God and Destiny

This week I am writing about God and Destiny. I want to show despite Him giving us free will and leaving our choices up to us (see last week) some things are destined by the will of God.

Jesus’ story is the prime example of this. He knew exactly how He would die*, He knew about His resurrection*, He knew His Betrayer** and even knew Peter would deny Him.**

It is important to know that it always okay to ask God to change your course. We just need to remember when the course is not changed to accept it and trust in God, just like Jesus did. You show true faith by trusting in God in the middle of the storm.

Jesus gave us a perfect example of this as well, remember when He petitioned to the Father about his destiny in Luke 22:42, “42“Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done.” 

The Father sent him an angel to comfort Him and He completed His mission just as the Father wanted.

God I pray that you guide us all to do Your will and grant us the wisdom to know when it is destined to be and the strength to battle through all of life’s storms.

Have a blessed week,
-Chris

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+9%3A21-27&version=NLT *

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+22&version=NIV **

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God’s Plan and Free Will

We hear often how God has a plan for us all and that is of course true. But we must remember that God also has given us free will to chose our own path.

Does that sound like the Bible contradicts itself? Today I will be discussing why that is not the case.

You see God has a plan for us all but He gives us options on how to go about it. It is up to us to follow that path in order to get what God has intended for us.  There is the right way and the wrong way, follow God’s guidance and He will lead you to the right way, ignore and you will go the opposite, down the wrong path.

Now the great thing about God is because of His grace, He will always be there to guide you to get back on the right path.

If you take the exit to the wrong way, there is always a ramp to get back on the right way.

God is all knowing, so he knows how it will all turn out. He sees every path in which you can take and knows each outcome that will occur based on our choices.

For example if you have been looking for a job for awhile and one day you get the urge to go to a certain place that the Lord would want you to be, it is up to you to decide to go. If God really wants you to be there He will continue to throw signs at you and do everything to show you to go but it is up to you to actually get up and make it there.

Now lets just say for the purposes of this blog, God intended for you to go because there was someone He wanted you to meet who would lead you to a great job opportunity.

But if you didn’t end up going, that opportunity is now lost. God knew the outcome of both options, He was just waiting for you to decide the path you were going to take.

Now that doesn’t mean He won’t help find you a job another day, He will be right there with you continuing to guide you through it all, hoping you chose the right path.

Another example is when the Prophets of Israel and Judah called the people to repent, their prophecies of coming judgment were warnings, if the people repented God would relent. He knew the outcome of what would happen if they did or didn’t repent.

The problem is after they did repent and the judgment didn’t come, time would pass and they would go back down the wrong path, back to their wicked ways, which led to the Judgment of God coming down on the people.

Then because of His love, God would set them up for another path, back to the plan He has for His people.

God has His plan for us, we must follow the right path in order for the plan to come to fruition.

It is very important to understand this because many scoffers have pointed out that if God makes our plans for us and everything that happens is a part of that plan, then that means He chooses who goes to Hell.

That is a complete lie.

God wants us all saved, that is why the Father sent His Son to die for our sins.

God sends no one to Hell, you only go to Hell by your own choice.

I chose to accept my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and I hope and pray for guidance to stay on the right path of God’s plan for me.

Next week I will be writing about the other side to this…destiny and when God chooses to make something happen by His own will.

Have a blessed week,
Chris

The Importance of Rest

I can’t begin to tell you the importance of rest. If you’re exhausted you need to take time to re-energize. Go with the Lord and relax. Spend quality time with Him. Take a vacation with the Lord.

Society has told us how important it is to work hard, God would agree with that but society tells us those who rest are weak. Some won’t even use their paid time off from their jobs, thinking it will make them look good if they just keep going.

It won’t look good when you burn out completely and break down.

The Bible tells us differently. We need our rest. Even God rested. Genesis 2:2, “2And on the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on that day He rested from all. His work -. ” 

In the Bible God orders us to rest as He did.

I’m leaving you with a link to some Bible verses on the importance of rest.

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/rest-bible-verses/

Have a blessed week,
Chris

Nine Year Anniversary

I was going to mention this in my weekly blog that Sunday was my wife and I’s Nine Year Anniversary.

But when I thought that I heard God say, “Doesn’t she deserve her own entry?”

Yes she does, Lord.

Nine years ago today I met the love of my life. She credits me with introducing her to God. The Lord is the one who deserves all the credit.

I tried to talk with her about God by myself and it really didn’t go well. After praying for a long time, He softened her heart.

So many people drew her closer to the Lord not just myself.

I can’t emphasize enough how much it meant to me the day she accepted God into her heart.

She has helped mold me into the man I am today. Her and God teamed up and changed my life.

I treasure her and thank God for giving Jane to me.

Thank you Lord.
Thank you Jane.
I love you both always,
Chris

Hating the World vs. Loving the World Part 1

1 John 2:15-17, “15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not from the Father but from the world. 17The world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God remains forever.”

That verse is often quoted but it doesn’t mean you should hate your time on Earth.

It’s important to know the context of the verse. We must not love the World society has created. Society has created their own rules, regulations and boarders. They tell us what is right and wrong. We are told what is moral and immoral. The path to happiness is laid out but it is really the path to destruction.

More money, material things, bigger house, nicer cars, keep consuming. But what happens? You covet.

You see the neighbors, their house, their car, their stuff. You start to think about how much money they make. Maybe you even look at their wife.

Soon you aren’t just tossing away objects for the newer and better. Now you are finding flaws in people you love.

Soon they become disposable too.

Society tells you what you need. But that is not society’s job.

That is God’s, His laws, His rules, His path to happiness is far easier and more fulfilling to follow.

You may be in situations that go against your morals or things are happening God wouldn’t approve of. Remember Jesus said we are the light of the World. So shine bright. If you’re at a wild party, be the one who doesn’t engage in the sinful behavior. Maybe someone will follow you instead of the crowd. Maybe someone who did engage in the sinful behavior will seek you out tomorrow in their shame or pain and you can bring them to Christ.

Remember even if you hate the World. You must also love the World. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

It’s the most quoted verse for a reason. God is so patient. He wants us all to be saved. Let’s help God save the World.

Next week I will be writing about how to love the World.

I hope this helped those who read it.

Have a blessed week.
-Chris

The Importance of Knowing the Bible

I watched a video once of a group of Atheists tricking Christians to attempt to “open their eyes” to show how horrible God is. In reality the goal really seemed to just humilate these people and gain viewership in order to make money.

The trick was they told the unsuspecting Christians to read a verse from the Koran but in reality it was a verse from the Bible.

The wanted to show God in a horrible light. Many in the video were shocked by the truth.

I was very angry with the Atheists but then I realized God will take care of them. They’re just being foolish.

Forgive them Father for they don’t know what they’re doing.

Truth is shame on those Christians. They didn’t know the Word.

Shame on me. At the time I was just as ignorant as them if not more. I still have so much to learn.

And shame on me for even watching the video and giving them more views.

We must know the Word and understand it.

They were just taking selected verses out of context to manipulate scripture.

But aren’t us Christians guilty of that too? How often do we take a verse out of the Bible and run with it to fit an argument or belief? How often do you see a person take one verse and speculate on it to justify their own actions or beliefs?

You have to read the entire Bible. The whole Word and pray to understand it.

When someone tells me God is judgmental, cruel and unfair. I point out how he waited hundreds of years to punish nations who were immersed in sin. And all they needed to do was repent and He would have relented.

Try breaking one law and just tell the police that you’re sorry and see what happens. After you’re in jail, the same people that call God judgmental, cruel and unfair would tell you that you got what you deserved.

That’s just one example.

The Word of God is your armor, don’t leave yourself vunerable.

Remember satan quoted scripture to Jesus in the desert. Even the enemy knows the Word of God.

If you need a quick answer I would suggest Bible Study Tools.
https://www.biblestudytools.com

For example, want a scripture on the immigration debate? See what God says by looking it up in the search and you will find out what the Bible says.
https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-immigration/

Easy just like that 30 verses about Immigration.

Are you up to the challenge to live in the Word? It won’t be easy. Many are so focused on changing others but reading the Bible might force you to change your own view points. Your views may differ from God’s.

Get in the Word and see what happens.

If you not only know God’s word but follow it, your life will be so fulfilled.
Have a blessed week,
Chris.

Isaiah 53: The Forbidden Chapter

This week I am not writing much in my blog post but instead choosing to let the Word of God speak. This post is geared towards Jews who have not read or have been told to ignore Isaiah 53 and also anyone else who has not accept Jesus as the Messiah.

Read this and tell me if anyone comes to mind

“Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression[a] and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.[b]
He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,
he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
he will see the light of life[d] and be satisfied[e];
by his knowledge[f] my righteous servant will justify many,
and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,[g]
and he will divide the spoils with the strong,[h]
because he poured out his life unto death,
and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.”

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+53&version=NIV

This happened to only one man on Earth, Yeshua (Jesus).

Watch this video about the Forbidden Chapter:

Also check out the videos of many Jewish people’s testimonies of coming to Jesus. Listen to their stories maybe they seem similar to yours.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQDc5idYQE2T6IYKT3bUN7A

https://www.oneforisrael.org

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

It’s arguably the most famous verse in the Bible.

The ultimate sacrifice so we all can be saved.

How lucky are we to have a God who cares so much?

It’s very important to remember this verse. Because even though the verse is so famous we often forget it.

The World.

What do you see when you picture “The World”?

Picture all the people, different cultures, tongues, even religion.

God loves them all.

He wants them all saved. Doesn’t matter their nation, tongue or tribe. He loves us ALL. So he gave his Son to die on the cross for us so we can be saved.

We have to bring as many to Jesus as possible. Don’t turn anyone away because of their race, religion or their sins.

If they are hungry, feed them. If they are naked, clothe them. If they are tired, help them rest. If they are lost, led them.

Led them to God.

I know it’s hard and some days you want to just throw up you hands and say “Come get us Jesus.”

But there is work to be done and we are here for that reason.

Praise God.

Have a blessed week.

PS-I made a shirt on teespring. I did it for fun. Also I figured the more Christian apparel out there the better.  Here’s a link if you wanna look at it.

https://teespring.com/shop/get-god-so-loved-the-world?aid=marketplace&tsmac=marketplace&tsmic=search#pid=2&cid=2397&sid=front

The Christian Obsession with condemning

Last week I wrote about the Christian obsession with Homosexuality. I didn’t plan on writing another “obsession” article but today I am writing about the obsession with condemning others.

I’ve noticed in many comment sections or forums or even in casual conversation that a lot Christians seemed focused on the sins of those around them and pointing out who is on the path to hell or is backsliding. Like it’s their mission to expose others.

Are you really trying to warn them? Think about it. How does it make you feel when you announce to a person they’re going to Hell? Does it make you feel good? Does it make you proud? Is it enjoyable for you?

When we do this it makes me wonder is it done actually to make us feel better about our own sins and mistakes?

We have a society built on proving yourself to be better than your neighbor.

Many Christians have adapted this instead of loving their neighbor as the Bible has told us to do. Do you feel better than others because of their sin? Time to assess yourself first before you judge others.

Truth is reminding people over and over about the risks of hell does more harm then good. So many Atheists who were once Christians describe the process of abandoning their faith to be freeing.

That’s really sad to hear. My faith frees me. God takes away my worry, my shame and makes me feel I have worth.

The Bible talks of redemption, it’s filled with redemption stories.

Paul who was originally Saul murdered and persecuted Christians.  The Lord made him a leader of the new way.

Redemption is God’s goal.

He wants us all in Heaven. He wants his children with Him.

Google Jesus’ mission you will find loads of articles, not one mentions his mission was to condemn.

God’s biggest concern is us looking after each other, being kind and showing love.

Love.

Its the most powerful emotion and most important aspect in the World.

Don’t just be a hearer of the Word be a doer of the Word.

Who do you know that needs love today?

Find them and show them God’s love through you.

Have a blessed week.
-Chris

The Christian Obsession of Homosexuality.

I was watching a video on YouTube, it deals with the going on’s of the World and how they relate to the “End Times”. At the end of each video they post a couple of “Good News” stories.

The “Good News” portion in this video featured an article about how Christians surprised a Gay Pride Parade, with apology banners and signs. Reading the signs it seems the overall message was Jesus wouldn’t have turned you away, we are sorry we have treated you so wrong.

Good for those people.

I am glad some Christians are trying to extend the olive branch to the Homosexual community. It is hard to bring people to Jesus if they have such a rigid view point of us. If you are reading this it may not pertain to how you behave but a study showed that the top two traits Christians are associated  with by non-religious people is we are judgmental and anti-gay.

Not that we are loving, generous, love God above all things but that we are judgmental and anti-gay. Isn’t that a disservice to God? Open up your heart and doors to your church to people and see what might occur. Screaming and finger pointing and turning your nose up at people will not bring them to Christ. Is this how you want to be treated? The Lord tells you to love others as you love yourself. So if you don’t want people to treat you that way, than don’t treat them that way.

If you think something as simple as inviting a gay person to church won’t help, I will give you an example of it working in a different, yet similar situation.

I watch many videos on a channel called “One for Israel”, there are stories of Jewish people who came to recognize Jesus/Yeshua as their Messiah. They have very similar stories, the most common is they read the “forbidden chapter” Isaiah 53 after being discouraged to do so their whole lives. Another common part of the story is how they viewed Christians and church. Some talked of thinking Christians were very anti-Jewish and church would be filled with hate towards the Jews, that there would be Three God’s and that it would be a totally different religion.

Then they showed up to Church and saw the love, compassion and embrace of the community. They read the New Testament and realized how Jewish the Bible was. All it took was an invite inside.

It’s time to do so with the Gay community and any others you think don’t belong. EVERYONE belongs in Church, if you think they don’t belong then that means God wants them there more than anyone else.

God is about saving, not condemning. He wants every soul saved. If just one went to Hell, he would weep.

Unfortunately, the most liked comment in the previous mentioned video was pointing out how the apologizing Christians was not good news to them. He received many replies of agreement and some showed a lot of contempt for Gay people.

It is interesting how many Christians are obsessed with Homosexuality. Not one of us is righteous. We are told not judge, yet we judge. Is it not God’s job to judge? What do you think God views as worse, homosexuality or thinking you can do his job for him?

I am not defending the sin I am just wondering why do other sexual immoralities get a pass in the Christian community? You don’t hear much shouting about premarital sex or the rise in the number of Christians who watch porn.

Aren’t we told to remove the plank from our eyes before we remove the speck of saw dust from our neighbors?

Are you sin free? If you claim to be, you’re a liar, which makes you a sinner.

Most homosexuals are aware of the sin. They need to be shown why they should come to God. You have to show the love of God and how he has impacted your life. Anger and hostility never brings people into the light.

We are supposed to follow Christ. Jesus wouldn’t show anger to them, he would show love and compassion.

We talk about what kind of World Jesus is going to come back to and point out the sins and evil. Yet it appears He is also coming back to see that many of his followers judge, condemn and lack love.

It’s a shame.

How can we be more Christ-like? I know I need a lot of help with this. I am far from where I should be. Let’s all grow together.

WWJD is not just a bumper sticker for your car, wear the message on your heart.

Have a blessed week.

-Chris