A Voice in the Wilderness

Our War Crimes -talking about spiritual warfare-
April 3, 2007, 3:47 am
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Ephesians 6:10-13 –  10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

It is but a fact that there is a battle for our hearts passion. The other taking offense with the world’s cares and the other offering that wonderful eternity that lies ahead of us. The other one has easily seduced our hearts, and our passion that it is so evident, it abounds in our society right now.

Just recently, the media review board here in our country has allowed mature contents to be shown in cable television in late nights, they’re getting closer and closer as they threaten to pollute not just our children’s minds, but to our parents, brothers, and sisters as well. We all know that the enemy doesnt choose who to bite, he bites everyone, and when I say everyone, I mean not everyone is safe against his offense.

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Gossiping Tsk Tsk…
September 14, 2006, 3:11 am
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Praying for Tom Cruise
Stephen Baldwin says he is praying for Tom Cruise’s soul.

“On the Hollywood list of people I pray for often, Tom Cruise is probably No. 1,” the youngest of the Baldwin brothers told Radar Online. “I’d love to break bread with him and pray with him, and I’d love for the Holy Spirit of God to reveal the truth to him.”

Baldwin also says that Cruise is a “very different guy” from the person he was when they worked together on “Born on the Fourth of July.”

“That regular Joe quality seems to have been lost,” Says Baldwin. “When you buy enough of your own hype, then it’s not who you are anymore.”

The born-again Baldwin has written a book about spirituality, “The Unusual Suspect: My Calling to the New Hardcore Movement of Faith,” but when asked by Radar Online to name the Ten Commandments after much fumbling came up with only six. He was totally stumped when asked to name the seven deadly sins.

I Found this news clip over at msnbc.msn.com/id/14626179 while reading Lindsay Lohan is secretly married. Hah laugh at me now, but i think that lead me to this news clip about Stephen Baldwin and Tom Cruise.

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June 1, 2006, 7:40 am
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Have you ever thought about giving up on something? Of course, almost every single one of us encountered this thorn in our path, belittling ourselves. What could we have done wrong? What could we have done for us to fail? Was it all done by our own works, ways and understanding? Have we forgotten about the One who did Genesis 1? Have we looked upon a small God, so small that we just look upon him as a dust in our own world? So small that even our visions and goals are so short sighted? Our God is so small that we cannot see ourselves spreading the Gospel throughout the world? [Acts 1:8] Have we encapsulated God within a box of our abilities?

For how long have we waited for God to act upon our own likes and requests for us to move for his likes and requests? Have you heard yourself praying, “God… Give me a good job where I can prosper, a huge house where I can live, and a nice car, and I will quit smoking and do whatever you want to do with me, use me Father… but give these first.” Could it be that is why we can’t feel his favor shine upon us among our days, is because we made God into an ATM Machine? Have we gone too far with all the instant microwavable stuff? And to finish it all, we have the nerve to get mad at God when we don’t feel our prayers work. And then we give up faith because it’s not working.

Who could’ve sucked out the feeling that the bliss of just staying within God’s presence surpasses all things that could bring pleasure to men? Could we have sought the hand of God so much?

David, the man who is after God’s heart, has pretty much everything a man can ever ask for. A success story from Jesse’s youngest child, who thought that he is destined to tend to his sheep, started a huge fan base when he defeated Goliath with a pebble. Never went above his head and followed Saul even though he knew that the king has a plot to kill him. Bottom line is David had everything! Could have anything! But still he is just after one thing. ONE THING!!!!! [Psalms 27:4] One thing I desire is to seek his face!

It’s just funny how I based my faith and belief on God with material things. How I used him as my last resort in every circumstance. Sure I was a Christian since I was like 8 years old. And I’ve prayed those prayers to ask God’s participation on what I want with my life just brought me down to the ground. Nothing more than just a man who is aware of his presence but didn’t care less of what He is. I’m telling you this, that that kind of God is boring… The God inside man’s own box is a boring God. That is one of the reasons why we seek love, acceptance and entertainment on other things, not in His presence.

Something, a material, made to do what you want for your own good is something boring, without feelings, and not fun to play with. Why? Because in truth, MAN DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE WANTS, but God does. What makes God even boring to man’s perspective is that when the God inside their box didn’t do what they want, they end up murmuring and having tantrums, or worse, deny his existence. Men usually put God into this timeframe of 1 or 2 hours on a weekly basis. What ever happened to daily meetings and hourly phone calls? How could we possibly get to know him better if we just look unto him within this timeframe?

This is what a bored Christian sounds like.
“I tried your prayer thing, but it didn’t work, My wallet is still empty, that’s why I cant go out with you guys tonight.”

And this is a Christian who has sought his face.
“Oh Bro! I tried your prayer thing and UHHHH!!!! That’s why I cant go out and watch a movie with you guys”

Just imagine a whole bunch of kids saying that. No imagine a whole generation who is like that! Imagine a generation that is so in love with Christ that they skip big movies just to lock in their rooms for 3 days just praying and worshiping God. Imagine a younger generation who looks up to their crazy praying and fasting parents. It is a possibility that with God we can culture a generation that is crazy, hungry, weak and broken people who depend on God above everything else, (rich young man text) above anything else.

What am I trying to say? Get to know God on who He really is! Get to know what He feels for you. (John 17:24). Get to know the depths of his heart! Go on and chase the first and greatest commandment. That is why it is the first and greatest commandment in the first place. Make it your priority above everything else; make the “One thing” lifestyle a priority.

What is it that we really want?

There has always been a stage in our lives that we just feel tired of our usual lifestyle and we step into a stage on what we call “Soul Searching”. What is it that we seek? In what I have seen in people, they have tried all that is to be tried. They did drugs, 24/7 television, video games, drinking, smoking, sex, perversion, pornography, and all those vices that would just give moments of pleasure to our flesh. They have everything but they’re not happy. There is something they seek that they themselves don’t know what it is. For one reason, they don’t know who God is and what God is capable of doing to a man’s soul. But that question always passes by their minds. All of us seeks satisfaction, all of seeks stuff that could just give moments of pleasure.

Psalms 37:4 “Delight yourselves in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” It’s almost automatic; just have fun with him then bam! What you desire I will give. And just think about the euphoria you’ll get when all you desire is Him, and he’ll be with you since you delight in him. WOAH!!!! Im melting on my seat at the moment…

Setting up a Date with God (Encountering Jesus)

In the world we live in right now, all material just gives us ease and the capability to breeze through life, all the comfort that we can get just to last a measly minute and entertain ourselves instead of leaning upon the chest of our God to hear his heartbeat calling out your name.

Like us when we desperately call upon God, when our heart just screams out Psalms 27:4, Jesus too is found to be desperately looking for us in John 17:24. If you read those two verses side to side you can just hear your heart and His heart yearning for each other. Jesus has a burning passion and a ravishing heart just for us.

So how do we setup a date between the two hearts that yearns to be together, a marriage between the Bride and the Bridegroom?

First let’s distinguish what we really like.

In my personal experience, my life rotated around things that just lasted for measly moments. Computer games that just leaves you hanging and craving for its second part, a movie or series that just cant seem to run out of story lines that ends up having 10 seasons or more than a trilogy. That stuff fascinated and entertained me and of course caught my heart dumbstruck. My heart was captivated with those cheap thrills that leave me blind of what its doing to me. I stayed on my comfort zone for so long that I can’t see myself leaving that area to explore more stuff. I was trapped in this invention inside a box, the television set. It took probably half of my lifetime, and worse, my supposed to be relationship with God right now. I completely forgot who God was during those days of material… Madonna couldn’t have said it any better… “We are living in this ma-ma-material world, and I’m a ma-ma-material (being).” Not until I realized that we should be a water walker to encounter the best exhilarating experience better than any roller coaster ride that I’ve been on (by the way, I don’t ride anything that has loops).

[verse] [not exact words] Peter asked the Lord “If that is truly you, Master, then call me out of this boat and let me come to you”. And Jesus called out Peter and said “Come.” And Peter did, he walked on water, but when he looked down, and saw the winds and the waves he started to sink. Peter called out to Jesus and said, “Help me for I am drowning.” Jesus immediately held out his hand to catch Peter and asked him “Why do you doubt?”

The boat resembles our comfort zone where we stay when we are traveling on waters. We know that the boat floats, so why not stay there. We know that we’re going to be happy right after we watch X-Men 3, so why bother look outside the box? It’s because we don’t know who is there telling us to “Come” to him. We don’t know what he is capable of. We cannot encounter Christ unless we step out of that boat. We won’t know what our heart truly desires unless we walk out of our comfort zone. We strip ourselves with our usual life and just get out of our way to meet him. And trust me on this, when you do? You will definitely meet him out of that boat we have stayed for so long.
It is true, Jesus said that “In order for us to follow him, we must pick up our cross, and deny ourselves daily.” He also told the rich young man to sell all his belongings and give it to the poor and follow him. And when he asked Matthew (the tax collector) follow me, Matthew stood up and left everything he was doing and followed him. We must leave all those stuff that bothers our desires so that we can truly delight in Him! No man can have two masters right? And as we see him calling us out, and as we continue to look towards Him as He opens His arms to accept us is a sight to be seen. He is telling us that we are going to walk on wavy and deep waters during our walk towards Him, but He is telling us also that we will accomplish all of these as we continue to look towards Him and not to the waters. When there are trials we should continue to walk towards him, and even if we fall… guess whose hand is there in an instant, even before we finish the sentence “HELP!” his hands are there waiting for us to grab it. A date, and a dance with God.

From Dating to Marriage

From the boat to walking on water, from comforts to unknown depths, this is where it begins. A man’s walk in faith begins when you step out of that boat with expectations of meeting him on the water. What we are so accustomed of is we are afraid of the unknown; we are scared of what tomorrow will bring. We, as people are trained by the world to be paranoid. Y2K scare? We easily panic, why because we are scared of what will happen tomorrow, we are not prepared to see the unseen, we are not prepared to see the sky split up and see the radiant rider on a white horse as depicted in the book of revelation. We are afraid because we haven’t really gotten into an intimate relationship with the one who is to come. But beloved, to tell you the truth we shouldn’t be scared because the Man who is to come is to come for marriage, the bridegroom will come to meet his bride. And as the bride of Christ we are giving up all of ourselves to marry him. And when the gospel of the Kingdom is spread amongst the nations, then the end will come. And the kingdom will be likened to a wedding as is depicted in the gospel of Matthew. We are called to a radical lifestyle of preparation for his coming, as a bride that is so excited for her wedding day to be one with her Bridegroom. That is what we should be seeing as of now. We as Christians should be crying out COME LORD JESUS COME!!! As we prepare his way like John the Baptist did during his time. We should be the voices outside the city, voices in the wilderness, voices of gladness and joy as we walk on water and outside the boat. Radical, crazy people who are in love and busy gazing in the face of our Master. Break the walls of religiosity that binds us and shrinking our God to fit this box. We should be going in full pursuit towards him not looking at deeds and stuff that would gain approval of him. Mind the ministry later, take care of your own intimacy first. Love him first and then love working for Him later. It’s a basic formula of successful ministry, a ministry of substance and not boring. No bride is bored setting up her marriage with her bridegroom. And in intimacy with Christ, no Christian, or a bride of His is bored doing preparations for his coming.

And until that day that every eye will see, and every tongue will confess that He is God, let us keep seeking his face, and fall more for Christ.