a company that went bankrupt due to misappropriation of funds. She was tainted by a mistake of another. On the day her path encountered the van full of teenagers was going to be her last. She decided to kill herself by stepping in front of a Semi-truck. Life is never what it seems to be. The appearance of a person does not mean a thing. We never know what is really going on until we ask the questions. THERE'S MORE TO IT.

A professor from Iraq finds himself in a refugee camp in Syria. He has numerous masters and doctorate degrees, and he was one of the top professors at the University of Baghdad. Now he is brought down to the status of refugee. He gets his papers to come to the States for resettlement for his new life. This country does not recognize his degrees or prior status. He has to search for a job and finds one as a waiter at a local restaurant. Two highly intelligent business men sit down for lunch in this restaurant. The professor serves them with integrity and professionalism. Each time he walks away, he hears the voices making fun of him and questioning his intelligence. The businessmen have no clue for they are caught up in their own perspective. They see what they want to see. THERE'S MORE TO IT.

We make assumptions. We think we have all the answers. We think what we see with our eyes is reality. Most people are self-centered. Most people in the world only see what they want to see, but Jesus came to remove the scales from our eyes. Christ will give us wisdom if we ask for it.

Pro 9:1-6
(1)  Wisdom has built her house. She has carved out her seven pillars.
(2)  She has prepared her meat. She has mixed her wine. She has set her table.
(3)  She has sent out her servant girls. She calls from the highest places in the city,
(4)  "Whoever is gullible turn in here!" She says to a person without sense,
(5)  "Come, eat my bread, and drink the wine I have mixed.
(6)  Stop being gullible and live. Start traveling the road to understanding."


We can't be gullible and think the world revolves around us. To be honest, we are just a spec on a spec in the Universe. The Universe is this infinite reality stretching beyond what the human eye can see. Our planet is nothing but a dust particle when you compare it with the many galaxies which rotate in our Universe. We are nothing but a little atom sitting on the dust particle floating in the sea of space. THERE'S MORE TO IT.

How can we overcome the internal desire to be self-centered?  Jesus looked beyond Himself and knew that every action would cause an opposite and equal reaction. Every choice He made and every action he preformed was carefully thought out and designed for a purpose. What if we lived our lives this way? Jesus said over and over that the things He did ; He first saw the Father do. He was in tune with the Creator. He was in tune with His divinity. He came in human form to show that we can be in tune as well. It is a matter of laying down our lives and surrendering to HIS TRUTH. It is a matter of giving up selfish notions and giving yourself away to Someone who is bigger.  You know that Universe I was talking about? Well the living God created it and sits outside of it. In fact, one could say that the Universe is part of the train on His robe. Yeah I know. HE IS THAT BIG. THERE'S MORE TO IT. 

If we serve a Lord who is beyond all things, why don't we trust Him more? Why don't we allow Him to heal us and give us strength to forgive others? Why don't we allow Him to show us His truth? If we are uncertain about a situation or godly doctrine, why don't we ask for His revelation? Why don't we ask for Holy Spirit's input? Maybe THERE'S MORE TO IT. Maybe we are uncertain about the MORE TO IT. Maybe we don't want to see the MORE TO IT because it might reveal a side of us which is evil or unclean.

There's a young woman sitting on the steps outside of a brick church. Her hands are covering her face and tears are pouring down. She's too afraid to go in because she feels so ashamed of her sin. She was a porn star and a stripper. She slept with more men than she could remember, and her wake up call was her numbness to life. She feels so cold inside and was losing herself to the sin. " How could anyone love me?" She thought to herself. " How could God love me? I 'm used goods." " How could I ever be forgiven for the things I have done?"  Sadly many people in the church would reject a woman like this. There are certain sins in the church which appear to be unforgivable according to their doctrine but not according to the word of God. THERE'S MORE TO IT.  This young woman has a deeper past. When she was a little girl her favorite Uncle became her internal nightmare. He use to watch her and her little brother while the parents worked at night. One miserable night and for many nights afterwards until she became a teenager; her Uncle violated her innocence. But THERE'S MORE TO IT. Her Uncle's innocence was taken away by his coach in middle school. But THERE'S MORE TO IT. The Coach was beaten and abused by his father all his childhood. He was told he would never amount to anything. But THERE'S MORE TO IT. The Coach's father was in Vietnam and was captured by the enemy. He was tortured and beaten almost to the point of death. He was forever scared by his experience. THERE'S MORE TO IT. Does this excuse the sin of the abusive father, of the pedophile coach, of the incestuous Uncle or the porn star woman? NO OF COURSE NOT. We are all accountable for our sins regardless of what has driven us to them. We have a choice , and we have the power of Christ to overcome.  But THERE'S MORE TO IT. Jesus has come and given up his natural life for all of mankind. He gladly laid it down for all of us here and anywhere else in the Universe. He stands with arms wide open declaring His eternal forgiveness for anyone who receives. For anyone who desires to turn away from their wickedness like the porn star on the church steps. We must come to the Lord and desire to be set free. No matter the pain. No matter the sin. His blood can clean it.

Rom 6:11-18
(11)  So consider yourselves dead to sin's power but living for God in the power Christ Jesus gives you.
(12)  Therefore, never let sin rule your physical body so that you obey its desires.
(13)  Never offer any part of your body to sin's power. No part of your body should ever be used to do any ungodly thing. Instead, offer yourselves to God as people who have come back from death and are now alive. Offer all the parts of your body to God. Use them to do everything that God approves of.
(14)  Certainly, sin shouldn't have power over you because you're not controlled by laws, but by God's favor.
(15)  Then what is the implication? Should we sin because we are not controlled by laws but by God's favor? That's unthinkable!
(16)  Don't you know that if you offer to be someone's slave, you must obey that master? Either your master is sin, or your master is obedience. Letting sin be your master leads to death. Letting obedience be your master leads to God's approval.
(17)  You were slaves to sin. But I thank God that you have become wholeheartedly obedient to the teachings which you were given.
(18)  Freed from sin, you were made slaves who do what God approves of.



THERE'S MORE TO IT. We are free from sin. We are over comers through the blood of Christ. We serve a resurrected King whose power lives within us. Do we recognize the power of Christ within us? Do we see beyond the nature of men?

When will we open our eyes and realize that THERE'S MORE TO IT.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Finding comfort

Sometimes the Pain seems so hard to bare.
Evil seems to exists in us all
The words become hurtful and unfair.
They make us feel 10 inches small.

The truth is that hurting people hurt others.
People in pain waddle in their own vomit.
They are bound to the curses which smothers.
The hostile pain shoots out like a comet.

Ridiculous notions seems to run ahead
Tears fill the redden eyes of sorrow again.
Words of hurt bring the soul to the dead.
The spirit fights within to halt and refrain. 

God appears to be in the distance.
His love has escaped my mind.
Slowly becoming a shadow of our existence.
Loneliness within sorrow does find.

Reason overcomes the pain within.
Mind giving way to the remembrance.
Stopping to think about the internal sin.
Falling to the knees in total repentance.

The Living God has never left our disposition.
Through the pain and the sorrow He was there.
He gives the power to overcome our opposition.
The Glory of Lord rises higher into the air.

Running into His arms we will run
Forgetting the pain which the hurtful words brought.
Knowing that it is finished and done.
Forever comforted by the Holy one we have sought.


Psalm 9:9 - The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed a stronghold in times of trouble.
Psalm 18:2 - The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 22:24 - For he has not despised or disdained the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him, but has listened to his cry for help
Psalm 27:14 - Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.











Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Judas Principle

Churches around the world are getting ready to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ in a few more weeks. We will all hear the story of Jesus' last moments on our planet. Some pastors will talk about Judas and his betrayal. We will hear many different opinions about Judas as well. Some believe that Judas was never really a follower of Christ. Some believe that Judas was Satan in disguise, and some believe he was a believer who backslide. We all have opinions but what does the bible actually tell us about Judas?

He was prophesied about in the Old Testament but the Old Testament never gives a name. We know now these scriptures pertain to Judas.

Psalm 41:9
(9)  Even my closest friend whom I trusted, the one who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.

Zechariah 11:12-13
(12)  Then I said to them, "If it's alright with you, pay me my wages. But if it's not, don't." And they paid me my wages-30 pieces of silver.
(13)  The LORD told me, "Give it to the potter." So I took the 30 pieces of silver. Such a magnificent price was set by them! I gave the pieces of silver to the potter at the house of the LORD.





Was Judas bound to be the person who would betray Jesus from the beginning? What about Judas? Was he ever a Follower of the Lord? Here is one truth. Judas was a believer and follower of Christ at one point during his three years with Jesus. He did miracles like the other Disciples , and he preached the Kingdom of God when Jesus sent the 12 out. People only commit acts of betrayal from truths he or she actually believed in at one point in their life. Betrayals are always done by those who once stood by a person or believed whole heartedly in a belief system.  Judas was a believer. He was a follower of the Messiah, but maybe his view of the Messiah's purpose was distorted. Maybe his personal weaknesses got the best of him. Maybe his relationship with the Lord was more shallow than foundative. Many Christians have a similar walk with the Lord even today.

One thing is certain Judas had a distorted view of who Jesus was. His personal strongholds held him back from going further into the heart of Christ.


John 12:3-8
(3)  Mary took a bottle of very expensive perfume made from pure nard and poured it on Jesus' feet. Then she dried his feet with her hair. The fragrance of the perfume filled the house.
(4)  One of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was going to betray him, asked,
(5)  "Why wasn't this perfume sold for a high price and the money given to the poor?"
(6)  (Judas didn't say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of the moneybag and carried the contributions.)
(7)  Jesus said to Judas, "Leave her alone! She has done this to prepare me for the day I will be placed in a tomb.
(8)  You will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me with you."


Judas was recognized as a thief in this passage. He had went from a follower of Christ to a thief. His desire for worldly possessions began to control his life.  Sin has a way of controlling your life and distorting your belief system. Judas probably thought he was doing right. He probably thought his theology was sound.  Ladies and Gentlemen, most individuals belonging to denominations today would probably have questioned Jesus as well. How many times do we see this happening in churches today? Board members choosing to spend  money on a building instead of helping the needy. Deacons wanting to build a fellowship hall instead of serving their communities. The Judas Principle is still alive in the church today.

Judas had allowed evil to take over his life. Not only was he betraying Jesus but he was betraying himself. The Betrayal started before his kiss on Jesus' cheek in the garden. It started in his heart months earlier. It is a slow fade when you give yourself away. Any believer can find themselves extracted from the truth of God's presence. We are not immune to the enemy's attacks nor from the desires of our flesh. We all could be a Judas of the faith.

John 13:1-2
(1)  Before the Passover festival, Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go back to the Father. Jesus loved his own who were in the world, and he loved them to the end.
(2)  While supper was taking place, the devil had already put the idea of betraying Jesus into the mind of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot.


I personally believe Satan entered inside of Judas by the means of demonic possession. Judas had left himself open and Satan had to use someone to fulfill his evil plan. Satan wanted Jesus dead long before Jesus made it to the cross. Sometimes we forget we have a true, evil, and powerful enemy who stand against us. He is the deceiver to all men. Our flesh desires what he has to offer and that is why we so easily fall for the temptations. I believe Judas was convinced that he was doing the right thing. His sin took him to a place of self-righteous behavior. He betrayed Jesus with a kiss and pointed him out to those who desired to have Him killed.

John 13:26-30
(26)  Jesus answered, "He's the one to whom I will give this piece of bread after I've dipped it in the sauce." So Jesus dipped the bread and gave it to Judas, son of Simon Iscariot.
(27)  Then, after Judas took the piece of bread, Satan entered him. So Jesus told him, "Hurry! Do what you have to do."
(28)  No one at the table knew why Jesus said this to him.
(29)  Judas had the moneybag. So some thought that Jesus was telling him to buy what they needed for the festival or to give something to the poor.
(30)  Judas took the piece of bread and immediately went outside. It was night.

Luke 22:47-48
(47)  While he was still speaking to the disciples, a crowd arrived. The man called Judas, one of the twelve apostles, was leading them. He came close to Jesus to kiss him.
(48)  Jesus said to him, "Judas, do you intend to betray the Son of Man with a kiss?"



Judas betrayed Jesus with an identity kiss, and Jesus was hauled off into the night to face His destiny.  Judas received some land and 30 pieces of silver. He sold his soul for perishable trinkets. After Jesus' death, we read that Judas was overwhelmed by his actions. He hung himself.

Mat 27:3-8
(3)  Then Judas, who had betrayed Jesus, regretted what had happened when he saw that Jesus was condemned. He brought the 30 silver coins back to the chief priests and leaders.
(4)  He said, "I've sinned by betraying an innocent man." They replied, "What do we care? That's your problem."
(5)  So he threw the money into the temple, went away, and hanged himself.
(6)  The chief priests took the money and said, "It's not right to put it into the temple treasury, because it's blood money."
(7)  So they decided to use it to buy a potter's field for the burial of strangers.
(8)  That's why that field has been called the Field of Blood ever since.


Judas ended his life and forever was placed in the history books as the betrayer. How did he get to this point? Why did he not just ask for forgiveness? The other apostles betrayed Jesus too. Judas could have asked for forgiveness from Jesus. His mind was so warped by the influence of Satan. The enemy is truly the great manipulator of the human mind.We can learn alot from the Apostle Judas. His story should be a warning to us all.

The Judas Principle.

1.  No foundation: Judas did not allow Jesus to go deeper into his heart and reveal the strongholds in his life. He did not base his relationship with Christ on a good foundation. It was more external than internal.
2.  Lust for worldly things:  Judas desired money and worldly things more than the truth of Christ. He allowed the temptations of world to get the best of him.
3. Man-made doctrine: Judas obviously thought he was doing Jesus a favor by turning Him over to the Pharisees. He did not know the Jewish leaders were going to have him killed. Judas regretted his actions but his personal dogma brought him to a place of betrayal. Man-made doctrine is deceiving many in our churches today. It has replaced the Living Word of God as truth.  We must be careful to not fall for the same trickery.
4. Deception: Judas was completely deceived by his own actions and from Satan's leading. Deception is easy to fall into and hard to get out of.
5. External relationship: On the outside, Judas seemed to be a great follower of Christ. The other Apostles never suspected him as the one who would betray Jesus.  How many " Christians" have an outward appearance of faith but inwardly they are as cold as ice?
 

The Judas Principle is still alive and well in our churches today.  In fact, a big bulk of Christians have the same heart and same shortcomings as Judas. Unless we repent and turn to the Lord; we will one day betray Him with our selfish actions. If you are leaders, please warn your congregations of this truth.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Life's Manifesto

Woke up this morning with thoughts racing through my mind. I was just thinking about life and having a conversation, in my head, with the Loving God. I think He sometimes implants these thoughts within me. A manifesto is a declaration about a well thought out topic. It is a creed or a life stance. What is life's manifesto if you will?  I can't get away from the truth that you and I are finite beings. We are like vapors we are here one moment and gone the next. I think about mankind in general and see 7 billion people who will all die at one point in history. Then the cycle will be reborn as new life is brought into the world.

What was meant for us? Were we ever supposed to die? To be honest, I don't believe that the word DEATH was in Adam and Eve's vocabulary when they lived in the Garden. When the Living God created them; his intent was to keep the infinite in nature. Human flesh living forever. He put a special tree in the garden which would have accommodated this feat.

Gen 3:22-24
(22)  Then the LORD God said, "The man has become like one of us, since he knows good and evil. He must not reach out and take the fruit from the tree of life and eat. Then he would live forever."
(23)  So the LORD God sent the man out of the Garden of Eden to farm the ground from which the man had been formed.
(24)  After he sent the man out, God placed angels and a flaming sword that turned in all directions east of the Garden of Eden. He placed them there to guard the way to the tree of life.





Before Adam and Eve's sin, they ate from the tree of life daily.  The special fruit had eternal properties which allowed the human flesh to never age. In fact, the fruits potency was so strong that mankind after this point in time lived to be hundreds of years old. Methuselah, Noah's Grandfather,  lived to be 969 years old. Methuselah's daddy was Enoch the prophet. Enoch prophesied about the coming flood and his son would be used as a sign of the world's coming destruction. When Methuselah died; it rained for 40 days and nights afterwards. Could you imagine living for almost a 1,000 years? Sin slowly started to suck the Eternal life properties from mankind.


God never intended for us to die. Sin brought death and now we are faced with it daily. None of us are promised a today or a tomorrow. We are just promised the Living God's eternal presence before us. God did not want sinful beings to be eternal either. That is why Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden. Sin separates us from God's eternal purpose for all of mankind. This is why the Son had to come in order to set us back on track with our original purpose. We can only live for the Lord through our eternal nature not through our finite nature. We can only worship him in Spirit and truth. He did not create us to worship Him or to become slaves to His infinite will. He created us so He could unconditionally love us. His purpose is before us and transcends space and time.


We exists currently with two lines. One line by passes the other. One line has no beginning or ending. The other line has a beginning and will have an ending. See the object below.




 One day the Finite line will be erased forever. We are eternal beings. We were never meant to be temporary. Time was created by sin not God. Sin continues to suck the fullness of life from us. It continues to control us at our very core. It manipulates and deceives. It pulls us away from our true purpose. Jesus taught us not be caught up in worldly matters in regards to storing up treasure or material things.

Psalm_17:14  With your power rescue me from mortals, O LORD, from mortals who enjoy their inheritance only in this life. You fill their bellies with your treasure. Their children are satisfied with it, and they leave what remains to their children.

Psalm 49:20
(20)  Mortals, with what they treasure, still don't have understanding. They are like animals that die.

Mark_10:21  Jesus looked at him and loved him. He told him, "You're still missing one thing. Sell everything you have. Give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then follow me!"
Luke_12:34  Your heart will be where your treasure is.

We spend most of our life working away, becoming something in the eyes of others, accumulating debt, and seeking other things which will one day fade away.  What is the wise course of action? Spending your life building up an empire in a world which will one day be no more or spending your finite life building up unearthly treasure in a place which has no beginning and no ending? I choose the latter. This is why it is just foolishness to be caught up in petty differences. Families get mad at each other, friends disown each other, workers get irate at their bosses, and for what purpose? We spend so much time on corroded things. Life is short. Our human existence has a beginning point and an ending point. Time tells us that our finite line could end at any point on the line. Life is really that short. Life is meant for something more. It is meant to give to the poor. It is meant to be lived beyond our own selfish reasons. It is meant to be lived in the teachings and truths of Jesus Christ. His complete word. His complete truth.  Mankind has proven from the dawn of time until our present day existence that we will try to distort and live a life contrary to the wisdom of God. This is foolishness loved ones!  We are putting our trust in corruptible things. All of this will one day be gone. One day my life will be no more. I must make the best of my condition. It is the condition of the flesh. It is fading away on a daily basis. I must trust in my eternal Lord. I can trust that He will , at times, bring eternal power to my finite being. Healings, miracles, and other Godly feats are demonstrations of His passion and desire to touch His people in some great way. They help point us to His eternal love and purpose. This finite line, which we live in, is just a training model for the infinite line we will one day be transported to. Everything Jesus taught us points to these truths.

What are you doing? Are you bound to sin, which by the way is finite as well? Are you bound to unforgiveness and hold grudges towards others? Are you overwhelmed because you are not rich enough or you are having to struggle through this life? Fight for the truth. Live your life through the heart of Christ. I can see him now sitting and teaching the disciples and the people around Him. He,who came from eternity's line, would explain to them their eternal purpose. He would leave us with the knowledge on how the infinite can touch the finite until all things have come to pass.

Oh my mind and being is transforming! I can not fully articulate what I am seeing and hearing at this point. I feel like a man who has been transported from his present state to see something else beyond himself.  We serve and love a Living God. Life is much more than the painting on the wall. We have to go beyond the frame and see it!!!! This is our MANIFESTO!!!!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Real Jesus

Mat 17:1-8
(1)  After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John (the brother of James) and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone.
(2)  Jesus' appearance changed in front of them. His face became as bright as the sun and his clothes as white as light.
(3)  Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them and were talking with Jesus.
(4)  Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it's good that we're here. If you want, I'll put up three tents here-one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
(5)  He was still speaking when a bright cloud overshadowed them. Then a voice came out of the cloud and said, "This is my Son, whom I love and with whom I am pleased. Listen to him!"
(6)  The disciples were terrified when they heard this and fell facedown on the ground.
(7)  But Jesus touched them and said, "Get up, and don't be afraid!"
(8)  As they raised their heads, they saw no one but Jesus.


The Disciples walked around with Jesus and thought they really knew who he was. They seen him do miracles and bring healing to others. He spoke words that were out of this world and authoritative. Jesus often told his disciples John_6:46  I'm saying that no one has seen the Father. Only the one who is from God has seen the Father. and John_5:19  Then Jesus answered and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, The Son can do nothing of Himself but what He sees the Father do. For whatever things He does, these also the Son does likewise.


When Jesus walked the earth; he only showed his earthly appearance. The true appearance of Jesus is beyond what anyone of us could ever dream of. His glory is brighter than the Sun and greater than a super nova. His majesty goes beyond the heavens and the known universe. His transfiguration meant He changed into His actual form before these three disciples. He showed them a true form of His brilliance. It was just another confirmation of who He was and is. Perhaps , the Apostle John recounts his experience on this mountain when writing the first sentences of the book of Revelation. He describes Jesus in majestic detail.

Moses and Elijah stood before Jesus during this mountain experience. The disciples were oblivious of their purpose. Moses, giver of the Law and Elijah representing the words of the prophets simply laid everything on Jesus. They declared that Jesus fulfilled the Law and the words of the Seerts. They gave greater credence to Jesus' claims to the Godhead.

 It is interesting to note which disciples Jesus brought with Him on this day of revelation. He brought Peter the Rock. He brought James the Passionate, and He brought John the one filled with God's love. They would testify in the future what they saw. Jesus was speaking something to us all. His truth is firmly planted on the Solid Rock. His passion carried Him to the cross for all of mankind and His love spans beyond human comprehension. Our lives should rest upon the rock. Our story should be filled with His passion for mankind, and our love should be His love.

True to human nature, the disciples tried to contain what they saw. They wanted to build tabernacles for the three figures. Perhaps, they thought many would come from all around to see this great event. If Judas has been there; he probably would have saw dollar signs floating over their heads. We can not contain the uncontainable. His glory would burn through it.  This experience reveals to us the true intent of our Lord. Jesus,being God, came to us and laid down His human existence for us. He showed His real appearance to the disciples that day and to us many years later. He revealed His power and might. He could have jumped off of the cross. He could have stopped the evil men who came against Him, but He chose not to. His love for us was too great than the sustaining of His own life.

I have literally been studying this passage of scripture all week. Each day I would read it and something unique is revealed to me. I sense the Lord teaching me , and you something remarkable through these scriptures. Allow Holy Spirit to reveal His truth to you. You know about the human Jesus but do you know about the transfigured Jesus? Have you experience the power and love of the transfigured Jesus? He sits on the right hand side of the Father and all of His glory fills the heavenly temple.  We don't serve a dead God. We serve a living God!!!! We should rejoice and rethink our present condition. Stop living a defeated life! Stop allow Sin to control your thoughts! Stop living in the past! Rise up and come to the transfigured Jesus! Allow His glory to consume you and change your life forever. As for me, I am running deeper into the arms of the transfigured Jesus. Here I come Jesus! I surrender my everything to you for nothing else matters. Every human experience is just temporary and finite. I rather put my trust in the infinite Christ who is transfiguring my spirit and soul.



Sunday, March 11, 2012

Self-Control ( Who controls who)



Proverbs 25:28  Like a city broken into and left without a wall, so is a person who lacks self-control. 

Throughout history there are cities which have fallen due to the lack of walls or fortification. Self-Control means having the ability to exercise restraint or control over one's feelings, emotions, and reactions. It is one of the fruits of the spirit which should be evident in every believer.

The Great Wall of China is the world's largest wall. Astronauts can see it from space while rotating around the Earth. In 7 B.C. , the construction of the wall started by feuded warlords of the time. For many centuries the sections of the wall were added and it helped keep out invaders from various locations of the country. It reached its highest glory during the Ming Dynasty. The Wall is anywhere from 15 to 30 feet high and it is 5500 miles long. Throughout the centuries the invaders were only able to cross sections of the wall when they were not kept up. They Ming Dynasty reconstructed the torn walls and kept the Mongolians at bay.

Christians should have a Great Wall of China like ability inside of us.  Our self-control should be better than what it is. I am speaking to myself first and foremost.  The enemy is able to attack and over take us at times due to our walls of defense being down. Self-Control could stop many from being led by their feelings or emotions. It could help many see the big picture instead of always making assumptions. When we are in arguments; self-control is exercised and each person listens to each other. When we are faced with temptations whether lust or other sinful desires; self-control gives us a different perspective and leads us back to the truth. People without self-control are impulsive, easily manipulated, bound to sin and lust, and are easily deceived by others. Growing up as a teenager, I did not follow the crowd. Everybody was drinking, smoking, doing drugs, having sex, doing things behind their parents back, and much more. My shyness actually helped me a lot in this department but as I grew in the faith my self-control grew with me. People without courage and self-esteem easily fall into the trap of what everyone else is doing.

If you find yourself falling into sin more easily then you might want to look at your walls. Maybe  your temperance has been broken into and it is time to rise up. Only Holy Spirit can give us true self-control. Buddhist monks mediate all day long and pull themselves out from society in order to have self-control. We have the greater truth as the body of Christ where is our self-control? Where is our restraint? Churches fall due to the lack of self-control. People gossip due to a lack of self-control. Relationships are ended due to a lack of self-control and respect. Many believers live by and through their emotions and feelings. In fact, some only have a relationship based on this order. Our faith is much deeper than that. Our emotion and feelings should never stop us from loving others and from keeping the relationships we are called to have. Our lack of self-control is leaving the body of Christ open for many attacks. Lust and sin is rapid within our ranks. The Truth of the Gospel has been replaced by the " Feel Good" gospel. If it feels good to me or if it is right for me then it is truth for me. My flesh would love to look at naked women or live an unrighteous life but that does not mean I should give in to it. It is hard having self-control in your own strength. I know I falter at times. Many just give up and succumb to the temptations. We must fight. We must keep the walls up against the evil which is before us. There are invaders waiting on the other side of the wall of temperance. They are waiting for the opportunity to breach the wall. Believers should be towers of temperance. We should show the world that Christ is really in us. This Christ , who through self-control, carried himself to the cross and laid down his life for a sinful and heathen people. Jesus could have resisted. He could have allowed his feelings and emotions in the garden to over take Him, but he pressed forward. He did not allow is fleshy desires stop the spiritual act which was upon him. We are faced with doing the right thing every day. If Christ is in us then self-control is growing within us as well. It does not mean we will not slip up from time to time but it does mean there is evidence of HIS SELF-CONTROL within us. We only get it by spending time with Him. It does not mean we should live our life without feeling or emotions. We are not from planet Vulcan. It means we are not led by our feelings or emotions but we are lead by Holy Spirit each and every day.  Look at your walls of temperance today. Are your city that has fallen or about to fall? Come back to Christ and call upon his name. Ask for His temperance or self-control to be inside of you. He loves you no matter what. He grieves when you or I fall into sin or are overtaken by it. Rise up and flee sin and run to His arms of Grace and love.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Hunger

Matthew 5:6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for God's approval. They will be satisfied.

The human flesh hungers even when it is satisfied; it is never satisfied for long. It has to have more food to be sustained. There is a spiritual hunger everyone should have, and it can only be sustained by our relationship with Jesus Christ.

There was a man who had an uncontrollable hunger. He would try all kind of foods to satisfy his inner desire. He would travel all around the world and eat dishes in hopes this hunger would subside. He ate bobotie in South Africa , and his hunger increased the more. He ate cassoulet from France and his stomach ached with pain. He ate dim sum while standing on the Great Wall of China. His hunger still doubled him over and brought him to his knees. While trekking through the ruins of Athens; he tried moussaka in hopes the hunger would be no more. His urge for food would not stop. While in Greece, he heard of an ancient place which had the most remarkable food. Food which could quit possibly stop his uncontrollable hunger. He had to get to this place. His passion for discovery overshadowed his hunger for the moment. Where does this place exist? How could he get there? Who would know the way? A stranger suggested he would find answers in a land called the Promise. ( Israel)  He traveled to Israel in hopes of unraveling the secrets to the hidden destination. While walking along the old Roman Road, a mysterious man appears before him. He had an angelic appearance and talked with a soft voice. He was encouraging and seemed eager to help the man bound to hunger. They walked until a cave with an opening was in sight. The mysterious man led the traveller into the entrance. The question was asked with passion and gentleness. " Do you want your hunger to go away?" The ailing man shouted with pain from his abdomen, " YES!". Instantly the cave was filled with blinding light. The Mysterious man illuminated and appeared to shed the fleshy shell. Immediately the hungry man was transported to a place called Gan Eden. It was the most beautiful place he had ever seen. The trees were filled with unimaginable fruit. The grass seemed to tickle his toes as he walked forward. The breeze would fill his lungs with a sweet taste of nectar. The illuminated man and the hungry man kept walking forward until they came to a table centered in the middle of Gan Eden. On the table was a food too holy to describe. It shined with a pure excellence. Its color seemed to bend to the brilliance of the light. The illuminated man asked a question again. " Do you want your hunger to go away?" The hungry man fell to his knees and cried with a broken heart. " Yes, oh Yes!" Then take the food on the table and eat." declared the illuminated man. The hungry man reached for the food on the table. His arm and hand trembled in fear and excitement. He touched the food and a power surged through his entire body. He slowly brought the food to his lips. His mouth opened with anticipation. His stomach shook with desire. He bit into the food and began to chew with eagerness. He swallowed the first bite and his head snapped back and his hands went to the side. Flashes of time and history rushed through his mind like a movie on fast forward. The taste was out of this world. The chewed food flowed quickly down to the place of his pain. It splashed into the pool of eruption and calmed the creature of which controlled the hungry man for so long. He was changed! The Hunger pains left! He was cured not by earthly food but  by food which was beyond the world he knew. He was changed by the touch from the illuminated man and his life would never be the same. Within an instant, the man who hungered no more was transported back to the cave. He exited the cave with joy and feeling of newness. His hunger was delivered not because of the special food within itself. He had sought for freedom and trusted that the mysterious man had all the answers. His hunger was no more because he surrendered all to have the right kind of food.

What are we searching for? What we seek is not of this world. Only those who hunger can search for something more.

Proverbs16:26  A laborer's appetite works to his advantage, because his hunger drives him on.

Only the hungry can be filled with THE FOOD beyond our wildest imaginations. THE FOOD cures us. It transforms us. It draws us deeper to the one who gives it. It leaves us changed and never the same. The hunger is the source which strengthens the journey. Hunger and thirst for Him and you will be filled.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Eat the Flesh and Drink the blood

John 6:54-66  Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will bring them back to life on the last day.  (55)  My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.  (56)  Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me, and I live in them.  (57)  The Father who has life sent me, and I live because of the Father. So those who feed on me will live because of me.  (58)  This is the bread that came from heaven. It is not like the bread your ancestors ate. They eventually died. Those who eat this bread will live forever."  (59)  Jesus said this while he was teaching in a synagogue in Capernaum.  (60)  When many of Jesus' disciples heard him, they said, "What he says is hard to accept. Who wants to listen to him anymore?"  (61)  Jesus was aware that his disciples were criticizing his message. So Jesus asked them, "Did what I say make you lose faith?  (62)  What if you see the Son of Man go where he was before?  (63)  Life is spiritual. Your physical existence doesn't contribute to that life. The words that I have spoken to you are spiritual. They are life.  (64)  But some of you don't believe." Jesus knew from the beginning those who wouldn't believe and the one who would betray him.  (65)  So he added, "That is why I told you that people cannot come to me unless the Father provides the way."  (66)  Jesus' speech made many of his disciples go back to the lives they had led before they followed Jesus.

Was  Jesus a vampire? LOL!!!! What was he talking about then in this passage? Why did so many leave him on this day and followed him no more?

Does this passage make you scratch your head or does it draw you closer to the Lord? For me I am drawn closer to His greatness for I see the message Jesus is portraying and I understand why he said what He did.

The Word of God is a mystery to those who really don't know him and it is a revealed secret to those who truly have his heart. Jesus spoke in parables for that purpose. Those who really wanted to know more of Him would dig in until the mystery was revealed.

Jesus brought truth from an Old Testament perspective into a New Covenant perspective. The Manna in the wilderness was temporary and the people who partook of it eventually died. The Manna in the wilderness was meant to temporary sustain the people of Israel until they entered the promised land.  The Manna of old was a foreshadow of the Manna of life which would come to man kind. The New Manna , one would only need to partake of once. The New Manna would sustain and give eternal life. Jesus declared himself as the New Manna. What a powerful statement to make in the midst of religious people. Jesus knew that many of His disciples , who were present, did not fully have  his heart. Most came to him not from a drawing of Holy Spirit but through the popularity of the movement.

We see it today. A new church starts up and it has all the buzz of doing great things. All of the sudden people are leaving their present church to go to the new more " Of the Times" church. Church growth in America is mostly by rewashed Christians not by new conversions. Most believers have a shallow faith which can only be energized by newness and the going fad. It is sad but true. Many people in the crowd that day who called themselves disciples of Christ where followers of the new thing not followers of the living Christ. Many people today are followers of the " No Conviction" gospel. Ask them to take up their cross. Ask them to deny self and follow Jesus. Tell them to eat of his flesh and drink of his blood and you will soon see who the true followers are.

trueness of your faith? If you think acting like a Christian is being a Christian? Then you are fooled by the biggest Liar mankind has ever known. ( Satan) Then you are deceived by your own self-righteousness and self-righteousness will NEVER put you on the same playing field as the Righteousness of God.

In reality, in all spirituality, I am nothing without the Lord. In all truth and understanding,  I can only connect with a spiritual being through spiritual means. I can only come when He draws me. When He zaps my spirit with His presence. I am revitalized into His goodness. I cease to exist in my present form and I am swept away in His Consciousness. I realize I am still in fleshy form but fleshy form is not in me. I understand that my humanity can stop me from shedding the shell of mushy flesh but I desire to pursue the one who is not of this existence. I know where I stand when I am with Him. I know where I am going when I am with Him. My life means knowing unless He is in the center of it all. I understand that I did not begin to live on my earthly birthday but I began to live when I gave my life to Him. I was reborn. I was changed by His glory. I was altered from one state of existence onto another plain of living.  Yes there is still pockets of my flesh which desire to rise and I succumb to there evils. Yes, I fight daily against my existence in this world and the existence in the world of truth. But one day, when I have totally surrender my inhibitions to the Lord. Can corporeal beings walk in non corporeal existence? Can we fully shed the hold of world control? I believe Jesus made it clear that we can but only through His strength and power. Only when I eat of His flesh and drink of His blood. When I am willing to kill the flesh and give live to the Spirit. Then and only then can I find myself in complete surrender to the realm of the Living God. Write me and let me know what you think.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Wash my feet

John 13:4-5  So he got up from the table, removed his outer clothes, took a towel, and tied it around his waist.  (5)  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel that he had tied around his waist.

The lowest of servants in a household was the one who was given the task of washing everyone's dirty feet. It is a humbling and degrading work. Jesus decided to do this lowly task for his disciples. This is a part of the Last Supper that most Christians skip over. Jesus in his great wisdom showed his disciples how to be a servant to each other and to the world. We are never as great as we think we are. Some people hide their identity behind their position at work or in the church. Many hide their identity in their riches or lack of riches. Jesus made it clear that the core behind our faith is servitude to each other. Are we willing to lay our lives down for each other?  Are we willing to give up our personal time and finances to reach out to others. Our faith is useless unless it is shared with others. What sets our faith apart from all the other religions? It is not that we do good deeds because of our religious ordinances. We do good deeds because of His love living inside of us. Out of our love for Jesus we share our faith with others and make a difference in the world. We know that at the end of the day whether we told one person about Christ or not that Jesus will still love us. It is because of this love we have the internal drive to share His love with others. There is a world out there waiting for their feet to be washed. People all over the planet crying out for the love we have.This love can not be kept to ourselves. The world is waiting for humbled Christians who are willing to kneel down and wash their dirty feet. Who are willing to get dirty themselves for the sake of love. I can see the faces of the world as I write this. I see the faces of all nationalities. Tears running down their cheeks and crying out for something more. Crying out for freedom from their bondage. I see the servants of God with towels and basins in hand. We have the message. We have the passion within us. We have the greatest example we could ever follow. May we rise up and wash the feet of the hurting and the desolate.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Metamorphosis


Can you hear me Lord? The Silence seems deafening.
Can you see me Lord? My vision seems to be blurry.
Can you touch me Lord? The numbness seems to be all over.

I see you in the distance just above the hill.
I see you standing there covered in the shadows.
The wind is whistling through the flowers and the leaves.


Where did you go?
Why have you disappeared?
When can I be with you again?

Why have I left you?
Why did I walk the other direction?
I beat my chest in self-disgust.

Where did you go?
Why have you disappeared?
When can I be with you again?

I embrace the dirty road.
My lips are filled with the dust.
My knees are embedded into the gravel.

I bury my face into my muddy palms.
My tears drip down my cheeks likes little rivers.
I breathe but my heart has stop beating.

Can you hear me Lord? The Silence seems deafening.
Can you see me Lord? My vision seems to be blurry.
Can you touch me Lord? The numbness seems to be all over.

My garments are torn and ragged.
My feet are bare and bleeding.
My face is dirty and gritty.

I feel the warm of your hand on my shoulder.
You reach for me and lift me up.
You dust of my filthy garments.

My tears are wiped away with your finger.
My rags become new.
The silence is no more

I am pulled to your chest.
Your embrace makes my soul alive!
My world seems to disappear into your arms.

The  silence is replaced with the noise of freedom.
The blurry vision becomes clearer now.
The numbness is replaced by the warmth of your touch.

2Corinthians 5:17  Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.