Compartmentalizing The Christian Walk Part 3


So what do we need to do? We need to take a closer look at Galatians 5:22-23,

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” (NKJV)

 

      Christianity is not that one thing you think you know. Christianity is about bearing fruit and the fruit that you are call to manifest in your life is one, that is, the fruit of the Spirit. The Bible does not say the fruits of the Spirit in plural, the Bible speaks in singular “The fruit of the Spirit.”

       A Christian is call to be first, loving. Love is the central characteristic of God’s character and we are called to have the same characteristic.

      A Christian is call to be filled with joy. The Bible tells is that in His presence there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16) A Christian walk in peace, which means that no matter what we go through we still walk in peace, a peace that overpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). In other words, when it makes no sense for you to be at peace, you are, by God’s grace, at peace.

      A Christian is patient, which means that we endured whatever comes at us. We are not spoil children, we take it all, good bad and ugly and in all, we still love God and others. A Christian is call to walk in kindness, to be good, to be faithful, to be gentle and to have self-control. All of these things, together, not one without the other, form what we ought to be.

      We can be doctrinally sound in our own eyes, but still walk without love. Walking without love make our doctrine ineffective. Love is what validate our doctrine, what gives value and credibility to what we believe. Sound doctrine, is not really sound doctrine without love, it is hypocrisy. The bible tells us very clearly in First Corinthians 8:1,

“…Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.”

 

      Any knowledge, that is, including Biblical knowledge, without love, can cause men to be arrogant, unless that knowledge has its foundation in love. That is what we have seen through the hundreds of years of church history, a great deal of arrogance. It is that arrogance that is keeping us divided.

To be continued…

Compartmentalizing The Christian Walk Part 2


The issue is that the bride does not look good; it does not have the political or educational backing. The bride was, is and forever will be the minority. Jesus, who is our example, had the opportunity to be a part of the establishment. We see in the Bible that they wanted to make Him king of the Jews. Jesus could have been a political King if he wanted to. But, as you can see, he did not come to be a political king in this world; He is the King of kings and the Lord or lords.

      The established church is not representing Christ; never have and never will. The greatest tragedy is not necessarily that the established church is not a representation of Christ. The greatest tragedy is that after Martin Luther protested the established church, almost immediately, the Protestant Church started protesting against each other. We have not stopped protesting since!

Take a look at the following quote from http://www.philvaz.com/apologetics/a120.htm

“According to the Dictionary of Christianity in America [Protestant] (Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1990): “As of 1980 David B. Barrett identified 20,800 Christian denominations worldwide . . .” (“Denominationalism,” page 351).”

      That means that we have, at least 20,800 protestations against each other. Why is this happening? I answer this question by offering a hypothesis.

  1. Lack of recognition of the Biblical fact that we know in part: This is according to First Corinthians 13:9 that tells us, For we know in part and we prophesy in part.” (NKJV) No matter how much we think we know, we will always know in part, which means that we will always miss something. Through history, with the exception of the original Apostles, everybody else has missed or misinterpreted something in the Bible.

  2. Compartmentalization of the Gospel: That is making what you know, or what you think you know a Doctrine. Going back to First Corinthians 13, lets look at the very last verse, And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” First Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV) Here you can get a hold of faith and hope and make that a part of who you are as a Christian. So you are a Christian who believed God for everything. However, the beginning of this chapter establishes all of the things you can do; a displayed of your great faith, but yet…have no love! So you can be filled with faith, be a super spiritual tongue speaking Christian, but lack love. When this happens the Bible describe us as:

  1. Clanging cymbal (1 Cor.13:1)

  2. Being nothing (1 Cor.13:2)

  3. Profiting nothing (1 Cor. 13:3)

To be continued…

Compartmentalizing The Christian Walk


As I study church history and how we have gotten to the level of divisions we have now, I notice a pattern. People have taken one or two or may be three aspects of Christianity and turn those believe into a denomination.

      The Bride of Christ, since the times of the Apostles to today, has always been a minority. After Emperor Constantine established Christianity as the official religion in 313 AD, even as physically, there was less violence against true Christians, the church was assaulted spiritually. Later, we saw not only the spiritual, but also the physical assault reactivated, as it was illegal for people to believe and practice anything else other than the established church.

      What seemed like a blessing, as Constantine established Christianity as the official religion in Rome, has been proven to be a very sneaky attack of the enemy in his agenda of mixing the church with the world. As the established church flourished, the Bride of Christ went through hundreds of years of almost anonymity.

      Powerful Governments and the established Catholic Church committed horrible murderess against true believers. People like John Hus cannot be forgotten. I invite you to read the following quote from www.greatsite.com

“One of Wycliffe’s followers, John Hus, actively promoted Wycliffe’s ideas: that people should be permitted to read the Bible in their own language, and they should oppose the tyranny of the Roman church that threatened anyone possessing a non-Latin Bible with execution. Hus was burned at the stake in 1415, with Wycliffe’s manuscript Bibles used as kindling for the fire. The last words of John Hus were that, “in 100 years, God will raise up a man whose calls for reform cannot be suppressed.” Almost exactly 100 years later, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses of Contention (a list of 95 issues of heretical theology and crimes of the Roman Catholic Church) into the church door at Wittenberg. The prophecy of Hus had come true!” (http://www.greatsite.com/timeline-english-bible-history/john-hus.html)

      Through history, Satan has used two powerful forces to move the church away from the Bible as absolute truth. The enemy has used, as we mentioned before, Governments and Higher Learning.

      Who can resist the temptation of being close to the powerful? It would, for sure, give you a certain prestige to be in banquets and meetings with the mayor of the city, the senator, the governor and much more, the President.

      Also, when you carry the title of Doctor, Bible Scholar, etc. it gives certain credibility to whatever you say. When your education is greater than the average person it is very easy for folk to believe everything you say, because after all, you hold a prestigious and hard to achieve doctoral degree.

      So you have a lot of ministers saying crazy unbiblical things, but because they sound so smart and because they have a degree backing them up, everybody believes them.

      When you have the degree and when you are close to the powerful you have status and you become a part of the establishment. On the other hand, the average minister of the Gospel do not have that kind of access or education. But I am here to tell you that education will never give you revelation.

To be continued…

Confessions of a Christian Social Worker


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On September 3, 1992 I started working with Teenage boys in the Foster Care System in Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary. At the time I was 24 years old. I worked at JYS for exactly eight years and eight months. That was the start of my career in human services.

      In May of 2000 I started actively working in ministry as an Assistant Minister. A year or so later as I continued minister in different capacities, I started my own 501 (c) (3) as I founded Good Fight Ministries, a non for profit martial arts program.

      In 2006 I worked as a Social Worker in Gates County North Carolina and later, at The Jacksonville Urban League, I worked as a Family Development Liaison. In both of these jobs I was able to see another side of the human services field.

      My heart has always being to help people. I need to wake up in the morning knowing that God is using me to make a difference in somebody’s life. I don’t consider myself too smart or too bright so I need passion to function. However, those jobs opened my eyes to the damaging monster that dependency in the government is causing on people.

      For the most part, if we are honest and leave politics aside, this dependency does not work. The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 17:5-8,

Thus says the Lord:

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
 Whose heart departs from the Lord.

For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
 And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.

 

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
 And whose hope is the Lord.

For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
 Which spreads out its roots by the river,
 And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
 And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit. (NKJV)

 

      Can you see the difference between the man that trust God and the one who trust man (Government)? These social programs are connected to power; the politicians give these programs to the people and the people vote for them. Politicians take these programs away and politicians lose their jobs…it is that simple!

      As a Social Worker we basically worked with the poor with the goal of helping our clients come out of poverty. I found out very quickly how hard that task is. It is hard to compete with Food Stamps, Medicaid, Session 8, Head Start and all of the government goodies out there.

      On the one hand we have the government using every penny with the motto “use it or lose it” as it refers to money and, on the other, we have many able bodies doing absolutely nothing for the betterment of society.

      In my opinion, and let me make this clear, our society must make sure that our hard working elders are taking care of with the best services, medicine, etc. Also, our society must make sure that our wounded veterans that come home after fighting for our freedom are taken care of as a token of our appreciation for their service. We also have a community of true disable men, women and children that we must not leave behind. Outside of these examples I am giving you, every able body out there should be working if he/she desires to eat. That is what the Bible tells us in 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12

10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. (NKJV)

 

      Dependency in the government did not work, is not working and, it will never work. The statistics are there to confirm that these programs are unable to do what they were created to do. In the corporate world most of these program would have been out of bussiness by now.

           People making their own living is not a political idea; it is a God idea. God demands the dignity of people making their own living. What we need is dependency in God, not in the government.

      This dependency in government is destroying this country; it is dressed in compassion, but it is a demon dressed as an angel of light. If you don’t have a job and you are an able body, trust me when I tell you, there is a job out there for you. It may require that you relocate, but if you trust the Lord and do what He tells you, you will not fail.

In Need of a Spiritual CPR


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The presence of God is the reality that He is everywhere. However, His manifested presence is something different. The manifested presence of God happens when we desire, allow and welcome the activity that comes from God doing whatever He wants in our midst.

      How ridiculous we must look having a discussion about the fundamentals of basketball with Michael Jordan seating at the table totally ignored by us. We do the same thing with God. He is there; He is present, but we totally ignore Him. 

      Wherever God’s manifested presence is, there is life; for we know that according to John 10:10 Jesus came to give life in abundance. When God’s people learn to humble themselves before the Lord and live embracing a sanctify life before the Lord He promise that HE will not only bless us, but heal the land (2 Chronicles 7:14) In the manifested presence of God we find the blessing that adds no sorrow (Proverbs 10:22)

      Psalm 16:11 give us a window of how God’s manifested presence manifest among His people,

You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
 At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (NKJV) 

      The path of life (Singular) can only be found in God through His son Jesus and with the help of the Holy Spirit. There is no other way. The greatest evidence of such presence is fullness of joy. Fullness of joy is a heart that is after what pleases God, is a heart that is at peace, a heart that is pursuing holiness, a heart that is filled with love, a heart that is sensitive to God’s voice.

       In God’s manifested presence we find life for those that are dead. We find revival for those that were alive at one point, but are now dead again. God’s manifested presence is a never-ending fountain of life filled with joy, peace and love.

      There is no expiration date on the life Jesus offers. Through history we have seen that we, as men, are the ones guilty of stopping and rejecting all that God has to offer. We exchange God for our doings, for what we can control, for our pride and for our religious routines.

       Through history we have seen that revivals take place when God’s people come together in unity. Revivals seemed chaotic and out of control, but they serve a purpose that goes beyond falling on the floor, speaking in tongues, running, dancing, jumping, etc. Revivals are energizers that activate our gifts with anointing, power and favor to expand our ministries. Revivals are indeed God’s manifested presence and much needed spiritual CPRs to revive our souls again.

      God used Martin Luther to lead a spiritual CPR in a time when the church was dead. It seems like from the times that Constantine declared Christianity the official religion in Rome three hundred years after Christ to the fifteen hundreds, the church was dead; consumed with politics and man-made religion.

       Again the church was in need of a spiritual CPR as they lost their way and the message of the Gospel. So God gave us the First Great Awakening in our Colonies in the 1700s. It was a declaration of our need for Jesus for salvation. Another Spiritual CPR took place in our history at the end of the 1700 hundreds and all the way to the 1800 hundreds. It was an explosion of growth in churches especially amongst Baptist and Methodist known as the Second Great Awakening.

      In the Third Great Awakening we saw a church that started confronting social injustices; they started dealing with the moral issues of slavery and other social issues of the time. This great awakening took us all the way to the end of the 1800s.

       The last great spiritual CPR took place in California; in what is known as the Azusa Street Revival. It became the place where the Pentecostal movement began to spread all over the world. In Azusa God used Bishop William J. Seymour to give America a Spiritual CPR. This was a revival because it brought back the power of the Holy Ghost.

       In all these movements we see a lot of hurt, division, pain, betrayal and all that goes alone with humans trying to do God’s work. But thank God to the faithful men and women, who stood strong, paid the price in prayer and many paid the price with their own lives.

       Again today, in 2013, the church stands in need of another spiritual CPR. I pray that this time we can gather all of these revivals in one; I pray that we go after the lost souls with the real gospel, I pray that we affect the societies around us, I pray for a church that would have a heart for holiness, for unity and a church that would acknowledge the vital power of the Holy Ghost. All these will be birthed, like in the case of all the revivals, out of hearts that are hungry and thirsty for God.

 

     

 

 

Just Playing Church


The Lord is tired of our excuses and how easy we dismiss Him out of our days. If you have a problem…you need God! If you are going through difficult times…you need God. If you are in the center of the valley of decisions…you need God!

            Why are you walking away from the great I AM? The One who is all we need and more. No matter what you are going through, no matter how many things needs to get done, no matter how many problems you have; never neglect your relationship with God and your family. God must be first in all and through all.

            The God that we serve is real; is able and is a solution for problems. He is encouragement for the discouraged, wisdom for the confused, a delivered, a redeemer and the only one who will remain faithful when everybody else is gone or everything else has failed.

            God is more than the church you go to, God is more than your pastor, God is more than a song, a prayer, and altar call, a Bible study… God is personal and One who cares about every detail of your life. God is not an opinion, or just a god, an idea, a shared truth with others so call “Truths”, God does not coexist with other gods, God is the only God, a way of life and the only truth that was, that is and that forever will be.

            Beloved, if you are a Christian, you MUST PRAY. That means that you MUST communicate with God. Communication means that you MUST read and study HIS WORD, you MUST talk to HIM, you MUST listen to His voice, you must meditate on what He tells you and what He says in His Word and you MUST DO what HE tells you to do. This last part is call “Obedience”.  If you are not doing these things you are JUST PLAYING CHURCH.

El Derecho de Irse al Infierno


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Vivimos en un mundo en donde parece ser que cada persona tiene su propio sistema o filosofía de vida. Aunque existen países en donde la religión principal es la Musulmán y el que se atreva a apoyar otras religiones arriesga su vida; en Los Estados Unidos y en muchas otras naciones, las personas tiene la libertad de practicar la religión, las ideas y las filosofías de vida que ellos prefieran.

 

      Hoy día vemos campañas muy efectivas que apoyan los matrimonios homosexuales, el aborto y muchas otras inmoralidades. En un gran sector de la sociedad en los Estados Unidos se le pone mucho énfasis a la Constitución. El problema es que la Constitución se convierte, con el tiempo, en un reflejo de los valores de la sociedad. En otras palabras, la Constitución es un documento cambiante el cual puede ser enmendado.

      En este artículo quiero enfatizar que, independientemente de lo que diga o no la Constitución o lo que la cultura acepte o rechace, la Biblia no es cambiante. Es un documento perfecto que representa la Palabra de Dios.

      Tenemos que, como Cristianos, aprender a aceptar una realidad Bíblica, este sistema del mundo conocido como el sistema secular tiene su propio dios, ese dios es Satanás. 2 Corintios 4:3-4 nos dice,

Pero si nuestro evangelio está aún encubierto, entre los que se pierden está encubierto;

en los cuales el dios de este mundo cegó los pensamientos de los incrédulos, para que no les resplandezca la iluminación del evangelio de la gloria de Cristo, el cual es la imagen de Dios. (Reina Valera 1977)

 

      Se ha preguntado usted, ¿De dónde sale tanta maldad? ¿Por qué parece ser que las cosas empeoran en lugar de mejorar? Es así porque Satanás es el Rey de este sistema mundial. Su gobierno es todo lo contrario al reino de Dios.

      El gobierno de Satanás es demoniaco, falto de misericordia, compasión y bien. Las cosas que se permiten en la televisión hoy día no se permitían hace algunos años atrás, pero la sociedad sigue cambiando y reflejando las cosas que Satanás valoriza… la violencia, el odio, la envidia, etc.

      Nosotros los Cristiano tenemos también que entender que no somos de este mundo. Juan 17:14-15 nos dice,

14 Yo les he dado tu palabra; y el mundo los aborreció, porque no son del mundo, como tampoco yo soy del mundo.

15 No ruego que los quites del mundo, sino que los guardes del mal. (Reina Valera 1977)

 

      Quiero señalar que si eres verdaderamente Cristiano el mundo te va a aborrecer. El problema que estoy viendo en la Iglesia es que en su afán por aceptación social han abandonado sus principios.

      Tenemos que aprender a canalizar nuestras energías en lo que verdaderamente es nuestra prioridad. Nuestro trabajo es amar a Dios por sobre todas las cosas y al prójimo como a nosotros mismos (Marcos 12:30-31), esta es la mejor herramienta evangelística que tenemos.

En esto conocerán todos que sois mis discípulos, si tenéis amor los unos con los otros. Juan 13:35 (RV 1977)

 

      En un mundo en donde el estar políticamente correcto es la orden del día y, en donde todos quieren vivir sus vidas a su manera, es bueno recordar que el mundo tiene el derecho de irse al infierno si así lo desean. Si ellos escogen creer que hay otras formas de ir al cielo fuera de la verdad de Cristo es también su derecho.

      Mas no permitamos que nos caiga el desánimo simplemente porque el mundo no nos escucha o porque parezca que no hay esperanza. Dios es un Dios de justicia. Todos han tenido, tienen y tendrán oportunidades de recibirle o rechazarle.

 

 

 

You Have the Right to Go to Hell


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Today a thought crossed my mind: You have the right to go to hell if you want to. You may be one that refuses to acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God, you refuse to recognize your sinful nature, your need for repentance and, you do not believe that you must give your life to Jesus according to the Biblical reality of the Gospel. Guess what? You have the right to do so.

            You may think that you do not need Jesus to go to heaven; you may think that you can go to heaven by placing your trust in the Muslim faith or you may become a Jehovah Witness, a Mormon, etc. The constitution of the United States gives you the freedom to do whatever you want, as long as you do not violate the law and the freedom of others.

            That same constitution gives you the right to believe in the spiritual journey of your preference or believe in nothing that goes beyond you. My dear friend, this nation and God give you the right to go to hell if you so desire. The Bible tells us in 2 Peter 3:9,

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (NIV)

 

            You don’t have to be a doctor in theology to know that, even as God does not want anyone to end up in hell, many will end up there. That is because God has given all of us a free will.

            I have been saying for some time that the church is distracted trying to change the world. The Bible is clear in letting us know who is the god of this world system, that is Satan according to 2 Corinthians 4:4. The Bible is also clear in letting us know that we do not belong to this world (John 17:14-15)

            We, as Christians, should place our emphasis in pursuing the fulfillment of the first commandment of loving God above all things. We should be a people that embrace the process of sanctification. We are holy people, separated for God. We should not be behaving like the world. We also should be an example to the world by loving one another as a united family. If we do these things we will be able to impact the world more effectively than to trying to change laws, policies and our constitution.

            Church! This is not our world and this is not our Kingdom. Our job is to make sure that we have the power, according to Acts chapter two, to be effective witnesses for our Lord Jesus Christ in the mix of this fallen world.

            We need a Christ-centered life style and a life-centered message. There is a great portion of the church that has gotten involved with politics; they love to dance with the powerful. There is another portion of the church that has gone after higher learning and the prestige and fleshly dignifying and prideful attitudes that come alone with it. They sound good, but they have no power and no revelation.

            We need the good old Gospel and all that the Gospel tells us to be, to do and to say. As for the rest of the world, even as rude and as heartless as this may sound, they have the right to their same sex marriage. They are gaining territory as they change their own laws to kill innocent children in their mother’s bellies. By the way, the killing of children was one of the last sins Israel got involved with before they were taken into captivity. That is prophetic of our times; perhaps our own captivity is coming.  The world has the right to continue and promote their immorality. They have the right to promote their violent message through music, video games, movies, etc. They have the right to reject our loving God, but, make no mistake about it, they also have the right to go to hell.

What’s Your Problem?


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I am beginning to understand that lacking faith as we face our challenges in life is indeed offensive to God. In Matthew 8:23-26 we see the disciples in a very difficult situation at night, in the open sea and facing a powerful storm. Can you identify yourself with situations like that in your own life? You would think that was a reason for anybody to at least be “Concern”, but look at how Jesus responded to this situation,

 

23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. NKJV

 

      Emotions such as anxiety, frustration and depression are the product of hearts that do not see God as a God that can deliver, provide, produce, restore, create, give and save us out of whatever situation we are facing. These emotions, often times, flow out of seasons in our lives when we are not hanging around our Heavenly Daddy enough or perhaps we are not spending time with HIM at all.

When we do not spend time with God our faith is weak. The Bible tells us in Luke 1:37,

 

“For with God nothing will be impossible.” (NKJV)

 

      What an amazing revelation is to know that the God we serve is able to do all things; absolutely nothing is impossible for Him. Not only that nothing is impossible to HIM, but also nothing is at all hard for God to do.

 

      As Christians, faith is an issue that we can’t escape from. We are supposed to be Believers. We are supposed to be people that are known for their trust in God.

 

      In Isaiah 53:1 the prophet asked the question, “Who has believed our report?…” Going to church is not enough, memorizing Scripture is not enough, ministering is not enough…if you do not have faith in God your religion is empty. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6,

 

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (NKJV)

 

      The same Bible that tells us that there is nothing impossible for God is now telling us that when we do not have faith, it is impossible for us to please HIM. The second part of this verse is equally powerful. As we go before the Lord, we must do so believing that He is able and will reward those that diligently seek Him.

 

      What is your problem today? What are the challenges you are facing right now? What do you want? Are you willing to trust God to give you what you need? Can you take a “No” or a “Wait” from God and still keep your faith? Or are you going to baptize yourself in an ocean of frustration, unbelief, anxiety and depression?

 

      Beloved, I encourage you to trust God; He knows best and His will for you is forever far greater than the job of your dreams, the house of your dreams, the husband, the wife, the career, the car of your dreams, etc.. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us,

 

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (NKJV)

 

Again I ask beloved, what is your problem?