Washing Out Your Guts

“and the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. And Aaron’s sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head, and the fat, on the wood that is on the fire on the altar; but its entrails and its legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall burn all of it on the altar, as a burnt offering, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the LORD.

Leviticus 1:7-9 ESV

What does it mean when the (Law) Torah talks about sacrifices for us following Christ? Is it applicable anymore? Why does this matter?

Without debating theology and who-believes-what. Post-martyrdom Christianity demonstrates Jesus becoming sin in which we as human beings would be made clean for eternity.

The Breakdown:  God (Adonai/Elomheim) sent himself to Earth as a man, to be born as a son of man, live as a man, while being fully God, to learn as man learned, feel as man felt, live perfectly without sin, and then be willing to take on sin so that every WILLING human being may become clean and unstained from the world.


Made simple: Jesus died so that you could be forgiven. Forgiveness from Jesus does not mean that man after encountering the light of God can go on living a life in darkness after being brought in the light.


“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
-John 1:5-7

What does that mean about us?


Question:  If we claim to have community with him but are actively pursuing sin, does that mean we are liars Alex? ~Yes…yes it does…

Woah…woah…woah! Wait..a…second… that doesn’t make me feel good!

Jesus is supposed to be love Alex…

He knows where I am at…

He understands the hardships of life.

Doesn’t the Bible say that: ‘once you say that Jesus Christ is Lord that I am going to heaven..’ Doesn’t it?

Answer: Yes…yes it does. Looking at our lives with an honest evaluation, can we honestly say that our hearts have been circumsized and the wickedness/wicked ways of who we once “WERE” have been cut away with Christ? (notice the past-tense here. For those who are in Christ are NEW CREATIONS, they are no longer slaves of sin, but in return are slaves of righteousness ~ who JESUS called friends – not servants, even though that’s exactly who and what we ARE for him)

The Law (Torah)

“So circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer. “For the Lord your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe. “He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. “So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt. “You shall fear the Lord your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name. “He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen. “Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.

-Deuteronomy 10:16-22

The Prophets (Nevi’im)

“If you, Israel, will return,

then return to me,”

declares the Lord.

“If you put your detestable idols out of my sight

and no longer go astray,

and if in a truthful, just and righteous way

you swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’

then the nations will invoke blessings by him

and in him they will boast.”

This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem:

“Break up your unplowed ground

and do not sow among thorns.

Circumcise yourselves to the Lord,

circumcise your hearts,

you people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,

or my wrath will flare up and burn like fire

because of the evil you have done—

burn with no one to quench it.

-Jeremiah 4:1-4

The Writings (Kethuvim)

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Thy presence, and do not take Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit.”

-Psalm 51:10-12

Now I hope you [the reader] realize the heart of the message that is being wrote about. I realize that people may or may not have stopped reading, turned to read a text message, started swiping left on their smartphone, or ignored what this message was. For those of you who continued reading onward to gain the prize I COMMEND YOU! I pray that you did realize the heart here are the desperate cry from the heart of David to get this part of our walk down right!

If you are grasping at the message here it is this:

The implied meaning here is that your insides also have to WASHED out and cleaned by our High Priest Jesus Christ.

When we present ourselves as a living sacrifice to The Lord. We bring ourselves to Him so that we can give our Life to HIM. We allow Him to strike us down and wash out the internals and allow us to be made clean.


Question:  Does this really apply to me or is this  just some fahrvergnugen-sales-pitch-propaganda-thingy-ma-bobber?


No…

No it does not apply to you… It applies to EVERYONE

Let’s smash some idols and false beliefs here and hop into Faith 101:

Faith 101:

Jesus is our High-Priest. So HE is the one that is cleaning out the guts of the sacrifice. It was always up to the Levitical Priest to do the cleaning to prepare the sacrifice to be burned. Wouldn’t it make sense if in the 21st Century of today we just brought ourselves to the altar of God so that our High Priest (JC the Son of Man) could clean us and prepare us to cleanse our sin?

Let’s look a little deeper into some Scripture to understand the meaning.


“Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,

“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
    but a body have you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings
    you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
    as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”

-Hebrews 10:2-7


There is a preparation of the body of Christ (i.e. the church) that we are transitioning from Childhood onto Adulthood (i.e. spiritual Bar Mitzvah/ Bat Mitzvah). When we are born into the faith, we are a child ~ we reason, think, and act like a child. When we go onto maturity we no longer act, think, and reason like a child due to our completeness being held to the entire TaNaKh (Law, Prophets, Writings)


“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”

-Proverbs 3:5-8


We MUST realize how uber weak our flesh is. Only then we will be able to see what kind of man/woman we are in Christ and how we can actually do something about it.

We realize that life is not about materials, status, or money we accumulate but a life that is pleasing to God. For if we stick to our narrow road, there will be a life of eternal relationship with The King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. We will be moving into eternal life with him.

We are all call to different walks of life, but all of us have the same objectives:

“so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

-Philippians 2:10-11

Our Hebrew Brethren were onto something when Moses gave The commandments and instructed the Men of God how to please Our Creator…Farther then looking at the Ten Commandments; The Lord gave a  the Israelites a model for the Levitical Priests to execute FIVE different sacrifices.

The Levites performed these sacrifices for different purposes depending on the situation.

The five sacrifices:  Burnt, Meal, Fellowship, Sin, Trespassing.


“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.”

-Hebrews 10:26-27


Not performing the sacrifices the prescribed way could potentially produce the wrath of God if the people did not follow the proper way.

Find a few more details on sacrifices to read up here and also read chapters 1-6 in Leviticus (if you haven’t read them in the Bible…please, do yourself and your spiritual family a favor and READ it)

As we read throughout the Old Testament (OT) we see that the teachers, leaders, kings, priests, prophets did not always follow the commandments of Adonai (God The Father). Sadly, obedience was something that seemed to always leaven the nation of Israel.

Boldness:  

  1. Just because a few people did not follow correctly DOES NOT give us the right to tell God that we won’t follow it either.
  2. Each one of us looks into the Law and judges his life according to the Word of God.
  3. You can actively choose to have your “Guts washed out” or not. Either way, the blood of your choice is off my hands because you read the article.
  4. You understand now that your life is not your own, and that you have to bring your sacrifice to the altar…and Jesus is going to washing you inside and out.

*Smirks*

“You’re welcome guys!”  

Wrapping Up:

We as Christians are believers in YAHWEH ~ God that he manifested himself as Jesus Christ and resurrected three days after cruxifixction, finally he returned to his disciples and donated The Holy Spirit to them.


Question:  Sooo….does that mean if I am a kingdom builder that I am just supposed to sit back and wait??


Answer: I’ve been scrolling here for a long time.. I’ve got a vague concept of what we’re talking about Alex..But honestly I don’t know if I can do this.


Does a soldier only train when he’s in combat or does he train before he gets there?

Hopefully you’ve chosen correct, but sometimes The Lord will still give you the right answer even if you guessed wrong.

ALEX….WILL YOU JUST STOP FOR A SECOND….

What if I feel like this is too tough?

I cannot seem to get this stuff right?

What if I don’t have it in me?

I’m not strong to cut away this sin that’s in my life…

Everyone around me doesn’t encourage/believe in me. How am I supposed to do what I am supposed to?!

Pause (Selah): Know this. Everything is possible through Christ.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

-Romans 12:2

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Mark 10:45

 

So in recap:

  1. Bring your guts to Jesus
  2. Trust that Jesus your High Priest can clean you
  3. Listen to God’s Instruction
  4. Focus on your purity instead of your own comfort
  5. Be persistent when God has instructed you
  6. You can do it. Never stop fighting.
  7. We do not sit on the throne to erect judgement on ourselves. That is God’s job. Follow his word.

 

I love you all so much. I’m really writing blogs like these because I know that I would read them and it helps me study the Word. I know its a lot of mind vomit on a page, but I promise it will get better. I’d love any suggestions or topics you all would love to read up on.

 

Love you guys!!

~AB aka Coach Pineapple

Hearing from Adonai

I’m sure someone way more popular, better looking, or smarter person in the faith have put together a book series on this topic. So I am just speaking from as an average Christian following The Lord.

Yahweh (Our Heavenly Father) doesn’t always verbally speak to us audibly (although that would be amazing), He leads several different kinds of ways.


For me, I have found Jesus speaking to me in various ways.

  1. Visions ~ conscious foresight or objects that are in my mind
  2. Dreams ~ subconscious experiences that align with His character/word/will for my life
  3. Auditory – literally hearing God’s voice, either inside my head or spoken by Him
  4. Nervous System Rush – feeling of a calm, tingly, cool, warmth when there is no reason for it (not from the weather/temperature/climate)
  5. “Gut” Feeling – a sense of direction when stressful situations arise
  6. Someone else – a word that has been spoken around me or to me that aligns with His character/word/will for my life
  7. Worship – singing, dancing, jumping for joy, meditating while listening to songs about Him/His character/faithfulness/love/joy/peace/kindness
  8. Through me speaking my heart – While I am communicating about Him, He gives me words to say that are for me and the listener
  9. Teaching others – Preaching His word, writing down prayers, doing life with others, speaking what I am learning, teaching bible study
  10. Asking questions – sitting in bible studies, asking simple questions at work, church (not assuming that I know any of the answers),
  11. Prayer – just sitting before The-Man-Upstairs and asking Him questions, journaling my thoughts, interceding for family and friends, crying out to the Lord, going on a walk and just inviting Him to speak to me, taking time in the bathroom at work/home/public places, with others, prophesying and praying in tongues (with or without others), praying     out loud
  12. Parables – looking at all the things surrounding me, learning from experiences on an hourly/minute basis, asking the Lord what He is trying to teach me, speaking with patience, using examples/analogies/similes/metaphors while speaking/learning/asking questions to seek understanding or describe feelings/thoughts that are not clearly put into words.

“1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

-Matthew 5:1-17

Look to hear the ways in which The Lord will speak to you.

 

Love you all,

 

AB,  aka Coach Pineapple

 

Bridging The Gap

‘Whaddap’ family?!

 

 

What spots in your life do you struggle to get from Point A to Point B?

How does one bridge the gap?

Are there any kind of spiritual shortcuts that I can use?

When I am going through a horrible time, bad experience, I can get pretty dang emotional and dramatic. I ask myself, “can’t I just learn what I need to learn and be done with this already?!?” I tend to look for spiritual shortcuts…as if there was such a thing, but my hope is that by the end of this article you won’t have ANY shortcuts…but you would find some spiritual tools to add to your tool-belt.

Teaching & Testimony

What I have found out is that what I actually know and understand is limited. My experiences, thoughts, and opinions have all been great teachers in what I actually know, but I have been taught and influenced a lot by the people in my life and the culture that I am actually apart of right now.

Growing up, I found that what I thought was truth was actually fact. Finally, after I come to realize that days/weeks/months/years later I understand how wrong those thought-patterns were wrong. Now haven’t we all say to ourselves, “If I only knew now, what I know back when. I’d be somewhere completely different and wouldn’t be struggling with all of the _____ problems!”

I heard so many stories of men that said this to me and spoke into my life. I began to look to gain wisdom and understanding at an early age. I went to the smartest guy that I knew and asked to be his pupil. It so happened to be my “Pappous” (pronounced ‘Pap-pooh’ ~ means Grandfather in Greek) our first meeting I sat down then asked him what seemed like a million-and-one questions.

He would look at me, listen intently, and ask me why I thought about the topic, or where did I learn ____ at?

He would challenge my thoughts in a constructive way.

My Pappous said that I was a “papagálos” (pronounced ‘pap-a’gall-o ~ Greek for parrot) because I would hear and repeat words/phrases, things I heard or things people told me were true. My Pappous wanted to make sure that as a young boy that I didn’t get told who to be based upon labels or what limited knowledge was told to me as truth.
So an idea was planted in my mind, like the movie Inception from a early age, I was able to ask people questions trying to understand why people did what they did.

The people I really liked I would imitate them so I could try to understand how they thought, to experience for myself, and figure out who I was supposed to be in this life.

 

After years imitating other people, I found that the only person worth emulating was Jesus Christ. He is love, truth, and courage all tied into one person. The Word of God explains to us how we can see Him and ourselves more clearly.  When properly applying the Word of God, we can look at it as ourselves in the mirror and honestly see who we are and how far off we are from being like Jesus. Jesus was perfect in every single way and no matter what season of life, we can look at Him and His life and be more like Him.

That is how we can start to bridge the gap. We can see who we wish we could be ~ we ask God to be the one to help us get there. Not because of envy or selfish desires, but to look at others imitating Jesus and desiring to see it lived out in ourselves. He already knows where we are at, and it’s my belief that The Lord is just waiting for us to actually pursue after it.

When we can look at ourselves with transparency, we can see God more clearly. We have to simplify our ideals and keep our focus on The Lord. He helps us to overcome, transform, and become more like Jesus. When we become more like Jesus we begin to operate in petition, prayer, and power of the Holy Spirit.

Demons flee and do not prance around our parade anymore.

We can clearly discern what is going on with ourselves and our friends around us. We can see and understand what the truth is and how to help those around us.

Operation Obedience:

I know that sometimes what it feels like when you cannot see the steps you’re supposed to take. For me, I want them to be clearly outlined, detailed, and spoken to me step by step in a fun and easy way. I am convinced it is the only way to help me. But that’s not how God works, He works in putting our trust in Him and allowing us to see Him for who He is. We leave behind who we were and grab hold of Him and His values.

We gain clarity in our obedient steps He has called us to take.

God knows exactly what is in your heart, what you will do, and when you will do it.

He is the one that knows how to plan the steps for you to get the interest that He put inside you. You cannot out-think Him, out-move Him, or out-strategy Him.

He always wins at chess. Just trust Him.

When your heart is righteous/holy/and walking in His character He helps you smash goals, achieve, and conquer your enemies. Whether it is with school, homework, work, showing up for work, dreams, goals, ambitions, build character, get married, or fulfill your destiny.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=DoPLgOwg4tY%26spfreload%3D10

Let me pose you a thought provoking question,

 “What is more important – skill or will?”

When I first asked myself this question, my pride crept in and answered skill. Because I think to myself.. If I could just do this better, or learn how to do this, or focus more on this then I could [insert goal that I’m working towards] accomplish it.

But with the right will, one could achieve anything their mind was set on.

Sweet! How do I obtain the will?

Will is something that is only developed with time. In my previous article, Fellowship With The Light I talked about character and maturity; when your character gleans off the spiritual abundance in the word of God you begin to apply principles of the bible to your life. The Holy Spirit inside of you can manifest Jesus through you and become alive and active like a spiritual Navy Seal on a mission.

Now I hear what you are saying through your screen….

“This is cool and all AB… but how do I still bridge this gap and how does this affect my will? How come I still feel this fill sort of emptiness that’s inside of my life that’s holding me back from [insert desired goal, role, vision, mindset, etc.]?”

Answer:  You have to speak life into your situation. That is what bridges the gap.

PHEW!? THANK YOU LORD! NOW I CAN JUST STOP READING HERE AND START DOING IT!

Let me be clear right now, speaking life isn’t some hokus-pokus, oogy-boogy, wave a magic wand and things just get better overnight. There is no instant gratification when farming, planting, maturing, growing ~ so before some bold action plan happens now with zero wisdom. Let me lift up your spirits more with the completion of speaking life.

Speaking Life:

Firstly, Pray. Do not just put off your problems on The Lord. Thank Him, acknowledge His character, and trust Him. Do not be foolish and underestimate the power of prayer. Ask The Lord to reveal life’s mysteries of whatever situation you’re in. Let Him know your feelings, thoughts, and heart behind your circumstances and then acknowledge who He is. Be ready to accept His discipline or encouragement, the Holy Spirit doesn’t always speak positive words into you, sometimes you need to go through suffering/hardship so that you would mature and He would test your heart to see if you’re faithful with what He has already entrusted you with.

Secondly, faithfulness doesn’t always mean that you’re feeling amazing, sometimes faith looks like a hurricane ~ sometimes you’re in the middle where it’s calm…sometimes you’re getting wrecked by the storm.. But no matter what you do not determine where the hurricane goes, God does. Faith is trusting in something you cannot see, touch, or sometimes even mentally grasp. Moving/standing still/mentally waiting can all be examples of specific times where God is asking you to have faith. Trust The Lord. Do not acknowledge your own way of doing, stick it out in the season that God has put placed you in. Understand it, realize what brings you joy is Him, His presence, and His will.

Lastly, hearing from the Lord is the most prominent feature that we as Christians lack. We may even consider disobeying or going back on our word that we gave Him, sadly we will even doubt who He is or His character in the hard times. Sometimes we will just keep talking…without giving The Lord the opportunity to lead, teach, or speak to us.

When He disciplines us we didn’t listen or understand why so it is easier that we just cry and wine about it. We don’t discipline is what we need. The Bible says we are the clay and He is the potter. What right do we have to challenge or tell the master how to mold us??

Although we need to communicate with Him ~ we also need to discover how to listen to
Him.

Conclusion:

Bridging the gap means Speaking life. Speaking life simply means that you have to believe what you’re saying.

Let’s be clear:  You cannot lie yourself into believing something. Believe starts in your heart, it echoes through your thoughts, becomes your words, and then actions occur.

  1. Pray ~ Don’t just talk and complain ~ thank Him for all that He has done for you already.
  2. Trust ~ No matter what season ~ be where God wants you to be and move where God wants you to move.
  3. Listen ~ Sit before God, do not do all the talking. How can you have a genuine relationship with someone when all you do is talk? When He speaks… Listen. He is your Father. He knows what is best.

 

Love and peace guys and gals!

~AB aka Coach Pineapple

Fellowship with the Light

Hello esteemed friends and colleagues!!

Can I tell you what a great experience it is to have men and women that I stand alongside?! I can tell you that when you have human beings who would fight and are willing to die for you is the type of Christianity spoken about in the word of God. Fellow friends and family make it all worth it. Those who are looking at the law genuinely with no focus of oneself and gaining personally from a relationship make a mutual friendship and the heart of that friendship is Christ. Exactly the same way that we will be experiencing Heaven together, except we will not have a sin nature to go alongside of our fellowship.

What does fellowship look like?

Great question, true fellowship happens when friends, relatives, and/or colleagues join together and are willing to put in a similar type of effort into accomplishing a mission and vision. Those brought alongside a proper mission and vision aim to achieve more than they can as individuals. They bring their strengths to help assist the team in their perspective fields and allow work to be done through them in the areas where they are weakest.

How does one find out what their owns strengths are?

A SWOT analysis is a great way to start self-awareness analysis and looking at yourself in a sober-minded way. This analysis will allow you to look at what you think your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats are.

You can find an example SWOT Analysis here

I would suggest looking into challenging yourself by asking friends and relatives to fill out a SWOT analysis for you to see what others see your strengths are. *Spoiler Alert* be ready to accept criticism and opinions of others.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Philippians 4:13

“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. I have become a fool, but you drove me to it. In fact, you should have commended me, since I am in no way inferior to those “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-11

The Apostle Paul had a specific understanding of how to achieve what Jesus called him to do. He had fellowship with the light of God and built up other people. That was a requirement for him to achieve everything. He sacrificed, struggled, and constantly relied on The Lord to achieve what needed to be done. He was super wise, well-educated, and dedicated pharisee in the Jewish community, and Paul claimed to be weak?? Paul had the life according to the time period, but when Paul was called by Christ to achieve His destiny he [Paul] became weak, only then could Christ be glorified through him. It is when our flesh, our body, and our mind has been submitted to Christ that He is the one living through you.

Any Downsides?

Yes… tons, once you realize weaknesses and opportunities inside of yourself two things will trigger in your brain.

  1. Pride -> leading to self-justification/over compensation
  2. Unworthiness -> leading to insecurity/fear

Both of these are wrong for this exercise, and probably in your life in general. Admitting that you have a weakness or areas where you need to grow is one of the strongest things you can do. In order for you to be a better asset to any team (whether you are leading or helping) takes an honest non-biased evaluation of yourself. When you are sincere and genuine about yourself and you really look in the spiritual mirror you’ll find more about who you actually are than if you just listen to what you tell yourself every morning or what others think you are. Ask The Lord to reveal to you WHO you are right now, and what your SWOT is with Him? You may of just been getting deceived and not knowing what you are actually capable of.

Once you become aware and that you have more than one weakness may be overloading at times, but it will help you own your responsibility to the team and assist you in some serious upgrades for you, your family, and life.

Be sincere about praying for guidance, all of the best teams I have been apart of was when there were leaders who are willing to admit when they’re wrong as well as when others need encouragement. So just because you’re looking at things with a fresh new way does not mean that you can’t add value.

Where can I experience intense fellowship?

Many times Military, Police, EMS, and even some types of sports experience breed this sort of fellowship. Teamwork, the ability to focus on one singular goal and communally work toward the same exact goal. But nothing seems to match the power of God working through the members of a genuine congregation of believers. All of which put in effort with no obligation to be assisting and that get nothing out of it.

You’ll be tested much more when you are apart of a team that does not benefit your hourly paycheck, salary, or commission.

Wait…what about benefiting from fellowship?

True fellowship is when you come to the team with something to bring. It has absolutely nothing to do with what you can receive. The attitude that it takes to bring something to the table and not looking to receive is one of the best Godly attitudes one can have. Look at Jesus Christ. He provided with so much with so little. Just focus on what God has given you to give, and do not hold it back.

Wait a second AB…does that mean that I give only what I have?

No you silly goose…take all of the best things that you own, possess in your character, skills that you have attained, physical strength that you have been blessed with, and ask yourself WHY do you have those things?

I will pose some other few thought provoking questions for you to answer. What are you supposed to use those things for? Yourself? God? Business associates? Acquaintances you’re trying to impress? Family? Friends? Coworkers? That guy down the street with the 2014 or 2015 version?

What about the acceptance of a certain group of people?

Once you consider the questions ask The Lord: how can I start blessing the people around me? With what?

Thoughts may rise up…Umm…I don’t know about that, what if I run out so that me [insert..my family, friends, coworkers, etc…] don’t have enough? And *BUYER BEWARE* if left unchecked, this type of thought pattern would produce a seed of Greed.

Greed:

  1. (Greek) lusting for a greater number of temporal things that go beyond what God determines is eternally best
  2. (English) a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed
  3. (Old English) excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.

God is looking for faithfulness and trust which will produce the fruit of the spirit inside of yourself. Why aim for less of a bar; why settle or mettle with thoughts of not having enough? God’s ways are so much higher than our ways and if we consider bringing the best of what we have you will have fellowship with the light.

If we spent our time focusing on all of the things that bring us away from God I can promise you will leave the light feeling unfulfilled, angry, or depressed.

Great, I’ve found out what’s wrong and how things aren’t going the way I wanted them too…So what do I do about it?

Just be willing to bring the best of what you have to those who are in the light. Let go of the sinful and self-centered behavior. Be willing to lay down the things that are the most important to you, bless others while you yourself are going through a tough time. Pray for those those who are hurting, ask for help from others, lower your pride, and just love people the way that Christ did.

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
~John 15:13-17

Love you guys,

~ AB, aka coach Pineapple

Faith like a child


“As for you, son of man, your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, say to one another, each to his brother, ‘Come, and hear what the word is that comes from the LORD.’

-Ezekiel 33:30


“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

-Matthew 18:2-4


Those children came to Jesus with zero doubt. They did not question Him or try to stay away from Him. They wanted to be near Him.

So should I.

So should everyone.

It’s sad to say but I’ve been acting like a child for two decades and found it to be the most freeing experience of my life. It wasn’t always appropriate, and it definitely kept me feeling dependent and not in control of my life.

I was pretty much commanded to do anything. I would rebel or obey. But over the last twenty years, I had been maturing physically, mentally, emotionally,and spiritually which allowed me to grow up in certain ways, but I never lost some of those childish dreams that The Lord gave to me.

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”

-1 Corinthians 13:11

“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.”

-Hebrews 6:1-3

Maturity:

  • a. (Greek) to bring to perfection
  • b. (English) full development; perfection
  • c. (Old English) ripeness, pertaining to character

Most organisms, reptiles, mammals, and humans are guaranteed to mature physical. Maturity is guaranteed and bound by time, and in maturity, we have to stay connected and endure.

In reference to a fruit on a tree:

The piece of fruit can only get bigger when it is attached to the vine it grows from. As the fruit becomes mature, it grows in size, color, sweetness, firmness, and weight while it keeps the same seeds in it since it first budded. Although many fruits grow and vary in different ways according to maturity, all carry the same concept of growing, and growing well. If a piece of fruit remains, it will continue to grow, if it separates, it will cease.

The same growth is found in effective character building in oneself. It translates into staying connected to Jesus so you can continue onto maturity, lacking nothing, and being perfect and complete. Waiting to be picked and be planted. This entire process requires patience and effort.

See when I went to school, I was a good boy by the standards set by those around me. Deep in my mind I always wanted to be better, not better than those around me, but better so I could help those around me. Like any child I loved heroic men and women. Those who I admired believed that helping people was an obligation. From people like firefighters, military, and superheroes were some of the only things at that time that I looked up too. I always saw other people that wanted to help others as someone that I wanted to be when I grew up. And one day I promised myself that when I did grow up I would do just that. I did not know how I would do that, or what it looked like in a job.

All I knew is that I knew that I was going to do it.

~Alexander Boro

I talked to all these elderly men, surely they would have the ability to share with me! I was hoping they would be able to tell me what kind of job I could do. Because they were older than me. So they know more, right?

I found after spending thousands of hours listening to their stories, testimonies, and their broken hearts. These men gave up on their childhood dreams. Some had to because of respectable reasons:

Some were not patient, some forgot, some believed more in money then their purpose, some were deceived and fell into adultery, sexual immorality, drug addiction, drunkenness, selfishness..just to name a few. When I asked them about it they were so excited to explain to me WHAT their childhood dreams were, but became so bitter and cold when I asked them, “WHY they stopped trying to chase after them.”

Even as a little child my heart felt bad for them, I found myself saying, “That’s okay, there is still time for you to do it.” They just responded with downcast looks on their faces, “yeah kid…you’ll understand when you’re my age.” They never told me I couldn’t or that I wouldn’t but they doubted/lost their purpose and WHY they were put here on this planet.

They also claimed that they had the all the answers to life’s problems in whatever it was they took identity in.

I asked myself, “Is this what life is going to be like when I get that old?”

With boldness and zeal, I said, “NO WAY!” My charismatic mindset said, “I can do this! Those that went before me didn’t go the distance but I can.”

In 5th grade I heard Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream Speech’ and heard a man that followed his dream. It brought change, revolution, unity, brotherhood while fighting against status quo. Deep down, I found one of the first, and as I started to look into history, I found more.. Later, I learned about men like Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, John Adams, Marcus Aurelius, Alexander ‘the Great’, Sun Tzu, Socrates, and other worldly renown authors, poets, and leaders. Some of these men were considered Great in the worlds eyes. But I saw a common theme that seemed to separate them. Only a few of them gave their life for their cause and their mission. Leaving their legacy to the people they lead.

True greatness appeared to be equipping and leading people around you. Even if you lost your life the vision and purpose would still move on. I thought to myself…Where did this idea and concept come from?

I felt some sort of a deep connection with these men, their reason their logic appealed to my heart. They all pursued the truth, it was their quest. I think some found it, some searched for it, some found it in death.

Let’s look into the definition of truth, it seems to spiral into multiple directions.

Truth:

  • a. (Hebrew) firm and stable peace,
  • b. (Greek) the candor of the mind which is free from affectation, pretense, simulation, falsehood, deceit
  • c. (English) indisputable fact, preposition, principle or the like
  • d. (Old English) accuracy, correctness.

Based on the definitions of truth; I believe truth comes in two separate forms – Truth & Perceived Truth.

Truth: an understanding gained from unbiased opinion based on indisputable fact, that is correct, unshakable, which clearly identifies what is real and also realizes when something is not real or fictitious.

Perceived Truth: Accepting factual based opinions as fact; frame of the mind which takes conceptual ideas and entwines with personal offense or hurt to create a false doctrine/belief; a group of thoughts, concepts, and/or emotions which are pleasing to ones comfort, status quo, or control.

Truth, purity, innocence, love, kindness are some of the main character traits that almost all children have. This is due to the nurturing part of their lives. As infants, children cannot fend for themselves; even in the animal kingdom a parent will watch over their younglings until they are old enough to look after themselves or become apart of their herd/pack. Although there are some animals that do not pack/herd ~ these animals tend to be easy prey for predators and also traps within the earth itself.

Walking back to our example of children, exposure to deception, anger, violence, injustice loosen up positive character qualities of children. They become apart of their environment, try to master it, that they would not have these exposures anymore. Whether it be drugs, guns, crime, sexual abuse, harsh words, rage, verbal abuse children tend to take identity with who are around them and accept some perceivable truths as truth. Thus, altering the destination of their life (at least short-term).


Now we know that God has a greater plan then to let them stay that way. Amen?!


For me..that was exactly what happened. My walls and strongholds did not begin to get breached (or so I thought) until 2012.

I gave my life to Jesus Christ, not because it was the smartest thing to do. The most financially successful thing to do. The nicest people award thing to do. The wiping-my-slate clean thing to do. The do-whatever-I-want-now thing to do. The fire insurance, not-going-to-hell thing to do.

I gave my life to him because I exhausted every possible option while not giving up my desire to do good. I do not recommend this to anyone, but if that’s all you knew, then let The Lord do His will in your life.

See for me, I grew up knowing of Jesus, but not knowing him. I grew up hearing about him, but not hearing from him.

Bad things happened, injustice happened, bullying happened, violence happened, deception happened, I couldn’t find anyone to blame for the bad things and I blamed Him. He must of hated me so much to have brought me through so many hardships that I did not deserve.

Not realizing that God does not tempt us, nor does He give us more than we can handle. He gives us an overcoming spirit and inside of our hearts is wickedness. The desire to do evil, masked from a curse we were born into by the first man Adam. Adam falling short, had us born into a promise where we had adopted sin ~ which brought condemnation and death for everyone born of a woman. In the life of Jesus Christ he lived sinless, and came to abolish the hold of sin born on every man and woman ~ which gave us eternal life through a covering of unity with God The Creator of the Cosmos (universe, stars, earth, creatures, space).

And the blood of Jesus is what paid for us to walk through that covering from death to eternal life.

Smashing idol time: let us have a zero tolerance for sin attitude. Why? Because Jesus did not die for us to continue on a path that leads to death. He will turn you over to that life and you will be separated from him for eternity. The word of God tells us to repent ~ return to him and our first love.


Like many people, the quest for more of God normally comes when we are desperate for understanding His calling on our life. I know that He called us and those closest to us to make an impact, to do something greater, something harder, and the enemy was prowling trying to ensnare us in traps. Even persuading me to love the pleasures of the world more than God Almighty. God loves His children, every single human being and it is not His will that any should perish without Him.


I am so thankful that God has steps for your success and I cannot wait to hear about your testimony and how God is transforming your life. His love did come at a cost of obedience and not results. There were so many days where I did not have clarity, did not have results, did not have strength to even get out of bed. Depression, anxiety, worry all began to stem in my life because my FAITH (trust) in Him and His ways and him doing exactly what He said He would do. Because of my lack of FAITH (trust) I did not see or experience His truth and so I was a slave to my own sinful desires.

 

 

Conclusion:

  1. Faith like a child ~ running to Jesus with all your heart, soul, and might
  2. Depend on him, have him teach, lead, and discipline you
  3. Focus on your purpose (seek first the kingdom of God) and discover WHY you are here
  4. Everyone has a purpose
  5. Maturity (Character Development & Becoming A Spiritual Adult Disciple of Jesus) takes time, take root (go deeper), then bear fruit (The Lord’s will in your life)
  6. Fight the Right fight of Faith (Persistence toward your purpose),
  7. Greatness is in meekness and humility

 

“You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”

-John 15:3-4

One Love,

~AB, aka Coach Pineapple