Why is it we have more denominations, more conferences, more televised and internet broadcasts, more modes of worship both traditional and non traditional. Congregations of every size. Some small, medium, large, extra large or mega style, yet so many people continue to overlook the WORD of GOD? The WORD is a Powerful Wellspring that yields Spiritual, Emotional & Physical Healing, but we must first embrace and apply it to our daily lives!
GOD is always speaking, but we must get better at listening!
This is how we “HEAL THE LAND”
Sometimes it seems our world is trying very hard to erase God. Some people are becoming more and more bold, twisting his word, abandoning biblical teachings, and outright questioning the existance of God. But, when I reflect on his word, we shouldn’t be surprised for He has already told us this day was coming. Many times God is speaking but we’re not listening.
I was reflecting on the goodness of God today as I received news about a miraculous healing that occured with a family member. Just a reminder that doctors “practice”, but God “heals”. It’s mind boggling to me that people actually believe there is no creator. They acutally believe, or pretend to believe that creation happened without a creator. Even though they see in their own daily lives that nothing just happens! Then I’m reminded of the scripture that says “The fool says in his heart there is no God.” Psalm 14:1. As I reflect on the existence of God, I’m reminded of another scripture that states “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19: 1-4 Then, words from the song “How Great Thou Art” come to mind.
“Oh Lord My God, When I in awesome wonder, Consider all the world thy hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout, the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to thee. How Great Thou Art. How Great Thou Art”
Well I am so thankful that I am not in the foolish group, for I firmy believe that God Is Real, that He exists, and that HE is a rewarder of those that diligently seek HIM. And this reminds me of another song I use to hear often in our church worship services. I believe we need to start singing it again. That song is “Yes, God Is Real”. Who wants to sing with me ?
“Yes God Is Real”
There are some things, I may not know
There are some places, That I can’t go
But I am sure, Of this one thing
Yes, God is Real, For I can feel
Him In my soul
Some folks may doubt, Some folks may scorn
All can desert, And leave me alone
But as for me, I’ll take God’s part
For God is real ,and I can feel
Him in my heart
I cannot tell, Just how you felt
When Jesus took , All your sins away
But since that day, Yes, since that hour
God has been real, For I can feel
His Holy Power
Yes, God Is Real. He’s real in my soul
Yes, God Is Real, For He has washed,
And made me whole
His love for me, It’s like pure gold
Yes God is Real, For I can feel
Him in MY soul
Or how about this one?
Jesus is Real To Me
Jesus is Real to Me
So many people doubt Him
But I can’t live without Him
That is why I love Him so
He’s so real to me
Yes, GOD IS REAL!
I must preface this by saying that the “Down-Low” is a rather controversial “taboo” subject! You may be offended by the contents before you; in general it is preferably for adults only? It may ruffle your feathers a bit? However, I do think that having an open conversation with your mature teens should be considered at your discretion… You might be quite surprised by their reactions? This helps to protect them from acquiring felonious information in regards to the “Down-Low” from an outside source as well as keeps the lines of communication open. They may know more than you think? If you are sensitive to the topic of sex; read no further!
What is the “Down-Low”? The “Down-Low” is a discreet sexual encounter between a straight married man as well as unmarried men who have sexual relationships with other men. They often have sex with their friends and other men without telling their spouse or partner! This happens within many races and cultures on every social economic level! Often random one night stands… Many who are professed Christians! The fact that it is kept secret should tell you something! It is actually another form of homosexuality.
In this 21st century it becomes increasingly clear to me why God designed marriage in the way in which He did. One Man and one Woman! He has not changed His design! His design for sex within marriage was to give us healthy sexual boundaries! This keeps us free from STD’s, Herpes, HIV and AIDS!
The “Down-Low” is a homosexual act… According to the Word of God homosexuality goes against nature. It is considered an indecent act! This is still in your Bible if you have not torn it out!
“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchange the TRUTH of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator- who is forever praised. AMEN! Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged the natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” Romans 1.
I believe all of God’s Word! Do as you please but nowhere in the Word does God condone any form of homosexuality, adultery, fornication or any sex outside of marriage! Deliverance yes! God is able! He told the woman “To go and sin no more!” I realize that these may be chosen lifestyles for many? You can choose as you please… But it does not make it right in the eyes of God regardless of who says so! It does not have God’s blessing! We; meaning believers are supposed to be “in the world but not of the world.” John 17. World; meaning cosmos the devil is the ruler of the cosmos. We are physically present in this world, but we are children of the kingdom of God! We are sanctified by believing and implementing the Truth of God’s Word in our lives! “Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven…”
The enemy seeks to have us step outside of the Word of God! The Word of God points us in God’s direction. It is a Light unto our path. It shines the Light on darkness and can point us back to the right path as well! This is why we need Jesus as Savior and Lord to save us from the power and clutches of sin!
I have counseled with some who have been ensnared into lifestyles of alternative sexual relationships. I have seen the aftermath of what it does to the soul, the person, spouse and family… In many cases it creates and ongoing cycle of distrust, rejection, selfishness and secretiveness that causes much ambivalence, despair, insecurity, resentment and anxiety for those involved.
Sexual misconduct should not be embraced or excused especially when you are called to minister. To be a Minister means that you commit to preaching, teaching, proclaiming and living out the principles of God and encourage others to do so as well. We are supposed to present the TRUTH of GOD’S WORD regardless of what the world, the masses or anyone else says is okay! Whenever you are experiencing extensive inner turmoil or conflict one must seek wise spiritual counsel and seek to resolve the issues that hinder you from confronting whatever the issue might be and reconciling yourself to the Lord.
For an example Iyanla Vanzant on her show “Fix my life” has presented an episode that depicts two different Ministers who have been involved in mutiple secret homosexual affairs. They both preside over congregations. The emotional turmoil and stress they are experiencing is candidly showcased. The consequences of this behavior choice has greatly impacted the marital life of one and for both ministers their family life as well as the congregations that they pastor. The inner pain that they are experiencing due to the shame and secret deception is quite evident. One can not have inner peace apart from God. God is a compassionate caring and loving, but He does not condone or sanction any behavior that is contrary to His Word. Here lies the conflict. By what spirit are you ministering to God’s people or non believers? The call to ministry is not to adjust GOD’S WORD to make anyone feel comfortable in sin. Sin is what separates us from God.
When the man on the “Down-Low” is in ministry this can be devastating. This causes much conflict within the family as far as their belief system. For example; the woman may seek the comfort of another woman. This in turn leads to a confusing physical relationship that further complicates her life as well. This is the ultimate rejection so her self esteem is at stake. She begins to question her own sexuality? To assuage her guilt she now turns to drugs!
The various family members begin to act out rebelliously and justify turning to worldly living… In some cases becoming a lesbian,homosexual or bi sexual… The children become confused as to what is right? They begin to experiment and then can become promiscuous as they reach puberty… Which begins to perpetuate another vicious cycle of dysfunction? Now the world has entered their home and the enemy has covertly shifted the entire focus of the family from God’s principles…
It really boils down to spiritual warfare!!!
The Word of God is powerful and was given to help us navigate through this maze of life! We must proclaim the Truth of His Word and encourage others to draw closer to the Lord in these last days. I know what it is like to be censored and oppressed for believing the Truth of God’s Word. Yet, we must stand on the Word of God! “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These men will divide you who follow mere instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, build yourself up in the most Holy Faith and PRAY in the Spirit.” Jude 1.
When you see someone drowning do you try to help them? The point is we are called believers for a reason. The world and its ways of manipulation have worked itself into God’s Church. I am not talking about the building! I mean the lives of many baptized believers! The world says “ do whatever you feel is right” The Word of God says “Repent!” Which means to turn to God; not to repeat? We are not to jump into the quicksand of life! “Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch them out from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear – hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.” Jude 1.
It is important not to compromise the Word of God even if it means being misunderstood! It is much more important what God knows rather than what others think? Don’t give in to false doctrine that goes against what God says! We are supposed to influence the world not let it influence us! Spend time meditating on His Word; “Be still and know!”
It is so important that we personally know God’s Word! We must develop and ongoing, growing intimate relationship with the Lord! This is about learning how to honor God with your bodies. In the Old Testament sacrifices were offered to God for the sins of the people! Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the world. Now we are to offer our body as a sacrifice to the Lord! As we do this our lives are transformed and our minds can be renewed daily by the Word of God! Do you believe God knows what is best for us?
“Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God –this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer by the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12.
One must seek to rise above any behavior that is not pleasing to the Lord! This closeted homosexuality, adulterous, bisexuality is dangerous! The “Down-Low” is one of those patterns of the world, and it is inappropriate!
I realize that the Church is divided on the subject of sex. No one wants to talk about sex really, or address the growing issues? Do we continue to just bury our heads in the sand like an ostrich? Many go to worship, sing, pray, dance, shout, fellowship and then go back to in many instances a lifestyle that is contrary to what God says is acceptable! Worship really becomes a temporary distraction or just another social activity? Think for a moment; what if Jesus were to return tomorrow? God is aware of the Truth… True worshippers must “Worship HIM in Spirit and in TRUTH.”
The idea of worship is to honor the Lord is it not? Are we not to learn to worship Him with our lives daily?
Should we not be concerned? Concerned does not mean you make someone feel comfortable in sin! It means that you care enough that you want to do something about it to help them… Many do not realize that they are looking for love in all the wrong places. The enemy just uses sex to win a stronghold over your life! He always perverts what God made for Good!
If you know that your spouse is indulging in a sexual relationship outside of marriage! I suggest stepping back. If you suspect this is so, be careful how you confront your spouse! Set aside some time when you both can talk. It is important that you get yourself tested? Prepare yourself. Keep in mind he may not be ready to confront his behavior. He may be offended if he is a leader in the Church… This makes it just that much more important! Talk about your relationship and how you feel. Allow him to talk about how he is feeling. Ask him about his current sexual relationship with you before you approach his suspected infidelities if you are not sure?
When you find out this is so? Know you cannot change him; he has to want to change. Many women marry men thinking that they are going to change them? It won’t happen! Only God can do this! “HE IS ABLE!” You can and should model godly behavior. You can intercede and pray fervently! This is his problem and you are not the cause. It is important that he seeks help and you both get godly counsel as to how you go forward?
See PART II
Did you know that a physician could write you a prescription for just about any type of medication? It could be for anything as slight as a minor headache. Perhaps you cannot sleep at night. Maybe you are depressed or just stressed out. Then again perhaps you need pain medication that will soothe you after major surgery. There’s nothing wrong with doctors or medicine. They are often used as tools in part of the Lord’s healing process. But they can’t heal your soul. We often say that God is a doctor in the sick room, a lawyer in the courtroom, He is water…God is much much more than we in our little finite minds can ever conceive! Do you want to be blessed and I mean really blessed? I want to share with you the prescription that will help you weather the tempestuous storms of life. I often recommend the 1st Psalms as a prescription to be blessed by. God’s Word actually is water to your soul when you truly thirst after righteousness. Doctors practice. God heals! God’s Word is the only sure thing in this world. I urge you please take a full dosage of His Word. It does wonders for the soul!
“Blessed is the man that walked not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners nor, sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
To be blessed refers to a deep peace, joy and contentment that only comes from God. True Godly counsel is rooted in scripture. When anyone encourages you or makes you comfortable in sin be careful. Misguided Christians can sometimes give ungodly counsel. John as Jesus’ forerunner did not continuously cry Repent! Repent! for no reason. When someone chooses to continue in sin don’t stand in his or her way. In your sincere attempts to help them there is a great chance they will only begin to blame you for their unhappiness. Remember them in prayer.
“But His delight is in the law of the Lord and in his law does he meditate both day and night. He shall be like a tree that is planteth by the rivers of water bringing forth fruit in His season. His leaves shall not wither but whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
God’s Word is the absolute truth. The Holy Spirit will lead guide and direct you when you sincerely desire to understand His WORD. You should find delight in God’s Word even it shows you that you are in error. Be thankful! The truth really does set you free! Allow His Word to quench your spiritual thirst. The tree that is planted close to the river has deep roots. Although the winds may toss it to and fro it can weather the storms of life. Faithfully allow His Word to flow through your heart. The Lord promises that in the proper season fruit will be brought forth. You will prosper in whatever you do.
” The ungodly are not so but are like the chaff that the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous and the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
The chaff is the stalk of the grain from which the kernels have been beaten out. Study God’s Word to the point that you are secure in your relationship with Him. Don’t just settle for what someone else has to say. Develop an intimate personal relationship with him. Once you are saved it is to righteousness. You are no longer a sinner. You have been declared righteous through the grace of God. Did you know that Christians are the saints of God? “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians 5:21. You are now a child of God! Your body is the temple of God He dwells within His children! We as His children are His Church. The Church is His Bride! Sinners won’t be able to stand in the congregation of the righteous. Don’t be conformed to the ways of the world! Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. This will allow you to prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. God is totally aware of everything that goes on. God tells us to avoid those who cause contentions. God will teach you how to guard your heart. Let Him be your defense. What is hidden in the dark will eventually come to the light. We live in a time when evil is called good and good is called evil. Don’t fret because of evil doers. Just know in God’s time he will take care of the ungodly. Just know there are no ungodly people in heaven.
God is our Creator. The world is our temporary place of habitation. It is literally a cesspool of sin. God has given us His Word that has every prescription to heal whatever ails your soul. If you need guidance he will lead you. Just trust Him with all your heart. Jude tells us to contend for the faith. Sodom and Gomorrah really were destroyed because of their immorality. God is able to keep you from falling. Did you know that with God nothing is impossible?
Just know that there is nothing new under the sun. Noah and his family were provided an ark for safety during the flood. When Moses was still just a little babe God provided a basket that delivered him to safety. He lived in the palace for 40 years this prepared him to lead God’s people. The Lord’s presence in the form of a cloud guided Moses when he led the children of Egypt in the wilderness. David slew Goliath with a few smooth stones. Ravens fed Elijah. Jesus fed over 5,000 with a two fish and five loaves of bread. The disciples lacked nothing! This is just a few of the plethora of examples in the scriptures that illustrate that God will take care of you. Don’t’ you want to be blessed?
Jesus is preparing a place for us after we leave here where we will live with Him forever. I recommend you begin to make it a point to allow God’s will to be done in your life. Get to know Him now don’t let Him be a stranger. Especially if you plan on living with Him eternally! Did you know your life belongs to Him? Do you think you are fulfilling His purpose for your life? What we do with our life is our gift to Him!
God’s children are supposed to be the light of this dark sinful world. We must stop compromising. It only takes a little light to dispel darkness. I encourage you to feast on the delights of His Word. Don’t just read for the sake of reading. Read to satisfy whatever longing your soul craves. Commence to praise Him everyday and seek His direction! Allow the Holy Spirit to prescribe a daily prescription of His Word. It is guaranteed that you will be blessed if you meditate on His Word day and night. By the way don’t forget to not walk in the council of the ungodly.