Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day Jesus Christ, my first love.

i was listening to the radio today, the gospel station Praise103.9 FM in Philadelphia, and one of the questions that asked of their listeners  today was when did they realized that they truly loved Jesus? i guess in a way this being Valentine’s day the question kind of made sense.
As i drove my car down Roosevelt Blvd  and listened to the callers respond to this question my hand moved toward my cell phone setting in the middle console. my multi-tasking skill leaves a lot to be desired so i decided rather than cause a major crash on this already highest accident prone street in the country i would wait until i got somewhere i could safely make a call.
i listened intently as caller after caller passionately recounted that moment when they realized that they really loved Christ Jesus. Even though i was still driving down the road, i could almost see the events of their lives as if they were projected on a big screen movie in front of me. 
For some as they recalled the moment when they gave their life to Christ; you could hear the cracking of their voice almost to tears as they described that day or night. Others remember when their lives were in a state of hopelessness, and when the whole world had counted them out,  no one believing  they could find help, but they called on the Name of the Lord, and He rescued them from destruction.
Almost in tears as i listened to the stories of these men and women of God as they praised Jesus with their testimonies, i knew in my spirit that this Valentine’s Day was not about their husband or Wife in the natural, i’m sure that loved them. But for them there was a special love they had for the Bridegroom Jesus Christ that was to return for His Bride the Church at the appointed time.
i struggled to remember when  i realized that i really loved Jesus.  i had always read my bible, and i'd rather pray than eat when i was hungry. Even before i knew i had given my life to Jesus i had already given my life to Him, if that makes any sense. Unlike some people, i couldn't tell you on what day i was saved. i can’t remember the day that i consciencely said “I give my life to you Jesus Christ” to me it was almost as if Jesus already knew my life was his, He just had to get me to that place where I knew it also. 
You see I’ve always loved the good stuff about Jesus, it was the hard things like Luke 14:26 that caused me distress.  i just wasn’t ready to hate my mother and father, my wife and my children, it just seem like Jesus had crossed the line in my following Him.  He was simply asking way too much, i just had not came to that place where i could fully esteem the sacrifice of my Lord Jesus Christ;  That was the reason that these hard saying were so impalatableto me. If only I could fathom what it was that Jesus did for me on the cross, then i would be able to ingest what He was requiring of me. if i could as King David says “Taste and see that the Lord is Good” 
But it was my obedience to the parts of the Word that i would accept, that allowed me to mature to a point where those hard saying were not as hard anymore. I began to understand the importance of the sacrifice of my Lord Jesus Christ, the fear of the All Mighty God was in me, and all about me, i started to understand the magnitude of the Grace of God through Christ Jesus which saved my wretched soul. And i realized that i loved Christ Jesus more than my mother, more than my father, more than any gift i could receive, even more than my own life.
Now i can’t give you a day when all this happened, i can’t give you a day when I fell in love my future wife either, but i know i love her, and i know i love Jesus, and if i thought it made a difference to Him, i would surely say;
Happy Valentine’s Day Jesus Christ, my first love.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mega Churches- Mega Lies

It is a fearful (formidable, dreadful and terrible) thing to incur the divine penalties and be cast into the hands of the living God! Hebrew 10:31 (Amplified Bible)

Again we have another "Minister of God" in the limelight because of his misconduct, Ted Haggard accused of sexual misconduct with not just 1 but possibly as many as ten men, including underage boys! Then on Ophrah he lies again about his conduct saying he is not gay.
Oh what is gay? We are told that just one lie makes us a liar, But how many gay affairs does it take to make you gay?
From Ted Haggard sexual misconduct, Thomas Weeks III buckweahish presentations and perverted teaching concerning holy sanctuary of marriage, to Carlton Pearson complete defiling of the gospel and utter refusal to fully esteem the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. We see a complete turning away of the men of God, and a rampant apostacy that appears to have it origin in the mega-churches were they are so easily hidden by mega lies.
Praise the Lord and hide your sons and daughters, we are as much to blame for these atrocities as those that committed these crimes. We set them (these high profile preachers) on high as if they were God. Causing the mind of man to began to believe that he is great. Haughty in spirit, and prideful in conscience, these ministers perceive within themselves that they are above the law of both man and God.
But we who are ambassadors of God must carry ourselves in a way which honors God’s Name. Because for many people the only God they will ever know is the expression of God that we demonstrate in our behavior. The world looks at us (the professed Christians) when making their decision for God. The manifest qualities that we express must prove God’s Good Name.
However it may appear, it is always God that uncovers these men, God will not allow His Good Name to be besmirched by those that have fallen (or jumped) into sin. Neither will God allow to go unpunished those that have willingly transgressed the Will of God by their lust, desire for filthy lucre, their covetousness of this world, or strange fire (Heterodoxical teaching). That which is done in secret God will reward openly in public for His Holy Name's sake. Not that men may say that these are how the people of God behave, but so the world may know they God has not condoned their deception
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith YHWH Elohiym; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine Holy Name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. Ezekiel 36:22 (KJV)

But to them, the pastors that know Christ, the reward is even greater than the embarrassment they will endure by the hands of men, God is very clear that those that live a lie in His Name will be rewarded with a much more austere hand than the lay sinner.

How much worse (sterner and heavier) punishment do you suppose he (who professes Christ) will be judged to deserve who has spurned and [thus] trampled underfoot the Son of God, and who has considered the covenant blood by which he was consecrated common and unhallowed, thus profaning it and insulting and outraging the [Holy] Spirit [Who imparts] grace (the unmerited favor and blessing of God)? For we know Him Who said, Vengeance is Mine [retribution and the meting out of full justice rest with Me]; I will repay [I will exact the compensation], says the Lord. And again, The Lord will judge and determine and solve and settle the cause and the cases of His people. It is a fearful (formidable and terrible) thing to incur the divine penalties and be cast into the hands of the living God Hebrews 10:29-31 (Amplified Bible)
Oh Heavenly Father;
In Jesus Name i pray, that you will help me to stay humble in my heart, not puffed up thinking that i am greater than i am. Take from my heart my iniquities, my desires and give me strength to fight the lust, and temptations of this world. When i am weak and lost and tested by my vile flesh, comfort me in Your Word, send Your Holy Spirit, to deliver me from the hands of the evil one. Let not my will, but Your Will be done in my life, on earth as in Heaven. Amen

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