Archive for April, 2014

Regrets? I have….

Encouragement | Posted by Eddy Damas
Apr 28 2014

I have had quite a few regrets in my life, but I’ve learned that rather than live with those regrets in the present I can turn those into learning experiences from the past.

But many people aren’t as lucky (or smart). They carry their regrets like a backpack full of nothing but rocks. Unfortunately carrying such a backpack can lead to some misfortuned misadventures.

Relationships gone bad can be some huge boulders to carry. What’s so funny is that we keep carrying these boulders. If you’ve never tried to carry a boulder with your bare hands, let me assure you, they are very uncomfortable, and can be quite slippery without the need for extra oil.

Our relationship with God can be a boulder if we allow it to. Let’s face it: God can (and will) put us in some extreme situations. But here’s where God is really great: He won’t add any extra oil! (Yeah, right now you’re thinking “Awesome!”) What God will do is adjust the size of the boulder to be a bigger challenge! (Uh Oh!)

But God won’t do this right away. First He will allow your body to strengthen itself…to get used to thesize of the boulde and to hauling it around. THEN when He sees you are doing better THEN he will either increase the size of the boulder, or allow you to put the boulder down to pick up yet a bigger one. (Gee thanks Lord! You’re really helping me out there!)

Friends…this is the life of a Christian. It’s NEVER easy, and if it is, then SOMETHING is wrong! Sure, it may seen easy at first, but if you’re relationship with God hasn’t gotten to the point where you’re thinking of giving up, then something is not right.

Now you may be thinking: “What has all this to do with regrets?”

Well I’ll tell you: I’ve had many regrets in my life: I’ve let many people (family and friends) down. I’ve been turned down. I’ve also failed many times to live up to my full potential. And I can’t even mention the many times that I’ve kept my mouth shut when God has lead me to open it.

But I can’t change what’s in the past. There are people that I will never see again, and opportunities that have slipped by. Even if I could climb into Marty McFly’s Flux Capacitor power Delorean, there is nothing I’d really want to change about my past, because my past has made me into the man I am today. (Besides, I have tried unsuccessfully to get into a Delorean, and believe me…it was very unsuccessful! 🙂 )

I may not be any wiser, because I am still capable of making mistakes. But I won’t let even a HUGE mistake ruin my day…or my life.

How about you? Are you willing to learn from your mistakes and have you? Or are you still dragging your past into the present (or future)? What’s holding you back from moving forward?

It’s Never Too Late To Believe!

Encouragement | Posted by Eddy Damas
Apr 19 2014

JESUS-carrying-crossWhat exactly happened on the Day of Pentecost? Men and women believed, hearts were turned, and they repented. They were not only baptized,but when they came out of the water they were born again, sin-free, and with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The true Christian life isn’t one where you simply choose to “believe.” If that were the true nature of it all I believe we would all have our own “Personal Jesus”, one whom we could get along with all the time, every time.

The truth is that Jesus is very approachable. He will become not only your Savior, but also your best friend. He’ll be in there with you when you’re cruizing, and He’ll be there when you are climbing.

The question I always ask myself is: “Will I be with Him, when He needs me?”

Sorry to say, but that hasn’t always been the case. And I am not the only one who has experienced this: The apostles: the 12 He called friends, stuck by Him when he called out to them, but when He was in the thick of it, they were either sleeping, or else they totally abandoned Him.

Only five people, including only one of His disciples, stood by the Cross. Where were the others? We know that Peter, guilty over what went on a couple of hours earlier, was totally lost somewhere, deep in grief over denying the relationship with his best friend.

Athough the church was divided over the death of Jesus, somehow, for some reason, they stuck together. They didn’t know what was going to happen next. For them, the death of the Savior was a finality…leaving them in limbo.

They just didn’t understand that this was only just the beginning.

When Jesus suddenly appeared to them in the room, and said “Peace unto you.” The air was alive with electricity. There was their Savior, their best friend, whom they saw horribly beaten, disfigured, nailed, and hung on the cross. Here was Jesus once again, with only the holes in his hands, and the hole in His side.

All but one knew it was Him, but even the one’s faith was swept aside by total belief!

We all know that we haven’t always been faithful to Him. Sometimes we have been hard at believing. But that doesn’t stop Him from believing in us. That’s why He is still with us every single hour of every single day and night. Jesus doesn’t need a day off..the three days He took off were enough for Him. Ever since then He has been active in the lives of people, whether they believe in Him or not.

As believers, we need to wake up every single day and realize that Jesus is there, a part of our lives (Aren’t We are the Bride of Christ after all?) And we also need to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible on a daily basis, because although many seem to say and think that they do have encouragement, our own encouragement added to their own is what turns a Christian from a cold stone to a hot coal of fire! So let’s get on fire for Jesus!

Blessings Brothers and Sisters. And have a Happy Easter and/or Resurrection Day!


Trials, Suffering, and Encouragement

Encouragement, judging | Posted by Eddy Damas
Apr 09 2014

JESUS-carrying-crossAs my audience probably knows, the past couple of years haven’t been the most kind to my family. My mother got diagnosed with cancer about 3 1/2 years, and since then has fallen and had both hips replaced (actually not replaced, just screwed back together again. She recovered quite well after the first hip, but this is quite not the case this time around. Of course, cancer weakens the immune system so the recovery process is now slowed further. Up until this recent fall, she was still going through her treatment schedule, but has since been upgraded to a status that she is too weak to undergo any further chemo/radiation treatment.

She is going through so much pain right now with her healing hip, that she has said “It is better to die” to live like this. I couldn’t agree with her more, as I’ve had the same thoughts when I was battling extreme gout attacks in my foot. The only solution I found that worked for me was to take my pain meds which made me a bit high and sleepy. Thank God that the majority of my attack was on my right foot, which is my lead foot. So I was smart enough not to drive. 🙂

But I share her pain in so many other ways: our sleepful nights have been turned over to unrestful nights. It got so bad that for a while each of us were getting perhaps less than ten minutes of sleep an hour due to her developing an unirary tract infection during her on-going recovery. So I would have to be constantly alert, less she attempted to make it to the bathroom alone and get another severe accident, one where the results would be dire.

She’s in a bit of depression of course, with the pain in her hip due to the recovery phase she is losing hope of ever being well again. Lately within the past week I’ve noticed a lot of improvements in her healing, thank you Lord.. though she doesn’t think so herself.

While I am doing everything to encourage her. I also am in the process of learning so much in my Christian walk. My sister in Christ asked me recently if I ever thought that God was punishing me. I responded “No!” Truthfully I feel the worse is yet to come. I see this time as a time of testing and trials.

However, after I said that, I realized that I had, in fact going through some trials myself that could be considered as a form of punishment if I choose to look at it from that perspective. About three months ago or longer, I apparently jerked in my sleep, causing a knot to develop in my lower back. That knot has recently become worse to the point that I am in pain whether I lie down, get up, sit, or even walk.

So now both of us are in extreme pain.

But it serves it’s purpose. I now am beginning to understand Mom’s pain. I can’t say for sure whether the reverse is true, because all I’m dealing with is back pain while she is dealing with cancer, and hip pain, and depression. I am also understanding humility, and depravation of freedom.

I can also only imagine the Lord’s suffering during his walk towards the cross. To be whipped, gouged, torn…and then still having to bear his cross. My suffering/our suffering is nothing compared to His. But He also took on far worse than we ever could.

May I ask that you pray for my family? I am not asking for myself, because this is a trial I must go through as a Christian. But I do for my mother’s healing, strength and faith, and also for my brother who needs to totally surrender his life to Christ.

Be blessed Brothers and Sisters! And remember we all may appear strong on the outside, but we need encouragement on the inside.

1 Thessalonians 5:11-13 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.

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