Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Convictor of Hearts

John 16:1-13  Jesus continued, "I have said these things to you so that you won't lose your faith.  (2)  You will be thrown out of synagogues. Certainly, the time is coming when people who murder you will think that they are serving God.  (3)  They will do these things to you because they haven't known the Father or me.  (4)  But I've told you this so that when it happens you'll remember what I've told you. I didn't tell you this at first, because I was with you.  (5)  "Now I'm going to the one who sent me. Yet, none of you asks me where I'm going.  (6)  But because I've told you this, you're filled with sadness.  (7)  However, I am telling you the truth: It's good for you that I'm going away. If I don't go away, the helper won't come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.  (8)  He will come to convict the world of sin, to show the world what has God's approval, and to convince the world that God judges it.  (9)  He will convict the world of sin, because people don't believe in me.  (10)  He will show the world what has God's approval, because I'm going to the Father and you won't see me anymore.  (11)  He will convince the world that God judges it, because the ruler of this world has been judged.  (12)  "I have a lot more to tell you, but that would be too much for you now.  (13)  When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into the full truth. He won't speak on his own. He will speak what he hears and will tell you about things to come.

Holy Spirit is better at convicting hearts than I am. Sometimes Christians try to be the one convicting hearts when they simply don't have that power. We should leave this task to Holy Spirit. It does not mean that we should not point out sin or speak God's word but we should allow Holy Spirit to take it to the next level. No one can come to the Lord unless Holy Spirit draws them. We are the messengers of the Gospel; Holy Spirit is the power behind the message. Jesus presented some powerful truths in this passage of Scripture.

1. Jesus warned the Apostles and gave a warning to us in the here and now. There will be people who will persecute and possibly even kill believers. Some will think they are doing it for the Lord. This is a key message when talking about conviction from the Holy Spirit. If we are not listening to His convicting power then we could become the killers of the Saints. How many false believers have already done so in our day? They become the killers of the Saints through their gossip and words of condemnation. Nonetheless, our world is heading more and more to this direction. Already Christians are killed in the name of someone's false God.
2. Holy Spirit is the Helper. Holy Spirit had to come to us. We can not walk in our Christain Faith without the Influence and power of Holy Spirit. Why is Holy Spirit not talked about much?  Even in Charismatic circles? The word helper in this passage means comforter, advocate, or intercessor.  Holy Spirit is all three to us. His presence keeps our spirits in peace and comfort each day we wake up. He is the power behind our communication with the Father; and He intercedes for our behalf. This is why speaking in tongues is so important. Holy Spirit speaks for us. Look at these verses in Romans.

Romans 8:26-27  At the same time the Spirit also helps us in our weakness, because we don't know how to pray for what we need. But the Spirit intercedes along with our groans that cannot be expressed in words.  (27)  The one who searches our hearts knows what the Spirit has in mind. The Spirit intercedes for God's people the way God wants him to.

There are times where Holy Spirit continues my times of intense prayer by interceding deeply through me. It is a powerful time and part of His work within us.

3. Jesus declared twice that Holy Spirit would convict the world of their sin. He would reveal to the world their evil against God.  He uses us as believers to reveal this truth to the world. When the world sees a group of people who are passionate about the Lord and changed from their controlling sin. Then Holy Spirit steps in and shines His Conviction upon bleeding hearts.

4. Holy Spirit declares the Full Truth. When Jesus released Holy Spirit in greater force on our planet; He brought to mankind the Full truth for all to follow.  He brings conviction to our hearts with the Full truth and will guides us with His truth.

We have to be open to His conviction. His conviction is not condemning or pushy. It is not a heart burn feeling. It is peaceful and nurturing. He reveals to us our heart and compares it to the heart of the Father. When we are in Holy Spirit's presence we soon discover the true intent of our hearts and why we need a Savior. Truly Holy Spirit is the Convictor of Hearts.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Demons and Spiritual battles

I am aware that when one talks about demons or spiritual beings; he or she can be looked upon as being crazy or mentally oblivious. I can assure you that I am neither. My mental faculties are quit in tact. I have had my real life physical encounters with demonic beings. I can assure you that Demons or Devils are real. They are just as real as Jesus Christ and Satan.  I write this blog today to help bring a rediscovered awareness of them and of who they are. They have one great task bestowed upon them by their evil master. That is to destroy the faith of mankind in the one true God. Idols and false religions exists in the world today due to the efforts of these hideous beings. Paul the apostle allures to the fact that behind every idol is a demon.

1 Corinthians 10:20-21  Hardly! What I am saying is that these sacrifices which people make are made to demons and not to God. I don't want you to be partners with demons.  (21)  You cannot drink the Lord's cup and the cup of demons. You cannot participate at the table of the Lord and at the table of demons.

Truly behind every idol and false teaching there is the influence or foot print of a devil. Why is it that almost all false religions have a strong hold of corrupt, sexual desires leading the way? Demons understand and know the weaknesses of men. They understand sexual sins are ones against the flesh which can keep a person bound for years if not till death.  Demons have taken on the persona of their master. They desire to kill, steal, and destroy all that exist in human flesh. It is their purpose and goal. They could easily fulfill this task by physically cutting down each human being on the face of the planet. In fact, one day they will do just that.

Revelation 9:2-6  It opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and smoke came out of the shaft like the smoke from a large furnace. The smoke darkened the sun and the air.  (3)  Locusts came out of the smoke onto the earth, and they were given power like the power of earthly scorpions.  (4)  They were told not to harm any grass, green plant, or tree on the earth. They could harm only the people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.  (5)  They were not allowed to kill them. They were only allowed to torture them for five months. Their torture was like the pain of a scorpion's sting.  (6)  At that time people will look for death and never find it. They will long to die, but death will escape them.

Right now the full onslaught of demonic attack is being held back for the purpose of God, but there is day coming where they will be released to enter into our realm to reap havoc upon mankind.

There are different types of demons , but time and purpose will not allow us to go into each one. The following verses do shed some light on this truth.

Ephesians 6:12-13  This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world.  (13)  For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground.

Demons are now secretly attacking and corrupting the world. They use the art of deception and deceive many from the loving arms of God. It was the art of deception which took place in the garden. Demons and Satan have had thousands of years perfecting this art. Their tactics are more cunning now and easily believed if we are not careful.

There is a battle raging in the heavens. There are battles you and I will face as believers. Demons are coming against the believers the most because we serve the one true God. We pose a threat to their evil plans and pose a threat we must continue to do. If you want evil to continue to take over then sit back and do nothing.

Now I know some christian circles have wrongly taught that Jesus took everything on the cross, so we don't have to go through battles. Apparently the Apostle Paul was not aware of this teaching because he taught often about fighting against spiritual beings. The other apostles make mention of this truth in their letters to the churches as well. Yes, Jesus defeated death on cross. Yes, he defeated the power of the enemy on the cross but guess what? We still live in a corrupt world. We still live in a world where the enemy is known as the Prince and power of the air. Jesus set the journey of salvation into motion on that Cross thousands of years ago. Our journey is not over yet. What he did leave us, until it is, is the power to overcome EVERY ATTACK of the enemy. We are going to have battles ,this part is true, but we don't have to lose them. The same Holy Spirit which rose Jesus up from the grave is the same Holy Spirit residing in us. We don't have to be deceived. We don't have to lose one single battle with the enemy. We have been given the weapons to overcome each and every battle.  Demons will try to over take you, but remember someone greater is inside of you.

Now let me make something very clear. I don't believe everything we go through in life is an attack from a devil. For instance, I have heard Christians blame the devil when they get a flat tire. Apparently, the devil stuck his claws into their tires. This is just foolishness and ignorance. Not everything is a devil. This is why we need to walk in discernment. If we are listening to the Holy Spirit then we can sense what is of the enemy and what is of a natural course of life happening. For instance, there have been times where I have sense an attack from the enemy in the manner of sickness. This strange sickness would come upon me, and I could sense it was not a natural occurrence. I would rebuke it ,and it would leave immediately. Not all sicknesses are from devils some are just from natural causes. However, all sickness is a result from sin being released into the world. Through Jesus Christ, we have the power and right to take authority over all sickness and diseases. Another Blog entirely.

Once again, this blog is to bring light to the other realms we are sometime unaware of. There are battles taking place right now in the spirit. There are demons and angels fighting in the heavens. The Angels are fighting for our behalf. We can't forget this truth. Look at your life. Make sure you are not being easily deceived. If you are battling a reoccurring sin; fight against it in the spirit. Understand that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood. We fight against spiritual beings who are out to destroy us. There is good news. We can win each battle every time through the power of the Holy Spirit. Be encouraged friend! Your Redeemer is with you!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Learning life in the Foxholes

Many years ago, when I was in basic training, we spent three days and nights in a forest of South Carolina. I was doing my army training at Fort Jackson located in Columbia, South Carolina. I never forget the first day. It was a hot and steamy morning. One could see the heat waves ripple across the horizon. The Drill sergeant marched us all to different locations spread out within the woods. Two were placed at different zones. Each one of us were given a small shovel , and we were commissioned to start digging our foxholes. The foxhole had to be a specific measurement in order to pass the Drill sergeant's inspection. It had to be equal on each side and armpit deep. The Sump trenches had to be 2 feet deep and 5 inches wide. Just big enough to kick a grenade into and deep enough to hopefully stop some of the impact from the explosion. The sump trenches had to be one on the left and one on the right. We literally dug the hole all day. With the small shovels and my partner not willing to do all the work; I ended up digging our hole of protection.  We had to get done before sundown because we were told the enemy might attack. ( This was a mock simulation. There was another platoon opposite of us deep in the woods as well.) I spent the next two days and nights in that foxhole. It was quite an experience. My partner and I talked some, sweated some, watched the movement in the middle of the night and ensured our foxhole was ready for action. You never get the fullness of life until you have spent sometime in the trenches. The Foxholes of life are used to teach you a lot about yourself. We did not have a shower for three days and three nights. Some how I contracted a rash all over my body from the poison Oak plant. It was a treacherous experience but one I will never forget. You never know your determination until you'll presented with a situation to prove your stamina.

We all have foxholes to dig and to live in at times. Sometimes our life takes the detour to uncertainty, and we find ourselves in the foxhole looking out at the movement in the woods. One thing I have learned and discovered is that my partner in my spiritual foxhole is Jesus Christ. He is right there with me regardless of my circumstance. He is guarding the hole and ensuring we are battle ready. There is a real enemy out there. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy but my Lord is faithful. Don't be afraid to experience life during the hard times as well. This is the time where you grow the most. This is the time where you learn more about yourself and about your Lord. You are in the Foxhole together. He hears your grumbling stomach from the gnawing hunger. He sees your blood and sweat beating off your face. He is aware of the fatigue and the loneliness you are experiencing. He is right there with you in the Foxhole. In Deuteronomy 31:6 it states  Be strong and courageous. Don't tremble! Don't be afraid of them! The LORD your God is the one who is going with you. He won't abandon you or leave you." He will not abandon us when the fighting gets intense. He stays in the Foxhole with us the whole time. Maybe you are facing uncertainty. Maybe you are uncertain of your call or maybe you are battling something fierce. Know this? and I mean this with all passion and due diligence. Know that the Lord is right there with you. Know that His Holy Spirit is there to bring comfort and the power to endure to the end. One thing is certain as the evil of this world increases; the battles against the saints of God will increase as well. We must learn now on how to rely on our Lord in the times in the Foxhole.



And one other thing, after were were finished with our 3 day experience, we had to bury our foxholes and leave no evidence of our arrival.  Guess what? When you have fought the battles and have won in the Lord. Then you get to bury the foxhole. You get to bury all the blood and sweat. You get to declare that you have overcome, and you have made it through. There is something about burying that foxhole. I remember feeling a little remorse because I have spent three days in this hole. I had endured through much in this God forsaken hole and now I was burying it. But as I pushed each scoop full of dirt into the hole. I felt like a winner. I felt like I had accomplished much and have overcome. Embrace the Foxhole and never look back.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Suffering

Psalms 22:1-10  For the choir director; according to ayyeleth hashachar; a psalm by David. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away from helping me, so far away from the words of my groaning?  (2)  My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer- also at night, but I find no rest.  (3)  Yet, you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel.  (4)  Our ancestors trusted you. They trusted, and you rescued them.  (5)  They cried to you and were saved. They trusted you and were never disappointed.  (6)  Yet, I am a worm and not a man. I am scorned by humanity and despised by people.  (7)  All who see me make fun of me. Insults pour from their mouths. They shake their heads and say,  (8)  "Put yourself in the LORD'S hands. Let the LORD save him! Let God rescue him since he is pleased with him!"  (9)  Indeed, you are the one who brought me out of the womb, the one who made me feel safe at my mother's breasts.  (10)  I was placed in your care from birth. From my mother's womb you have been my God.

The Spirit of Christ was exemplified in the lives of the old Testament prophets and through the lives of those mentioned in Psalms. King David would endure much in His life and show the world about the suffering of Christ. The is a glory that awaits all you endure the back lashings of this world. A crowd of Glory and Life given to those who endure to the end. Jesus came and endure those triumph sufferings for our benefit, and now our lives imitate His.

We all have a sorrowful complaint when our Lord appears to be absent from our midst during times of despair. Our spiritual desertions are proof of our journey with the Lord, and of God's eternal purpose for all. Jesus hung on a cross crying, " My God, My God, why have you forsaken me." He wondered in amazement the heaviness of sin and how far it places us from the intimate presence of the Lord. Enduring hardships will remain until the complete work in us is over. We will go through trials and tribulations. We will feel the times of distance from our Lord, but our sorest affliction will exercise our spiritual senses. They will draw us closer to Him and reveal His glory in us. Hang on loved one of God. Hang on Friend of the Great Friend. Redemption is yet a moment away and His comfort is soon to engulf your life.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Brokenness

Brokenness:The stripping away of human desire one piece at a time by Holy Spirit allowing circumstances to work within us. It is the falling to pieces of one's self in order to see change within. It means reaching the limit of self-preservation and bringing all your broken pieces to the throne of God.

Have you ever been broken before the Lord? Have you ever endured something so painful and so hurtful that your whole body shuts down? We all have experience similar pain. God allows our brokenness in hopes we come running to Him for resolve. Many believers today have come to Christ once he or she hit rock bottom in their lives. It  is shameful that many have to wait so long to turn to the Lord, but there is something we can learn from the broken spirit. In fact, why does being broken before the Lord have to stop at salvation. I believe it is valueable to live a life of a broken spirit before the Lord.

One could do a word search in scripture and come up with scriptures which lead us to the power and need of a broken spirit.

 Psalm_31:12  I have faded from memory as if I were dead and have become like a piece of broken pottery.
Psalm_51:17  The sacrifice pleasing to God is a broken spirit. O God, you do not despise a broken and sorrowful heart

Psalm_69:20  Insults have broken my heart, and I am sick. I looked for sympathy, but there was none. I looked for people to comfort me, but I found no one.
Proverbs_18:14  A person's spirit can endure sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?

David was no stranger to be broken before the Lord. Some of the situations which happened in his life was caused by his own foolishness ,and some were brought about by the evil of men. Nonetheless, God used each situation to bring David closer to him. King David realized that a broken and contrite heart God would not despise.  God is our heavenly Father and loves to fix our pains. He knows we temporary live in a world filled with sin and hurt. He understands the temptations are getting stronger and many are falling by the way side. He is stern against our sin, but He still stands before us asking. " Come to me those who are heavy laden and I will give you rest." Come to Him those who are broken and at their limit. Are you at your limit? At your limit with an circumstance? At your limit with your reoccurring sin? Those who are broken and endure to the end will reap the prize. Those who grief over their sin regardless of type will have the Father's blessing stored within them.


Jesus gives us a parable about brokenness and how it should be a part of Christian life.

Matthew 21:42-46  Jesus asked them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. The Lord is responsible for this, and it is amazing for us to see'?  (43)  That is why I can guarantee that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce what God wants.  (44)  Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken. If the stone falls on anyone, it will crush that person."  (45)  When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his illustrations, they knew that he was talking about them.  (46)  They wanted to arrest him but were afraid of the crowds, who thought he was a prophet.

The religion of the Pharisees had become self-centered and ritualistic. Many made up their own rules and corrupted the straight forward teachings of God's word. Do you think that is going on today? The Pharisical spirit is in our midst today and growing in an alarming rate. Many are turning to corrupt or distorted teachings. Jesus gave a difference in righteous believers and those who think they follow the path of the Living God. Those who follow Christ live their lives falling on the stone for brokenness. Those who refuse to see their own corruption will be crush beneath the stone by its power. The moment I stop feeling remorse or conviction over my sin is the moment you stick a fork into me for I am done. I have reached the height of my hypocrisy. The same goes for you. I hate my sin. I hate my wrong before the Lord not because I am afraid of going to hell. I hate it because I have hurt my Father. I have let Him down. I have trespass against His perfect plan for me. I know when I fail my God still loves me. I know He still desires to use me for His glory but He is disappointed. He desires the best for me. He desires the best for you. He wants better for us.

When you and I stand broken before the Lord; we don't have time to look at someone else sin. We don't have the concern whether others are following the same path. All eyes, all hearts, are on the one true God. We have reached our limit of self-absorption. Our knees have fallen , our hands have raised, our body has bent over, our face is plastered to the ground, and tears stream down our face. We are broken. We can't go any further in our present state. My brokenness allows me to see the great love and wrath of my God. My brokenness keeps me grounded and humbled. I cry and wail until there is nothing more inside of me. Until all of me is emptied out before the Lord. This is the life of brokenness. This is the remorse of sin and the hurting of our loving Father. My brokenness draws be closer to His heart. It separates my religion from the true substance of Christian Living. Ladies and gentlemen, our brokenness should happen ever time sin has entrapped us. It should happen every time circumstances have overwhelmed our strength and reliance on Him. We are called to a life of brokenness. Now I know some would say that , " Jesus took all of that on the cross." Well He did and HE IS THE FINISHED work of God, but I am not the FINISHED work of Christ yet. We have not arrived to our destination yet. We still have a ways to go. When Jesus said " IT IS FINISHED." He set into motion the purpose and plan of God for mankind. He brought redemption or a way out for all who believe. The Bridge was finished! The salvation for mankind was finished! A way out for all was finished! The clear Path was Finished! But we are still on the journey. We are still living in a world of sin and corruption is still growing.  My salvation will be complete when I stand before the Lord and throw my Crowns at His feet.  Until then Jesus says to endure until the end. Loved ones, stay broken! Stay at His feet crying out before Him! Don't let the hurts of this world hold you back from His great glory!



Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rejection

Have you ever been rejected by someone? Maybe a friend, a family member, or a fellow Believer? Here is a question that we probably don't ask ourselves. Have we ever rejected someone? The point is that we all have been rejected by others at some point in our life, and possibly we have been the one doing the rejection. Regardless, rejection hurts and sometimes leaves us scratching our heads.

Paul the apostle gives an insight on how being rejected feels.

2 Timothy 4:10-18  Demas has abandoned me. He fell in love with this present world and went to the city of Thessalonica. Crescens went to the province of Galatia, and Titus went to the province of Dalmatia.  (11)  Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you. He is useful to me in my work.  (12)  I'm sending Tychicus to the city of Ephesus as my representative.  (13)  When you come, bring the warm coat I left with Carpus in the city of Troas. Also bring the scrolls and especially the parchments.  (14)  Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will pay him back for what he did.  (15)  Watch out for him. He violently opposed what we said.  (16)  At my first hearing no one stood up in my defense. Everyone abandoned me. I pray that it won't be held against them.  (17)  However, the Lord stood by me and gave me strength so that I could finish spreading the Good News for all the nations to hear. I was snatched out of a lion's mouth.  (18)  The Lord will rescue me from all harm and will take me safely to his heavenly kingdom. Glory belongs to him forever! Amen.

First, there was Demas. Demas was once a close friend of Paul. He traveled with Paul on some of his missionary journeys. Paul mentioned him in the books of Colossians and Philemon; he sent greetings from Demas to the churches in the cities. Nonetheless, Demas apparently left Paul stranded in prison and decided to go a totally opposite direction in his faith. Paul declared that Demas decided to fall in love with the world and settled down in Thessalonica. Maybe Demas became one of those people who talked bad about Paul and turned some from the Church against him.


Second, there was Alexander. He was a metal worker or copper smith. He appeared to be a convert of Paul's and probably at some point was mentored by him. Alexander did a lot of harm to Paul's ministry and to the message being preached in Ephesus. Is this not the truth? There are always people who are too caught up in themselves which cause a lot of harm to the body of Christ.  What is even worse is that people actually believe these evil beings when he or she speaks. Anyway, Paul was obviously hurt by the actions of Alexander. He warned Timothy to watch out for him. This ex-believer ended up causing much emotional harm to Paul and his ministry. Paul was upset that no one came to his defense and everyone abandoned him. Paul was not vengeful and even showed concern about their well being. Paul had to face the hurt and pain of being rejected and betrayed by those closest to him. I am sure these men thought they were doing right. They probably even thought God was on their side. I don't know and nether did Paul. Paul had to rely on the Lord for healing and for strength to endure through the pain. I promise you this. If you have been rejected; there is a God who understands your pain. He is there for you no matter what.

Personal Story:

A few years ago, I had the task of shutting down a church gone to the crapper. I was not mad at anyone nor stopped believing in them. I remember telling a close friend that once the closing was over everyone would cease to talk to us. He was shocked but not taken back when the prophetic word came to pass. Even today people I spent years with have decided to kick me off the face of the planet. Years I spent pouring into their lives. Years I spent giving up of myself and finances to help them through the pains and the sorrows. Years where I seen some fall into some pretty horrible sins but still loved them. Time I spent encouraging them to be more and to rise up in the Lord. Now I was faced with being rejected and thrown to the curb like last week's trash. Times I could have rejected them due to their sin or behavior. I did not. I showed the same Grace of God which has been shown to me. Now don't let me paint myself as a perfect picture. I am not perfect, and I have made mistakes as a leader.  However, where is the grace of God shown to me as I had shown to them. I know of one believer who has decided to talk to others about me. How sad? I pray the Lord does not hold it to his charge. Lord have mercy, please. Anyway, it is sad, and it hurts. People you were close friends with have now decided they are above your acquaintance. Just when I think I understand human behavior; my whole understanding gets flushed in the toilet. I have empathy towards Apostle Paul. I am certain that he felt the same as I. There are several places in Epistles of Paul to where he was rejected by someone he was close to. One might think. " What was wrong with Paul?" " He must have been a bad leader."  This is sometimes the case with bad leaders. They turn people away due to their sinful and obvious evil actions.

So why do people reject others? Below is a possible list and look into the pysche of  others.

1. They have been rejected in their life. Rejected people have the tendency to reject others. It is a human defensive tactic of the heart. " I'll hurt them before they hurt me."

2. People are simply selfish and evil. This is the case most of the time. People can be so self-centered which causes them to reject the good intentions of others. Most people can't see past themselves and sometimes don't realize they are rejecting others. Then some people are just plain evil. For whatever reason, the love of God has left them. I am sorry. If we say we love Jesus and treat fellow believers horribly then the Love of Christ is not in us. Wait a minute that is in the word of God!!!

1John_4:20  Whoever says, "I love God," but hates another believer is a liar. People who don't love other believers, whom they have seen, can't love God, whom they have not seen.


Why don't we take God's word seriously? Why is that we think we have the last say over God's truth? Who do we think we are?

3. People are immature and sinful. Alexander and Demas showed their immaturity and sinful hearts. They once knew the Lord but turned to a life of sin. Sin has to reject righteousness. Sin can not stand in the same room as God's righteousness. The righteousness of God sheds too much light on its actions.

4. People trust in their own self-righteousness. In other words, some think that their walk with God is so much greater than the person they are rejecting. Religion has a way of blinding the spiritual eyes of many.







So how can we overcome the pain of Rejection?


1. Realize that Jesus was rejected. If Jesus was rejected then we are going go through rejection from others as well.
2. Make sure you are not the cause of the rejections. Sometimes we give people the reason to reject us. Our sin or evil actions could very well be the cause of others departing from our presence.
3. Rest assure that God is with your during your pain and after the situation is over. He is committed to seeing his people healed.
4. Remember to stay humble and pray for those who have despitefully used you or have said all manner of evil against you.  One thing I have found to be true in my life as a believer is that God will take care of those who have wrongfully judged or rejected you. He will allow things to happen in their life to bring them to a place of repentance. He is a merciful God. The same grace I need and have is the same grace bestowed upon those who would reject us. That is why we must stay humble and pray for those people to have a change of heart.
5. Realize that God has a way of running your life better than you do. When people reject you and leave you alone, then it could be a blessing in disguise. Sometimes we don't know when to get the wrong people in our lives out. God can take care of that for us. Some people are like leeches the enemy places in your life. They latch onto you and begin sucking your life right out!  They sucked the life right out through their own selfishness and continued antics. Most leeches never stop being leeches they just find someone else to suck on.
6. Allow the rejection of others to grow you in the faith. Perilous times in the faith grow our faith exponentially. We have to allow the stone to crush us through the grace of God; so the Lord can resurrect us anew. We have to stay humble and desire not to get revenge. Repaying evil for evil never wins in the end. Use the rejection from others to keep ourselves in check. I always try to ask myself these Questions.  What could I have done differently? What role have I played in the act of rejection towards me? Who is the source of the rejection? What can I learn from this situation? What is Holy Spirit saying to me?
7. Share your experience with the  right people in your life. Surround yourself with wise men and women who are going to be honest with you and are not afraid to say you are wrong. This will help to keep you in check and ensure bitterness does not sink in.




The truth of the matter is that people are going to reject us and there are times we might reject others. Once again sometimes we have to let certain people go in our lives. We have to be careful to not allow the pain of rejection stop our grow in the Lord. We are going to be rejected but there is someone who will never reject us. His name is Jesus.



Saturday, June 9, 2012

" You Still Need One Thing."

Luke 18:18-30  An official asked Jesus, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"  (19)  Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God.  (20)  You know the commandments: Never commit adultery. Never murder. Never steal. Never give false testimony. Honor your father and your mother."  (21)  The official replied, "I've obeyed all these commandments since I was a boy."  (22)  When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still need one thing. Sell everything you have. Distribute the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then follow me!"  (23)  When the official heard this, he became sad, because he was very rich.  (24)  Jesus watched him and said, "How hard it is for rich people to enter the kingdom of God!  (25)  Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God."  (26)  Those who heard him asked, "Who, then, can be saved?"  (27)  Jesus said, "The things that are impossible for people to do are possible for God to do."  (28)  Then Peter said, "We've left everything to follow you."  (29)  Jesus said to them, "I can guarantee this truth: Anyone who gave up his home, wife, brothers, parents, or children because of the kingdom of God  (30)  will certainly receive many times as much in this life and will receive eternal life in the world to come."

The Official's Request

Every Jewish boy had to read and memorize whole books from the Bible during Jesus' time. This official, which came to Jesus, was not any different. The young official was probably a leader in the Synagogue or a member of the Sanhedrin. He was very wealthy and lived a comfortable life.  He  was a good man, and he kept the commandments of the Lord and considered himself faithful. It seems amazing to me that this young official new so much about  the commandments of God and on how to live. However, he still  asked Jesus a spiritual question. " What must I do to inherit eternal life?"  Knowledge of the truth is useless unless it is applied to daily living. The young official lived a good life but deep down he knew there was more to it.

Jesus' Reply

Jesus' response to the young official was so radical and so abrupt. It is obvious everyone was taken back by the message. He first responded with a rebuttal question. " Why do you call me good? No one is good except God." I believe Jesus responded in this manner to get the official thinking. Thinking about being good and how our goodness could never match up to the goodness of our God. We can follow every word in the bible and live just a good life but there is still something missing. Living the message without knowing the messenger on a personal level leaves the believer without the power behind the message.

Then Jesus gave the young man the ten commandments test. He didn't ask if the official kept the commandments. He asked if he knew the commandments. He was trying to get him to search out his heart and dig a little deeper. Sometimes the questions we asked God are given the response by a question itself. This is meant to make us dig deeper and seek the Lord even more.

Next Jesus responded with a powerful statement. A statement that was revolutionary and totally opposite from the present day teachings. " You still need one Thing." What? The young official had kept all the commandments. He had lived a good life and went to Synagogue faithfully every Saturday. " What was Jesus saying?" . Even in modern day Christianity this statement would shake the core of most churches. Today if you simply go to a building called C-H-U-R-C-H just on Sundays, get baptized in water, sing a few worship songs and say A-MEN a few times to the pastor's message then you would be a CHRISTIAN. Jesus was telling the young official that his actions were not good enough. In fact, nothing we do can be GOOD ENOUGH to get us in right standing with the Lord. We need the Lord , and we have to follow His truth.  Unless we are WILLING  to give up all to follow Jesus, then we are not really followers of Him at all.  Does that statement scare you? Does it shake you a little bit to your core? It does me! This is totally radical and life changing. Jesus did not make it easy to come to the kingdom. He challenged the hearts of men with His words and actions. He told everyone to deny self and to take up your cross, leave father and mother, sell all  you have, let the dead bury the dead, drink his blood and eat his flesh in order to be apart of His kingdom. " What was He thinking?"


The Message

Jesus did not know how to keep people in His church, did He? He was supposed to be vague in his messages and not use too many scriptures. He was suppose to motivate the masses in being the best they could be. He was suppose to get others to sow seed into His ministry; so they could get a heavenly blessing back. He needed to create a comfortable place for all to meet. His message should have been about how God wants to bless them. " I come to get my blessings! O Yeah!" He should have told everybody about God's love and how that love keeps you saved for ummm like ever. In other words, it is ok to cuss, commit adultery or fornication, cheat people, lie ( only white lies), gossip, and live any way you want to during the week. Just on Sundays, the magic begins. Once we step into those magical castles called churches; we all can become Christians.( Quick grab some fairy dust.) Is it me but is there something wrong with this picture? Yet we stand in the frozen spaces of time and here the echoing words of Christ saying. " YOU STILL NEED ONE THING." We need the one thing that sets us part from our fleshy living and crosses us over to the spiritual. We need the one thing which revolutionizes our life and causes our passions to be altered.  Please don't get me wrong. I know there is a thing called GRACE. Trust me I am thankful for that Grace. None of us would be here today without his wonderful grace. His compassion is never ending and His love never fails. That is His commitment to us. What is our commitment to Him? This is the meaning behind " You still need one Thing." The " ONE MORE THING" has to be sacrificial. It has to be out of obedience and self-denial. The true believer will lay down his life for the Message and for others. We have to keep a balance to this truth. The average human being only has 70 to 80 years to make a difference. We have a short time to surrender our all to Him on this side of the Reign. Just when we think; we have done it all. Just when we think ; we have our Christian duties in check. Jesus is saying, " You still need one thing."