Monday, April 9, 2018

THE YOUNG LIONS DO LACK!

Praise the Lord! Let everything that has breath, praise His holy name. God is great and greatly to be praised. In this time of resurrection and Pass over, I have been reflecting on Gods grace and mercy in my life. I look at myself and I see a man so unworthy of it. I would really like to live my life more like a living sacrifice like I once did many years ago when I first believed. I'm sorry to say I'm not as committed as I used to be. I've become too comfortable in my flesh, making it harder and harder for me to keep Gods spirit as the strong man in my house, meaning my body. Again I am recommitting myself to strengthening my spiritual man and cutting off my flesh.

One of the things I am doing toward staying spiritual is participating on a prayer line at night. It really has been a blessing to me to be able to pray and look into the word of God together with my fellow saints. The other night we were going over Psalms chapter 34, and as we read verses 9+10 the spirit of the Lord started showing me some things concerning the young lions, verses 9-10 state: O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

I was stuck on the phrase "the young lions," Why only the young lions I asked myself a few times before the Lord began to show me in the spirit why the young lions "lack" and "suffer hunger." When the young lions were born, they were cubs and they depended on their parents for everything, for food, shelter, and for protection. As they got older they got stronger, making them bolder and more independent. They began to gain a little knowledge and they ran with it.

Instead of staying in the "pride" or family group with the older more mature lions who have learned over the years how and when to hunt, and how to lead and protect himself and his family. The young lion starts to feel that self-confidence that comes with youth. They stop trusting in the wisdom of the older lions who blazed the trail before and know the way, and they trust only in themselves. They do not know God nor fear him, for they count themselves as King of all they see, they are reckless and proud. They rush after their prey with no plan or structure at all and usually come up empty-handed, lacking any success for their effort. Then they go hungry.

Then God showed me His Church, the Body of Christ. He allowed me to see that the body of Christ is full of young lions. They get saved, they are new converts, babes in Christ. They come in as cubs and depend on the church elders and those seasoned saints who know the way. They begin to get a little word in them and before long they are not satisfied with just sitting and learning, they want to minister and preach, and teach. They are full of new ideas and visions, then, because they know better, they want to break away and start their own church.                                             
They have yet to learn the fear of God, and their faith is in their youth and their own strength. The young lions of the body of Christ split churches, and challenge their elders. They strike out on their own and they often suffer lack, their ministries fail. Verse 9 of the 34th Psalm again states  O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The Bible tells us that there is no "want" to them that fear the Lord. This is why it is so hard for the young to give their lives to Christ and serve and follow Him. Ecclesiastes 11:9+10 states 9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.

Here King Solomon was reminding us basically the same thing, that the young, or young lions follow their own minds and the way they see things. He makes a point to say that it is all vanity. This is why God calls us His sheep and not His lions. Sheep never change, young or old they follow their leaders. Psalms 100: 3 states 3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

And we all know what David said in Psalms 23, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want..." When the Lord is your shepherd you will never be in want or lack because He promises to supply all our needs. God wants to protect us from the "Young Lions," He doesn't want us to be young lions. There is only one lion in the body of Christ, and that is the head, Jesus Christ, the lion of the tribe of Judah!
So, are you going to be a young and foolish Lion? Or are you going to be a wise young Lion that is obedient and lives to be a wise old lion? Remember "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."

    God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

KEEP YOUR ARMOR POLISHED!!

Praise the Lord everybody!! Let everything that has breath praise His holy name!! God is great, and greatly to be praised!! I can truly say that I have been tested these first few months of the new year. Most recently was when my wife had surgery. We had one vicious attack that really put us to the test. It took a lot of prayers to get to this point where I can even share it with you all.

Actually, I'm going to share what God taught me concerning this incident, and that is the importance of keeping your armor polished and not to let it get rusty. The devil is constantly on the lookout for holes or soft spots to get in. Of course, I'm talking about the full armor of God. Paul talks about it in Ephesians 6:11+12 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We see here Apostle Paul telling us about the importance of putting on the Armor of God so that we will be able to stand up to the many tricks of the enemy. He stresses the point of putting on the "whole" armor of God, not half or two-thirds of the armor but the 'whole" armor, because when your dealing with the enemy you can't face him half-naked, you must be fully covered.

It is not only important that we put on our armor but that we also take care of it. We must keep it polished and clean because as with most metals they tend to get rusty and become easily compromised. The enemy is constantly probing our armor for weak spots, so we must not let our armor fall into disrepair. "How do we keep our armor polished?" you might be asking yourself. First, we must make sure we have a "whole" set of armor on. Paul goes on to tell us what that is in Ephesians 6: 13-18  13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

The first thing Paul mentions is the belt of truth, and how we keep it polished up is by keeping ourselves bound about with the truth. The truth must be with us and in us always. We can never take it off because everything else is held together by the belt of Truth. Ephesians 4:25 states 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.
Truth is one of the pillars of our faith. Jesus says in John 14:6  6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. He also states in John 4:23 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

The next piece of armor mentioned is "The Breastplate of righteousness". This piece of armor guards the chest and abdominal areas on a soldier. It guards the heart and other vital organs against the fiery darts of the enemy and the finality of death. Proverb 11:4 states 4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. What is righteousness? It means to be living holy, according to divine law, justified, free from guilt or sin. In order to stand against the enemy, we must be living a righteous life, righteous does not mean perfect. We must be walking upright before the Lord, confessing our sins and repenting with Godly sorrow whenever we fall short of the mark. That is how we keep our Breastplate clean and polished. Matthew 6:33 states 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Self-righteous destroys, Gods, heals and delivers.
 Psalms 34:15 also tells us 15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

The next piece of armor mentioned is the footwear, "the preparation of the Gospel of peace." There is a saying in the world that "an army travels on its stomach" But the army of the Lord travels on its feet. The bible states in Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

Our feet carry us and we carry the Gospel of Christ, as we prepare the world for His coming.The Gospel will take you places you never dreamed you would go, I am a witness. To keep our feet in good shape, clean and healthy we must always be ready to bring the good news of Christ to people everywhere we go, always remembering we are Ambassadors of Christ, always prepared, in season and out of season. We might be the only Jesus some will ever see.
Next is the "Shield of Faith." Paul says "above all" to take up the shield of faith because it quenches every fiery dart of the enemy. What is faith? some might ask. The bible tells us in Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. It also tells us in Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The bible also says in Romans 10:17 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. We must keep our shield polished by staying in Gods word and trusting in it, living it, and hiding it in our hearts. Like it says, "without faith, it is impossible to please God," and if we don't please Him, what can we expect from Him? 

Next is the "Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the spirit, which is the word of God." The Helmet protects the brain/mind. Our brain controls our thought process, our decision making, and our bodily functions, and our salvation should do the same thing. The word of God tells us in Philippians 2:5 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: It also says in 2nd Corinthians 10:5 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 
That is how we keep our helmet polished and fully functional. The main battlefield is the mind, and our minds should be in sync with the mind of Christ at all times. Lastly, we have the "sword of the spirit" which really is the only part of our armor that acts as an offensive weapon. we know from Gods word that says in Hebrews 4:12   For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The word of God can "cut you down to the white meat" as they used to say back in the day when it was used to bring about repentance or change. Jesus used the word of God against the Devil while He was being tempted by him in the desert for 40 days and nights when He told the devil in Matthew 4:1-4 1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. 3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.


The word of God has power and as Jesus pointed out, it is just as important that we live by it as it is important our daily bread. Paul also states in  2 Timothy 3:16 states- All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Finally, I leave you with this from Isaiah 55:11  11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
God wants us to know that He says what He means and Means what He says, and by faith, so should we. There is so much more to be said about keeping your armor polished that I could go on forever but let me just say this one last thing, Keep all your armor buffed and shiny with Prayer.

God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

WHAT GOD WANTS FROM US.

Praise the Lord everybody! Let everything that has breath praise is holy name!! Because He has done great things!It is amazing to see what God is doing these days in His church, He is exposing everything that is not like Him.The time has come for the Church to "put up or shut up!" I know it is for me anyway and for a lot of other believers out there.

I guess we have all heard about the High School shooting that happened the other day in Florida, 17 lives were lost and many injured. These things are happening too often in this country. What bothered me also is that our President, Mr. Trump, got on T.V. to address the issue, he began by saying all the things that Presidents say at times like these, and then he decided to throw in some scripture, I'm paraphrasing (I'm sure he was too) but basically, he said "God said, I have heard the cries of the people, and I will heal them." It struck me right away because first he never said where it came from. Second I felt in my spirit that God wanted to Hear something else from him and from us. I believe God wants us to be thinking more like this.

2nd Chronicles 7:14  14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

You see God has heard the cries of the people when things don't go our way. What He has not heard is our cries of repentance. What He has not heard is our cries to draw closer to him, God has not heard us forsake our wicked ways. What God has heard is Him being blamed for every tragedy, every disappointment, and every evil thing that happens in some of our lives. He has heard us demand that " in God, we trust" be removed from our money. He has heard us demand that prayer be removed from our schools, and He has seen His son's name become an offense and a curse.
If we want healing for our land we must Begin to humble ourselves before God, confess our sins and turn from our wicked ways and seek His face with all our hearts, mind, and strength, Then God will hear our cries and heal our land. Trump left out the most important parts of God's word, he only spoke about what we expect from God, and left out what He expects from us! Once again we have fallen short of the mark. Time is short, and even if Jesus does not return in our lifetime, we have to realize that time is definitely getting short in our personal lifetimes. So If the whole country has gone off and lost its way, we, the household of faith must stay the course and carry on the faith. A little food for thought.
               God Bless You All, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall






Friday, February 9, 2018

TRUE OBEDIENCE: TRUSTING GOD ON A HIGHER LEVEL

Praise the Lord everybody!! Let everything that has breath praise His holy name, for He alone is worthy!! God has been so good to me and my wife over the years, with this year shaping up to be the best year of all. We believe God is going to move in a special way in our lives this year, as long as we hold on.

The last few weeks and maybe months the Lord has been dealing with me, and with us about obedience. He has called us to a higher level of obedience in these last and evil days. And while God is calling us to obedience, the enemy is calling us too. The devil is pulling out all his tricks to cause our disobedience. His job is to make us fall, and sometimes we make it easy for him. We keep going back and forth into enemy territory, flirting with disaster, letting fear and anger, the devil’s calling cards, creep in and out of our lives. We allow time for all kinds of distractions, while slowly slipping away from spending quality time with God.
Today God is saying “enough is enough!!”

He is not just speaking to the Church, He is speaking to the whole country, a country that continues to call itself “God-fearing” even as it stands on the precipice of being totally backslidden. The words He spoke to His people centuries ago in his word, He is speaking again to us now. 

Proverbs 1:24-31 tells us 24But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, 25since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, 26 I, in turn, will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you- 27when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. 28Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, 29since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD. 30Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

This is a hard saying, but as I look around this country and the Church, I can understand it. We need to get ourselves together and fast. God has plans for us, He tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
If we want to remain in those plans we have a lot of work to do. We need to be more obedient, to His word and to His voice. Jesus tells us in John chapter 10 that His sheep know His voice, and another voice they will not follow, That being true, if we really are His then we have no excuse for not being obedient. Even tonight, I put this together along with the Holy Spirit out of obedience to Him.  God said to do it, so it is done, to the glory of God. We have to trust God more. The reason we don't just listen and obey Him a lot of times is because we don't trust Him enough. We are afraid that God could be wrong, imagine that, God wrong. We need to stop holding back our trust and start being obedient on another level than the one we are on. Just a little food for thought.

God Bless You All, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall



Tuesday, January 23, 2018

RENEGADE CREATION PART 2: WHY GOD ALLOWS WHAT HE ALLOWS

Praise the Lord everybody!! Let everything that has breath praise His Holy name!! Even though the new year has started off with a test for my wife and me, I am still looking forward to what He has in store for us and our marriage and in our ministry. We love the Lord and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Jesus tells us John 16:33  33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Jesus doesn't say we may have, but that we will have trials and tribulations in this world. In my last post "Renegade Creation: part 1" we talked about the fall of man and how this led to sin and evil entering the world and how that affected the World when it came to something called "moral evil", the evil that comes about because of man's inherent sin. We must remember, God is not the Creator of suffering and evil.
We will be discussing something called "Natural Evil" and it's effect on the tragedies that the world likes to blame God for, These are things like wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes that cause suffering for people. These things are also an offshoot of man unleashing sin on the world. When Man turned "renegade" and went his own way, God for all intents and purposes let us go, and to a certain extent removed His hand from over us. All of Nature was thrown out of kilter, set free from its original constraints.  The earth was cursed. Genetic breakdown and disease began. Pain and death became part of the human experience.

The bible tells us in Romans 8:18-23 18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
  19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

In other words, nature, and all creation longs for redemption to come and set things back to its natural order, until that happens there will continue to be chaos and disorder in this world. Think about it, all earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and climate changes are groanings of God's creation, longing to be freed. Let’s make this crystal clear once more: God did not create evil and suffering. Now, it’s true that he did create the potential for evil to enter the world because that was the only way to create the potential for genuine goodness and love. But it was human beings, in our free will, who brought that potential evil into reality.

Why doesn't God intervene against evil? you might ask.
Because God loves us and wants to have a true and real relationship with us, one that includes freedom of choice, He had to allow evil to exist.

We may say that God could still give us free will while at the same time preventing the consequences of evil. This becomes a question of degrees. We may want God to intervene in the case of murder or rape. But do we want God to intervene in the case of our own idolatry? Sin is not graded on a sliding scale. All sin is an offense to God, and it all separates us from Him equally. An unsaved person whose worst sin is that of gossip is just as unsaved as a nonbeliever who is a serial killer. If God were to intervene and prevent evil, He would have to remove us from the picture. Plus, if God were to prevent all the negative consequences of our actions, would we really have free will?

Because God desires a relationship with us, and we are sinful people, our sinful natures lead us to do sinful things. But praise be to God He has redeemed us! We need not live in slavery to our sinful inclinations (Romans 6:16-18), though we still battle against our sinful desires (Romans 7:14-25). Yes, we live in a sinful world over which Satan has been given dominion (1 John 5:19). We as Believers are not immune to the consequences of evil. But Jesus has overcome (John 16:33)! God is faithful to redeem the evil that happens in our lives just like He did for Joseph after he was sold into slavery after by his brothers, read Genesis chapters 37-50.
Romans 8:28 states 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

God allows evil, but He also restrains it. He does not allow too much evil, only that which can be redeemed and can lead to good. Sometimes we think it's more than we can bear, but God is faithful and will not give us more than we can bear. God is a God of justice and love, and evil will not go unpunished, nor will saints who suffer evil at the hands of others go without His help. In fact, the bible is constantly telling us to avoid all evil that comes our way, and avoid sin and to live in righteousness. We are called to help the needy and the victims of evil.

Micah 6:8 8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
One day God is going to eradicate all evil, but until then, we must learn to accept what God allows, because number one it was us/man who started the evil ball rolling, and number two God allows evil because he loves us and wants to commune with us, but Praise be to God, for our redemption draweth nigh, and order will be restored to God's kingdom.

God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

RENEGADE CREATION: WHY GOD ALLOWS WHAT HE ALLOWS. part 1


Praise the Lord everybody!! Let everything that has breath praise His holy name!! Happy New Year!! to everyone out there, I am believing God for a wonderful and blessed new year in Christ, and looking forward to what He gives me to share with you all.

Today I want to share with you something God revealed to me while I was talking to a friend of mine about witnessing to nonbelievers and how to answer some of the Questions they always seem to ask when the concept of whether there is a God or not comes up. A lot of times I've heard it said "there is no God, how can any God allow so many bad things to happen to innocent children and people? What kind of God is that?" they ask me and when I try and take them to the Bible, they begin to point to how the God of the bible had people and even whole cities wiped out, women and children, everything, put to the sword or drowned by floods or burned up by fire. "what kind of God would do that?" they asked.
As my friend and I began to discuss how to answer these questions, God began to tell me that they needed to begin to see those situations and this world the way that He saw it, and He brought me back to the beginning, to Genesis and the creation. God's word tells us in Genesis 1:26-31 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth days.


As we see here God created everything, including man. The man was special in God's eyes because He created man in His own image, and gave him dominion over all His other creations. God was pleased with the man and saw that he was "very good."
When God saw man He saw a reflection of Himself, the man walked naked before God at that time because there was nothing between man and God, he was pure, clean, and holy unto his creator. When the man disobeyed God and sinned against his creator, that was no longer the case. That sin became a barrier between the two, now when God looked upon is creation He no longer saw a reflection of himself but a lawbreaker, not worthy of his current position, a covenant breaker who God could no longer see as His finest creation. So God covered man in the skins of dead animals, one reason I believe God did that was that at that point I believe He saw the man on the same level as the animals, as He angerly drove him out of the Garden and into the world controlled by the prince of the air, Satan.

As time went on and man began to multiply throughout the Earth, they reflected God less and less and their sinful nature became more dominant until God tells us in Genesis 6:5-8 5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 And it repented the Lord that he had made the man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

When people ask me about the existence of "God," or the God of the Old Testament and how could He allow certain things to befall so-called "innocent" men, woman, and children, I tell them they must learn to see things the way God sees them. When God looked at man all He could see was a renegade creation that was mutating into something He could not recognize.

The dictionary describes a Renegade as 1. One who rejects a religion, cause, allegiance, or group for another; a deserter.
2. An outlaw; a rebel.

In God's eyes, we were deserters, outlaws, and rebels, who had bitten the hand that fed them in order to go their own way, do their own thing. When God disowned man He cursed His creation. in Genesis 3:14-19  14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow, thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou has taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

God gave man free will, but here he lets him know there is a price to be paid for the sin of disobedience. He turned us over to our own devices and choices, thus the evil that befalls the so-called "innocent" is, for the most part, the direct result of man's choices.

First let me say that there are two types of evil, Moral evil, and natural evil. first, let us begin with "moral evil.  Moral evil is the immorality and pain and suffering and tragedy that come because we choose to be selfish, arrogant, uncaring, hateful and abusive. Romans 3:23 says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

 So much of the world’s suffering results from the sinful action or inaction of ourselves and others. For example, people look at a famine and wonder where God is, but the world produces enough food for each person to have 3,000 calories a day. It’s our own irresponsibility and self-centeredness that prevents people from getting fed.
In other words: look at your hand. You can choose to use that hand to hold a gun and shoot someone, or you can use it to feed hungry people. It’s your choice. But it’s unfair to shoot someone and then blame God for the existence of evil and suffering. Like that old cartoon said: “We have seen the enemy, and he is us.”

God tells us in His word that "my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" see Hosea4:6. God is not only talking about believers but also about His creation.
I'm going to end here, but next time we will pick up with "natural evil" and a few other things connected with God and His "Renegade Creation."

God bless you all, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall






Tuesday, December 26, 2017

THE GOOD FEAR: IN CONCLUSION OF THE WHOLE MATTER

Praise the Lord everybody! Let everything that Has breath praise His holy name!! As this year winds down, I have been sitting here contemplating how much God has blessed me this past year. From the outside looking in it might appear to some that all He has given me is a lot of trials, tribulations, and physical pain. In the natural, that would be true, but in the spiritual realm, he has given me so much more. I'm truly looking forward to the coming year where I believe God will allow me the opportunity to put into play the wisdom and understanding He has blessed me with this past year.

I'd like to share with you about something that can hinder your walk and progress in the Lord or enhance your walk and relationship with God, and that something is the "Fear Factor." The use of the word "Fear" in the Bible can lead to confusion if you are not careful in your study of God's word.

I can remember a time when I was newly saved, working in fulltime ministry for the Lord. God was providing for all my needs, I was on fire, fasting, praying, and consecrated unto God. God was using me to win souls by blessing my testimony and anointing my preaching, all was right in my world as far as I was concerned. One day all that changed when I fell back into drug use, and when I fell I fell hard. During that two day run, I brought shame on myself and on God's ministry. It was then that I came to my Pastor and he said to me something I will never forget "Brother Darrell, this happened because you don't fear God."

The words he spoke stung me, and immediately I began to defend myself. "What do you mean? I fear God! I do, I just don't understand how I let the devil trick me." I did not understand what he meant, and that statement haunted me as I went back into rehab and discipleship as God began to restore me.

To me the spirit of fear was a bad thing, didn't the bible say in 2nd Timothy 1:7  7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
I knew that we were not supposed to be afraid of God, and I knew that I loved Him, so what did my Pastor mean "You don't Fear God." I knew the Devil tries to bring fear and paranoia into our lives as he tries to destroy us and hinder our walks with God, but what was I missing? What did I need to do to improve my walk with God?
God's word says in Proverbs 1:7 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  I knew this scripture, but I did not fully understand the meaning behind it. This went on for a few years, I made many mistakes and bad decisions. I left the program and fulltime ministry and returned to the working world. It was then, that God began to teach me what it meant to "fear" Him.

First of all, He stripped me down. I had no job, and could not get one, no matter how many degrees or nursing licenses I had or experiences I had. To make a long story short, God used this situation as a teaching tool. For all my love of God, my brokenness when He saved me, all my service, and sacrifice in His name, the bottom line was I did not "respect" God. That was the "fear" that was missing from my life with Him.

I had yet to realize that it was God who was in control of every aspect of my life, not me. There is no job, no career, no life, no anything without God's okay. The fact that I wake up every morning was at His pleasure, not mine. The reality of who God is finally became real to me. I had been trying to hold on to some of my own control, thinking I was doing something, achieving something in my own strength, I had to realize that my WHOLE life was in His hands, and once I did that I felt another burden lifted from me, now I understood what Jesus meant in Matthew 11:28 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 

Once I put down the burden of trying to do things in my own strength, wisdom began in my own life. I realized what my Pastor meant back then, you don't want to anger or disappoint the one who has your life in His hands. He was right, I probably would not have done what I did if I truly had "feared" or respected God totally for who He was and still is back then. God had mercy on me and allowed me to avoid learning this lesson in jail. He allowed me to learn from my mistakes.
The fear of the Lord is a good thing. I just would like to leave you with the following scriptures.

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Job 28:28  And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that [is] wisdom; and to depart from evil [is] understanding.

 Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man.

God Bless You All, Brother Darrell, Speaking Off The Wall