Using the Fork that Feed Our Flesh

I am currently reading a Bible plan called SOULCON Challenge. One of its main purpose is to remind us men to take up our cross daily. It also talks about how we all have to be reminded not to use the fork that feeds our flesh.

This doesn’t come all in one dinner seating though. What happens is we start off by an appetizer, by a little bit of sin. Then, we like that, so we ‘feed’ it more and more, until it becomes our lifestyle.

“And satan knows when we feed sin bite by bite it will grow in power and strength, and he knows the outcome of that in a man’s life. We have to remember satan is smarter than we will ever be, he knows the nature of a man and our temptations better than we ever will. He knows God’s unconditional love for humans better than we ever will, and he hates it. It’s the thing satan doesn’t want anyone to ever hear, and he will try to kill anyone that forcefully advances the message of God’s unconditional love. And he isn’t going to kill us by coming into our house at night as a scary goblin. ”

As mentioned beginning of the week, I am a fan of transparency and I will say this, lately it has become easier and easier for me to feed my flesh. But, no more, I choose God…if you are going through something talk to someone about it. God is wanting to stop the feed of the flesh and wants to help you pick up your cross daily.

It is crucial that we become aware of this strategic attack on our lives, and put a stop to it by putting our fork down and picking up our cross each morning.

Transgenders In Churches

One of the biggest topics going on right now is the this topic of transgenders and the bathroom issue. This blog will not address the bathroom issue and if you would like to talk about it leave a comment below.

This blog will come at the issue with grace and love as I think it should.

A transgender person is a person who identify as either a man or women, but are born the other. So, it could be a man who identifies as a women and vice versa.

So, a transgender person comes in your church, what should you do? Should, you ask them to leave? Should you not talk to them? Should you be unfriendly?

No, you should be loving and accept them into your church! Why, you may ask. All too often we all tend to forget that at one point in our life we too were living in darkness and couldn’t find our way. I find that it is hard for us to see how another person’s struggles are because we haven’t been in their shoes. If you have never had the mindset of a transgender person, then you have no clue how they actually feel.

Jesus said that all who are weary can come to him for rest. –Matthew 11:28
That means ALL people!

If a transgender walks into church, I would take that a sign that they are looking for acceptance and love and something from the church that they can’t find in the world.

Does that mean we should let them live in their ‘sin’ and go about their lives? Absolutely not! But, I will propose this, quit going about it the way the churches have always gone about it. Quit, the bad mouthing, finger pointing and stop being a hypocrite. Christians have gave themselves bad names for a long time because the way they have acted over years.

Here are 3 things I think we should do if a transgender comes into our church. 

  1. Love them, Not with fake love, but with genuine love that comes from the heart

  2. Accept them, not their behavior but as a person

  3. Disciple them, teach them what the Word of God says

So, Jake, are you saying you for transgenders, no, I am saying, they are in need of a Savior just like me and if and when God speaks to them about their life, they have the chance to accept that and I will be there with them from step one, living life together.

If you are transgender, I love you and want you to know that God loves you too, please don’t give up on what He has for your life. Be encouraged that I will live my life with you without the fear of others judging, I am to love others, just as Christ loves me, and I choose to do that!

 

Welcome Back to Me!

It’s been awhile since I wrote a post. Since previous post, I have moved to Nixa, MO and am doing great. I love it down here, I do miss everyone in Eldon a lot, but God has a plan here for me. I love going to JRC, it is amazing every service. It was a little overwhelming at first, when you see a crowd bigger then your whole town you were from. But, it is awesome to seeing everyone worshiping.

I can’t wait till LC, and know God is still in control!

God’s Timing

The time of God can be a very confusing and sometime frustrating thing. I am the person who wants something NOW, but God has other plans. As mentioned in a post before my prayer has been whatever God’s will is, whatever He has, I am His.

Well, I found out yesterday, that JRLC is going have to wait for a bit. At first I was angry and frustrated because I know God wants me there. But there I started to think, well God is control of it and will work it all out. A couple hours later, I got a call for a phone interview for a job that would pay great and would help me get the money needed to pay off what is owed so I can do college. If that isn’t God, I don’t know what is.

I am going to miss the people here and my church, but when He says ‘go’ you say okay. I will not be defeated in all this, Satan will not win. I will stay with God.

Just Do It!

James 1:22 (MSG)

22-24 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.

Just Do It! No, I am not speaking of the youtube video by Shia LaBeouf. As I reading the Bible this morning, I started to read the book of James and this verse popped out at me; yes I have read it many times before but today I just stuck with me. I know I am not only, that we read God’s word and then 5 seconds later we go back to our ‘old’ ways. It is easier to revert to what you know and what worked ‘best’ for you then to follow new and better ways. This was true at Andy’s as well. The office would roll out a new procedure to do something and we would train the crew that way, but it never failed you would have to train them over and over again before I would stick to the new better way of doing things. That is like God, he is trying to tell me (hopefully you too), that He is molding me and shaping me to do things His way. I always have the tendency to what to do my own path and go my own direction. I have to remind myself, that I’m not perfect and His direction and way is better then mine.

As I write this post, it is a day after we have found out we got the townhouse we looked at down south. That is great! But to be honest I am scared and terrifed, but at the same time, I know that God is moving for a reason and to do great things.

I want to be a world changer for Him, I don’t want glory or honor, it belongs to Him, I want people to look at me and see Christ.

God, I pray for myself and others reading this post, please help us not just rely on ourselves, but to be a doer of your word and not just fake it. Please continue to bless us and in turn we give you all the glory that you deserve.

Until, next time friends, peace!

Come in Like a Flood

For those of you in the Missouri area, we have been getting tons of rain over the past month or so. This is causing flooding and tons of accidents from those floods.

Just like tons of water can cause floods, the presence of God can cause a flood of good things to happen. This past week has been crazy to say the least. Tons of things happening at church to getting things ready for when I move. The one thing I try my best to rely on is God in all these. I have to admit my discipline of reading the Bible and praying isn’t the best but I try my best (I could do better). I have noticed though when in the those times when you give your all to God, physically, mentally and spiritually, his presence floods you so thick that all you can do is rely on Him. My prayer this week for myself and you is that God will wreck our world with His love so we can tell all people about His love and how if they rely on Him they will have true freedom.

John 8:36 (AMP)

36 So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.

Those who wait…

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake.2 Peter 3:9a NLT

Patience is not my strongest virtue in life, those you know we well know that all too well. When I get stressed out I get very anxious and sometimes angry quickly. I don’t like to wait on others and want what I want NOW.

I feel that how most people are with God. We want the answer to a problem or we want a miracle so badly that we forget to just wait on Him. I have a problem with waiting on Him too. But I can see that God is trying to teach me lessons in waiting. If we always got what we wanted now and didn’t have to every wait for something then we would be the most selfish people every. There has been times I wanted God to move so badly that I can’t my own steps and then I am out of His will. My prayer for myself and for you is to wait on His promises. If it is from Him then He will provide all you need just in time for it.

God forgive me for not waiting on you, and I ask that you help each person reading this blog with the same thing, give us the patience to know that when its your timing all will come to past.