Who Can You Trust?

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LEARNING TO TRUST AGAIN

One of the most interesting things I’ve observed about human behaviour and my own experience over the years is that we are more often prone to rejecting the right answers to our problems in favour of secondary solutions.

Growing up with a father who is a mechanic I saw numerous examples of this when I would observe customers who claimed to inwardly want the very best care for their new car but were often willing to use the cheapest gas, settle for second class parts, or even go to the less reputable shady mechanic down the street if they perceived that it would save them a few bucks.

And that’s not to say they my own father was without the temptation to compromise to save a few bucks at times either. The Bible tells us no one is good but God alone.

But although I think people genuinely do desire the best for themselves, we are rarely willing to pay the high price to do things the correct way the first time around.

Something within ourselves has convinced us that we can compromise integrity without compromising quality.

But the difference always reveals itself in the end.

I know a pastor who often reminds his congregation that for those who believe, “the grass is greener on the other side of the fence,” they are wrong. It’s only a matter of time before the grass on the other side is just as bad as your current grass because obviously you are the one who doesn’t water it!

What’s most tragic is that we don’t seem to mind paying the high costs of doing things the wrong way though.

However, what I find interesting about it all is that, if and when a person who all their lives has gone to a shady mechanic, bought questionable products, or made choices that left them in constant suspense about it decides one day to go to a good mechanic, they often begin to view even the good mechanic with the very same suspicions that they rightly felt with the shady mechanic they were accustomed to.

They’re always crying out “robbery”, unaccustomed to paying the actual price of getting a job done right. Or they become suspicious that something is not being done right, and feel totally justified to feel this way, even if nothing ever arises to confirm their suspicions.

It means that their own self-taught experiences with poor decision-making to choose disreputable options has actually trained them not to trust any mechanics anymore. (I feel like there’s some good relationship advice hidden away in this paragraph also.)

And that’s the real tragedy here, because it appears that cutting corners has in many ways cost us far more than we initially anticipated. This is a picture into the soul that has been warped by sin. It craves love, but not Jesus love. It craves acceptance, but not the acceptance of the cross. It craves living life to the full, but not the abundant life that is found only in the risen Christ.

And so instead we continue to find mediocre solutions that have so destroyed our faith in true love, real acceptance, and abundant life, that it has become easier to say that these things don’t really exist than to taste and see that all we’re really longing for is wrapped up in the risen Saviour!

Knowing that this broken perception existed in the fallen human heart, Jesus found it absolutely necessary to assure his disciples of the contrary in Him. He said:

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.

The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me–just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
John 10:11-15

Which is why, even though it may be hard to break out of the cycle of not being able to fully trust in people, I welcome you to trust One who has proven Himself worthy in giving His life as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Which is why I implore you,

 

 

Trust Jesus!

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Up In Smoke (2019) – Raymond Mowla

A powerful new song that brings up the downcast, humbles the proud, and reminds us that true justice will be served for all one day!

Lyrics:

Verse 1 – Imagine Cold nights, enterprising with sacrifice She sold her soul back in Genesis for the fame and lights The glitz shined nice Promised her a better life Money she could spend now Asking why she’s thinking twice The seed plants at a young age and takes root These things water the tree until it bears fruit And now the real crime is not that she’s turning tricks But she is a daughter of the King and doesn’t know it yet The temptations of this world all lead us to evil But here’s a definition that would impact more people To be evil means to fall short of the mark So that life you’re giving glory to’s nothing more than a fraud This world around me glorifies all the lesser things Instead of more ‘role models’ we need our Sovereign King Or we gon’ keep consigning daughters to the slaughter While their steady followin’ fools whose hearts is getting hard It’s like

Chorus: As I lay my head down ‘fore I go to sleep I see these visions of a world where I’d like to be I still remember all the words that He spoke to me “Son keep firm in your faith, I promise you will see it” Times may get tough be careful not to lose hope I prayed your faith won’t fail you it’s getting real close The expectation of the wicked come to naught Don’t be caught up on the wrong side of the line when it goes up in smoke!

Verse 2 This next girl is a totally different type of breed She’s got her family support; more likely to succeed She’s got honours like she studied up at Harvard She’s an academic scholar; they praise her for going farther But if you saw inside her soul it’s a dying place She’s still a daughter of Eve, part of a dying race She’s got the culturally accepted sort of flaws So there’s few places she goes where she still don’t get applause But she ain’t never read the Scripts or been born again She thought that was the first girls sort of problem She look down on the world with all its vice and sin But she never looked in the mirror to see it lies within Good behaviour blinds our need to seek a Saviour This kind of virtue’s a blessing but truly it’ll never save us I pray you place your faith in Him who died and rose again And not upon the sinking sand of personal accomplishment

Chorus: As I lay my head down ‘fore I go to sleep I see these visions of a world where I’d like to be I still remember all the words that He spoke to me “Son keep firm in your faith, I promise you will see it” Times may get tough be careful not to lose hope I prayed your faith won’t fail you it’s getting real close The expectation of the wicked come to naught Don’t be caught up on the wrong side of the line when it goes up in smoke!

Verse 3 This last dude is just filled with his religious talk He’s steady quoting the Scriptures but yo there’s something off He’s got interpretations leading to manipulation But if we ain’t reading for ourselves then yo it’s hard to blame him. We invested more in glam than we did in truth It’s like eternity means nothing here to most of you It’s how the false teacher prospers most often But “Vengeance is mine!” saith the Lord so He’s got them There ain’t nothing here in darkness that won’t come to light But everyday inside this world feels like a different fight So I set my sights ahead to my future self And I speak a Word from heaven into every hell For the glory He reveals how it comforts me It breaks every chain – it brings real peace I wander off in His love; awed by His majesty To be in God’s family, what a beautiful tragedy.

Chorus: As I lay my head down ‘fore I go to sleep I see these visions of a world where I’d like to be I still remember all the words that He spoke to me “Son keep firm in your faith, I promise you will see it” Times may get tough be careful not to lose hope I prayed your faith won’t fail you it’s getting real close The expectation of the wicked come to naught Don’t be caught up on the wrong side of the line when it goes up in smoke!

The expectation of the wicked come to naught…

Don’t think you won’t be caught!

Up In Smoke (2019) by Raymond Mowla
Engineered by: Adam Pondang
Music provided by: Rujay.
Instrumental by: MickeyMontz
Background Singing Melody by: Tonisha Dumaresq

LEARNING TO TRUST AGAIN

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LEARNING TO TRUST AGAIN

One of the most interesting things I’ve observed about human behaviour over the years is that people are more often prone to rejecting the right answers to their problems in favour of secondary solutions.

Growing up with a father who is a mechanic I saw a numerous examples of this when I would observed customers who claimed to inwardly want the very best care for their new car but were often willing to use the cheapest gas, settle for second class parts, or even go to the less reputable shady mechanic down the street if they perceived that it would save them a few bucks.

And that’s not to say they my own father wasn’t without the temptation to compromise to save a few bucks at times either. The Bible tells us no one is without sin but God alone.

But although I think people genuinely do desire the best for themselves, they are rarely willing to pay the high price to do things the correct way the first time around.

Something within us has convinced ourselves that we can compromise integrity without compromising quality.

But the difference always reveals itself in the end.

I know a pastor who often reminds his congregation that for those who believe, _”the grass is greener on the other side of the fence,”_ they are wrong. It’s only a matter of time before the grass on the other side is just as bad as your current grass because obviously you are the one who doesn’t water it!

What’s most tragic is that we don’t seem to mind paying the high costs of doing things the wrong way though.

However, what fascinates me is that if and when a person who all their lives has gone to a shady mechanic, bought questionable products, or made choices that left them in constant suspense about it decides one day to go to a good mechanic, they often begin to view even the good mechanic with the very same suspicions that they rightly felt with the shady mechanic they were accustomed to.

They’re always crying out “robbery”, unaccustomed to paying the actual price of getting a job done right. Or they become suspicious that something is not being done right, and feel totally justified to feel this way, even if nothing ever arises to confirm their suspicions.

It means that their own self-taught experiences with poor decision-making to choose disreputable options has actually trained them not to trust _any_ mechanics anymore. (I feel like there’s some good relationship advice hidden away in this paragraph also.)

And that’s the real tragedy here, because it appears that cutting corners has in many ways cost us far more than we initially anticipated.

This is a picture into the soul that has been warped by sin. It craves love, but not Jesus love. It craves acceptance, but not the acceptance of the cross. It craves living life to the full, but not the abundant life that is found only in the risen Christ.

And so instead we continue to find mediocre solutions that have so destroyed our faith in true love, real acceptance, and abundant life, that it has become easier to say that these things don’t really exist than to taste and see that all we’re really longing for is wrapped up in the risen Savior!

______________

Knowing that this broken perception existed in the fallen human heart, Jesus found it absolutely necessary to assure his disciples of the contrary in Him. He said:

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.

The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me–just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep.”

John 10:11-15

Which is why, even though it may be hard to break out of the cycle of not being able to fully trust in people, I welcome you to trust One who has proven Himself worthy in giving His life as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Which is why I implore you,

Trust 👑 Jesus!

Corrective Lenses

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Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

 

Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”
Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.

John 9:39-41

 

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I was in grade six when I first found out that I would have to begin wearing glasses for the rest of my life.

In my youth I immediately thought of all the schoolhouse names the other kids might come up with to ridicule me with, and although I did end up getting a pair, they never stuck for very long.

By the time I had reached my second year of high school I was officially done with glasses.

I wanted to be free of any crutches and found numerous justifications for why they weren’t for me…

“they left marks on the side of my nose”

“the frames blocked some of my sight”

And when I didn’t feel creative…

“I just plain hate glasses!”

I actually didn’t end up getting another pair of glasses until I was thirty years old.

By that time, not only had I put a lot of my strain on my good eye, but my eye with bad vision had gotten significantly worse.

But I still remembered what it was like when I finally put on that new pair of glasses for the first time…

I could see!

In fact, I never realized just how bad my vision was all those years of not wearing glasses until I was able to see what clear vision looked like comparatively.

I could read books clearly. I could see to drive at night far better. I could behold the beauty of nature that passed me by for so many years. It felt like seeing a whole new colour-filled world!

For many of us, this is something we can struggle with throughout the journey of life…

People offer us good advice early on, and we, failing to recognize just how beneficial it would be to us, plainly reject it.

Even if we do try it out for a while, our own complaining and immaturity keeps us from appreciating the long term benefits in favour of immediate gratification.

And sometimes many years have to go by, and things need to get exceedingly worse before we are able to comparatively see the wisdom in wise counsel and yield ourselves to change.

But just recently, I recognized a totally different sort of vice that equally exist – now that it’s been almost seven years of wearing those glasses…

There is another temptation that exists where we can actually take the fact that _we can now see_, for granted – forgetting that our clear vision is totally dependent upon the glasses!

After almost seven years of seeing things clearly through this new lens, if I’m not careful, I could actually deceive myself that clear vision exist in and of myself, and forget that my sight is totally reliant upon the glasses.

And today I want to talk mostly about this second struggle, because this is the one that pervades our Christian witness more than the other.

In fact, this cocky attitude of forgetting that our sight is totally dependent upon the glasses and pretending as if we see clearly because of our own doing is the number one reason why others are turned away from wanting to even try on a pair of glasses.

But if we are careful to remember and willing enough to be vulnerable to admit that we too were once blind and without clear sight, and that it is totally a gift that such a corrective substitute as glasses exist, then we might begin to be more sympathetic to those who walk around with vision askew as we point them towards the place where we gained our renewed sight.

And this might actually lead to many who see better this year!

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If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.

Romans 11:17-18

Which is why I implore you,

Trust 👑 Jesus!

L٠E٠G٠A٠C٠Y (2019)

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After many years of struggling with identity, Raymond Mowla is holding nothing back now after finding all that he’s ever searched for in the face of Jesus Christ!

 

Now, every gift and talent long hidden away are finding their way to the surface in writing of all kinds and music of all types!

Check out his newest single here first!

L٠E٠G٠A٠C٠Y (٠2019٠)
by Raymond Mowla

 

Blessings,

Light House Hope (2019)

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Prayers really do move mountains, and they did in bringing the vocal talents of a wavering Tonisha Dumaresq to find something beautiful about worship that broke her previously held beliefs about what a life of worship is really all about.

Check out this powerful soulful song!

Light House Hope (2019)
ft Tonisha Dumaresq

 

Blessings!