Friday, July 21, 2017

Even I

Elijah's weariness was growing.  Not with the God he served, but in general.

I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD.  

Sometimes in this walk of faith we may feel as if we are alone.  But we are not.  Through our circumstances we fail to see clearly God and therefore do recognize His plan.
Today is the last day of our Independence Day weekend outreach. Weekend being from set-up Friday to tearing down Tuesday afternoon.  The 4th fell on a Tuesday this year.

What does God require of us as we go about doing the task He has called us to?
Faithfulness.
Plain and simple.

In what was obviously a high moment in the life of the man of God, Elijah looks outward and sees a people lost and confused and he alone defending the Most High God.  Even I, foolishly, see that 'aloneness' within the body of Christ.  Why?  The division.  The feuding over doctrine and interpretation of the inspired word of God.  Can a lost world be reached by those in whom the Truth has been intrusted?  No.
Elijah saw God's own children joining in with those who worshipped the Baal god.  Division,
doctrinal differences, confusion.
For the ONE TRUE GOD to be seen today we must not look outward and see the lack.  We must look inward and let His holy fire within us show the  need for Him and return to Him.  God is not slack concerning His promises.  God is also not lacking in servants.  He divinely tells Elijah, in 1st Kings 19 " I have reserved for me 7,000 who have not bowed their knees to the false god of Baal."

Even I can now see, that God has a faithful remnant of servants who serve Him alone.  In need not look at the 'lack of the body of Christ' because I have fallen into judging them. Yet, I must continue to do my accepted part and pray for others to do so as well.

God bless and have a great day.


My Watermelon Induced Rant

It is 0245 and I am eating watermelon.  Mind you, when I say rant, I do not mean a tantrum or a fit of rage.  It is quite the opposite.  But I will let you decide.


We all know that certain smells or sounds or even a place can trigger hidden, dormant or locked away events in a person's life.  As I sit here chowing down I am reminded of what is probably the first goal I set for myself.  "I want to help people."  My age at the time was about 10 or 11 years.  How I was going to accomplish this was vague.  Even vaguer was the profession by which I would be capable of doing so.  I had NO goals of being a doctor, lawyer, athlete or anything at that time. 


Fast forward several years and I am in high school.  My sophomore year another goal was set...to join the Few, the Proud, the Marines.  On Friday June 23, 1989 I graduated high school.   On Monday June 26, 1989 I was on my way to Marine Corps boot camp training in San Diego, California.  What a way to spend the summer.  California yes.  Getting yelled at by grown men in funny hats.  No.


Taking a break from eating I don't know if I should laugh or cry.  Looking back at it all from the days of my youth up until now, I have set very few goals in my life of things that I REALLY wanted to achieve.  Whether they be personal, professional or anything, I could count them on one hand.  Yes, you read that correctly. 


Another goal I had set myself as I got older was to go to bible school.  After a period in my life of wandering and being spiritually deficient and unsure of my salvation, I wanted to know more about the God of the bible my mother so enjoyed spending time with.  So in September of 2003, I enrolled in Maranatha Full Gospel Bible Institute.  Three plus years later I graduated.  To put it all together, I can say that from a young age God was leading me to a soul winner for the Kingdom of heaven.  Much like the Marines in which all who wear the uniform and no matter their job description as a cook, motor pool, administration, etc., they are all at the most basic level trained as infantry.  As with the church or body of Christ there are pastors, deacons, teachers, prophets, etc., but they are all at the most basic level evangelists.  We carry the gospel message of salvation.  The Good News.


What an amazing thing.  Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
The will of God is than no man or woman spend eternity apart from Him.  As a believer I and you are tasked with fulfilling this/His purpose.  
So can you tell me was that a rant or a kind reminder of the greatness of our God?
  

Friday, June 23, 2017

It's Friday

You know it's Friday when you call a coworker, Alex, by the wrong name, Brandon, and we enjoy a good laugh.  That's the only time it's happened.

Hope your Friday was just as good.
God bless.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Midnight Cry

My soul does weep for the LORD.  

The Edge of Night

I'm sitting on the edge of my bed with my head in my hands, feeling dirty, ashamed, confused and lost.  Then I ask God this question, "Why can't I be free of these chains?"


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Calvary

O precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow
no other fount I know
nothing but the blood of Jesus.


I stand in awe of you Jesus.

As I look at the cross, I see a man...
A man of no reputation who saught
nothing for himself, yet gave to
all he encountered

As I look at the cross, I see a man...
A man of no physical beauty that
we should desire him.  He was
not a man of great wealth or stature.
He is a man who showed us the
beauty of God.

As I look at the cross, I see a man...
A man of great sorrow and familiar with our grief.
He is a man who knows and experienced our
pain and human suffering.

As I look at the cross, I see a man...
A man stricken, smitten and afflicted by
the very people he came to save.  He was
rejected by mankind, but did not turn away.
He was stricken upon his face and
turned the other cheek.

I stand in awe of you Jesus.

My soul rejoices in the new birth after being
shaped in sin.  Lowliness of mind gives way
to divine grace and healing.
Now I am the righteousness of God through You.

Calvary...
To man it represented the worst form of torture
and prolonged death.  A symbol of a system,
Roman rule, used to suppress the will of the people.

Calvary...
To God it represented the best and only hope
of forgiveness and eternal life.  A symbol
that can be see across time and distance
used to reveal the will of God.

Monday, June 5, 2017