I am reminded years ago of prayers that I sent up before God on behalf of my father. My parents’ relationship was on the verge of ending. Everyone knew what was wrong, myself included. He was not a faithful or just person. It angered me deep inside because I knew that he was capable of being better. So, I automatically got put in the category of being just like him. I consistently and constantly said to myself not so. However, things had changed in my parent’s and my life. He had a life threatening blood issue. Friends and family had gone, no one was left to his side but my mother, myself, and the prayer warriors of my church. I was deeply saddened by the prospect of losing him when our relationship had been so strained. Jesus told Peter that I pray that your faith fails you not. So, I knelt down to pray, the only that I had known to do at that point. The situation has turned around for the better as my father surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. I am 33 years old with an issue of being rejected and ridiculed by my father. I have went through years of suffering through alcoholic tirades, rumors of womanizing, and verbal abuse. However, I prayed and stayed in God’s face concerning the matter. I knew that God rewards those who diligently seek him. I was made to look like a fool through tears, hurts, and pains. However, I am proud to say today that my joy is full. God has gave my father a new start and I am too thankful. Our relationship and love is growing. God says that he will never put more on us than we can bear. Now, my mother and I have full joy and confidence. He has justified our sayings and prayers through the push of the voices of the naysayers. So, you should never stop praying if you believe in something. Salvation and redemption for any man and woman is the most important thing that we can ask God for. Cars, money, houses, accolades, these things pass. However, we want the salvation of the soul at all costs. I don’t want any of my family members to be lost. I thank God that he heard my cry and had pity upon my groan. I admonish you all to believe in the power of prayer for your own life. God wants to hear you call to him. God says that he won’t despise a brokenhearted or sincere person.
Category Archives: Christianity
Jesus said to the disciples in John 15:15, “No longer do I call you servants…..but I call you friends.” Why would God in the flesh, a future risen savior, call some very flawed men his friends. He explains throughout the verse. He said that a servant does not know the plans of his master. In the previous verses, Jesus told the disciples of the plan of redemption to save humanity from sin and eternal damnation. He let them listen and understand the divine plan of the Father. A servant does not have the intimacy of his master. The disciples now did. Therefore, from that point, he referred to them as friends. He also commanded them to love one another. We too can become friends of God. We are given intimate details through his holy word, the bible. A sustained life of prayer and bible study will help us to develop our friendship with God. However, it is up to the individual of how close a relationship to have. Will you just be a servant or a friend?
As I watched a television program on Sunday night, I found myself very disturbed. It was a debate between two pastors as one believed that homosexual men should marry. This pastor said that he felt that it was a spiritual experience when one man married another. My pastor often says that all it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. I think that Christians have been too passive for way to long. I also feel that we are too busy being preoccupied with our own lives to do God’s work. I was cut to the heart as I saw that this pastor was attempting to defend homosexual acts and attitudes. However, I hope that you will join me in standing up for Christianity and what the bible says about homosexuality. I hope that you will agree with me that homosexuality is an abomination within the eyesight of God. The devil has let his people roam free and Chrisitans don’t even know it. I want to make it clear that I do not have any angst against homosexuality. However, what God calls sin in the bible, it is sin to me. Let us not be ignorant and passive anymore. If you know the bible, defend it. If you don’t know the bible or Jesus, I invite you to know him.
Today’s society has a severe case of truth decay. We often hear the phrase that the truth will set us free. However, what is that truth to is able to make free. The word of God is that truth. Jesus referred to himself as the way, the truth, and the life. Truth, to give, a definition can be state of being true or valid(my personal definition). We have to see the word of God and the bible as the truth and factual. This is where faith comes in at. Faith is believing in something or someone that shows no physical evidence.
This generation suffers from moral decay. I think our families have broken down at an alarming rate and fathers in the poverty stricken communities are virtually non-existent. The media promotes negativity and promiscuity. Our schools are suffering due to high drop out rates. We have a lot of men that are not responsible fathers or figures in the community. Our women struggle with low self-esteem. Is there anything that we can do to stop the decline in the world system. There are, I feel, two solutions to this problem. We can invest in the education of the young people of today. We should invest time into speaking and teaching by example the right way to be righteous. The next thing we can do is to change the man of today. It begins with the man because the man is the natural leader of the community. This is not to be sexist. I am one that can appreciate the role that the woman, especially the African American woman, in today’s society. However, the men have to assume natural positions such as fathers and mentors.
We as a people have a difficult battle to contend with on a daily basis. We have to determine what people come into our lives, what emotions to settle on, what about our lives do we want to change, as well as what our futures hold. Our vision toward our daily lives and what God wants of us must be positive and of hope. The bible shows us this in Matthew 6:22-23. We are told through the word of God that the lamp of the body is the eye. Our eyes can either be filled with darkness or with light. We have the choice to either think positively or negatively about our lives. As people, especially as Christians, we have to keep a positive faith and belief. I would go as far to say that faith is the ability to see the future instead of the present. Later in the same chapter, the bible says that you cannot serve God and mammon. Mammon is commonly interpreted as materialism, riches, prosperity, and other people. We cannot dare serve our materialistic desires, riches, prosperity and other people and expect to live godly lives. Allowing God to come into our lives makes the light slightly easier to focus on. Today’s world is filled with darkness and despair. Our media outlets promote negativity and materialism. We have to change the type of light that comes into our eyes. Your focus should be on a positive mindset and those lives of the ones upon which you have influence. For example, parents should want to be positive role models and examples for their children. We should want to have an impact on the world of a good report. So, for this cause, we should stay optimistic. So, be careful to ask yourself, what am I beholding?