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The Hungry Soul

ImageWhat satisfies one’s soul?

The answer may shock you. Anything can satisfy your soul. We will always search for satisfaction. Satisfaction can be found in sin. This however is a short-lived and regenerative quench. It will make you hunger more and more. You will become addicted to sin, because it causes your thirst and appetite to increase. Not only does sin attach itself to you and becomes an addiction, but sin starves your soul. Though sin seems to satisfy one’s soul, it is in fact emptying it out, creating a stronger hunger. Therefore, sin does two things. It makes one hungrier and leaving the soul with an addiction, causes the individual to desperately fill his or her hunger in the quickest way, by sinning once more.

I am not speaking about a sexual sin specifically. I am speaking about the idols we hold to in our lives. Sin can be your quick temper. Sin can be your obsessiveness with fitness. Sin can be as simple as following the crowd. Sin is simply going contrary to faith and trust in God.

One may argue that they do not sin. My friend, if you are not being fully satisfied in the love of God, you are in sin. If you are not abiding in the love of God, you are abiding elsewhere. Deadly sin or not, you belong to your Father who art in heaven! Live as a child of God ought to. There is no “ifs, ands or butts,” if you are not in faith, you are in doubt. Sin is simply unbelief in Jesus Christ, whom the Father sent as a sacrifice for our sins. At the end of this age, it will not necessarily be a matter of the weight of your sin, but the weight of your defense. In the eyes of God, there is only One qualified to stand as an Intercessor. He is your defense attorney who has never lost a case! (Carman)

The question however remains to be that the soul is hungry. It must be filled with something. If one isn’t be satisfied by the love of God, they will be seeking and searching an output for their hunger. But real and permanent satisfaction will only occur when we fill the source of the hunger.

The hunger of your soul sources from the innate desire to know and be with God. Do you realize you are a designed creation! Do you realize you were in fact made by God, for God! You were not always a sinner, empty-handed. You were once experiencing the fullness of His glory as He permitted! This divine state that you were created in is the hunger of your soul! You have this innate desire to know God, because you once knew God! Though man was stripped of His righteousness through disobedience, it has been returned to us by way of Jesus Christ!

Knowing God is not merely knowledge about God. Knowing God is experiencing a new birth through the Spirit of God! Thus forth, it is having an ever-increasing, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 3:18). The knowledge of God is satisfaction; it meets the true definition of satisfaction- contentment. There is no other fulfillment that will cause us to be content. No other pleasure will bring us contentment, because every other pleasure, if not ultimately satisfied by the love of God, will arouse more hunger. Sin has a whiplash effect; it causes immediate hunger. Sin starves the soul! If we understood this truth, why would we ever entertain the thought of sin. To the Christian, it is a very contrary lifestyle. Don’t wonder why you feel spiritually stale if you are entertaining sin. Once again, bear in mind, sin is any idol in one’s life. It is simply unbelief; it is trying to fill our hunger with other pleasures. This can be anything, not necessarily evil, as we tend to associate sin with. If you feed the flesh, you will starve the spirit, but if you starve the flesh, you feed the spirit!

At the well in Sycher, Jesus met a Samaritan woman (John 4). He asked her if she wanted to drink from a well that never runs dry (my paraphrase). He offered her a water that would make her content. “Whoever drinks the water that I give, will never thirst again” (John 4:13). She replied with great wonder, “Sir, give me this water, so that I won’t get thirsty (John 4:15). Jesus assuredly told her, “I am He, the living water!” (John 4:26). Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior is where you will find the end of your hungry soul.

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A Word in Every Season

ImageUnderstanding the season you are in reveals the word God has placed in your heart. Every child of God carries a particular word in any given season. A word can be a revelation, an affirmation, a promise, a scripture, etc. This word first grows in your heart, changing you, but then it is for the edifying of the saints.

To illustrate this, we all know certain individuals that at one point or another repeated the same revelation or word, over and over. I used to find this very irritating, but the Lord said to me, “I have given that individual a word that has to be released; how he or she releases it is through their own personality.” In that instance, I understood one of the ways God fulfills His purposes on earth. He places a word in every individual for every season’s purpose.

You have a word that needs to be released and shared with others today. You may be releasing it, not aware. You may be conducting yourself in a way that is speaking to someone, yet you are unconscious of. The take-away here is that every child of God has a plan and a purpose that is connected to the body of Christ for edification. If we don’t walk in our callings, we are missing out on blessing others as well as ourselves.

The Kingdom of God surely advances, but as mentioned earlier, your part in it depends on your cooperation. We are here for each other; God uses us for one another’s benefit. Be aware of your influence, because wherever you go, you are influencing others. Don’t be concerned with how God will bring His will to pass, because He always does. He has even spoken through unbelievers to carry out His will. There are mentions in scripture when the Holy Spirit spoke through various unbelievers and even a donkey.  He is greater than we can ever imagine; His ways are perfect. Nevertheless, let us live as open vessels for the cause of Christ, releasing the word He has given us in every season. Do not concern yourself with the word you need to share, but simply love Jesus, and follow your heart. When you love Jesus with all your heart, your life will fall seamlessly into God’s perfect will.

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The Standard Christian Epidemic

01In my new book, “The Standard Christian Epidemic,” I expose the hypocritical Christian way of life that is so widespread today. The basis of the book is the Word of God itself. Behind every experience and revelation, I point to what the Word of God says. The book challenges every Christian to go back and re-evaluate their lives in light of His Word and the Holy Spirit. The Standard Christian Epidemic is simply a concept that states Christians will not have successful Christian lives if they live their lives basing their experiences and expectations on what other Christians have experienced. My call to Christians is to look upon Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith. He alone is deemed worthy and qualified to represent Christianity. In all our ways, we need to acknowledge and believe upon Him, because He can do exceedingly more than you can ever think or ask (Ephesians 3:20)

A look inside the book: 

Chapter 5 The Standard Christian Epidemic 

            The error lies in this: we claim Jesus as God, but we accept other Christians’ experiences as “the way it is.” Who has deceived you into such thinking? There is no greater crime against Christianity than to label it by any other name than the name of Jesus Christ. He said, I am the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). The Standard Christian Epidemic is Christians relating to one another through their victories and defeats. For example, you can look at me today, teaching the Word of God, and be affirmed in the truth of the Gospel but if the following year, my life goes downhill, and you are discouraged in your own faith, then you are misled. You cannot build your altar on anyone else but Jesus. He is your sacrifice and He is the one found worthy to be your ransom. It is His life that was qualified to die for you, not mine or anyone else’s. Jesus never expected us to walk the Christian life relying on other Christians. Jesus Christ is Christianity. There is nothing in the Word of God written about trusting other Christians and their experiences. Nowhere does God tell us to get through life by holding onto one another. The answer is simple; Jesus is the only one who conquered the world and lives today making intercession on our behalf (Romans 8:34). If you don’t make Jesus the focal point of your life, your Christianity will suffer. There is no Christianity without Christ. He has to stay the main point. It is only when you begin to look to the right and left that you begin to stumble in your walk with God but if you keep your eyes steadfast upon Him, you will walk on water. 

               If not for Jesus Christ, I would have left Christianity a long time ago. There are many Christians that live hypocritical lives and the world mocks Christianity because of it. But to the world I say, let every man fall, but the One who I believe in represents His own name. His name is Jesus Christ. He alone represents Christianity; He shares His glory with no man (Isaiah 42:8). He is the one who saves, preserves and delivers. If someone has wronged you, don’t mistake that for Jesus. Your father, mother, brother, sister or anyone else for that matter does not represent Jesus Christ. Jesus represents Himself; no one else can be Jesus in your life, but Jesus Himself. Therefore don’t allow Satan to deceive you into religion. He will trick you into believing evil acts are of God. He has convinced many that it is God who brings evil to our world. Satan indeed is the father of all lies (John 8:44). Religion says God punishes us by sending natural disasters or other woes. Religion teaches that God makes us sick to teach us a lesson. Can a kingdom divided against itself stand? Would God use Satan’s devices and the very thing that He hates, sin, to discipline the children He loves? Does your natural father call his enemies to discipline you when you step out of line? Your natural parents would never do such a thing. They would discipline you themselves, because it is their right, responsibility and love that will change you. It is so with God; He changes us through His Word. He teaches and matures us through His Word. If we place God somewhere in the middle of using evil, we are denying both truths that Satan is evil and God is good. Our God is an absolute God. His Word makes many such absolute statements. His Word declares He is a good and loving Father. Study the many names of God to get a better picture of who He really is. If God truly did use evil to teach us then Jesus would have made everyone ill rather than heal all who came to Him.

Great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. Matthew 12:15

            Apart from healing, there are natural disasters that people claim are acts of God. Yet natural disasters weren’t even brought up in the Bible. The storm at sea that Jesus rebuked was not necessarily God trying to kill people at sea rather it was the natural cycle of the earth. If we assume storms, droughts, hurricanes, etc. are of God, then we are saying that Jesus was trying to kill Himself at sea. One can claim that maybe God caused the storm, so that Jesus could bring glory to Himself by exercising His authority over it, but even this doesn’t really illustrate like that in the story. Jesus was sound asleep and didn’t wake up until the disciples woke Him up. This was one of those things that just came up and when it did, Jesus did exercise His authority. Instead of thanking God for the storm, He turned to His disciples and rebuked their lack of faith. Jesus made no mention of this being a part of God’s plan. I am making no claim that it was or wasn’t, but I am observing how Jesus looked at it. To Him, it appeared to be a normal every-day thing that He didn’t even flinch at. This can lead us to make the assumption that Jesus understood storms came and went and had no agenda from God to kill people rather when sin entered the world, the earth itself was cursed, no longer being the earth God created it to be. Sin became a natural cycle of the earth. Sin brought corruption and death everywhere. Before Adam’s sin, creation was lively and vibrant but when sin came into the world it tainted everything. The point I am making is that it is not God who brings chaos to the world. God’s Kingdom brings order. He commanded us to bring His kingdom to earth. It is our job to represent God as Jesus represented God by healing the sick, delivering the captive, and preaching the Kingdom… Continued in book

Chapter 6 Seasons

            In every season of our life, God is at work. Every season has a purpose before God. You will be greatly blessed if you recognize and accept this reality. It will put your life into perspective; you will begin to realize how to live in every season. The Bible speaks often about it. 

To everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven… He has made everything beautiful in its time. Eccl. 3:1; 11

             What I have seen in my life are the many seasons people pass by without discerning and living that season’s purpose. Many people do not choose to accept the responsibility and calling that God has placed on their lives. They believe if they ignore the calling, then they waive any personal responsibility placed on them but the truth is that if you ignore your calling, you make a conscious decision to do so while others make a conscious decision to accept their calling. Those that understand what God is doing are those that will flourish in every season. They will live content, eager, and expectant of God. It is not a matter of waiting for a season, for God has said in His Word that He daily adds to us. 

Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Psalm 68:19

                Each and every day is a day in your season that can be lived out in perfection and favor. We have heard it said, “God is more interested in the destination.” That being true does not take away from the fact He is just as much interested in the details of our lives. Every day has meaning and purpose. It is to your benefit to live each day’s agenda as God desires. He makes all things good in their time. Don’t buy into the fact that your good thing is coming, so in the meantime you simply wait for it to come. He has an ever-increasing abundance for your life. This is in regards to spiritual and physical blessings. There is specific timing for certain gifts from God, but He is not at all interested in your complacency for those gifts. He wants you to grow in the knowledge of Him and all the while reaping His benefits. If He has made a promise to your life, don’t make it the focal point of your life. Don’t let it tie you down from everything else God wants to bless you with. When you do obsess over gifts, you are serving not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but the god of self. I personally believe God will withhold further or certain blessings if you don’t steward properly the ones He already gave you. If He blesses you with a dream job and it takes over your life, what good has come of it? God was trying to satisfy you and give you your heart’s desire, but you turned it for evil. Not only will this hinder God’s work any further in your life, but you will be dissatisfied with what you already have. We will be set free when we realize God makes everything perfect in its time. We will enjoy what we currently have, knowing He makes each day new…  Continued in book 

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