Wednesday Night Rant…

Well this is something that I haven’t done in a while…Ranting.  LOL  If you haven’t already, I’ve actually put some poetry on here to break the monotony.  Just some things that have come and gone through my mind as of  late.  I shared this on twitter so if you please, stop by and check them out.

 

Okay, so here we are on Wednesday night.  The weekend is fast approaching and I’m looking forward to it.  Not sure what the plans will be but I’ll enjoy it either way.  Some things have been bugging me lately and I’m going to use my forum to get them off my chest.  As a Christian Man, I sincerely try to make sure I live by what God has set out for me.  Yes, I do stumble and fall and all of that.  However, I still try to remain resilient, but there are those day folks, when I really just want to walk away from a lot of stuff.  In short, a lot of times, I have come to the conclusion that family is and always will be dysfunctional.  Show me a person that has a normal family and I will call them on it.  Sorry, I don’t believe you for a second.  I’m not saying your family is bad but they’re not perfect.  No one is.  either way we can agree to disagree here so let’s move on.

 

Inner Circles.  How many of us have them?  That many?  Okay, good.  Now here is the issue.  In your inner circle, whom do you really trust?  I see the hands are dwindling…LOL  Anyway, I feel as though I am one of the very few people who don’t have an inner circle to speak of.  Yes I have friends and yes, they know some things about me (each knows something that the others don’t and vice versa although they do know SOME of the same things).  However, I can’t really say that I want a small group of people to know EVERYTHING there is to know about this guy.  There has to be some mystery in relationships and, these are relationships though not romantic so, yeah, you get me in small portions.  My reasoning for this?  I know it stems from something although I can’t really remember. I can very that, as a child, I really didn’t  show emotions too often, or at least I didn’t think so.  Some say that my eyes and countenance speak volumes when I am disturbed, trouble, etc. while some say they can’t tell.  Well, let the record show that I like it that way.  LOL  I make no apologies for it.  That’s just something about me that will not change.  I will also say that God is still not finished so, it’s been brought up for discussion with Him and He and I will (mainly He), get that taken care of.

 

Next, I want to tackle something that hits home.  The internet.  As I stated a while ago, I work in IT.  Well nothing makes me angrier than ITGs (Internet Tough Guys).  They’re right up there will bullies and I seriously loathe them so, I can only pray for them.  There comes a time when it really needs to stop.  If  you cannot say what is on your mind to someone about what you think of them, PLEASE DO NOT share this junk on the web.  Seriously, it hurts more than you realize and the damage can be unrepairable.  From experience, I hate it and those who do or continue to do such things will get theirs, TRUST ME.  God does NOT like ugly and I am a firm believer of you “reap what you sow”.  Also, for the folks that will take a bone and RUN like Forrest to tell what they know, the same applies to you.  Again, for the record, I have done some of these things so I know what I’m talking about when it will come back to bite you wherever it wants to bite you so be warned.

 

Lastly, let’s talk moving on.  Yesterday I hit a milestone that, actually, I hope no one really has to experience.  Divorce.  After over a decade of being married, we decided to call it done.  Now before you say anything, let me clarify for the record that yes I am a minister and yes, the Bible says that God hates divorce.  Also, for the record, Jesus paid it all so, in that regard we’re both forgiven.  In all honesty, God knew what was going on between the both of us and he also knew about the things that we did to each other and to other people.  Believe me, the stuff wasn’t nice and as stated above, we will sow every seed of the wrongdoings.  With that being said, the time to move on so that we can both be happy is at hand so, that’s the end of that.

 

Okay, I am done ranting.  Thanks for listening.

 

Until Next Time…

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Undiscovered

And so a new day begins
The dawn of anew chapter
Same book, same cover, same author
Do I recap from previous chapters
Or start fresh?
I’m sure there’ll be pages upon pages
Of things to share
Of adventures and trials
Highs and lows
Good times and bad
Happiness and sorrow
All of which make for a good read
When I stand alone
If by chance you decide to read
Keep your mind’s eye focused
On what you see and not
What you perceive to be
We’re all making this up as we
Go along
That’s why everything new
Is undiscovered…

She’s Not You

Kinda the same background

been a few places

So surreal to see her

with two smiling faces

One is hers, one is yours

As she set across

no words could be spoken

the moment was a loss

I couldn’t help but be in awe

because this never happens, ever

How could she be so close

when you’re gone forever?

No need for questions or answers

No rhyme or reason

no chance for second chance

gone is that season

All I know is…

She’s not you…

SUIT UP!!!

SUIT UP!!!

Ephesians 6:11

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

When we search for the word armor in the dictionary, you could find this definition:

 

ar·mor

[ahr-mer]  Show IPA

–noun

1.

any covering worn as a defense against weapons.

 

 

All throughout history, war has played a factor in establishing and destroying kingdoms or governments,

and declaring independence from the clutches of tyranny.  From centuries past, up to current times, the

act of war has been one event that has taken more lives and done more damage to mankind than

anything else in history.  When we think of war certain things come to mind:

  1.  There is most always a conflict of some sort
  2. The conflict is usually a result of one person or people trying to control another person or people
  3. The battles can be on small or large scales and last from a few days to years or decades
  4.  Both sides of the conflict think that, from their own points of view, the other is wrong.
  5. At the end of the conflict there is definitely a loser and there is definitely a victor.

However what we want to focus on today is not so much the war but the person that is in the war and

how they would equip themselves for battle.  When we look at Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he makes

it very plain and very clear, that we are definitely in a war and we joined it the second we accepted

Christ as Lord and Savior.  Paul says in verse 12:

12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against

the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

In other words, the battle we face on a daily basis is not the man or woman, boy or girl sitting next to you.

The fact of the matter is that the battle we fight every single day is with the enemy himself and make no

mistake, he will use any means necessary in order to win the conflict that he wants you to have regarding

your relationship with God.  This something that we have to face on a daily basis as children on the King

and soldiers in God’s Army but, before we get ready for battle, we have to SUIT UP!!!

 

We have to SUIT UP, because the enemy does want to control your every move.  If we go all the way

back to Genesis, we can see that the enemy working THROUGH Eve to get control of Adam contrary to

popular belief.  In other words Satan used the “divide and conquer” strategy thus causing the fall of man.

 6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes,

and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also

unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

In other words, Eve was not blameless but, she also wasn’t the target.  Since Adam was the husband it

was his responsibility to ensure that God will was done.  Look what happened to the children of Israel in

Exodus 22.  God brings them out of the 400 years of oppression only for Satan to work THROUGH the

people.  They created a golden calf because they were too impatient waiting on Moses who was on Mt

Sinai.  Once again, the enemy used divide and conquer to try to stop God’s plan all because the children

of Israel were not suited up.  I’m simply trying to say here today that, even though you know there is a

battle before you, and even though you know that the enemy is still trying to get you back on his side, and

even though he will use any means to get you back there, you CANNOT even get into the struggle

against him unless you SUIT UP!!!

We have to SUIT UP because the weapons, even though Isaiah said that they will not prosper, will

always be used on you and can wreak havoc if you a not properly protected.  Last time we shared

together, you will recall that I talked about the times I spent on the rifle range preparing for

marksmanship.  Well, I want to take a look at not necessarily the weapon that I used but, the ammunition

that the weapon used to hit the targets that we fired upon.

 

The M-16a2 rifle uses the 5.56mm round.  More specifically, the 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge, along with

the military ball bullet can and will penetrate approximately15 to 20 inches into soft tissue.  In addition to

this, the round is designed to tumble.  This means that, while the round enters the soft tissue, it will

fragment in order to shred and tear soft tissue on the inside of the body to include vital organs.  When this

happens, the exit wound will be larger than the entry wound.  However, all of this can be prevented if the

soldier is protected by the armor he puts on before going into battle.  The bottom line is that, in order to

have a greater chance of survival in battle, the soldier must SUIT UP!!  When Paul wrote his letter to the

Ephesians, he told them to “Put on the whole armor of God”.  He knows that the Church is in a battle for

the souls of the unsaved.  However he knows that the enemy uses every tactic necessary to wreak havoc

on the church and the rounds the enemy send will come in, tumble, fragment, and tear the very vital

organs of the body unless we, as the body of Christ, SUITS UP like Paul suggests in verse 11:

 

11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

SUIT UP:  Because we cannot stand unless we are equipped to stand

14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth…

SUIT UP:  Because the truth of the Gospel is what wins souls to Christ

and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

 

SUIT UP:  Because we can’t win this battle with our own righteousness

15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

SUIT UP:  Isaiah 52:7 says:  7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good

tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto

Zion, Thy God reigneth!

16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the

wicked.

SUIT UP:  Because without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God!

17And take the helmet of salvation, 

SUIT UP:  The helmet protects your head, the head that has one mouth to which you confess the Lord

Jesus, and believe in heart that God has raised him from the dead.

 the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

SUIT UP:  Because you dare not go into battle without your weapon.  The weapon who’s words you hide

in your hear so that you won’t sin against God.

You have to SUIT UP because we know what the outcome is going to be.  Yes we have to be prepared to

do battle but we know who’s going to win this thing.  Just like last two minutes of the game, whoever is

losing will pull out all of the stops to get that last score.  They’ll throw the ball up and hope somebody from

the team catches it to win or at least tie so that they can go into overtime.  But the Victor…they aren’t in a

rush.  In fact, they will walk to the line of scrimmage, look around the stands waste time on the clock.  But

the one thing that let’s you know who the winner is the winner will always take a knee!!  Taking a knee

symbolizes that you have one the battle.  Taking a knee tells the other team, I’ve got the victory.  Taking

the knee lets us know that when the time is up, victory is mine.  But in order to get the victory, you have to

SUIT UP…