Monday, August 11, 2014

Call On God

I have heard in my life people talk about God in some peculiar ways. People get mad with Gods because we feel he is not with us, that He is not there for us. We ask other people to pray for us and just form an opinion about what God will do for self. I have gotten into situations in the past and asked God, where are you? I need you God.”

But it is the fault of me that I can’t hear nor see God. When I’m out there doing wrong, God is right there, I just didn’t acknowledge Him. God is like, “I’m right here Kevin”. But I’d continue my mission of doing what I wanted to do. God would still be right there with me. When we live our lives according to how we want but, yet and still, God is right there with us. A woman once told me a joke, she said “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him what your plans are in your life”. When things get out of hand in our sinful life, we begin to question God, “where you at God? Why have you left me God?’ God’s answer is “I’m still here but are you listening to Me?”

Genesis 3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.  9 But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"  10 He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."  11 And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" 

Which leads me to my topic, “Call on God”. Normally what happens in our lives is that we get ourselves into situations and try to get ourself out of it. But doing this is just like being in quick-sand, the more we try to get out of it the more we sink deeper in. The biggest problem I have found in my life is that I honor material and worldly things. My car, my house, my clothes, etc; all these things I would either kill someone for if they tried to bother these items, or get real upset whenever I felt these things were threatened. But you see, what I was doing was, pretty much, selling my soul for material items. You may say, what do you Kevin? If I cherish items higher than life itself, I’m Losing. Let’s clarify this, I eventually will take my stress level to a level of healthiness cherishing these items, when they’re just items. I am actually putting these things before God. I’m focusing my life on what I have instead of what I need to be doing in life.

Leviticus 26:1 "'Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the LORD your God.  Sometimes we don’t read the writing on the walls, God not only told Israel not to worship idols but the people of today, us, we idolize the items we have and we are instructed not to perform idol worship. We in the church today worship religion, buildings, paintings on the wall, and leaders; just to name a few, and that is all wrong. All of these things and people would not exist if it were not for God. Let’s continue reading. 2 " 'Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the LORD. 

Observes: 1.notice or perceive (something) and register it as being significant, 2.fulfill or comply with (a social, legal, ethical, or religious obligation). Sabbath: a weekly day of rest or time of worship. In this passage of scripture God says “observe His Sabbaths”. Defined fulfill and comply with a weekly day of worship

3 " 'If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands,  4 I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit.  5 Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.  6 " 'I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.  7 You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you.  8 Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you.  9 " 'I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.  10 You will still be eating last year's harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new.  11 I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you.  12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.  13 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high.

What these people saw and experienced in those days was the Lord. The Lord walked with them all the days of their lives. The Lord existed and spoke with them in the times of good and bad. The same Lord from then saw that there was a need for existing in the flesh. So the Lord waited for a loyal and obedient woman that was meet for birth of the Lord. Once this woman came into existence and matured in her obedience, the seed was fertilized. That seed, that the Lord existed in was born into the world and became living flesh. When people saw this man, most looked him up and down and talked about him. He didn’t commit any sins to elevate himself nor his statues. He remained humble and obedient to the order of the Almighty God. When people bad mouthed him and spat on him, he remained obedient to Gods Ordinance. This Man stood before the world and exemplified what it is to be a man. This Man did this all the way to His last breath. This Man I’m talking about is Jesus the Christ. We are to exemplify this Man’s qualities to the fullest. When someone is talking about you, in your Christian life, don’t get mad at them. What you and I should be doing is listening to what they say and then look at self and see if it is true because sometimes, it may be true. We need to analyze self and stop thinking we are Jesus in the flesh. None of us can pull the match from the match book he holds. All of us need to analyze ourselves constantly to fulfill our lives in accordance with Gods Provisions. If you think I’m talking to you, don’t trip, because I’m talking to me too. So lace the shoe up and wear it because our walk has to be down the path God has provided for us, not the one we want to make. When we feel like we are losing the battle on life, just call on God for assistance and He’ll be right there. Just think of God as a basketball game and we play for the Lakers. We all have talents but we the right Point Guard in the game to help us win. When we utilize the 1st round Draft Pick in the game and we all play in the rhythm of His game. We become the ShowTime Lakers and just like Byron Scott and James Worthy got hit in the head at times because they were not ready for the ball. We just have to learn to practice more so we can be ready for the ball when it’s dished to us. With good practice when God throws us the ball once we are set at the three point line, or cutting to the basket, all we have to do is remain in a good form and follow through and make the shot. We don’t have to call on God when we are playing His game because He’ll maintain His Presence in our lives as long as we maintain a rhythm in Him.