Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The salvation of a rap star

If you haven't heard already, Kanye West is saying that he is a born again Christian. He took it up a notch by saying he would not record any more secular music, only gospel music. His next album at the time of this post is "Jesus Is King".I remember how Kanye thought that he was a god. He had published a Bible where he removed the name of God and put his name in its place. Kanye West who would disrupt music award shows and commit outlandish things on TV. This man now praises Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior. What I have a hard time believing is how Christians are rejecting him as a follower of Christ.

Now I understand how it must've been like when Paul had converted to Christianity. Remember, the great Apostle Paul, a hero to many, Paul who wrote most of the New Testament, was a murderer of Christians. The Lord Jesus appeared to Paul and saved Him.
Every testimony of salvation you will hear a common theme, "I was a sinner and Jesus saved me". I was a sinner once and I committed vile sins. And if I had more means and money to commit more sin back then I would have gladly done more to send me to hell. I needed saving from myself, my sins and the wrath of God. You were a sinner and you needed to be saved. Don't forget that.

The problem I am seeing is that some Christians have become spiritually prideful. The culture of "Churchianity" is to vilify everything and call it evil even before there is any proof. I, for one, am watching and monitoring the developing story of Kanye West. I suggest you all should too.
I remember a few years ago I had seen a video where Kanye West said that he was a Christian. I scoffed and I didn't believe it but I prayed for him anyway. I found out that other believers were being led in the Spirit to pray for Kanye West too.

That must've been about 3 or 4 years ago. Here we are now and I see a radical transformation. I experienced a radical transformation when I got born again too. My family couldn't believe what had happened to me. Did you experience something similar? It's a beautiful thing when someone is born again, but it can be messy too at the beginning because a new believer's theology and beliefs aren't quite right. That is why Bible study, fellowship, proper doctrinal teaching, and prayer is vital in the infancy stage of a new believer. We have to start them off with spiritual milk. I always suggest new believers should read the Sermon on the Mount, that's Christianity 101.

I recently read that a Pastor named Adam Tyson, senior pastor of Placerita Bible Church in Santa Clarita, was contacted by Kanye West and they spent hours going over the Gospel. Kanye flew Adam out to one of his ranches and they spent days in Bible study. We know the natural man, the flesh, has no desire to seek the Lord or even to study the Bible for hours. This is what salvation looks like. I still am testing the spirits to ensure that they are from God; as we all should. We should be wise and observe before we make a judgment.

A few years ago, a rocker from a popular band got saved. He has paraded around and he made lots of videos about how he came to faith. This same man is now back with his band singing secular songs. Where is the outrage? In fact, this man is still called a brother and a part of the faith by some. Aren't we all baptized into one faith by one Spirit?  I hope it's not because of his celebrity status that people brush it off. I really hope it's not that this man is favored because of his skin color.

Let's not be hypocrites. Let's not forget that we were once a lost sinner and we also needed a Savior. We weren't saved because we were good people and salvation is not an heirloom that is passed down. Don't get on a high horse because you're saved now and you feel entitled to point your finger at people and lift your nose at them.

Kanye West is not our enemy because he is doing what so many of us wish we could do, share the Gospel. He is being persecuted for this. Think about the last time you suffered any hostility for proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know some can, but most cant.
Pray that God will be glorified for all of this. Pray for Kanye, his family and the ministry supporting him. Pray that West's faith and conversion would be authentic and are strong. Pray for souls that hear the gospel message during the Sunday Service of Kanye West, that those who have ears to hear, would be saved.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Time to get alone with God (short note)

There are times no sermon, no worship song, no consolation, and there is nothing that can satisfy your suffering like getting alone with the Lord. There is a time and place for preaching, teaching, singing and praying together. 

But, there is a time where we have to go in private and be with the Lord. Find the time. If all you got is 10-15 minutes to give then give that time to the Lord. If you don't have a special place to pray, pray in the privacy of your mind. Go for a prayer walk and pray as you walk. Lock yourself in the bathroom. Wake up early in the morning before everyone else in the house. Find a place and  whatever you do, get alone with God. 

If you have nothing to pray for, pray for someone else. Or just praise him in your alone time. He is worthy of your praise. Read Matthew 6:6 and Matthew 6:9-10

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Are you REALLY saved?

Do you want to make sure you are saved/born again? We should be concerned for our own salvation and the salvation of others. This post will either offend you or save you. In the first epistle of John, the Apostle John writes a method in which we can examine ourselves in order to make sure we are in the faith. Its taking the Bible like as a mirror and reading it. By reading we are looking into the mirror to see if how much do we resemble the image of Christ according to the word of God. 

I must establish this first. The word of God is the ABSOLUTE truth. The word of God is true and factual. My opinion amd my feelings mean nothing when placed next to the perfect word of God. So in other words, what I am about to share is not my opinion or my feelings. It is what God Himself has revealed through the Bible and the Holy Spirit. Who cares what I think and feel? Nobody cares what I have to say. But we should all care what God has to say. 

I will list off 10 verses from 1 John chapter one. I will describe what a saved person should be like. A person who is really saved is radically changed and it is noticeable. It goes beyond the emotions felt during an alter call on a Sunday morning. Its continuing to walk with God during the week and the rest of your life.

1:7 - You like to fellowship with other believers
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin."

1:8 - You are appalled by your sin and yourself (Total depravity)
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."

2:3 - Motivated to be obedient to God's commands
"And hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments."

2:15 - You love the Creator more than you love the creation
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him."

2:23 - If you believe in Jesus and believe that He is God
"Whosoever denies the Son, they do not have the Father: he that acknowledges the Son has the Father also."

3:2 - You long for the return of Jesus
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it do not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as he is."

3:9 - You do not practice sin (habitual sin)
"Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin; for His seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God."

3:14 - Love the brethren more than your unsaved family
"We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death."

4:6 - You love good teaching
"We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears not us. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error."

4:15 - You dont fear sharing your faith
""Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God."

So how did you do? If at any point you felt that you missed the mark and dont know what to do, have no fear. There is hope! Repent and believe in the gospel. Repentance is a change of heart, that leads to a change of mind and action towards the ways of God. Believe that Jesus Christ is not only a man, but He was God in the flesh and that God in the flesh went on the cross in our place in order to save us. A sinless man took all of our sins, so that we can be the righteousness of God. Jesus died so that we can be reconciled to Himself. We made the mistakes, Jesus paid for them with His life, to save our lives.

 Know that no body, NOT ONE, is righteous and we all need to be saved. Being saved is also being "born again". Its a spiritual occurance when a sinner repents of their sins and they believe in Jesus. Their old life and past sins die. Then the sinner birthed into a new life as a Saint and as a child of God. No longer of the sinful ancestry of Adam, but adopted into the royal bloodline of God through Jesus Christ. 

So after the emotions have calmed down, you've left church and went home. The next day, life comes at you. What do you do? It is very important to read your bible daily and pray. Spiritually, we are feeding our inner man the word of God. If you dont feed it daily, it will be weak. When you are saved/born again, your relationship with God has been reestablished and He has become your Father. So, communicate with your Father. He speaks to us in many various ways. Mainly through his word, the Bible. You may experience as you are reading the bible, a particular verse stands out and speaks right into your situation or you will gain some sort of understanding. Its an amazing experience. 

The true Christian lifestyle is a life of prayer, repentance, love, and Bible study. If we lack knowledge or see that we are not representing Jesus in a certain area in our life, all we must do is ask the Lord for wisdom and He will give it to us. I always encourage folks to ask the Lord for wisdom, knowledge, understanding and discernment. A real good place to start is by reading the book of Proverbs which is a book of wisdom within the Bible. If you have felt convicted in any way, do not despair. There is still hope to be saved. The fact that you felt convicted proves that you are saved. Repent + Believe = Forgiven

What do I mean when I say "saved". Saved from what? To be saved means to be saved from the wrath of God. Those who reject Jesus as Lord and Savior, the wrath of God is upon them and one day they will have to pay for their own sins. Since they rejected God and wanted nothing to do with Him but continue to sin, they will be separated from God. So in other words, God is saving you from Himself, from you sins and from hell. This is good news! God made ONE way to be saved and it is through Jesus Christ. God will give those who rejected Jesus what they want, a life without God. And a life without God is hell. All the good in the world is because of Him. If that is taken away, what is left? Hell. 

Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life. Without Him, no one can come to the God the Father. Narrow is the the path that leads to eternal life and few find it. But broad and wide is the path to destruction and many are on that path. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

**Attention Christians** This is a call to prayer!

Mankind isn't supposed to work all the time or play all the time or eat all the time. We are commanded by God to pray with out ceasing. Pray all the time. Pray when the thought of praying comes to mind. Pray when the nights that you cannot sleep and feel restless. Pray when you're awaken early in the morning. Pray when life is good and wonderful. Be thankful.

Pray when life is bad and you don't even feel like praying. Pray when you wake up and pray before you lay down to sleep. Pray when someone comes to the forefront of your memory. You may be the only one praying for that particular person and God has called upon you to lift them up in prayer. God instructs us to pray and then to pray some more. That is our all.

Pray before and after reading the word. Pray before reading and ask for God to reveal Himself in His word and give you understanding. Pray and ask for the ability and capability to live out what you are reading. Pray when you're done feasting on the word of God and thank Him for it. Pray and give thanks because it was His desire to draw you nigh to Him and speak to you through His word.

Pray that God would fill the rooms of your home and push and evict any spirits of darkness that dwell even in the corners of your home. Pray before, during and after your travels. Don't forget to thank Him for His travel mercies and keeping you safe. Pray before going out to minister or do any works of the Lord. Without His blessing, it will mean nothing.

If you don't know how to pray, ask the Lord to teach you how to pray. The very first thing that the disciples asked Jesus was to learn how to pray. It wasn't to learn how to cast out devil's or heal the sick. "Lord, teach us to pray". There is a wonderful book in the Bible called the Psalms, which is a prayer book within the Bible. It's the longest book in the entire Bible and for good reason. Read it and it will give you language and words for you to speak. Regurgitate the word back to the Lord. He knows full well the meaning of what you're saying but also knows how you understand it.

Jesus teaches us how to pray in Matthew 6. The Lord's Prayer and we ought to pray in that manner. Or read where Jesus prayed for all of us in John 17. Prayer is our lifeline to the Lover of our soul. A Christian is only as strong as their prayer life. If your prayer life is weak, pray some more. If you have nothing to pray for, pray for others. There is always something to pray about. Pray and pray some more. Pray the best you can. Pray in tears, the Lord knows their meaning and collects our tears. Look around you, there is so much to be thankful for.

Did you wake up today? Go and pray and thank the Lord. Regardless of our circumstances, we can pray at all times. We can come BOLDLY to the throne room of God and receive mercy and grace in our time of help. Or we can come into His presence just to simply display our gratitude for saving our life and establishing our new life in Jesus Christ. Never stop praying. Pray as much as you can. It is our all.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Stop looking

Lust procedes adultery. But what precedes lust? Looking! Jesus said that even if someone LOOKS at another person and then thinks about lusting after them, they have committed adultery in their heart (Matthew 5:27-28). 

Want to overcome your battle with watching porn and masterbation? Want to overcome lust? 
STOP. LOOKING. AT. PORN. Stop looking at that co-worker and lust after them. Discipline yourself to not look. I wouldn't ask you to do something I myself haven't done or tried. 

I also have struggled and struggle even now. Jesus said that if your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out because it is better for one member of your flesh to perish than your whole self in hell. (Matthew 5:29). It's better to crucify the flesh now than to have to pay for your own sin. 

If you struggle with lust, it's a good thing you struggle because there are people out there who don't struggle and they have gone head over heels in their sin and have no problem with their sin. There is proof that God has moved in and your flesh and the Spirit of God are at war with one another. 

Pray and ask the Lord to help you. Remember that greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). You and God against the world, the world is outnumbered and it isn't a fair fight because God is on your side!