30 September 2012

I Don't Go To Church Anymore

About 6 months ago, I decided I didn't want to go to church anymore. I've spent my whole life in religious institutions and the entire time they had me believing I had a great relationship with Jesus. But, the truth is, I never really knew him (Mat 7:21-23). I tried to do everything right, but the more I tried, the more I failed. Now, church means something completely different to me.

Growing up, church leaders did a great job of teaching me how to become a good Christian. They taught me how a believer acts, what kind of words to use, and how to live a Godly lifestyle. After so many years of practice and naturally being good at following the rules, I was the spitting image of what a Christian should look like. However, it was living hell.

I would literally lay on the floor in the fetal position begging God to help me not make so many mistakes. I would beg for his mercy for doing things wrong. However, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't be perfect (Jam 1:22-25). All the devil had to do was send some beautiful girl walking by and it was all over. Sure, I could get things right for awhile and I'd start feeling good about myself, but I could only do so much before I messed up again. Once I slipped up, the cycle of feeling horrible and beating myself up would start over.

Church is the place that told me that I had to be careful to follow all of God's commands or I wasn't really living for him. This is why I tried so hard to do the right thing. I saw what they did to people who sinned. I didn't want to be the person that everyone shunned or looked down upon.

25 September 2012

What Is Your Worth?

What are you worth? If you could put a price on your head, what value would you settle for? Let me put it this way, if someone kidnapped you, what do you think a fair price would be?
Jesus saved you from captivity.

I'm serious. Really think about a dollar figure...and try to be realistic.

Why am I asking you this? I think too many people under value themselves. We are always beating ourselves up over the dumbest stuff that doesn't even matter. We look in the mirror and see stupid, ugly, fat, zits, wrinkles, or disabilities and wish we weren't so undesirable. Half the time, married folks don't even believe their spouse when they tell them how wonderful or beautiful they are. The spouse just thinks they're bias or delusional.

Well, I want to paint a better picture of how amazing you are and how much God values you. But, this perception won't be like all the other images you've been given. What I'm about to tell you will stick with you for the rest of your life. This picture is straight from the Source (Rev 22:1).

16 September 2012

The Truth About Forgiveness

This simple Truth will change your entire world. If you don't get this, nothing Jesus did will make any sense.
It's time we see others (and ourselves) in pure Light.

Understand that my goal is to share with you how beautiful you already are and that you don't have to do anything else to make yourself more right with him. I want to open your eyes and show you a different perspective: God's perspective. When you know who you are in Christ, I'm confident that you'll start viewing yourself, and the people around you, in natural Light.

Honestly, Christians don't understand why the gospel they preach stinks. Why would anyone want anything to do with a God that would only forgive people of their wrongs until they accepted him as Lord? But, this is what almost every Christian believes and it's being preached in churches all over the world. However, this couldn't be further from the Truth (John 19:28-30).

Christians believe that Jesus died for only a select few - that his blood sacrifice was only good enough for those that actively call Christ their Savior.

02 September 2012

How To Hear God's Voice (Part 2)

In my last post, I described what the Spirit sounds like and explained my first experience hearing God's voice. Now, I want to share more details about what I've learned about the Spirit's character so that you too can hear directly from him.
The Spirit will be your guide.

I already know one of the first questions you're going to ask. I asked Jesus this very same thing, but his answer, as always, squashed my fears. The question was, "If the Spirit's voice sounds like mine, then how do I know when it's Jesus talking and not just me?" His reply was perfect (and made me laugh). He said, "Dathan, do you really think you could come up with this stuff on your own?" I replied, "You have a good point." This still makes me smile when I think about it. So, stop questioning what you hear and just go with it.

Most of the time when I hear him say something that doesn't make much sense, it's actually him talking. I can't even dream up the stuff he tells me (2 Cor 2:10-16). And, it doesn't matter where you are or what you're doing, he'll use anyone and anything to talk to you (1 John 2:27).