tryingtobeamanofgod

My name is Dwayne Peterkin. I was re-baptized April 2011 and since then I have been doing my best to obey the Lord Jesus Christ and do his will. In this sinful world IT IS NOT EASY to stand up for God. You'll be tested, friendships may fall by the wayside, old habits will fade away. I hope that as I share my Faith Walk, others are encouraged on theirs. I hope you join me on this journey.

Archive for August, 2012

Walking in a Dead Man’s Shoes

 

 

A little while after my father passed away, my mom told me a few times that I should go through his closet because he had so many clothes and since we were the same size I should pick what I wanted before she decided to take his things to Goodwill.  I never could bring myself to do it.  Maybe another week or two went by and my brother came to town.  I’ll never forget the night my Mom asked my brother and I to go through Dad’s closet and take what we wanted.  I was so glad that my brother was there to help me through that experience.

We tried on suits, (we discovered my Dad had at least a dollar in every suit pocket and a breath mint.) we tried on shirts, hats, ties and shoes.  Believe me when I tell you I never have to buy a suit again!  Whenever I wear a blazer or a tie of his and I receive compliments I smile and say thanks and I think, man my Father has me looking good!  I put on my father!

This past Sabbath I wore my father’s gators and I thought to myself, that I am walking in a dead man’s shoes.  I think of how good I feel knowing that in every step I take I walk my fathers walk.

As I strive to be that man of God, so must I walk in the shoes of the Risen Savior,  Jesus Christ our Lord.  I put Him on every day and I’m proud to be a son of the King.  So even though I am proud to walk in the shoes of my earthly father.  I am prouder to walk in the footprints of  Jesus, the Dead Man that rose again!

No scriptures to quote, nothing else to say….I’m wiping my tears and tryingtobeamanofgod….

Blessings,

Dwayne

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Broken

As I sat down to create this post, I had something in mind I wanted to write about, then the Holy Spirit inspired me to write something else!  Here goes…

Psalm 51:17  says “The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.” (NLT)

I think about my Faith Walk and how, until I became broken, I couldn’t fully accept God and He could not use me for His will.  As I look back on the year and a half since I have been re-baptized and look at what He has been able to accomplish through me I stand amazed.

How many times have you heard someone say that losing their job was the best thing that ever happened to them?  That being broke financially turned someone into a millionaire? That the end of a marriage made way for new love?  That being spiritually desperate led someone to Jesus?  It seems that the greatest blessings come from (what at that time is perceived as) the worst situations.   Sometimes it takes losing it all in order to gain the most.

Sometimes God allows us to be broken to get our attention. 

Psalms 34:18 says “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  and Psalms 147:3 says “He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”

Sometimes it is God’s plan for us to experience trials so that He can reveal Himself to us.  Only when we accept Him and allow him to turn those battles into victories can we truly experience God’s love and plan for us.

So whether you or someone you know is Spiritually broken, Financially broken, Heartbroken, Lost their job, etc…know that it may be God’s way of gaining attention so that He may be proved.  Trials will come, I can promise you that, but I can also promise you that if you trust God to deliver you He will, no question!

Did you know it is a fact that shattered glass reflects more light than regular glass?  If you allow yourself to live in the Light of God, I promise that your former shattered life will reflect more of His light to others than you ever will without Him.

Friends, don’t wait until you are broken to seek God, He is always there waiting to receive you and pour out  His blessings on you if you will only seek Him.  The next time a major trial happens in your life, before you say “God why did this happen to me?” stop and think if God may be trying to get your attention and allowing you to be broken so you will call on Him so He can fix you.

Remember I am not a theologian, I am not preaching, I just try and relate my experiences to others as I have learned them.  I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod…

Blessings!

Dwayne

Prayer Changes Things…

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To my friends and readers..Peace and Blessings. It’s been a few busy weeks since my last post, but thank God some of the madness has calmed down and I am back to the blog.  It’s funny that sometimes I have something in mind I want to write…but then sometimes there is something He wants me to write. Tonight is one of those nights.

To those who much is given, much is required.  I speak from experience when I say this, as I was appointed a Manager’s position at work in the last few weeks and my work doubled overnight!  I literally went from working 8 hours a day to at least 10 in the office and another 2 hours when I get home.  Don’t get me wrong – this is a great opportunity, it’s challenging, and I am accomplishing a great deal.

The Lord works in mysterious ways. When He has a plan for you, there is no way anyone can change it. For the most part, you can’t even mess it up.  A series of events occurred that caused me to be in this position.  I won’t go into all the details, but know that God can move things and people out of your way in order to bring you your blessing.

I say this to say that someone out there may be working at a job or in a position for a long time and you may feel that no one sees what you do, cares what you do, or sees your worth. I am here to tell you God sees you so don’t be discouraged. If you want things to change, all you need to do is pray, believe, and trust the Lord to take care of things for you.  It may not be overnight, but in His time you will be recognized and things WILL change.

I read in my devotional yesterday that sometimes God locks all doors except one, so that you won’t go through the doors that will not take you where God wants you to go and so that you can only pass through to where he wants you to be. Many times we have plans for ourselves, but God has His plans for us.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

John 14:27 says “…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Friends, Prayer is the key to all things and prayer changes things.  Go to the Lord and make the desires of your heart known to him and he will hear your prayers and answer them according to His will.  When you truly trust and truly believe in Jesus Christ our Lord you will see Him make moves and changes in your life.  I pray you stay encouraged and not discouraged and that you challenge His promises and see if  he doesn’t make moves for you.

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

Blessings,

Dwayne

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