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How do you lead people to God and His kingdom, to Jesus and their salvation? On one of my first blogs I wrote I asked a question, why is it so hard to witness?

It’s not the question of how to get someone to church but how to lead someone to God? Only God can change hearts. But how do you become that Light for Him?

Do we believe in our ‘faith’ enough to tell the entire world about it? Because if we truly believe in what we read in the bible, and if we truly believe in Christ, than we know already that we are called to spread the Gospel to the whole world. The Gospel isn’t meant to be a secret. So why do we live our lives like it is a big secret?

We or shall I just keep it simple and say that I fear the ridicule that comes with being a Christian. I spent almost my entire life trying to fit in. I hate sticking out. Not to mention that I am socially awkward. How do I speak to others about Christ?

There is a huge difference in being a witness for Christ and witnessing Christ. What are you doing? How do you witness?

Romans 1:21 “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

I love how I can read scripture and have it speak directly to me but I hate when it’s like Romans 1:21. I hate it because it’s the truth. I know God but I do not honor Him at all.

Sometimes I think I fool myself with my ‘futile’ life and my self-righteous thinking. I know God but stumble constantly on trying to honor Him. From the moment I wake to the thoughts in my dreams I do everything but honor. My eyes are full of lust. My thoughts full of hatred. My life is full of honoring myself.

I am afraid that I will be one of those people that God says I never knew you. But that fear does not affect my faith. I know that Christ died for me and that He is my Lord and Savior but just feel burden with my sin. Not in a prideful way but more in a way that you want to make your Father proud of way. Does that make sense to you?

Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

I will never have all the answers but I will always have my faith. God is good, God is Love.

Ok so I have that song stuck in my head right now and it has me thinking… Today I went in at work on the lotto pool, been thinking what I would do with all that money. Been wanting a Kindle an iPad, maybe I could do an early retirement and focus more on the Gospel? But then it hits me, I need to be a better friend so freaking bad. Cheesy, I know but I master in cheesiness.  

I have spent far too long basking in the light instead of being the light. I need to be a better Christian not only for myself but for others. There isn’t in my opinion enough good works I could do to pay my way to heaven but that’s fine because I know Christ has already financed that trip. It’s hard for me seeing a friend having a rough day. You can’t fix all the problems in the world but you can be an example to how you interact to the situations.

You go around all day complaining and add to the “drama” and you claim to be carrying that cross. You put people down; you refuse to do this because someone else refused to do that and the drama just continues. What example are you to the fellow Christian watching you? Or to the non-Christian judging you?

We are called to build each other up and encourage one another. I want to be that light that shines for the glory of God. I want people to see Him in me. I want to bring people towards Him not away from Him. By being the hypocrite that I am I turn not only others away but I feel like it turns also my heart away.

Life isn’t fair people if it was then we would all go to hell for our sins. And Christ never once said it would be easy following Him. I just read in Matthew today about John the Baptist head being taken and put on a platter. You think you had a rough day? Pick up our crosses people and follow Christ and let others see you following Him so they can also see His glory…. Am I off on this?

                Why do we preach/practice and live out gossip and never the Gospel? Why does it seem like everyone including myself talks about everyone and never in a positive way but only in a negative way? Just been thinking about this a lot as of late especially when I’m talking about someone.

                I want to know/love Christ on a higher/deeper level but do not want to put the work into it. Can’t even remember the last time I sat down and read through my Bible and prayed/lived out scripture. I want to be fed by scripture; I want to live for Christ and not for myself. But it is easier said than done. 

                Can you consider it church when all you do is hang out and play worship music and maybe throw in a generic prayer? I mean isn’t that the same thing the wife and I do in the morning driving to work and listening to K-Love?

                I seem to try way too hard to make friends with people who have no desire to be friends with me. I feel as though because we share the same Savoir that is enough to be friends. But here on earth it isn’t and maybe I will just have to wait for us all to return home in order for us to be friends or better yet a family. I look at the book of Acts and that is what I see, a family. That is what I want.

                Can one truly call himself saved when there is so much hatred inside? How can Jesus and hatred occupy the same spot?

                I would be down to getting together on Saturday mornings and read the bible and fellowship together with people but can’t seem to get it started or find people that are interested in it. People are always too busy or too lazy and unfortunately I fall under both of those categories.

That is all the shenanigans you’re going to get tonight folks.

Imagine while on the cross God came down and said “forget it, let’s go home” and just gave up on us? I know He never will do it but I’m just saying. Hebrews 13:5 “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” It just gets me thinking about why people give up. Why do you give up?

Someone I know is giving up on a relationship and is walking into a hurt of trouble. He’s willing to walk away from everything in order to take what he thinks is the easy way out. It saddens me. I know he is young and I have also made big mistakes but still when you love someone it is easy to be disappointed by them. Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” As I heard before from a pastor “we are all in the same boat”.

There are too many distractions in this world. We easily lose sight of the Truth of God. From outside interference from people who would wish us harm to television and 3G phones, we separate further from our relationship with God. Ignorant as we are He knows that and still chooses to love us. 1 John 4:8 “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

I almost feel like we as a society believe it is easier to run away then to face our problems and our destinations. I am reminded of the story of Jonah. He kept running from what God wanted him to do and he kept getting into more and more trouble.

So when I first moved to Pittsburgh I was miserable. I hated it here and wanted desperately to move back to California to be with my friends and my old life. I stayed, it wasn’t easy but I did. I love Pittsburgh; this is where God wants me. My relationship has grown deeper with God, my wife and my family. I made some good friends and also a best friend. God has used these past years to make me into a man. I could have easily run away but where would I be now? Not here and I can firmly say this is where God wants me to be.

Not to say that there are times that we should leave a relationship, job, places and so on. It’s the reason why we do things that is the issue. We must put work into things to see the gain; it’s the whole sowing and reaping thing. The reason why my marriage is as awesome as it is isn’t because we just enjoy the good times and take the easy road it’s because we put in the work, and by the grace of God she stuck around. You got to have the sour to enjoy the sweet, one of my favorite quotes.

I guess that last quote can explain how my life was before I accepted Christ as my savoir compared to how it is now. Things aren’t easier but they make a lot more sense and I have purpose. Just felt like rambling about running away. God is good folks don’t run away from His love.  

Dedicated to Josef

Matthew 17:20 “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed.”

This week I did something out of faith. I was scared, nervous and very doubtful but I moved forward with faith. Normally my faith isn’t that strong. But I am learning in order to grow in Christ I must step out in my faith.

How is your relationship with God? Do you trust Him to lead you, even into trouble?

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”

I felt that inner nudge from time to time to speak up for the Lord, to approach that stranger or rebuke a friend’s comment. I always seemed to lack the courage to do as I was called. But as I look into it now it wasn’t a lack of courage but a lack of faith.

How much do I believe what I read, what I live? The bible is more than a righteous book; it’s a foundation of truth to build a relationship on. Jesus is more than red letter words, He is real.

How crazy do you think the town folk thought Noah was? To build that ark, imagine the ridicule he went through. Imagine the faith Noah had to build the ark? I guess that is why Jehovah saw favor in Noah.   Genesis 6:8 “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.”

What does your faith look like? What is God asking you to do?

Ever since I read Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung, those three words “Just Do Something” have been flashing in my head. It has almost been a daily prayer for me this past week, when I start to realize I let a lot of my dreams, a lot of things I felt led to do vanish from my reality.

As reflecting on the past year I have noticed I have grown a lot in my faith but that same faith has gotten me to question what I have learned and what I have forgotten. One thing I have learned is to put only Christ on that pedestal. One thing that I have forgotten is why I am here. Why am I here? Or even better why are you here? I felt God calling me to something and I simply walked away from it.

I just finished a bunch of blogs where my focus was about living out the Gospel. I have been doing things different, I have been refocusing my inputs and outputs so to speak. But how can I live out the Gospel if I’m not doing what God is calling me to do, well I can’t.

I need help folks. I reached out before and got shot down and I used that as an excuse to forfeit God’s rewards. I’m not sure what I should do next.

Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”