Pretender or Contender?

©Indiana Jones

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Mark 1:15


Pretender

When I first came to know the Lord. I heard Repentance, Repent, Penitence ~ I kept asking myself what the heck this was, and what does God want me to actually do. People are just using these words that I have no idea what they mean and no one even cares to tell me what the heck is going on.

I thought, “Is this someone’s opinion?” And, “Is this someone being a biggit or judgemental? Don’t they understand that I’m new here and have no idea of what they’re talking about?!”

Some of these things I searched out myself, but it seemed like people were really hard on me. I was trying my best. I was brought to scriptures like:


“9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

Romans 12:9-13

And:

“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


I had an unrealistic expectation of what walking with God looked like. Like many other subject matters of my life, I had tons of courage to advance into it. But before I gave it everything I had; I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t focused on the wrong heart posture before I started.

I wanted to pursue the Lord because He gave me freedom and peace in my heart. When I started wanting a deeper relationship with Him I was very skeptical because I saw so many Christians as being passive, submissive, weak-minded, gullible, and easily taken advantage of. When it came to the truth about going deeper with God I was scared because I didn’t want to “turn-into” one of those people.


15To the pure, all things are pure; but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure. Indeed, both their minds and their consciences are defiled. 16They profess to know God, but they deny Him by their actions. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.

Titus 1:15,16


Just like Titus 1 talks about, I wasn’t thinking pure; I did not have enough faith to believe in what God was telling me to do; my conscious had been defiled. I was covered in sin, disobedient to what God was asking me to do and be, and I wasn’t fit to do more.

I didn’t let that stop me, I wanted to give to people unconditionally love, the same way that The Lord Jesus loves. I tried to do this right away, but I was ill-equipped to do such.

I needed to stop pretending that I had all the answers. I needed to surrender control to Christ. This wasn’t easy for me to do, because I had been so jaded and hurt in my heart. I felt the urge to control everything and everyone in my life. I wanted to manipulate my environment so I could see the outcome. I was on the verge to sacrificing my soul to gain the whole world but a voice kept calling me deeper to follow Christ. It was about that time toward the end of 2013 that I was going to jump into the deep end. Where I knew that if I was going to begin to believe something like this, I would have to take so much action and do what the Bible actually says to believe in. I had so much fear, anxiety, worry that was holding me back.


6do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:6-9


I prayed and prayed and prayed for God to help me. I pleaded with him, asked him, begged him, I wanted Him to take me a different way. I was headed right into the fire of destruction and the world as I knew it was going to be destroyed. The Lord brought me visions in my life where the sins (the good I knew to do and did not do) I committed and I asked him to forgive me. I had to come to him from a place of complete brokenness, invite him in my life to become my Lord, Master, Father and do exactly what he instructed me to do.


I had to accept his discipline and own up to my disobedience.


As soon as this happened, a surge of peace happened to pour in my heart as my body began to overflow through tears, hours of weeping bitterly, being put on my knees, just him and I. No one needed witness, for it was not for mans approval. It was at that moment, my heart changed. Jesus flooded me and put a new spirit inside of me.

Contender

The world says, “Don’t let anyone see you weak. Don’t let anyone see your pain. Don’t allow yourself to let people hurt you. Keep people at a distance, because everyone’s imperfect and if you trust them you’ll only get hurt. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

What a bunch of hogwash!

That is not how the Kingdom of God is built within and around you. Warriors are built from within. Pain, suffering, weakness is how the Lord builds you up and makes you strong. He disciplines you, due to him loving you so much to not let you fall short. He wants to spend eternity with you, and if you’re willing ~ He would rather see you temporarily hurt than to go an eternity without you.

Mentally you can become worn and broken down, becoming nothing, and be without hope. In a split second your hope is restored and The Father picks you up and lifts your head up high!

Calling out to you as a son/daughter. He builds you from there. When you’re being built, together you lay the foundation brick by brick.

The more you resist, the more it hurts, if you keep preventing this from happening what happens is that you pride and distance yourself from God the Father.


18Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

19It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Proverbs 16:18,19


Jesus, bringing the Tanakh (Old Testament) to life says it even it even better.

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 18:14b

God wants us to not only focused on genuine relationships with others, He wants us to be a contender and fight the good fight of faith. He does not call us to be afraid of our enemies, for He is making us strong through our weakness and suffering. He is galvanizing our lives to become resilient and being able to withstand anything. Even death.

If someone disagrees with me; that’s okay, pray, ask God for help. I knew when I gave my life to Christ I had a reputation with others as being someone who was “very motivational” and I had a lot of pretenders surrounding me, pretending to enjoy my company because of the way I made them feel, pretend to be my friend, pretend to have my best interests in mind. They surrounded me and I was too shallow to see it.

Birds of a feather flock together.

People that would want to work with me as a friend, coworker, or business, would keep me around in their life because of what I could offer them, they wanted and desired to be built up, but were too broken to go the distance themselves.

They talked a big game, but when it came to stepping into the ring, they weren’t going to show up. They were quitters. At the time, that was exactly who I was as well. A shallow, superficial, quitter. Focusing on all of my surroundings around me instead of looking inside my heart.

I kept trying to force myself into something that I knew I was supposed to do, but then get scared and run away from all of my problems and opportunities.

I was myself surrounded by shallow waters with no depth in clear sight.

My fear was larger than my willpower. All I wanted was freedom and the open water. I wanted adventure. I craved release from drugs, alcohol, sexual immorality, and wanted to follow the calling of God on my life to its sweet beginning then to Heaven.

It started when I changed my mindset from, “wow all of these people are shallow and seem to know very little” to, “Let me be that man who leads by example.”

I began to desire to know Jesus, what was going on that made Him give his life up for me, and what was the history of this God that He loved. I did not just want to listen to someone else talk about Him; I grew hungry and took all the passion I had for all these other hobbies and things that I did to ‘feel good/be comfortable’ and gave them to God.

I just asked for more and for God to enlarge my territory. That He would entrust me with more as I would become more obedient. I wanted to go deeper with knowing about Jesus.

As soon as my heart began to change, I met a Man of God who took me into his life as a son and became my Spiritual Father. We met for coffee, lunches, watched movies, played games, sat around and talked with him and his family for hours, attended his Bible Studies. I had all of these questions about God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, The Old Testament, New Testament, Freedom, Love, Hypocritical Christians, Submitting to Authority, Fear, Proper Intimacy, Courtship, Proper Relationships, Marriage, Missions, Family, and so much more.

Training

I hadn’t grown up going to church or putting on my Sunday’s best outfit every week to go and look good in front of people. So I had no idea what life was supposed to be like. Him and I would spend hours and hours talking, digging through the Bible, and doing studies.

I heard a lot of hard words that discouraged me a lot. I kept remembering the visions that God had given me, and I reminded myself of the promise I made God that I would not quit on Him as long as He never quit on me. I soon realized that kinds of conversations were not meant to be condemned.

People should question why they believe what they believe.

I looked back on my life and I cannot remember a time in my life where I had anyone in my life talk to me the way my spiritual father did. I knew he was different from the rest of the people that God had placed in my life, he actually cared enough about me to not let me live my life being deceived about what a God-Fearing Man looks like.

He believed in me, believed I was worth it. He extended his hand as a brother and supported me and without him walking in his purpose and his calling I would of probably blended in with all the other lukewarm Christians out there. I asked and God poured out.


7″Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

9Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11So if you who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!

12In everything, then, do to others as you would have them do to you. For this is the essence of the Law and the prophets.”

Matthew 7:7-12


I became a contender, one who stands in the way of the enemy. One who fights for the truth, purity, and righteousness. I resist the enemies schemes, I stumble, fall, but I will not miss my mark. I will complete my mission and my purpose here on Earth. How about you?

Are you a pretender or contender?

Go and prove it.

Become a contender.


“Joseph is a wild donkey, a wild donkey beside a spring, his wild colts beside the wall.

The archers bitterly attacked him, shot at him, and harassed him severely, yet his bow remained unmoved; his arms were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),

by the God of your father who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that crouches beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.”

Genesis 49:22-25


  1. Be Broken
  2. Return to purity
  3. Be truly sorry and confess
  4. Turn from sin and cut out the uncleanliness of your heart
  5. Do not fear
  6. Confess to God and your Brothers and Sisters will help
  7. Put your whole heart in it ~ Take Courage
  8. Stand firm! Don’t Quit!

12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:12-17


Harmonize, work together! Be an ant, not a mole.

Be blessed, not stressed!

Gloried not worried!

Loved not Gloved!

~AB aka Coach Pineapple #ForTheWin

Young Believers…and what happened?

Young Believer or Wolf?

We should not be confused from a young-believer with a wolf. Oftentimes it is easier to look at someone young in their faith with the Lord as a wolf or having anti-Christ like tendencies. Most young believers ~ born again tend to be “zealots” who may at times operate in blind faith, overconfidence, salesman-like persistence, selfish, brutally honest, mockery, crude humor, Lording over others, substance addiction, lust, pursuit of truth without the involvement of God, cynicism, or depression (just naming a few). It would be wise to consider two scriptures to identify the attitude

1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2 The one who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But the one who loves God is known by God.

1 Corinthians 8:1-3

Although Paul is addressing Jewish customs and intermixing with Greek/Pagan/Secular practices, he makes an extremely beneficial point in walking with Christ. Knowledge of any one topic/thought can puff up the person knowing it. Have you ever met someone who was extremely proud to know something about a specific subject matter?

Yes Alex…

Do you think that we as Christians can get puffed up with our understanding and belief in Father Yahweh God, Rabbi Jesus Christ, or The Holy Spirit?

You’re dang right we can! Focusing on the Love of God is the how we look at each other with the proper heart posture toward God.

Cause

When looking at the fruit produced from a new believer. We should focus more on the root than the fruit. Look to the foundations of their faith, instruct, teach, correct. Our babes in the faith need Mothers and Fathers to nurture, discipline (Yes..I said discipline Proverbs 12:1 ~ that means sternly talking to our spiritual younglings in a disciplinary manner….as in telling them that these babes that they are wrong) and correct/teach them right away and in the right way. This will lead them into adulthood and maturity in their faith.

*Do not get sold on the persistence of children. Be firm. Emotional manipulation may occur when someone young in their faith stands up for what they Believe in. They may even make sweet or cute points. Even throw out some scriptures they typed in on Google to attempt to sword fight with you. They may throw temper tantrums, cry a lot, even whine about why they’re right and you’re wrong. Do not be deceived by our DRASTIC number of Baby Christians. Remember, no matter how cute they are when they’re young, if you don’t shave down their teeth, they will become a wolf. Mostly importantly they will become ineffective in building the kingdom of God*

I say that there are way too many babies in the faith, even though fully grown are still drinking spiritual milk when they should be off the tit and eating the miracle meat of a mature believer.

What has happened is that the previous generations haven’t raised up young men and women to become Powerhouse Christians. Instead we have had Traveling and Television Evangelists sow seeds of the Gospel inside people and birthing new believers. This in itself is not a bad thing, but look at some of the fruit produced from this. If there wasn’t a discipleship process after birth, these babies are left to fend for themselves.

Bold evangelists have to have the decency to take responsibility for disciplining (Discipleship), delegating, or affiliating with these babes into a proper hand off to the Faith. So sure, someone gives their life to Christ…but then they become a wolf because no one cared enough about them to take care of them?

Why even get broken in the first place?!

We are suffering now because of of these actions. The consequences have bred rebellious spiritual children who are left to try to raise their children by their own standards of what they view as right.

Just like after the death of Joshua in the time of Judges. People followed The Lord when it was convenient and they had a leader, but when that leader died, they went to living however they felt like it. They turned to the comfort of the world and it’s desires instead of following God. The Israelites would forsake the priests and would become oppressed. Then from a place of brokenness they would cry out to the Lord for help and he would raise up a deliverer. If they would just stand firm. They would of been so much better off.


 8 Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died at the age of a hundred and ten. 9 And they buried him in the land of his inheritance, at Timnath Heres in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.

10 After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. 11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord’s anger 13 because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths. 14 In his anger against Israel the Lord gave them into the hands of raiders who plundered them. He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, whom they were no longer able to resist. 15 Whenever Israel went out to fight, the hand of the Lord was against them to defeat them, just as he had sworn to them. They were in great distress.

16 Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders. 17 Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them. They quickly turned from the ways of their ancestors, who had been obedient to the Lord’s commands. 18 Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the Lord relented because of their groaning under those who oppressed and afflicted them. 19 But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their ancestors, following other gods and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.

Judges 2:8-19


Effect

The parents and social norms have rejected the use discipline, punishment, and allowed their children to do what they want ~ when they want to do it, claim “religion is being FORCED down their throat,” develop horrible attitudes, and are complacent in almost all their actions. Yet they cannot go and fulfill their life’s purpose. There is no fire in the young believer unless they are following their own evil passions and desires.

This Disney attitude has to stop infecting our culture. We have to stop the pain and bleeding somehow. At least in America (generalization based on large cultural influence), get out of the spiritual slavery that has been plaguing our young believers that, “They can do anything that makes them feel happy.”

What a bunch of bullcrap.  This philosophy is preached in public schools, colleges, and education centers. The old, “pursue your dreams” tends to make these younglings develop into some sort of a sick and pungent intellect that has no actual skills.

So Who’s To Blame?

All of us. You, Me, Everyone. We have completely forgotten how to connect with others, sacrifice what we want for others, and give those lost what they actually need.

Due to this culture many babes have the appearance of looking like adults, but are actually children in their walk with Christ.

No matter what physical age, Godliness oftentimes is our own willingness to give over our rights to grow spiritually with God. To Focus on Him. We do not look to the left or right, but keep our eyes focused on Christ. There is only 1-way that leads to Heaven. That road is the cross of Jesus Christ.

Like a lot of physical babies, younglings in their faith see an opportunity to take something that does not belong to them and they do it. Their desire tends to want to have something powerful (authority, influence, strength) and try to steal it for themselves. They quench the Glory of God and take it all for themselves. Due to a lack of discipline.

The ultimate test of a young believer is when God gives them the opportunity to take something that is not entrusted to us to see what we do with it. He wants us to trust in Him, His truth, His ways with hope and faith that we will do with it He plans us to (Deut. 8:1-20)

This clip here from LOTR focuses on a character Boramir in the movie to take the Ring of Power that he has not been entrusted with and it tests him in that moment. He has such a desire to do with something so powerful that if kept unchecked he would of used for his own self-righteous endeavors.

© Lord of the Rings


Boramir luckily has the self-control and support system (at this time) to give the Ring of Power back to Frodo even though he was told to steal the ring and bring it back to his father.

Solution

Let us reason together Saints of the Most High God. What you believe is not Religion, is not Christianity. It is Faith in Jesus Christ. You follow his WAY not your own (Prov. 3:5).

Following Jesus is not Burger King. You can’t have it your way.

Because the Lord knows your heart. He tests you to see what is in your heart. Once you have proven that even the wilderness will not stop you (Deut. 8:1-6), he will expand your borders (1 Chron 4:9-10).

If you are reading this and live in a 1st world country like America, then what I am talking about should hit home. If you see Jesus as doing what you want, whenever you want. Then you are a dog, not holy or sanctified and not worthy of the crucifixion and his sacrifice for your redemption.

“Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.”

Proverbs 26:11

“Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.”

Matthew 7:6

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.

Hebrews 10:5,6

47Truly, truly, I tell you, he who believes has eternal life. 48I am the bread of life. 49Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died. 50This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that anyone may eat of it and not die. 51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And this bread, which I will give for the life of the world, is My flesh.”

John 6:47-51


But if you see your ways and repent. Return to your first love, drink His blood, and eat His body. Turn away from your wickedness and find him. Stand firm. Then you will be saved. That is how you remain. Remember that He chose you first, you did not choose him.

4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:4,5

 

Zest, West, and Always The Best!

AB, aka Coach Pineapple


56Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in him. 57Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your fathers, who ate the manna and died, the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

John 6:56-58


Love you guys and gals!

Wolf Down…

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Matthew 7:15


©Mark G

By the end of this Article, my prayer is that you would be able to answer these three questions.

  1. What is a wolf?
  2. How can you spot a wolf?
  3. How do I deal with wolves in a Godly manner?

I want to start off by addressing the Book of Romans Chapter 11.


28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. 32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.


Jesus became sin for: the lowly, murderers, prostitutes, adulterers, blind, drug addicts, homosexuals, deaf, weak, feeble, self-righteous, shameful, orphans, spiritually poor, widows, thieves, sick, abused, tired, young, and old who are looking for freedom and peace in their heart.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

He came for these men, women, and children; but not for them to remain as they are. Jesus came to rectify and redeem them from the chains of spiritual slavery. Do not be deceived my brothers and sisters. Just like you, there are hundreds of thousands of people who are more like ‘sleeper-agents’ in the faith than wolves. These people need people like you who are hungry for TRUTH to be equipped. Once equipped you will be sent out to share the good news, your testimony, and LIVE out your purpose in your as the next book of Acts.

Yet, in the midst of our struggles, there are deceivers out in the world. They are trying to stomp out the light inside of you, lest you be confused let us look into some scripture to clarify.


17 Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

Matthew 7:17-20


Yes, there are trees that DO NOT produce fruit or instead produce bad fruit. These trees are to be thrown in the fire.

Some of these trees look like they could produce good fruit if they had the proper nourishment or care. But scripture tells us that we are to throw them in the fire. This verse can also seem unfair to people with Pastoral, Healer, and Teacher annointings. Some of these “bad trees” are people that may be very motivational, inspiring, even gifted. Some trees here use the name Jesus’ name to perform these gifts; on the inside they haven’t brought Jesus their whole heart. There are still pains and aches inside of them that they haven’t brought into the light and allowed Jesus to equip them properly.

In some cases, witches, psychics, satanists, muslims, hindus, etc. are involved in spiritual communities looking to showcase their gifts. To show their own power or the spiritual powers they are looking to orchestrate.

Can we accept their gifts from God and follow them?

By no means!!!

We should accept the fact that OUR God has given them irrevocable truths and giftings which are supposed to bring God his Glory and to spread his Goodness. Even the false spiritual teachers bring Glory to God in the end, just not with their lips. They can get peace, but they need to go with Jesus to the Cross.

Let us look at some scripture.


21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

Matthew 7:21-23


Going to the cross?

16“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight.
Cease to do evil,

17Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Reprove the ruthless,
Defend the orphan,
Plead for the widow.

Isaiah 1:16-17


The Cross was the will of God for His Son. That we should put on the same likeness as our Rabbi Jesus Christ and follow after His model. He is our teacher, and there is no way to the Father except through the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus shows us the way to carry our cross in love and follow him toward Glory of the Father. “The Cross” is the easy yoke and light burden of Christ that we carry doing his deeds. No matter how beat up our flesh is, the spirit is always willing to do more.

Made simple:

Wash ourselves and make ourselves spiritually clean (physical cleanliness is also important), put away wickedness and evil from our heart, thoughts, actions and vocabulary. We learn to do good in the same likeness as God. We look for justice to be done, we fight and stand up for truth ~ God’s truth.

We correct and spend time straightening out those who are ruthless, evil, wicked ~ we don’t back down from the wrong that is in the world. We defend, protect, and provide for the orphans, the fatherless, those who have been left behind. Because Our Father in Heaven came to be our Dad and not leave any of us behind. Lastly we assist, volunteer, speak up for the widows ~ the weaker vessels that are not under a covering of a marriage due to death, violence, sexual attacks.


13You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Galatians 5:13-18


The Lord says here, “Be Free” but do not use your freedom for evil, the flesh, or comfort in your own covetous pride. Walk in the Spirit, His Spirit, His Likeness, and you will not destroy one another. Then you will be operating in communal LOVE, true love ~ not some romantic comedy of a man and woman being in romantic love. But a genuine, self-sacrificial love. A kind of love that would bleed to see you untouched; a love that would suffer so you could be rescued. Have a better life; a love that would give their own life to see that your freedom would happen.


Zeal and boldness for the Lord is a mark of genuine Christianity (Heb. 10:35). Neither of these characteristics alone should describe a believer. A Christian filled with the Spirit of God should be filled with Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control (Gal. 5:22,23).


27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Matthew 11:27


So…What does a wolf look like?

Spiritual wolves deceive, they mask their emotions and try to blend into their environment. Wolves are notorious hunters and will typically walk into a new environment looking for prey to hunt. They will first look to what runs away or flees from it. They will clearly identify what is prey and what is a threat to it. Some will count the cost or run in boldly to see if it can take down the opposing threat.

Wolves will walk in and act like everything is normal, attempting to cloak itself as if it is the same kind of animal as what they are running into. They walk into scenarios preying first on the young and weak, focused on hunting after their own glory or personal guilty pleasures. If attempts fail, on their beginning attacks on the sick/young/weak they put on efforts to join the pack. It is a mask for unjust cyclical gain. Using godliness as a form of cloak, treating people nicely, smiling, encouraging, speaking words of life, but inside they are looking to devour those around them.

They are constant in seeking affirmation from others for the actions they are doing in order to get acknowledgement to lord over their peers. They are looking to please those around them to fit into their pack or overthrow the current leader and tear them to pieces.

Like physical wolves, they greatly desire to be apart of a pack. In order for wolves to get into a pack, they have to be accepted by the Alpha Wolf. The Alpha Wolf typically is the strongest, most ruthless, and feared wolf in the pack. These feelings of the other wolves create a survival instinct that may cause the other wolves to respect the Alpha Wolf. The Alpha can be challenged at anytime during it’s reign and if beaten has to become a subordinate, die, or leave the pack. Most wolves fight until the death or flee from the pack. Wolves learn that in order to lead you have to be the most ruthless, strongest, and most feared; in doing so you will have loyal followers and complete power over all those you are surrounded by. Those around you will worship your stature and wish they could be just like you.


“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”

1 John 4:18 ESV


Wolves rely on their own strength and maximizing the weaknesses of others and normally lack love. Genuine love does not insist on its own way of doing things and is not boastful or rude. Typically wolves take the path of least resistance, especially when it comes to problem solving (not very loving or honorable). Using whatever means necessary to accomplish their goal (manipulation, lying, anger, pride). If that means biting the necks of others, distracting the strongest, or tactically using their environment to corner their prey.


 11‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.

 13a‘You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him.

17‘You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him.

Leviticus 19:11,13a,17


For Spiritual Wolves, their desire to join the church body is so they can grow next to or raise up Spiritual Sheep is so they can devour them whether it be for Business, Personal Gain, Adultery, Greed, Social Networking Sales, Theft, Idolatry, and the list could go on..and on….


  1“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ 3you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4“You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. 5“But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the LORD your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you.”

Deuteronomy 13:1-5


*Clarification*

There are some specifics, warnings, and hints in the scriptures above. The Bible does NOT say to dream is evil, nor to do business is wrong, or impure to gain wealth. But if that the main reason why these individuals are coming into your midst, then have nothing to do with these people. As Deuteronomy 13 puts it, put them to the sword ~ for these prophets and dreamers are tests from God to see if you will keep his commandments or turn to serving other Gods. Besides, our Father Yahweh did tell us to test the spirits that we hear


“Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

1 John 4:1


Now in OT days, it would of meant physically putting these men and women to death. Think of how serious God felt it was that these men and women were literally killed because of their dreams. How carelessly do we throw out our dreams now? Our God is the same God that was in the OT days as now, He has not changed, He will always be the same. No matter what culture says He is.

Next time you dream, meditate on this verse. Test the spirits you are hearing. Not every voice inside of your head is God… Some Spirits are coming towards you to get you to throw off your discernment and get you to go down a broad path and away from God.

Pray to God: Ask him, “Lord you know my heart. How does this show people Jesus? Does this lead people to/away from You?

Those of you dreamers, prophets, or babes in the Faith: who have wolf-like tenancies – you must Spiritually (not physically) put them to death. You may right now feel extremely condemned and in evaluation of your life up to this point.


1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

2 Timothy 3:1-5


You may now think that there is no hope. You may have even teared up, cried, or deeply wept for how your heart has been wrong all these weeks, months, or years. Let me reassure you Brothers and Sisters, your heart is all that The Lord wants.

He wants ALL of you, not just the little you choose to give him. Like a good father, He wants you to come to Him. He wants your FIRST-FRUITS, the best of the best that you have to offer. Because He MADE you, CREATED you in HIS own IMAGE. Allowed you to be this way, so that YOU would be able to PERSEVERE, be PERFECT, lack NOTHING.

“You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.”

Leviticus 19:2b

Jesus came to assist you and build you up. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No other way can you go to the Father, except through Him.

Practically, here is how we are instructed to put to death the enemies of God in Ephesians Chapter Six.


10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.


Put your armor on. Stand Firm. Do not submit to the flesh. Put to death the sinful nature inside of your heart. Cut off the uncleanliness of your heart. Suffer. Endure. Go Deeper. Read The Word Of God. You must tame your tongue. Do not be deceived. Do not lie to yourself in the mirror. You are apart of the Lord’s most precious group of people. Do not turn to the left or the right. Stand firm. Persevere. You are called to be in his promise land. You were made for this.

The Prophet Isaiah gives a message several hundred years before Jesus is born what he will do and who he will be.


“16And He [YAHWEH/GOD] saw that there was no man [prior to JESUS], And was astonished that there was no one to intercede; Then His [YAHWEH/GOD] own arm [JESUS] brought salvation to Him [YAHWEH], And His [JESUS] righteousness upheld Him. 17He [JESUS] put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.”

Isaiah 59:16,17


You are not meant to use your freedom to pursue your own evil heart. You are called to be an imitator of your Rabbi Jesus Christ.

Do not fear, there will be a time, where your heart is made pure and you will not have this wickedness in your heart.

Then you may be follow it, being carefully instructed, zealous, righteous, and strongly in your walk with the Lord.

You will be able to see what is God and what looks Good.

You will see the path that Jesus sets before you. It will be lit on FIRE.

  False Prophets will not deceive you.

False Teachers will not influence you.

Nothing will stop the will that the Lord has for your life. You will be perfect and complete. Not lacking anything. You will be His weapon. In perfect alignment with your purpose and why you were created and made for such a time as this.

Firstly young wolf, let your flesh die. Allow yourself to die with Jesus on the cross. Only through him will you obtain salvation.


Wolves:

Just like the animal kingdom that God has established here on the Earth. Wolves will not only tear their own up, they also desire to hunt, isolate, and attack weak and young Christians into buying into their visions, dreams, and traps.

Without dying on the cross. You will not be able to see what is God and what looks luring. In your heart of hearts wolves will come into your camp and evil will reign in the place of Christ in your mind. Uncircumcised devilish hearts will look to corrupt your church, family, and friends. Be that part of mankind that joins the army of the Lord and enlist yourself. You should not be afraid. For the Lord your God is with you. He will not leave you, nor forsake you. Your eyes are opened up.


3I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

7“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:3-9


How Can You Spot A Wolf?

“6They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.”

2 Timothy 3:6-9

Some wolves will be so bold to come into the light where they can be fully seen. Oftentimes the weak/young churches (when I say churches I mean friend, youth, pastoral groups), wolves will have ulterior motives, covetous desires in their motivation. There is apart of their heart that has not been consecrated before the Lord. They have wickedness that has not been circumcised in their heart. Whether it be undealt with sin, unforgiveness, hardness toward God, hatred of past hurt or self, idolatry, coveting, false intimacy with God, false humility, love of worldliness, unwilling to tithe, unwilling to sacrifice, false hope, swindling, constantly lying, adultery (sexual intimacy outside of marriage – whether married or single..yes engagement does not count as marriage), not trusting The Lord with their heart – circumstances -pain – hurt – sin – life.

Deal With Wolves

Some of your own personal feeling toward Wolves may be negative up to this point. Some might feel hurt, others sad, maybe some feel injustice. Wolves can be harsh, hurtful, and difficult to deal with.


43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:43-48


I will be transparent and commit to saying that there is NOT a one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with them.

It is best to understand that people are not the wolves, it is the spiritual presence of the wolf inside of them that we despise. NOT the PERSON. This has been so confusing over the years for Christian and Jewish community. Hating these people and despising their actions or who they are. Even getting easily offended at their behaviors only makes them grow more and more pity, creating a more difficult way of ministering effectively toward them.


*Note* This is why the Pharisees were called “White-washed tombs,” having the appearance of Godliness, but denying the unconditional love that YAHWEH has for us.

The Jewish Elect understood that every human was made of two parts.

               Part God                                                                                     Part Animal

The main difference between the two is the Spiritual versus Sinful nature. Could also be called the Spirit versus Flesh. Following Christ, we aim to live 100% in the Godly nature and putting our sin nature/flesh to death. We put our flesh on the cross and allow it to get flogged, beaten, tempted, and even crucified. We stumble and sometimes fall while we are carrying our cross. Crucifixion of our flesh is the ultimate wilderness experience before we get into the promise land, inner peace through any situation, and Heaven.


Wolves tend to be built solely on the animal nature. There could be vast reasons WHY they are this way. Which will puts a barrier in between the person receiving Heavenly Love or our best imitation of it. Whether it was bad parenting, selfishness, exposure to violence, sexual hurt, drug/alcohol addiction, or other forms of pain we have to do our best to spread the love of Christ.

15To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. 16They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.”

Titus 1:15,16

I love you all, I pray that looking into this deep entwined, dense article that you would be able to have scriptural evidence that wolves do exist, you are in a fight, and God has already won.

Summary:

  1. )  The Giftings of God are irrevocable, if someone falls away, is called by God, it is our duty to throw them into the fire and encourage them to follow Christ in the way that He deems necessary.
  2. )  Jesus Came for the broken, sick, lost, and yes…wolves too. They need to repent and wash themselves to find who they are in Christ.
  3. )  Freedom for everyone does not mean that you can go on living your old lifestyle before Christ saved you.
  4. )  Wolves look like tricksters, having the appearance of being good, not having cut away the unclean things from their heart. Whether it be greed, sexual immorality, violence/rage, drunkenness, drug abuse/addiction, harsh words, crude joking, and diseased actions or no actions produced from their lives.
  5. )  Wolves will tempt and try to lead you off your fulfilling your purpose. The Lord has placed them in your flock to test and see if you will keep his commandments.
  6. )  People are not wolves, the spirits inside of them are focused on fulfilling their sinful nature and not submitting to Jesus.
  7. )  It is not okay to hate these people in your heart. They deserve the love of Christ and you may be the only form of Christ they see in their lives. Don’t take it for granted, you are an ambassador.

 


3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

1 Corinthians 2:3-5


You all are studs!

AB aka. Coach Pineapple

One Mind One Heart ~ A Lesson On Being A Keeper


In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

Genesis 4:3-7


When our brothers get lifted up… how do we respond?

Do we look at them with anger or jealousy?

Do we start to become sad or depressed when they succeed and wish it was us?

I know that I have these thoughts about my brothers around me. Not because I want to, but because of the childish nature that is inside of me. By writing this article, my prayer is that you’ll walk away with a more valuable look at yourself in the mirror, identify current/futuristic heart issues, and understand what it means to be a brother in your walk with Jesus Christ.


Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He [Cain] said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?

Genesis 4:8-9


Sin is looking to overtake you. Cain’s brother Abel was lifted up and honored by God, and he murdered him.

The Lord says that we are supposed to rise up and overcome it. That we should master it. We should not live in malice toward our brother. As he gets lifted up, honored by God or our brethren, we should be filled with joy for him when he gets honored.

My Twin Brother:

Twins have been known to have a stronger relationship than any other sibling. As a twin, I can only speak upon the experience I have had alongside those who I have been spiritual brothers with. Twins have a special bond, one that seems unbreakable, ferocious, and envious. I have been asked numerous times.

“What’s it like being a twin?”

“Is it different being a twin as it is as just having a brother?”

“When he is in pain, do you feel it?”

Whereas many times I have shook my head about these questions. I did not see the fruit of the relationship of my twin brother and I. Him and I were living a life with one another. Not being against him.

See, there were many times that I was against him. There was friction between us and instead of running away from my problems with him I brought them up. Because I loved him I would have to:

  1. Admonish him by explaining how hurt I was by him
  2. Ask him why he didn’t show me the love I showed him
  3. Admit how wrong I was trying to lord over him

As I got older I appreciated having him in my life more and more. Although I didn’t always admit it, he was my everything. Before I knew the Lord my brother was there for me no other person could be. My brother is very talented ~ smart, great story-teller, funny, and he always seems to bring the best out of other people. He learns very quickly, willing to listen with his complete attention focused on you, and is willing to tell you the truth even when it hurts.

It wasn’t until my relationship with the Lord deepened, that I began to see these strengths… I was so focused on my understanding and learning that I began to disregard his accuracy or actions as ‘good enough.’

There were times that I did not want to encourage, listen, or even be around him. I did not see him as my equal. I saw him as lesser and me as greater. As I grew in wisdom in all the areas where he did not know, I began to use the truth and my understanding as a weapon to show him how wrong he was. Hoping that one day, he would admit how wrong he was and how right I was. I had the wrong attitude. I was harsh with him, and I treated him so poorly.

I had to learn how to encourage him, listen to him, and hear out his ideas. There were many times I thought that he was wrong, or that he was going down a wrong path and I didn’t say anything… I didn’t think he was worth it. At times of hardship I didn’t ask him for help. I looked toward myself, and I always fell right on my face. He has always been there for me and he wasn’t willing to quit on me even when I quit on myself. He inspires me and still does to this day. He is not perfect, or always right, but he keeps learning and trying and continuing to love on those who are hard to love. I need my brother.

Oh how I need my spiritual brothers in the exact same way.

Admonishment

We all have to come to the conclusion that we are not the only prize-winning pony in the show.

We all may be talented in different ways than others. Let me ask you, are your legs stronger than your arms? They should be! They’re much bigger… if not you’d better train them. Just like your body, there are certain parts of your body that do more work and certain parts that are used more.

So because I am not used as much does that mean that I shouldn’t even try? ~Absolutely not.

Your brothers will outdo you sometimes and always in somethings. But that means that you step up to meet your expectation and fulfill your part. You and your brothers are a team. You are meant to endure together.

This sounds like a lot of work….Does that mean I can’t sit back and relax?

What about my needs?


There is a constructive relationship forming, each brother was made to sharpen one another. We sharpen one another by continuing to get stronger in His Word, His Works, and His Purpose for your life.


Help keep your brother away from temptation, check him when he falls into temptation, listen to him, love him, support him, support him, encourage him, spur him on to outdo those around him with good deeds, do not allow him to be idle.

Ask

As for your brother, ask him how he wants to follow Christ.

“Do you want to follow the calling of God on your life?”

“Do you believe in the vision of Christ?”

“How can I keep you accountable?”

As we mature into adulthood we grow stronger and more firm. This makes us all more durable and stronger. But it’s only in the disciple, hardship, and training against one another that both get stronger and sharper.


“Iron sharpens iron,
    and one man sharpens another.”

Proverbs 27:17


Admit

Until I moved into a discipleship house with my Pastor in September 2015 I was a child in my knowledge and faith. I had an understanding on the word, I had read most of the Bible on my own and sat in months worth of Bible Studies, Sermons, and tons of time reading The Lord’s Word.  When it came to my brothers, I was blind and lacked faith in them. I wasn’t there for them. I wasn’t a man of my word. I made commitments and broke them. I didn’t prioritize them or make time for them. The time that I did make for them I realized that it was because it benefited me in some way, shape, or form. I remembered being a young child and whenever I played with friends or family I didn’t used to think that way… One day before our morning Men’s group, I asked God to reveal to me what is missing in my walk with him.

Soon the Lord would reveal to me that I did not know how to properly love and be a Man of God. As you could of imagined, I was devastated by this. My pride had been persuading me that I already was those things.  Having tons of leadership experience, teaching others effectively, and honestly I thought I had great ideals and concepts that were acceptable and pleasing to God.

This deep sense of pride made me feel on the outside that I was “accomplishing” so much and that “no one” could understand me and how I felt. I kept feeling worthless and that my opinions did not matter to those around me.


Even though I was discouraged, I knew there was HOPE.I was reminded about a covenant that I made Jesus in 2012.

“Lord, I am going to fall 1,000 times, but I am going to stand 1,001. Please give me a second chance, and be patient with me.”


I began praying more directly to allow Jesus to help my attitude toward my brothers and see them as men instead of boys. Warriors instead of children. Powerful instead of weak. Intelligent instead of boring. Precious instead of disposable.

These brothers no longer were an ends to a mean. Even though I knew their would be a good chance of them hurting me or letting me down; I knew that I wanted a deeper relationship with God and also my brothers. I would not let this fear overtake me.

 

For me, I’ve wanted relationships like Aaron and Hur had with Moses during the Israelites battle with the Amalekites.


“So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.”

Exodus 17:10-13


To understand what we should do…Let us look at the PERFECT.

These men and many others decided to follow the Lord and trust His ways instead of their own. Bold Men of God like this don’t back down from a fight with the devil. They accept whatever role they are placed in and bring glory to the Lord. Some Men are placed in the fight, others to pray, some to hold the men’s hands up who are praying.

These Men stand up against demonic spirits and the schemes of the devil and win. They drive their Sword of the Spirit straight into the heart of the Enemy, learn and master their environment, press into themselves, do not let sin overtake their brothers, respond with zeal, and do not throw away their confidence.

Super-normal Biblical Men of God take no prisoners. They do whatever The Lord has asked of their life they give of it. No matter what the cost.


“Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend, and do not go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity. Better is a neighbor who is near than a brother who is far away.”

Proverbs 27:10


A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17


“He who loves purity of heart,
and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.”

Proverbs 22:11


Brothers are born for adversity. Challenging the very essence of their own personal desires, they are ready to be present for their brethren. The are in constant communion with one another.


These brothers sacrifice due to their LOVE of God.


Q & A:

Do these brothers look to the world for answers?

Do you tend to lean on your own understanding or your faith in God?

When you are pressed – how do your actions align with you words?

When God is testing you, will you keep your promise to Him?


Jump off of the deep end. Be the one who steps up. Do not overcome evil with evil, but overcome evil with good. See brothers and sisters, we are here FOR one another. Therefore, do not conform to what the world has to offer; first seek the kingdom of Heaven and serve your brothers.

Love your brothers, even when it hurts to do so. Therefore, stand victorious in the mist chaos. If you do the Lord will fill your household with love, peace, and joy. He is faithful.


“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

              Acts 2:1-4


The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Psalm 23:1-6


The Word of God is God. A Sword of Truth. A Rose of Sharon. A Love Story.

It’s about how much God loves you. Sent His Son Jesus Christ to this earth to show you love. So when you suffer (not if) you will see the love of God in your life. Whatever the pain, whatever the loss, whatever the discomfort. God is worth it, and He reveals it to you in His Word. He is not a liar.

So how do we respond?

WE have to pull conviction of the Holy Spirit and press inward and start to advance the kingdom of God. Dig deep. Push yourself outside of your comfort bubble. Search for victory. Seek to endure God’s truth. Embrace the discipline put upon your back. Love God even through the pain. Overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of your testimony.

Fight tooth and nail to overcome the odds. It will hurt. It will be difficult. It will be worth it.

What happens when we fail is that most people quit and pack it in for their life. They allow the world to choke them out. They stop fighting. They stop enduring. They run away. They do not push on and fight the fight of faith.


“Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.”

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12


When the enemy is at full strength – you have to stand up and fight. Because your brothers will meet you there. You will stand victorious in the Glory of God Our Father.

Sum it Up:

  1. Admonish him that being a brother means more than just having fun; it means being there for one another when it hurts.
  2. Ask him how he would want to lead, follow, and who God made him out to be.
  3. Admit when I’m wrong, what I did wrong, how I struggle, what I struggle with.
  4. Overcome evil with good.
  5. Resist the devil, find joy in suffering, endure, persevere.
  6. Jump off the deep end. Be the love of Christ.
  7. Fight for my brothers, not against them. Prepare the way. Be the example. Encourage, reprove, correct, discipline, love them. Remind them who they represent.

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Romans 12:9-13

 

Love, Peace, & Hair Grease!

AB aka Coach Pineapple