Thursday, June 30, 2011

Why I Serve God

I was talking with a relatively new friend (who is not a Christian) about God the other day and about what I believe.  They asked me why I believe in God and I told them that it was more than just "belief" but that I actually KNOW God and I told them that I believed because it is the TRUTH.  I don't simply believe because it is good or it is the best way for me to live life or because my faith makes me feel good or whatever.  I follow God because I KNOW Him.

I am fortunate enough and BLESSED enough to have had undeniable, radically life-changing encounters with God of which I am aware that most people have not had.  God decided to reveal Himself to me and from that point on, I know I would be living a lie if I lived ANY other way.  I follow God because I HAVE to....because I KNOW Jehova (God the Father) is THEE SOVEREIGN God.  There are plenty of other "gods," but He is Almighty.  I FEAR Him.  That is why I follow Him.

You know what the most incredible thing is though......is that not only do I HAVE to follow God and serve Him.....but I am GLAD TO!!!  I LOVE it!  I consider it a duty to serve God strictly out of fear and reverence, BUT even MORE IMPORTANTLY I see it as a remarkable privilege!!! He is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good.  Thank you Lord for being who you are!  And I'm not just tryin to be a pushover or suck-up to God right here.  I really do mean it.  I have some pretty freakin' incredible, loyal, trustworthy, funny, intelligent, loving friends........but their personalities and character all suck compared to God's.  No joke.  Think of your best friend....right now.  The one person who you trust the most who would be your maid of honor or your best man in your wedding.  Now multiply their goodness by at least 3.2 billion and you still end up with only a fraction of God's goodness.

I don't feel like I'm getting my point across well enough....It's like this: I have to serve God because He is my master.....but even if I didn't HAVE to serve Him, I would have CHOSEN to serve Him anyway!  His goodness, His love, His character is too enticing for me to reject.  He CREATED me, SAVED me when I was sinning against Him, and consistently blesses me beyond what I deserve.  His grace is truly amazing and so mysterious.

There are many things about the Gospel that I wish were different.  I'm not afraid to admit that at all.  Shoot, I'll even tell God that all the time.  I have to be real with Him.  There are some things about His ways that I do not like.  For instance, I wish that everybody was going to heaven.  I wish that I could sin with no repercussions.  I wish that I would never have to suffer for Christ.  I wish God would have never cast Satan to the earth.  I wish my human nature wasn't so carnal.  I wish I was a little bit taller, I wish I was a baller, and so on and so on...MY POINT IS....I don't follow God ONLY because I want things to be the way He says....I follow God because I have found that every word from His Holy Word is true and every word from His Holy Spirit is true as well.

Thankfully for us, the Gospel is not only TRUE, but it is GOOD.....so so so so so SOOOO good.  Praise the freakin' LORD for that!

Sometimes the truth hurts ladies and gentleman.....BUT I guarantee you it will set you free.

If you have any questions about God or Jesus or Christianity or the Bible or anything....PLEASEEEEE ask me and I would love to talk about it.....even if you totally disagree with what I'm saying :).  Anyway.....that's all I got for now, so until next time......PEACE!!!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The 3rd Commandment

Just as a precursor, my motivation for writing this specific entry is because it has been breaking my heart hearing personal testimonies from people who have been turned away from God specifically BECAUSE OF the church (aka because of Christians).  It seriously really really makes me sad.  People are missing out on salvation because of this and there is nothing more important in the world than that.

Now with that said.....here's the deal....we have absolutely been butchering the 3rd commandment as Christians lately.  I need to set the record straight so that we can love, serve, and honor God adequately.

The 3rd commandment reads as follows:
"You shall not take the name of Jehova your God in vain, for Jehova will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." - Exodus 20:7 


(Now I know that the actual translation doesn't use God's name (Jehova), it actually says "LORD," BUT we aren't talking about Lord Voldemort here, God is not He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named....He is our dad, so I am not afraid to call Him by name.)

What does this commandment mean?  It means to not say things like, "Oh my God!" or "Jesus CHRIST!" and things of that nature.  Now to expand on that last point...I was totally lying.  That is NOT what the commandment means at all.  Frankly, this seems like a small little thing, but it actually holds great magnitude and is imperative that we understand what the true meaning is, which is actually common sense but we are just stupid and ignorant often times.  I don't think God would waste one of His 10 commandments just to tell us not to cuss.

So then, what does it ACTUALLY mean to "not take the name of Jehova your God in vein?"  The best way to explain is through marriage, which is another gift from God that teaches us how to love Him (just like the commandments are).  When a bride is wed to her husband, she takes his name.  Sound familiar?  She now carries the name of her husband.  She represents her husband in whatever she does and is in fact "one flesh" with her husband.  In that same regard, we are not supposed to take God's name in vein. We should not take the title of CHRISTian (bearing the name of Christ) if we are not going to live our lives according to His will, His commands, and His commission.

To call yourself a Christian and then go out and live a life of sin and total disregard of God is the direct violation of THIS commandment.  To call yourself a a Christian and then be unforgiving, ungracious, and unmerciful is a direct violation of this commandment.

If I could put the commandment into my own words, I would phrase it like this....
"Do not claim to be a Christian if you will not live your life as Christ did."  THAT is what the commandment means.

If we just chalk this commandment up to God telling us NOT to cuss, then we have severely missed out on a major command from our Father.

If you are going to be a Christian, it needs to be the MOST IMPORTANT thing in your life.  EVERYTHING you do, everything you desire should be modeled off of your relationship with God.  Taking His name in vein is a big no-no.  The biggest reason God hates when people take His name is vein is NOT because it hurts HIM, it is because it hurts those of us that don't know Him.

When we take on the name of "Christian," we are official representatives of God.  We are the light of the world.  We are the ones that show God to others to bring them into His kingdom.  If we MISrepresent God, then not only will people miss out on a relationship with their Heavenly Father, but even more importantly our Heavenly Father will miss out on a relationship with His people.

I have spoken to a few people just in the last month who have grown to HATE God because of other "Christians."  These "Christian" friends of theirs have tainted the name of God to these people because they have taken the name of God in vein.  They now believe that God is just like them: spiteful, selfish, angry, vengeful, and arrogant.

It is VITAL that we obey this 3rd commandment and that we adhere to it closely and with all our hearts. We are God's ambassadors and the world CANNOT afford for us to misrepresent Him and turn people away from Him.  We are supposed to be doing the opposite.  We are supposed to be bringing people into His kingdom, not pushing them away because of our disobedience.

I'll just end with this, if you want to live according to the ways of this world, then go for it....just don't pretend that you're a Christian.  It hurts God, it hurts other real Christians, and it hurts non-Christians.  It's just an overall bad situation.  Jesus said that if you love Him, then you will obey His commands (John 14:15).  That is what HE said, not me.  I love Jesus.  I do not obey Him perfectly, but my heart is fully dedicated to trying.  He does not demand that we be perfect.  If that were the case, I would be in a LOT of trouble.  That's all I've got for now, so until next time........PEACE!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Angels

I started writing out this long thing how I haven't blogged for a while and blah blah blah, but I just deleted it cuz I realized that no one really cares why I've been gone.  The point is I'm back and ready to keep it real in the blog world again.  So here we go....Angels.

I've always been fascinated with angels and angelic things.  Just recently, a big thing that I've been talkin about with some of my Godly brothas in crime is angels.  Also, I have been reading and talkin with God even more about them.  I tell God to say what's up to my guardian angel for me and let him know that I appreciate all that stuff he does for me, even though I literally haven't seen a single thing that he's done.  I trust that he's puttin in work for me though.  If anyone has seen the movie Surf Ninjas then you will get this reference, if not, then you REALLY gotta go see this movie cuz its classic and Keno from Ninja Turtles is in it, and so is Rob Schneider.  Anyway, I like to think of my guardian angel as Zach, sent to protect me, while I am just doin my thing.  He is a way better fighter and he is sent to protect me until I recognize my true identity as a prince.  Now that I am actually typing this out, I am starting to realize just how dead on this analogy is!  Wow, it's kinda ridiculous.

For those that haven't seen the movie, I'll lay it out as simply as I can.  It's like this: I'm a prince but didn't realize it because I was separated from my father, the true King.  My father sent one of his subjects (angels) to come protect me from the enemy until I realized my full potential and identity as a warrior prince.  Then when I stepped into my identity as a prince/king, I became far more powerful than even that mighty angel assigned to protect me.  Now that angel becomes my servant, still ready to serve and protect me at all costs.

Sorry, but did you know that we are all princes and princesses in the kingdom of heaven!!????  Do you know how TIGHT that is???  Those aren't just words or empty titles, it's REAL.

ANYWAY, the main point that I have been getting hit with is that we, as Spirit-filled believers, are more powerful than even the mightiest angels of heaven.  The Bible says that angels are simply "ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation" (Hebrews 1:14).  If you keep reading in Hebrews, it talks more about this.  It basically goes like this, man was made lesser than the angels, but was crowned with honor and glory.  God gave us dominion over the earth, and I have a theory that perhaps part of Satan's rebellion was because of his jealousy of humanity.  DO NOT get it twisted, this is just a theory of mine.  It is not for sure the truth.  We were made in God's image, and Satan, even with all his beauty, was jealous that though we were lesser than him and all the other species of angels (yeah....there are different species and types of angels like seraphim, cherubim, archangels, freaky-looking angels with 6 wings and eyes plastered over their entire bodies that roll around on wheels and such, and beautiful majestic angels also), God decided to create US in HIS image and favor us over His angels.  I can attest that is one of the reasons the devil hates us all so much, because every time he looks at you, he sees God.....and that fool HATES God, therefore he hates us.

There was this one specific instance where God showed me tangibly that I carry more authority in this world than His angels do.  I won't go too deep into detail, but I was speaking with this woman who could see into the spirit (as in see angels and demons with her physical eyes) and had been able to since birth.  She knew that I was a man of God and she was being troubled by this one demon.....OK, I'll be blunt, "troubled" is putting it lightly.  It was more like she was being tormented, and she was freaked out and telling me all about it.  With all the stuff she was telling me, I was getting pissed off.  I was seriously furious.  Some freaky stuff went down, but in a nutshell, I asked God, "will you send one of your biggest baddest angels to go take care of this demon RIGHT NOW because it has no authority to be doing what it's doing to your daughter right now?"  Then God immediately responded with a very clear and definitive, "No."  And I was taken aback a little bit and started to question Him and started saying something back, but then He cut me off and said, "I sent YOU."

That hit me pretty freakin hard.  I was like, "whoa."  God had chosen ME to cast this demon out.  He wanted ME to carry out His will.  He wanted ME to be His ambassador and his vessel.  Once again, I won't get into the whole details of what went down, you can ask me personally if you wanna know, but I basically started just speaking directly to this demon sternly with my words inspired by the Holy Spirit. I gave it orders to leave and other specific things, and then it had to do everything I said.  It was really really mad about it too.  Then right after I was done speaking, I released it and it stormed off in a rage.  Then I started thanking and praising God and He chimed in with a, "Braeden, don't you understand that you are more powerful than my angels?"  At the time I DID NOT know that, but now I certainly do.

I think a great characterization of our relationship as men and women to angels can be seen in the Chronicles of Narnia movies or books.  Although I thought my Surf Ninjas reference was pretty on-the-money, I know most people haven't seen that movie (even though it's an absolute classic).  Therefore, the Chronicles of Narnia would probably serve as a better example.  They travel into Narnia, where there are all these big, monstrous, mighty creatures who all seem way more powerful than them because they are just lowly humans.  Yet still, these strong minotaurs and centaurs and talking animals and stuff bow down to them and are in awe of them and in service to them.  They don't get it at first because they think they are just lowly guys and girls.  As they meet up with Aslan (Jesus) though and start to recognize who they are through Him, they become aware of their TRUE identities and step into their potential as princes and princesses of the whole kingdom.  Soon, they are the most powerful warriors on the battlefield, even above all the minotaurs and other mighty creatures (angels).  It is EXACTLY how it is for us.

Let's not grow conceited or cocky about this though.  Cuz in all realness, we were made weaker than the angels.  They are greater than us in every single way except for one.  We have the Holy Spirit living in us, and they do not.  We bear the very image of God.  We are nothing without the blood of the Lamb and the power of His Holy Spirit sent as a gift to empower us and to be a "deposit guaranteeing our inheritance" (2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:14).  So REMEMBER that all the glory goes to God our Father and His Son Jesus, our champion, savior, redeemer, and king.

I am laying in bed right now and am about to pass out, soooo......that's all I got for now.  Until next time, PEACE and LOVE!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Bible

I love the Bible.  I believe firmly that it is the true word of God.  One thing that frustrates me though is when people, specifically members of the church (aka Christians) use the Bible to LIMIT God.  Here is a quote from one of my favorite pastors named Bill Johnson.  He is the pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, California if anyone wanted to know.

"The Bible reveals God, it doesn't CONTAIN Him.  He is free to act outside of what is recorded in scripture."

This is a true statement.  The Bible is not the containment of God.  It is not God's dwelling place.  It is a book with His words in it and His Holy Spirit flowing through it.  If we act like the Bible is the definition of God, then we are severely mistaken.  God is WAY bigger than the Bible.  The Bible does not reveal every mystery of God to us -- not even CLOSE!  The Bible reveals to us everything we NEED to know.  There are tons of things that God intentionally hides from us.  In fact, there was a point where I was delving in to some of the more heavenly realms of God....in regards to angels, demons, heavenly realms, etc., and God had to deliberately come tell me to stop looking into those things.  He told me that it was not that those things were not true or real, it was that they were not important for me on this earth and would only distract me from what my current focus should be -- Jesus Christ.

The Bible does NOT contain God.  It CANNOT contain God.  If you think that a book can hold God, then you are ABSOLUTELY wrong.  You would be making the same mistake the Israelites made when they actually assumed that the Ark of the Covenant was God's literal throne (in between the two cherubim).

God had to speak this through His prophet Isaiah to correct the people:
This is what the LORD says:
   “Heaven is my throne,
   and the earth is my footstool.
Where is the house you will build for me?
   Where will my resting place be?
2 Has not my hand made all these things,
   and so they came into being?”
            declares the LORD.


Just how both the Ark and Solomon's Temple could not contain God, the same goes for the Bible.  It REVEALS God to us.  He is not constrained by it.

The most absurd thing about this is that the people that limit God through His word do it AGAINST His word.  For example, people will quench the supernatural, Godly power of the Holy Spirit by saying that the Bible is all we need so they totally disregard the awesome gift that was given us on Pentecost (the Holy Spirit).  The problem with saying that "the Bible is all we need" is that THE BIBLE says that WE NEED MORE.  Jesus Himself said so when He was speaking to the pharisees:

""You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!" - John 5:39


The Bible is not all we need, it just POINTS TOWARD all we need.  The Bible does not save us.  God does.  The Bible even tells us that.


The newest book of the Bible was recorded almost 2000 years ago.  After the Christian Bible was canonized at the Council of Nicaea, no more scripture has been added.  Thankfully for us, God did not stop moving after the Council of Nicaea.  God kept going, and He is STILL going.  Just because His moves since then have not been recorded as scripture, that doesn't mean that they didn't happen.  God is revealing new things still, and if we rely solely on the Bible, then we will miss out on the new things God wants to share with us and invite us into.  That is one of the reasons He sent His Holy Spirit down to all of us, so that we could have a CLOSER, MORE INTIMATE relationship with Him than the Bible is able to provide.


I'm just about done, but I have one last word of advice that I must leave everyone with.  Don't take my word for any of this stuff.  Read the Bible.  It will testify to the truth.  It will testify that it is just a map, not the treasure.

Friday, February 11, 2011

In Jesus' Name

So I was praying last night while I was walking back from class to my car across campus.  I was just talkin to God about whatever was on my mind, then I saw my car (which was parked in a 30 minute loading spot) and the thought came into my mind that I might have a ticket.  So I then preceded to pray: "Lord, please don't let there be a ticket on my car.....in Jesus' name."

Then IMMEDIATELY after saying those words out loud, I was like hold up a second.  What the heck does there not being a ticket on my car have to do with Jesus' name?????  I started saying all this stuff directly to God.  In fact, it would only be just if I had a ticket on my car, seeing as I was parked in a 30-minute spot for more than 2 hours.  I had to apologize to God because I was praying something in Jesus' name that had NOTHING to do with Jesus' name at all.

There is a popular verse in the Bible that reads as such (some of my favorite verses in the Bible in fact):

"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." - John 14:12-14

Jesus says that anything we ask for in His name He will give us.  Therefore, as long as we tag "in Jesus' name" at the end of our prayers then we automatically get whatever we asked for right??  God please give me an A on this test......in Jesus' name.  God please give me a new car......in Jesus' name.  God please beat down my enemies and make me thrive over them......in Jesus' name.

FALSE!!!  We have taken the name of Jesus and made it into a tagline or phrase, myself included on a REGULAR basis.  It seriously has become habit to just end prayers with "in your name, amen."  This is a bad thing.  Seriously, I feel like I'm just trying to trick God into "keeping His promise."

 I act like, "Oh God, you said you'd give me anything I ask for in your name, and I said the words "in your name," so you aren't keeping your promise if you don't give me whatever I ask for."  How freakin pathetic.  To ask for something in Jesus' name means to ask in accordance with the mission of his name.  Let me hit you with a few examples to illustrate this a lil bit.

Our forefathers in America stood for freedom in our government so we would say: "In the name of our forefathers, let's adhere to the Constitution they formulated."
MLK stood for the freedom of his people and the end of racism so we would say: "In the name of Martin Luther King Jr., let's end segregation and racism."
Love is all about having a full heart so we would say: "Stop, in the name of love, before you break my heart."

If our requests have nothing to do with Jesus' name (aka his mission/his will/what he stood for) then why should we pretend that it is to glorify the Father?  Didn't Jesus say that the reason He will give us anything we ask in His name is "so that the Father may be glorified in the Son?"  Therefore, if we are asking for something that is not with the sole purpose of bringing glory to God, then we should NOT say that it is in Jesus' name....because it purely isn't.  All we are doing is making a slight mockery of the most powerful name in all existence.  Whatever language you say it in, whether you say Jesus, Jeshua, Yeshua, or whatever translation of His name, let's not just throw it out there for trivial things that have nothing to do with bringing glory to that name.

I'm going to try to make it a point to only say "in Jesus' name" when I actually mean those words, as opposed to just throwing it on the end of every request I make.  So Lord, in Jesus' name, please help us to glorify you and your mighty name and forgive us for being so stupid and religious (the bad kind).

Much peace and love.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Knowing Isn't Enough

So this is a phrase God has been telling me and/or reminding me of on a constant basis lately: "knowing is not enough."  Basically, just knowing what is right is not enough; knowing who God is is not enough; knowing God's will is not enough.  OBEDIENCE is a big deal.

There are plenty of times when a situation will rise up and I know what to do or how to act in order to be in accordance with God's will and in order to please Him......yet, all the time I decide NOT to do it.

Here is the bigger issue of what I'm talking about though.  God will give me a vision or a prophetic dream for someone or about something and I will KNOW it is from God, but knowing is not enough.  I often times will even have an immediate interpretation for said vision or dream and know it's purpose and meaning, but knowing is not enough.  Most of the time, the visions I get are not for myself but for others.  I will know what they mean, but I'll be too much of a 'fraidy cat to tell the person.  I either am afraid of being wrong about whatever God has told me, or I'm afraid the person won't accept it because they don't know me well and I might just come across as some psycho, crazy weirdo (a very handsome psycho, crazy weirdo...but a psycho, crazy weirdo nonetheless).

Anyway, I'ma keep this one short cuz I have food in the oven that I'm bout to get down on, but I'll end with this.  Understanding the mysteries of God is not something to be taken lightly.  Receiving revelation from God is a true gift and He doesn't make us aware of these special things just so that we can know them.  He makes us aware of these things so that we will use them and act upon them.

Jesus didn't tell us that we would do greater things than even He did during His time on earth so that we would NOT do them.  He told us so that by knowing, we would then have the faith to actually accomplish those things.  So, if you're like me, then let's change things up and start making some moves instead of bragging about how much we KNOW.  Knowledge is worthless without wisdom.  And wisdom says action speaks louder than words.

Much love and peace.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

This Annoys the Crap Outta Me...

What is it that annoys me enough to spend my time to write a whole blog entry about it????

It is how the church (the body of believers) STILL resist the Holy Spirit.  This is a segment from Acts 7 just before the Jews stone Stephen.  This is Stephen speaking to the Sanhedrin (Jewish leaders):

“You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!  Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”

God's people ALWAYS hated every prophet that He sent to them.  I could go down the list, but take my word for it....actually.....DON'T take my word for it.  Read it for yourself.  It is the freakin' LIVING WORD OF GOD.  You won't regret it.  Anyway, God's people hated, persecuted, and usually either killed or tried to kill all the prophets of God.

We read about them in the Bible, and we are all pompous and arrogant against them.  We hate on them and think that we would have NEVER rejected the prophets, including the Christ, Jesus, Himself, like the Israelites did.  Can we PLEASE stop lying to ourselves.  We are just as bad if not worse than them....even the Pharisees.

I've talked about this before, but we reject any person who claims to speak the word of God.  We label EVERY anointed warrior of God as a "false prophet" and try to trap them into saying something "un-Biblical" in order to have something to accuse them of.  DO NOT try to pretend that that is not true.  I know for a fact that people search google all the time with searches LOOKING for evidence against preachers, pastors, prophets, and leaders in the church.  They REFUSE to believe that anyone could ACTUALLY be a real prophet.

If you know me, respect me, love me, or look up to me in any way, then get ready for a bombshell.......Are you ready????  Here it goes.....I am a prophet of God.  BOOM!  There you go.  I hope you don't hate me now.  Don't get me wrong, I am nowhere near the caliber of prophet that Samuel, Moses, or Isaiah was.  I hope to be able to prove myself worthy to carry a fraction of the torch that they carried by the end of my life, but there are people alive today that walk in no less power or authority than those men did in their day.  Yet we reject them and INSTANTLY pass them off as being from the devil, or being a false prophet, or being the anti-Christ.  Jesus Himself was accused of being from the devil.

I'm sort of losing myself here, so I just want to bring it back to focus.  Every single generation has always rejected the major prophets of God.  We are no different.  We always love 'em after they are gone, but we hate them while they are here.....JUST LIKE THE ISRAELITES!  They loved the prophets of their fathers, but they hated the prophets amongst them.  It's just a pattern that has always existed.  An example for our time could possibly be Martin Luther King Jr., who undoubtedly carried the spirit of Moses.  During his lifetime, he was hated and rejected by many.  Now, our generation loves him.  We have many MLK's among us today, that we hate and want to trap just like the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus.

A few powerful prophets of our time....T.D.Jakes, Bill Johnson, Jason Westerfield, and Rick Joyner just to name a few...search their names on Google and YouTube and I bet you will find associated with their names titles like "false prophet" or "anti-Christ."  The mere fact that we keep accusing people of being an anti-Christ is the spirit of the anti-Christ at work!!!!!  The spirit of the anti-Christ is at work in those people who are condemning others and accusing them of being anti-Christs.  Do you not get it!??  We are killing ourselves and destroying each other.

One of Satan's title's in the Bible is "The Accuser of the Brethren."  We are doing his work when we accuse our brethren.  Connect the freakin' dots.  EVERYTHING that goes on in this world is a product of one of two things: Satan's Kingdom or God's Kingdom.  Every action, every event is prompted either by God or by Satan.  The accusing of other Christians is the prompting of Satan.

Where in the Bible does it say that we as Christians are supposed to accuse one another of being anti-Christs and false prophets and God-haters and agents of Satan?  You will know a man by his fruit.  You can take that to the bank.

God's chosen vessels may not always fit your style.  Ezekiel did some freakin' WEIRD stuff. Read about it.  John the Baptist also did some freakin' WEIRD stuff.  He lived in isolation his whole life keeping a steady diet of locust and honey and wearing dirty bags as clothes.  Jesus said some freakin' WEIRD stuff too.  For instance, he said, "if any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." (Luke 14:26). He also said that everyone has to drink his blood and eat his flesh to be saved.  He also said that He didn't come to bring unity but actually He came to bring division.  Yeah.  All of those are true, don't believe me?  Read the Bible.

God isn't an American.  He doesn't follow our customs or traditions.  He does whatever the heck He wants whenever the heck He wants.  His anointed prophets will probably not be what we want or expect.  Often times, they will say things that offend us or seem unorthodox to us.  They are supposed to, that is sort of the point.  If a prophet is speaking "orthodox" things, they are probably not a prophet at all.  God doesn't tell His people to speak things His people already know, He sends them to change the hearts of the people and bring them back to Him.

One more thing....if you're a Christian and you hate on the Jews......you are an idiot.  You say, "they were God's chosen people and they rejected God Himself when He came to save them!  Also, they are selfish, greedy money-lovers."  I say, "you're stupid and have no idea what you're talking about."  It is not that they WERE God's chosen people, they ARE His chosen people.  Jesus, in regards to His humanity, was Jewish Himself!  The rock on which God built the Christian Church was a Jew.  His name was Peter.  The apostle to the Gentiles, who was hand-selected by God to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles (or everyone in the world who is not a Jew) was a hardcore Jew.  His name was Paul.  In fact, there are only two books in the Bible NOT written by Jews.  Those books were both written by a baller named Luke.  God blesses those who bless His chosen people just as much now as He always has.

Israel is STILL very important.  Therefore, it is no wonder why the world constantly hates them and they are so frequently in the middle of everything.

All glory and all honor be to the God that loves furiously.  I actually have way more to say, but until next time....PEACE!!!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Don't Hate.....Pray

All the time, whenever pastors get caught in a sex scandal or leaders in the church get caught in some terrible sin or something like that, it's really easy to just jump on the hate train and ride it all the way back to the station.  I mean, they are supposed to be leaders!!!!!  How DARE they mess up!?  I've never done anything stupid before.  I've never lied or covered the truth.  I've never thought about women in a lustful manner.  I've never done ANYTHING to disappoint God's people and more importantly God Himself!

Oh......wait.......I've done all those things and so has everyone else and on a semi-regular basis.  All of us who are pretty much sitting on the sidelines of this monumental spiritual battle of good vs. evil (God vs. Satan) love to hate when one of our higher-ups gets slammed by Satan.  We get mad at THEM, like it is THEIR fault.  We act like we have been praying for their protection (which the Lord Himself calls us to do) on a regular basis and have done our part.  Honestly, how many of you can tell me that you have prayed for your pastor or Bible study leader or favorite Christian celebrity even?  I'll be real with you guys, I pray for the Jonas brothers from time to time....as well as a few other celebrity Christians who are in the lime light.

How many of you know that Satan attacks different people with different levels of intensity?  The luke-warm Christian who doesn't do anything to further the Kingdom of Heaven, Satan doesn't really attack or tempt that hard.  Why?  Because they pose hardly any threat to HIS kingdom....his dark, evil, twisted, perverted, earthly kingdom that is the antithesis to the Kingdom of God.  On the other hand, wouldn't it be smart for Satan to tear down the major leaders of Christianity.....those who have a lot of influence over the church and effect the lives of many?  Of course it would be and that is exactly what he does.

Call me crazy, but I don't think it is just a coincidence that Mel Gibson heads up a movie about Jesus Christ (The Passion of the Christ) and then shortly thereafter goes crazy and loses all credibility in the public eye.  Is it a conspiracy??? No.  Is it Satan throwing seven different kinds of smoke at him to ruin his credibility so that all people think Jesus followers are insane??? Yes.  Yet we totally disregard the possibility of Satan being behind the tearing down of God's kingdom EVEN THOUGH GOD HIMSELF TELLS US THE EXACT OPPOSITE!

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms." - Ephesians 6:12

(The battle is not against fellow humans but against demons and satan)

So next time you wanna get mad at someone you look up to for "breaking your trust" or sinning against God or whatever......don't.  ESPECIALLY if you haven't been praying protection over them every single day.  Then, it is just as much your fault as it is theirs.  It is our DUTY to pray for each other, specifically our leaders.  If we don't, not a single one of us can stand against these powers of darkness that are trying SO desperately to destroy us.  If you are a leader yourself, pray for those above you and don't be jealous of their high position.  God would not have put them there if he or she had not earned it in His eyes.  If you aren't a leader and want to be, don't be jealous of those above you either.  Instead, step your game up and stay humble.  "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." - Psalm 37:4.  If you desire to lead, then you can lead, but don't be surprised if God makes you prove yourself worthy first.  (See the parable of the talents in the Gospels.)  If you don't want to lead, then don't.   Most people are NOT called to be leaders, but ALL people are called to pray for leaders.

That's all I got, so....until next time....PEACE!