Let this be a clear warning to us all. Whom shall we serve? Ourselves or The Lord. I believe Matthew 7:21 speaks of these who profess to be believers. There is great power in the community of the church. Vulnerability and submission to others authority and inviting truth to be spoken into our lives is crucial to our staying or getting back on the path to purity/right living. Indulgences are enjoyable for a brief period but always lead us away from fellowship with The Lord. He hasn’t left but we have grown distant to His sweet spirit. Vulnerability to friends and the conviction of the truth will lead us back.
Be sure to read this devotional from our website by Loy Loften. http://hopeforwholeness.org/daily-devotions/our-wandering-minds/
Video: From the slopes. An encouragement to get out there and experience life.
To view: http://hopeforwholeness.org/mckrae-games-blog/there-will-always-be-someone-better/
Tempted to act out? Remember that Jesus IS there!! If you are a born again believer, then Jesus IS there. He’s WHEREVER you are or go. You are grafted into the vine!! You CANNOT walk away from Him. You might FEEL you have but its ONLY a FEELING. The reality is that He IS THERE. Avoid Him and feel guilty about it afterwards OR acknowledge Him and talk to Him. This WILL satisfy. Sin will for a very short time but you will pay for it afterwards. Sin does NOT PAY, but you WILL. 1 Cor. 6:12-20
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Video 6:11. Today I share from behind the wheel. Don’t worry, kept my focus on the road. Me taking the wrong turn and getting lost on this road (which I found out after this video was over) was the GPS’s fault. Was rather humorous. Sometimes we just NEED to take a day off. Today and in the next two blogs, I share that day with you. Click to watch: http://hopeforwholeness.org/mckrae-games-blog/getting-away-sometimes-is-a-need/
First off, I’d like to say that I don’t want to write a blog on yet another person coming out. It gets old responding to what has now become a cliche. “I’m gay” is the newest way to join the drumbeat of where the culture is going of wanting to be a part of the movement and possibly the news cycle. The media eats it up! We’re in the middle of the Winter Olympics. Russia has spent billions, yet one football player who might be picked to play for the NFL comes out and instantly it becomes the lead story of national news.
Admittedly I’m not a sports guy. In hearing of Michael Sams coming out and what a big deal this is, did we really know who he was before he came out?
Quickly let me say that before it seems that I’m judging or condemning Michael Sams for coming out or for being gay, I’m always reminded of what brought me out of the homosexual lifestyle. It wasn’t someone bashing gays or homosexuality; it wasn’t someone having a talk with me about me being gay or anything even close to it. What reached me was someone accepting me, praying for me, loving on me, and being Christ to me.
The truth is that our society is obsessed with homosexuality. Our government sends an all gay delegation to the winter Olympics. To watch television, you’d think that one-third to half of society was gay, or at the very least that 10% must be true. Well, not true. Its all about promoting an ideology. Its tough because being a former homosexual, if I’m honest, much of what goes on with homosexual intimacy can trigger me and many others like me. As a parent, I don’t want my kids to be exposed to homosexuality, but this is the reality that we can no longer keep our kids veiled to.
Recently watching Downton Abbey with my mom and son I’m faced with two men making out. I said quickly, “change the channel!” Unfortunately it wasn’t changed and my flesh was left watching. I thought, this is going to become the new normal on television and our society. This is what we are going to have to get used to. Recently Disney had a lesbian couple on their very popular children and family show called Good Luck Charley. We are being indoctrinated.
Our ministry is not about preaching against homosexuality or against homosexuals. We help those who want help that are affected by or have same-sex attractions to follow Christ as Lord.
Trying to get people to not do or not be something that they are is typically very unfruitful. Scripture says in John 6:44, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them.” That’s our reality that’s the most important. We are not the Holy Spirit. Love conquers, not hate.
The reality that we don’t get is that homosexuals are onto a suedo truth of scripture, a verse that I’m known for, found in James 5:16. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” There is something about begin known. We want to be known. I get it. I also get that it won’t satisfy. Coming out feels good and liberating to the homosexual initially, but in the end its empty. It gets political and self-righteous. God wants us to come out to our support system in repentance and prayer, not in liberation into our sin but away from it. But the world has bought into this system of coming out. We can get mad about the world, but they are only being what they know.
We can put our heads in the sand, we can cut our cable, we can retreat to the mountains and live in a log cabin to escape it, but the world needs us. Jesus is best represented by people who have been found. Found people find people. Are we out finding people and drawing them to Jesus or are we someone who is angry about what’s going on in the world and have to always give our two cents about it? I want to be someone who draws people to Jesus. I want to be like the man and woman who led me to the Lord. I wasn’t quite sure initially what it was they had, but I knew they had something I didn’t have and I wanted it. When the gospel was presented, I ran for it.
Jesus changes people. It only takes one touch. Let’s touch people rather than judge them. Those of us who are born again have had that encounter with Jesus. Let’s understand that the world is lost and needs us and Jesus, the compassionate Jesus. Let’s reach out with the hand and heart of the one that set us free. Let’s not live in and shout out from a closet of hate and judgement, not helping anyone.
Video 4:07: Watch another video from my ski trip, from the top of a black diamond I’m getting ready to head down.
What are you afraid of? We ALL have fears. God tells us over 100 times to not fear. What fruit has fear barred for any of us other than to hold us back most of the time from growing and experiencing life as God intended it (obviously not speaking of fearing doing wrong).
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:10 NASB)
I’ve learned many life lessons through snow skiing and I want to share some with you. The balance of our need, fear, and being over confident. www.hopeforwholeness.org
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you” 1 Peter 5:6 ESV
“For we also are weak in Him, yet we will live with Him because of the power of God directed toward you.” 2 Corinthians 13:4
“The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
How do you react when you see someone super attractive? Do you start to freak out? Do you think you’re sinning? Do you feel bad about yourself?
“since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19, 20 NIV)