Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ultimate Superhero

Ever wonder what it would be like to be a superhero? Just imagine all of the powers, and all the amazing things superhero's did. They saved lives, protected the world and devoted there time to making a bigger difference. Could you imagine devoting your life to a greater purpose such as saving the world? Theres a superhero that doesn't get as much credit as he deserves. This is the Ultimate Superhero! His name is Jesus Christ. He could walk on water, heal the sick, make the blind see, the deaf hear, cast demons out of people, and even bring people back to life. What if I told you that the great powers Jesus had didn't die at the cross? What if I told you that things unimaginable are happening around you that you may not even realize? Things like supernatural healing, lives being completely changed, true prophets roaming the earth today telling what will happen in different individuals lives. You would either agree with me and say yeah I know that happens, or think I am crazy and that nothing like that ever happens.

According to the bible we have the ability to give the blind sight, make the deaf hear, and heal any injuries God wants healed in ourselves and others. Now before I go on I would like to give you some evidence because I too didn't think God would allow me to do anything that AWESOME! Acts 1:4-8 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit." So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom of Israel?" He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

When you accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior all of your sins are washed away as long as you ask forgiveness. When the Holy Spirit comes on you, you have the ability to radically change the world! God gives you the ability to heal, save, and prophecy over anyones life. This is something truly amazing and powerful. It is much easier to keep the communication with God open and full when you try to live by his rules, and give him everything you have and everything you are. God speaks to your heart, mind, body, and soul. With the clutter of society it is sometimes hard to hear Gods voice or Gods message in our lives. We sometimes tune him out and thinks hes not there when really all along he has been there for us.

So let me ask you something what if you had the ability to be a superhero for God, would you do it? God gave us choices its your call on what you choose.

God Bless!

Monday, March 17, 2008

What if I told you, that you were going to die soon?

From a faithful aspect to a connection with God do you believe that through faith we can have such a strong connection between someone else that we feel their pain and emotions? Sometimes life throws curves at us and even though we feel alone we aren't. God is always with us but more than that others are with us as well. Just recently I have been going through a very challenging time of confusion, frustration, and lost hope. All along I felt like I could overcome all of it, but I knew it would be a challenge. The power of prayer is more powerful than I can even know. I saw God work through me to help someone else when in actuality I was the one needing his guidance.

A few individuals prayed for me and that made a world of difference but I didn't realize it until after everything had happened. I didn't realize the effectiveness of prayer. Why our are lives being clustered into confusion, and busyness that we can't take fifteen minutes out of our day to pray for someone else? Why is it that most individuals be it Christians, or anyone in the United States choose to not regularly read the bible? Why is it that we plan for our future? "Well we plan for our future to have a life for ourselves and provide for our families." My next question then is if your family is so important to you would you save there lives if you could? If you answered yes to that then read on, if you answered no then there is still hope. Yes means that you care and you want to save someones temporary life, but what if you care more than just protecting them for a few days or years? What if you had the opportunity to give someone ETERNAL LIFE?

To get Eternal life doesn't mean you have to act like a prep, go to church every Sunday, and pray breakfast lunch and dinner. NO it simply means doing whats right, believing in God, and accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior. In fact the more you learn about christianity, the more you learn that God actually wants us to be Warriors or Beauties. If you think of an angel you may think of something with wings that is beautiful and comes to save your life. When in actuality when angels were seen first hand from the bible, whoever saw one was terrified. They feared because these angels were HUGE, they were sent by God to fight battles, and were WARRIORS. The angels would have to tell them not to fear, and that God sends them to tell that person a message.

If thats not enough evidence then look at Jesus. He flipped tables and raised his voice! He didn't walk in and say now guys come on please don't use the church money in a bad way. Hey you probably shouldn't do that. NOPE he went and flipped tables. Now you may or may not know this but Jesus was an absolutely compassionate person, loving, caring, and sacrificing everything for everyone.

What if someone came up to you today and told you that you had 3 months to live? Would you come back to this post and ask about eternal life? Maybe or maybe you would go to a church out of curiosity. Maybe you already know what is going to happen to you when you leave this temporary life... maybe not. Well let me just tell you one thing if you take 15-30 minutes out of your day to devote to God, your life will truly be different. Maybe you want to spend the time praying, maybe you want to spend the time reading your bible, maybe you just want to sit and collect your thoughts about God. You have 1440 minutes in a day I don't think a few of those are going to kill you to be spent on a greater purpose.

I bet an average American watches 4 hours of television a day. With most of the time being commercials, but most Americans wont save there own life. It just astonishes me the way that society feels is normal, and just. I am not forcing you to do anything I am just letting you know that you have a choice, and this choice is BIG so think hard on your decision.

What if I told you, that you were going to do soon?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

On Track?

Life throws all kinds of twists and turns into our lives but, God is always there for us. I have been living my life years ahead of myself trying to plan for later, or the future. Well we need to live today we need to live NOW! We should be having a positive impact on the world like today is our last... it may be. Lately just to show you a glimpse into my life. I received three speeding tickets, failed a test, and managed to lose track of my bank account. After feeling the weight of the world and the devil hit me like a ton of bricks, I didn't know what to do except panic.

God was still right there with me. Saying "Josh it's going to be alright just do things one step at a time." Then I realized that all of this stuff that is happening to me is because lately I have been super content with my life. I am happy knowing where I am going and practically nothing could get my hopes down. So last night I devised a plan, just get your priorities straight and just focus on those for now. Once thats complete move on to the next.

Its really that simple and we don't even realize it. When we get upset we tend to lose track of ourselves and most importantly GOD! Through it all we must have a clear head and try to focus. Whether its a relationship problem, financial problem, or just a plain bad day. Keep your head high and realize that you aren't the only one going through it. God is also right there with you every step of the way.

So my question for you is are you on track with God? Do you have all your priorities straight in your life? I know I didn't for the longest time. But its alright you can change that.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Purpose of Life

Today Christians realize that we are in the end times but why should we continue living our lives? Why should we continue to work as hard as we do if its all just going to end? The answer is that we're living in a world that needs us. We have the power to make a huge difference and have a major impact on tons of peoples lives. Sometimes our dreams are crushed, sometimes we wonder what our purpose is in life. I can't answer that but I do know that everyone has a purpose in life, and if you want to know what it is then you will find it.

Growing up I was always told I can't change the world in a day. My response as it was then it is now "No, I can't change the world in a day... but I can sure try!" We need to be thinking that every breath is our last and try to make a positive impact on the world.

Do something today for someone else. Maybe go out of your way a little to show someone you care about them. It could be anything, even something as simple as opening the door for someone, or showing kindness. The little things in life have a major impact. We don't know whats going on in other peoples lives so we need to be considerate of EVERYONE!

Have a blessed Sunday!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Believing is Seeing

There's an old saying that says "Seeing is Believing" but I believe that to be all wrong. I believe that Believing is Seeing. See in my life I have encountered so many miracles, and have seen unbelievable things, but it wasn't until I wanted to see them that these sights or miracles became visible. Amazing things happen in our lives each and every single day, that we take for granted or don't even realize.

As I thought about this idea all day yesterday I realized that some people don't want to believe in God. They feel that their life is fine without God, or maybe they just feel that Christianity is nothing more than trying to be a good person. Well in reality if you have a strong belief towards something then you begin to open up the world around it. You learn, grow, and become more in tune with all aspects of your beliefs.

I mean look at it this way if Seeing was Believing in the Christian faith then why doesn't everyone believe? Everyone encounters God in there lives everyday even if they don't believe. Everyone has seen some kind of miracle or awesome works of God, yet people choose to make up excuses or unproven scientific answers as to why that miracle happened. I feel that God spoke to me last night as I was praying and pondering on this subject.

I asked him why everyone didn't believe in him because I know everyone has seen some way in which God has worked in there lives or the lives of someone they love? Instantly he said "they have to believe it for themselves." As I thought about that a little longer that is exactly the missing piece to the puzzle. I can tell everyone in my life about how awesome God is and all the amazing things he has done for me in hopes that they will want that for themselves, but what it all boils down to is I can't make anyone believe in him and I will never force anyone to believe in him.

It is just very sad to me to see people miss out on the greatest gift of all. Eternal Life!
In your life is seeing believing, or is believing seeing?

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

How to accomplish your dreams!

I am not going to tell you some magical unknown way on how to accomplish your dreams. But I will tell you how anyone can accomplish anything they want. A while back as a kid I always heard the saying "You can accomplish anything you put your mind to." I never used to really think that saying was actually true. When you think about it from another stand point it opens your eyes to a whole new reality of what you really can accomplish.

Have you ever seen the Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith? Well in that movie Will Smith a poor father living on the streets tells his son something truly inspirational. "Don't ever let someone tell you that you can't do something, not even me. They will tell you that you can't do it because they know that they can't do it." Wow how powerful is that. We always turn to people for answers maybe friends, family, co-workers, or maybe just anyone we trust. They might not always tell you what you want to hear. I have learned that if there is something in the world I want, that I need to go out and get it. You can do this by simply working really hard towards your dreams.

This is put really well in an article I read on another persons blog. Blog title The Pilgrimgram: A Telegram from a Pilgram - Are Christians Lazy?. I really advise you to read that article he has posted as it truly does open our eyes to why we don't accomplish as much as we would like to. I have a very important exam coming up and I was tossing and turning on how I can learn everything pass the exam, and still keep a strong and close relationship with God. I would like to read my bible more, view more biblical blogs, pray more for the people I interact with in my day to day life, and just keep that connection strong. Its really simple though, all I need to do is work really hard at both. Well I hope that this article gave you some useful information. Check out the article I told you about above and as long as you put a lot of hard work into your dreams there is no telling what you can accomplish!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Darkness and Light

If you had the chance to experience Hell do you think you would still act, and be the same that you are today or would you try to change for the better? Well last night I watched a movie called Event Horizon. It was about a ship that tested a method of teleporting. Seven years later this ship activates its beacon and a search and rescue team are sent to see if there are any survivors, and if any crew is still alive. Throughout the movie it shows signs of Hell and how bad it really can be. It shows how sick and twisted chaos and pain can feel.

The good part about all of this is that through all of the darkness there only needs to be a tiny light to shine through it all! After watching this movie I picked up my bible and let the pages open for themselves. I landed on Jeremiah 23:5,6 "The days are coming," declares the Lord, "when I will raise up David a righteous Branch, and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness." There is corruption in our world as we see it today, but we can't allow that to get to us. We must remember that through everything The Lord Our Righteousness will always pull through and be here for us.

This movie and these verses from the bible have inspired me to want to keep my head up and try to be a much better person. I hope that this articled did the same for you as well.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Gateway to the Soul

Ever wonder if someone is lying to you or not? Do you ever wonder why the eyes have such a major impact on our emotions and thoughts? Think about it, if someone glares at you then you know they are probably mad about something. If they smile so do there eyes. There is one emotion that is interesting and untouched by this and that is anger in the form of fear. A lot of times individuals are angry because they fear something they can't control. Maybe a relationship, an upset friend, or anything that an individual may not have going for them.

You have to look closely but when people are upset look straight into there eyes, and you will see a sense of vulnerability. The other day I was at my local grocery store and a bunch of college kids were messing around, acting all cool, and making fun of people. I just purchased my groceries and they were right behind me in the self checkout. One of the kids wasn't paying attention and almost ran into me. As I moved out of his way I looked straight into his eyes... completely unintentionally. The kid had this crazy angry grin on his face but you could see fear in his eyes. The eyes never lie and some people have said that the eyes are the gateway to your soul. How do you feel about this? Do you think the eyes are the gateway to your soul? Can you tell what someone is thinking or feeling by looking into their eyes?

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Heart is Empty, Eyes are Full

What does it mean to have an empty heart? I think that it means life without feeling of belongingness. I think that it means questions without answers. A sense of loneliness that nobody is there for you. Well if you feel or have ever felt empty I want to show you that you are NEVER alone. John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” What this means is “Jesus brings God's presence, protection, and guidance.” He will always be with you, protect you, and guide you. How awesome is that?

I also wanted to share another passage of the bible to you. Genesis 24:16, 17 “The girl was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever lain with her. She went down to the spring filled her jar and came up again. The servant hurried to meet her and said, Please give me a little water from your jar.” When dealing with an empty heart we need to realize both physical beauty and internal beauty. In the above passage “Rebekah had physical beauty but the servant was looking for a sign of inner beauty. Appearance is important to us, and we spend time and money improving it. But how much effort do we put into developing our inner beauty?”

Genesis 35:26 “And all the women who were willing and had the skill spun goat hair.” I think this has a major impact on our sense of belongingness. God has given you gifts and is concerned with the quality and beauty of the work you do. “Your work should reflect the creative abilities God has given you.” Go out there and use the gifts God has given you. Be a leader, join a community of people with similar gifts, or just be content!

When your heart is empty and your eyes are full remember that God will protect, and guide you through it all while he is right there with you. God made you therefore you are a beautiful person inside and out. Last but not least each and every single one of you has God given gifts and talents. Use them and you will be amazed at the positive change it will have on your life!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

God is a DJ!

Cool Video I ran across today while checking out newest in todays culture.

Really shows how creative people can really be. Even though it seems very simple the idea behind the video is very unique in the fact that non of those people realized what was going on around them. As you watched the video I hope it opened your eyes that God is always looking out for you. This video shows just that in a really neat way.

Do you feel God is interacting in your life?

Tell me what you think, and post a comment!