Friday, January 23, 2015

"Oh Lord, you're beautiful"

"Oh Lord, you're beautiful"
By Keith Green

Oh Lord, you're beautiful,
Your face is all I seek,
For when your eyes are on this child,
Your grace abounds to me.

Oh Lord, you're beautiful,
Your face is all I seek,
For when your eyes are on this child,
Your grace abounds to me.

 I wanna take your words and shine it all around.
But first help me just, to live it Lord.
And when I'm doing well, help me to never seek a crown.
For my reward is giving glory to you.

Oh Lord, please light the fire,
That once burned bright and clear.
Replace the lamp of my first love,
That burns with holy fear.

I want to take your words and shine it all around.
But first help me just, to live it Lord.
And when I'm doing well, help me to never seek a crown.
For my reward is giving glory to you.

Oh Lord, you're beautiful,
Your face is all I seek,
For when your eyes are on this child,
Your grace abounds to me.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

"...But by my Spirit!"

The Holy Spirit movie has made an impact on the christian community, I wished for the better but obviously not. A lot of people believe it's spiritual connotations as dismissive rather than believing what is happening. It was a good documentary that followed the Holy Spirit and His leadings. Not man's ways of "getting people saved by their efforts." Showing people what it is to be lead by the Spirit. In one part, a English accented person was witnessing to people saying works are dead only the word of God can be trusted. Last time I checked, it was the Holy Spirit flowing thru the "early church" Christians, healing people not us. So what are they trying to say? The Holy Spirit is doing nothing today? Heaven forbid! It is by His works we see the glory of God. It is not just about knowing the word of God and having faith but works too. In James 2:14-17 "What good is it, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith but has no actions to prove it? Is such “faith” able to save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food, and someone says to him, “Shalom! Keep warm and eat hearty!” without giving him what he needs, what good does it do? Thus, faith by itself, unaccompanied by actions, is dead." 
     The church today is so off the mark of where Abba wants us to be with Him. The church says "But we save people, we feed them, we tell them what they need to know." Abba wants US to have a personal relationship with Him not the church! We don't do anything! Abba & His Spirit does it! Yeshua followed the heart of Abba and that's what we are suppose to do and not follow our will & needs. We need to mature in Yeshua, hear the heart of Abba and follow where the Spirit will guide us. He knows what is in people's hearts. When was the last time you knew what was in someone's nefesh? That's why He needs to guide us. If we would just do that, how efficient do you think we would be? A lot less time would be wasted then us running around in circles.
     When I was witnessing in downtown Albany, NY with another church, my church didn't do it at the time, we would go up & down Central Ave then the side streets. The second time I went with them, we approached a group of adults. Our group started to pray & talk to them. There was this older gentleman off to the side sweeping in front of his home. He was of a different race then the group. His countenance was angry & sad, being excluded from the group once again. The Spirit started to nudging me, wanting me to go over to him. I did by myself after several nudgings. When I gave him a tract, his face lit up. Most of the area around us was their ethnic group but I started noticing they would only go to their race. After several times going with them, they wanted me to start using only their tracts w/ their church name on it. There are so many people out there with hurting hearts. Why do we shut ourselves up in our churches, ignoring the unbelievers? One church, in how many that are in downtown Albany, would actually witnessed to people and then be bias on skin color? Auggh! What's wrong with this picture?
     In times of old, unbelievers knew of Abba, the God of the Jews. You had to become Jewish to be with Him. Now, with Yeshua dying on the cross, all can have His Spirit in them. This is great news! What will it take for people to let the Spirit lead them? A true personal relationship with Him! Abba is a jealous God and will not share His glory with anyone. People need to seek and hear Him. It is possible to hear Him, this is not sorcery, satan will not help, will not heal, will not do the things of God. People have lost this in the church age, seeking Abba by other means. We need to do what Yeshua did on this earth. He followed Abba's Spirit, healed the sick, ministered to the poor, helped the hurting and the lost. He did this mostly to the Jewish nation but we have The Holy Spirit in us now and we are to go to the whole world following the Spirit for His Glory.
Zechariah 4:6 Then he said to me, “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts

John 16:13-15 However, when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own initiative but will say only what he hears. He will also announce to you the events of the future. He will glorify me, because he will receive from what is mine and announce it to you. Everything the Father has is mine; this is why I said that he receives from what is mine and will announce it to you.

Monday, January 5, 2015

"The Perfect Stranger"

     In the movie "The Perfect Stranger" by Jefferson Moor, he is really clever on what he does. He use the book "Dinner with a Perfect Stranger: An Invitation Worth Considering" by David Gregory but used the wife as the main character instead. Really good movie that explains what it is to believe as A true believer. It also brings an emotional aspect to the story that wasn't as present in the book. David Gregory's third book "Night With a Perfect Stranger: The Conversation That Changes Everything" is about how to walk as a believer.
     People go to church, hear the message and then file out to do it all over again the next week. They get to a certain point in their walk and just stop, thinking they have reached the point of knowing their "God of religion" to what their church believes. "Sheepeople". They get saved but never grow in the Spirit. In Revelation 3:15-16 “To the church in Laodicea, Yeshua says “I know what you are doing: you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth!" the madness needs to end. The sheep are being led to fail, falling of a cliff in droves. They must have a personal relationship with Abba not a religion. We need to help those who don't know His Spirit by first hearing what the Spirit wants us to do. He knows what's in their heart. To take away what binds them from doing His will, to help them overcome and break free, seeking His heart, His will, knowing His love for them.

Here are a few scene's I combined from the movie;

I forgave sins, I accepted worship,
I healed the Sick, I raised the Dead,
I demonstrated my power over nature.
I said, I existed before Abraham, and I was one
with the Father, and the giver of eternal life.
Now, who does that sound like to you?
Just because you claim to be God,
doesn't mean that you are.
No, but it does mean,
that I wasn't just another religious leader.
You only have 3 options:
(1) either I was telling the truth;
(2) I was lying; or (3) I was insane.
Good religious leaders don't claim to be God.
People distort the truth mainly because
they reject this proof, they were given.
And what proof is that?
That I rose from the dead...
You are sitting there, obviously alive...
If you claim, that you were once dead,
it would be pretty hard for me
to prove otherwise.
Good point!

You know, these things you are telling me...
I've never really heard them explained before.
I know.
My message got all jumbled along the way.
Church leadership, power structures...
People were so anxious to
reduce God to a set of rules.
Is it rules, what He is it all about?
God is all about joining people to Himself.
That's how people were originally designed:
To have God's very life within them.
And without it, you are like a
new Mercedes with no engine.
It may look good on the outside, but it won't work,
because it's missing the most important part.
Then if that's what Christianity is all about,
then why don't the Christians just say so?
Because a lot of them really don't understand.
They haven't listened to what I said, even though
my words are right there in front of them.
Why doesn't God just show Himself to people?
Then what would you have Him do?

You were made for so much more than this.
You're so afraid, God is gonna steal your fun,
but you got it backwards...
You are like a little kid,
who doesn't want to go to Disney World,
because she is having too much fun
making mud-pies by the curb.
There's no adventure quite like being hooked up
with the Creator of the Universe.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

"The Agape factor"

    Lately I have been reading and thinking about the millennium reign and what Abba will have us do as believers. I'm sure starting will be just like Noah and his sons, we will be fruitful & multiply but now, Yeshua will be with us. Everyone will be saved, know who He is and worship Him but I wonder how long it will last. It only took a few hundred years to turn away from Abba before. Will we share the same fate or will those who come against Yeshua, come out before or after satan is released?
     Then I started to think how could people be so deceived when Yeshua is right there on the earth. There will be people that will reject Him and I think, why? They know who He is, know His ways, know His & Abba's love. So how could they choose not to be with Him? Will it be their sin? Ananias and Sapphira lack of maturity brought judgment. To whome much is given much is required. We will know and be responsible for what we do, nothing will be hidden. Even with all that, why would someone who knows Abba's love, reject Him? Could it be because of Agape love? A person not wanting to give selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love to people? Will this be something that will still plague us even in the millennium reign? We have free will. We can choose it or not but the sad thing is we need to have the agape love now. Yeshua told us to follow Him. Do His works. We have the Spirit in us, we are without excuse? Maybe here, we have that learning curve but in the millennium reign, we will need to do it. Better to be able to give agape love now then trying to learn it later.