Faith & Visions

In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Acts 2:17

 

Two weeks ago while on my way to work, I met a young woman who I felt compelled to invite for coffee after work.

When we met up, and began getting to know one another, it turns out that we had very similar upbringing.

Our parents were from the West Indies though neither of us were born there.

Our parents had divorced. We both had a Muslim upbringing although both of our families were never practicing.

Since this no longer seemed to be a meeting of coincidence to me anymore, I decided to share my personal testimony with her about how I came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ since a lot of the things we were discussing were used in how I came to faith.

Soon after I had finished, she just plainly told me, “I don’t believe in God”

 

In the next two days whenever she text’d me or we saw each other, I continued to share the miracles of each day that the Lord Jesus had been doing in my life,

She continued to proclaim “I simply do not believe in God”

 

About a week after getting to know her, in my heartfelt concern for her soul, I began to pray for her deeply. I asked God to reach out and touch her life in such an amazing way that might help her to overcome her unbelief. A way that was specific to her.

As I had my eyes closed and continued to pray for her I began to see a rectangular shaped Zebra with black and white stripes.

It was such an odd vision that but it truly was all that I saw.

I opened my eyes and thought to myself “Lord, really? What was that?” I also thought I was just leaning on my own imagination.

It seemed almost like a stuffed animal but after remembering the Bible’s account of various people’s faith who did things that sounded and seemed ridiculous yet the that was exactly what the Lord had prescribed, I concluded that the Lord’s wisdom was truly beyond my own so I would proceed on what I saw.

I sent the young woman a text that said:

Hi : )

I have a question for you that’s gonna sound pretty odd

Actually, I absolutely know that it’s gonna sound odd

But do you have a stuffed animal with black and white stripes like a Zebra or something

(in my lack of faith, I also nervously included) or a tiger?

She replied back immediately

No, Why?

I just honestly told her that I was praying for her and I truly believed that God had shown me this Zebra looking thing to tell her to help her unbelief

She replied back almost simultaneously as I sent her the text:

Cuz I have this long fuzzy pillow the size of a person that has Zebra print on it in my room.

Completely reassured in the Lord’s power now I was like WHATTT!!!!

“GOD SEES YOU!!!!!”

She replied “What?”

I replied “Just because you don’t believe, doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist”

We didn’t speak much else for the rest of the night because I thought she might need some time to reflect on what happened. The next day when we discussed what had happened. She told me that although she couldn’t explain how I knew the things I knew, that she still refused to believe.

This is the part that breaks my heart.

I’m sure the Lord could use me in just the same way to witness to every single one of you with signs and wonders that He exists, but the truth is, unless you have faith, all the signs and wonders in the world won’t save you.

There is absolutely nothing of my own merit that allows for God to be able to use me to do His will or know this information to witness to other except by faith. Simply by believing and growing in the faith.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
Hebrews 11:1-16

 

 

Grace, Love, and Peace always

Cults, Culture & Carnival

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,…
Proverbs 1:7

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;….
Hosea 4:6

Ever do something simply because it’s been a tradition as long as you can remember? Or just because someone you know is doing it and you were invited to join in because it seemed harmless?

In every act we commend, we are in essence giving our support in body and spirit to in one of two ways: A spirit of obedience to God, or a spirit of disobedience to God

Every spirit of this world originated somewhere…

But which are you walking in?

Now the works of the flesh are evident:, which are adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like, of which I tell you beforehand, just as I told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God
Galatians 5:19-21

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such thing there is no law
Galatians 5:22-23

For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want
Galatians 5:17

Bacchanal
1.A wild and drunken celebration
2.A priest, worshipper, or follower of Bacchus

Bacchus
Throughout history, men and women seemed to suffer from a serious god-complex in thinking that even though they were of flesh and blood like everyone else, they somehow possessed the infinite power and wisdom of the One and Only True God. As you’ll see in this false view they held, their practices have impacted culture even until modern day.

But wasn’t this the very same thing that the serpent enticed Eve with in eating of the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil in the beginning of time recorded from the scriptures in Genesis 3?; That she might be like God knowing good and evil? This caused something of great significance and detriment to happen both to Adam and herself, as well as for all of humanity…. Here are a few things I ask that you prayerfully consider and hopefully God will reveal the truth from it to you as all that is truly truth belongs to God.

Ever wonder where things like Carnival and Festival get its roots from?

Dionysus – God of Wine, Merry Making, Theatre and Ecstasy

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In every picture, Dionysus or Bacchus are always shown with a glass of wine in one hand, half naked (if not completely), and red faced from being intoxicated either unable to stand up straight or slightly staggered, if not laid out on a chair or bed. He encouraged that wine, music and ecstatic dance free’s his followers from self-conscious fear and care, (the very lyrics of most festival songs) and subverts the oppressive restraints of the powerful. Those who partake of his mysteries are possessed and empowered by the “god” himself. His cult is also a “cult of the souls“, his maenads feed the dead through blood-offerings, and he acts as a divine communicant between the living and the dead.

When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritist, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.
Isaiah 8:19-20

Dionysus was the “god” of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy in Greek mythology. He was worshipped 1500-1100 B.C. by Mycenean Greeks: Other traces of Dionysus-type cults have been found in ancient Minoan Crete. His origins are uncertain, and his cults took many forms; some are described by ancient sources as Thracian, others as Greek.

His festivals were the driving force behind the development of Greek theatre. His procession is made up of wild female followers.

Bacchus & Bacchanalia (200 B.C) – was the Roman god of agriculture and wine, similar to the Greek Dionysus. He was the last “god” to join the twelve Olympians; His plants were vines and twirling ivy. He often carried a pinecone-topped staff, and his followers were goat-footedSatyrys and Maenads, wild women who danced energetically during his festivals (see the inwardly twisted foot of the small woman near the statue in the second picture above)

Notice the almost 1500 year gap between Dionysus and Bacchus. Throughout history, these pagan traditions have resurfaced under the face of new celebrations. This is because the spirits of disobedience travel from generation to generation.

Mythology – a collection of myths, especially to a particular religious or cultural tradition. A widely held but false belief or idea.

Satyrs – One of a class of lustful drunken woodland “gods”. In greek art they were represented as a man with horses ears and tail, but in Roman representations as a man with goat’s ears, tail, legs and horns (who does that sound like?)

Maenads – A female follower of Bacchus, traditionally associated with divine possession and frenzied rites

You shall have no other gods before me
Exodus 20:3

The demonic spirits that people give themselves upto from acts of disobedience have existed since past generations, they simply travel from generation to generation as time moves forward for us drawing us away from the true and living God. These spirit’s of disobedience can be identified because they will cause the possessed to act in the similar ways described from generations past. Those who turn from the truth, leave themselves open for possession.

Because of these things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience
Colossians 3:6

Cult
1. A system of religious venerations and devotion direct towards a particular figure or object
2. A person or thing that is popular or fashionable among a particular group or section of society
3. A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader.

Though the Bible does not use the word “cult”, the idea is there, at least in seed form. It is represented by the Greek term hairesis, rendered “sect“, which derives from a root meaning “to choose”. It hints of a self-willed opinion that rejects the authority of truth, leads to division, and causes the formation of a sect.

Cult members are focused on a living leader to whom members seem to display excessive zealous, unquestioning commitment. (Ever hear people saying things like “I never miss a carnival!”) The leader is typically a strong willed, domineering character who rules the group with tight control. He lets it be known in subtle ways that he is in charge of the movement. He makes the plans, he orchestrates the movements of the group and even tells you what to do and even how to feel about your participation.

Example: “get on bad”, “jump jump jump jump”, “We comin to life now”(Implicative of dead and coming to life) “Everyone! attention on me” Then everyone follows the command and acts it out physically when really giving worship to opposition knowingly/unknowingly through acts of disobedience to the true and living God

You can see these things even in soca music video’s nowadays like:

Machel Montano – The Fog 2013 (Viewer Discretion Advised)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7VqrosyDjM


The LORD detests dishonest scales, but delights in an accurate weight

Proverbs 11:1

In our culture, we tend to give attention to one genre of music like Hiphop or maybe Rock music when sexually explicit lyircs or video’s pop up, but say nothing when Soca video’s depict the exact same sexually explicit dances, imagery, profanity or grossly irreverent behavior in their lyrics inciting and stirring lusts and immoral/irreverent desires in the hearts of its viewers as well as suggestively immoral lyrics like “Rum til I Die” (Think about that… is that really the state in which you want to be ushered into the presence of our Holy Most High God?)

Chantwells – The “chantwell” is another incarnation of the African griot tradition. On the Caribbean plantations African griots became chantwells, preserving the tribe’s history and traditions orally. They would sing to contemporary and mythical heroes and to the “gods“. They would also preserve the complex oral traditions of West Africa with songs of derision, praise, satire, and lament. At first the chantwells were mostly women because the males were targeted for destruction on the plantation. On Emancipation the tradition continued and the chantwells would sing call-and-response chants called lavways lionizing and cheering on champion stickfighters. This form of music gradually evolved into the modern Calypso. As calypso developed, the role of the griot (originally a similar traveling musician in West Africa) became known as a chantwell and eventually, calypsonian

As the country became urbanized chantwells became more and more a male function but the portfolio remains the same. The chantwell is the Call, the tribe and the audience is the Response.

Pagan
1. Especially a follower of a polytheistic religion (“gods”)
2. One who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and material goods
3. An irreligious or hedonistic person

 Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it
Matthew 7:13-14

GRACE – Unmerited undeserved favor

 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life
John 3:16

Everyday, I thank God for grace!

Grace that allows for me to repent and turn to God, not getting what I truly deserve; what we all deserve.

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God
Acts 20:24

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”
John 1:12

The two most important words that I believe are important to acknowledge when you make a choice for God:

Repent– Feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrong-doings or sin (Because we all fall short)

Turn – a change of direction when moving (Because we are showing through our actions we are now making a choice for God)

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord
Acts 3:19

God loves you and is calling you unto himself and made a way for you to reach Him. By faith in his Son, we receive the Holy Spirit into our lives reconciling us to God.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed
Isaiah 53:5

None of us know the time or day when we will be taken from this life…

I continue to pray that you prayerfully consider the choices before you day to day and that you do not lean on your own understanding. Pray and seek God and ask him to reveal the truth of these things to you. Jesus’s sacrifice allows for us to approach the throne of grace and seek counsel from our loving Most High God through the sacrifice of his Son. God will never forsake those who earnestly seek His counsel with a heart of repentence.

When we put on the mind of Christ by reading, understanding the scriptures, and putting them into practice, surely His Spirit will direct us in the way!

God is Spirit, and his worshipers must worship in Spirit and Truth
John 4:24

Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil
Ephesians 5:15-16

Grace, Love, & Peace Always,

Jesus Lives!

What is a Friend & What Is The Line?

What’s Is A Friend?

 Ever had that friend who cheered you on in a fight?

The one who you could always turn to to talk about others you disliked?

The one who bought you one more drink when you already had too many?

That friend who always told you you were in the right when you fought with your girl/boy friend?

The one who encouraged you when you fought with your family?

The one who introduced you to, or joined you in using drugs?

The one who had money to buy you a pack of cigarettes when you were low on cash?

The one who showed up at every crazy party you ever had?

The one who called them self your friend?

 

 

Ever notice how that friend is the same one that disappeared when that fight landed you in trouble?

The same one then talked about you behind your back…

The same one who would abandon you when drinking too many got you wrapped up in some problem…

The same one who tried to talk to your girl/boy friend as soon as you broke up with them…

The same one who went home and slept when you got kicked out of your house and had no where to go…

The same one who labelled you an addict when you fell into addiction…

The same one that never seems to have money when you’re really in need for something important…

The one who never replies when you invite them to church…

The one who you called friend.

 

Jesus is your friend

 I invite you to read the Word of God found in the Bible and attend church with me

Real friends share a common enemy, and it is not a physical one

The real enemy is Sin

Jesus loves you and if you sincerely repent and turn to Him, the Lord our God will forgive you

just as he forgave me

 

The Line

I’ve had the pleasure of running in many different circles in the first thirty years of my life

But I’ve learned that there is a linethat many are not willing to cross.

I admit, It was quite a shock to find out that it wasn’t gossiping/slandering others, lying/cheating, being drunk, promiscuity/sexual immorality, drug abuse, verbal/physical violence or even going to prison…

Instead, the empty seats beside me in church show what it truly is.

But there is hope!

I want you to know that I hold no grudges or resentment for the past because in my lack of knowledge, I too walked according to my own thought up ideas of goodness for much of my life, but these experiences have taught me the hard way how to identify truth as it actually is.

 

I can’t condemn the choices you might make for your future because that authority is given for any of us to do…

 But as your friend, who loves you

I can and must warn you,

Be sure that you aren’tlying to yourself

That line does exist.

 Failing to accept this truth, will hurt you and lead you to

hurt others

 

Forgiveness isa gift that is freely given to those who can simply admit their own faults understanding that we all fall short, but then having faith in that our amazing, loving and gracious Lord Jesus lived and died to pay that debt we all owe so that we are redeemed by His sacrifice!

 Free from the guilt, and free from shame.

 

He then rose from the grave proving He was who He said He was

 The rich and the poor; The well dressed and the unkempt; everyone who is reading this is welcome to receive this gift

 

 Reach out to the only one who could meet the mark in it’s complete perfection.

  The perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world

 

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
John 15:13

 

If you’re still walking around without this free gift given to the world, well, I love you and I feel I have to be honest with you…

 A day will come when youwill be judged  by that mark

 The one we all  know none of us can reach without Him.

 Repent and turn to Jesus!

 

For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus

 Can we boast then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.

After all, is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t He also the God of the Gentiles? Of course He is.

Romans 3:25-29

 

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And he said to them, Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Fathers house?”
Luke 2:49

Epaphras – The Prayer GIANT!

Epaphras [Ĕp’aphrăs]—charming or foamy.

A fellow laborer of Paul and in some sense his fellow-prisoner

 

The Man Who Was a Giant in Prayer

This Colossian is described in many ways. He was Paul’s “fellow-servant” and “servant,” his “fellow-prisoner,” and a “faithful minister.” He was also Paul’s representative at Colossae where he had founded the church (Col. 1:7), and sought under Paul’s advice to combat prevalent heresies there. The apostle had affection for Epaphras, who ministered unto his need and the need of others.

You learned about the Good News from Epaphras, our beloved co-worker. He is Christ’s faithful servant, and he is helping us on your behalf
Colossians 1:7

 

It is in his prayer-ministry, however, that Epaphras is conspicuous. This giant in prayer knew how to lay all before the Lord, and laboring in secret, made the saints to be perfect and complete in their standing through his kneeling. He “strove earnestly in his prayers” for the Colossians. He wrestled in prayer that they might be perfect in the perfection of Christ, and “fully assured in all the will of God.” Paul also testified to the perseverance as well as the prayers of Epaphras. He knew how to toil on behalf of the saints of God. He was practical as well as prayerful.

 

His prayers for the stability and maturity of others were numerous, continuous and strenuous. Epaphras brought to Paul at Rome a report of the Colossian Church where he had ministered in Paul’s stead, an account that cheered his heart and resulted in the writing of the Colossian Epistle which Epaphras took back with him to his flock. Can we say that we are true successors of the devoted servant of God? Like him, do we know how to wrestle in agony of prayer? (Rom. 15:30). Epaphras also manifested great zeal or properly “great labour of anxiety” for those under his care. Too few of us are concerned about the spiritual welfare of others.

I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me
Romans 15:30

 

 

 

to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore
Amen

 

 

Lecrae – Prayin For You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZNEaTWxG_o

All Saints Day – November 1st

One year ago today, the Lord Jesus Christ changed my life!

ALL SAINTS DAY

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Today’s Feast is the result of all that has gone before it. The purpose of all the events in Christ’s life, from His Conception to the Resurrection and the Ascension and Pentecost is to make Saints. That is the purpose of the Church, to make people holy. Today’s Feast is the Feast of the identity of the Church, of Her sacred personality. For a Church that does not make Saints is not a Church, it is merely an institution which abuses the word ‘Church’.

What is a Saint? Firstly, we should understand that Saints are not born, they are made. We are all born potentially to become Saints. The only difference between those who are not Saints and the Saints, is that they are people who are continually picking themselves up after sinning, continually repenting until they attain holiness, whereas most give up.

We should also say that there are two sorts of Saints – Confessors and Martyrs. Some Martyrs led very bad lives but then, when it came to the ultimate sacrifice, they found Faith in themselves, sufficient for them to prefer to confess Christ rather than live, and so sacrificed everything for Christ. We recognize their sacrifice and honor it. However, in our time, in our land, it would seem that we are not called to be Martyrs, but Confessors. What is a Confessor, how do we recognize a Confessor?

First of all, we could ask people who live near the person whom we believe to be a Confessor. They would know that person’s way of life. But this would not be enough in itself. This would tell us only if the person were righteous or not. And holiness is more than righteousness. Holiness is that utter devotion to God, the confession of Christ before men, the taking up of one’s cross and following, to which Christ will bear witness before His Father in Heaven. It is never denying Christ. It is this devotion of which He speaks in today’s Gospel, which is above devotion to husband or wife, father or mother, brother or sister, son or daughter. And we can be even more precise than this.

We have already said that the purpose of the Church is to make Saints. And the characteristics of the Saints are also those of the Church. At every Liturgy and at morning prayers we sing and read, in which we confess that we believe in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. These words which define the Church, One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, are also words that define the Saints.

The Saints are One because they are all together. We speak of the communion of the saints. And in today’s Gospel, our Lord speaks of those who have followed Him who will judge the Twelve Tribes of Israel seated on the Twelve Thrones around Him. The Saints are One, they are united.

The Saints are also obviously holy. The word Saint means holy.

The Saints are also Catholic. This word does not mean Roman Catholic. We mean ‘Catholic’ in the original sense of the word. ‘Catholic’ means the same in all places and at all times. Thus today, on this Feast of All Saints, we commemorate all the Saints of all countries and of all centuries and of all backgrounds. We recall Saints of all ages, of all nationalities, men, women and children, the poor and the rich, the old and the young, the healthy and the sick. They all confessed the same Orthodox Faith. The Saints are universal in time and space; they are ‘Catholic’.

Finally, the Saints are Apostolic, for they share in the same Faith and Tradition as the Apostles.

The way ahead for us is clear.

Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.

All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all

Amen

Philippians 4:21-23

Dre Murray – Only Few Dare To Be Bold