Trusting God in the coming storm- From the Faith and Trust Series

Referencing Mark 14:32-38

Many of us, before we leave our homes or businesses take a moment to check the weather, whether it be on television, or on our smart devices. This gives us an opportunity to predict and adapt to the coming changes and some sort of CONTROL on how the weather will affect our daily lives. It helps us to decide on what we wear, when we are to leave, how we get to our destination, how long we stay, etc….

Even in the emotional, mental and spiritual storms we may face, we sometimes have the ability to predict and adapt to the coming issue. We come together in supporting environments, and those of us who labor in God, will pray throughout the circumstance for the way to CONTROL the outcome or we pray for God to change the outcome to our FAVOR for our lives and in the lives of those we love. But what happens when the storm comes, and what you do, say or pray doesn’t change it? When the storm is raging towards you and you have nowhere to run or hide? When you come to God for an answer and the answer is NOT in your favor, and only shows suffering, sorrow and pain ahead? All God says is, can you TRUST Me?

Jesus faced this dilemma throughout His journey. He even warned His disciples on many occasions that a STORM IS COMING, and nothing I do here will stop it. Even though they did not understand, it did nothing to lessen the inevitable. In the passage, Jesus went to a place called Gethsemane, a small garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives to pray. At this point Christ made it clear to the disciples with Him that he was afraid (Note: FEAR is a voracious consumer of trust), because He saw the storm coming towards Him, and it was unlike any storm ever faced by an individual. He cold not change it, hid from it, nor even expect God to change it. In his despair, He prayed for change… His trust thus wavering, He knew that God had the ability to change it, yet God’s WILL to change the situation was where the problem lied.

Many people face this type of storm each day, where money, expertise, fame, notoriety, status nor title makes a difference to the issue at hand… and all we can do is brace for it but that does not stop us from trying to change it to our benefit. Christ asked God for the cup of this suffering in the horizon to be taken from Him.

Like us, He faced God and the question was asked of Him, can you trust Me? You are about to go through something devastating to the point of death… there is no way around it. There is no way to change it. It MUST happen… can you trust God in this? Even though your prayers are being answered and the answer brings more sorrow and NO relief? Can you trust God when you have to face this chaos even though you did NOTHING TO PROVOKE IT? Can you trust God when your back is against the wall and the beast is about to strike your health, your loved ones, finances, career, shelter, freedom, or your very life hangs in the balance… can you trust God? Unlike Christ, however, our answer, based on the LACK of trust due to FEAR AND DOUBT is a resounding, no.

The flesh that was Christ cried out for mercy… the God that was Christ brought that flesh back under subjection with one word… NEVERTHELESS. In spite of what I want, what is coming, how it will hit me, how far into the abyss it will take me, how it will affect my children, mother, father, brothers sisters, friends, church, job, living situation, health, freedom, or even my very life, not MY will God, but YOURS. This is why the quantity of trust that we have in God MUST BE ALL, because as we live and breathe, IT WILL BE CHALLENGED TO ITS LIMITS AND BEYOND. (Proverbs 3:5-6) 

In conclusion, even when we don’t understand, nor feel we deserve the storm, we must trust that God will be with us THROUGH IT. No matrer what it brings, or how long it lasts, keep your eyes on God, period.

 

There is no ‘Try’ with God

The saying that ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again’, has no place with God.
 
Man is a creature of attempt. We go through life trying new things, trying to make things happen, trying to build wealth, trying to get ahead, trying not to make mistakes, trying to cheat death, trying to move forward in life, etc, etc… In these attempts, and usual re-attempts, we sometimes learn something, yet even in our learning, we still keep trying, and this lifestyle is limited only to us when it comes to our spiritual relationship.
 
Many preachers, and religious teachers are continually guilty of speaking about God in the limited sense, i.e., God is ‘trying‘ to bless a person, or ‘trying‘ to do something in a persons life, but for some reason, is unable to complete the task… usually because the person is powerful enough to hinder God’s work in their lives. This is a GREAT and dangerous fallacy, for it makes God look… human.
 
We tend to dilute God in the expressions that we use, and even though this keeps us, in our mind, unsullied, we are still guilty of falsifying and diminishing God to the people. So, if God is
omnipotent– Infinite in power,
omnipresent– Everywhere at the same time,
omniscience– All knowing
OMNICOMPETENT– Able to deal with ALL matters (even the one’s we CAN’T deal with)
 
Why would God EVER need to ‘try‘ anything? In the scripture, God said a Word, and that Word manifested light, and life… there wasn’t trial and error, an attempt and re-attempt because the Word was not heard or LACKED anything. Even in our lives, God has NEVER TRIED to give us what God wants us to have. God has never had to reevaluate God’s method because of a mistake or misstep. God has never had to wait for us to allow God to work in our lives.
Never forget; when God says, let there be… there it be.
(Genesis ch.1:vs.1-3)

What is given, can be taken

We must never forget where our lives and all the possessions we take for granted in our lives come from. By the grace of God we are provided for, yet sometimes we can forget and slip into the ‘it was my will and my skill’ way of thinking real quickly, especially when our egos are fed by the world.

Many of us have prayed for things to come into our lives, or change in our lives, and once God provides, we, a first, will thank God for blessing us. As time goes on, and what we asked for starts to benefit us, or increase for the better, we can get caught up in the feeling of accomplishment, especially when the results begin to show to others. In time, if not careful, we have convinced ourselves that we are in control of the outcome and even boast of our magnificence, only to ultimately be stripped of all that we believed to be of our making.

Remember, our lives are gifts, not privileges, and never to be confused with being deserved or earned, thus it is imperative that we keep in the FRONT OF OUR MINDS that it was not OUR will, but God’s.

Referencing Deuteronomy 8:11-20

The beloved enemy

To betray someone, that is, to hurt someone by not giving help or doing something morally wrong, has levels of intensity depending on the amount of love, trust, and commitment invested into the relationship.

As the Word of God explains, when an enemy shows deception, it is EXPECTED. That level of betrayal is hardly felt and the emotional strain from it can be avoided altogether BECAUSE of the expectation. However, when the enemy is loved by you, trusted by you, and you are committed to this person for WHATEVER reason, and have fully invested time and resources into this person and they betray…. the results can be devastating. How do you recover? How do you get through? How do you find forgiveness? So much has been burned and since trust is a VERY DIFFICULT THING TO REBUILD, this can become an aftershock that can last a lifetime.

Now how does this relate to us and our relationship with God? Many of us have this delusion that God can be walked away from AT WILL, vows can be un-kept (that was me), games can be played, we can get tired of God and try the enemy for awhile and leave God as an afterthought, we can play church until we get what we THINK WE WANT and then just ‘dip out’; not just ONCE, but OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN… we reproach God and expect that it has NO effect. Unfortunately… it DOES.

Ask yourself, how would you feel if someone you LOVE, CHERISH, AND HAVE SACRIFICED FOR did that to you? Would you be okay with it? Would you brush it off? Would you continue to show them forgiveness and understanding and love as God has for us in our continued betrayals? Is this FAIR to God? And would God be justified in turning God’s back on us when we reproach God? I wonder…

Referencing- Psalms 55:11-14

The unearned ‘gift’

The saying ‘what’s worth having is worth working for’ is how we usually validate the value of what we desire. The thought of giving something freely, is in so many cases, unacceptable to the majority of us, because we have been taught that if is not worked for, it is not worth anything.

As parents, we give gifts to our children, only to usually watch them show little to no regard to the gift, yet the same child will cherish that thing he or she earned. This is something that we take with us through our lives… we use this in every aspect of our lives, ESPECIALLY love. Many have been emotionally scarred because of the given not earned concept of love… I gave them my love and they threw it away. Why? because they did not do anything to EARN it. This example connects with the Word of God in that we are spiritually spoiled and rarely appreciate what God gives to us everyday, and what Christ gave to us many, many years ago. Not counting the events that lead to is crucifixion; the beatings, ridicule, mocking, disrespect and desertion of those who vowed to be by Christ side through it all… all of this so that we would have life, yet what do we do with the gift? many of us take the blood shed for our transgressions, and spit it right back in God’s face.

The point is to appreciate the gifts of God. Appreciate the sacrifice of life so that we ALL could continue to live, and always be reminded that this gift, honestly could NEVER BE EARNED.

Referencing John 3:16-17

Expanding Our Spiritual Vocabulary – SOLIPSISM

The word is solipsism. Pronounced /ˈsälipˌsizəm/. This word is a noun and is defined as

The view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.

(Adjective: SOLIPSISTIC)
Used in a sentence: With the advancement of technology, science and innovation that has been further influenced by the SOLIPSISTIC viewpoint of man’s place in the universe, it has caused many to further distance themselves from God, Christ and the gift of salvation.

Expanding our spiritual vocabulary- sooth

The word is sooth. Pronounced \sooth\. The word is either a noun OR adjective and is defined as

Truth; reality or fact.

Used in a sentence:
Christ has informed the nations that the sooth(adj) path, when seeking God, starts with Him, yet because of a lack of faith and a trust in the deception of the enemy, many seek a sooth(n) that is based on an elaborate illusion designed to cause man’s ultimate destruction.

(John ch.14:v.6)

The ministry of ‘Smaug’: Spiritual Desolation

smaug2The increase in the assault against the Catholic church has been consistent for some years now. Those that have came forward claiming sexual abuse from priests within the church has caused a great disunity, division and other forms of conflict in this nation, especially. This is not isolated to the Catholic church, yet the focus on it shadows the indiscretions of other religious transgressions; rest assured, the plague of ministry stigmas are everywhere, even though the media would make it look otherwise.

This blog is not focused in any way on bashing Catholicism or any religious faith; that is a unnecessary, unproductive and shows a lack of real understanding of the actual issue. This post is tied to the men and women that are being influenced by the Enemy and thereby becoming key components in the overall mission to undo all that God has done. Remember, beloved readers; there is a much larger agenda being played out and its almost ALWAYS OVERLOOKED. Why, because the enemy knows that we as people rarely EVER look past the surface, and this flaw is what has been used to further our destruction. Okay, let’s get to it.

smaug
So what does a fictional dragon have to do with anything I am talking about? Glad you asked…

Let’s begin with The Word of God first; always the BEST place to start. In the New Testament, the book of Ephesians starting at chapter 6, verse 10 states, “10-Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. 11-Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12-For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13-Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14- Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15- And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16- Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17- And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18- Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit (this is especially for those prayed up buzzword believers… no such thing), and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

Okay, in the book ‘The Hobbit’, Smaug was a character that was depicted to be invincible, not because of his teeth, nor his ability to fly, or spit flames from his mouth or anything like that, BUT because of his skin, which was considered IMPENETRABLE. It was his natural armor against anything that man could throw at him, BUT in his ROUSING ARROGANCE he did not see his vulnerability, which was a small hole within the armor that was a direct shot to his heart which ultimately led to his death.

Men and women who decide to become servants to God through ministry, as the Word of God depicts MUST protect themselves with the armor of God at all times, from head to toe, seeking strength through the Word, and through consistent prayer, be able to REPAIR ANY DAMAGE THAT OCCURS WHEN THE ENEMY ATTACKS. Here’s the big issue, like Smaug, many that have positions within the churches believe that they are impenetrable; they believe that their MAN-GIVEN titles, their memorization of scripture, the undeserved perks, the delusions of grandeurs, etc… are enough to thwart the enemy, yet these issues create holes within their armor, if they’re even WEARING ANY IN THE FIRST PLACE.

The enemy rides the backs of many that enter the church, but the real victory is when those that are considered to be men and women of God are used to infiltrate and reek havoc in the ministry, thereby causing doubt, confusion, and eventually a lack of faith and belief in God because of it. The arrows of sexual indiscretions in the forms of infidelity, abuse and assault that has gone on for years from lack of SPIRITUAL protection and/or an egoistic belief that it is not needed cause ‘I am a priest, evangelist, minister, deacon, missionary, pastor, cleric, choir director, praise leader, church mother, usher, bishop, cardinal, monk, apostle, overseer, or pope’. We that are placed in positions to be spiritual soldiers are not supposed to be the PROBLEM.

So how do we resolve this epidemic that has gained great momentum in its goal to destroy the ministry from within? First, the Word of God tells us to ‘be strong IN THE LORD…’ (Ephesians 6:10a). Having the understanding that I, YOU, WE ARE NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO DEAL WITH THE ENEMY ALONE, is a necessary reality check. The enemy is been doing this well before us and will continue to do this long after us. It has eons of practice, and we have only seen a small, small fraction of the tactics used, yet we can no longer ‘bring a DULL knife to the gun fight, expecting to make something happen’.

Next, we must REALIZE THAT THIS WAR IS BEYOND THE FLESH, (Ephesians 6:12). No amount of man laws, statutes, etc… will EVER stop the enemy from its goal. For example, it used to be that when someone kills someone, usually he or she is apprehended, thus allowing the laws to inflict its form of ‘justice’… now the murder-suicide rate has increased exponentially… what can man’s law do to the dead? We are left with no form of justice… just pain, sorrow, and the fragile faith of God’s people is all but non-existence. The era of the non-believers have increased and many more follow in its wake.

Next, we must protect ourselves with all that God has provided to withstand the war that is and is to come (Ephesians 6:11, 13-17). Each piece has a purpose; each piece is designed to keep us safe in times of tragedy, confusion, hatred, fear, depression, oppression, temptation, and any other assault that can inflict physical, emotional, mental and spiritual damage. We have to leave the arrogance at the door, believing that what we do without God makes a difference when it comes to our salvation (Where YOU are, God is NOT).

Lastly, and MOST IMPORTANT, we MUST USE PRAYER AT ALL TIMES TO REPAIR THE CRACKS AND KINKS THAT OCCUR WITH EACH AND EVERY ASSAULT (Ephesians 6:18). Prayer creates and builds YOUR REALTIONSHIP WITH GOD. It is not just a one-sided conversation, but a opportunity to open dialog with Spirit. In spite of what we have been misled to believe, THE TITLE DOESN’T ENSURE THAT THE PRAYER WILL BE HEARD AND/OR ANSWERED QUICKER! This delusion REALLY needs to be eliminated. There are many scriptures that tell us to pray and even HOW to pray, but I have YET to read one that says that this title or that title has precedence. Your prayer has JUST AS MUCH POWER AS THE PASTOR, BISHOP, PRAYER WARRIOR, APOSTLE,  WHOMEVER… in many cases, even more so, especially when your FAITH and SINCERITY is a prime factor.

I will leave it here; the Smaug in us must be vanquished. May God bless and keep you.

(Ephesians ch.6:vs.10-18)

Expanding our spiritual vocabulary- battology

The word is battology. Pronounced \buh-TOL-uh-jee\. This word is a noun, and is defined as

Wearisome repetition of words in speaking or writing.

Used in a sentence: Many of us can fall into an endless battology when we pray forgetting that God already knows all of our needs, issues, sorrows, struggles, trials and sees each tear we cry.
(Matthew ch. 6 : vs. 5-13)