Broken Hearted Joy – Pastor’s Review

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“Broken Hearted Joy”

by Raymond Mowla

 

“Thank you so very, very much for this testimony, Broken Hearted Joy – by Raymond Mowla. I was thirty years old when I began to have all the experiences with the living God, His Son, and the Holy Spirit that Mr. Mowla experienced. I am now seventy-five years old, having lived with God all the years since my powerful encounter. 

Reading his testimony has brought back all the power of those early moments. Since then, I have gone to seminary, been a missionary to foreign countries, served as a pastor for twenty-five years, and taught many years in Christian schools where I was free to share the wonders of knowing God and His love with my students. Thank you for letting me relive those showers of blessings of the beginning.”

– Pastor Garnett

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Every journey to the cross is different, but we all gain valuable insights through our unique travels that are intended to be shared to teach and remind each new generation that there is a God of hope who is still powerfully and actively at work in the business of salvation and redemption!

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Broken Hearted Joy

by Raymond Mowla

“On my pilgrimage to discover the truth about God, I never imagined that sex, drugs, alcohol, and violence to the point of attempted murder would ever be the means that God would use to bring this searching soul to seek a Savior!”

– Raymond Mowla

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Raymond Mowla was born in Mississauga Ontario; the middle child in a professing Muslim family of five. It is through this unique vantage point that he relates his personal struggles of life and religion that would bring him to profess his own faith in Jesus Christ as Lord just before the age of thirty.

Evangelist, Apologist, and Minister of the Gospel, now his life’s sole ambition is to see people come into a loving relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ.

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The Sin of False Pretense

I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every false way
Psalm 119:104

 

For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for those who are mature, who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
Hebrews 5:13-14

 

 

 

Today I want to speak in regards to the topic of False Pretenses

First of all, just so we can begin on the same page, let me define what false pretenses are according to the Bible:

Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, or desire his delicacies; For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, “Eat and drink!” But his heart is not with you. You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten, and waste your compliments.
Proverbs 23:7-8

In this context, we learn of a man who encourages his company to enjoy the abundance of food he has, all the while despising him in his heart. It also teaches us, that because we have ingested this man’s delicacies that he begrudgingly shared with us, we will not be able to keep it down anyway.

We can sometimes sense that hesitation in others such as family, friends, and yes, even other believers while still growing in grace and a knowledge of the truth.

A parallel context could just as easily be applied to someone who offers their service to some ministry halfheartedly.

Or even to a person who promises to contribute financially to an endeavor but does so begrudgingly.

 

Scripture tells us in various places:

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver
2 Corinthians 9:7

 

 

The Holy Spirit searches out the deep things and knows as well as makes known the truth of our hearts to us.

If you walk closely with the Spirit, you will also be able to discern whether someone’s heart is truly with you and for you, or if they harbor hatred and malice towards you, but also, he will reveal your true intentions and motives and feelings towards others as well.

 

 

There are those who rejoice at the failure and shortcomings of others.

But Scripture tells us that we all have faults and failures of our own and are in need of the Savior just as much as anyone else.

Therefore:

Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them
Proverbs 24:18

This isn’t saying to avoid harboring hatred so the Lord can punish another. That would be a perverse way that some have actually interpreted what this verse means. But, the true heart of this verse is instead speaking to keep you from becoming like your enemies who harbor hatred in their hearts and rejoice when others stumble.

 

This is why it goes on to tell us:

Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked, for there will be no future for the evil man; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
Proverbs 24:19-20

The wicked man who rejects the Savior and the Word of truth will surely be cut off for all eternity. There is no question about it. But if we are filled with the Spirit of God and the love of God as we profess, then that should cause us to be very concern for the eternal salvation of all including even those who despise us and despitefully use us, which is why our Lord Jesus corrected and admonished His followers saying:

You have heard that it was said, “you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.”

But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

If you only greet your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even pagans do the same?
Matthew 5:43-47

 

 

 Since the Lord has paid the punishment that we all deserved for every wicked motive, thought, word, and deed we’ve done, and has perfected us in the sight of God by His grace through what He alone has accomplished, He then calls us to walk into that new identity as newly created people worthy of such grace in the last verse where he instructs his followers:

Therefore you are to be perfect, just as your Heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:48

Perfection in this context is not sinless or without fault, but it means someone who has committed to the sanctification process who is continually recognizing their shortcomings and willing to both address them and repent from those ways.

In our own strength, surely this would be an impossible task, but if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then His indwelling Spirit will give you the strength and wisdom necessary to carry out the righteous life that is pleasing to God. And He will place different people around you in every season of your life who are willing to walk with you and help you to grow in this these areas more and more each day.

 

Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners,” to abstain from the passions of the flesh which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of his visitation.
1 Peter 2:11-12

 

 

Trust JESUS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Healing & Restoration!

It is an old adage that “hurt people hurt people.”

It is well known that those who have been emotionally damaged tend to inflict their hurt and pain on other people. For example, a large percentage of those who have been sexually abused become the abusers of others; those who suffered under an alcoholic parent often themselves cause their future family to suffer because of their drunken stupors.

Until we as a church deal with the whole person as shown in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 our congregations will be filled with people who are spiritually gifted but act like emotional infants. In other words, the church must deal with emotional health and not just spiritual health and power.

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
1Thessalonians 5:23

 

The following are common traits hurt people display in their interactions with others.

1. Hurt people often transfer their inner anger onto their family and close friends

Often those around them become the recipients of harsh tones and fits of rage because they have unknowingly become the vicarious recipients of transferred rage.

On the other hand, people often look for the obvious manifestations of this in grand or ostentatious ways, but it can also manifest in subtle ways like through passivity or repudiation.

2. Hurt people interpret every word spoken to them through the prism of their pain

Because of their pain, ordinary words are often misinterpreted to mean something negative towards them.

Because of this, they are extremely sensitive and act out of pain instead of reality.

3. Hurt people interpret every action through the prism of their pain

Their emotional pain causes them to suspect wrong motives or evil intent behind other people’s actions towards them.

4. Hurt people often portray themselves as victims and carry a “victim spirit”

Often hurt people can cry “racism,” “sexism,” “homophobia,” or often use the words “unjust” or “unfair” to describe the way they are being treated, even if there is no truth to this. (That is not to say that sometimes there really is racism or sexism in some instances; this is just used as an example.)

Hurt people have a hard time entering into a “trusting” relationship. It’s possible to have ‘many’ friends yet not one friend with whom you can be completely vulnerable with.

Hurt people often carry around a suspicious spirit.

5. Hurt people often alienate others and wonder why no one is there for them


They often continually hurt the ones they love and need the most with their self-destructive behavior.

6. Hurt people have the emotional maturity of the age they received their (un-dealt with) hurt

For example, if a girl was raped by a man when she was 12 years old, unless she forgives that man and allows Christ to heal her heart and allay her fears, in that particular area of her life (sexuality with a man) her emotional growth will stop. Even when she reaches her later years she may still have the emotional maturity of a 12 year-old.

7. Hurt people are often frustrated and depressed because past pain continually spills over into their present consciousness

In many instances, they may not even be aware of why they are continually frustrated or depressed because they have coped with pain by compartmentalizing it or layering it over with other things over time.

8. Hurt people often erupt with inappropriate emotion because particular words, actions, or circumstances “touch” and “trigger” past woundedness

I have been in situations with people in which there was a gross overreaction to a word I spoke or an action that was taken. Although I was shocked and thought this reaction came “out of left field” it was really the person responding to an accumulation of years of hurt and pain that could not help but spill over in various situations.

I myself have been in situations where I felt hurt, troubled, or overreacted to something because it touched a nerve with what I was still dealing with because of a wound I received in the past. In these situations I have attempted to reason through the situation as objectively as I can with much prayer and introspection so I would not say or do anything damaging to another person or myself.

9. Hurt people often occupy themselves with busyness, work, performance, ambition, and/or accomplishments as a way of compensating for low self-esteem

Even ministers are not always motivated by a love for Jesus but a drive to accomplish.

It is important that pastors and ministers be led by the Spirit instead of being driven to succeed.

A minister should not preoccupy himself with making things happen. He should walk in integrity and humility and allow God to open up doors and provide a ministerial platform according to their assignment for their life and ministry.

10. Hurt people often attempt to medicate themselves with excessive entertainment, travel, drugs, alcohol, pornography, sexual relationships, food, or hobbies as a way to forget their pain and run from reality

The church must deal with and emphasize the emotional life and health of the believer, so the body will find victory and healing from the wounds in their souls.

11. Hurt people surround themselves with other hurt people

In order to avoid having to deal with past hurts and wounds, hurt people will often surround themselves with other hurt or wounded people. This behavior subconsciously allows them to validate their behavior further by reiterating the thinking and making it seem normal to them that there is no need to address deep rooted issues. It creates a seemingly safe environment for them to socialize without the fear that anyone will ever touch or come near those places in which they feel the most vulnerable, knowing that the other person(s) wants to also avoid addressing these an such issues.

Having safe environments is very important for a persons spiritual, emotional, social development, but if the relationship we share in those environments remain superficial, then we can spend years never actually maturing, and using those environments as a crutch to escape the work of actual spiritual, emotional, or social growth.

12. Hurt people have learned to accommodate their private “false self” or “dark side” which causes them to be duplicitous and lack integrity

Often their private life is very different from their public life, which causes hypocrisy and compounds feelings of guilt, condemnation, and depression.

13. Hurt people are often self-absorbed with their own pain and are unaware that they are hurting other people

They are often insensitive to other people because their emotional pain limits their capacity for empathy and their capacity for self-awareness.

I have been in numerous situations when someone hurt me and kept on going in the relationship without ever apologizing because they had no clue what they were doing. Consistently left unattended, past hurts can leave us insensitive to how our words or actions affect others.

14. Hurt people are susceptible to demonic deception

I am convinced that most of the divisions in the family, church and society as a whole are caused by people who lack emotional health and project their pain onto others.

Satan works in darkness and deception, and stays away from the light. Hurt people often have destructive habit-patterns that are practiced in the dark. Hence, their mind becomes a breeding ground for satanic infiltration and deception.

When the church deals with the emotional health of the individual, there are less footholds for demonic infiltration. (The Battlefield of the Mind) Also, there is stronger relationships, stronger marriages, healthier children, and a more balanced approach to ministry with less of a chance of pastoral and congregational burnout.

15. God often purposely surfaces pain so hurt people can face reality

Whether it is because of a marriage problem, or continual personal conflicts on the job, God often allows conflict and spillover because he wants the infection to stop spreading and the person to be healed.

Often Christians are fighting the devil and blaming him for conflict when in essence God often allows conflict so that people would be motivated to dig deeper into their lives to deal with root causes of destructive thought and habit patterns.

God’s purpose for us is that we would all be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). This does not just happen with Bible studies, prayer, and times of glory but also in painful situations when we have to face what has been hurting us for many years.

I have noticed that these periods of surfacing woundedness often take place when people transition into the mid-life years of their upper thirties and later. Perhaps this is because by then they are old enough to understand by experience that there is something wrong and also that it is not too late to redeem their pain and restore relationships and maximize their purpose.

Rarely is a person able or even willing to deal with and face pain when they hit their senior years (in their sixties or older). Most at this age have already become cynical, hardhearted, and/or become so depressed they have become hopeless even though God is able to help them at any age.

16. Hurt people need to forgive to be released and restored to freedom

The Gospel of St. John 20:23 says that we have to release the sins of others if we are going to be released ourselves. This means that if we do not forgive others, then the very thing we have become victimized with – will become a part of our life. For example, alcoholic fathers breed alcoholic sons if their sons do not forgive and release their fathers.

 

I’m sure we’ve heard it said before that: “unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” This saying is true.

 

Since we are all human, and subject to feel hurts or even to encounter disagreements like everyone else, everyone will find some area on this list of things where they may still need to work through. The good news is that, through the efficacious blood of Jesus Christ, we can all be healed and set free from all past hurts so we can comfort others with the same comfort we ourselves have received from God (2 Corinthians 1:4).

 

Truly, the messes in our lives can become a ‘message’ to help others!

 

 

 

This holiday, remember the reason for the season.

I implore you,

Trust JESUS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special thanks to P. Joseph Mattera

 

The General Epistle of James – Scripture Without Borders

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:

Greetings.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”

you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”

also said, “You shall not murder.”

If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless

? Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”

and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

You adulterous people,

don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us

? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”


Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister

or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will,we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.

You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!

Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.

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

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

My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

 

 

Trust JESUS!

 

 

 

Special thank to Biblegateway.com

The Epistle of James – The Message

 

Hearing the Voice of God

Last week Sunday my brother and I went out bowling at a local venue.

It had been a long time since we had the opportunity to hang out so it was long overdue

While we were bowling, this thought crossed my mind:

Lord, are you with me even when I’m bowling?

I quickly caught myself and replied to my own question:

Of course you’re with me! you’re with me in everything I do!

As I continued on bowling, I wondered if the Lord knew a better way to help me bowl so I asked Him to be a part of it

There were five bowling balls to choose from in the ball return. Out of those, there were three primarily that I was using:

– A light weight ball (red)

– A medium weight ball (green)

– A heavy ball (blue)

At first I heard the Lord say to me “use the green ball”

So I did, and sure enough…. STRIKE!

How amazing, I thought. The Lord is helping me bowl!

The next time around I heard the Lord say to me “use the blue ball” And of course, STRIKE again!

This was awesome!

Again I went up and I heard Him say “use the green ball”

Sure enough, STRIKE again!

 

I thought to myself, all I have to do was trust in the Lord to guide me and I would certainly be victorious even at something like bowling

The next time I went up to bowl I heard the Lord say to me “use the red ball”

So I did. But this time, there was no strike. I think I barely caught two or three pins on the left side.

I turned and asked the Lord:
“Lord, what happened? I trusted your voice and listened to your instruction, but I didn’t get a strike this time”

The Lord replied
“Son, I wasn’t trying to teach you how to bowl. I was teaching you how to listen and obey my voice!”

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In the book of 1 Samuel, the prophet teaches us “to obey is better than sacrifice”

God doesn’t care for our man made religion, but seeks a meaningful relationship with us – His creation

This is only made possible by the reconciliation that God established through the cross of Jesus Christ!

That relationship grows into something beyond beautiful when we learn to trust Him.

We show that have learnt to trust Him when we obey.

 

With each passing day,
may we learn to trust Him more

 

Trust JESUS!

Is the Rastafarian / Rasta god “Jah” the same as the Christian God?

Rastafarianism, Rastafari, or Rasta is a religious movement originating in Jamaica in the 1930s. Rastafarianism takes elements of the Bible and combines them with the ideology of Marcus Garvey and the belief that Haile Selassie I, emperor of Ethiopia (1930—1975) was the second advent of the Messiah. Thus, Rastafarians believe that Emperor Selassie was God.

Rasta takes its term for “god,” “Jah,” from the King James Version’s translation of Psalm 68:4, which reads, in part,

“Extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.”
Psalm 68:4

The name for God in this verse is a shortened version of the tetragrammaton YHWH. The tetragrammaton is usually transliterated as “Yahweh” or “Jehovah” or translated “LORD” in Bibles. In Psalm 68:4, the KJV translators chose to transliterate the word as “JAH” instead. So, the name is certainly a biblical name for God. However, a group’s use of a biblical name for God does not guarantee that the group is biblical. Just because Rastas apply a biblical name to their god does not mean that they are worshipping the God of the Bible. Different individuals may be named “George,” but that doesn’t mean they are all the same person.

The god Rastas refer to as “Jah” is not triune, and he does not provide eternal salvation. Neither did the man they claim to have been the returned Messiah rule the whole earth or bring perfect peace to the world as prophecied of the reigning Messiah in Isaiah:

There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:7

The religious practices of Rastafari, while drawn from Jewish and Christian origins, are not what God commands or desires for His people. The Jah of Rastafarianism is most certainly not the God of the Bible in whom Christians put their trust for salvation.

The Rastafarian movement have also included teachings and words to perpetuate their movement which creates a mental stronghold of circular logic by emphasizing that those who can’t understand their beliefs, cannot “overstand” the way of the Rasta

Whereas Biblical Christianity resolves to “absolutes truths” to defend their beliefs, Rastafarianism terminology leaves one with their feet planted firmly in mid-air. To put it another way, it can be paralleled to having a firm grip on a handful of grease.

Play on words terminology such as “overstand” are used by Rasta’s to lay claim that those who do not conform to the validity of their beliefs simply cannot understand, but must also “overstand”

Interestingly enough, by definition, to “overstand” actually means:

“to keep on a navigational course beyond a mark”

Which biblical Christianity would easily agree is what they have done.

It can also be defined as
“to stand on the price or conditions of, so as to lose a sale

Jesus loves the whole world and hopes no one would miss out on the free gift of salvation by trying to establish their own righteousness.

By misunderstand the spiritual nature of freedom in Christ, and seeking to establish emancipation in a physical sense, the Rastafari movement perpetuates ideologies of freedom and liberty by not not adhering to governmental laws which the Bible tells us were put in place by God.

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Romans 13:1-7

It is also worth noting that Selassie personally refuted any claims to being the Messiah.

We see that even in the early church, similar contradictory teachings that advocated rebellion and false religion were prevalent and needed to be corrected:

For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”

This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth. To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
Titus 1:10-16

Though Christian’s reject the spirit of the Rastafari movement, we certainly do love the Rasta people and pray the Lord would open their eyes to the truth of the Gospel of God’s glorious grace; the salvation of their souls by the finished works of Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary.

JESUS
The Truth – The Way – The Life

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