Archive for October, 2013

STOP Talking!

Discouragement, Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Oct 29 2013

Stop_TalkingHave you ever been driving down the road and all of a sudden you hear the word “STOP!”?

I learned a hard lesson this week: sometimes the best way to evangelize is not to evangelize at all. I know that as Christians we sometimes have such a zeal for the Lord, and that’s not always a bad thing. Zeal keeps us going with the things of the Lord. Zeal is often contagious, especially when you are out witnessing alongside other believers.

But what happens when you have zeal and you meet a wall, or roadblock? I always like to think that you have the option of either going around it, or go back in the other direction. Of course, going in the other direction is something that a Christian would naturally not do. There’s the tendency to think that we always have to march forward, and never retreat. But that roadblock is there for a reason. Maybe it’s a dead end street, or maybe the road is so torn up that there’s an immediate concern that damage to your vehicle, and to an extent, your personal self, can and will occur.

Zeal will often lead you to think “Well there’s an alternate route I can take, and I can come back this way again when the area is passable.” So you take the alternate for a while, then you come back to the main route, only to find that it’s still a mess.

As evangelists, we have to acknowledge that the Word of God we speak will sometimes fall on unpassable minds, blocked ears, and stone hearts. And it’s at that moment that we have to decide whether to go in a new direction, or stop talking. It’s sad to say, but that person we crave so much for the Lord to touch, will not be touched at all. That person has become a tragic casualty.

It’s not our fault. We have done all we can through our hearts, and through the Holy Spirit. However, even though it is gentle, the Holy Spirit will not land, will not enter, and will not interfere where it is not wanted or needed. If there is a war going on inside of a person, the Holy Spirit will not beg to enter because it cannot have a relationship with a evil heart.

I’ve had plenty of opportunities and heartaches in both witnessing and preaching the Truth, and I think many of us have. But there’s a point where you have to get your humbleness together and realize that not a whole lot of people are going to accept your truth, which happens to be The Truth, because they are simply not ready for it, or outright deny it. When they outright deny it, that’s the point where you HAVE to STOP! There’s no way to get through to the people, and unfortunately the cost of repairs simply aren’t worth it.

Simply walk away, you don’t have to say anything further.

Have you ever given up on a person when they won’t hear, or accept the Truth? Why or why not?

 

A Thought on Halloween.

Holidays, judging | Posted by Inpulse1
Oct 26 2013

Ok, with this holiday fast coming up in a couple of days I thought I would write some thoughts about it. Now I just want everyone to know I welcome all input and thoughts on this.

I know that for the most part, Christians are divided on this holiday as well as Christmas. So many are against Halloween because they have read in the Bible were we are instructed to “avoid all appearances of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22). My thoughts on this are quite simple: if Christians want to avoid all appearances of evil, then please go out and stay in the desert for 40 years. Furthermore, stay out of the bars, stay out of the concerts, nightclubs, internet, social media, bookstores, coffee shops, hotels, motels…I believe you get the point. At some point or another, we will have to interact with “appearances of evil” whether we like it or not.

But truly, if we were to shun the Halloween festivities, then we should also shun giving money and food to the poor. (On the same line, if we were to shun the Christmas festivities, then we shouldn’t ever give food to the poor, nor cloth the poor, etc.).

As far as I know, neither children nor adults who take part in Halloween is actually initiating evil, calling forth evil spirits, nor acting evil.

Now for a slight confession: my past before Christianity (and even a bit during my early Christian days) has allowed me to visit Halloween Costume Parties at various nightclubs, and I have witnessed some daring, if not suggestive costumes. I don’t know if witnessing such is a sin, but I never “interacted” with them, in fact, I avoided those wearing the costumes…yeah, yeah, excuses don’t work….I get it. 🙂

Many Christians “point the finger” at others because they have read, heard, or researched where the Druids  and Celtics celebrated Halloween by making sacrifices to their own Gods. My argument is this: no one seems to have any idea just what those sacrifices are.

So many have done their own research, and found that “witches” tend to have their own rituals on this day and night. What many don’t realize is that neither children, nor adults, who either give out candy, or dress up in a costume, or even act like Frankenstein, Dracula, Luke Skywalker, a Hobo, Superman, or Batman, etc, represent or worship evil, and the chances are, that they will most likely go home to a meal consisting of red meat, french fries, and an orange soda. Of course, a Frosty is delicious as well.

If a Christian wishes to condemn the day that has been known as Halloween, and the children of the Lord whom dress up in some funny, and sometimes neat costumes, then they should also condemn the other 364 days of the year, where the appearance of evil abounds much, much more than on a single day and where evil is also not as easily identifiable.

Again, there is nothing evil with putting on a costume, facepaint, and giving out candy to children. But there is something dreadfully wrong when we judge by mere appearances.

I should add, if I have not made it clear, that the worship of Jesus Christ involves a deep, intimate relationship with the Lord, and that many who accuse Christians of worshipping something other than God are judging harshly, especially when the same Christian who is doing the judging is not on an intimate relationship with those whom they judge. If this is the case, then they are guilty of judging with their eyes on what they see, something that the Lord is highly against.

What are your thoughts?

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The Haircut and The Truth!

Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Oct 24 2013

A young man had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss his use of the car.
His father said to him, “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your bible a little, and get your hair cut, then we will talk about it.”

A month later the young man came back and again asked his father if they could discuss his use of the car.
His father said, “Son, I’m real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your bible diligently, but you didn’t get a hair cut!”

The young man waited a moment and replied, “You know dad, I’ve been thinking about that. You know Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair.”

His father replied, “Yes son, and they walked everywhere they went!”

The Lord’s Place Or Our Own?

Encouragement | Posted by Inpulse1
Oct 21 2013
The Dream Mansion in London

http://myfancyhouse.com/2012/11/16/the-dream-mansion-in-london-by-harrison-varma/

When we invited the Lord into our hearts and lives, did we not understand that He would come in and  clean house so that He could move in? Did we not expect His expert service (love) for us to dust, clean, and vacuum every crevice and throw out everything that He did not need, nor have any use for? Even the things that we have kept in the dark corners He has no use for: anger, self-righteousness, bickering, and a whole lot of other things. Yes, these things were once precious to us, but it’s time to let them go. The stains on the walls and floor have to be washed and clean.

Yes, the Lord does accept us for who we are, but that doesn’t mean He is not intent on changing us. We don’t call Him the Potter for no reason at all. The Lord is the Master of our house (hearts, soul, etc), and it’s totally up to Him as to what he wants to do with His Temple. His floor plans are absolutely gorgeous! His windows are huge and polished. But in God’s house there is no need for closets, nor storage space, nor even interior doors.

Many Christians, and then some, hang on to these things, as if they are somehow useful on a later date. But how many of us hold on to old newspapers, or old receipts? Don’t old newspapers present a fire hazard? Don’t old receipts end up being just a small piece of blank paper?

The only thing that the Lord expects us to hang on to is His Word, His promise, His love, and the love we have for each other. Otherwise, He will provide us with what we need when the time comes.

What are you holding on today that the Lord wants to get rid of?

Checkout Cindy Holman’s blog post where she asks the question: How’s Your Nose?

Brand New Start

Uncategorized | Posted by Inpulse1
Oct 20 2013

To those who have been here before I apologize for the lack of content and the new look. At some point the wordpress blog portion of my site crashed and unfortunately took all my blog posts, comments, and everything else along with it. It also took my favorite wordpress theme with it. However, all is not lost, and I am still around.

At some point in their lives, every person has to start from scratch, and I guess as far as my writing goes, this is my point. Hopefully it will somehow be better this time around.

So please bear with me. I have a lot to say. And for those of you whom I am following, I will keep on following you. 🙂

God bless!

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