Posts Tagged ‘God’

So many times we are held back by our minds because what we “Think Others Will Think of us.”  This is the great hindrance of many of our dreams and passions. Let Nate’s message help set you free with the power of the Spirit of God.

Advertisements

Living in a fast paced world, demanding expectations both professional and social takes a toll on the human spirit. We forget about our days in which we were connected to the natural world around us. Instead we are constantly connected to the internet in some form. Yes we can use technology to find many great things about the supernatural, but you can never find the supernatural experience within technology. Information yes, experience no. So after you are done reading this short article go take a walk, meditate, go feel the earth and allow the Spirit of God to speak to you.

We can become more in tune with God the more we become in tune with ourselves. The less we stress out over money, work, and even our social lives. The more we let all of that go as hard as it is. The more we just allow ourselves to accept, to accept who we are, faults and all. Yes we can intentionally strive for manifestation of wealth, prosperity, health, happiness and all that will be revealed in time. Yet at the moment we may not have that. We may just be lying to ourselves trying to find what we think we want when we really have no clue.

Jesus did not deny his struggles, he was not all that keen on going to the cross, he didn’t enjoy spending 40 days and nights in the wilderness, probably not having a home and constantly being given death threats was not all that he was looking for. We can be the greatest of Christians, Jesus himself, and if we do not accept ourselves and the situation in which we live in nothing can change. It is what many call “being real.”

How can we be more real in our lives? To be real is to first be honest. That is the first step; honesty with ourselves. It takes doing some soul searching. Maybe like Jesus spending time in the wilderness. Looking our demons straight in the eye and begin to understand them so that we can defeat them.

Second, we must forgive. Forgiveness is powerful. It releases us from the torment that we or others have caused in our lives. Forgiveness breaks the chains that binds us to others negativity. You do not even have to talk to the person you hurt or the person who hurt you. One example in how to release the emotions of forgiveness by yourself is to write down your feelings, once you have done that recite a prayer then burn the paper as the paper is burning so is the past transgressions.

Finally allow the Spirit of God to surround you in love and light as you were intended to be. You may not have much, you may just be you. That my friend is enough. You are a special divine creation who has much to offer the world, you also have much to offer God. After all He created us for both His and our pleasure.

This is about keeping it real with yourself, your fellow human beings, and God. I think that you have a lot to offer and look forward to seeing your progress.

In this episode of the Backyard Preacher Podcast Nate examines faith and works.  James says faith without works is dead.  Yet what are these works?  Is it right action?  Religious ritual?  Loving your neighbor?  These are all great, but we humans will always come up short.  The fact is we cannot please God through right action.  Being a “good” person; Jesus himself said “who is good?”  The problem is many of us try to please God through right action that we become infatuated with our religious belief, rituals, and deeds it creates a type of religious OCD.

Good day Backyard Preachers!  It has been a while but I AM back.  Nate talks a little bit about his recent struggles along with the power of our words.  We struggle in life, it is not easy.  Yet through are struggles sometimes we are just paying the price for a better life.  Be blessed!

When we say that the whole Bible is the “word” of God which I believe has led to much confusion, due to the fact that literalist use the words to control and manipulate; even when they do not realize it.  Yes there is most definitely words of God within our Christian text, yes the text is inspired by the Holy Spirit, yet through men who had no idea they were writing holy texts. Rather a book of history, stories of God presented through the eyes of men.  Writings of trials and tribulations, praise and lamentations. A story of the people of Israel. A good news of salvation in Jesus, a church created through the power of God, and yet most of our NT is letters written to other churches. This is not a bad thing. But to say it is all the “Word” of God is problematic for Christians the reason as I stated above is the easy way this can lead to manipulation and control of the layman. I like to call my Bible Inspired text, true text, and text of our most holy faith that help lead us to salvation. That’s all happy Easter! I am such a cynic. 

Nate puts another spin of original sin placing much of the blame upon fear.  Fear is one of the greatest emotions which keeps us from living out God’s will for us on this earth.  So let us learn to live life without fear!

Many people get the wrong idea about the word religion especially in this post-modern world of Christianity. I am not knocking post-moderns I am one of them, but most look at the word religion as something that involves organized churches, denominations, a set of creeds, dogma, tradition, and of course the biggie legalism. So let us break down the word religion and what it really means. Granted the word religion can be very complicated to break down. Over the centuries “religion” has been attached to many belief systems yet simply put, religion is divine sacred union with God and yourself. This definition can be applied to all belief systems, ones that many would not think of. Even an Atheist has a god, be it money, family, work, friends, etc. So we are all essentially religious. I am going to stay within the realm of my faith and worldview of Christianity. When I think of religion I think of the special bond I have between God and myself. It is not church, organization, traditions, creeds, or rules it is simply relationship. A relationship with a divine being in which I call Father.

Not too long ago I was out to lunch with a friend who asked me what religion meant to me. I did not hesitate to tell my friend that religion is union with the divine. Religion is this conversation between you and I, religion is the life in which I live as we are all gods, living amongst gods. Now before you think that I have went off the deep end understand I use the little g. We are not God, yet we are sons and daughters of God that is very specifically laid out throughout scripture. We are the sons and daughters of Adam the man in which God breathed the very breath of life. So when I was sitting with my friend, I was sitting with god. Most Christians would agree with my statement as long as it is worded in a different manner. We all have heard the sayings “knowing who you truly are in God” or “Christ resides in you” Jesus even said believe and it will be done for you, and greater works than these will you do. I suppose I am just claiming my position as we should. We may even accept this point of view reluctantly as Christians among our fellow Christians, but what about the Buddhist across the street or the Muslim you work with? What do we think about them, like souls that need to be saved or souls which need to be accepted? I don’t fully know, that is why I am asking the question. Yes I could simplistically say that we need to evangelize all non-Christians and there is plenty in the Bible that would lead to such a conclusion, yet there is plenty in the Bible that would lead to the idea that God is pure love with many of the earths religions represent different faces of the same God. Maybe, maybe not? Like I said I do not know, it is hard for me to believe that our God of love would banish billions to hell because they were just situationally unlucky to grow up in an Islamic household. Don’t get me wrong I believe in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ, to go into all the world, but maybe not from a pulpit or television show, maybe through my actions whatever they are worth. The act of giving a cup of cold water in His name. To reach out and help the “Samaritan” who does not hold to the same beliefs as yourself, and instead of trying to convert shows love and understand teaching us that all people are your brothers and sisters that the world itself is the church building and the people of earth the church.

I believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus was a cosmic event of proportions in which we cannot fully understand. It is of course good news, the “foolishness of God” because if it was not His foolishness, we mere cosmic babes would never be able to understand it. Did this cosmic event which took place in time change the very nature of the human race? The dimension of time, possibly being outside of the realm of the spiritual was effected by the cross both past, present, and future peoples and faiths of varies kinds. I will say I do not consider myself a Universalist but I do like to question. I believe as Christians we should question everything. So as a Christian minister I wish for all people to come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, yet this knowledge of Christ may just open our eyes to the bigger picture, the love of God in which He has for His children. Not what we think of when we think of religion of the 21st century. It is religion of all, religion of life, and life which points to the creator.

As I said when sitting with my friend when asked about religion, it is a union with God and man. In fact as I sat there I said I am sitting at this time with God. In fact when I am with anyone I am with God. Are we not the body of Christ? When you do something good for someone are you not doing something good for God? Are we not all I AM, and is not I AM in everything? Granted the Spiritual world is eternally vast we know so very little. The prophets and sages of old, the apostles and preachers of scripture have gave us a bit of information in which they knew very little about. We have the wisdom of other faiths which many of my fellow Christians reject as demonic, based on a past down fear of a controlling church to keep its people in line. This control is how many people look at religion. We are living in a time of spiritual awakening, a time in which the church does not have as much control as it once did, I will not get burnt at the stake for writing this but many may look upon me as a heretic for even asking the questions I propose. So the “religious” church still has a great deal of psychological control on people, pushing people to do certain things out of fear of God and eternal hell is a powerful tool used against many people raised in environments in which fundamental Christianity is taught. So where I am I going with this, as the title states “Are we gods?” As the body of Christ we are all god one to another as scripture clearly states we are His children. A human begets a human and a God begets a God. We are not superior to God we are His offspring created and made alive in Christ for good works. Just as God is alive for good works, for only good and perfect things come from Him. I believe the more we let go and allow God to speak into our lives through scripture and experience, to release our legalistic thinking in fact completely loose yourself in the act of knowing nothing, so that you may possibly gain everything.

Stress, we all have felt it, medical research shows that too much stress can be very damaging to the body, and in my opinion the soul. For example I just recently had a very “stressful” weekend, I had issues with my teenage son, I was talked into getting a puppy and yes the puppy sounds nice but as I am writing this the little thing is running around not giving me time to concentrate. When will I have time to write, do my podcast, or my promised weekly videos? On top of working a full time job, making sure my son stays on track to graduate high school and trying to maintain some sort of spirituality! Now you may be reading this thinking that I am overreacting, and I am sure I am. In fact I believe I have been sinning, as I have written in previous articles that to sin is to miss the mark of God’s perfect will for our lives, I believe I have not been in God’s will all weekend. On top of that my frustration and anger has created an even more mentally destabilizing atmosphere for my household. So in this, I repent, I will just breathe and know that everything will be okay. I know many may not agree with this, I do not even know if I am correct as if I know anything of the spiritual, but our lives seem to be as a record being played on a cosmic record player and when we sin it skips. As in my weekend it seemed to have been skipping for two days straight. God wanted me to be within the grooves which he had preordained and I chose to allow myself to skip and scratch the record until it came back in line. To do this I needed to acknowledge and accept what I have done, repent to God and those I have offended by my behavior. So I could get back into His groove. I like you desire to live in complete serenity and within the groove of Gods record of my life. Yes Jesus said do not get anxious, but He walked on water, calmed the storms, I cannot do that, or can I? It all boils down to choice, are you going to allow the situations in life create even greater stress through giving in to the fleshly urge of trying to carve out your own groove, or are you going to try to skip your way back into God’s grove in which He has already established for you, making life much more easier?

I call it the domino effect of stress and frustration. It can start out small or large but if you give in the dominos are lined up and ready to fall over creating a mess. It takes a lot longer to set up the dominos that it does to watch them fall. We all know that recovery is hard no matter what it is. Let me look back at this weekend. My son skipped half the day at school and is not doing so hot grade wise, my fiancée always makes sure to point these things out as I often overlook what I deem as trivial teenage mischief, all I wanted to do after work on Friday was to get ready, go out to eat and listen to some live music, we did that as well as talking about the kid all night, boy oh boy what a buzz kill! The next day while I was still a little upset about the night before I am informed of a puppy that she wanted to purchase. She is addicted to the animal pages on Facebook which I wish she would remove because I am constantly asked to let her get a dog. I was already talked into a cat which turned out great, cats are easy, but a dog, let alone a puppy! That’s a lot of work! I will spare you all the in-betweens let me just say I wasn’t the happiest new puppy owner. I like my quiet lifestyle and my alone time to read, pray, and meditate. If you have not noticed by now I had been running away from things and holding on to what I thought was important, I blew up more than a few times and did not spend much time in prayer, if any!

Rewinding the script, what could I have done better? Instead of knocking over the mental dominos of stress, creating a mess that I am picking up on Monday morning which by the way is much worse than any mess which the puppy or my son made, I could have acted completely different and stayed with God’s groove. First, Friday night could have been spent at home doing a family activity instead of wanting to do something my way, second the eventual getting a puppy was inevitable at some point, as I look at her now I cannot help but smile at the little precious. I was looking at my weekend off as something I could control, as if I were God and I could cut out my own groove on the record. I know we all try, and unfortunately I am sure I will sin in this way again, I am human. I decided to write this today because I think that you can relate. It may not be about a teenage son and a puppy, but many other issues of life in which you have tried to control but just could not. While we do not have to allow life to control us we must be able to carefully discern what we can control and what we need to allow. We need to control our actions and emotions instead of knocking over the dominos and doing things “my way.” Not just most of the time, all of the time when we try to do things “our way” outside of the will of God we will cause undue stress upon our bodies and soul. I know that it may be hard to discern these things even for the most mature Christian, which I am not. We live in the ultimate proving ground called earth, staying within God’s will for us is one of the hardest things we can do, but I will say most rewarding. My final thoughts, do not skip out of your groove into an awful repeating struggle of stress and misery, instead pray for peace and discernment as you follow along the path God has already established for you. Blessings my friends, I pray that you find a peace filled week and not allow this world to take you out of your groove!

Nate talks about the ongoing situations regarding the national anthem and police shootings.  Of course the main message of this episode is based out of 2 Corinthians 12 involving “The Third Heaven.”  Nate gives his opinions and understanding of the subject.  I hope you enjoy!