Give ’em Something to Talk About

God Speaks

Several years ago during an altar service, the Lord told me to open both doors of the church. The doors leading into the sanctuary, and the doors leading outside. His voice was clear. I knew exactly what he wanted me to do. Still, I hesitated. 

Why? 

Why did he want the doors open? Why did he choose me to open them?
Then another voice whispered in my ear, “Don’t do it. They are going to talk about you.” As clear as if it were audible, the devil continued. “Brother A will be angry because the air conditioning is on and you will let the cool air out. Sister B will be upset at you because you will let the bugs in. And Sister C will be furious at you because you endangered the children by providing them a way of escape.” Though he called specific names, I have omitted them here.

So I asked Jesus, “Will they say those things?”
My Lord replied, “Yes. But I didn’t ask you what they would say. I told you to open the doors. Now, go open them.”

Obey God

I did. Immediately a powerful wave of the Holy Ghost blew in and changed lives.
I will never forget that night, because God proved that His blessings far outweigh the opinions of others. 
Even after the service, when the devil made sure I heard the very ones make the exact comments he said they would make. I just smiled because obeying God was worth it.

People talk about me.

 I’ve been serving the Lord for about 15 years now. I’ve attended countless campmeetings, youth camps, revivals, mission trips and outreach services with some of the greatest men and women of God on Earth. However, one thing I’ve learned is that people (both sinners and saints) love to talk. 
They’ve talked about my failures, and I admit that when I stumble I usually land face first. 
They’ve complained about my methods of teaching: transforming the fellowship hall into the wilderness/promise land complete with trees, sand, manna, river, and grapevines; playing ball in the church; taking a field trip all the way to Ohio; dressing the children up as beggars and reenacting the lame man at the Gate Beautiful scene as a fundraiser delaying the service because I told the children the had to beg until they were healed. 
They’ve complained about my method of ministry; picking up hitchhikers, witnessing to prostitutes and preaching to drug addicts.  
They’ve talked about my trails. 
They’ve talked about my problems. 
They’ve talked about my mistakes. 
They’ve talked about my past. 
They’ve talked about my pastor. 
They’ve talked about my church. 
I’ve given people a lot to talk about. I come from a long line of unchurched sinners. When I got saved, I didn’t know church protocols. I didn’t know traditions. I didn’t know the do and don’ts. And because I didn’t know, I’ve made some huge mistakes that I regret tremendously, but I will never regret obeying God.

People talk about you. It is what they do.

People are flawed. All of us. Though we try our best, sometimes we fail. But that should make us try harder. It shouldn’t make us want to quit. Yes, people will talk about you.

They will talk about your successes.
They will talk about your failures. 
They will talk about your methods.
They will talk about your past.
They will talk about your present.
They will talk about your future. 

Give ’em something to talk about.

Even though people will talk about you, open the doors anyway. Why? Because Jesus needs them opened. He needs to an avenue to send Holy Ghost power to help people, and He’s entrusted you with that job.
Yes, people will talk. Give them something good to say. 
Can they talk about how many people have been healed due to your obedience to God? 
Can they talk about how you helped the hurting? 
Fed the hungry?
Prayed for the prostitute? 
Loved the drug addict?

If the answer is no, what are you waiting for? You don’t need permission to obey God. If you hesitate to do what God has told you because of what people might say, let me reassure you. Yes, they will talk. But Jesus knows that, and He called you anyway. So obey God. 
And Give ’em something to talk about! 

LISTEN TO ME!!!

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LISTEN TO ME!!! Our opinions are fashioned by personal experiences. But there are somethings I want to say to everyone about sexual abuse.

To the victims of sexual abuse: God hates the wickedness that has happened to you. He’s angry at the one that hurt you. Be assured that he will punish sin. He loves you. He has compassion for you. He wants to hold you in his arms and cry with you. You were not created to handle the evil in this world. I understand the depth of your hurt that goes beyond the physical leaving scars on your spirit and in your soul. But I know that Jesus can and will heal you. You were created to be loved and cherished. Please don’t turn to another source for comfort. The numbness offered by drugs and alcohol are temporary and cause additional hurt. Please accept the loving hand that Jesus is offering you today. God loves you, and I love you.

To the unrepentant pedophile: Your pleasure isn’t worth the damage you cause. Children remember, and so does their Savior. God hates the wicked acts you’ve committed. You have harmed the apple of God’s eye. His punishment is greater than any judge on Earth. Fear God and repent. If not, you will be forever tormented in hell with no chance of forgiveness.
To the pedophile sick at his own actions: Is your pleasure worth a lifetime of hurt? Seek professional help. You cannot overcome this temptation on your own. Stay away from children. We are all human and we all fail. But if you fall off the wagon, a child’s life is destroyed. Jesus can help you, if you let Him. Confess your sins and He is faithful and just to forgive you.
To the parents or caretakers of abuse victims: Wrap your arms around the child and say, “I beleive you.” No matter the hassle. No matter the public embarrassment. No matter the ridicule stand by the victim. DO NOT ask them to drop the charges. DO NOT ask them to just forget about it.DO NOT try to convince them they imagined the abuse. Victims need your support. They need your strength. If you don’t handle the legalities and the devastation caused by abuse, you are telling the victim they don’t matter. Their pain doesn’t matter. Their future doesn’t matter. DO seek help for the victim. You can’t understand the depth of pain they are processing. They need professional counselling.
To the parents of a young perpetrator: This is not your fault. This is an evil attack and your child needs help to overcome these unnatural urges. The problem won’t go away. Unchecked, your child’s behavior will get worse. Seek professional help. Alert the authorities. The best thing a parent can do for a child is to admit their flaws and help repair them.
To adults living with the shame of unreported abuse: I’m sorry. You don’t have to feel alone any longer, because I am here for you, and God is here for you. He can heal you from the horrid nightmares. He can heal you from your fear of intimacy. He can heal the hatred you’ve harbored for so long. Please, cry out to Jesus. Let Him will restore your soul.
To the women watching from the sidelines: Don’t judge us. Many victims lash out in their pain. Young girls become promiscuous. Some turn to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain. Help us. Love us. Remind us that our bodies were made to be cherished. Teach us that we have value. Tell us that Jesus loves us. Show us that we can overcome evil by God’s goodness.
To the men who are silent: Speak for us by teaching boys and young men that we are to be treasured. Love us by demanding that the world respect our bodies. Protect us by calling out suspicious behavior before it turns to abuse. Erase the gray lines between a man’s natural desire and perversion by creating safe boundaries for yours and other men interactions with women. DO NOT remain silent. Downplaying sexual abuse, refusing to discuss it, or protecting the perpetrator is saying the victims ARE NOT important. Our feelings don’t matter. Our nightmares. Our struggle to forgive ourselves and the ones who’ve hurt us. Stand up and be the man God created you to be. Do your job. Provide for us. Love us. Protect us. 

LISTEN TO ME!!! 

Choosing the Battle

There are many enemies around us. There is the enemy of homelessness. There is the enemy of child abuse. There is the enemy of addiction, fornication, and other sins. We as individuals can never battle every enemy. But we must do something. What?
In I Chronicles 14, after Saul’s death and David was anointed King, the Philistines came near and taunted David. There were challenging his reign. Testing him to see how strong his kingdom was.
Isn’t that just like the devil? He flaunts the hurting and the abused in our face and taunts, “Help them if you can?”
David, wise king that he was, inquired of the Lord. Notice that he didn’t rely on someone else to speak to God, but David knew how to contact God directly. We need that kind of relationship with our Savior. With God’s approval, David whipped the Philistines. He didn’t just win the battle. He won big. As a victory celebration, he burnt their gods with fire.
Yet the Philistines returned to taunt him again. Now a lot of us—myself included—would recognized the enemy, remembered our previous victory, and stormed into battle. But David knew that just because the enemy is raging doesn’t mean he should engage him.
Sometimes, God doesn’t want us to fight.
Sometimes, He fights for us.
And sometimes He has a specific battle plan He wants us to carry out.
Such as in this case. Upon inquiring of the Lord the second time, David followed God’s instructions, and waited by the Mulberry Trees—until God gave the signal. David showed trust in God by obeying His command. As a result, he won not only the battle, but the won the war against the enemy.
To many times, we rush into battle without waiting for God’s signal. We don’t give Him a chance to put His battle plan into motion. And when we lose, we think God failed us.
Not so! If we are going to be victorious against the enemy, we must fight only the battles God allows us, and we must follow His battle plan.
Is the enemy taunting you?

If so, inquire of the Lord, and follow his instructions. Invite me to your victory celebration by commenting below.

Did God create Homosexuals?

I have friends that claim to be homosexual, and I love those friends dearly. And because of that love, I can’t remain silent concerning their salvation. Just as adultery and fornication are sins, homosexual acts are indeed sin.

The basic definition for sin is disobedience to God. The eighteenth chapter of Leviticus details most sexual sins, including homosexual acts.

The argument that many have used to contradict this biblical edict is that if God didn’t want me to be a homosexual, why did God create me this way?

He didn’t. God created Adam perfect, yet man disobeyed God and sin entered the world. Now, we are all born sinners. We were NOT created sinners.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; ~ Romans 3:23.

Every human has a weakness. Every human has a specific area in which they struggle. For some, it may be gossip, or judgmental attitude, but others struggle with sexual sins such as an addiction to pornography, desires for the same sex, or even an insatiable desire for the opposite sex which can result in fornication and adultery.

The result of sin, whether that sin be a little white lie or murder, is the same—death. However, the consequences of sin vary. For example: if you are caught robbing a bank, the consequences is a prison sentence, but if you are caught telling a lie you may or may not lose a friend. The world judges and condemns based on the consequences of sin. But to God, without repentance, one sin is just as deadly as another.

If you battle a sexual desire for the same sex, you are NOT a freak. You are NOT a threat to society. You are loved by God. We all battle lust in one form or another. It is only if we dwell on that desire, and act on that desire that it becomes sin.

The world insists that you must be either a heterosexual or homosexual. But a child of God doesn’t allow the world to define who they are.

In Matthew chapter nineteen, Jesus talks about sexual sins, divorce, and adultery. He also mentions eunuchs.

For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake… ~ Matthew 19:12

I have heard many practicing homosexuals quote this verse to “prove” that God created them the way they are. But that isn’t what Jesus is saying. Just as some are born with excessive sexual desires, some are born with NO sexual desires.

The world says, if a man DOESN’T desire a woman sexually, he is Gay. WRONG! That is a lie from Satan. Don’t believe it.

If you are one of the few people who doesn’t battle sexual desires, you are blessed.

You are NOT a homosexual.

In 1 Corinthians chapter 7, Paul talks about marital relationships. Those who are married and those who are not. In this chapter, he makes it clear. If you struggle with sexual desires you need to marry. But if you don’t battle sexual temptations, or if you can abstain from sexual intimacy, you will be able to DO more for God. You can work for God’s glory without the distraction of lust.

Even the world acknowledges that lustful desires distract people from their purpose. Take the movie Star Wars for example. If Anakin would have obeyed the Jedi law of not having sexual relations with Padmé, he wouldn’t have been easily deceived by the Emperor. He wouldn’t have slain the Younglings. He wouldn’t have fathered Luke and Princess Leia. He wouldn’t have become a dark figure hiding behind a false identity.

Ennouchos in the Greek or Saris in the Hebrew are both translated as eunuch in the bible. Besides castrate, both mean an official or commander. There are different types of eunuchs. Some eunuchs were fully castrated. Some were not. However, all eunuchs held a specific job. Throughout the bible eunuchs have been greatly used of God. Search the bible for eunuchs and you will be amazed at some of their accomplishments, and their high ranking positions.

The book of Isaiah reveals a promise from God especially for eunuchs.

Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak,
saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people:
neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths,
and choose the things that please me,
and take hold of my covenant;
Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place
and a name better than of sons and of daughters:
I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. ~ Isaiah 56:3-5

So, if you were born without sexual desires, or in rare cases without sexual genitals, don’t listen to the world’s philosophy of being either heterosexual or homosexual.
Perhaps, God meant for you to be a eunuch? Perhaps, not? Search His word and listen for His voice.

Be who God intended you to be. He has a special purpose for your life.