Monthly Archives: March 2012

Nature of the Mission

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I was studying and I actually came across a study I reflected on and I saw something in it I never saw before the Nature of the mission. I think God for the ministry I am in because they whole-invest into future leaders. I had an amazing course called Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. In that God God gave me a different revelation of created in his image. I took all physical and egotistical images and seen a characteristic an eternal image of who I am. I was not just a man on earth but, A prince in heaven. I hope whoever is reading this can see it. God not only sent his son but he sent a perfect model for us the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I just want to thank God for that. Now, God tells us all not just me in 2 Peter 1:4   And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. God shares the divine nature with us his children. I have to say that this is AWESOME. We as humans get a gift and promises now, that is divine! Now we just didn’t get this nature Jesus gave it to us. In 2 Corinthians 5:2121For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.This verse right here is Jesus’s mission for us . That’s me and you. Now in James God tells us a part of our nature in 1 John 2:15-17

15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. We don’t go anywhere unless God ordains it and he prepares the way. Now in Ephesians 4:3232 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Forgive others be tenderhearted just as God forgave us.Hebrews 13:17 Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.Be a blessing not a burden.James 4:6-10

But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say,

“God opposes the proud
    but favors the humble.”[a]

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.Submit to God and humble yourselves to others. 1 Corinthians 15:31For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you. Carry your cross and die daily and protest with rejoicing in Christ.Galatians 2:2020 My old self has been crucified with Christ.[a]It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.Christ is alive in me. Now I was shown this characteristics and the very inherent nature of God by the holy spirit as told to me in John 16;13

13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.

Friends I pray this reaches into your heart as a seed and God himself the creator waters it and it grows in you the character of God that is growing in me to even have the courage to type this. be blessed brothers and sisters

Divine Appointments

Well God hadn’t ever spoke this to me before but as a Christian and me being an everyday missionary with Teen Challenge. I truly see them a lot. God brings all my topics to blog about. He gives me a process and usually to tell you the truth I never have anything to write about but, he always gives me a new topic. I truly do not believe in coincidences or chance meetings. I know God brings everyone in my life I meet. I read Charisma magazine and unknown  a minister said we need more Esther’s and Mordecai’s. I know who Esther is I even wrote a devotion for young ladies about Esther but, who is Mordecai and why do we need more of them. I study this great book in my Bible and I saw slew of divine appointments. So i prayed God would give me some. For you who are experience the awesome power of God know our lives are full of divine appointments. On a ministry trip to Clemson,SC I ran into a cluster of people Mr. Martin , The Reeve sisters , Tyler, David Mckenzie, and Mrs. Shannon. They have formed a chain of events in my life where God will use us o help and grow each other. I love all these people as family some prayed for me and some and some asked for prayer. Some want ot build awesome relationships with the ministry God has placed in me. Divine interactions I should call them but, are are you aware of the people God brings into your life and interact with you to encourage you. Yes he is awesome.

BE BLESSED

~Carl~

Privilege to Preach

So often I think of salvation and deliverance in my life. I want to see others radically delivered. I am reading K.P. yohannan Revolution for world missions and God has revealed so much to me in this great read. This book so often points the privilege American Christians have. i intern as of now at a Bible College. In ministry I have a oppourtunity only some pray for, it is amazing the lives I have seen lives changed. Rarely god lets us glimpse at what he thinks. I have the incomparable , undeserved privilege to preach. I am so grateful when God allows me to use my testimony but this week, A talk with my Leader and Mentor brought it all to terms not seen before. HE told me “I have no doubt you hear from God” but he reminded me of the responsibility that brings. I have lost a lot of loved ones and friends this past year. These instances increase my thankfulness in God. I want to turn to scripture that lines up with this James 3:1 “not many of you should become teachers my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” I remember reading that Martin Luther King preached for seven years before delivering his first sermon( do not be mad if this is not accurate) I want to associate preaching God’s word with the same as the gift of salvation it is undeserved. So many say they are prophets of God but did they go to the wilderness in sack cloth and eat locust and honey. I haven’t even been called to that but the glorious power of the holy spirit brings when God speaks through us, I have definitely experienced. My main point is to notice the privileges God gives us to be accountable. Even when we are sharing on Facebook and in email. We are held accountable for everything we do. So often as children of God we forget the privileges allotted to us and take them for granted. I thank God he chose me and fear God completely. I even me must remember the responsiblity and how unworthy I am to deliver his word. I have his promises and so do you but lets cloth ourselves in this new age with humility and boldness. Come to recognize it is not our opinion it is God word and it is definitely a privilege.

Be blessed

~Carl~

Some Long to be Persecuted

Some men love to be happy and joyous. They like to smile and enjoy shaking hands. Me I have a different spirit. I am African-american, a salvation professing christian 31 years old but long to be persecuted. I have been persecuted my whole life. Child of a single mother younger of two sons product of divorce just an unfortunate statistic. I have seen my family torn apart by divorce twice before I was eighteen. Now at 31 walking with a true relationship with God I see a characteristic only I can have but in the bible it associates with my lord and savior Jesus Christ and his disciples. I long to be persecuted for my savior. I have a place in my heart to rebel in this world in way where I can make a difference for Christ. I long for the day I can be thrown in jail for sharing the Gospel. I read stories of persecuted, beaten. and even worse martyred  Christians. Here I am in the lap of luxury with an undeserved  privilege to share my testimony all over the United States with no opposition. Having Faith in God to do the impossible I want to make waves eradicate  social gospel and be an example my forefathers’ could only dream of. For so long I asked God why do I struggle? Why me ? and I now see and God said Son, I want you to have faith that shines in the darkness. Often, when I go into a predominately white church I enjoy the stares and looks because I worship my lord not a social status. Pastors and members sometimes come up to me and say God’s no respecter of persons. I want to say do you know I have been fighting racism since pre-k looking for a place to fit in is my last thought. I enjoy persecution making waves for the kingdom of God being the only Black guy anywhere is normal for me I don’t fit in anywhere on earth because my father has my perfect place in heaven where my persecution has a reward. When I have trials and storms my souls says I was born for this the battle not the comfort. I pray this reaches someone and they see my truth as God’s truth

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

I enjoy blogging for the simple fact that I can share the thoughts of the Lord with others. I have been disciplining myself in silence and meditation of the Lord. He spoke to me about his Joy and christian are so misinformed on how joy comes. The Joy of the lord is my strength so, friends when do we need the joy of the Lord? Do you have it now when everything is going good? When your family is doing fine? When your kids have straight A’s? When all your bills are paid? I am sorry to say joy is not to hard then. Many christians around the world 2/3 of the world have hardly any of that to say. I find in my life I need joy when my defenses are being attacked or I feel like the whole world is against me or I am afflicted in trials. Count it all joy that you have joy that you trials and tribulations. Americans love to laugh and eat associate joy with events and social situations but where is it when you are in the eye of the storm. Psalms 30:5 we tarry in the night but, joy comes in the morning. I ‘m not here to discount your happiness but, to share some truth . I want true everlasting joy. Not the temporary worldly joy form instant gratification or earthly success my friend. I Carl Johnson want that Joy when I am walking on my knees and the devil is coming at all sides. True eternal joy. That’s when I say the joy of the lord is my strength.  

Conviction and Compromise

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I have been asking myself this question for a while, is it compromise or conviction.  Do my convictions overcome my compromise in my walk with God. I heard in the movie Chariot of Fire that compromise is the language of devils. I have also heard a man’s convictions mark his level of integrity. Daniel and the three were men of God with high levels of conviction. Is it possible that our convictions can push us to compromise? Now I know compromise hinders our witness but do we stand on convictions more than God? Is it another form of legalism? Do my compromises make me comfortable and my convictions make uncomfortable? I want to be a man of God with strong convictions not a man of convictions with a little God. Is that all possible I think so but let’s learn a little from Caleb in Numbers 13:30 First Caleb went against the crowd. He was willing to take the unpopular stand. There are three things Caleb did. 1. He had the facts 2. He had the right attitude 3. He stated clearly what he believed. I believe Caleb’s conviction stopped Israel’s compromise. My mentor Pastor Terry always told me when you see compromise you, be the man of God. I see compromise can cloud your mind but God will give you convictions to stand on for the right time. God showed me Psalm 19:7-11

The law of the Lord is perfect,[a]
     reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
     making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
     enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules[b] of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
     in keeping them there is great reward.

    For me if my convictions line-up with God then compromise has no room here.