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Let’s look at ALLL the new things in COD: Ghosts (generally speaking).

 

Great article for all you COD gamers out there to read!

YouTube – GodSwordofGabriel’s Channel.

 

I wrote a post earlier about my videos, and here is my channel link.  Feel free to check it out, and let us know what you think of it!  I will soon have music for the intro, and the credits, and I will be putting up more videos soon.

 

The purpose of this project is to get at the church and wake them up before it’s too late.  Too often the Church sits complacent and does not move in the world, and because of this evil prospers.  Or, if the church does act, they do so selfishly, and out of desire for their own glory, and they do not show the world God by their actions, only by words.  My calling from the Lord is to take to task fellow believers, and those who call themselves believers for their actions in this world.  God will judge the earth, and with the church He will start.  We are held to a higher standard, and God will see that we are judged to that standard.  I say what needs to be said, and I don’t pull punches.

This is a product of the With Christian Eyes website, and discussion board!  Come on over and let us know what you think, and feel free to join us in lively conversation!

 

God Bless!

My Videos!

Okay, so I haven’t posted on my blog a lot, but then again, I have been doing another sort of blog, so that is why! I have been doing videos on youtube called “Christian Talk Radio On Youtube!” So far I have seventeen videos that are public, and ready for the world to see. I have been focusing on reaching out to the church to bring them back to the God they claim to worship. While anyone can view my videos, my target is, and always has been, the church. We need a revival from within, before we can change the way the world is. And that is my goal! So come on over and tell me what you think!

Here is my link:

http://www.youtube.com/user/GodSwordofGabriel?feature=mhum

It is a product of the With Christian Eyes website and discussion board.  A link to the board can be found in my links, please give us a visit any time you want!  And don’t be afraid to join us!

 

 

Metal Christian Bands

Okay so this isn’t a very important topic when it comes to salvation, or preaching to the lost.  However it is rather just a quick post on something that I find entertaining.  It seems some people will listen to Christian Hard Core Rock bands, and yet not even care about the Christian message in the song.  I say this after looking on you tube for the song “The Sound of Truth” by As I Lay Dying, a Christian band that does, well heavy metal.  Reading through the lyrics to get the full gist of the song, I saw a comment as I reached the bottom.  It caught the very corner of my eye and so I started to read through that, and others.  People were wasting time debating if it matters if they are a Christian or not, and a lot of the non believers were putting down Christians.  It amuses me, really, as the song it self has a Christian message in it, and they still love it.  So it makes me wonder if the people listening really get it or not.  They say they don’t care, and yet when someone mentions the fact that the band is indeed Christian, they get their panties all up in a bunch.  They say they just love the song, and yet it pushes a Christian message.  So it baffles me really, why they would care if others state the fact that they are indeed Christian.

Just a quick post, but it amuses me is all, the way some people will act.  Not saying the believers are always the best or anything, but I just laughed at the fact that people care so much that when someone points out the facts they have to viciously attack them, swearing with every other word, even if the comment was not pointed at anyone, just a comment about the faith that unifies the band.

 

 

What is Faith?

Matthew 8:5-10 speaks of a time when Jesus came across a centurion who’s servant had fallen ill.  The centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant, and Jesus asked the centurion to lead Him to his servant.  It was at this time that the centurion said something that many do not have the faith to say.  He said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.  For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” The Bible goes on to say that Jesus was astonished, and that He told His followers that He has not seen such faith, not even in Israel.

Now this brings me to my main question, one that I will attempt to answer.  What does it mean to have faith?  Does it mean to go to Church every Sunday, and sit with a bunch of people you may or may not know, and sing songs from a hymnbook?  Does it mean to do things that the Church tells you to do, in hopes that somehow you will please God?  Is it to do great things in God’s name, so that the world can see His glory?  It is my honest opinion that these things are not what faith is about.  It is good to do great works in God’s name, yes, and He tells us to do this so His glory will be seen in your works, and that the father in heaven will be praised.  But does that what faith means?  It can be a show of your faith, after all faith without works is dead (James 2:20). But works do not lead to your salvation (Romans 9:30-35).  Faith in Jesus the Christ leads to salvation, though many will say, just believe that Jesus is the son of God and you will be saved.  But is this really true, if you just believe it is true, does that mean that you have faith in Him, to save you of your sins?  Is simply saying, “I believe in Jesus” really enough to save a person?  Is believe in Jesus the same as having faith?  Before I delve into this further, let’s look at faith as it is talked about in the Bible.

In Mark 5:24-34 we read of a woman with an issue of bleeding.  She was in a large crowd around Him and, having spent all her money on doctors and only getting worse, wanted to be healed by Him.  She has heard of other stories of blind men being healed, and thought to herself that if only she could touch the hem of His garment, that she would be healed.  She touched his cloths and was healed.  When this happened Jesus turned and asked, “who touched my cloths?” The woman came to him and fell on her face, and trembling in fear told him all that had happened.  When she had finished, Jesus said to her “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

There are many other examples thought the new testament of others being healed for their faith in Jesus, that He would heal them.  I will not take the time to go over all of them, but I will list them for your reference. Matt 9:27-31, Matt 15:21-28, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 7:36-50, Luke 17:11-19.

You can read these example on my discussion board, in the topic “Faith that God accepts”, and you can get there by using my links on my blog, or by clicking here: http://withchristianeyes.yuku.com/topic/76

The above are examples of peoples faith in Jesus, and the good that came from their faith.  The truly believe that He could heal them, and becuase of that belief they were healed.  This brings us to the topic, just what is faith?  Is it the believing the claims of someone, that they truly are the son of God?  Is it simply saying, “I believe you can do this?” Is it some strong feeling you have deep inside of you?  Faith, in the Christian sense, is having absolute trust in God.  It is having a relationship with the Lord, and not having doubt in Him.  You may say, “Well that is not what I believe, I mean who can trust God all of the time? Especially when things seem to always go wrong.” It is at this point that we should examine ourselves as believers.  Is it truly right for us to say such things?  To say that we can have doubt in God, and faith at the same time?  If you trust God, love Him with all of your heart, body, soul, and mind, then is that not the same as having faith in Him?  Can you have faith in someone you do not trust or believe in?  Can you really have faith in someone you doubt?

Life is hard, and at times (sometimes all of the time) things just don’t seem to go right.  We get worried, and stressed out, and start to wonder why God hasn’t stepped in and done anything yet.  We might start to doubt the Lord, and ask why He is not taking care of His own followers.  It is at that time we need to examine ourselves.  We need to ask if we are being faithful to God, and if we are putting Him first in our hearts.  Instead of putting Him first, we may be putting ourselves, and our worries first.  We may be putting our goals in our way of the Lord, and putting Him to the side while trying to do things for ourselves.  Don’t get me wrong, God does not want us to not take care of ourselves, or to never have fun.  However when those things start to consume us, when we start to put them first, then they get in the way of our faith.  When we keep looking for new ways to get more money for our own uses, we may get distracted by it and forget about God.  He becomes an after thought, someone to blame when we don’t succeed.  Instead, if you want more money to survive, or want to reach a certain goal in life, do not put it first and let it bear you down.  In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus says to not worry yourselves with such things, for if you have faith in the Lord He will take care of you.

Trust in God, and always put Him at the center of your heart, and He will take care of you.  While we may not always get what we want when we want it, we should understand that there is a good reason for that, and He knows what it is, even if we don’t get it at the time.  We may not always understand why He does what He does, or even what His will for us at the time is, but we should always keep in mind that He is in control.  In the immortal words of Ivory Line, “Just be still and breath”.  The Lord will hold close, and keep you, never will He abandon you.  To have faith in God, is to love Him with all of your heart, mind, body, and soul, and trust Him entirely.  Trust Him entirely, especially when things seem at their worst, because if you don’t trust someone, you can’t have faith that they will help you out.

Thank you, and may your life be Blessed by God.

“And if God did part the clouds, do you think He’d be proud?” (From “You Waste Time Like A Grandfather Clock” by The Myriad) This asks an important question to all Christians, one we need to consider carefully.  What would happen if God came back right now?  Would He part the sky and look at us and be proud?  Or would He look at us with shame and regret?  It is a question on our lives and how we have lived them.  Have they been Christ centered?  Or has He been an abstract thought in our lives that is there when it is convenient for us?  Who is Christ to us, and what will He say of us when we are standing in front of God?

In 1st Samuel 16:7 it reads, “But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’”  It’s the story of King David’s Anointing.  It makes a clear point to all who read it, God looks at our hearts.  He knows what we think, what we want, and what we truly believe.  He has the ability to see what our deepest and darkest secrets are, thoughts that we have that no one else in the world can know.  He can also know what you main focus is, what lies at the center of your heart.  God is aware of what drives our every action and what everything else in our lives revolves around.  In other words, God knows who or what you truly worship as a god.

With that being said we must now examine ourselves to address the original question, that is “do you think He’d be proud?” While it can be argued that no one can know for sure, not even one’s self, I am willing to go so far as to argue that and say that one can know their own heart.  I say this because each one of us knows what drives us, what keeps us going, what it is deep down inside that is our one desire around which everything else revolves.  The question now is, what is that thing, what is the center of your universe?

Every day you may wake up to go to work, to earn the little bit of money that you need to go on, the amount you need to make ends meet.  You do it out of necessity; you do it because you have to in order to survive.  You buy food and drink to survive; you buy clothes, so you can survive.  You buy a bed and you sleep, to survive.  You put that survival seemingly at the forefront, because you need to survive.  But is survival your God?  No, it is something you need in order to serve your God.  Simply trying to get by is not something that would be considered an idol.  However there is a fine line between survival and a lust for money.  When you make your every goal money, when you seek it daily and ponder endlessly how to achieve more for yourself, especially if you are well off financially, then that has become your god.  When money is your every obsession and you can’t get enough of it, when you lust after even more, you have made for yourself an idol.

Any man of God who does not seek after God first and foremost, or if he seeks after Him because he wants all things to be added to him, cannot truly call himself a man of God.  It is written, “ Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:31-33).  These verses are often abused by the health and wealth movement, which teaches that God wants you to be a rich man.  However it does not say you have riches added to you, but instead says that if you seek God and His kingdom first that He shall take care of you.  To seek after God so that you may be rich or have fame, is not to seek after God at all, but rather after your own desires.

I used the above example of money because many have been enslaved by it, but the point I am making should be clear.  If we seek after anything more than God and His will first, then we seek a different God.  Finding out who our God is, is the first step in knowing if God will be pleased with what we have done in life.  In fact it may be the only question, because whatever you seek after with passion and desire you will serve, whatever you seek after as your God you will surely be dedicated to.  So in order to answer the question “Do you think He would be proud?”, we must know that Christ is our God, our utter obsession.  Once we have answered that question, once we know that Christ is our God and that nothing is above Him in our hearts, then we can know if He would be proud of us.  In today’s culture many people claim to be Christian, and do not put an emphasis on Christ in their lives.  They live as if He is just a convenience for them, only calling on Him when they need Him, and having someone to blame when things go wrong.  Yet they never live even a moment of their lives for Him.  In Matthew 7:21-23 it is written  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Those who use God and His word for their own profit, and those who are only believers when it is convenient, will not be counted in the kingdom of Heaven.

Those who live in Christ are those who will make God proud.  No matter how small their works may seem, nor how big they look, they will make God proud.  While one may be called to minister daily at work, and another to move the world, both are equal in the eyes of God for serving Him and doing His will.  In fact the man who witnesses at work daily, or just lives the life Christ commands us to, may be inspiring the one who moves the world, and may even have lead them to Christ to begin with.  No one’s works will be counted better than that of another’s if both serve God with all their hearts.  And no man who comes to faith late in life will be any less than the one who had faith in his youth.  In God’s eyes, we are all equal.  The first will be last, and the last will be first (Matthew 20:1-16).  We must live our lives for Christ, putting Him and His will first, and live in full support and love for everyone.  We should support our brothers and sisters in Christ, and seek to lead the lost to Christ so they can be counted amongst the living.  In this way we can know that God will be proud.

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