Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"Go Now and Leave Your Life of Sin"

It is so hard to let go. Those tentacles of the sinful flesh and the world have such a grip on your soul... Sometimes you seem to never get out of the pit of sin and entrapment...
I know that I have been not well this past week. I have been stumbling and failing and messing up again and again. Sometimes I just can't do it on my own...

John 8:2-11- "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, 'Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?' They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, 'Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.' Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, 'Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?' 'No one, sir,' she said. 'Then neither do I condemn you,' Jesus declared. 'Go now and leave your life of sin.'"

How do we leave our life of sin? It seems impossible. But God works in strange ways... I believe that every moment is a new opportunity to turn back... It is a battle of wills. His Will against your will. And often it seems like you never loved God and you completely turned your back on Him, so He will turn His back on you... Satan is always there, trying to barricade you from turning back to God. But God is always pursuing you! He just wants you to turn back to Him... He understands where we've been. He has been tempted too... But He did succeed in resisting. Once we are His, we can do the same. We have the power!

Sure, we may fall again, and it's likely inevitable that we will. I believe it is quite possible that the woman committed adultery later on, because she still had to battle with her flesh... We may fail, but we can stand strong again with God's strength!

It's war! God and us vs. Satan, the World, and the Flesh! And God is bigger than all three!!
Fear God! Love one another!
Peace! I love you all!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Repentant Sinner or Saint Covered in Grace

Repentant Sinner, or Saint covered in Grace?


Time and time again, we fall short of the glory of God. Our response definitely determines who we are and how we will act in the future. Again, Repentant Sinner, or Saint covered in Grace?
As Sinners, we are not saved. Nothing will get us out of the Hell we make for ourselves. As in Romans 3:10-12 it says "As it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.'"

Nothing we do can fix our problem. We need grace and forgiveness.

As Saints, we are saved, and covered in Grace. As Christians, no matter what you've done, you are still considered a saint in God's eyes. We are covered in His Blood. Nothing will separate us from His love. Later in Romans it says

"But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." (3:21-24)

We are justified by Him alone. Our works won't get us anywhere, but with the Holy Spirit we can do what pleases God. We don't need to beat ourselves up with our past faults. We have been forgiven!
But also, keep this in mind too. If God is in us, we should be striving to please Him. In Romans 6:1-4, 15-18, we see that we should be in God, not in sin.

"What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. ...What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness."

We're dead to sin, Alive in Christ!

Be wise!
Fear God!
I love you all!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tonight's Entertainment...

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on His law day and night. -Psalm 1:1-2


With this in mind, what is it that we delight in? Good, or evil? Everyone knows the difference between the two. But what do we see when we look at our lives?

We see sin there, and we are up to our necks with problems. We wonder why this is. I believe that our entertainment choices have a lot to do with it, particularly for Christians. Sure, we prayed the prayer, and go to church on Sunday, but what were we listening to on the drive there? What were we watching on TV on Saturday night?
As the old saying goes, "garbage in, garbage out". This is so true. Because you set your mind on something that is rotten, your life will start being rotten. Are you laughing at some dirty jokes? Pretty soon your mind will drift there. Spend enough time in the presence of evil, that evil will start to rub off on you.

"But I'm a Christian, and I know that it's wrong, but it's just so funny!" Sure, laugh now, and you'll regret it later. When you take time to listen to secular music and you get into the groove of things, do you know what the people are singing? "But I just listen to the music, not the lyrics." Music resonates so much with the human heart. When you are not careful in guarding your heart, and you dwell on the beat of the song, you begin to think about that song. It starts to play over again and again in your head, and soon you begin to sing along. And when you start to sing along, are you thinking about what you're saying?

If you are, then that is good. But when you think about the song is saying, it's message, are you disgusted? Are the lyrics themselves evil in any way? If you said yes to both questions, and you still listen to the song, you are meditating on it. And when you meditate on something, you begin to embed whatever it is into your soul, whether good or evil. As children of light, we are called to be separate from the darkness. So we cannot let this happen. Some people may be strong Christians, and find that the music doesn't affect them. But it can. If you're proud enough in your capability to not sin in one area of your life, you had better be on your guard, because the devil is always searching for someone to entice.

How about stuff we watch on tv? If something that starts causing your mind to wander to lust, is that helpful for your growth? Absolutely not! If you're watching something and you begin to lust, than you should find something else to watch or do...

These are just some examples. We must be careful in our entertainment choices. Music, movies, tv shows, websites, videos, books, you name it. Each one has the capability to drag us down. They plant ideas, whether good or bad. So maybe we need to start looking for good entertainment choices for us instead.


"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." -Philippians 4:8


I love you guys!
Be wise. Fear God!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Trust and Forgiveness

Sometimes, trust is hard.
I've recently experienced a recent loss of trust. Someone close to me hurt me very much. And right now, I don't feel like trusting that person. I left my thoughts out there, and the person misinterpreted it and ran away with those words, believing a false idea about my character.

Of all things I hate, the thing I hate the most is having someone close to me think that I am something that I'm not. This makes things difficult for me. And now it's really hard for me to forgive that person and trust them with myself again...

Am I so shallow that I can't give this person the credit they deserve? This has been the first time they hurt me deeply. Will they do it a second time? Undoubtedly. The person is a sinner, just like me. No one's perfect. But the person was called to repentance and they said they were sorry. Do I feel like forgiving them? No... I'd rather find fault with them...

I feel like it's a game now, trying to find something that is a fault of the other so that you can use it to manipulate them. To hold it above their head so that they feel sorry for what they did. That way your sins are forgotten when the other person is now in the limelight, so to speak. Then the other person finds a fault... So the vicious cycle goes on and on till both are sick of it... Christians do the same thing. Except they are more subtle at it and use the 'God' card', or the 'holier than thou' approach. "It's been laid upon my heart that I should stop sinning in this area of my life." (Whereas they really haven't been sinning here, but you have been. Quite clever and manipulative, I might add. I've done this before, on several occasions.) I must apologize, because right now it appears that I'm using this post to do the same thing, but seriously I am not trying to do this. I seriously struggle with forgiving others, using the 'God card', and the 'holier than thou' approach.

That's not a Christian way to live, but sometimes that's how I act and feel about things. This is how a Christian is supposed to act: "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you." -Ephesians 4:32

Did Christ bring up these sins over again to remind us that we hurt Him? No! Jesus Christ doesn't bring up the dirt over and over again. He calls us to do likewise with each other. It ain't easy, but it's the thing He wants us to do. So now I'm going to throw away the feelings of distrust and anger, and I'm going to forgive and trust once again. It doesn't matter what the person did, I still need to forgive. And in order to grow again in our relationship with one another, in order to forgive, I must trust again. And I'm ready to do that.

This is a song by P.O.D. This is a good song about this issue of trust. I would've included the actual music video, but it has some suggestive content, even though it fits with the message... Sorry about the picture, but that's the album cover...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Crucifixion

Hey all, felt like blogging about this too.

If you do not like reading about very graphic details, please stop reading.

Crucifixion. One of the most horrific executions imaginable... It was so horrid that Rome made a law that Roman citizens could not be executed in this manner, no matter the crime. First, most criminals were whipped mercilessly. Their bodies were mangled beyond recognition. The cat-o-nine tails, fixed with pieces of metal and spikes, were designed especially to rip a person apart.
Next, being dragged to the nearest public road, you were thrown onto a cross that was likely used many times before. The splinters pricking your already open wounds... The executioners would strip you naked and drive nails in between the bones on your lower arm. If you were a male, they would sometimes drive a nail through your private parts, adding another level of extremely intense pain. Next they would drive nails through your feet between the bones. When they finally finished doing this, they raised up the cross and slid it into place, jarring you as it stopped, ripping your wounds even more. If you survived this, you could be on that cross for hours dealing with the extreme pain. In order to breathe, you would have to push up off of the nails in your feet, otherwise you would drown in your blood that was building up in your lungs... And typically if you survived all this, the executioners would eventually break the bones in you legs so you would lose your ability to stand on your nails, thus drowning you in your own blood....

This is awful! So horrific! Granted, Jesus did not have His legs broken, nor did he drown in his own blood. Rather most theologians speculate that He died of heart failure. But imagine also having a crown of thorns mashed onto you head, piercing your scalp. Yet what is far worst is the unimaginable grief that came with the betrayal of your closest friends, and bearing the weight of the sins of the world. So much so that He experienced our betrayal and hatred, even when we were not His friends.

I just figured I would share this bit of information with you. I'm sure I haven't covered all the bases on crucifixion, but I think what I described was enough to give you an idea of what it's like. It isn't Jesus with a loincloth with a thorny crown gently place on his head, with a footstool under his pierced feet so he could put his weight down, and ropes tied around his pierced arms to keep them in place. He was in a nightmare come to life. Crucifixion!

Here's a song put to a montage of the Passion of the Christ. This is somewhat graphic in nature as well...
And some consider lethal injection inhumane...

Moving from dependence to Dependence

This is rough. Last night our Bible Study group discussed the topic of having dependence on other Christians in order to stay strong in our battles. We were reading 2 Chronicles 12. We reached verse 17 where it says,

"David went out to meet them and said to them, 'If you have come to me in peace, to help me, I am ready to have you unite with me. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when my hands are free of violence, may the God of our fathers see it and judge you.'"

David depended on God to justify himself, rather than having his army that stood behind him justify himself. David, while still willing to have his friends support him, his ultimate reliance was on God.

I have been depending on other Christians to support me than I have depending on God to be my support. I am so sorry God! I have not been waiting upon You to save me! I want to strive to please You first before I try to please others...

I have broken the greatest commandment: love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. I mean, my Christian friends are great and wonderful, but I have been placing so much more reliance on them and my girlfriend, rather than relying on the One who gave me life.

So, from now on, I'm going to try and depend on God first, rather than others.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Renewal!

Commitment. A scary thing. One does not wish to be tied down, yet in actuality this "tying down" in fact makes you freer then you ever were. I'm scared... What have I gotten myself into?
But I'm going to be committed. In all seriousness, I've committed the same things before many, many times. I will have to continue to commit myself. A re-commitment every day to what I believe to be true. So here I go...


I'm diving in
I'm going deep
In over my head I wanna be
Caught in the rush
Lost in the flow
In over my head I wanna go
The river's deep
The river's wide
The river's water is alive
So sink or swim
I'm diving in
I'm diving in

God, please give me the strength every day to make these commitments. I need to stay true to you and to others. I love You God! Help me to follow you with all my mind, soul, and strength, and help me to love my neighbor as myself. Amen.

I love you my peoples. :-)
Fear God!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Deathbed

This song is one of my favorites. It is a story within a song. It's bittersweet. It reminds me of my grandfather, even though this is not his story.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Heaven

Heaven.
The best place to be.
No crying. No pain. No death.

The alternative is the second death. Hell.

Heaven is so wonderful. I cannot begin to describe how it is, because I've never been there before. But it is my home. I long to be there. To be with God.

Here's my take on heaven. I may be wrong, but if I am, then it is so much better then my description. Imagine: being a christian means you are a part of God's family. What is you idea of a family? (not a dysfunctional one, but a healthy one)
A family may not spend every waking hour with each other, but they are part of a unit. Unity. A family may take time out each day spending time with each other, typically a mealtime. At this time they will share stories, tell about their day, or just talk about things. Maybe afterwards they might do something together like play games, watch a movie, or read a book...
I used to imagine heaven being like an eternal church service. That would be so very boring. Church is important, I agree, but should it continue indefinitely? I don't think so! We still need the rest of the week to do our jobs.

Jobs are tiring. It's part of the idea of labor. Working by the sweat of our brow. But that is not God's original intent. Work can be so satisfying when you've accomplished a project that you're proud of. In heaven moth and rust will not destroy, and thieves will not break in and steal. So the things built in heaven will last for eternity. Things will be accomplished. Accomplishment.

The best part? You will be with people you love and God! There will always be someone to spend time with.

My grandfather passed away this past Monday. This past Friday we held the memorial service. It was a nice service. So the topic of heaven came up in my mind and I decided to write about it. I have been preceded in death by many of my family and ancestors. It is complete, but it doesn't have to be final. A second death is also necessary, but we don not have to experience it. There is another option. Jesus Christ came and took our place, so that we do not have to experience the second death: Hell.

Hell is not the place where all the bad people go to party. It is a place of torment. It is a place where there is darkness. But the one thing about Hell that makes it so terrible is the fact that you will be alone. There is no one around to talk to. It's a separation between you and God and others. Separation. You may scream and yell and make all the noise you want. No one will h-e-a-r you. You will be utterly alone. Alone.

So please, please if you do not want the eternal separation from God, turn to Him and Him alone. He will complete you. The only way to do that is by surrendering to Jesus and allowing Him to be your Savior. Only then are you finally free from the second death. Freedom.


Here's a song that just reminds Christians that there's something to look forward to. I hope it uplifts you as much as it uplifts me.


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Please let me have my coffee first...

"If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse." -Proverbs 27:14 (NIV)
So true. I know of a lot of morning people who don't get this. Some people, such as myself, need maybe a couple of minutes, maybe a half hour, or even an hour to be ready for the morning. Before then, please keep quiet. And don't make noise. You might end up with a sullen angry person for the rest of the day. "What'd I do wrong?" You know full well what you did wrong.

Give us the typical time we need (Yeah I'm talking to you morning people!). Everyone will be the better for it.

If you ignore this, then you're the fool. You might end up with your head bitten off. 

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Umm... Hi.

So. This is my first blog.
Initially I was thinking of using this blog to share wisdom with the multitudes. Here I will post videos (some could be my own), write about what God has taught me, and just toss ideas around.

I bet ya'll are wondering why I titled this blog "this cheese tastes like plastic". Here are my reasons:
1. Most cheeses are gross
2. You know the liquid cheese they put on nachos? That stuff is plastic (in edible form).
3. I've worked at a kitchen where the food comes in boxes, and the cheese does too.
4. I couldn't come up with anything catchier that hasn't been used.

Don't expect to see my blogs coming in regularly. I'm kinda lazy about checking up on things.

Here's a video for ya. I can't say I made it though, but if you'd like you can credit it to me. Just kidding. But it is a good video I recommend to you. Please watch.


Sometimes we forget what we were told about God. Things get so blurred with theology and legalism. The list goes on and on. This video brings you back to the basics of the gospel. This is the core of what Christians are supposed to believe. I don't care what some "Christians" act like or say. Don't let others determine what you choose to believe or not believe.
Fear God.