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Thanksgiving – A Holiday or Power…

Posted by onemansbeliefs on November 25, 2009

Last year I wrote a post about Thanksgiving and provided a little history about our now celebrated day of thanks.

This year I wanted to touch on the power of thanksgiving, but I do believe that the series of sermons on thanksgiving, called Thanksgiving Victory, taught by my pastor is far better than the words I can type here.  Be that as it may…

In the Bible we are told to give thanks unto God, but, why?

Psalm 107:1 “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.”

He is good and His mercy endures forever are the words most often used when we are told to give thanks unto God.  Other reasons we are told to give thanks are His righteous judgements and His holiness.  However, I wanted to focus on 2 more reasons which Paul tells us to give thanks and these are found in…

I Cor 15:57 “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2 Cor 2:14 “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.”

God gives us the victory and causes us to triumph in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.  Seems to be pretty good reasons to give thanks.  This giving of thanks is the trigger for power to be released in our lives.  Why?  Well, when we are walking our lives out we may not see how we can triumph or have victory over present circumstances, but God has already provided these for us.  Our giving thanks is an activation of our faith, belief and trust that God will do what He says He will do.  There is another reason to give thanks to God and it is found in…

II Thess 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Notice that this verse does not say “for every thing.”  Most Christians get this mixed up and believe that we need to thank God for everything in our lives.  No need to give God thanks for sickness, disease, poverty or anything else under the curse of the law.  He has redeemed us from these and has given us the victory over them.  Why give thanks in every thing?  There are 2 reasons.  God has already given us the victory in every situation and giving thanks is the releasing of faith that brings God-given power into our lives.  The last part of the verse gives us the number 1 reason we should give thanks to God…

It is His will.

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Quitting Is Not An Option…

Posted by onemansbeliefs on September 24, 2009

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

There is a lot of information packed into this one verse and I believe that every Christian life could benefit greatly by living this verse alone.

1. Do good

2. Do not tire of doing good

3. Know there is an appointed time

4. Rewards will be received

5. If you do not quit

What can we do to keep from getting weary and fainting?

We can look to our heavenly Father and wait upon Him.

Isaiah 40:28-31 “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

I like that God has given us direction and everything we need to succeed in what he has called us to do in this life (and the next).

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It’s All About Me…

Posted by onemansbeliefs on May 3, 2009

A number of days have passed since I learned about Senator Arlen Specter’s decision to switch party affiliations and the anger his decision created has subsided. I wanted to write something earlier, but I was having difficulty understanding why his betrayal of the Republican Party and those which voted him into office would bother me the way it has. It’s not like this is the first time a politician has left his party and/or his people, so I was not sure why I felt the way I did.

Okay, anger is a bit much, it was more like irritation, frustration and/or disappointment.

Thinking about this over the last few days I kept getting the image of a person that commits adultery. It seems like a stretch, but hang in there. This man ran for office as a Republican and now, in midstream, has switched to the Democratic Party. This could give the illusion that he was elected on false pretenses. I have heard the opinion that he was voting Democratic anyway so no big deal and I might agree, but that was not the reason for his changing suits. He changed parties so he could win re-election. This only days after stating that he would not be leaving the Republican Party. One could conclude that his actions were based on selfishness and the number one tell-tale sign of selfishness is lying…

This is where I have a problem with what he did.

He was elected to serve those which voted for him and the last time I checked there is no place for selfishness in serving. Yet, he put his own interests above the interests of the people which put him in this honorable position. He willingly entered into a relationship with his constituents and then breaks their trust to satisfy his own personal agenda. This is where, I believe, he is no different than an adulterer.

Confession Time: I, at one time, was given to acts of selfishness…

However, as I grow older (and I hope wiser), I have come to believe that selfishness should be eliminated from my life. I exert lots of effort to remove “me” from any situation which I find myself involved, be it home, work or social gatherings. In fact, with “me” removed I find more joy and peace in every place I go. Why have I come to the decision to remove selfishness from my life? I’m glad you asked…

Let me give you two examples…

1. Isaiah 14:12-14, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

2. John 4:34 “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” Luke 22:42 “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

I have made the decision to do my best to resemble the one who came to serve and not the one who came to rule. I understand there are those that choose not to believe as I do. Therefore, I offer you two other examples.

You can be like Senator Arlen Specter or you can be like…

ME!!!

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Be Still…

Posted by onemansbeliefs on March 19, 2009

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like more and more things are happening each day. It could be that I’m just hearing about them due to the availability of tv, internet, radio, newspaper and watercooler. Each day being bombarded with hundreds or, perhaps, thousands of stories which are capturing the attention of those that report the news. Normally, this is a good thing, because *wait for it*

I like to know things!!!

I don’t have to tell things. I just like to know things. It’s odd, but knowing things makes me happy. They don’t even have to be important things, just things.

For instance, I went to a Kinks concert a number of years ago and while waiting for the Davies’ brothers, I noticed someone in the crowd. I thought I recognized this person, but wasn’t sure and not knowing started to bother me. While getting refreshments this person was in line right next to me and I apologized for bothering them and before I could ask the question they confirmed my suspicion. It was Joe Elliot of Def Leppard. I was just happy knowing and now I could focus on refreshments. On a side note: He ask me a question and we talked about 15 minutes. Nice guy.

Sometimes just wanting to know things has it’s drawbacks. With all the information delivery vehicles available I can go into information overdose. It is then I need to take a different approach. At times like this I take the advice of Psalm 46:10…

“Be still, and know that I am God”

I grab my Bible and determine to know (to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty) God.

And each time I do, I find that He is the God of:

Hope – Peace – Patience – Consolation – All Comfort – Love – All Grace – My Righteousness – My Salvation – Glory – My Strength – My Mercy – Heaven

I also find that God (the Lord) is:

My Rock – My Fortress – My Deliverer – My Strength – My Buckler – My High Tower – My Shepherd – My Light – My Shield – Good – My Defence – Upright – Great – Judge – Merciful – Gracious – Slow to Anger – High Above All Nations – Righteous – Good to All – Full of Compassion – Faithful – LOVE

Doing this reboots my brain (so to speak) and sets my priorities in order. It helps me focus on what I truly need to know and unlike previously mentioned things, this I like to tell.

There is one more thing that God is and I believe it is the most important thing to me…

He is my Heavenly Father….

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I Know For Certain…

Posted by onemansbeliefs on January 19, 2009

I’ve been wanting to write something for sometime now and no subject has been working for me. There are lots of things going on in the world, the Estados Unidos and in my life. But, I’ve been having difficulty trying to put words on paper, so to speak… I just find that all the major events of the past month or so have an element of sadness to them (at least for me) and that makes it that much harder to write about them.

Don’t worry!!! I’m not falling into the pit of depression. I’m too happy for that. 🙂

Perhaps, it’s just the way I’ve been looking at things…

Take the situation in Gaza. I find it hard to believe that people can take the side of a terrorist organization and condemn the Israeli government for defending itself. Yet, the nations of the world are doing just that. However, the sadness I feel (is not for the nation of Israel, they are more than able to take care of themselves) is for the mindset of those that wish to destroy Israel and those that support them in their cause. To me, it’s completely irrational and yet it is widely supported. *takes a deep breath and moves on*

We get a new President tomorrow and (as much as I would like to hope) it seems that this President has already laid the groundwork for his inability to get things done. Hope and Change were the words of the campaign, but now it appears that it will be harder and take longer for either to take affect/effect (I type you decide). I certainly thought the Bush Bashing was over, but it seems it will be lasting longer than I expected. Hence the sadness. Silly me.

What have I been doing to combat this sadness?

I have been opening my Bible and reading more than I have in recent times. I have been encouraged to study different topics and get a better understanding of what God wants for me. It’s working too… I can spend just a few minutes in the Word and the cares of this world cease to be an issue for me. I start to look at each issue and approach it from the direction and attitude with which God would have me to and I know for certain…

It will all will be okay.

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Maps Are Good

Posted by onemansbeliefs on December 3, 2008

A few years ago the Mrs. and I were in Atlanta with her brother and his wife. My brother-in-law was driving, I was riding shotgun and the ladies taking the chauffeured positions in the back. We left an event and being unfamiliar with the area we got lost. The area we were in did not seem to be the friendliest and there was a consensus not to stop and get directions. No need to worry though, we had a map in the glove compartment.

Now I do not wish to boast on myself, but I have mad skills where map reading is concerned. I also do well with blueprints and schematics, but that’s another story. Anyway, I locate some street signs and determine from the map the direction we need to go in order to get to our desired location. I relayed this information to the driver. Problem solved…

Not so fast. My sister-in-law determined that the directions I gave were not in our best interest. She believed that going in a different direction was better. How did she know? Did she have personal knowledge of the area? Did she have a map? Did she have some information of which we were not aware? So many questions and frankly answers to none.

My brother-in-law is now in the hot seat. He has to make a decision that is going to affect/effect (I type you decide) our immediate future. Should he take the information that is on the map as reliable and choose to follow its direction or does he listen to what his wife believes. Sadly, he’s screwed either way. To make a long story short, I put the map away and we drove around for about another hour before making it back to our hotel.

Before you start laughing at my brother-in-law you must know that I was in that driver’s seat for most of my life. Not literally, but figuratively…

I was taking direction from the world on how I should live my life and not from the one who created me and life itself. This decision had me driving around in circles and getting nowhere. My God provided a map for me and I chose to ignore it for many a year. His map for me and direction for my life is in His Word, the Bible. Thankfully, his patience for me knows no ends and he was there when I finally asked for help.

I’ve been following his directions for over 1o years now and have arrived at a number of destinations that He prepared for me. Those destinations include…

Peace… Love… Joy…

I’m grateful He has more for me and with His help I won’t miss a single turn.

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The Sun Is Still Coming Up…

Posted by onemansbeliefs on November 26, 2008

I woke up today and much to my delight the sun was still shining.

It’s been three weeks since the second most historic election (the first being the first) that the Estados Unidos has ever seen and the earth is still turning. According to various opinions, life as we know it should have ended by now. Now don’t get me wrong, the President-Elect is/was not my choice for running this country, but my hope is that he will do a great job. I do not wish for another Carter Presidency in order to get another Reagan Presidency. Having lived through the previous, I understand that this would not be good for our country. This is why I cannot fathom why people hope it gets worse just so they can win. I don’t wish to wait four years (possibly eight) before things get better.

I can believe that our President-Elect will do what is right for this country.

Here is where I would point out why and how I believe that this man can and will do all the things possible to make this country better for all of its citizens. However, I am at a loss for words to so… Why? Because, I believe it is not within his ability to do the things necessary to accomplish this great task.

Yet, I still have hope. Hope in the man? No. Hope in my God.

“The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” Proverbs 21:1

Regardless of what you may hear in the media or those from the far left, this is a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. The United States of America does more to spread the Word of God than any other nation on earth. Therefore, I believe God has a vested interest in the direction of this country.

Why do I believe God will get involved? He tells us He will in His Word.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

I believe there are millions of Christians that (voted both for and against) are praying for President-Elect Obama.

This is a good thing.

This is why I have hope.

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