Archive for May, 2015

Running Behind

Christian Living, Encouragement | Posted by Eddy Damas
May 26 2015

running-behind-the-leaderI’ve been running behind on posting. A lot.

I’ve been feeling like I’ve lost my sense of direction. Things of course, have been getting harder with the passing of time. The freedom I was hanging on to has been seeming smashed. Hope has mysteriously disappeared. The future… the future is still shrouded in a very dense, black cloud.

You would think that as a Christian who’s been walking the same road for over 35 years or more, that I would learn from a few lessons along the way. And I have. But some lessons apparently bear repeating. Then along with the same lessons, there are new lessons to learn also.

The lessons are harsh sometimes, and they can take a lot oout of you both physically and emotionally. I’m not refering to the battle of faith that many Christians are going through right now with the freedom of speech, but of overall life: keeping your cool in extreme situations where you feel like you want to give up. Let me tell you a secret to giving up: there is no such thing. You will always stand by your convictions. You won’t back down, but most likely you will resign yourself that whatever it is that you’re fighting against is a losing battle. So you simply walk away, knowing that those circumstances aren’t going to change. Paul refered to it as being content in every situation: whether you’re in the good or bad.

It’s come down to focusing my thoughts, my actions, and a whole lot more, on trusting God. If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that trust can be fleeting. The bible tells us to trust no man. But God? God is not a man who should/would lie. Man always tries to straighten the path that God makes crooked (but not nessarily wide). It’s in our nature to make life easier for ourselves.

Of course, God isn’t going to lie to you. But that still doesn’t mean that God has it in easy for you. Yeah, you can get to heaven from here. You can enter into the Holy of Holies. But somewhere along the deepening bond building up between you and God there is hardship. And I am not going to lie. The greatest hardship you/we/me is ever going to have is trusting people.

You see, we have no choice but to trust God. God isn’t going to fail us. God isn’t going to die, turn His back on us, or do any of the thousands of things that people do.

One of the most beautiful phrases, among many in the Bible is “God is with us” It’s found in Psalm 46:

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Continue to run after God my friends…to trust in Him knowing that He will guide you all the way!

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10,000 Reasons to Believe

Christian Living, Encouragement, Uncategorized | Posted by Eddy Damas
May 06 2015
i believe

i believe

 

 

Pastor Joe McKeever writes:

“Looking for a reason to have faith in God, His creation, and His plan for redemption? Take your pick, there are only about ten-thousand or so…

“If you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5:46-47).

I believe in God because I believe in butterflies.

I believe in God because I’ve seen a baby and held one and watched it grow into adulthood. And I have seen him hold babies of his own in his arms.

I believe in God because I watched the sunrise this morning.

I believe in God because of a lack of turbulence. As the earth spins around its axis, as the earth speeds around its orbit, as our solar system zooms through the galaxy, and as the galaxy tears across the heavens at enormous speeds, you and I don’t feel a thing. We can lay a ball on the ground today and it’s still there tomorrow morning, unmoved. I find that truly amazing.

I believe in God because of Jesus.

I believe in God because of the character of Jesus.

I believe in God because of the Bible. There is nothing like it. This book knows me, understands me, speaks to me, and speaks to every fresh situation in my life. It’s the most fascinating book in the world and has the testimony of history as to its truthfulness and the testimony of millions as to its Truth.

I believe in God because of the church. How it survived all these centuries with its human leadership flawed–oh man, is it ever flawed!–and still survives today and when it gets the gospel right is the best thing on the planet.

I believe in God because of my Grandma Bessie McKeever. Widowed when she had 11 children and one in the oven, she served God faithfully for another half century and was radiant in her testimony for the Savior.

I believe in God because everything in my heart and soul cries out that He is real, Jesus is alive, and I am His.

I believe because not to believe means voting for despair and meaningless, and I reject that.

I believe in God because of the humans who populate this planet. So far the silence from the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence has come up empty because–I figure–earth is unique and the only planet gifted with such creations of a loving God. The atheist figures that he is an accident. I reject that.

I believe God is a God of love because of the diversity in humanity, in flora and fauna. No two humans are alike. How in the world could He pull that off!!

I believe in God because of science. More and more, we learn how complex this universe is and how unlikely life on earth is. And yet, here we are.

I believe in God because He allows dissent and rebellion and free thought. You can join the Atheist Society and He doesn’t snuff you out in a fit of temper. He smiles at your naivete, I expect, but He allows you to do it. “He has not dealt with us according to our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities” (Psalm 103).

I believe because I see people suffer and come out stronger.

I believe because I see people suffer incredible misfortunes and emerge on the other side of it praising God for bringing them through and the things He taught them.

I believe in God and happily stake my life on it.

Each of us is indeed staking our lives on what we believe about God.

I flew in from California last night. The Airbus is a mighty impressive plane. As we boarded in Salt Lake City for the final leg of the flight, I did not stop to interview the captain and first officer. I did not ask to see the engineer’s report on the construction of that plane nor an update from the most recent mechanical examinations. I merely (I say this with a smile) staked my life on some people I do not know looking out for their own interests–and indirectly, for mine–in building a great plane and getting it through a stormy night successfully. They did it well, and I arrived in New Orleans around 1 a.m.

I believe because I’ve seen the kind of people that unbelief produces, and I want none of it. (I am well aware of all the talk about the noble atheist, but I’ve never known one. They tend to be angry and mean-spirited.)

I believe because it is a choice, no one forces me to do so, but everything I read and see about the Lord Jesus draws me in. I do so want to know HIm and to be loved by Him, and to live forever with Him. There is much about the Old Testament history that troubles me and I do not always appreciate, but there is nothing–absolutely nothing–about Jesus that does anything other than attract and impress me.

Whatever we believe about God, we stake our lives on it.”

Thanks Joe: Now it’s my turn 🙂

There are many more ways to believe in God. But the best way is to simply believe!

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