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.

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A Near Death Experience (Divine Protection)

“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” Psalms 91:11

Easter Sunday morning my son had basketball practice.(if you don’t know by now I worship on the Sabbath (Saturday) so the church league had practice on Sunday.)

It was a beautiful morning in the Tampa Bay area so I decided to put the top down on the convertible and have a nice drive into Tampa on I-275.  We arrived at the church gym for practice and also being that it was the second Sunday of the month that is the day we prepare food to feed the homeless.

My son practiced, I prepared meals and we had a great morning, the day was still as beautiful as ever and we had another beautiful topless ride on the highway home.

Later that day my mother asked me to drop by her house because my brother was in town.  Cool, no problem as she only lives a mile from my house.  It was nearing the time to take my son home, so and I got in the car and headed to mom’s house before we took I-75 down to my sons house.  My mom has a very small dip in her driveway and then there is a slight incline.  As I pulled in to her driveway  at all of 2 MPH, I heard a LOUD “CRACK!!”  My cars axle broke in my mom’s driveway!

Suddenly everything going on in my life did not matter, all I could think about was how I was riding up and down I-275 at 70MPH all day.  It was only divine protection and intervention that prevented that axle from breaking at any other point in the day.

My family has a tradition that we never travel without asking for Divine Protection from dangers seen and unseen.  I am thankful for my heavenly angels are on the job because instead of writing this post, someone could have been writing my obituary. (And/Or my son’s for that matter).

When I was at the Men’s Retreat last month the keynote speaker Pastor Pierre Eddy Laguerre spoke of Death with this statement:

“This aspect concerns life as well.  This aspect of Life is a reminder that challenges us to make the best possible use of each moment of our lives.”

I am glad I serve a Risen Savior that loves me and protects me.  It draws me closer to Him knowing that He is not ready for me or my son and that with the “bonus time” we have been given, we need to make the best possible use of it.

Friends, don’t waste time, don’t assume you will be here on this earth forever.  No man is promised tomorrow.

God has given us each a choice as to how we want to live.  I think for me Joshua 24:15 says it best:

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Until Later…I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

Blessings,

Dwayne

Do not worry about tomorrow…

Hi Friends,

It has been a few days but before I post the next part of My Story…I have been thinking about this all day and I wanted to share this with you…

I’ve said it before that if you pray don’t worry, and if you worry, don’t pray.

Worry literally is a waste of time. It robs you of your current time by having you think about something that might happen and, in most cases, never does.  How many times have you played the “what if..?” game and that “what if?” never happened?

Jesus says in Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  in verse 27 He says “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

Worry serves no purpose.  If you cast all your burdens on Him and trust that He will take care of you that is all you need in life. Believe me you will still have struggles and you will still be tested, but it is all in the way you choose to deal with these situations.  Especially situations that are not under your control.  You need to let go and let God!  It is not easy to do at first but the more you do it the easier it gets.

Jesus says “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:33,34 NLT

Brothers and Sisters, I am here to tell you first hand…Do not worry about  today, tomorrow, or anything!

Proverbs 3:5,6 says Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Until Later….I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod…

Blessings,

Dwayne

Trusting in the Lord…

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  – Proverbs 3:5,6

Welcome Back Friends,

I grew up hearing and saying those words in Proverbs for many years, and to be honest, I had not really  put that in to practice until last year.  You see I’ve always heard “Trust God!” “Cast your burdens on the LORD” but I was doing it wrong.

I was giving it to God and taking it right back.  When you truly cast your burdens on him – that bill, that situation at work, that relationship issue, etc. you have to leave it there.  Bring your burdens to the Cross and nail them there!! Nail them so you can’t take them back.

My oldest sister once told me “God doesn’t need your help, stop trying to help God out!” and it made so much sense.  How many times have you prayed and asked God for something and got right up off your knees and started worrying about it?  I’ve always heard “If you pray don’t worry – if you worry don’t pray!”

Matthew 11:30 says “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

As I get in to the Final part of My Story (which will be part 4) I will explain that I was going through my Separation, my father was about to pass, I was about to leave a secure job to start a new one that I was not too certain about, and my home was on the brink of foreclosure. (plus more that I probably remember right now). At the same time, I was studying to be baptized.

As I was changing as a Man and becoming a child of God, in the midst of all this turmoil, I was at peace.  When I told one of my coworkers at the time that I was getting ready to leave the job after 3 years and explained to him what was going on in my life, he said “Wow! Dwayne, I never would have known you had so much going on by looking at you!”

You see I had so much going on that I KNEW I couldn’t handle it and only God could and help sustain me during that time.  I held on to knowing that  he was going to make me a New man and that he PROMISED to take care of me.  To this day he has proven Himself so many times over and he NEVER dropped me, or let me fall.   I am sooooo in debt to Jesus.  First for dying for me, second for all he has done for me and for the PEACE he has bestowed upon me.

As I stopped trying to work out situations I had no control over, stopped worrying about bills, etc.  I gave God my heavy burdens and took on his easy yoke and light burden.  To this day when things come up in my life I say “God you know you got this right?” I don’t like to add to the pile I’ve put at his throne, but the Bible tells us to, so I do.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Friends, we have to TRUST GOD 100%.  Not 50% not 98% – 100%!  It takes time and believe me I do not proclaim to be perfect. I am definitely a work in progress, but I try to catch myself when I try to “help God out”.

HE can handle it, I can’t.  (and I’m good with that!).

This is a major part of my Faith walk, Trusting in the LORD.  I feel like I am so stress free sometimes, because I know how the old me was worrying about things and trying to make something happen.  (When all I was really doing was stressing out myself and those around me, losing sleep, and raising my blood pressure!)

Friends, I invite you to give God your troubles, I KNOW he will come through for you.  He never changes he said he will take care of us if we come to Him and HE WILL.  I am living proof of that!

Until later….I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod…

Blessings,

Dwayne

Be Still…

calm water

 

 

I have been blogging almost a year so I was looking at old posts and decided to repost this one…Blessings!

 

Hello Friends,

I will get back to Part 2 of my story next post –  I promise.

The past 3 mornings as I have gone out to my car to go to work, there has been a bird in my neighbors tree that  sings the most beautiful song.  (I think I’m going to try and record it).

The first day I noticed it and said “that’s a pretty sound”.  Other than the bird it was quiet that morning.  I thought it was a one time thing and then I heard it again on the second morning. I thought “wow that’s that bird again”. This morning as I heard the bird I said “Good Morning Bird”

This morning when I woke up for some reason two words came to me..”Be Still”  (Now if you read my other posts you’ll know that I will say that was the Holy Spirit speaking…)

1 Kings 19:11 NLT says “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.”

1 Kings 19:12 KJV says “And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”

Can you hear that Still Small Voice? Do you hear that bird in the mornings? Many times we may say that the Lord doesn’t speak to us.  I believe when we are listening for him we can hear him.

I have not had cable TV in my house for about 4 weeks now. Originally it was off for a day because I was going to pay the bill on Payday.  Then the car broke down, etc.  so paying the cable bill kept getting put off. It has been a great blessing, because the time I would have spent watching TV, I spend studying the Word.  Now don’t get me wrong I am not saying “Cut off the Cable!”  what I am saying is sometimes we need to MAKE TIME for God.  Some times we need to be still!

Psalm 37:7 says “Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.”

Many of us are going through hard times and its easy to look at someone else and wonder why they have life so good and we are struggling, unemployed, in debt, going through a divorce, foreclosure,etc.  Before you work yourself up I am here to tell you – “Be Still!”

Matthew 6:6 NLT  says “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”

Phillipians 4:7 NLT says “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Be encouraged friends…God loves you and will take care of you.  Trust in the Lord Always.  Don’t worry about ANYTHING in your life. Pray to your Father.

I leave you with this:

“Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”

Psalm 55:22 New Living Translation

Until the next time…I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod.

Blessings,

Dwayne

 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 KJV

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