Story Time: Story 1

A time ago, A man was once given a book. This book told a tale of a mighty kingdom that was ruled by an even mightier king. This man was captivated by this book and became convinced that he was meant to live like it.

In all his reading of the book, he started to build and convert everything around him according to how he saw the kingdom in the book. He worked day and night, hardly resting at all, to construct his version of the told kingdom. As he was building, he invited all his friends and family into his kingdom to show them the way he perceived the kingdom as told in the book.

He convinced and recruited them enough to help him build and expand his kingdom, and they marveled at this man’s dedication to his mission, and his wisdom from the book. They said to themselves, “I want to be just as devoted to this thing as he is! Maybe someday I can start my own kingdom and have as many loyal followers as he!”

The man became aware of how people viewed him and began to believe and say to himself, “I bet the mighty king in the book would be pleased with me! Look how I’ve made things look around me! It looks exactly how I see it in the book!”

Still, day and night he worked tirelessly to instruct and encourage his followers to build and invite as many people into his kingdom so it can become as mighty as what he saw in the book. He would hold feasts and invite his higher-ups and assistants to dine at his table and they would get drunk on their own accomplishments and how many people they had invited into their expanding kingdom. They proclaimed their own kingdom as if it were the mighty kingdom as found in the book. How proud they became of the thing they built and the people they had become!

One day, a man within this expanding kingdom had the exact same book. He studied just as diligently as the first man but he saw things differently. He didn’t believe the kingdom the first man was building was a good representation of what was found in the book.

The second man decided that he would begin building his own kingdom but he knew he’d have to have followers to be successful. He began to recruit people within the first kingdom and shared his viewpoint with them and those who he recruited began to see it his way too! He eventually gained their trust and it didn’t take long for him to start building his own kingdom not far from the first man’s kingdom.

The second kingdom became as successful and maybe even larger than the first kingdom! The second man thought to himself, “I know for sure that I would please the mighty king in the book if he were to see what I have done!”

Eventually, the same thing happened within the second man’s kingdom as what he committed in the first, and a third kingdom was born. In fact, this same cycle continued within each kingdom until there were hundreds of smaller kingdoms within just a few miles of each other. Each kingdom believing that the mighty king in the book would be pleased with them and that their way was the right way to do what they found in the book.

One day, without notice, the mighty king from the book appeared but not many within the multiple kingdoms recognized him. As he traveled within each kingdom he found only a few that truly knew him and his kingdom that is mentioned in the book. Most of the men of which started each kingdom did not like the mighty king because he would feed the poor and was comforting those who were on the outskirts of each kingdom. Those who were rejected yet tolerated within the walls.

The mighty king was not pleased and did not recognize the kingdoms that were built even though many of the people proclaimed and believed their version was the kingdom found in the book.

He revealed himself to them as the mighty king in the book and the people became terrified! The mighty king rebuked each kingdom and the men who started each one! They became terrified of what they had done and that they never even knew they were wrong! He said, “You missed my kingdom and built your own kingdom according to how you saw fit! My kingdom is hidden and can only be expanded within the hearts of men! Not by buildings or by wealth! You have declared yourselves my servants but I do not know you and you do not know me! If you wish to learn and be a part of my kingdom, follow me and I personally will teach you my ways! I will reveal all truth to you about me and my kingdom from my book!”

Many of the people, including some of the men who built their own kingdoms, had heeded the mighty king’s words and they dropped everything to follow him and live according to his ways. But sadly, many of the men who had their own kingdoms refused the offer and many of their followers stayed with them, as they did not believe it was the true king. They only believed the book according to how the men they followed taught them.

Sharing Some Revelations: Part 1- Missing It

So recently I have been posting a lot on Facebook about some things lately, and I felt I needed to flesh out more of what the Lord has been showing me. These are some fresh revelations to me. I’m sure they may not be fresh revelations for others, but it is my hope that at least some will get a fresh revelation from my sharing of these things.

Firstly, please know none of what is to follow is to imply any condemnation. “Therefore, there is now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Messiah Yeshua.” – Romans 8:1.

Yeshua is not condemning us, and neither do I! For the first time in my life, I have become saturated with so much love I feel like I have no other option other than to spill out what the Lord is showing me. Some of it can seem harsh, but if we know our Heavenly Father like we are supposed to, we know He rebukes and chastens the ones He loves! It is by His grace that He not only corrects us but also supplies instruction on how to walk out that correction! Obviously, let it be known, I have applied these corrections in my life and the fruit being bore of it has changed my life forever!

I am going to write these things into three blog posts but that by no means implicates disconnection from one another, nor do I want it to imply either of them is more or less important than the other. Also, none of this is meant to introduce some new “formula” on how to apply biblical principles. Some things can only be revealed by the Holy Spirit and I believe without any doubt that what I am writing about will require a personal revelation for each reader. So before you continue reading, please ask the Lord to open your eyes and mind. If you disagree with anything I have written, that’s totally fine with me. It won’t change my love for you! But will it change your love for me? Please understand that I am not proclaiming anything contrary to biblical teaching. I love the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who is the Father of our Lord, Messiah Yeshua. No man comes to the Father except through Messiah, who is the Way the Truth and the Life. Here we go!

Missing It

Please check out the video below from BibleProject to learn a little Hebrew word background before you continue.

Did you watch it?? If not, you may not understand the context of what is to follow.

So… missing it is sin. It’s not just about the really bad sins like adultery, anger, and violence and the things that are obvious! What about the less obvious? The bible says that even just a little leaven spoils the whole lump (1Corinthians 5:6, Galatians 5:9). If we really love the Lord, we should be pursuing repentance (which is not just a one-time thing but is a daily choice lifestyle) in all things that do not please Him, which ultimately is what sin is. We are missing it in what pleases Him. Let’s draw back a moment in humility and really truly consider that we could be missing it as Messiah’s community/the church. If we can truly learn to accurately judge ourselves individually, then we should be able to truly judge ourselves as the Body of Messiah collectively.

For the sake of time and affectiveness, I will not try to list numerous sins. Let’s use the sin of comparing ourselves to one another as an example to hopefully prove the point I am trying to make.

I’m sure this is something a lot of us have to deal with. I am guilty of comparing myself to others and have been for a long time. No doubt it could’ve been caused by insecurities already existing within me, but let’s dive into another possibility- Church Culture.

Most churches have become very cliquey. Can anyone deny that? The fact that we have so many different churches in a single city should prove this, let alone the cliques within each individual church. If we all were truly preaching the same message and believed the same gospel, I HIGHLY doubt there would be a church building on seemingly every street corner.

How about idolatry? Those who are in positions of “full time” ministry have somewhat been idolized, have they not? Especially big-name preachers. Is this primarily their fault? No, not necessarily. Though make no mistake, some may know that is exactly what they are doing and have no desire to change otherwise. God help them. And what about worship bands and leaders?

We ALL have promoted this “rockstar” culture in Christianity. You may ask, ‘What’s wrong with our culture?’, and to that extent is why I want to emphasize praying that the Lord opens our eyes. Could this be a product produced by what we believe the gospel to be over what God intended it to be? If that is even possible in the slightest degree, we are missing it! Please pray about this.

As a former worship leader, I can attest to promoting this culture without hesitation. Let me gladly confess my own sin here in writing; I put on a yoke of false humility my entire worship leading life. With all honesty, I can look back and easily see that now; that I wanted to be known but I didn’t even really know that was a prominent motive in me. It was masked by what I thought was right because of our church culture. I wanted to prove how legit my relationship with God was by my gift. Not because I thought I was even a great worship leader, but because my gift became my identity in the church, and also the basis on which how I ultimately believed I was able to please God. I needed and wanted the affirmation of people. Again, could that have been due to my own insecurities? Obviously, YES! However, in the face of this kind of church culture, my insecurities were only being amplified by it! Who knows, maybe that’s just me! Though, I don’t think it is just me.

I said all that to make my point by raising one important question-  are we doing things in our church culture and not even considering that it may not be pleasing to God just because of how pleasing to man it has become? In light of the True Gospel, I struggle to find anywhere in scripture that it is a popular way of belief and living. Jesus made things clear by saying, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter it are MANY. How narrow is the gate and DIFFICULT the way that leads to LIFE, and those who find it are FEW.” – Matthew 7:13-14. Are we just trying to popularize this thing? Are we making our decisions based on growing the numbers of butts in pews? Let’s get real with this, family!

Let’s consider that we may be missing it and trust the Lord to correct us!

Word of warning: I would advise you don’t pray and ask the Lord to show you if you don’t want to take this seriously! He will show you and from then on you will be responsible for how you respond and change or don’t change accordingly. Let me be an example. He has shown me and I am responding in His leading, and I do not care to ever go back to accepting things as the way they’ve been just because “this is how we do it.” I only care to know how God wants things done and He showed us this Way through Messiah!

If you would like to keep reading, the next blog is called- What it looks like, and False Gospels. Click here to check it out.