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.