Thursday, December 18, 2014

100 to 0 Real Quick

100 to 0 Real Quick

I mean it when I say I've learned more about myself, school, and life in general in just the 4 short months I've been in college than 4 years of high school EVER taught me. Anyways, back to the topic.

Typical Phone Conversation with my mom:

Mom: Hey baby, how are you?
Me: I'm good.
Mom: ok. How are your classes coming?
 
Me: They're going alright..
*continued small talk*

I never have in-depth conversations with my parents about school unless I made a really good grade or some cool event happened. That's where the problem comes in. I would never discuss if I'm struggling or having problems. I would hide it because I was afraid of being lectured or being told what I'm doing wrong. The real problem is...I'm too prideful to let people know I'm struggling. So I try to cover it up and hope I fix it. Bad idea. Because that very mentality is what led me to end up in the current rut I'm in with my grades. Again, I thank God for opportunities to grow, learn, and improve.
 

Because I thought I knew, I didn't seek the help I needed. I just kept telling myself I got this and just continued on ( that is, mixing my priorities up and getting caught up in the wrong things).
 

Moral of the story: EMBRACE YOUR WEAKNESSES. ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR STRUGGLES. It's taken me a couple times to finally come to the realization that you get so much freedom from simply admitting you need help when you have a problem. We fear that we'll look weak if we confess our shortcomings, that people will know all our business. Well, get this. Those who are quick to highlight others peoples' mistakes and discuss other peoples' problems may either be trying to mask their own problems, be afraid to admit they may be going through the SAME problem, or have an even bigger problem.
 

Self-check. Whenever you get confronted with an issue, do you realize your mistake, pray, and use it as an opportunity to grow? Or do you start pointing fingers and shouting out names of everyone else...but yourself?
 

Proverbs 21:2-4 "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but
The Lord pondereth the hearts. To do justice and judgement is more acceptable to The Lord than sacrifice. An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin."

To yourself, what you're doing is alright because you're using only yourself as an accountability partner...and probably not a very good one. Of course we don't want to tell ourselves when we're wrong at times, because it kills our pride. Are you afraid to tell your parents
about a bad grade? Are you scared to confront that really deep, personal issue you've been fighting with in the dark for so long? Do you not want to tell anyone because you fear you're going to become a burden to them or that they will harshly judge you? Here's where the Presence of Christ just works wonders. We belong to HIM. In times where we feel inadequate, his arms are open wide, yearning for us to come to Him. He WANTS us to confess, he WANTS us to communicate with him. When we do, it is then that he is able to lead us and give us peace in the midst of adversity. Any emptiness that we harbor in our hearts can only be TRULY filled with the Presence of Christ. He will take our burdens, worries, and fears and use them to bless us, lead us, and guide us in the right direction. He longs for us. He wants us to be in communion with Him.

No one wants to be around someone who is negative all the time. In our minds we're all thinking "I got my own problems to deal with. I don't need to hear about yours all the time." We don't want to hear about people's problems every minute of the day. We do not like negativity, especially if we have negative spirits in our hearts that we’re already trying to deal with. The problem is, we’re trying to deal with it on our own. No help, no guidance. We depend on ourselves and our ever-changing impulsive emotions. God sees your hurt. He sees you struggling. As difficult as it may be to believe at times, it is true.

1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”


God wants us to lay all our plans, cares, and worries at His feet. He does not want us to continue carrying our burdens on our backs and run around in circles trying to figure out what to do with ourselves. In my devotional today, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (it is amazing, I highly recommend it, especially if you want to start learning how to study your Bible J ) it stated, “An ongoing problem is like a tutor who is always by your side. The learning possibilities are limited only by your willingness to learn.” Our continuing problems are like teachers ready to teach us the lesson. However, we can only learn as much as we want to learn from them. Same goes for our relationship with God. He will bless you accordingly. But you have to be willing to listen, obey, and remain in constant communion with Him. You are as close to Him as you want to be, through the gift of free will. He shows you the consequences of going astray, but is always ready to teach, guide and love you when you come back, repent, and truly surrender to Him. That means that it takes being willing to confess, acknowledge and most importantly…die….to our prideful ways…to our arrogance and on a daily basis. More freedom comes from allowing God to bless you through your weaknesses and letting Him work through you than to continue hiding in the dark, fighting that demon. Be willing to grow. Be willing to learn. Be willing to be set free. One day at a time. Gradually. In order for God to build you up, he has to break you down and mold you.

He must remove the filth and debris of your past in order to make room for the new, beautiful creation He plans to make you into. J <3

Friday, August 22, 2014

How Boredom Can Make Or Break You.


90% of our actions come from boredom. It is crucial to make use of our God-given moments. It is easy to self-indulge ourselves with lofty entertainment and self-gratifying activity. In the end, they leave us empty and seeking for more. Those who succeed in their calling are not only those who believe in Christ but SUBMIT to his will to discipline oneself.
Our culture was built on a self-suffecient spirit. When arriving to the New World, we mastered our aguralcutlure, social, military, industries, and technological skills. It is the reason our American ancestors called for 'independence' from Great Britain in the first place.

We are more advanced than ever as a society. Major changes in technology and scientific instruments, have helped us live more comfortable lives. The issue lies in the self-indulging distractions this has caused. We have become more concerned with the next ppv event than our own personal lives and relationship with our Higher self, Christ. 

Here is a link to a graph of the word usage of 'boredom' through the year 1800-2010 and up:

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?
content=boredom&case_insensitive=on&year_start=1800&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=7&share=&direct_url=t4%3B%2Cboredom%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bboredom%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BBoredom%3B%2Cc0

No matter what journey you are walking towards, you will have to take your time seriously as if your life depended on it. For it does. The journey to success whether you want to live healthier and hit the gym, start a business, move into ministry,Have a happy relationship etc. You must develop the discipline of making boredom your best friend. How? Like a basketball legend once said "When Im sleeping someone is practicing" You must develop a sense of urgency and take actions 'Today' that bring you closer to your desired future. 

Boredom is a 'state' of mind where an individual feels dull and lifeless. At least he or she believe so. The graph shows how as the years increased from 1800 up to 2010, The term gradually grew and keeps increasing. The irony is, our conditions and state of living have dramatically improved throughout the years.  The things the early Americans never even thought was possible to attend, we now do so. If that is the case, why do so many fall prey to boredom and get sidetracked from their True life's purpose?

The real root is within ourselves. The 'pressure' and temptation to, as Author Robert Greene put it, "run away from ourselves." The majority of us are afraid of our own thoughts, fears, and even aspirations. For every fear, our culture promises a temporary escape. Whether it be drugs (prescription or non-prescription) entertainment, events, games, etc. We escape our own individuality by either ignorantly joining a club, cult, religious church, or a gang. We self-indulge in temporary escapes, not realizing that the key to a great livelihood lies in the present. We go to school on Monday longing for Friday. Instead of putting our focus and energy in the present moments of our lives. 

There is absolutely nothing wrong with entertainment and other activities. But we must learn to make our moments count and consciously sow seed into our moments 'today' so we may reap purposeful futures. A child who plays basketball for his school team is most likely to succeed in his personal life then the child who wanders around with no specific goal, hobby, or purpose. Those who succeed in whatever calling make use of their God-given time and privilege to create the life they desire. The enemies greatest weapon is to cause us to drift and wander like zombies. When we drift from one useless or over-indulged habit or idea to the next, our ambitions lower as well as our sense of alertness. Keeping us able from understanding what the Holy Spirit is instruction us to do in our current season.

Matthew 24:42 "Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming."

Luke 21:34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap."


Thursday, May 1, 2014

"Present."

Present.

I lament alone, staring at the same four walls
Drown myself in a sea of self-pity
Claiming to resist comfort
But You are present.

I’ve ceased to seek You
I search for comfort on a screen with dark images
Trying to alleviate my self-induced grief
Justifying erroneous ways
Still, You are present.

Loved ones deem me troubled
I refuse to speak
They say they fear those who utter no words
For they are dangerous
I promise, I am not
You are present….still.

I sit here wrapped in a blanket of emotions
My confidence and esteem continues to shrink
I begin to question my existence, worse, have it taken from me
You. Are. Present.

You are present through it all
You call my name
I hear it, but refuse to move
When will I learn to unveil the mask?

All You seek from me is faith
You want to bring me joy
There is no reason for my unhappiness
For You have blessed me and then more

Though I struggle to acknowledge you
Though I feel inferior
It remains in the back of my mind
You are present.
……..And all you want is for me to cry out…”I need You, Lord.”



Friday, April 18, 2014

Five Methods To Master Your Day.

Today counts as much as tomorrow. More than anything, this moment we call "NOW" is slowly slipping into the past. The dangers of unclaimed time is how we don't consciously realize  how much of it we waste before its too late. It is true that we all have different set of pressures, expectations, plans, devotions, and recreational activities throughout our day. But if we do not habitually obtain awareness and control of our habits that keep us from enjoying 'Today' and taking care of our priorities, the visions we have, dreams we want to pursuit, and goals wanting to be reached, we will face constant stumbling blocks because of our habits of not making 'Today' count.

For my fellow readers who are interested in making 'Now' and 'Today' count. In this Article is written a simple step by step method on mastering your day instead having the daily troubles of it mastering you and getting in the way of your priorities and activities.


#1 Plan Your Day Ahead.


"Today is a manifestation of past thought." Explained by writer Enoch Tan Author of "Reality Creation Secrets eBook."The reality you currently see is created by you through thought, word, and deed. Simply put, there is no accident of why your 'Today' may have repeated patterns of dislike as it did weeks or even months ago. To master your day, you must master your intentions and thoughts at will.

The first step is to "Plan your day ahead." Before going to bed intentionally plan the way you want the following day to be. Visualize and mentally see yourself finishing that task, making that important phone call, active and productive, and doing any other activity that will involve your focus. Since it is proven that one, thoughts have energy , and two, "The best way to predict the future is to create it." (Enoch Tan) This exercise helps millions of other highly productive people stay sharp and alert with a subconscious drive toward their goals.

How this works is this, as stated in Jack Canfield's best seller "The Success principle's: How to get from where you are to where you want to be" that the brain is a goal-seeking organism. Whatever problem, goal, request, or command, you give your mind, it will work night and day to solve it. As you plan your day the night before, do it with intent and clarity. The clearer you are about how you want the following day to be, the more effective the subconscious will be in manifesting that vision effortlessly.

This gives you mental clarity on what needs to be done and how it needs to be done the moment you awake.


#2 Give Yourself A Focus/Goal

We have planned our day the night before and are clear about what we wanted and how we wanted it done. But the first method cannot be applied if you do not take this one seriously. It is crucial to have a focus and a goal. Both are different entirely. A goal is a milestone, something to be reached at a desired time. Focus is a center of interest that aspires your actions. 

A goal within itself requires massive focus and concentration, for the more there is focus on a particular object the faster it grows and magnifies. What you focus on grows. The mind desperately needs a focus. A vision, A mission, A purpose. It is that focus alone, that will align you what matters most 'Today' and show what matters less. 

Without focus, The mind is a sponge and it will absorb negativity with passiveness throughout the day. Focus makes the difference. Focus runs the day.

#3 Invite God Unto Your Day

If morning prayer isn't a habit, add it to your list of priorities. Make it your business to spend some undisturbed time with God. Every morning before going about the day. Doing so aligns your focus and most importantly, increases your sense of Self as you personally connect with God. 

This can be done anytime throughout the day. There is no need for special invitation when engaging with God. From a small five minute personal devotion, to a twenty or thirty minute Meditation practice and reflective prayer. "Inviting" God unto your day is an intentional choice to allow the influence of God to carry you with guidance as you enter the advanture of 'Today'.


#4 Priorities First

If you have heard this before than it is meant for you to hear it again. Priorities must be the first task engaged before any other. Priorities vary from person to person and task to task. It may be an important phone call, Class registration, project, adding a chapter to a book, finding a client, etc.

Taking care of priorities first leaves more room for multiple task once they are taken care of. Many prefer to do their priorities in the 'middle' or push them as the last task to do. What tends to happen is when we push it far aside to the point of ''last minute'' there isn't as much time to complete the task as effective as we want to. Another problem with that approach is it increases the habit of procrastination. Causing you to 'set-aside' future priorities.

Imagine how much more you would get out of life, when you make it a daily habit to take care of priorities first. Your work/school life would be more impacted considering the fact that you are on top with your assignments. You would also have more room for family time and other activities. 

This gives more peace because, as you complete an important task your mind is rested on the issue and not only do you get a sense of completion, you are forming the habit of productivity and eliminating procrastination.


#5 Prepare For War.

The last and most crucial is to prepare yourself for war. You must be ready to encounter, thoughts, people, and circumstances, that will attempt to bring you low and throw you off of focus. You must have it in mind, that the spiritual enemy is at work to misalign you from your assignment. 

Too many are surprised at events and outcomes that don't seem to work for their favors, as if every good deed is easily going to be achieved. Too many are surprised at unwanted feelings and thoughts that attempt to discourage the person into his or her task. 

You must make a choice to mentally and spiritually prepare yourself for war. Prepare and equip yourself with the Power that is within. As you go about your day, don't be quick to react to everything you perceive to be 'bad'. Instead, keep your focus on what matters most during the day. Do this habitually and you will see different results in different areas of your life.









Sunday, February 23, 2014

3 Simple Ways To Discern Truth



Everybody has knowledge. Knowledge birthed from experience, culture, background, peers, and environments all play a big role in what we know and the way we view life. As Christians, we are warned by God in his Word to be extremely alert and prudent toward the various perceptions or views of the collective consciousness. Careful of what you may ask? Falsehood. False views, perceptions and False doctrines: belief systems contrary to the Word of God. 

Though many of us are not ignorant towards what is false (Most of the time because our belief systems have become more of a script to memorize than an actual lifestyle of fellowship with the Holy Spirit) most of us in the Christian world don't even know our own belief system as a whole. When asked carious questions by the masses like "Who is Jesus really?" "What did he die for?" "How do you believe in someone you don't see?" some answer with uncertainty not because they do not know their Bibles and aren't 'qualified', but because they have not experienced and observed the truths spoken by Jesus. They have merely memorized and recited it.

Where there is ignorance, there is sin. Where there is sin, there is death.  
In this article, there is presented a simple but an effectively powerful three step principle that will help you in every uncertain occasion you are or will face in life when trying to discern God's will. These three powerful keys, when applied daily, will never leave you hanging in the dark cave of uncertainty and deceit.

1. Know WHO you believe in
God is a Person. Jesus Christ reflects that person and makes him visible. As Pastor Steven Furtick, Pastor of Elevation Church in Canada put it, "The big mistake made in the Christian world today is to rehearse to oneself, "What I believe about this or that..." For instance, some believe God will never allow certain things to happen to them or others. That is all fine and gucci, but what happens when that thing actually happens? Is God still good? What happens when that prayer hasn't been answered? What happens, as it did to Job, when your deepest fear has come upon you and threatened your livelihood?

When examining our society and culture with unbiased eyes, you will notice that life, especially in the church, has become a battle of whose belief and philosophy is presented clearer, or for short, whose is better. Especially in America, where our desire to use the freedom of expression to the fullest degree, if not careful and prudent one can easily fall victim to the masses incorrect ways of thinking. And where there is ignorance, there is wrong thinking. Where there is wrong thinking, there is wrong results
My fellow reader! You must remember that Truth is not an idea, it is a person. Jesus said "I'AM (Yahweh) The Truth, The Way, and The Life...."When you know WHO you believe in, you will know what HE wills. and when you know what HE wills, you will know Truth from false.

When Jesus spoke, he did not use long and lecturing self-gratifying talk. His wisdom was directly out of love. Selfless, showed no partiality nor favoritism, just pure and straight to the point of unbiased truth birthed from the Law of Love (James 3:17). One can only walk in truth, speak it, hear it, and discern it, when he or she eats from the fruit of it. Your relationship with the Holy Spirit, The Spirit of Truth, will feed you wisdom and comfort so pure that when presented to the masses, only a small number will"hear" and obey the call of Christ (John 15:20 "...If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also...) For many are called but few are chosen.
This is what separates Pastors and wolves in sheep's clothing. A man or women of God and a Pharisee,  a man or women who keeps it real and a hypocrite.

You must know WHO Jesus is, and who HE is who HE reveals himself to be in his Word and communication with you, and not who you think or perceive him to be.

2. Know God's will in every scenario
When you know WHO you believe in, you know what HE does and doesn't approve. From that knowingness and relationship with God when the scenario presents itself, the man or woman of God will know what the unbiased Spirit would have them do for their highest good. 

From the space of knowing the Person, comes knowing the person's principles. Mike Murdock who I love quoting from said "The Person of Jesus creates your peace, the principles of Jesus creates your prosperity."  He also mentioned that the church have embraced the Person, but have neglected his principles, for they expect Jesus to do everything for them all the while complain about conditions continually. While SOME billionaires have rejected the person of Jesus but apply his principles but live spiritual death because seperation from God. When you begin to understand God's will and apply it, you start seeing physical, spiritual, and financial prosperity. The best of all worlds. 

An example of common application to God's will is as simple as this:

Say you go to a kickback at your college campus. The beautiful young junior begins to entice your sexual desires by her seduction. As a man, you don't deny the that you are feeling vulnerable to the temptation. You simple quite the senses, and tune into the spirit's voice that reminds you of the following scripture in 1 Thessalonians 4: 3-5"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;"

From there you have a choice, and true choice is called free-will. "Choice is an illusion created by those who are in control over those who are not." Until you become conscious of the  power within given by the Holy Spirit, only then can you have TRUE power and with true power comes true choice. We must guard our hearts and minds against the invisible forces of satan constantly trying to shift our minds away from the will of God. What is the will of God? Lets look at these separate scriptures that apply to daily living:

  • Romans 8:28, which states that everything happens for our highest good and best.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which tells us to always give thanks and be grateful.
  • Philippians 4:6-8, which tells us not be anxious or constantly have a worried heart.
  • John 3:16, which states that God wants us to believe in his Son, Jesus.
You may have gotten laid of from your job, but remembering Romans 8:28 and 1 Thessalonians  5:18, you relax and choose to trust him. 

When you practice his word and experience the blessings, very quickly your peers opposite and vain philosophies like "life sucks" "I cant do it" "Life is unfair" quickly fade away. This is the second principle. Know God's will in every scenario.

3. Remember the real enemy!   

The last and very important key thats puts these powerful principles together is to remember the real enemy. When watching the new Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie, there was a scene where the main character was going to kill one of the opponents, thrown in the same human game, who has been helping and assisting her. When the urge to take out her wrath and get an easy kill came upon her as she pointed her sharp arrow directly at him,  he reminded her these powerful words that even had the spectator behind the whole inhumane operation shaking within: "Remember the real enemy!" 

We know that our spiritual enemy is Satan. Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) The best one at that. It takes more work and sentences for me to convince you of a lie then it does for me to tell you the truth. That is why it just seems like negative thoughts about God, yourself, others, or circumstance multiply faster when reacted upon. As Christians, you must make it your permanent business to understand the first two keys on a daily basis so you may discern when the enemy is speaking. He will show you that good is evil and that evil is good. There is nothing more evil than evil disguised as good. 

In the church, he will teach you that God is in heaven somewhere and outside of your reach, instead of God dwelling and residing within you. He will convince you that devotion to Christ is too burdensome and that you are better off living in the world. He will teach you Jesus as a "special person'' or merely just a prophet instead of Jesus as Lord. Jesus as God! He will teach you, "You are only human.'' Instead of  I AM reconciled with my father, but not "I" but Christ who lives in me. 
All he can do is whisper and create thoughts within you. He cannot force you or even touch you. You must stand! You must recognize your power over the enemy.

The enemy is not the government, nor is it that person spreading gossip about you, nor is it the illuminati or any other cult. The real enemy is Satan using these very things to make manifest HIS agenda. To keep a plant from completely growing, you must kill the roots. His agenda is to lower your faith in God and bring you back to a carnal mentality resulting in an earthly hell and death. When one understand the true enemy, one does not react to the average man or woman's complaint or harsh words. When understanding the armor you hold within you, the Spirit of God, you may change your circumstances at will with prayer. True Prayer. And you will know that the enemy always gives us the opportunity to defeat  him. 

So let us remember to apply our knowledge daily and stay alert but most of all, walk in love and these will naturally become habitual for you.

-Chrysler Kuba

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Flesh's Desire

The Flesh’s Desire…
by Nickelle Linonge
We are continuously exposed to cultural based images of sex and other suggestive things. We are surrounded by peers who engage in sexual activity at such a young age. We are constantly told that the desire…lust, is a natural feeling, which it is. But just because it is natural, does it necessarily mean we must always entertain it?

·         “Lust asks, ‘What can you do for me?  Love asks, What can I do for you?’ ” – Tim Keller

As teens with raging hormones and constantly shifting moods, we often get very deep into our feelings. When those feelings involve someone else, things can get a little crazy. We’ve all had one or even multiple instances where we spot someone we think is attractive and our minds go “there”. We all have. As much as some of us want to say we haven’t…we have. It’s the truth. Own up to it. (Just a little tough love there) Something I personally have begun to realize is that all the “crushes” I had in the past, my thoughts, my impressions of them, were all out of lust. That’s why I got over them within a short period of time. It wasn’t their way of thinking, or their personality that attracted me. It was their physical appearance. Now, I’m not saying that physical appearance does not play a factor when you do eventually meet the person you’ll spend the rest of your life with, but it should not be the dominate factor. I also noticed that I used physical attraction to try and justify some not so good qualities about them that I knew would influence me negatively. Subconsciously, I was asking myself, “What can this person do to make me happy?” (or what I thought was considered being happy) We’ve all heard the saying “It is better to give than to receive.” What I’ve learned is that instead of using selfish thinking and self-centered perspectives, we should look at it through God’s perspective. “What is it that I can do to ensure that the person I am with or see myself being with in the future is continuing to grow spiritually, and that I do not try to hinder that growth?”

·         The Flesh’s Desire will constantly eat at you until you are left hollow and empty…

Lust is like a parasite. It will continue to feed on your insides (your mind, your emotions) until you are ultimately left empty and hollow, with no sense of direction and many weakened or broken relationships.

·         Marriage? Abstinence? Where’s the logic in that?
Those are the questions Christians get asked a lot. It is also a concept that some view as being “uppity” or “prudish”. Modern society has implanted the idea in people’s minds that when it comes to sex, Christians deem it as a horrible sin. Heck, even doctrine itself has found a way to promote abstinence by using a means of scare tactics. They basically say “Don’t do it! It’s wrong!” No explanation. At the same time, we as Christians tend to want to avoid discussing that particular subject because it makes us feel ‘uncomfortable’. Well, we all know that as we continue in our walk with Christ, we should expect some discomfort and that includes being able to be REAL with ourselves and be open about certain things. (not saying let’s all gather in a circle and just bluntly throw all out all our personal business) God created sex. He created it as the sacred bonding between a husband and wife; Matthew 19: 4-7 He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh." Reread that last sentence. “…No longer two, but one flesh.” Through that sacred bond, two people become one, spiritually. Culture tells us that as long as it’s two people, and they get that mere pleasure out of it, that’s all it is. The sacredness of it is decreased. (Just to make things clear, all of what I’m saying is inspired completely by reading and some very insightful Youtube videos, NOT experience, I’m only 18 folks, haha) Ever notice how in some romance or romantic comedy movies, there’s that one or a few characters that have trust issues and dilemma in relationships and just can’t seem to figure what the problem is? Their past relationships were always troublesome and they were very much aware of that, but they slept with that person so something deep down inside of them kept telling them to be with that person, knowing it wouldn’t work. They would spend so much of their time and energy trying to mend that broken bond.

·         The Question…
I was watching a video on YouTube by Jefferson Bethke and his wife, Alyssa entitled “How Far is too Far?” He stated that when dating, couples tend to base the relationship on the question ‘How far can we go before God gets mad at us?’ The relationship is run by fear. A relationship that is truly centered on Christ, like I mentioned in a previous article, is run by love. God is love. When all the focus is on the two of you growing stronger together in Christ, ‘going too far’ is the last thing on your minds if at all. You will find that you grow to love your boyfriend/girlfriend more for who they are and only grow to cherish them more and more emotionally and spiritually.

We will always be tempted by lust. It is inevitable. We must remind ourselves that while we are continuing to strengthen ourselves in our walk with Christ, we are still human and there will obstacles. The important thing is to remember to be real with ourselves (even with the uncomfortable stuff) and continue to seek God’s grace.





“There is more freedom confessing our weaknesses and shortcomings than in pretending we have it all together.” - Lecrae



Tuesday, February 11, 2014

What is God's greatest desire from mankind?



The simple question has a variety of answers from believers and non believers. Before reading on, try thinking to yourself what you feel it is. Go ahead I'm waiting (Literally). 

For you awesome individuals who have actually participated, you probably answered one of the following :


  • Faith
  • Going to Church
  • Love
  • Charity/Generosity
  • Sacrifice
  • Prayer
Though all of these of course, are equally important to progress in our relationship with Christ and spiritual lives, we must understand that those six, within themselves, are useless without the true ingredient. The component that puts our faith into action, brings life and healing in church, gives us the ability to love, give, and most importantly, bring revelation and manifestations into our prayer lives. That, my friends, would be obedience. 

Everyday you are either increasing or decreasing. Getting better or worst in every part of your life. Whether health wise, emotionally, spiritually, financially, at your work, or your relationships. Whose  commands we obey, determine our livelihoods. We are obeying and applying someones standards of living every single second we choose to take a form of action. In fact, non of the knowledge we have is even ours. What is taught by our parents, peers, society, culture, religion and other sources, play a huge role in who we are and why we make the decisions we make. In this article we will explore which ones are actually helping and the ones doing the opposite. So lets a take a deeper look at obedience, its purpose, its enemy, and its benefit in everyday living.


What is Obedience?

Obedience is a compliance with an order or request and also the submission to another's authority. It is one thing to believe in God, go to church, practice all of the other regulated hooplahs that make one feel that he or she is somehow pleasing God. But it is another thing entirely to actually submit to his requests and obeying them.  -1 Jonh 1:6 "And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love."

-John 14:21 "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by the father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.

These two scriptures are just a small proof of God's desire to see his children grow by actually applying what he teaches. 
"God's greatest desire is to be believed. His pain is to be doubted."
Quoted from Pastor Mike Murdock. God loves to see his children grow and prosper. Some of us, when we think of prosper we think in material terms. Though increase in finances is definitely a blessing, Through his word we see he has a un-ending heartfelt concern to see YOU, his child, grow as a man or women. 

Like an earthly mother who makes sure her kids are well feed, provided for, and disciplined. A mother will teach her child the way, so when the child becomes an adult he or she may be prudent enough to make decisions that lead to long lasting positive results in a world full of troubles and iniquity. In contrast to the child who willingly disobeys his or her parents or guardians instructions. You will see a magnificent difference between the two. 

"You will know them by their fruits..."The following verse doesn't just apply to pastors but us as well. One child grew up to be an addict, dropped out of school, and had a child at age 17. While the other grew and found a great career, happily married, and contempt with ones life. Favor is gained by who you choose to obey, and iniquity is reaped by who you dishonor. 

Where does disobedience comes from?

As we do a quick reality check, it is clear that obedience is not, for most of us who are human, a strong point. Not just with God, but any earthly authority figure; from the police, to the Judge, to the president, and even our own parents. The history of mankind shows us, that the very first human beings on the planet also had an obedient problem. Adam and Eve decided to eat off of the forbidden fruit, even when told "...You will surely die..." Genesis 2:17 

We see how one little act of disobedience transformed not only their nature but the covenant relationship we were met to have with God. An earthly example is a man who is warned that if he gets another DUI he will go to jail for quiet some time. If he wasn't been warned or told of the consequence, then maybe he would have the right to not be held accountable. In this case, he isn't if he chooses to disobey. This is why Jesus said the we are held accountable for our sins when we continuously stray from his Words because we have heard his Word. But people don't just rebel for the fun of it? There is always something, or mostly, someone with enticing words that seduce our flesh into making horrible choices.


That is what happen to Adam and Eve. They were not alone in the Garden. A third voice was present, and voiced its contradictory point of view to entice its victims into a trap. Like a hunter ambitiously looking to capture a lion, he will use the lions greatest desire to entice him into the fierce trap. He will place the bait (A live deer or something a lion loves to eat) inside of the cage until the lion is fully vulnerable by his own hunger. Satan the slanderer, the god of this age, the father of lies, is our spiritual enticer in this very realm we exist in. 

Unlike a hunter, he is a dominate spiritual force who operates in this spiritual realm with only one ambition, one purpose, one obsession . To steal, kill, and destroy God's children. (Technically that is three...)
John 10:10 " The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy: I (Jesus Christ) have come so that they may have life and have it more abundantly."


How often do we still see this in person? A "third voice". "It's goal is to be the only voice"- Mike Murdock
Two couples are doing well for themselves and the love in their relationship sparks greater intimacy, but along the way here comes the third voice. Whether a gossip, a false witness, an accuser, or even a thought or feeling. That third voice comes only to create separation and steal or destroy the gifted relationship the two couples have. by making one believe that the lie is the truth and the truth is the lie. 
" I think you should break up with her."
"Well, your parents aren't home so they wont find out."
"Its only this once, your not going to become an addict or anything."

These are the voices of disobedience. These are the voices of Satan. "“Did God really say, ‘You shall not eat from any of the trees in the garden’? Genesis 3:1." Now because of what happened in the Garden, we are now cursed with a curse. Our spirits are natural aligned with Satan and programmed to rebel. You don't have to be a killer, or gang-banger to be rebellious, for we all know that all sin is sin, and leads to death. (1 John 1:8-10 "If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.")

Why we are called to Obey?

When God is ready to bless you, he will always give an instruction
From that point on you now have a choice to obey, or not. The number of miracles that Jesus successful performed (Which was all of them) on those who asked of him are all rooted by those men and women obeying his commands.

Lets take a look at a biblical example. In Matthew 12,  there was a man whose hand was withered his whole life. Jesus told him "Stretch forth your hand". The man obeyed Jesus's command by believing and having faith that what Jesus was asking him to do was going to result in what he wanted done. Matthew 12:13  "Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, as the other."

What has Jesus "saith' for you to do? What have you been hearing, feeling, and having your conscience stir you to do? What instruction(s) have you been avoiding? What is it you feel you cannot "Stretch forth" for Jesus to give you restoration, deliverance, open doors or opportunities, favor, a new life and everything else he is willing to give? Is it shame? guilt? sexual sins? Anger towards another? Loneliness? 

You are ONE decision away from a blessing or an unfortunate end. You are the only one who stands in the way of your blessing. Christ is knocking at the door, he will not force you to open, neither can the devil force you to look the other way. Satan can only convince you to do otherwise. It is up to YOU. Jesus was not going to force the man to stretch forth his hand. If the man would have thought in earthly wisdom or sophisticated logic, he would have thought "Stretch forth my hand? Son, my hand has been withered since I was born. I was never able to move it! Jesus is trippin hard!" and he would't have been healed. This is why it takes faith to apply God's Word

So why exactly are we called to obey? We don't just obey because of the earthly benefits. After all, many billionaires who don't believe in Jesus actually apply and obey his principles. While many christians love and praise Jesus, all the while have no clue of the law of obedience. 

We obey God out of love. The same reason we obey our parents. Our obedience and submissive attitudes toward his word will increase our relationship with him and transform us to his likeness day by day. Obedience is what gives us salvation in the first place. If you are born-again in Christ, you obeyed when God told you to confess your sins and repent (1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.) 

You obeyed when you believed that you were receiving an invisible force to come live-in-your-heart (Ephesians 1:13"In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit")

Obedience is the root to the blessings we experience. Obedience results in Joy.

The Bible as a whole is a book on decisions. We have seen over and over again in the scriptures the benefits and blessings from those individuals who obeyed God's given command(s) and received his blessings such as the man with the withered hand. Along with those who reaped suffering and misery from taking his commands lightly.

Obedience is far from going to church or reading your bible. It is first birthed by faith. You cannot obey God if you do not have  faith in his character in the first place. When one has faith, he or she will naturally obey God's command and his or her actions will follow as they are lead by the spirit of God. 

As stated in Joshua 1:7-8 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips;meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.

we come to realize that not God or satan himself can change our destiny. You are one decision away from increase or decrease."But the Bible says that those who don't believe, will not have everlasting life. Doesn't that mean that God has created our destiny? In most passages of God's word, there is also an "IF" or a MAY:."...that you may be successful wherever you go. IF you, the reader, take heed, take stand in God's word, give up the "thing" that God has been pointing out to no longer be in your life, and by faith, DO the "thing" God commands you to do THEN you shall reap the blessings for yourself. 

It is easy to teach and write about it. It is easy to hear pastors and servants of God preach their hearts out about obeying God. But how exactly can we consistently obey god's word in a daily life full of temptations and ungodly desires.


The root of Obedience.


Indeed there is a root. It is realizing who you are in Christ. Your True nature. The fact of the matter is this, When one command of God is broken, all has been broken. This is why sin, is called missing the mark. The mark is God and God is within. Missing the mark, is missing Our True selves. The image of his son, Jesus Christ.

We are created to obey God. The same way a child is born and is genetically programmed to obey his or her parents. The child who receives the love of his parents and is submissive to their discipline will more than likely live a better life then the child who does the opposite.

When we are reconciled back to God and continually walk in the Holy Spirit, which resides in us, we come to realize that everything Jesus was on earth, we now boldly posses. ( John 16: 15 " All that belongs to the father is mine. That is why I said the spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.")
This is very important to grasp, as it is written. Religion teaches "YOU must obey" when really is saying "Have confidence in your flesh"We alone cannot do anything God wants us to do whether by thought, action, or deed while identifying ourselves as pure flesh. (Romans 8:8 " For those who are of the flesh, cannot please God.") 

It is by his Spirit, the Holy Spirit, which lives in us and transforms our whole being the moment we receive Jesus in our hearts. From that beingness, we are able to connect with God on personal levels and continually do as we called us to do to live a successful and glorious life on earth both spiritually and physically. Now, does obeying God mean that we will never have problems? Does obeying God's commands mean we automatically manifest awesomeness of our desires while what we don't want gets repelled?

Certainly not! In fact, most of the time, his commands will bring you into places you never indented to be. This is what puts our relationship with Christ to the test. We must have an actual relationship with Christ and strive to increase it like you strive to increase your earthly relationships. The trials you go through in life will only prove how committed you are about Jesus. More than just that, they are meant to carry you forward to better things after having been tested. This is what separates a true disciple from a plain believer. Which one are you my fellow reader?


Key points of Obedience.

 To conclude this article, I have written down key points that can be copied or added to a personal notebook or journal. I encourage all who have read this to take God's teaching to heart and remember to seek him as a personal father more than anything. You must remember that the law of cause and effect/karma is as natural as the law of gravity and a man and women will reap what her or she has sown. We all make mistakes and fall short, so let us remember to thank God for his grace and remember to continue to grow. 

I challenge all of you to take precious value into your own lives and begin to examine yourselves. Ask yourself honest questions and ask God to reveal the behavioral patterns that are hindering your walk and success. Remember my beloved readers, you are one decision away from a blessing or an unfortunate end. 
So Christ up, and Obey!

Here are the Key points: 
  • God desires our complete obedience to his word.

  • Obedience opens blessings and favor, while disobedience creates iniquity.

  • You are one decision away from a blessing or unfavorable results.


  • Our capacity to obey, comes from our relationship with God.

  • When God is ready to bless you, He will give you an instruction. 

  • The Holy Spirit is responsible for our ability to obey God's Word.

  • We must Obey out of love: Not fear of punishment, or earthly benefit.

For a simular article, read "Sick people take Medicine." on the blog. 






Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The God we often forget part 2 of 2.

The God we often forget part 2 of 2.

Picking up from were we left of, we have learned that the devil is not just some adversarial entity rebelling against God for the fun of it. He is, as scripture quotes, the god of this world. The force that is connected to all negativity: sickness, distress, separation from friends or lovers, accidents, pain, suffering, and most of all death.  if we do not abide in God through his Son and his holy spirit, your god is indeed satan. You don't need a bible scholar to teach you this either.

Suffering is at a high. There is no crime, nor act of sin that has been committed that can surprise us in these days. Child pornography, cannibalism, sex slavery, etc. It almost seems like the darkness is winning and shading away the light. What is bad is what is now good. Darkness is what is in, while the light is old and traditional and not "hot". Look at the popular movies, the popular stars, the popular lyrics, the popular brands, the popular beliefs (You only live once, live for yourself, Money over everything, all sex no love...) Is it really a coincidence to you that the devil is called "the god of this world"?

If you are not a believer of Christ, or you may be a believer but know in your heart you aren't abiding in him, analyze your life with self compassion and honesty and be aware of where you currently are, how you get there, and where you see yourself going spiritual and physically. Let us seek the true God. The God who has already given you a purpose. The God who has already filled up that empty feeling that cries "Something is missing!" The God who offers a life beyond what we know or think we know. The God beyond religion, the God who lives and has always lived in you. The God who knows you more than you know yourself (Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I set you apart;I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”)

Yes problems will always exist especially when you give your life to Christ. Because you are no longer serving your former master, satan. 

Ever wonder why it seems like the good struggle and the bad live on. Though that is a popularly but a highly exaggerated quote, a man  or women who seeks a relationship with God and to better his or herself, will never be left alone by the cunning temptations of satan to bring his servant back to his slavery and life of suffering

If you have watched the movie, The Matrix, notice how Neo and the ones who where "awakened" where chased by the agents, the holders and sustainers of the Matrix system, continuously. The agents did not want anybody out of the system. The system of human enslavement. The system of illusion. Better yet, they definitely did not want somebody "awakened" to awake the others who are asleep to the system. ( For more information on that topic, read "Do you have symptoms of feeling trapped in a Matrix?" and leave a comment! http://chryslerkuba.blogspot.com/2013/12/do-you-have-symptoms-of-feeling-trapped.html)

Our reality is not so different at all. In fact it is exactly the same. Those who stand up for what is right, seem to be the outcasts, the ones who suffer, the ones who just-dont-understand. It is the reason man like Martin Luther King were assassinated, Ghandi, Malcolm X, etc.

One man who had a similar outcome of the following men is Jesus Christ. 100% man and 100% God. he was and is, God in the physical flesh. He died so we may be free from serving the master who gives us nothing but emptiness and suffering. Have you ever watched a gangster movie where the boss gives all of his loyal workers everything they could wish for. Women, money, best homes and hotels, front sets to every show, and more money and more etc. All the while he has a secret agenda and when that agenda reaches its mark he will kill them faster than he recruited them. ( The bank scene from The Dark Knight is a good example)

With all of this being read, most of you may already know the following information. A common question is not ''Why?'' but ''How?" How exactly can I get to know God better? Where do I even start? How do I know if it is God? How do I know when he speaks to me? How do I know I'am on the right path?


The problem with the church.

When talking about "the church'' one is not just talking about the physical buildings and the pastors that lead their congregations there. It is the body of Christ as a whole. The body of believers. One of the main problems in the church is the misconceptions of God. So many have their own "opinion'' on who God is and what is or isn't sin. If opinion isn't a factor, many have beliefs that there are different ways to God. Some say the Holy Spirit, Jesus, and The Father are not one but three separate persons. Such beliefs would contradict the Word of God as a whole, including the first commandment. "Thou shall not put any other gods before me." If we are to pray in Jesus name if he isn't one with God, then we would be praying to a separate being, resulting in idolatry. 

Beware, that some of you reading may be offended, though that is not my intention, when we are handling the Word of God, we cannot sugarcoat the truth. Many christians or non-christians, look for their ''own'' ways to God. Some feel that God is only in church or church buildings and when service is over, his presence is no longer there and its back ''to the world.'' Again, those tactics that are mostly done unconsciously, only result in satan having a smile on his face. To know God, we must begin in his Word. The Bible


The Word is God and God is The Word

We will be going over John 1:1-2 to see the relationship between God and his Word. First, lets take a look at  John 1:1-2 which says, "In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

God and his Word are one. To not believe in The Bible would be not believing in God. The only way we can know God is through his Word. The Word was written by men with the holy spirit who were inspired to jot down their experiences and revelations from and with God. It was written by forty men from different time periods and generations, in a period of 1,500 years exactly according to the records of scripture.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness"

Psalm 119:160 "The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever."


The Word of God is the source of all truth and all of reality. To some it may just seem like a book. Indeed, it is a book, for reading it in bible studies won't make you any better than you desire to be without actual practice of what is taught. The Word is spirit and living ( Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." )
God's Word reveals his character, his creation, his plan, and most of all his love. His Word shows no partiality nor is a favorite of persons. His Word makes whole and teaches perfect wisdom. Wisdom that changes the heart and not just the mind. For the natural human wisdom of man can only perceive so much all the while not being conscious of satan's deceits. 

We must start with The Bible and actually apply what it is we read. It must be read with faith. It must be read with the conviction that his Word is indeed true and that He indeed exists. Questions may arise, confusion may kick in as well, because as stated earlier, there is so much our finite minds can perceive from the Infinite mind of God, and not to forget satan's desire to push us away from the truth, from our True selves. When seeking God, The prime creator of all that is, we must believe that he is* and allow him to guide us in his Word. 

The Word is also Jesus Christ. John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Jesus stated " I AM the truth, the way, and the life. No comes through the Father expect through me." When we read this scripture, it is clear that God's will is for us to believe in the Son, the perfect physical manifestation of himself. When seeking God and letting go of our idols and false gods, we must be totally submissive to HIS WAY. We must believe that God's way is the best way, for it is. 

Faith in God births God to reveal himself increasingly and give us all of the guidance and comfort that we need ( Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith [it is] impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.) As we look at the scripture from part one of part one of this article, Exodus 3:13-15, where God revealed himself to Moses. God was firm and made plain who he is. When Moses asked him "Who should I say sent me?" God did not say, " Whatever you perceive me to be." He clearly stated "Tell them I AM sent you." Yahweh. God may not reveal himself through a burning bush now and days, but he continues to reveal himself in the same manner through his Word. Because his Word has never changed. 

He reveals himself through Jesus Christ. Through Jesus we see the visible God. The God who lives in man and dwells in oneness with him. Jesus was that perfect human figure when walking on earth. God revealed himself to Moses through a burning bush, today he reveals himself as a man, Jesus Christ. We can only know God through Jesus, because Jesus is God indeed. 

The promise of the counselor 

Jesus made this promise before he was sent to Calvary,
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." John 14:26

The Holy Spirit, The counselor, comforter, teacher etc. As we have already covered, the Holy spirit is the spirit of God. Holy, means set-apart and spirit is also mind. He is the living mind of Christ and when we choose to follow him and be baptized by the holy spirit, we receive the mind of God that teaches us all things that pertain to God and reality ( 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 "these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spiritwithin them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.")

 Word of note, baptism of the holy spirit does not necessarily mean just being dipped in water. It is the very act of receiving him. Believing in him and faithfully asking him to take part of your life ( Luke 11:13 "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”)
It is because of the holy spirit that the apostles where able to convert almost 5,000 people in one day. It is because of the Holy spirit a man is 100% convinced of the Word of God. The Holy spirit speaks, He hears, He guides, and He transforms us into his exact image. For He is the reason we become one with God. 

He is also the reason there is separation and division. Because of him, the fruits and deeds of man are exposed. There are men who know the bible better than any pastor but yet do not believe it to be the Word of God nor able to understand it because they do not have the Spirit of God revealing them the divine mysteries in his Word. There are churches with millions of members yet no lives are being changed by the true and powerful influence of the Holy Spirit.

We can only know and have a relationship with God when we have the Spirit of God resting in us, guiding us through his word and daily affairs of life. Romans 8:14-16"because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ""Abba," Father."  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children."

Religion shuns the Holy Spirit for many reasons. A man who wants to believe in his own way towards God will neglect the Holy Spirit trying to convince him of the truth.


Conclusion

To come to close, We must remember that life is as simple as God has created it to be. We will never come to fully knowing God and ourselves if we continue to remain indifferent to the simple truth. Our God has never changed. No matter what you have done, no matter what you have said, no matter what you have felt, believe me when I tell you, God is still the God who created you with purpose, destiny, beauty, intelligence, and an abundant supply of gifts that reside within you. A life filled with emotional, spiritual, physical, and financial success and increase. Jeremiah 29:11 " For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

The only way we will ever experience a life free from the attachments of our "ego" or flesh, free from expecting others to give us the longing significance and reason to live, free from our gods and idols that give empty promise after empty promise; leaving us feeling more empty  and most of all free from the bondage that sin brings, is to make a decision RIGHT NOW to look within, confess, and ask for Christ to enter our lives. 

Whether you have been a christian for years, whether you are new to the faith, or whether you have no claim to faith but want to get to know God; NOW is the time. Luke 19:9 "And Jesus said unto him, To-day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham."

Today is your day. God isn't interested in your church activities, or tithes and offerings. He is interested in YOU. Your heart. He wants YOU, my fellow reader. God has built the home, he has decorated the house, he has set up the dinner, he has fixed your room, he has the mansion all prepared for you. It is up to you to walk in. Problems will exists, your faith will be tested. For a relationship with God is not a one day event of emotional repentance and then its back to the-same-old. It is life journey. Times will seem hard. But giving up our gods that have kept us in ignorance and sin for the one true God who desires nothing but life for us is indeed worth more our lives themselves.