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 Proverbs 3:5

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!

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!

 

 

 

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

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