Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Drop down, fight from your knees.

I am exhausted. Long day. Filled with Jesus, the gym, and Hell's Kitchen. But, I was literally moved to my knees by God. I have absolutely no doubt that God spoke to me, at 12:36 this morning. It was quiet. It was obnoxiously quiet. I threw on my headphones. Pandora. God's not Dead radio. Forever Reigns by One Sonic Society started playing. I was on my knees. I have found myself in this position more and more frequently here recently..

"What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also." 1 Corinthians 14:15

I have been fighting battles on my knees. Here's the kicker; I've been winning battles. I haven't been dealing with anything that's insane or "too big for God", but I have had some trouble. I pray. A ton. Before I eat, when I get up, before bed, all that. But, just recently I've felt called to the floors. Apparently my knees need scuffing, because I keep feeling pulled to the floor in times of prayer. I have had this curiosity as to why though.. I looked up a quote I've heard many a time.. "Fight your battles on your knees and you'll win every time". Matthew 26 was the first place I read an example of this mystical form of prayer.

"Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter." Matthew 26:39-40

I didn't get it.. I then found an article on intouch.org by a Charles Stanley. OH! DOCTOR Charles Stanley, excuse me, attributions are important.. It was simple. Yet, I found myself understanding more than ever.

Tonight, while praying and yearning to hear the Lord speak, that song said 'My heart will sing no other name..'. I got it! I completely got it! If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, your hero, The Holy Spirit dwells within you, ALL of you. We can accomplish nothing for God apart from the Spirit's power.

"He acts on the behalf of those who trust in Him." Isaiah 40:31

So, what does it mean to fight our battles on our knees? I'll let Dr. Charles Stanley explain this one. "Simply this—that you and I lay our petitions before the Lord. We must spend time in His presence, listening for His answer."
 I heard God speak. Everyone says it is a whisper. Well, let me tell you, when God speaks to me, I think He yells, because I'm so hard-headed.. It was clear. It was simple. I need to give the parts I'm not giving to Jesus, to Jesus. I have been, especially recently, super into the Word. I have been really diving into this, going after God, but He knows I'm holding back, and I knew He knew tonight, on my knees, listening to Pandora in the pitch black. God knows. We don't have to know, we just have to hear.

"Freely express your desires, but don't expect God to take orders from you. Let God take the reins on this. Let Him have your heart."
God bless.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


"For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear." 2 Timothy 4: 3

Paul is telling this to Timothy, not just to warn him, but to challenge him. This is his charge to Timothy. He is challenging him to not fall into this groove and to also teach, rebuke, and encourage others to follow God's word.

"But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you." 2 Timothy 4:5

The Lord says a time will come when people stop living to please God and start living for pleasure. Period. They will become selfish, prideful, arrogant people and it will show. But, don't conform to society. Don't "go with the flow" and follow the leader. Take humble steps under the wings of your Savior, for only He knows the way to righteousness, our eternal prize. The Bible says, "the people will act religous, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.". I mean, seriously? FOR REAL? Who would reject the power to be LIKE Him. Who doesn't want to be a mirror image of God, "the Great I am", the One who does nothing wrong, who doesn't want to follow in those footprints? People tell me it must be hard being a "Jesus Freak", or that it is impossible for them to be "Christian" because of the crap they'd have to give up. I mean, they're right. I don't think you can ask any devout church member if they have always had life easy and if everything ALWAYS went their way, and get a positive "Oh, you betcha!" answer. My youth pastor, Brandon, once said, "Our greatest glory isn't in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.". The simple truth is... Things don't go your way, they go His way. We screw up. He doesn't. Life is going to be hard, for everyone, at some point or another. Sooner or later, and I promise you this, you are going to slip.. But, I know, as a "Jesus Freak", that my God will be there to pick me up. Again. And again. And again. That's how my faith works. That's why it isn't impossible to make that life changing, forever altering decision to follow after God and chase away my demons. Because, I know He will always be by my side.

"Don't let your enemy distract you from God's mission." Pastor Chad Blansit

That is one of my favorite quotes from my pastor. In times like these, where people live to please themselves, where there is cruelty and deception all over, this statement couldn't hold more meaning in my heart. In Nehemiah 4, it talks about coming together, against this enemy, against this evil, conformed society, and fighting for your cause.

".. Don't be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes." Nehemiah 4:14

Remember the Lord. Remember who it is you are fighting for. You will face obstacles, you will face criticism. But, do not be afraid to fight, don't back down from the dark, deceptive enemy, for the Lord, the King over the ENTIRE universe, is with you. Turn to God, speak with Him. You will be saved by Him.

"Be on your guard, stand firm in your faith, be men of courage; be strong." 1 Corinthians 16:13

"Stand on the word of God and you won't fall into error."

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Intensify your Light.

"He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed." - 1 Peter 2:24

   This verse is straight up. It doesn't beat around a bush. It doesn't coat something in sugar. It straight up says that you are healed through Jesus Christ. He died for you. He was nailed to a cross. He was forced to suffer a brutal, gruesome death, so we can live and be pure. So we can live life purely. The thing is, God, our Lord, He knew you before Jesus was sent to suffer for us. He knew who you were before He sent His son to save you. He takes great pride in you, He loves that you are a child of His. He took you into consideration, He wanted to save you from the evils of sin. He wanted to bring you Light, to save you from the darkness. So, He sacrificed His only son, Jesus, so that we could be eternally happy with Him.

   There is a lot wrong in this world. The sin, the darkness, the deception, the evil in the world today, in our society today, is overwhelming. You can't turn a corner without seeing it. You can't turn on the radio without hearing it. You can't read a newspaper without reading it. It is disgusting. It is insanely disturbing when I hear about young children swearing on a school bus, or when I see high school relationships crumble because of a lack of trust and faith. The world you live in, this planet, the one you walk on today, because of Jesus Christ, is a dark and greedy place. Only the Light can change the dark. Only Light can create an absence of darkness in today's world. The Light of faith. The Light of Purity. The Light of our Lord and Savior.


"Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life." - John 8:12

 This Light is hard to find today. Even in some churches it is hard to find a Light. But, it's definitely not impossible. There is a Light in all of us. In you. In me. In everybody. But, it is so dull in so many people, that you can't see it. Sin has smothered it. The darkness has covered it up. But, it is still there, darkness can not extinguish the Light. Somewhere there is a Light in all of us.

   Letting your Light fizz out is easy to do. You lose yourself in the cruelty of the world. You get wrapped into the sin and you lose sight of the Light. The "Light", of course, being Jesus Christ. You lose sight of Jesus when you let yourself get absorbed in the darkness. Darkness is all around, from songs on the radio to programs on local television. The Light is getting harder to find because people are losing their faith, trust, and hope in Jesus Christ.

"The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light." - Romans 13:12

   We have to put on God's armor. We have to follow the Light. God is righteous. His love is unrelenting. His guidance and security are immeasurable and can not be challenged. Once we do this, accept God for who He is and realize His power, then and only then, can we start bringing Light to the darkness. Only then can we show and spread the Light of our Savior.

Look for Jesus. Open your eyes. See His Love.
Intensify your Light.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Name Game.

"I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it." Revelation 2:17. Words can hurt. That old "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me." saying couldn't be more wrong. People say things whether in general or specifically to one person, that can rock them to their core. It can hurt them, it can cause one to feel remorse. Some people don't know how to hold their tongue and the after effects can be dreadful. Jesus spoke only of the truth. His words brought forth reality in people's lives. He healed. He is the definition of "right". He spoke wisely and with such insight. He never spoke down on people or called some unruly, cruel epithet. The way He referred to people was with respect and He thought no less of one person than he did any others. Names can be signs. They can have deep meanings. They can be of wisdom, grace, of peace. Some of the names I hear called around the school are so rude, so immature, so degrading. They show the cruelity and darkness inside people. But, God knows no darkness. He only lives in light, He only accepts the light. He calls on us by name, knowing each one of us deeper than we know ourselves. His name alone screams greatness and truth. Our names also have meanings, to Him especially. Recognizing ourselves in the light, finding our meaning through Christ, is important. But, not only do we need to recognize that within ourselves but also within everyone around us. We also need to shine our light upon them, ditching the negative cruelity that seems to be everywhere around us today. Surrounding yourself with people who see your light and recognize their own should be a priority. It is needed if you expect to grow in Christ. Be positive in your walk. Live in the Word. Learn from the teaching of our Savior. Grow. Spread. And pour your knowledge and love for Christ all around you.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Metaphor of Fruit.

Jesus used the metaphor of fruit to give us the proper criteria for judging. Matthew 7:20. It says "By their fruits you will know them.". We're told to judge people, and also ourselves, by the fruit that is produced, by the fruit someone bears, that is what we are to judge by. Everyone judges, everyone gossips, but that doesn't make it right. Be slow to judge others and quick to judge yourself. That is written in my devotional for today, I read it right before I told myself I would come upstairs and write a blog over judgement. I've posted about this before, but I still see it everywhere. It hurts to know that people can be so rude, so careless about their words, so inconsiderate. In the school, it is terrible, you can't take a step without hearing someone say something about someone who just walked by, or someone who that person claims to "hate", yet they don't even know a last name. We are to judge based on the criteria Jesus has laid out. There needs to be a realization. Jesus didn't just say things because he enjoyed the sound of his own voice, but because he wanted us to listen. He wanted us to hear what he was saying, because we need his voice, his insight, his teachings.

He tells us to "beware of false prophets..". This too requires us to judge, we need to be able to tell the difference between truth and falsehood. This is shown, the two are separated through the fruit that people bear. This fruit cannot be judged based on our own values. It cannot be judged by earthly values, such as the clothes someone wears, or the amount of money we have in our name. We must judge based on heavenly values, like the ones stated in Galatians 5:22, we need to judge based on "love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, and self-control.". Those are values we need to see, those are the fruits we need to produce. Seeing people in that image, or even trying to show those values through our thoughts, words, and actions, seem to bring out a brighter side of people. It shows that we are being guided through what is right, based on the standards of God, not those of which so many people have set as true here on this planet.

"Our tendency is to judge based on appearance. But God judges based on what we produce, and so should we."