A blessed date!

About two weeks ago, my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful date. It was to celebrate 11 years of loving each other in marriage. 

For many who do not know, my wife has lupus and fybromiaga. I also have a multitude of medical problems due to my service in the Marine Corps. 

However, thanks to the glory of God we both were well enough to do a small obstacle course together and did a lot of team work to get through it. At the end, we were exhausted and sore. But we made it and enjoyed every minute of it.

I just wanted to share this wonderful experience we had with our extended family (you guys!). 

Please let us know if you have any upcoming dates or anaversaries that you would like to let us know about. 

God bless you all and thank you for following and supporting my family and Walking By Faith Missions Church!

Wisdom is shouting

Proverbs 1:23-29

“Turn at my reproof. Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you. I will make known my words to you. 24  Because I have called, and you have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no one has paid attention; 25  but you have ignored all my counsel, and wanted none of my reproof; 26  I also will laugh at your disaster. I will mock when calamity overtakes you; 27  when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when your disaster comes on like a whirlwind; when distress and anguish come on you. 28  Then will they call on me, but I will not answer. They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me; 29  because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD.”

God is more than willing to share His love and knowledge with each and everyone of us.  To receive His advice, we must be willing to listen.  We are often prideful and would rather listen to what we believe instead of seeking God’s wisdom.  We must be able to put our “pride” aside and stop thinking about our own desires of wanting to be right all of the time.

What is “pride” exactly?  It is when we put our own desires and thoughts before God’s.  If we feel that we know better than God’s word, or think that we have no need for His direction, we have become very foolish and our pride is getting in the way.

What can we do about making prideful decisions? In my opinion, this is simple.  If you have a difficult decision to make, take a step back and pray for a minute for God to give you guidance.  Will the outcome glorify God?  Will your actions help the situation in a positive manner without sinning?  If the answer is “no’ for any of these two questions, simply don’t do it.  If you feel like you still want to do it anyways, that is your foolish pride trying to take you away from what you should be doing.

I pray this message helps someone today.  Please have a blessed day and remember Isaiah 2:12 and do not make the Lord have to humble you because of your pride.

“For the LORD of the Heavenly Armies has reserved a time to oppose all who are proud and haughty, and the self-exalting— they will be humbled.”

Farmington, NM

We came to Farmington to visit some close friends and made some new family.  While here, we were able to see our friend Wesley preach for the first time and we’re able to celebrate Brett’s birthday. This three day weekend was a complete blessing and we look forward to the next family visit. I pray everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Enticing Sin

Proverbs 1:10-19

“My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 11  If they say, “Come with us, Let’s lie in wait for blood; let’s lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 12  let’s swallow them up alive like Sheol, and whole, like those who go down into the pit. 13  We’ll find all valuable wealth. We’ll fill our houses with spoil. 14  You shall cast your lot among us. We’ll all have one purse.” 15  My son, do not walk in the way with them. Keep your foot from their path, 16  for their feet run to evil. They hurry to shed blood. 17  For in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird: 18  but these lie in wait for their own blood. They lurk secretly for their own lives. 19  So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain. It takes away the life of its owners.”

Sin has a way of being alluring.  Whether it is greed for money or any other type of sin.  It allows people to have short term pleasures and can even give you a sense of being “one of the crowd.”  When we fail to listen to God’s truth, our appetite for sin will become our masters.  We then become obsessed with them and a chain of bondage is created.  We tend to continue enjoying these short term pleasures and ignore the long term consequences.

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Death is what sin properly deserves.  This does not mean sinners will automatically die.  However, even sinners in hell get treated the way they deserve to be treated because of their actions.  This is a scary thing being taken away from grace and the shield of protection our Heavenly Father gives us for being nearsighted.  We lose so much being caught up in sinning, not realizing you’re giving the enemy a strong hold and what you are allowing yourself to lose. 

So what do you do?  Accept the free gift of Jesus Christ into your heart and your mind.  If we fail to listen to the warning of Proverbs 1:10-19 and Romans 6:23, we only have ourselves to blame when the final days of our judgement arrives.  What will you choose?  Eternal life or death?  Please think this over carefully before you chose to sin.  Maybe then you can weigh the consequences before you chose to act.  Please have a blessed day!

True knowledge 

Today I will be sharing some insight from the book of Proverbs.  I want to write about true knowledge and how it should be applied in your household.  Parenting a new generation of godly children is very important in the eyes of the Lord and it should be for every Christian parent as well. So let’s begin!

Proverbs 1:7

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction.”

One of most problematic people are those who think they know it all.  They refuse to listen to the counsel of others and are bound to fail.  Only the ones who are willing to seek counsel and mentorship from those qualified are the true winners in life. They have the discipline to follow our Heavenly Father’s commands and live with a reverence for Him.  These are things that we must ingrain in our children’s minds daily to ensure a proper start for a foundation of true knowledge for them.

Proverbs 1:8-10

My son, listen to your father’s instruction, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching: 9  for they will be a garland to grace your head, and a necklace around your neck. 10  My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

In this world, respect of the Lord should be the center of everyone’s life.  With all the technology we have today, gathering knowledge is simple and fast. However, those with wisdom to use the knowledge are very scarce.  This is because the foundation of knowledge is the fear of the Lord.  Having respect for the Lord and the fear not to live up to His expectations of us as the center of our life will guide  your attitude and actions to reflect only Him.  You should want to awe in His power and follow His word.

“Remember that our actions speak louder than words,” as my wife Amy would say.  This is especially true from within your home.  Our children learn from our actions everyday.  They learn morals, values, and respect from their parents.  Children learn from how you act at home, and how you act away from home.  If you live life devoted to the Lord; studying His word and being full of His love for others, your children will see this and follow your positive footsteps.  If you do not show your dependence for the Lord, they will most likely not follow Him as well.

Teach them right living and reverence for the Lord so they can grow up to do the same for their children. This will let them be a beacon of light to a new generation lost in the darkness with no one to guide them. Make worshiping God and studying the bible the center of your family’s life and watch the positive influence it will have in their life.  If you fail to do this, will they have the strength to turn away from the negative influences from other sinners like it states in Proverbs 1:10?  Please raise your children in a manner that is pleasing to our Lord.  I leave you with one last scripture and please have a blessed day.

Proverbs 3:7

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”

The blessing of a child

Psalm 127:3-5

Behold, children are a heritage of the LORD. The fruit of the womb is his reward.  4  As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth. 5  Blessed is the man who has his quiver full of them. They won’t be disappointed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Many times children are seen as a burden or a hindrance rather than an asset.  I have been guilty of this. Sometimes a parent just wants time to themselves or just some quiet time because they feel overwhelmed. However, the bible calls children “a gift from the Lord,” a reward. We can learn a lot from our children. Two big lessons we can learn from them is their inquisitive minds and their trusting spirit.  These are things that many of us lose as we get older.  We tend to let past experiences change these good qualities within ourselves.  We should see our children as a chance to change the world instead of a hindrance.  

As adults we should never treat children as a inconvenience since they are so highly valued by God.  So if you have a bad day with your children or week, remember Matthew 18:10.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.”

Now please have a blessed day!

Being a witness

2 Chronicles 9:1-4

When the queen of Sheba heard about Solomon’s reputation, she traveled to Jerusalem and tested him with difficult questions. She brought along a large retinue, camels laden with spices, and lots of gold and precious stones. Upon her arrival, she spoke with Solomon about everything that was on her mind. 2  Solomon answered all of her questions. Because nothing was hidden from Solomon, he hid nothing from her. 3  When the queen of Sheba had seen Solomon’s wisdom for herself, the palace that he had built, 4  the food set at his table, his servants who waited on him, his ministers in attendance and how they were dressed, his personal staff and how they were dressed, and even his personal stairway by which he went up to the LORD’s Temple, she was breathless!

When the queen of Sheba had heard about King Solomon’s wisdom, she had to come and see it for herself and test him.  When she was testing his knowledge with riddles and questions, she was astonished with his answers.  The queen of Sheba saw the fruits of wisdom that the Lord gave King Solomon first hand.  Your life can be a powerful witness to others like Solomons was to the queen of Sheba.  Let others see God at work in you.  When people know your Christian, they naturally want to test your knowledge or questions or beliefs like the queen of Sheba did to Solomon.  Don’t get angry in these times, but use it to witness to them.  They will naturally watch you and see if you walk the way you speak.

I teach my children that as Christians, you should not have to tell someone you are one.  People should see God in you by the way you walk, talk, and love. I teach them that this is the most powerful witnessing you can do as a Christian that I can think of.

So take some time today and look into yourself. Can your life be a positive witness to others? If not, why? If you cannot come up with the answers to fix what is wrong in your life, turn to our Heavenly Father.  Pray and ask for wisdom and knowledge you need to be used as a witness to others. God will listen and you will get an answer when studying His word.  Please have a blessed day y’all.