Ever-changing

In my walk with Christ I have found that no matter what the circumstance one can always have an opportunity to learn. Either good, or bad situations, they teach you what to do, and what not to do. Who you want to be, and who you don’t want to be. If a person who has been put in charge of you has failed to teach you something someone will come along and teach you when you are ready to learn. We are constantly growing constantly changing, and its the beauty  of the whole process. Always seek wisdom from those who have come before, and never be too hard headed to believe that someone has nothing to offer you, Sometimes change may be wanted so bad you try and force it, nothing is ever truly achieved by this, except for more heartache, and sometimes change is resisted because the something new is scary. When changes is wanted and the answer is wait, be thankful for you are being refined or protected in order for it to happen. If change is happening and it is unwanted be receptive of it, it is Holy spirits way of saying you are ready. be thankful in all things, and always have a receptive heart and an open mind.

Ephesians 5: 15-16

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days

Proverbs 13:10

Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Proverbs 11:14

Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.

In the feild

Okay, so something that has been on my heart lately, is I feel a lot of the time people go to church to feel like they are doing right by god. When, although church is good, the things you learn there shouldn’t stay there when you exit the building. Church is a school, church is a hospital, church is a family, and as Christ says WE are the church, the body of Christ doesn’t NEED a building, the building is just a place to learn how to go forth and do good things. To the world we minister, and it is where we practice what we preach. So to preface my testimony of today, I would like to give all the glory and honor to god for moving through me to wright this, and I would like to pay homage to my church for disciplining me according to the word of god. Okay so having said that, today I was out shopping with my nephew and when it came time to check out the cashier was reading my tattoo, (which is a verse psalms 144:1) and he began to tell me that he was questioning his salvation, which is when holy spirit convicted me to pray for this man right then and there. So my nephew, who is 15 by the way(Strength and courage know no age), and I prayed for this mans salvation right in the middle of the checking out, it was so powerful I almost left without paying. I am in no way trying to glorify myself, these are just the types of things that GOD has commanded his people to do. To go out there and spread the good news, of the gospel of Jesus Christ. At the end of the day you have to remember, you might be the only Jesus that some people get to see, so lets try and do right by the man who gave us eternal life.

Mark 16:15

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Ezekiel 3 16:21

16 Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of theLord came to me, saying, 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

20 “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.”

Forgiveness

Today I heard a lot on forgiveness, and was able to be a witness to a true miracle where strongholds were tore down due to forgiveness, where one man had sinned against another and the unforgiveness went on for so long it began to tear him apart within, so much so that his outward appearance was reflecting it, however when he forgave the man who sinned against him, a enormous weight seemed to lift off of him and he looked at such a peace I have not seen in anyone in a long time. This event led me here, and inspired me to right this. The first thing that I have learned on forgiveness is that in order to truly forgive someone you have to be willing to accept an apology that may never come. The second is that forgiving someone is primarily for the person who is the victim, and finally when you forgive someone although it is ultimately for you, you are setting two people free from bondage.  For unforgiveness only hurts the individual and traps them in bondage, so don’t you think the enemy will try his best to keep that unfogiveness within the individual?

 

Matthew 6:14-15 NIV

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Colossians 3:13 NIV

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Ephesians 4:31-32 NIV

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

The GOD lens

So, I have been trying my very best to look at GODs hand moving, in every situation, every moment and aspect of my life and the world around me. To try and not get focused on the go, go, go of life and take a second to enjoy the beauty of the people and world around me, the world he created. To be ever vigilant for the love, joy, and good in all things, and in all situations. Which is something I rarely used to do, especially when I was so focused on everything that was going wrong. My travels had taken me to Walmart where I saw these tabloids and just regular lustful magazines they put all over, but up in the corner I saw Jesus, and my first thought  was “Wow! at least Jesus gets to show up to the party.” Which got me thinking even farther, a year ago I would have thought “wow, my Jesus gets the smallest tabloid around all this crap!” and been upset about it, and that really really got me thinking even more about Jesus’ ministry, he didn’t surround himself with people who were “good guys” no he took the broken, and made them whole. He took the sinners, and made them righteous. my thoughts rested on, He surrounded himself with these magazines. That is when I heard “Joshua, all I need is the smallest little section, and I can light up the whole store. If I can do this for you by just one tiny little magazine, what do you think your life will do for the whole world?”

Matthew 5:14

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Matthew 17:20

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

 

Pray

James 5:13-18

13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

Ephesians 6:18

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Prayer has also been on my heart, lately it took a strong warrior telling me that it is not burdensome to ask for prayer, her words were reinforced by GOD saying “Joshua, when you have someone pray for you it not only brings me your needs, it allows me to talk with that person. It also creates a bond that strengthens and unites my body, for they will be thinking of one another with compassion”

and just as it states clearly in the word of god, pray for ALL the lords people, not a few, not some, but ALL of his people. and if you don’t know how to pray well guess what he taught us how to do that too.

Luke 11:1-4 nkjv

 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

So He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Our Father in heaven,[a]
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.[b]
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.”

so no excuses!

 

 

 

Sinking Ships

Lately, when out and about in the world, I have been feeling like I am on the titanic as it is going down, and i’m on a empty lifeboat. Screaming to everyone to get in the lifeboat so that we may make it to safety together, but the crowd gathered in front of it murmurs things like, its not the right color, or its not the right kind of wood, but worse yet are those in the life boat who are saying, “well we should only let these kinds of people in.” or “not everyone is going to fit in here.”

It is the same when you are experiencing GOD’s love, you want everyone to feel the same as you feel, but for some reason others cant get on board with it, even those within the body of Christ. which led me to the scriptures to seek out what to do. I ended up in

1 John 4:8 whoever does not love does not know GOD, because GOD is love

Matthew 11:28-30 “come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and you will find rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Which speaks to me saying, we are not even carrying the weight. All we have to do is just be loved, and others will see the love of Christ through us, and our actions, and they will say “I want some of that, I want on that life boat!”

 

Obedience of many

So the word of god has recently taken me to,

Romans 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of one man, many were made sinners, so also the obedience of one man many were made righteous.

Which is when GOD asked me, “What would the obedience of many look like?” Think about it, if one man obeyed GOD and saved the entire world what would happen if ten men obeyed GOD? or twenty? or even a thousand men obeyed GOD? It got me thinking even farther and digging deeper. If only a portion of our nation obeyed GOD we could be out of the situation we are in, so why is this not happening? Because too few want to go up to a stranger and say “hey Jesus loves you”, too few want to pick up and speak to the homeless man, too few will see those convicted of crime as redeemed, but most importantly to few are able to just say “Jesus I am broken and I need your help.” So my plea to you, is that today you reach out to someone who is hurting, and pray with them, ask GOD to show you what he wants you to do today, and if you are not saved or are in doubt, ask for guidance from the on who was, the one who IS, and the one who is to come, and he will show you.