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 January, 2013

Trust IN…Don’t Trust THAT…

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I heard a story today about a police officer that pulled someone over and he thought it was going to be routine.  As he approaches the vehicle he smells alcohol and knows that this is going to be anything but routine. It turns out that the driver is a parolee that was released the day before and he has a gun in his waistband.  This felon does not want to return to prison.

The Cop orders the man out the vehicle and he tells the man to turn around so he can be patted down.  The perp has no intention of getting arrested so he whips around and pulls the gun out of his waist and points it at the officer.

At this point the policeman is more than an arms length from the parolee and the gun.  In a quick second he runs this scenario in his head.  Police are trained to put their vests on everyday so that if they are ever in a situation such as this, they can trust THAT the vest will save them from a bullet provided it is not aimed at their head.  In this moment, he tightens his stomach muscles and trusts IN his vest to absorb the first shot so that he can reach his gun and get off a shot.

My friends the greatest perp of all, the devil himself is ready to take a shot at us at any given moment.  Are you going to trust THAT you are going to make it through this life on your own and survive the wiles of the devil? His deceptions and temptations?  Ephesians 6 10-18 says:

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10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.Or are you going to put on the Armor of God and trust IN Him who controls the universe and everything in it.

My Brothers and Sisters….Trust IN Him the Living God, have that personal relationship with Him and trust IN Him so that you can defeat anything that comes your way that is not of Him.

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

Blessings!

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I had this come back to me today so I thought I would reblog it..Blessings!

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“…Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.” Joshua 6:16

Many have heard the story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho. Some of us sang the song in Vacation Bible School  “Joshua fought the battle of Jericho and the walls came a tumbling down!”

Jericho was a big city, an impenetrable city, ten story walls…a Generals nightmare strategically.  No way to sneak up on it, No way to get past its walls. To look on that city from the outside must have been something.

The Lord promised Joshua that the city would be his. His if he trusted God, was faithful, and followed His instruction. In the Old Testament there are so many times where God gave instructions and they were to be followed to the letter, the exact measurement.  God is very specific, he doesn’t leave room for our interpretation.  He takes care of it all.

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Looking the part…

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I was driving to church this past Sabbath and I looked down at myself and noticed the wood grain of the car I’m driving, the suit I’m wearing, the watch I have on and I laughed, because I didn’t have a dollar in my pocket.  But I said to myself, “I sure look the part!”

Often times the phrase comes to my head that 20% of the people in church do 80% of the work.  That means that 80% are just “looking the part”.  I am definitely in that 20% but I do not say that to boast.   The Bible makes it clear:

Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:9 NLT

You see friends we are here on this earth to do God’s work and to do what Jesus commissioned His disciples to do:

And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Mark 16:15 

I believe that our life on this earth is our proving ground to prepare us for the life in Heaven.  I believe that we are here to learn how to live in Heaven.   Loving our neighbor as yourself,  worshiping God, studying His word.   We will be transformed when we are caught up in the air at Jesus’ Second coming, but the true transformation begins right here and right now.

One of my favorite stories is in Matthew 25 : 34-40

34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Friends let us live the part and not look the part.  Let us strive every day to prepare ourselves for God’s kingdom and strive to be in that 20%.

May the Holy Spirit help you as you seek to “Live the part and not look the part”.

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

Blessings!

Thirst No More!

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The other day my son and I went to a fast food restaurant  for some drinks. He had the Strawberry Limeade and I had a Vanilla shake.  He was done with his drink in no time and was talking about how much ice was in the cup and how he was still thirsty.

I was thinking to myself that he should have gotten a shake, because while you have to suck your head off to finally get it through the straw, it sure lasts longer than the soda.  The shake was great, but upon finishing it, I found that I needed something to drink after it… (I was thinking about the Strawberry Limeade and wondering if I should have ordered it!)

While we temporarily satisfied our original thirsts, it was not long before we were thirsty again.  I thought about John 4:13-14 where Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman at the well:

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

There are many things in life that people “thirst” for wealth, power, fame, etc…. material things. When they finally get what they are looking for, what they have been chasing, they find out that what they were seeking is only a temporary satisfaction.  Then they need to find that next thing to satisfy and the cycle continues…

Brothers and Sisters, let us drink from the Living Water that is Jesus.  Start your day with Devotion and Meditation on the Word, Pray often, Pray without ceasing!  This New Year make a commitment to spend more time with Him, because He is returning soon and we must be ready to meet Him.

Only He can satisfy and only He can quench your thirst!

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod….Blessings!

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