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.

What Now?

So, the ruling as been handed down and its a day later. There are many people that are celebrating and many others that are angry. The one thing that I don’t understand about anyone, no matter rather or not you agree or not with the ruling is people being rude and disrespectful.

The gay community wants equality and tolerance, but whenever someone comes against their ‘beliefs’ they are intolerant as all get out. Double standard here, I think so. Again, Christians can be just as bad and rude. The Bible teaches us to love all and not to judge, yes. But you also have a obligation to bring as many as possible to Christ and I read in the Bible that homosexuality is wrong, along with murder, lying, gossip, etc, etc.

You can lovely tell someone that you believe they are wrong in their lifestyle and still not judge them. Raise your hand if you are perfect, nobody, that’s right only Christ is. I sin, I mess up, I get tempted, I fall into it sometimes, does that make me any better than a gay person, NO. But, what does make me difference is I rely on God to forgive me and make me new, to restore me. Will the feelings I use to have ever go away, probably not, but I choose to focus on God, the one that makes me new daily.

Don’t let your sin define your life, let God define your life. If you submit all to Him, including your sexuality, you will be surprised at what will change.

Reflections on Today’s Supreme Court Decision

As I am sure you all have heard or read by now, the United States Supreme Court ruled this morning in favor of same sex marriage in all 50 states. Read the decision here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf.

Here are a few thoughts of mine about this:

1. The supreme court is not the supreme being: God has and will always be the one in charge. We know from the Bible that in the beginning God created everything and he still lives today. The decisions of a court will never overrule the One that created all things.

2. No matter if we agree or disagree with the decision we should love all people. The old saying comes into play here, love the sinner, hate the sin. If we are to be Christians and Christ like we are to love everyone no matter what sexual orientation they are. But loving them doesn’t mean you have to like what they are doing or how they are living. You need to make sure they know that you care for their soul and you need to live out Christ in all ways. Throwing up signs and yelling at people will not make any difference.

3. Pray: today was the first day I have thought to myself, the end is near. I always know it, but from reading the comments on Facebook, to reading about shootings around the world. We as the people of God need to be in prayer for all the world. Not only the people we like but they ones we don’t. We have to be in consistent prayer, if we don’t then change will not happen. I do believe God can move in all situations, but prayer helps that along. If you simply go through life thinking all is good and not praying about nothing, then who is the first person you turn to in bad times, usually God. It is not a pick and choose relationship. As my pastor says, you need have all of God or none of God, choose God in this situation and all situations.

Final thoughts: Take it from someone that lived in this lifestyle. What you think is good now, isn’t. Don’t get blindsided by what the society thinks is right. God is the ultimate being and supreme court. I choose Him today and will continue to depend my relationship and faith in Him to the end of days!

“‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18 NIV

Let God work in You

http://bible.com/97/jas.4.10.msg So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet

How much a Year Can Change You!

“For I now the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV)

Have you ever felt like your life is a roller coaster? One day, you are up and feeling good and the next you are down in the dumps. For me, this previous year has been like that. It was one year ago today, that I came out and said I was gay, but in a matter of a few months God changed that all and I couldn’t be happier.

I was living a life a sin and despair, doing what I wanted and having the time of my life. I was working all the time, quit going to church and thought I had the world wrapped around my finger. Over last summer I would get visit at work from a couple of my friends who would check up on me to see how I was doing. I am forever gratefully that they cared for me rather I was living in sin or not. Then a few times I would go to lunch with our pastor. I made the decision to try church out again in August of 2014; I didn’t really want to go because I was ready to deal with all the rumors. But I did and it was okay. A couple weeks after being back at church, I had lunch with our pastor again (yes we like food); and one thing in particular I remember him saying was you have a calling on your life and you wouldn’t went to CBC and gone through all this for no reason. That changed me right there, a few weeks later I gave my heart and life back to God and got baptized.

Still during this time I was working and making good money doing it, but I knew God was calling me to get out of there. I had another job lined up and gave my 2 weeks notice after 5 years of working and then when it came closer for me to start the other job, I felt like God was saying no. I was like okay, if that what you want, then okay. I had this saying during the whole time and still say it, whatever you have for me God, whatever your will let it be. So, I got a different job, that I particularly didn’t want but done it and then in December our life changed when we were in the car accident. But God seen us through that.

Long story short is, in a matter of a year, I have come from professing I was gay, to being a Godly man and knowing that was a lie from Satan. I have applied to go to JRLC in Springfield to become the leader God wants me to be and know that His plan for me is way better then my plan.