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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He Will Not Leave You or Forsake You

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I can’t believe it’s been 3 months since I last posted.   I needed to write this update to proclaim God’s goodness.  The Lord provides and I thank Him for providing me a job.

The last 3 months were not easy but sometimes God makes us rest.  Sometimes he needs to break us down or tap us on the shoulder to remind us of our need for Him and our dependence on Him.   My goal was to continue to post during the storm, but looking for a job was a job and after being in front of the computer for so long each day, the last thing I wanted to do was blog.  I had good intentions, no follow through.  My apologies!

My prayer throughout these past month’s has been for God to open the door He wants me to go through and close all the others.  He did precisely that.

The job I took was in all honesty not my first choice.  As a matter of fact I wasn’t trying to take this job at all.  Let me explain.

You see the last job I had was an almost $20,000 pay cut for me, but I took that job because of family needs at that time.  The job I ended up taking,  I was called for and actually interviewed for it a month before I was laid off.  It was a local opening working at night,  and I thought it would be a great side job for extra income, the pay was no where near the salary I was willing to work for for a full time position.  It didn’t pan out and they did not offer me the job.

Then I got laid off.  I pounded the pavement, (or should I say surfed the internet!)  After a few weeks, I was pretty much promised a job after an interview that would have put me back in the salary range that I was used to, BUT it would have been a 2 hour commute each way.  I didn’t care though – I’d be back where I used to be salary wise. Then the side local side job I wanted called me back but I didn’t want to take the local job at night for what they were paying.  At last minute (as God would have it) they put that position on hold.

As I was  debating and praying if I should take the local job.  I was like “God,really? A $20,000 pay cut again? Nights?”  But when you pray and ask God for something and he provides it,  you can’t say “God I don’t want this one”  There were possibilities for other offers and contracts for way more money but they were all out of town (some out the country!) But the Lord provided this position and it’s just 8 miles down the road.

God works in mysterious ways.  After three months that job called me again because they hired a few people in that time that didn’t work out.   Originally I was going to do it as a side job but only God knew that it was going to be my job.

We never know what God has planned for us or how He will work things out in our favor.  One of my favorite Bible quotes is  Jeremiah 29:11-13:

 11For 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. 12In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. (NLT)

Dueteronomy 31:8 says: The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (NIV)

So I trust and I wait to see why He has me where I am.  Living a submitted life provides much adventure because you never know what the day will bring,  You can be assured that God goes before you and knows what your day will be before you even wake so we need to trust that whatever may come, He has allowed it and will work it out for our good.

This is easier said than done.  It is hard to understand for us as humans because we cannot see the future.  He who holds time in His hand knows and it will be revealed to us in His time not ours.  One thing I know is that during my time of unemployment  He never left me. He never abandoned me.   My gas tank was never full, but it was never empty.  The refrigerator was never stocked, but I never went hungry.  I had no money for the things I wanted, but I had what I needed.   The Lord provides.

Living life on God’s terms and not your own is not easy but it’s humbling and rewarding at the same time.  You appreciate things more and you do more with less.  I’m thankful for His blessings and his constant refining process in my life.

Stay encouraged my brothers and sisters for Emmanuel (God with us) remains true to His promises Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod.

Blessings,

Dwayne

 

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!

The Do Over

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Today I posted on my Facebook page that at 8:17 AM I was already looking for a do over.  It was really a crazy morning at work and on a  Monday, it’s pretty much expected.  I’m also battling a cold so that doesn’t help either.

I miss that childhood innocence that if you don’t like what you’ve just done, or if the result of whatever you are participating in is not to your liking that you can just shout “do over!” and give it another try.

So today I left work after my morning meeting, ate some soup, and got back in bed.  I was thinking that this is about as best as I can get for a do over today.  But after I got real with myself and stopped whining (the whole world is coming to an end when I’m sick!) I realized that through Christ, I have gotten the biggest do over ever!

As I think of the man I was and look at the man I have become, I am truly thankful! Mind you this do over came with its share of pain to myself and others but nothing compares to the ultimate price  our Savior paid so that we can have a chance for a do over of our sinful life.

2 Corinthians 5:17 states:  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 What a privilege it is to have this opportunity! Jesus gave us the ultimate do over and  I am so thankful for it!  That is why I do my best to live like Matthew 6:33  says: But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Jesus gave His life for me so I feel that the least I can do is try to live this life the best I can….I know I can never repay Him, but the least I can do is try to do His work and His will, with the do over He gave me….

Blessings friends! I pray everyone who reads this is blessed and impressed to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and accept His gift of the do over!

Until later…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

Breaking Down Walls

“…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.

It must have taken great faith for Joshua and his army  to follow God’s instruction.  They were commanded to walk and circle around the city once a day for six days. Blowing their trumpets but they were ordered not to speak a word until they day they were told.

On the Seventh day, they circled the city seven times, and the last time around, the  seven trumpets sounded and the army was given the command to shout and the walls of Jericho came crashing down!

Friends, how faithful are we to trust the same God? We need that faith! What ever “walls” we have in our life – problems, addictions, whatever….We need to follow God’s Word, follow the instructions to the letter and wait on him to tell us when to shout for victory!

The same God who defeated Jericho, will defeat the Jericho’s in our lives if we only let him.  We need to trust, believe, and listen and the victory will be ours!

Stay encouraged and not discouraged and know that God is on your side.  Make you needs and desires known to Him and he will listen and tell you when to shout.

Be blessed! Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod!

 

The Crossroads

 

These are trying times! Decisions, Decisions! So many people right now that I know, (including myself) are going through it. Going through the valley of decision.  Someone may be thinking of doing something outside of their comfort zone,  deciding to leave a job, to sell a home, move to another city, leave a relationship or a marriage, the list goes on and on.  When we get to these places of major decision – these “crossroads” we need to remember Proverbs 3:5  “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

Friends when you are at that intersection, don’t feel that you need to rush to make a decision to go left or right.  Instead, rush to your knees and seek the Lord in prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing.”   Ask for the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding from the Father and wait on him to answer you.

We live in a society of immediate gratification.  Every one wants it now!  At the same token, it is easy to want an answer to our prayers now!, but we need to wait  on God to answer us in His time, not ours. Psalm 27:14 says “Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.” 

Some people need to see things logically, or they need things to make sense,  or be able to visualize all possible outcomes in order for them to make a decision.  However NONE of us can predict the future. And NONE of us have all the answers.

That being said, we need to have Faith! (…easier said than done right!?) Having Faith is believing in the things we cannot see.  If we can see it we don’t have to have faith in it.  We don’t know what is going to happen if we decide to go left or right at that crossroad.  But we need to remember that God laid out our life path before we were even born so he already knows the out come.

So in our lives, in that period of time between what we see and the future, is “faith time”.  There in lies the delay between our prayer and God’s answer.  You should know that that delay (however long it may be) is the period of time where God is preparing your blessing and the answer to your prayer.

I recently sold my home and it took 15 Months to sell and believe me it was 15 months of “faith time”.  I had to truly wait on the Lord to provide that buyer and put all things together in his appointed time so that I could proceed through the intersection of the crossroads  so that the next chapter of my life can begin.  In that faith time I learned to have a great deal of patience and I TRULY learned to trust Him in all things.

Friends,  you may be at a crossroad in your life right now. If you are, if you need to make a decision remember Psalm 55:22 ‘Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.’

Until later, I’m just tryingtobeamanofgod….

Blessings!

 

 

 

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