What To Seek in Him

To stay in Your love, continually encountering true love that is only found in Jesus Christ. To stay in Your Word and have Your Word hidden in my heart. To have a transformed heart, having pure intentions and not seeking selfish gains. To not be prideful, but humble before You. To not take Your grace and mercy for granted. To not seek the temporal things. To not take my eyes off of eternity and keeping my eyes on the prize of Your high calling. To be the salt of the earth, being a light to others. To not be part of the great falling away of faith. To endure, standing against sin in times of controversy. To live a life that is pure and holy. To die carnally and live by Your spirit. To see what You see, hear what You hear, and say what You have spoken. To know Your heart and feel what You feel. To do all that You’ve called me to do. To not miss out on the great things that You have for me, occupying by living an abundant life. To glorify You.

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. (Philippians 2:13 NLT)

Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has cleans hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face. (Psalm 24:3-6 NKJV)

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1-3, NKJV)

Psalm 25

1 To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
 2 O my God, I trust in You;
         Let me not be ashamed; 
         Let not my enemies triumph over me.
 3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed;
         Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. 

 4 Show me Your ways, O LORD;
         Teach me Your paths.
 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
         For You are the God of my salvation; 
         On You I wait all the day. 

 6 Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses,
         For they are from of old.
 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions;
         According to Your mercy remember me, 
         For Your goodness’ sake, O LORD. 

 8 Good and upright is the LORD;
         Therefore He teaches sinners in the way.
 9 The humble He guides in justice,
         And the humble He teaches His way.
 10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth,
         To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
 11 For Your name’s sake, O LORD,
         Pardon my iniquity, for it is great. 

 12 Who is the man that fears the LORD?
         Him shall He[a] teach in the way He[b] chooses.
 13 He himself shall dwell in prosperity,
         And his descendants shall inherit the earth.
 14 The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him,
         And He will show them His covenant.
 15 My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
         For He shall pluck my feet out of the net. 

 16 Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me,
         For I am desolate and afflicted.
 17 The troubles of my heart have enlarged;
         Bring me out of my distresses!
 18 Look on my affliction and my pain,
         And forgive all my sins.
 19 Consider my enemies, for they are many;
         And they hate me with cruel hatred.
 20 Keep my soul, and deliver me;
         Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.
 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
         For I wait for You. 

 22 Redeem Israel, O God,
         Out of all their troubles!

Salvation

To believe in Christ does not include picking a certain religion or a religious title. It is simply believing in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ for your sins because of His deep love for you. Then turning away from those sins and living a pure life by the power of His Spirit.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV)

Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 5:5 NKJV)

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24, 25 NKJV)

To Be Set Free

Here is an incredible testimony about God’s continual and everlasting grace and mercy that covers us. Even when we don’t want it! There is no doctrine or religion that truly delivers people from bondage and changes lives like Jesus Christ. There is no other love that covers us like the love of Christ. Once you truly encounter His love, you will never be the same.

Simply Talk to The Savior

Praying is the starting point and basis of all things being sought. The starting point of all desires, of all plans, of all events, of all decisions, everything. “If weak in prayer, we are weak everywhere.” (Leonard Ravenhill) Even coming to God to accept His salvation begins in prayer, as Romans 10:9 says if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Pray for strength when worried, pray to continue enduring during your time of struggle, pray to be bold and strong enough to not give in to the temptation. Weep to Him while in distress, be joyful with Him when something exciting has happened in your life. Ask Him questions. Vent your issues and concerns to Him. Pray in the car, in the shower, at your desk at work, while walking to class, while grocery shopping, even during that awkward moment when no one in the crowd knows what to say. Religion will prompt you to pray only while at the church building during prayer service or during the benediction, but a relationship will prompt you to pray to Him whenever and where ever, at all times.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6,7)

“A sinning man stops praying, a praying man stops sinning” (Leonard Ravenhill)

 

Reveal

I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by your amazing works. In this time of our deep need, help us again as you did in years gone by.  And in your anger, remember your mercy.

I see God moving across the deserts from Edom, the Holy One coming from Mount Paran. His brilliant splendor fills the heavens, and the earth is filled with his praise.  His coming is as brilliant as the sunrise. Rays of light flash from his hands,      where his awesome power is hidden.  Pestilence marches before him; plague follows close behind.

When he stops, the earth shakes.  When he looks, the nations tremble.  He shatters the everlasting mountains and levels the eternal hills. He is the Eternal One! I see the people of Cushan in distress, and the nation of Midian trembling in terror.

Was it in anger, Lord, that you struck the rivers and parted the sea?  Were you displeased with them?  No, you were sending your chariots of salvation! (Habakuk 3:2-8)

Father, show us individually who You are. Show us that You are able to protect us and heal us from the harms of this world, the enemy, and from the harm of fulfilling our own fleshly desires. Reveal to us that You not only came to save us from eternal separation from You in hell, but that You came to free us from bondage in this life. We all long and groan to see and experience the encounter of true love that can only be found in You. Turning our hearts toward You and seeking Your presence is what gives us this encounter.  Break away the walls of pride and doubt that keep us from truly coming to You. Break away the assumptions and perceptions of You being linked with a religion, or having to come to You through the “old fashioned church”. All You want is for us to raise our hands, look up from where ever we are and say “Lord, forgive me . I have sinned by denying You and lived a life full of sin. I come to You because I know Jesus died and was resurrected for my sins. I now know that I am only able to resist these temptations and live a life obedient to You by the power and strength of Your Spirit that now resides in me. Father, I give my life to You, this hour, this day!” Thank You for Your everlasting mercies.

His Vision and His Heart

I heard a short story about two women who were close friends that received help at a recovery program for drug addiction and prostitution. Both women were now clean for a few years and had put their lives back on track. One of them married and has children, is in school, and is working within the program. However, the other woman relapsed. She began drinking again, and later began the drugs. She has now been arrested and is in prison for homicide charges. Why did she go back? Why did she think that a place that is so filthy with nothing to offer was the best place to be? After hearing this story, I realized that we often think God wants us in these places. But that’s not the case. We are simply there because of choices we have made for ourselves. Yes, He may use this type of experience as a testament to the deliverance that is only found in Him, or as prove of His unfailing and faithful love towards us. But these dark and destitute places are not the overall vision that He has for our lives.

The vision of Christ includes us being free while on this earth. Free from the bondage and the consequences that comes from living a lifestyle that is disobedience to His commandments, against Biblical values, full of sin . The guilt and shame that comes from these mistakes will tempt us to grow comfortable within this place, as we do not want to be embarrassed in front of others and in front of God Himself.

But what is so amazing about God is that He knows we will relapse. He knows that it is a difficult process to staying clean and sober. He knows there is nothing that anyone can do to deserve His love because our hearts are filled with so many issues, lusts, and are made to displease God. His love towards us is so great, that His heart will always be towards the one who is broken-hearted. The one who is poor and homeless. He’s after the one who is lonely and has no self-esteem. He’s after the person who is living a life full of guilt for past mistakes and regrets. Or the one who feels that they will never get it right. He wants the prostitute, the drug addict, the homosexual, the drunk, the thief, the liar, the adulterer, the one who gossips. All because Our Saviour is the healer, the deliverer, peace giver, and the restorer.

Lord, I am weak, but You are strong. I am in a dark place, but I know that you can bring me into the light. You are the only One who can set me free from this struggle and this pain. You are the only One who can fully forgive me of my past. You are the only one who is willing to work with me and it not require the stern boundaries that are in religion, but a free and compassionate love from a relationship with You. You will not judge me, criticize me, or put me aside. And You are still persistantly drawing me to You after I’ve lived a life ignoring You and wanting to do things my way. I acknowledge Your call and pull towards Jesus Christ, as I now see that this is the very reason why You died for me. To be set free.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT)

Whispering Danny

Below is an amazing testimony. Be sure to check out the link at the end to the page for his video:

I carried a burden about converting to Christianity from Judaism. I kind of felt I was betraying my family; especially because my grandparents were holocaust survivors. But then I realized I cannot deny something that has revealed itself to be true to me.

We were just flying around the Statue of Liberty. In 1975 my mother and I moved to the United States from the former Soviet Union. Everybody had their faces pressed up against the window, kissing and hugging. My mother’s main objective was in the hopes of finding better medical care for me. I didn’t know who or what the Statue of Liberty was, but she was the symbol of America and our freedom. I am required to have surgery every three and a half or four months. I have benign tumors that grow on my larynx and vocal cords, which is why I am referred to as whispering Danny.

When I graduated high school here locally in Kansas City I started hanging out at this tattoo shop. Something about tattooing was so enticing. The individuals that administered that tattoos, they just didn’t look like my dad for instance. The more that I got tattooed the more I realized that was exactly what I wanted to do.

On September 4th of 2001, I was standing in front of the tattoo shop and my buddy Shane drove up on his brand new motorcycle. Shane was my drinking buddy. I was an alcoholic and we decided to go drinking down the street. I lived a lifestyle that was pretty self destructive in many ways and I was okay with it. Around midnight Shane got a phone call and he decided he was going to move to the next place. I never really felt that I am a religious guy.  I watched him try and get on his motorcycle and I immediately saw him drop the bike because he was so drunk.  I pretty much had completely abandoned anything pertaining to God and I just pursued my own interests. I begged him please Shane don’t do this, but he started it up and tore off down the street. Hours later I felt compelled to go out for a drive. I saw a motorcycle lying in the middle of the street. I didn’t really have a destination I just knew I needed to go for this drive. I took note that it looked very much like Shane’s motorcycle. A few yards later I saw a man lying in the middle of the street, and as I passed the man I realized it was Shane. He was laying face down on the road and his head was busted wide open. He was lying in a pool of dark dark blood. I got down on all fours and I put my face next to his and my face was now covered in the blood too; and I said, “Shane, you’re going to be okay.” I didn’t believe it, but it seemed like the thing to say.

They took him into emergency surgery, and he was there for a long long time. Finally the doctors came out and they said that he was still alive, but he wouldn’t be for long. So we sat and waited for Shane to die. Hours passed; days turned into weeks and we continued to sit in the waiting room. Finally, somebody from the hospital and said it was a good time to harvest his organs and put them into people that could use them. His mom asked for one more day to be with her child as any mother would. That afternoon we were all in the waiting once again and this man walked into the lobby; and all of a sudden this guy starts saying, “Gather around gather around we are going to have a prayer circle.” This guy was saying, “oh great God in heaven we have a situation here at St. Luke’s hospital. This young man Shane is so broken that no man on earth can fix him. His brain has been busted but God we know you can fix him so won’t you please fix him and by the way we need him fixed before tomorrow morning. In Jesus’ name Amen.” So, I said, “Amen” too because it seemed like the thing to do. I started analyzing this prayer I participated in by saying Amen and I had this increased frustration for having partaken in it; and I started analyzing every single component of it. The first question is, was do I even believe there is a God or am I just talking to myself? Did I actually believe that he could do this impossible thing? And here is the big thing; why would God do this for me? I got on Google at 4 o’clock in the morning and remembered hearing the word “salvation”, so I google’d the word salvation; and this website came up and it asked me the question if I was a sinner? Well, I’ve never had a problem admitting I was a sinner, I’ve always known that. Then it said well if you pray this prayer; but you have to be cautious on the Internet, so I proofread it first and it had some very interesting ideas. It talked about how Jesus came having died on the cross for me. It talked about how through His blood and His sacrifice that I was forgiven and now I could be a part of God’s family, but only through what Jesus had done. I remember reading for the second time through this prayer, but praying it. This was the second time in one day that I had prayed to Jesus. It was quite a day. But this time I accepted Him for who He was as my savior and deliverer. And the next morning my friend Shane woke up.

I carried a burden. I walked into the ICU room and there were doctors and nurses running around frantic. Then I realized that I couldn’t deny something that has revealed itself to be true to me. Doctors are yelling at the nurses. Jesus himself was a Jew.  Obviously they had the wrong CAT scan or the wrong MRI. Jesus came into this world to draw the Jewish people, as well as, the non-Jewish people. Because it’s impossible for this guy to have woken up, but there he was wide awake. They kept saying that it’s a miracle. I agreed. It was a miracle.

Any sort of guilt that I felt about betraying my family or ancestry I have actually completely lost. A void is filled. There is nothing else like it. It’s not just religious stuff, it’s you now have a genuine interaction. You get answered and guidance. You get everything you need. I certainly cannot have any ill feelings about that.

My name is whispering Danny and I am Second.

Whispering Danny – I Am Second.

Following Christ

This is an awesome email chain that has gone around for quite some time now. It is a great visual that shows how tough it can sometimes be to walk with God and that we can’t take shortcuts. “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” (Matthew 16:24-25)

 

We complain about the cross we bear but don’t realize it is preparing us for the dip in the road that God can see and we can’t.
Whatever your cross, whatever your pain, there will always be sunshine, after the rain…
Perhaps you may stumble, perhaps even fall; But God’s always ready, to answer your call…
He knows every heartache, sees every tear, a word from His lips, can calm every fear…
Your sorrows may linger, throughout the night, But suddenly vanish, dawn ‘s early light…
The Savior is waiting, somewhere above, to give you His grace, and send you His love…
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
…and you question “God, why me?”
Always look at the bigger picture…..
DO NOT IGNORE HIM!

The Father’s Love

Photo by Jinnett Photography (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jinnett/)

The Father’s love is why you will cry out and openly praise God, even when it is humiliating or out of the ordinary, for He is worthy because of what He has done for you.

The Father’s love is what gives you the ability to still lend a helping hand for the one who just marred your reputation, just as God continues to love you after you’ve denied Him and turned your back from Him.

The Father’s love is giving the murderer or prostitute another chance in life, just as God has given you another chance after disobeying Him and walking in darkness apart from Him.

The Father’s love is what causes you to give up so much of what you love in order to live a life that is completely sold out for Christ, just as He gave his life for you.

The Father’s love is what motivates and pushes you to give your all to Him, even when life is extremely difficult and incredibly painful, just as Christ endured through the physical pain and brutal death on the cross for you.

The Father’s love causes you to stand and not conform to the ways of society that are opposite to what the Bible commands, just as Christ became a sacrifice by not only death, but by living a sin free life by denying Himself in order to be the perfect sacrifice for you.

The Father’s love is what gives you a heart for the less fortunate and for those who are hurting, just as Christ has healed and made a way for those who have turned to Him for help.

The love of God surrounds us everyday of our lives, yet, how much do you really love the Father? Will you  accept His love and begin to walk in His love until the end?

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13)


What Are Your Actions Saying?

You believe in God – right? You believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus – right? You occasionally go to church, but you definitely make sure that you are at church for the major holidays. You treat others as you would want to be treated. You don’t steal. You don’t want to murder anyone. And you may not even use bad language. Yea… this stuff is good and people see that you’re a good person. But has being a good person brought the change that you know is needed into your life? Do you think God Himself would be satisfied with just your “good works” after He died as a sacrifice with such a horrible death for you? Do you think that God would want His kingdom to be full of people who did not give their lives to Him while on this earth by living unholy lives or in opposition to what He tells us in the Bible? One choosing to continue to live in sin is telling God “Thanks for Your gift, but no thanks. I don’t believe in Jesus Christ. He can’t fix my problems or set me free from that addiction. God isn’t real.” One choosing to go out drinking all night and then go to church the next morning is telling God “Hell doesn’t exist and going to church is just an activity to do on Sundays. We can do whatever we want and have no consequences.” Why continue to say one thing, but live in a way that says the opposite?!

Heaven and hell are real places and there are consequences to making these choices. Thousands of people are dying without knowing the Lord and Savior everyday because they chose to live for what feels good today and not believe and have hope for an eternal freedom. This might sound crazy or like a bunch of religious jargon to some, but the salvation and freedom in Jesus Christ can truly be experienced. He is waiting on you to answer His call:

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. (1 Peter 3:9-10)

Make that first step and go before God confessing your faults. Ask Him for forgiveness and then choose to make the changes necessary to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Put that beer bottle down, get out of that unhealthy relationship (fornication, homosexuality), forgive and be kind towards others. It is then only by His power, His presence, and His spirit that can give you the ability to change from sin. It is once you confess your sins to Jesus, He will begin to enable the change in your life that you’re yearning for, as we all are truly seeking truth and what’s real. He is waiting for you.  He wants to know you personally and not hear you say hello to Him every Sunday, or on occasion in a few church services throughout the year. What do you have to lose?